A raw, transformative experience where the rainforest meets the sea in Costa Rica

18th - 23rd of September 2022





The Experience

As Rumi says, “Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames.” We’ve curated an intensely centering and expansive experience designed to do exactly that—set your life on fire (not in the burning it down sense, more in the igniting your energy, purpose, and glow sense!), by placing you in an environment, leading you through practices, and surrounding you with community that fan your flames.

The Experience is one expression of our new Set Your Life on Fire programming, inspired by Maddy and Katie's journeys to take lives that were busy, and evolve them into ones that are full. The other expression, The Program, is a six month series of virtual coaching, community, and knowledge sharing, which you can read more about here. Or, read on to learn all about The Experience!


It all starts with environment. The exact location of our experience will remain confidential until booking, by request of the local community, who want it to remain as magically raw and infrequently travelled as it is today. While we have explored some extraordinary corners of the globe, we’ve never experienced a place quite as magnetic as this enclave in Costa Rica. You experience a visceral slowing of your breath and heart rate and a deep clarity while there. It’s isolated, embedded in some of the more pristine wilderness you’ll find, and filled with many more four legged creatures than two legged ones. We’ll stay in an open air eco-lodge there to soak in the sea, fresh air, and star-filled sky fully. More detail can be provided on location via private message.


Equally important are the practices we’ve planned to help you find, light, and fuel your inner fire. Each day will include a combination of yoga, meditation, pilates, and surf, with delicious, high-nutrient meals crafted from local produce to keep you fueled. We will also offer sessions to help guide and inform your journey to center and expand, including vision boarding, opening and closing intention setting ceremonies, and breathwork. These practices fuse the best of ancient and modern wisdom to help us strip away the noise and busy-ness of day to day life and prepare our bodies and brains for growth. They are also deeply nourishing, fun practices that have helped both Maddy and Katie set their lives on fire—and whatever your path, will help you leave the experience invigorated and smiling.  



Finally, we’ll curate a diverse, open-minded, high-human + high-octane community for this experience, and are accepting participants by application only to ensure we meet that very high bar. Immersing yourself in an eco-lodge in the jungle and “setting your life on fire” is not for everyone—which is perfectly ok!—but a community excited to experience that journey together makes the journey even richer.



Costa Rica is the most biologically intense country in the world. Even though it only accounts for 0.03% of the Earth's surface, it contains nearly 6% of the world´s biodiversity. And the specific area we will host this experience is Costa Rica’s most biologically diverse, as recognized by National Geographic. The correlation between biodiversity and ecosystem creativity—the ingenuity and tenacity of its species—has been much studied, and you will feel that creative energy surround you and inspire you while there, creating the perfect environment to foster growth.


The practices that will serve as the backbone for our day-to-day throughout this experience include yoga, surf, pilates, and meditation.


The word yoga is derived from the Sanskrit root yuj, meaning “to yoke,” or “to unite”. The practice aims to create union between body, mind and spirit, as well as between the individual self and universal consciousness. Such a union tends to neutralize the things that keep us inert—ego, fear—creating a sense of spiritual awakening that allows us to achieve more in body, mind, spirit, and our lives at large. We’ll teach a mix of vinyasa and yin yoga to both push and nurture ourselves throughout the experience, all in our beautiful, private yoga shala nestled in the Costa Rica jungle.


As a pursuit, surf is unique in its symbiosis with nature. It challenges you to feel, see, read the ocean more deeply than ever before, and to appreciate both its playfulness and power. It’s both a wildly fun and wildly humbling experience that pushes your strength, stamina, and balance, builds your mental focus, presence, and calm, and cultivates a primordial connection with nature. Whether you’ve never surfed before or are an expert, our location has access to the perfect surf break for you. And, we’ll be working with seasoned, certified surf coaches to ensure surf is accessible and fun for the full group.


Pilates, initially called “contrology”, is designed to maximize the control we have over our muscles, starting with our core. Through a series of low impact, slow & controlled, repetitive movements and stretches, the practice enables us to build long, lean muscles, great posture, and flexibility—all key factors that keep our bodies feeling fantastic and going to work for us day in and day out through our 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, and beyond.


The human brain tends to want to live in the past, reliving memories—both the good and the bad—or the future, worrying, imagining, planning for things that may or may not happen down the road. Meditation trains us to quiet the mind and be instead entirely focused in the only moment we can control right now—the present. The Buddha describes this as a singular path toward “the cessation of suffering”; a modern take we found quite powerful was actually from David Lynch, who said “the thing about meditation is: you become more and more you.” Whether you have a rich meditation practice or have never meditated, and whether the take of a 3000 year old eastern spiritual leader or a modern-day filmmaker resonates with you more (or neither!), our guided meditations will make the practice accessible to you. There’s a reason countless humans the world over, spanning thousands of years, have found solace and clarity from this practice, and we believe you will as well.


Wake up call from the local howler monkeys

Sunrise guided meditation

Energizing pilates or yoga flow


Free time

Midday surf session


Afternoon free time

Restorative yoga or pilates session

Optional solo sunset meditation


Either evening free time or special event (vision boarding, breathwork)



Our local personal chefs take great pride in the rich aromas of Costa Rican culture and prepare each meal from scratch, bringing both culinary education and a rich home cooking legacy to their craft. Each meal is prepared with sensitivity to personal tastes and dietary needs, making sure to add heaping portions of local flair. Traditional dishes with a culinary twist, served with the sounds of the jungle in the background, our meals will be loaded with both nutrients and flavor. All restrictions and preferences provided ahead of time will be accommodated (vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, allergies, etc.).

Three meals a day fully included.


Madeleine Karlsson

Maddy is a Holistic Health & Nutrition Coach, a Certified Pilates Teacher & a Yoga Instructor with over 15 years experience working in the wellness industry. Maddy can best be described as an adventure seeking soul who has traveled around the World to learn and share her passion for good food, fitness & mindfulness. 14 years ago she set foot in Costa Rica and has been drawn back ever since to its magical sunsets, the sounds of the jungle and the amazing surf. In 2019 she set her life on fire by leaving behind a flourishing career in real estate, a Pilates business and 10 years of her life in Monaco to call Costa Rica home.

Katie Tobias

Katie is a certified Yoga and Meditation instructor who teaches at Barefoot Yoga in Rincón, Puerto Rico. Katie was a global fitness and fashion marketing executive in New York, London, and Sydney for over a decade before deciding to set her own life on fire in 2019, which ultimately led her to move to Rincón, which she calls home eight months of the year and where she surfs and practices ocean-front yoga every day, and spend the other four months of the year traveling to different places that fuel her (with Costa Rica and El Salvador being two of her favorites). She also started working for herself, becoming a brand & marketing consultant for companies that share her values of east meets west wellbeing & sustainability, and teaching yoga & meditation.


You will be staying in a private eco-lodge nestled where the jungle meets the sea, with three pristine beaches and two waterfalls just a short jungle path away. Our space features a private, ocean-view yoga shala, saltwater pool, spa, and numerous outdoor seating areas to fully embed and enjoy the jungle surroundings. The open walls and unique architectural fingerprint will make you feel at one with nature. There are nine lodging spaces on the property, each of which will be configured to accommodate between one and four guests. 

A few important notes on accommodation & pricing:

  • In this pristine part of Costa Rica, there are no hotels or large retreat centers. We feel that is part of the magic of this particular location, and though it means we are unable to offer many private rooms, we also feel the communal experience in this open-air eco-lodge is a powerful one.
  • While the space we’ve selected is consciously designed and beautiful, it is also rustic and not luxury-grade accommodation. We’ve included several photos to give you a sense for the spaces, and are happy to answer any questions you may have as well.
  • All shared accommodations will be assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis, while honoring any reasonable requests (e.g. to only share room with someone of the same gender). Shared rooms include doubles, triples, and quads, and bed sizes ranging from twin to queen.
  • 'Hosting this kind of experience in such an isolated location is complex and costly (limited local resources means bringing everything in); we have priced the experience as accessibly as we can while still covering our costs and ensuring we earn something as hosts.


*All prices are per person*


Price per person: $2500



Get a private room to share with a friend featuring a double queen bed or one queen and one twin.

Price per person: $2650


Price per person: $3200



As a powerful complement to The Experience, we are offering a six month virtual coaching, community, and knowledge sharing experience, Set Your Life on Fire: The Program, including bi-weekly zoom calls, an always-on WhatsApp community and more (priced separately, details here). 

The Experience will serve as a tremendous capstone to The Program and we highly recommend considering signing up for both. However, each is designed to be a comprehensive, powerful standalone experience, so if you can’t do both, joining us for one is still a wonderful option.

For a limited time, we’re offering a 10% discount for those who’d like to join us for the full Set Your Life on Fire experience, including both The Program and The Experience.

What is included:

  • Five night, six day stay at a beautiful, consciously-designed eco-lodge.
  • Daily pilates, yoga & guided meditations.
  • Daily surf lessons (with the exception of arrival and departure days).
  • 3 high-nutrient, locally produced meals a day.
  • One breathwork session.
  • One vision boarding session.
  • Opening and closing ceremonies and intention-setting rituals.
  • Transportation to & from local airport to eco-lodge.
  • Any transportation required during experience (e.g. to surf lessons if at a break other than the one in front of our eco-lodge).
  • All materials needed for the experience (yoga mats to use while on site, etc.).
  • All taxes

Not included:

  • Visas, air travel, travel insurance; local airport is Puerto Jimenez, which can be reached via 30 minute regional flight from San Jose. 
  • Additional individual coaching sessions
  • Specialty beverages and alcohol (available for purchase)
  • Spa treatments (available for purchase)
  • Additional local activities (e.g. waterfall hike)
  • Gratuities
  • Enrollment in the six-month virtual expression of Set Your Life on Fire: The Program, though all who register for both The Experience and The Program are eligible for a 10% discount on both.


The last two years have been incredibly taxing in myriad ways. They have also been clarifying, and for many, will be an inflection point—taking a life that is busy, and evolving it into one that is full. This experience is designed to help you do exactly that, starting with stepping away from the busy-ness, noise, and habits that make it hard to see clearly, and replacing them with the quiet, intentional practices, and rituals that enable clarity. If you’ve read this far, listen to the intuitive voice telling you that this experience is exactly what you need. Set your life on fire. Don't let this opportunity pass you by...


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