Cultivating Collective Creativity

Intimate In-Person Intensives




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Join us for 6 days, (7 nights) of creative vinyasa, playful teaching workshops to hone your sequencing, cueing, and manual assists, artfully crafted recovery work, and an opportunity to deepen your community and bond with fellow Authentic Movements participants.


Days will be full but fulfilling, and all sessions are optional so you can pick and choose what works best for you while still counting any hours attended as continued education through Open to those teaching, looking to teach, or simply wanting to explore further creativity in personal practice.  Join us for a hands-on experience in growth and play!.

Event Dates & Basics

Jan 12-19, 2022


  • $1600 USD @ Flō Retreat Center in Uvita, Costa Rica
  • Includes lodging, yoga, 3 meals a day (vegan, veggie, omnivore options)
  • Check in Jan 12th, 2022 (after 1pm), check out Jan 19th, 2022 before 11am

Feb 11-18, 2022


  • $1600 USD @ Flō Retreat Center in Uvita, Costa Rica
  • Includes lodging, yoga, 3 meals a day (vegan, veggie, omnivore options)
  • Check in Feb 11th, 2022 (after 1pm), check out Feb 18th, 2022 before 11am

July 2022

North Carolina, USA – registration opens Fall 2021

  • $1000 USD at Flō Blu in Marshall, NC, USA
  • Will NOT include lodging, but will include daily lunch (vegan, veggie, omnivore options)
  • Extended schedule (8 working days instead of 6 to allow for travel times to Airbnbs)

Sep 2022

TBD (Stateside) – registration opens Fall 2021

  • Details coming soon!

Oct 2022

TBD (Stateside) – registration opens Fall 2021

  • Details coming soon!




All events with OPEN registration can be reserved with a nonrefundable, non-transferable $800 USD deposit.

Due to the limited spaces at each event, we cannot transfer your deposit to other individuals or other events.Thank you for understanding.

Balance due at least 60 days before your event. See below for full refund policy.

Please NOT book your flight until we are 90 days (or less) out from the start of your event


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The Authentic Movements Collective Creativity Intensives have been crafted for the AM Community. Have you attended a previous event (training, intensive, retreat)? Are you currently involved in one of our virtual trainings, including the audit version? Then these events are for YOU!

Over the last year or two, Team AM has been working hard to bring affordable and accessible virtual offerings to the movement space. We are so grateful to all of those who have worked with us and continue to work with us within that medium, but it’s time to GET TOGETHER IN-PERSON!

We miss you all, and despite some creative additions and re-works for certain segments of our trainings, there are lectures, activities, and classes that truly work better in an in-person, communal setting. Basically, we’ve saved the segments that are truly the most fun and community-building for these epic events. 

Not a teacher? Not a problem! You can check out an example day-to-day schedule for these events below. All activities are 100% optional, and you’re welcome to skip those that are more directed at honing cueing, assists, or even sequence building. There’s still a great deal of fun and growth to be had with journaling sessions, creative vinyasa workshops, group adventures, and delicious recovery. 

Want to bring a friend? Authentic Movements would love to continue the growth of our community. If it looks like we have some additional spaces for events, we will email currently registered participants with an invitation to invite a friend. <3 

Jan & Feb 2022 Costa Rica Events

Authentic Movements currently has open registration for AM Community Intensives in Jan and Feb of 2022 in Uvita, Costa Rica. These gatherings are hosted by Flō Retreat Center, Steph & Ben’s personal paradise off the South Pacific Coast. Lodging and meals are included for the full experience of connection and adventure.


  • Jan 12-19, 2022 –  Costa Rica
  • Feb 11-18, 2022 –  Cost Rica


  • $1600 USD per person
  • Paid via $800 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit & $800 balance due at leas 60 days before event
  • Limited partial scholarship spots available. Please email [email protected] to discuss a cost that works for you.
  • NOT INCLUDED: Round trip airfare (to/from SJO), transport to Flō (affordable shuttles offered), snacks, optional excursions


  • All on-site lodging at Flō Retreat Center is co-ed and shared. 2-6 people per room.
  • Rooms filled on a first come, first serve basis with more private rooms filling first
  • 28 participants on-site, max 36 participants total. Want to stay off-site? Email [email protected] to discuss. 


Jan & Feb 2022 LODGING Details

Flō Retreat Center - An Eco Friendly Wellness Venue

Flō Retreat Center is on 40 acres of land located in Uvita, Costa Rica (South Pacific Coast) and is home to Steph Góngora and her husband Dr. Ben House (plus a variety of furry creatures – wild and otherwise).

Situated only 2.5KM up the mountain from Central Uvita, Flō is secluded and peaceful, yet convenient and accessible (by 4×4 car please). The long winding private drive to the main building plantel translates to extreme privacy in both the practice and living space. Wake up to monkeys and toucans playing in the trees above you, and fall asleep to the soothing sounds of crickets and tree frogs.

The main two story building has a common area for eating and working + large communal kitchen and shared bathrooms on the first floor. Eat breakfast overlooking the salt pool and watch the ocean tides out on the distance. Turn your head slightly in either direction for just-as-stunning jungle and foliage views. The perfect place to sip tea, catch up on some emails (“jungle wifi” available), or just swing in a hammock and relax.

The second floor of the main building holds a large portion of the lodging space with two dorm style rooms (3 bunks, 6 people each), and two double rooms, which can be fitted with queens (for a couple/friends/partners) or one set of bunks in each. The dorm rooms share a large bath between them, and the double rooms have beautiful ocean view sliding doors. All rooms will have access to a wrap around deck and come equipped with screens, ceiling fans, and AC units for hotter jungle nights.

Stroll slightly toward the cacao grove next to the main building, and you will run into the beautiful yoga studio. Mostly open air (with screens for bug blocking), this space will provide ample area to explore the practice on your mat. Full use of blocks, blankets, straps, and wheels will be offered during this intensive, and it’s a quick walk to the main house for bathroom breaks or snacks.

Keep walking toward the jungle, and you will enter the cacao forest. Here the laden cacao trees shade our Cacao Forest Cabinas, small but efficient bungalows housing 4 attendees each. Shaded, quiet, and peaceful, these adorable tiny houses come equipped with screens, AC, and have access to a communal shared bathroom in each cabina.

But what about when you’re not practicing?! The days will be full, but in your free time, we encourage you to cool off in the pool, or take the short 1/2 KM walk down to the river, where you can explore one of the property’s SEVEN waterfalls, splash in one of the multiple natural swimming holes, or just explore the jungle walking paths. Town is an affordable cab ride (again, 4×4 recommended) away, where you can access grocery stores, beaches, national parks, restaurants, farmer’s markets, and souvenir shopping.

All rooms come with: linens, ceiling fans, screens, access to fridge, outlets, river temp showers, locking doors/windows. 

Want to know more about Flō?

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But what will we DO all day?

These intimate in-person events aim to build community while fostering growth in creative sequencing, movement exploration, and more. Please check out a tentative schedule below for our 6 day (7 night) event. This schedule is subject to change, and is expanded to 8 days for our events that don’t include on-site lodging for a later start and longer midday break.

Some days will have additional free time with only one lab, and others may have an optional excursion. Remember, all offerings are optional, and all hours attended count as continued education through Team AM is happy to help participants book outside activities as well!

6 Day Sample Schedule

6:30am – 7:30am: Fruit, coffee, tea by the pool

7:30am – 8:00am: Morning introspection – meditation, journaling prompts, optional share

8:10am – 10:00am: Creative Vinyasa Workshop – Focus topics include accessible inversions, partner play, unusual transitions, group dynamics

10:00am – 11:30am: Breakfast by the pool. Vegan, veggie, omnivore options offered.

11:30am – 1:00pm: Morning Lab – typically a mini review segment to prep for the related afternoon activity. Highly interactive and fun. Geared around cueing, creative sequencing, unusual prop usage, anatomy, assists, and more.

1:00pm – 2:30pm: Lunch by the pool. Vegan, veggie, omnivore options offered.

2:30pm – 4:00pm: Afternoon Lab – Application of the morning lab with partners and groups. Includes interactive games, sequence creations, mini showcases, assist explorations, and MORE. 

4:00pm – 5:30pm: Free play – visit the waterfall, sit by the pool, take a snooze, or chat with friends

5:30pm – 7:00pm: Recovery/Restorative – Soft and Creative play to help balance out your busy day

7:30pm – 8:30pm: Group dinner by the pool. Vegan, veggie, omnivore options offered.



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Cancellation Policy & Legal Fun


We understand that life happens and things change. At the same time, we are a small business, and there are limited spots available for these events. We highly suggest you purchase travel insurance in case of any emergency change of plans, and are happy to answer any other questions that you might have!


Thanks for understanding. In the unlikely event that Authentic Movements has to cancel the intensive, you will be offered a fully refund or transfer to another session. Pleased do not purchase plane tickets until your event is less than 90 days away. Additional info about tickets and the shared shuttle will be sent to registered participants. 


Deposit: $800 USD – Always non-refundable & non-transferable 

Balance Payments: Fully refundable until 60 days or less before the start or your specific event

Note: This intensive is a sober event. We ask that all attendees refrain from drinking or drug usage (including marijuana) during the full course of the training dates. Authentic Movements attracts quite a few students who are sober and/or in recovery, and we aim to create a safe space for all attendees. Thank you for understanding.



***Once the program begins, there are no refunds of fees, no exceptions.***

Videography and Photo Release: There will be Photographs and video taken during training and used for promotional purposes. By signing up for this retreat, you are agreeing to allow any photographs taken of you to be used by Steph Gongora, Erin Kelly, Bianca Scalisé, Casa Colibri, Flō Retreat Center, and/or Authentic Movements.