yoga retreat

Joy Of Living Mastermind

I spent roughly 5 years battling a debilitating illness. Throughout this time I had periods of such fatigue that I could barely lift my legs and get off the couch. Some days I would just cry, and cry. I felt like I had so much more to offer the world and most importantly, I felt my family deserved the WHOLE me and not just the shell that was trying to mask the fatigue and pain.

I'm grateful for this pain and suffering I endured.

Deep inside I knew there was a reason...a silver lining...a purpose. Every time I thought I found it, I'd be knocked over again though. I'd ask WHY?? Why was my suffering so endless?

Gretchen Strait Stewart

I filled my time reading books, researching science and looking for answers. It wasn't until I did a few key things including shutting out all the noise of other people's opinions that I was able to emerge my cocoon to fully be my gloriously flawed self. At the same time I found my doctor, I was emotionally growing.

Since I've had this physical healing and emotional awakening, I've founded my publishing company Sunshine Press. I've written 10 children's books soon to be published. I've co-authored a book coming out this summer (details are just about to be released!) and I'm currently writing another to be published this fall. I've been sought out and asked to speak at the Massachusetts Women's Conference (select few speakers in front of 10,000 women leaders), I have my first Joy Of Living Retreat in Hermosa Beach, Costa Rica and am planning two more in 2018.

I'm not saying this to brag but to show you the magic that can happen with self examination and surrounding yourself with others that LIFT you higher. A huge part of my success is the people I very carefully curate in my life. It's my mission to use my experiences and knowledge to serve you.

With that I'm starting the Joy Of Living Mastermind. We'll have a hand selected group of people who want to learn and grow into who they were meant to be.

We'll use the collective conscious of a driven group of people and tackle subjects like:
-finding your purpose
-living authentically
-creating abundance
-creating your life message
-serving ourselves then using our gifts to serve others

and more!

We will be starting this group in June and I only have a few more spots. 3-6 at the most.

Here is some more info, but most importantly, please reach out to me for any questions you may have!

Joy Of Living Retreat in Hermosa Beach, Costa Rica

Joy Of Living Retreat

You hear waves crashing on the beach as you slowly wake up. You walk out of your room to a cup of hot Costa Rican coffee and the sweet smell of pineapple. A gentle yoga session has you limber and fully AWAKE, ready to take on the world. Brunch is served poolside as you watch the birds fishing in the ocean for their breakfast. Your biggest “concern” of the day is deciding what you’ll wear…..a sundress or shorts over your bathing suit?

You’re surrounded by other like minded women who are interested in learning the art of joyful living. Workshops will be led by Gretchen on joy, mindset, simple living and vitality. Each day you’ll have activities such as: a boat ride to a private island, hiking in the rainforest, waterfall tour, learning to surf, massages, paddle boarding and more.

At sunset you sip your rosé or margarita by the ocean. Transportation will be ready to take you to a delicious local restaurant. Then the next day...repeat.

Not only will you be immersed in a beautiful atmosphere, you’ll be invigorated by what you are learning and the people you are surrounded with. This retreat is more than a vacation, it will set you up for a joyful shift in your being. The Joy Of Living Retreat is created for the busy mom, business owner, professional or anyone who is ready to make it their intention to live with joy.


Hermosa Beach, Costa Rica wellness retreat

Join us for a 5 day rejuvenation retreat in breathtaking Hermosa, Costa Rica. We'll be calling Hermosa Beach House home during this joy inducing, yoga and adventure retreat. There's an ocean side pool and guests will have a choice of single or double rooms


During our time together we'll eat fresh, local Costa Rican and gourmet cuisine. We'll explore the rainforest and beaches of Costa Rica with activities such as hiking, zip lining and waterfall tours.

Over the course of the retreat we'll have yoga classes, guided meditations, massages and Joy Of Living Workshops.


The workshops are one hour classes where Gretchen teaches subjects such as: simplicity, minimalism, mindfulness, following your purpose, living authentically, how to get more done in less time, stress reduction, healthy habits, powerful positive mindset tools and more. The classes are practices and concepts taken from her upcoming books. Read more about Gretchen here.


Each morning you'll wake up to fresh brewed Costa Rican coffee, snacks, nuts, fruit and smoothies. After a yoga and/or meditation and a workshop will be a full brunch buffet. Every evening at sunset is a cocktail hour by the ocean and each evening dinner at one of the top local restaurants is included.


Hermosa Beach House Hotel is a small, boutique hotel directly on Hermosa Beach, Costa Rica. A quaint, family style hotel that will make you feel like you are at your second home. Read more about the hotel here.


How much:  
$1300/per person Double occupancy in smaller room
$1500/per person Single occupancy or double in larger room

10 rooms all have cable/WIFI/air/hot water/ refrig/microwaves/safes.

Smaller Room Double Occupancy: Deluxe cabinas with a full bed and a set of bunk beds.
Single Occupancy: One full or one queen bed
Larger Room Double Occupancy: Either two full or two queen beds in different rooms

When: November 5-10, 2017

Included: At every retreat all expenses are paid except for airfare and personal expenses

  • Transportation from location airport and to tours, restaurants and activities
  • Morning smoothies, full brunch, snacks, refreshments and dinner each night
  • Massage 
  • Welcome dinner and bonfire
  • Sunset cocktail hour daily
  • Yoga and guided meditation
  • Free signed copy of one of Gretchen's published books
  • Daily tours & activities

Not Included: 

  • Your round-trip airfare from home
  • Souvenir shopping, personal phone calls, extra spa services, taxis beyond provided transportation, laundry, and tips for your room maid 
  • Personal, medical or trip cancellation insurance
  • While there is a cocktail hour daily and some wine included in meals, guests are responsible for any extra alcohol or personal shopping they might want. 


Arrive to the hotel around 3:30
Introduction, check in, welcome sushi party, bonfire

8:00am yoga
10:00 am brunch
11:30-12:30 workshop
1:00 pm canopy zipline
4:00pm workshop
5-6pm sunset cocktails
6:30 dinner at Grafitti

8:00 am mountain hike with mountain top yoga
10:00 am brunch
11-3 free time, swim and massages
4pm workshop
5-6pm sunset cocktails
6:30 dinner Lemon Zest or Wishbone

7am-6pm Tortuga Island Boat Tour
6:30pm Dinner at Greenroom or Vida Hermosa

8am Yoga
9am workshop
10am brunch
12pm paddleboarding
4pm workshop
5-6 sunset cocktails
6:30 dinner at Tsunami Sushi


Arrive in SJO airport in San Jose Costa Rica on November 5, 2017. You will have transport bring you to the hotel. Details coordinated after you confirm your spot at the Retreat.