Mindful Family Retreat

Summer, 2021



This unforgettable 5-night retreat gives your family the opportunity to connect, play, learn, and deepen your experience with mindfulness together and in community with other like-minded families.

Please join Elisha and Stefanie Goldstein, renowned clinical psychologists, mindfulness teachers and parents to three boys, for an all-inclusive fun, meaningful and adventure-filled mindfulness and yoga retreat for all kinds of families with children ages 8+ at Imiloa Institute in the stunning Savegre Mountains just outside Dominical, Costa Rica.

This unforgettable 5-night retreat gives your family the opportunity to connect, play, learn and deepen your experience with mindfulness together and in community with other like-minded families. Upon arrival, everything has been taken care of from planning excursions, meals, tending to dietary needs, and curating the most epic mindful family experience. All you need to do is show up with open mind and open heart – we will do the rest.

Today, families are under more pressure and experiencing more stress than ever before. Between the increasing demands of work, academic life, extracurricular activities, peer relationships, family relationships, and the constant growing demands of technology, everyone can be left feeling stressed, anxious, irritable, and disconnected.

This is a unique opportunity to get away from all of those stressors, unplug from the daily busy-ness and connect as a family in an intentional, mindful way while being supported deeply by Stefanie and Elisha Goldstein – parents, psychologists and mindfulness educators and the unparalleled beauty of Costa Rica.


In this retreat, you and your family will practice gentle yoga and learn age-appropriate mindfulness and meditation practices all coupled with fun activities such as zip lining, stand-up paddle boarding, trips to the beach, and optional surfing.

There will be opportunities to practice as a family and for parents and children to practice separately. Also, it is important to us that we always give back to places we visit so we have arranged a community service project.

During this retreat, you and your family will learn ways to slow down, get connected with yourself and each other in the present moment with greater calm, contentment and peace – planting seeds of mindfulness and compassion together that will grow for years to come. We are here to help make this an experience of a lifetime!


Every accommodation type at Imiloa offers a 5-star luxury experience enveloped by nature. There are three different accommodation options and pricing so you can choose the one that fits best for your family. Please scroll down to see pictures to get a better sense of the rooms and for more information.

Prices include:

  • Roundtrip Airport transfer from San Jose Airport via chartered private plane ($500 value)
  • 5-star luxury accommodations
  • Mouth-watering Ayurvedic plant-based organic meals and snacks (which will always include kid friendly options, fresh fruit and juices)
  • All excursions such as Ziplining and Stand-Up Paddle Boarding (examples)
  • Beach trips
  • Daily Yoga and Meditation
  • Community Service Project
  • Mindfulness teaching with world renowned psychologists and mindfulness teachers

Prices do NOT include:

  • Airfare to San Jose airport
  • 13% tax on lodging
  • Tips
  • Optional surf lessons on a beach day

We will be offering an Early Bird discount until December 31, 2019. This retreat always sells out so please reach out soon if you are interested by filling out this information form: click here

A $500/per person non-refundable deposit will be due to secure your family’s spot.

Please note that the child pricing is for children ages 8-12. Adult pricing is for adults and teens ages 13+.

Accommodation Early Bird Full Price after Dec 31/2019
1 Joglo (fits 2-3)

$2,899 Per Adult

$2,699 Per Child

$2,999 Per Adult

$2,799 Per Child

1 Potoo (fits 2-3)

$2,899 Per Adult

$2,699 Per Child

$2,999 Per Adult

$2,799 Per Child

1 Bali 2 (fits 2)

$2,799 Per Adult

$2,599 Per Child

$2,899 Per Adult

$2,699 Per Child

6 Bungalows (fits 2)*

$2,749 Per Adult

$2,499 Per Child

$2,849 Per Adult

$2,599 Per Child

*Families can have two Bungalows next to each other (Parents in one, kids in the other)
6 Geo Domes (fits 4)*

$2,599 Per Adult

$2,499 Per Child

$2,699 Per Adult

$2,599 Per Child

*Families can have two Geo Domes next to each other (Parents in one, kids in the other)



Stefanie Goldstein

Stefanie Goldstein is a clinical psychologist, mindfulness educator and supermama to three spirited boys in Los Angeles. She is the co-creator of The Center for Mindful Living and of the Good Morning America featured popular teen program – CALM: Connecting Adolescents to Learning Mindfulness which is an 8-week program that teaches mindfulness and social/emotional learning to teens.

Dr. Goldstein has also brought mindfulness into schools all over Los Angeles and is currently helping to bring it into the entire Santa Monica-Malibu School District. Her passion is working with adolescents, adults, couples, and families struggling with daily life, helping to support them on their path towards healing, growth and connection.

Elisha Goldstein

Elisha Goldstein, PhD is founder of The  Mindful  Living  Collective - the central online mindful space to find the teachings, practices and tribe to up-level your mind, your life and business. He is also the co-founder of  The Center for Mindful Living Los Angeles and creator of the 6-month online coaching program,  a course in Mindful Living.

His books include Uncovering Happiness and The Now Effect, A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook and MBSR Everyday.  In an increasingly fragmented society, he is working to bring people together so they may motivate and inspire one another in far-reaching ways. 


This retreat was one of the best shared experiences we have ever had as a family. It was the perfect combination of fun, learning, and family bonding time. All of our kids loved it and our 10 year old said that this retreat tied for his favorite vacation with our week at Disneyland/Legoland.

We have been home a few weeks and can already see how much it has helped our family enjoy life more and communicate better about our feelings. Thank you so much Elisha & Stefanie. You have given us an invaluable gift.

Melissa McKay

My husband and I brought all five of our children to Costa Rica just to attend the Mindful Family Retreat. It was an unforgettable week. Not only did we enjoy the type of adventures we love, including playing in the ocean, ziplining, surfing, and paddleboarding, but we had a nurturing and unifying experience as a family.

We took home with us more than just fun memories; we learned things together that will help us to be stronger people and a healthier family. We need help with our kids, and we were provided with valuable help in the form of mindfulness instruction.

The mindfulness was taught through games and play, along with journaling, discussion, and guided meditations. I appreciated that some of the instruction included the whole family, and that sometimes the kids were separated to learn their own experiences while we adults could talk more specifically about the help we needed. I loved the entire thing. And the food . . . !

Laurel Arnold

Our family had a fantastic experience at the retreat. Stefanie and Elisha are wonderful teachers and facilitators – kind, approachable, and down to earth. They share their wisdom from a place of understanding that we’re all parents doing the best we can. The mindfulness teaching felt more like conversations with an incredibly supportive friend than lessons from the experts. We look forward to using the practices and tools from the retreat to continue to grow as a family.

Cary Leach


We offer a variety of accommodations
Jogolo Home – Fits 3 people (King Bed and single bed)
Potoo Home – Fits 3 people (King Bed and single bed)
Bungalows – Fits 2 people (2 single beds or 1 king bed)
Domes – Fits 4 people (4 single beds or 2 single beds + 1 king bed)

Each room is equipped with 850 thread count bedding for maximum comfort, high-speed internet, and clean drinking water derived from our artesian well.


Featuring over 12,000 square feet of space over looking thousands of acres and the South Pacific coast,
our three Bali Homes are imported from Indonesia and boast hand-carved architecture.


Six Jungle Bungalows built on the side of the mountain on the pathway to our very own private waterfall. Bali inspired, the interiors feature natural finishings and a gorgeous exposed shower and bath tub.


During your retreat, ride in style. A ground handler will meet you in the customs at SJO airport with your name to take you to a private charter plane which will bring you to our landing strip, just a few minutes (30) from Imiloa.

Guests arrive refreshed, relaxed and you don’t need to coordinate a thing!


Six Buckminster Fuller inspired Geodesic River Domes, among the best made in the world and partially powered by solar energy, sit perched on the edge of our private river with the fresh, flowing water feeding up to the domes.

Experience the soothing sounds of relaxing and sleeping next to flowing water. Amazing!


The House of Masters, located in the center of the property, is a 2,000 square foot Balinese structure hanging 100 feet in the Jungle canopy. Adjacent are restrooms and a yoga storage room for mats, blocks and more. The space can be converted for any type of retreat, workshop or dance party.


A sprawling 3,000 square foot space that is the “Heart of Imiloa,” our social space features loungy, multicultural inspired furnishings, couches, and 5 imported tables from Bali, all under a Polynesian style roof.



Jungle paths connect the 20+ acres at Imiloa, with hand-made stairs and lighting, creating an immersive, easy experience for you and guests.


Beyond the Jungle Bungalows is a path that leads to our own private waterfall. Descend into what feels like an enchanted jungle forest as you bask in the magic and beauty of the surrounding nature.

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