Wednesday, July 25, 2012

WAPF-Oriented Christmas and New Years 2012-2013 Retreat on the Beach in Costa Rica

Week A    Sat. December 22 - Sat. December 29, 2012
Week B    Sat. December 29 - Sat. Jan 5, 2013
Week C    Sat. January 5 - Sat. January 12, 2013

Note:  If you can't stay the whole week please email me for price of partial week.

$1389 per adult based on double occupancy
$1589 single occupancy 
$1289 per adult for three to six people
$999 for children (5 to 10 years old accompanied by adult)
Children 4 and under attend for free.  Includes airport transfers and all activities and transport to activities, three WAPF meals a day (see menu), and lodging.   Does not include airline tickets and exit taxes (approx $26.00). 5% discount will apply to those that register before the 30th of September.  Past campers will get a 20% off.  Groups of 12 or more get one person free. Nanny Service available for younger kids (0-4yr) $3.00/hr)

Activities*: Visit organic and biodynamic farms, entrance fee to Manuel Antonio national park (white sand beaches), boat tour of beautiful Mangrove, canopy, learning how to make coconut oil, soap etc… (For day to day activities please scroll down ).*Optional activities (not included in package) massage on the beach, river rafting, kayaking, horseback riding, canopy, Dolphin boat tour etc…
Accommodations: We will be spending all 7 nights at Hotel La Isla, a 20-acre property located right on a tree-lined gray-sand beach on the central Pacific coast between Parrita and Quepos.  Miles and miles of sandy beaches will allow relaxing morning and evening walks.  Rooms are small but comfortable and very clean.  Each room features private bath with hot water, a ceiling fan, and air conditioning.  This is the hot and dry season on the Pacific coast, so no need for an umbrella! Also, the Pacific is calm and great for swimming during this season.
Food: Will be prepared by an Italian chef and will consist of raw organic milk, cream, butter and yogurt, raw ice cream, sauerkraut, sourdough bread, organic grass-fed beef, pasture-raised chicken, organic pork, fresh fish and shrimp from the sea, daily beef or chicken stock, organic salad, organic coconut oil, fresh delicious, coconut water, organic lard, also organic honey, ginger kefir, and more (Menu to be posted shortly).  All grains will be properly soaked and we will also always offer very digestible tropical roots/tubers.
GAPS, Paleo, Gluten intolerant diets will be accommodated.    
Contact: Gina Baker, Turrialba, Costa Rica, Wapf Chapter leader, 
A note from Gina: "I can also provide you with the contact info of previous participants if you're interested in hearing their experiences!" 

Tentative Activity Schedule:

Saturday:    Arrival.  Pick up from the San Jose Juan Santamaria airport
Sunday:       Kayak or boat tour of mangroves.
Monday:       Visit a very beautiful biodynamic spice farm.        
Tuesday:      Free to roam on the beach, register for optional activities, and get a massage on the beach.
Playa Palo Seco
Wednesday: Visit an organic farm (where our vegetables will come from) run by a women's association  and then visit the famous and beautiful Manuel Antonio National park (white sand beaches).
Thursday    Hiking in a rain forest reserve, walking on a series of suspended bridges while enjoying this unique opportunity to view the forest and it inhabitants from 160 feet.
Friday:        Learn how to make coconut oil from scratch the traditional way and also visit an island where our tubers are farmed
Saturday:    Departure.  Airport drop off in San Jose, Costa Rica.


  1. Hi, My name is Ellen, I live in Texas. I helped my friend Gina set up this blog and I update her posts for her. If you have a comment or question, please email her directly at the address in the post above. She's a wonderful, charismatic person with a beautiful, warm and generous Haitian spirit. I guarantee you will enjoy your time with her!

  2. You can be assured that anything Gina creates will be the most incredible, healthy, happy experience you can imagine!

    I attended her family camp last year and was treated like royalty - in a relaxed, informal way, of course.

    I needed to stay on my strict GAPS diet, and Gina made sure I was well fed. The food was so beautifully served that I took photos to prove it.

    Watching Gina turn unexpected problems into successes was quite impressive; she has a genuine positive attitude and exuberance that is infectious. We all fell in love with her. Reinhold and the girls were in Germany during my camp visit, so I am looking forward to meeting them this trip.

    Emily Williams

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