Costa Rica Catch-up With Jolena Overland

It's been about a month since you've returned from Costa Rica. When you close your eyes and imagine yourself back there what images come to mind?

The ocean, sand, and sun! Sadly, no monkeys.

What was one of the highlights from the trip?

There are so many but truly the women that I got to know and the surf lessons!

What was something about the experience that was unexpected?

The relationships that I came back with and motivation to continue the journey to be my very best self.

What three words would you choose to describe the retreat?

Relaxation | Replenishment | Adventure

How would you describe the villa in Playa Negra?

AMAZING! Plenty of space including and lots of bathrooms so it never felt like you were waiting on one not to mention the different outside areas to soak up the sun and find quiet reflection time.

How would you describe the beach?

Perfection, not crowded, water was the perfect temp, great place to learn to surf.

How was it having a personal chef?

Such a treat to go from busy mom life and constantly planning/preparing meals to just showing up to load my plate with healthy clean options that kept you full until the next meal. I loved the food!

You're one of the top real estate agents in Sandpoint. How did you balance work and play on the retreat?

My job is high stress, and I didn’t realize how much it affected me until waking up one Monday morning with stress induced Bels Palsy, half my face was paralyzed, and I was told there wasn’t much I could do but take some steroids and hope for the best. Luckily, the mobility in my face fully returned after a month but this was the wakeup call I needed that forced me to find the balance in my everyday life and that’s when my yoga practice became one way of finding that balance. Taking a trip like this has been a dream of mine for a long time. I’ve learned that delegation is key to productivity and I was able to disconnect having the help of an assistant back home covering most of my business but there was also downtime that allowed me to work if/when needed. I’ve learned that living in the moment is worth potentially missing out on a business opportunity.

How did your yoga practice change or evolve?

The trip inspired me to continue setting goals for my practice so that I am constantly challenging myself. I am honored to be a part of the WE Yoga family and would highly recommend to anyone to just step outside your comfort zone and take the adventure, it will be worth every second! I can’t wait to go back!

WE has every intention of returning to Costa Rica for another yoga retreat! Stay tuned 🙂

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