Retreat in 2016 Open to Everyone
Singles ~ Couples ~ Friends ~ Family
February 27th - March 5, 2016

at Pura Vida Spa
in Costa Rica

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Annette Franks Body, Mind & Spirit Retreat Video

‘Balancing Body, Mind & Spirit’
A Week Long Life Enrichment Retreat
in Costa Rica

Designed to Energize, Enlighten & Empower Our True Selves

presented by
Annette Franks, M.Ed., LPC

Yoga with
Lori Candon & Victoria McMahon

Qigong and Tai Chi with
Valerie Fagan

February 27 - March 5, 2016
At Pura Vida Spa in Costa Rica

Pura Vida, meaning Pure Life, is located on a Private Estate
atop a Mountain in Costa Rica’s Alajuela Province.
Pura Vida is considered “Heaven at the Top of the World”
Tropical Splendor * Delicious Healthy Cuisine * Astonishing Nature

An Enlightening, Empowering and Energizing Week
Proactive Participation in Our Own Mind-Body Health and Wellness
Exploring our Overall Life Balance and Holistic Self-Care
Exploring and Enhancing the Psychological Aspects of Our Selves
Creating Behavior Patterns and Belief Systems that Enhance Our Lives and Health
Exploring and Eliminating Behavior Patterns and Beliefs in Our Lives that Limit Us

The Retreat combines Health and Wellness Education and Neuroscience Research,
a Workbook for Self Reflection and Exploration, Fun Interactive Exercises,
Salsa Dancing, Small Group Discussions, Meditation, Yoga, Qigong, Tai Chi Easy
and other Evidence Based Energy and Health Enhancement Mind-Body Practices.
The Week is designed for Enhancing our Health and Holistic Self-Care,
Reflecting Inward,
Resting and Re-energizing our Physical Bodies, Minds & Spirits.
We have morning Yoga Classes and Qigong and Tai Chi Classes (optional).
For more information visit

Rates include Room, Three Meals per Day and Entire Retreat Conference
and Pura Vida Spa Shuttle to and from Airport .
$1605 per Person Tentalow Double Occupancy - $1900 Single Rate
$1845 per Person A-Frame Deluxe Room Double Occupancy - $2320 Single Rate
$1865 per Person Vista Deluxe Room Double Occupancy - $2355 Single Rate
$1925 per Person Kiva Upper Super Deluxe Double Occupancy - $2455 Single Rate
$1965 per Person Tri Level Super Deluxe Double Occupancy - $2525 Single Rate

Please contact Reservations at Pura Vida Spa for Room Availability.
1-888-767-7375 Ext. 233
Space is Limited.
Early Registration is Recommended especially if you want a Deluxe Room.

For more information on Pura Vida Spa in Costa Rica
and to view the Resort and Room Accommodations visit
To Register Call Pura Vida Spa at 1-888-767-7375 ext. 233 and ask for Reservations.
Register for “Balancing Body, Mind & Spirit’ Retreat February 27 - March 5, 2016 with Annette Franks.

For More Specific Details and Program Schedule See Below:

Life Enrichment Retreat 2016
February 27 - March 5, 2016
"Balancing Body, Mind & Spirit"
The Mind-Body-Spirit Life Enrichment Retreats
in Costa Rica at Pura Vida Spa
have been Absolutely Fabulous on every Mind-Body-Spirit Level.
Truly Enlightening - Energizing - Empowering Retreats
You can join us by yourself, with a significant other, or with your good friends.
We have singles, couples, friends, and adult family member combinations including mother-daughter and sisters.
The week is designed to enrich our own lives and the lives of those we love.
It's a great place for your own renewal and self reflections
and to also re-energize your relationships with others
if you choose to bring someone close to you.
It's an Easy Trip especially if you are traveling alone....Pura Vida Spa is just 20" from the San Jose Airport and Pura Vida Spa Staff will be at the Airport when you arrive to Pick you Up and Take you directly to the Spa.
Pura Vida Spa is located 20 Minutes from the SJO Airport in Costa Rica
and 45 Minutes from Downtown San Jose.
( Airport Shuttles are available by Pura Vida Spa to & from Airport.)

For more information on Pura Vida Spa in Costa Rica and to view the Spa
and Room Accommodations visit

To Register:

Call Pura Vida Spa
at 1-888-767-7375 ext. 233
and ask for Individual Reservations.
Register for "Balancing Body, Mind & Spirit"
Life Enrichment Retreat February 27 - March 5, 2016
with Annette Franks.

About the Retreat Leader:

Annette Franks, M.Ed., is a Corporate Wellness Coach and Holistic Health Advisor. She has over 30 years counseling and consulting experience working with individuals, couples, families and companies. Annette has an Extensive Background in the Field of Energy Medicine and Mind-Body Health Practices including evidence-based Medical Qigong. Annette is a Certified Tai Chi Teacher
and Certified Qigong Teacher from the Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi (IIQTC). She is also Certified as an Integral Energetics Practitioner from the IIQTC in Santa Barbara, California.
Annette has a Private Counseling and Consulting Practice in Columbus, Ohio.
She is on Faculty at the Parker Hannifin College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences, The Institute of Addictions Studies at The Ohio State University Department of Addiction Medicine and the Gestalt Institute of Central Ohio.
As a Motivational Speaker, Annette conducts Relationship Workshops, Empowerment Seminars, Motivational Speaking Engagements and Corporate and Counselor Training Programs throughout the United States and Canada. She was a Presenter for the 2005 Hazelden Women Healing Conferences presented Internationally by the Hazelden Foundation. Annette has been the featured guest on numerous TV talk shows and is a Keynote Speaker among Corporate America, including Fortune 500 Companies.

Tentative Schedule for 2016

Pura Vida Spa will give Annette the exact Schedule times
and Classroom Locations on Friday February 26th.
The "Balancing Body, Mind & Spirit" Retreat Schedule
will be posted on Saturday February 27th for our Group
at the Main Office where you Check In and at the Wellness Center.

If you decide to come in early, please make sure you have arranged with Reservations at Pura Vida Spa for the extra night's register for the extra night early because sometimes they are full the Friday night before the Retreat starts. Sometimes we can get the same room as the room we have the retreat week and sometimes they need to put us in another room the night before our retreat starts if we choose to come in early. Most people do love to come in early and relax a day ahead
at Pura Vida is an amazing place to just 'Be' and unwind.)

Schedule for ‘Balancing Body, Mind & Spirit’ 2016 Retreat with Annette Franks
Gentle Yoga Classes with Victoria McMahon and Lori Candon
Qigong and Tai Chi Easy Classes with Valerie Fagan

Saturday     February 27, 2016
Arrival & Check - In during Afternoon     Relax into Pura Vida Spa

We'll have a Gathering Together on the Dining Room Balcony at 6:00 pm
before Dinner where you'll have a chance to meet others and receive your Retreat Week Schedule with the class locations and you also receive the Retreat Journey Workbook "Balancing Body, Mind & Spirit"

Opening Dinner Together at Pura Vida 6:30 pm - 8 pm

6:30 am – 7:30 am   Gentle Yoga with Victoria & Lori (Optional)

9 am   Pura Vida Spa Orientation

10:15 am – 12:45 pm   "Balancing Body, Mind & Spirit" Class
with Annette 

Afternnon Free Time

8:00 pm – 9:00 pm   Evening Fire Circle Gathering (Optional)

6:30 am – 7:30 am   Medical Qigong and Tai Chi Class
with Valerie (Optional)

9:00 am - 12:00 pm   Balancing Body, Mind & Spirit Class with Annette

Afternoon and Evening Free-Time at the Spa
for Leisure Time or for Spa Treatments*
Join Us from 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm for the Group Excursion*
to the Waterfall Gardens
 (Spa Treatments & Excursions* are Optional and Cost Extra)

6:30 am – 7:30 am   Yoga with Victoria & Lori (Optional)

9:00 am – 12:00 pm   Balancing Body, Mind & Spirit Class with Annette

Afternoon Free-Time

Join Us for an afternoon trip into San Jose for a Walking Tour
Canopy Tour Excursion (Zip Lining) (Cost is Extra) at 1:00 pm

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm    Music, Movement & Dance (Optional)

6:30 am – 7:30 am   Medical Qigong and Tai Chi Class
with Valerie (Optional)

Free Time all Day for Full or Half Day Excursions
or Spa Treatments or Leisure Time.

6:30 am - 7:30 am   Yoga with Victoria & Lori (Optional)

9:00 am – 12:00 pm   Balancing Body, Mind & Spirit Class with Annette

Afternoon Free – Time

4:30 – 6:00 pm   Yoga Nidra Meditiation with Victoria (Optional) 

7:30 pm – 8:30 pm   Special Evening Fire Circle Ceremony
then Salsa Lessons with Pura Vida Spa (Salsa Lessons Optional)

6:30 am – 7:30 am   Medical Qigong and Tai Chi Class
with Valerie (Optional)

9:00 am – 12:00 pm   Balancing Body, Mind & Spirit Class with Annette

4:30 pm - 6:30 pm   Closing Ceremony Together
6:30 pm   Closing Dinner Together

Saturday   March 5, 2016 
Check Out by 11:00 am

Breakfast 7:30 am - 9:00 am    
Lunch 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm    
Dinner 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Our Retreat Group will also have Morning Medical Qigong and Tai Chi Classes at 6:30 am on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
If You like, Visit for Medical Research
on Medical Qigong and Tai Chi Practices
(Click on Free Wellness Materials
and then Click on the Medical Qigong and Tai Chi Button)
Annette and Valerie are Certified Qigong and Tai Chi Teachers from the Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi (IIQTC).
Qigong and Tai Chi are Mind-Body Practices Enhancing Our Health and Vitality and Empowering Proactive Participation in Our Own Healthcare.
Qigong is like "Meditation in Motion".
The classes will focus on Vitality Enhancement Methods and Integral Qigong and Tai Chi Practices and are designed to relieve stress, improve physical balance and heart health, increase immune function and improve mental focus and clarity.
No prior Qigong, Tai Chi or Yoga experience is necessary for the Retreat Week.
Comfortable Clothes for ease of movement is important in Qigong Classes.

Yoga Classes with Lori Candon and Victoria McMahon

Our Retreat Group will also have our Morning Yoga Classes at
6:30 am on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday.
Yoga Classes are Optional and are Free for Our Retreat Group.
Both Victoria and Lori teach Yoga Classes in the Central Ohio area.
Lori also teaches Qigong and Tai Chi in Central Ohio.
Lori has homes in Ohio and Costa Rica.

Pura Vida Spa provides additional Yoga Classes at various times throughout the day and are available for our group members for a small fee. Check with Pura Vida when you get there for a list of the classes and other opprtunites they provide that week.

Annette draws from years of training
and experience in Mind-Body-Health and Psychology
and Mind-Body Energy Medicine Practices.
She is Passionate about Integrating
Mind-Body-Spirit Health and Wellness Practices and
Empowering each of Us to be more Proactive
in Our Own Healthcare and Wellness.

Meals are Served Daily
Breakfast 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Lunch 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Dinner 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

*Excursions and Spa Treatments are Optional and Cost Extra (Excursions and Spa Treatments are Not Included in the Price of the Empowerment Conference - Contact Pura Vida Spa for a list of the Spa Treatments and Excursions).

Make Your Reservation Early.
Space is Limited.

Some Airlines to SJO (San Jose) are
American Airlines
US Air


Check out for more information on what to bring and travel details. It is an easy trip....Just book your flight into San Jose and let Pura Vida Spa know your flight details and they will be waiting for you with a Pura Vida Sign and your name on it after you go through customs and get and clear your luggage. They take you directly to Pura Vida Spa...a 20 Minute trip from the airport....if you arrive early, most people get there in time for lunch at the spa and/or dinner.
You don't need a car...the spa has great excursions you can sign up for and do directly from the Spa.....see there Website for the list. It is a fun, easy way to experience pieces of Costa Rica....they do the work and planning.......we enjoy the experiences.
The front desk will also help you reserve a car and driver if you want to go touring on your own during your afternoon free-times.

Unless you're choosing to stay longer or come in a day early,
Plan to Fly into San Jose (SJO) Airport Code on Saturday February 27th
by lunch or early afternoon if possible
and then Fly out of San Jose on Saturday Afternoon March 5th.
The "Balancing Body, Mind & Spirit" Program starts with a gathering before Dinner on Saturday Evening at 6:00 pm on the Dining Room Balacony.
The Retreat ends on Friday Evening after Dinner.
Most Participants actually fly into San Jose in time for lunch on Saturday and fly out of San Jose on Saturday Afternoon on the Departure Day.
Many people find it more relaxing to get to Pura Vida Spa in the early afternoon to relax and then stay for breakfast together without rushing in the morning to get an early flight out of San Jose. Pura Vida Spa Staff are wonderful about picking us up on time and getting us to the airport
at least 2 to 2 1/2/ hours before our scheduled flight out.

Please note you will need a Passport to fly in and out of San Jose, Costa Rica.

Please make your Shuttle arrangements with Pura Vida Spa ahead of time
and they will pick you up and return you to the Airport in San Jose.

Call Pura Vida Spa
at 1-888-767-7375 ext. 233
and ask for Individual Reservations
and give them your Flight Information ahead of time.

Pura Vida Spa is about 20 Minutes from the airport by car.
Unless you wanted to rent a car, there is really no need to rent a car since
the resort has many excursions and also provides us
transportation to and from the airport for reasonable fees.
All flight Information must be given to Pura Vida Spa.


If you do plan to join us, here's a suggested list of
Personal Needs for Costa Rica Retreat Week



Suntan Lotion & Sun Block

Warm Pajamas - Cool Nights atop a Mountain

Jeans and Long Pants for the Cool Nights

Sweatshirts & Light Jackets for the Cool Nights (in the Mountains)

Short Sleeve Shirts for the Day…Tees and Tank Tops

Shorts and Capri Pants for the Daytime

Comfortable Casual Clothes and Comfortable Walking Shoes


Yoga/Workout Clothes or Comfortable clothes for Movement Exercises.


Alarm Clock

Your Special Shampoo & Crème Rinse & Soap if you prefer your own brand
(Pura Vida does provide Shampoo and Soap)

Sandals with Straps

Tennis Shoes for Hiking

Rain Jacket & Poncho

Bathing Suits

I-Pod and I-Pod Home for Room if you like

Nuts and Granola Bars (In between meal snacks or for while hiking)

Costa Rica Map &Travel Guide

Blow Dryer

Face and Body Lotion

Journal and Pen

Also visit Pura Vida Spa's website for their suggestions
of what to bring and what they provide and their excursions.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION below needed for Pura Vida Spa Shuttle to/from airport.

The cost of the Shuttle is already included in your retreat week, however, each person is responsible to make their Shuttle Arrangements themselves with Pura Vida Spa in Advance. Please call or email Pura VidaSpa for your Shuttle Transfers.

Pura Vida Spa Transportation Instructions

Pura Vida Shuttle Information To & From Pura Vida Spa & SJO Airport

Entry/Departure Requirements: The Government of Costa Rica requires that all foreign visitors must present a valid passport for entrance into the country. Passport must be valid for at least 30 days past your date of arrival. There is a $29 non-residency departure tax due when departing Costa Rica. The tax must be paid before you check-in with your airline. This can often be paid upon arrival to Costa Rica, but keep your receipt for departure.

The servicing airport for Pura Vida Spa is San Jose International “Juan Santa Maria” (SJO). The resort is about 20 minutes from the airport.
To schedule a transfer from SJO to Pura Vida Spa the Pura Vida Spa reservations office must receive the following information at least 14 days prior to the start of your trip.
Call Pura Vida Spa
at 1-888-767-7375 ext. 233 or ext 225
and ask for Reservations and give them your Flight Information.

After passing through immigration and customs, you meet the driver outside the exit door. He will have a sign which reads, “Villas Pura Vida + your last name”.

If delayed, please call Reception in Costa Rica: 011-506-2- 483-0033.
If you are in already in the country of Costa Rica, then take off the 011 and 506 to dial the local number. The local number from the US is 678-388-9564.

Notify the reservations office if you plan to make your own way to Pura Vida Spa. Should you need to schedule transfer for a day different from your arrival, the shuttle will only pick-up at SJO Airport and only at pre-arranged times.


Annette Franks, M.Ed., LPC, HHA, CWC
Corporate Wellness Coach
Motivational Speaker ~ Professional Counsleor
Holistic Health Advisor
136 Northwoods Blvd.
Columbus, Ohio 43235

‘Balancing Body, Mind & Spirit’
A Week Long Life Enrichment Retreat in Costa Rica

Designed to Energize, Enlighten & Empower Our True Selves



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