Sustainably Mindful Farm to Table Retreat

with Karen Tickner in El Castillo, Costa Rica

From $1240 Per person

5 nights in El Castillo, Costa Rica
Mon Apr 23 - Sat Apr 28, 2018



Have your checked out Rancho Margot yet? This fully self-sustaining farm and eco resort is completely off-the-grid in the rain forest of Costa Rica. Join us for a week of relaxation and rejuvenation!
- Karen Tickner


With daily yoga, Pilates & meditation sessions, delicious farm-fresh cuisine, and activities to take you on an adventure through the rainforest, this trip is the ultimate way to relax, energize, and indulge, all on the shores of Lake Arenal in the heart of the Costa Rican rainforest.

  • Fitness instruction every day from hand-picked Ambassadors
  • Incredible accommodations at an off-the-grid, eco-lodge overlooking Lake Arenal
  • Kayaking, hiking, swimming, ranch tour, and more
  • Fresh, locally sourced meals made every day
  • Natural hot and cool pools to dip into and relax

What's Included


6 days 5 nights at Rancho Margot


Includes daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner


Every morning, we'll start our day on the mat for a Pilates and Vinyasa Yoga Session. After dinner, we'll settle down our evening with a relaxing breathwork and meditation session.


2-Hour Guided Ranch Tour, Hiking Trail Access, Natural Warm and Cold Pool Access

Airport Transfers

Transport to/from Juan Santamaría International Airport


Flights not included

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is mandatory and not included

For assistance with travel insurance, contact our partner World Nomads.

Optional Activities

2-Hour Kayaking Adventure, Horseback Ride , Guided Night Hike

Getting There

Free round-trip transportation to and from Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) is provided on the first and last day of the trip. It takes 3 hours 30 minutes to get to the venue from the airport.

Good to Know

Not included: flights to/from Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) and travel insurance. Guests are responsible for purchasing travel medical insurance and cancellation insurance which are also not included.

The Instructor

Karen Tickner
Fitness Ambassador

The daughter of a P.E. teacher and the creation of a very physically active home life, she first discovered Pilates as a youth while competing as a synchronized swimmer. After swimming, Karen pursued a career in health and fitness by attaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Wellness Leadership/Exercise Science from the University of South Florida. She then followed her degree with further studies by becoming a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Wellness Coach, Medical Fitness Specialist and a comprehensively certified Pilates Instructor She also holds a certification as a Yoga and GYROTONIC® Level I Instructor. Since completing her formal education, Karen has piloted a Pilates program at a local hospital-based wellness center, and created her specialty of working with clients with special needs. She has also taught and tutored apprentice Pilates instructors locally and overseas. Karen currently is a Master Trainer for the Pilates Academy International (Pilates on Fifth NYC), teaching Pilates Teacher training programming to aspiring Pilates professionals.

Karen’s expertise and experience of over 17 years in the industry has allowed her to teach a variety of clients. Her clients have included professional athletes and dancers, those with orthopedic issues, those with serious illnesses, and those looking for a great, body-changing workout. Karen’s philosophy is to determine your needs to help align, strengthen, and support your body, utilizing a truly holistic approach to fitness.

Along with a passion for fitness, Karen values all of the spheres of wellness, and frequently plans and hosts retreats locally and overseas. Her adventurous and infectious spirit has helped her find unique experiences all over the world, including Paddleboarding in Maui, Cooking in Italy, and Getting off the Grid in Costa Rica.

Karen has been fortunate to be personally mentored by: Charlotte Addington Weikel – Pilates Master Teacher, Catherine and Kimbery Corp – Founders of the Pilates Academy International and Owners of Pilates on Fifth, Mary Bowen – 1st Generation Pilates Protege/Pilates Elder, Anjali Austin – GYROTONIC® Master Teacher, Juliu Horvath – Creator, GYROTONIC®, Johnny Parker – Retired NFL Strength and Conditioning Coach, Gary Wise – Paddling and PGA Professional, Michael Wright – Creator, Pilates for Golf, and Dr. Patricia Fuller – Wellness Engineer and Certified Wellness Coach.

About Karen Tickner


April 23 - 28, 2018
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Rancho Margot

Unique, enchanting and beautifully remote, Rancho Margot is a hidden gem near Arenal Volcano. Nestled in the rainforest, Rancho Margot is Costa Rica's premier eco-lodge and is one of the country’s most exclusive getaways. At Rancho Margot, boutique accommodation and farm-to-table dining go hand-in-hand with sustainable and self-sufficient practices to create an unparalleled retreat experience

Resting on the hills and slopes of the Ranch Valley and tucked into the lush landscape, you will find your own deluxe bungalow. Enjoy the six streams and the Cano Negro River coursing through the property along with the diverse calls of hundreds of bird species, the trill of insects, and the call of howler monkeys create an orchestra of peaceful sounds. On each bungalow's wrap-around terrace, you can swing in the hammock to the sounds of the forest while admiring the botanical gardens and Lake Arenal in the distance.

An entire episode of CNN's 'The Next List" with Dr. Sanjay Gupta was devoted to this amazing destination.

Food & Beverage

Includes daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

  • Vegetarian Meals
  • Vegan Meals
  • Gluten-Free Meals
  • Fish & Meat
  • Alcohol is available for purchase
  • Snacks are available for purchase


  • Classroom/Deck for yoga & fitness
  • Internet
  • Pool
  • Hot water
  • Mosquito nets
  • Towels
  • Laundry facilities for self-service

Pricing Per Person

Reserve your spot with a $295 deposit!

Triple Bungalow

Beds feature orthopedic mattresses set within handcrafted frames. All furniture is built on-site with locally grown teak. Bungalows have private bathrooms with a shower stocked with handmade soaps. Additional amenities include ceiling fans and mosquito netting.


per person

3 guests

Double Bungalow

Beds feature orthopedic mattresses set within handcrafted frames. All furniture is built on-site with locally grown teak. Bungalows have private bathrooms with a shower stocked with handmade soaps. Additional amenities include ceiling fans and mosquito netting.


per person

2 guests

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  • Kimberlea
  • Ambassador
  • May 22 2015

Exactly what I expected and more!

  • Theresa
  • Verified Guest
  • Feb 11 2016

When I booked this trip I wan unsure of what to expect. I will tell you, I LOVED it. I have booked another trip to Sonoma this June. i did not know, how bad i need the time away and to myself. It was absolutely GREAT Kudos to the Butlers sister!!!

  • Jonathan
  • Verified Guest
  • Apr 25 2016

Amazing place! Can't wait to go back.

  • Sara
  • Ambassador
  • Apr 26 2016

Rancho Margot definitely lived up to the saying " Where the middle of now where is some where special" I loved the calming and peaceful energy the ranch had. We had so much fun! Activities were close by and when we wanted to do nothing that is exactly what we did! Truly a place to disconnect with negatives and reconnect with yourself! Cannot wait to make it back soon!

  • Club Inhale / Exhale
  • Ambassador
  • May 08 2016

Fantastic and amazing retreat with The Club Inhale/Exhale Tribe! We had such an amazing time and were able to have a space where people grew internally! Rancho Margot is a place where life takes you back a bit where time doesn't exist on a clock but within nature! Definitely going back!

  • Stephanie
  • Verified Guest
  • May 11 2016

This trip was fabulous. The location was beautiful and the area was more than we could have expected. Loved it.

  • Brian
  • Verified Guest
  • Feb 26 2017

Costa Rica is one of the most fascinating and awe inspiring places that I have traveled to so far. The amount of thought and hard work that goes into the self-sustaining property at Rancho Margot helps to provide a window into how to create a better world for everyone. The staff were the most friendly and caring people that I have ever met. The accommodations which, may seem to be minimal at first until you realize everything that went into making it possible, actually enhance the experience and help to heighten the senses. This experience may quite possibly change the way I travel forevermore.

  • Donna
  • Verified Guest
  • Feb 26 2017

Beautiful location and the people at the ranch were amazing.

  • Susan
  • Verified Guest
  • Feb 27 2017

I had the best time ever! I highly recommend Rancho Margot! The people are amazing and such hard workers. The food was way better than I expected and by the end of the week I felt so great and healthy!

  • Jen
  • Verified Guest
  • Mar 02 2017

This trip was an amazing, once in a lifetime trip. Relentless Jake was an amazing leader and fitness instructor. I will definitely go on another trip with him! Rancho Margot is a beautiful place and the staff is so friendly and knowledgeable about the ranch and the wildlife. It is truly an impressive and relaxing place.

  • Ania
  • Verified Guest
  • Mar 21 2017

Beautiful and inspiring trip! You really get the rainforest experience with rancho Margot's sustainability and Costa Rican culture!

  • Rocco
  • Verified Guest
  • Mar 22 2017


  • Kirsten
  • Ambassador
  • Apr 05 2017

Rancho Margot was an absolutely amazing location!! Be prepared for nature! So beautiful -- would definitely go again!

  • Karen
  • Verified Guest
  • Aug 21 2017

Marielle was a fantastic retreat leader! She planned out many thoughtful details and this was one of the best trips I've been on. The staff at Rancho Margot were also great and very helpful and friendly.

  • Samantha
  • Verified Guest
  • Aug 21 2017

This was the best trip of my life, by far! Rancho Margot was incredibly welcoming and inviting. Each of the volunteers/staff were accommodating and very friendly. The ranch itself was absolutely beautiful. There are trails leading through the trees/plants to get to yoga, the cold springs, bungalows, the gardens, massage, and so on. Some things to know: bring a raincoat if you have one, you'll get wet! A travel umbrella would also be very useful. The bungalows are a bit of a steep walk away from the reception area so be prepared for that. All of the meals are nearly vegetarian, but super delicious and very fresh. In case you're wondering, the bungalows don't have A/C nor do they have screens; you can open the windows, just no screens to keep out bugs. I highly recommend the massage at Rancho Margot, it was wonderful. My all time favorite activity was zip lining - don't skip that!! Bring American cash, they accept that everywhere here (Rancho Margot, San Jose Airport, activities). I also highly recommend horseback riding and kayaking, as well as the ranch tour and the night hike. The night hike isn't really a "hike", but more of a walk around the ranch at night to see creatures - very interesting. If you're on the fence about booking this trip, DO IT! You won't be dissapointed.

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