Cultivating Creativity Movement + Yoga Retreat

A Post-Envision Festival Experience - Feb 2020

Join Steph Góngora (@casa_colibri), Erin Kelly (@erinkellyart), and Bianca Scalisé ( for a 5 day, 6 night creativity and movement exploration on the beautiful South Pacific coast of Costa Rica! Bliss, beaches, and all the yoga you could wish for at Flō Retreat Center, a picturesque indoor/outdoor studio and retreat center in Uvita, Costa Rica.

An intimate and community building experience, Cultivating Creativity will top off at just 28 people (3 teachers) to make sure you get the individual attention you deserve in daily meditation, flow, and restorative practices, as well as additional workshop sessions.

While there will be 2-3 yoga classes offered per day, plenty of free time is also scheduled to roam the wild waterfalls, beautiful beaches, and colorful streets of small town Uvita + nearby Dominical. This is YOUR retreat, and YOUR path to Cultivating Creativity, so we have structured a schedule that is rigorous in its teaching opportunities, but also allows you the freedom to pick and choose what to participate in so that you can give your body and soul exactly what they need!

Coming for Envision Festival 2020?! You have the option to stay at Flō Retreat Center FOR FREE during the festival days (details below – Envision Ticket NOT included in the cost of the retreat).

Retreat Basics

Arrival = Feb 24th, 2020 (after 2pm)*

Departure = March 2nd, 2020 (before 12pm)

It is highly recommended that you arrive at Flō Retreat Center on Monday Feb 24th, 2020 (after 2pm) to give yourself time to check into your room and relax before our first full day of adventures! Your lodging + dinner for the night of Feb 24th is included. Similarly, lodging is covered the final night of the event, and all attendees must be checked out by 12pm on Monday, March 2nd, 2020, unless other arrangements are made for a longer stay. (early breakfast provided on Monday March 2nd).


  • EARLY BIRD: $1700 USD
  • After Dec 1st, 2019: $1850 USD



Lodging at Flō will be booked on a first come, first serve basis between our dorms, double rooms, and cacao forest cabinas. You can request a specific style of room (details below in the accommodation section), however, we cannot guarantee that each specific room style will be available. You will be notified if your room is co-ed. All rooms are the same price (per person). The cost of the retreat includes yoga, lodging + THREE Freshly Prepared Meals Each Day + Coffee/Tea (vegan/veggie/omnivore options). For more info on lodging and accommodation, please scroll down to the Accommodation Section.



Are you attending Envision Festival? This nearby art/music/movement fest is taking place Feb 20-23, 2020. The 2020 event is the 10year anniversary of this 24 hour conscious community celebration, and team Authentic Movements typically teaches a few classes at the fest itself. While Envision offers a variety of on-site camping + cabina options, many individuals choose to stay off-site. Authentic Movements & Flō Retreat Center are happy to invite retreat guests who will also be attending the festival to stay at Flō during part or all of the festival for no additional charge (meals not included for Envision days). This offer is only open for those attending both the festival & the retreat. All other retreat guests must check in on Feb 24th, 2020.  Note: Cost of Envision Festival ticket is NOT included in the cost of the retreat. Flō Retreat Center is about a 15 minute drive from Envision Festival, 4×4 taxi required. Transport to/from the fest as well as meals during the festival will be at your own expense. Envision Festival participants may check in on Feb 20th, 2020, anytime after 10am. Thank you for understanding!



  • Lodging @ Flō Retreat Center – Check in Feb 24th, 2020 (after 2pm), check out March 2nd, 2020 (before 12pm) – unless checking in prior for Envision Festival.
  • 5-Day Movement + Yoga Retreat  – Authentic Movements Style
  • 2-3 Yoga Classes per day including morning active flow, evening restorative flow, and a few workshops (requests welcome)
  • THREE Freshly Prepared Meals Each Day (Dinner Provided Feb 24th, Breakfast March 2nd)
  • Daily Coffee/Tea/Fruit before morning class
  • Room Service Charge & Tax
  • Ability to claim all attended hours as unclassified continued education hours on Yoga Alliance since all teachers are YACEPs

Additional Items (Not included):

  • Round trip airfare (suggested airport -SJO).
  • Transfer to/from airport (we can assist with booking this)
  • Snacks
  • Optional Excursions including taxi rides up/down the mountain
  • Meals during the Envision Festival dates

This retreat is open to ALL-LEVELS. Most yoga offered will be considered intermediate with both modifications for beginners and challenges for more experienced practitioners offered. Not sure if you’re the right fit? Email us!



*6:30am – 7:30am – Coffee/Tea + Fruit

*7:30am – 9:30am – Introspective Practice (writing/meditating) + Morning Flow Class

*9:30am – 11:00am – Breakfast 

*11:00am – 1:30pm – FREE TIME

*1:30pm – 3:00pm – Lunch 

*3:00pm – 5:00pm – FREE TIME or occasional workshop!

*5:00pm – 6:00pm – FREE TIME

*6:00pm – 7:15pm – Restorative/Slow Flow

*7:15pm – 8:45pm – Dinner

This schedule may vary on a daily basis, and there will likely be more free time on some days (either morning/afternoon) to allow for rest and relaxation, and coordinate some beach trips dependent on the tides. All events are 100% optional so that attendees can take exactly what they need from this experience!

While all trainings at Flō are dry events (no alcohol), this is a RETREAT. Drug usage (including marijuana) will not be tolerated, however responsible drinking for those of age is welcome. Please recognize that many attendees may be sober or in recovery (as most of Team AM does not partake) so enjoying your experience while not affecting those around you is paramount. <3


Click the link to be re-directed to our purchase page. Here you will have the choice to select a $500 deposit only option (with balance being due on or before Dec 1st, 2019) or a paid in full option. Can’t wait to see you in paradise!

Instructor Details

Meet Steph Gongora & Erin Kelly

Authentic Movements Lead Teacher Trainers merge their passion for the practice with combined decades of movement and creative instruction in a variety of fields. Each has accumulated an extensive amount of continued education and has no plans of stopping anytime soon! All 200HR, 500HR, Retreat, and Continued Education Modules are taught by at least 2 of the 3 Lead Teacher Trainers. Click on the LEARN MORE BUTTONS to visit their personal websites and find out more about the AM Teacher Trainer Team!

Steph Góngora


Erin Kelly


Bianca Scalisé

Accommodation Details

Flō Retreat Center - An Eco Friendly Wellness Venue

We are so excited to host another memorable event at the main home of Authentic Movements – Flō Retreat Center. This 40 acre property is 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 holds a common area for eating and working + large communal kitchen and shared bathrooms on the first floor. Eat breakfast overlooking the salt pool and watching 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 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 provides ample area to explore the practice on your mat. Full use of blocks, blankets, straps, wheels, (and hopefully aerial hammocks) will be offered during this event, and it’s a quick walk to the main house for bathroom breaks or snacks. Right behind the yoga studio (Casa Colibrí), you will find a fully functional gym equipped with top of the line machines + free weights!

Keep walking toward the jungle, and you will enter the sacred cacao forest. Here the laden cacao trees shade our Shared Cacao Cabinas, small but efficient bungalows housing 4 attendees each. Shaded, quiet, and peaceful, these adorable shipping container-esque sleeping quarters come equipped with screens, AC, mini fridge, and each have their own bathroom.

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.


*Three bunk beds, six people per room

*Shared bathroom

*Mini Fridge(s)

*AC, Screens, Ceiling Fan

*Linens included



*One bunk bed set (2 people) or a queen bed for 2 people 

*Currently no private (1 person only) option, sorry. Email to discuss if you want to book privately.

*Shared bathroom (separate from dorms)

*Mini Fridge

*AC, Screens, Ceiling Fan

*Linens Included


3. Shared Cacao Cabina 

*Four people (2 bunks) 

*Shared bathroom

*Mini Fridge

*AC, Screens, Ceiling Fan

*Privacy of the Cacao Forest

*Linens Included


Payment Plan Options Available

This is a retreat, not a training, so Authentic Movements does not require an application process, simply registration via purchase in full or a deposit to reserve your space.

See below for the link to our deposit and pay in full options. Please note that the $500 deposit is always 100% non-refundable and non-transferable. If you’re paying in full, that means that of the full price, $500 cannot be refunded should you choose to cancel. The other payment portion becomes non-refundable/non-transferable after Dec 1st, 2019. Please review our full cancellation policy  and ask any relevant questions BEFORE making a purchase. 

By registering for this event via deposit or paid in full option, you are acknowledging that you understand:

  • Your deposit is 100% non-refundable/non-transferable
  • For those utilizing the deposit option instead of the pay in full, your balance will be due on or before Dec 1st, 2019
  • After Dec 1st 2019, all payments are non-refundable/non-transferable
  • You will be asked to sign a standard waiver before attending
  • While those of age may responsibly consume alcohol on the premises, drug usage is not tolerated at Flō


QUESTIONS? Email us via [email protected]


Click the link to be re-directed to our purchase page. Here you will have the choice to select a $500 deposit only option (with balance being due on or before Dec 1st, 2019) or a paid in full option. Can’t wait to see you in paradise!

Cancellation Policy & Legal Fun

We understand that life happens and things change. We do our best to be flexible, however, the closer the cancellation is to the actual start date, the less likely it is that we will be able to fill your space. Since we have already paid for the event, we are committed, and late cancelled rooms would mean payments out of our pockets. 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!
Date of Cancellation Payments Made Deposit ($500 – either paid alone or part of the paid in full option)
Prior to or on Dec 1st, 2019 Fully Refundable Non-Refundable/Non-Transferable
After Dec 1st, 2019 Non-Refundable/Non-Transferable Non-Refundable/Non-Transferable

***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, Casa Colibri, Flō Retreat Center, or Authentic Movements.


Click the link to be re-directed to our purchase page. Here you will have the choice to select a $500 deposit only option (with balance being due on or before Dec 1st, 2019) or a paid in full option. Can’t wait to see you in paradise!