Imiloa Presents

A 7-day immersive retreat for women leaders, to rejuvenate your body, re-ignite your passion for work, and develop a deep, nourishing relationship between your leadership and your spirit.

MAY 3-9, 2022

About The Retreat

We Offer a New Paradigm of Feminine Leadership.

If you’ve been feeling burned out, it can be easy to blame the never-ending to-do list on your desk, the piles of papers in your office, or the incessant demands of your boss, staff, colleagues and kids.

But what if there were something deeper at work?

What if the rules you’ve been following in your leadership were part of an old paradigm that simply doesn’t work anymore – a paradigm designed to keep you at arms-length from both your greatest joys and your greatest possible impact.

What if we told you that transformation can happen in an “instant,” as opposed to change that spans years of “adding” and “subtracting,” but essentially leaves you in the same old paradigm?

Would you want to learn how?

Whether you’re already a mission-driven leader who feels deeply connected to passion and purpose in your work… but exhausted – or you’re currently lacking clarity about how best to use your energy and skills in service to the world – it’s time to stop doubting yourself and start doing things differently.

What happens when a group of powerful, conscious women leaders take time out of their busy lives to vision, express, design, shift paradigms, rebuild, play, re-juice, and ask powerful questions about the next steps in their life, work and leadership?

Together, we’ll explore parallel paths of rejuvenating your body, re-aligning you to your purpose (hint: there’s an awakening that has to occur), and re-establishing the deep relationship between leadership and spirit. Simultaneously, we’ll explore the rich coast of Costa Rica: deep in the jungles, up on the mountain, and on the beaches that surround Imiloa Institute.

We say – it’s nothing short of magic.”

Imagine yourself in the second half of 2022: you’re a powerhouse female leader and a transformational change agent in your community. But rather than being the one who “keeps it all together” for everyone around you, you now hold keys that enable you to replenish your own energy at will, while uplifting those same people by changing the energy dynamics in your work and family systems.


  • Perhaps you’ve been feeling like you’re running on empty.
  • Or simply not as fulfilled as you imagined being at this point in your career.
  • Perhaps you’re yearning for community.
  • Or you just need a break from the day-to-day.

You are invited to join embodied leadership coaches LeeAnn Mallorie and Lise Melvin for an intimate gathering of women leaders.

Together, we’ll explore parallel paths of rejuvenating your body, re-aligning you to your purpose (hint: there’s an awakening that has to occur), re-establishing the deep relationship between leadership and spirit, and the rich coast of Costa Rica: deep in the jungle, up on the mountain, and on the beach.

What You Will Learn

This retreat is an intimate gathering of like-minded women designed to:

  • Revive your leadership and connect you with a deeper layer of professional purpose
  • Deeply nourish your body, mind and spirit with healthy food, guided movement mindfulness practices, and unexpected adventure
  • Help you name and unravel the unconscious, self-sabotaging habits that drain your energy when the stakes get high in life back at work
  • Reconnect with or deepen your intimacy with the earth
  • Leave you with new holistic, body-based practices that will change the way you approach self-care and energy management for good

Besides the curriculum, exploration, coaching and discovery, your week at the Imiloa Institute in Costa Rica will be filled with new-found possibility, an explosion of flavors with one of the most sought-after chefs in Costa Rica, and unpredictable new friendships that may last a lifetime.

Your Host

Lise Melvin

Lise Melvin is a global leader in sustainable development and a healer. She consciously bridges these two worlds, bringing hearts back into the office and our planet back into hearts.

Lise is a certified Somatic Coach (PCC) and bodyworker, and teaches Embodied LeadershipTM with the Strozzi Institute. She is a skilled facilitator, who inspires immediate trust and openness, and is masterful at holding space and tapping into the energy in a room to support transformation and collaboration.

Other credentials of her’s include: advising the United Nations, birthing two organizations – (re)spirited and the Better Cotton Initiative, transforming her own self and redesigning her life numerous times. Lise is committed to daily practices that resource her spirit, centre, and resilience. She has studied the Vedas, compassionate communication, deep ecology, systems change, and the embodied path of transformation.


LeeAnn Mallorie

LeeAnn Mallorie, MAPP, is the founder and CEO of Guts & Grace and sister firm Leading in Motion.

​LeeAnn began her career as an executive coach in 2005, working with leaders and teams from around the globe, including brands like Nasa, Mattel, Logitech, Shell Oil, the Ford Foundation and the Naval Air Systems Command. Yet she consistently found something was missing—the body. After ten years and tens of thousands of hours of personal practice, she discovered four keys that form the foundation of a new paradigm of natively feminine, full-bodied leadership. 

Today LeeAnn helps mission-driven women leaders tap into the wisdom of their bodies and recover their native superpowers, in order to lead with greater purpose, power, resilience and impact. Her new book Guts & Grace: A Woman’s Guide to Full Bodied Leadership (Conscious Capitalism Press) is available in January, 2020.

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​“The best investment in yourself you could make.”

Caitlin Ludlow

Adventure Travel Guide, USA

“I feel like I came in search of more transformation, and experienced a ‘revelation’ – above and beyond. Onwards and upwards”

Kat O’Sullivan

CEO KShift, Los Angeles

“Come ready to find yourself. If you seek guidance in identifying and strengthening life goals or desires this retreat guides you in very useful ways.”

Michelle Lawrenc

Anesthesiologist, USA

Ticket Pricing

Experience a 6-night, 7-day immersive magical week of life-changing activities aligning your mind, body and spirit while activating connection and clarity in your life that will leave you feeling inspired and motivated to take action.



Double occupancy in a Geodesic Dome with stunning jungle views.



Single occupancy in your own private Balinese Suite or Jungle Bungalow. Single tickets are limited and based on availability.

Payment plans available


A completely private campus; available to your retreat group only. Access to a private waterfall, nature paths, incredible flora and fauna, and an ocean view infinity pool. Also included is a dedicated team of 20+ local professionals to coordinate everything for your enjoyment, from touch down to take off.

Gourmet plant-based cuisine prepared by Chef Pedro and the team using all local and organic produce. Full meals, snacks, teas, coffees, juices, elixirs and fruit trays available throughout your stay.

Private transportation from the International airport to our campus; a local charter flight from SJO International, with a private driver and SUV transportation to our campus in Imiloa Mountain. During your stay, luxury ground transport is available at no additional cost for local transport, planned 72 hours in advance.


You will be immersed in a 22-acre jungle oasis in Dominical, Costa Rica.

This enchanted mountainside jungle venue is ten minutes from the beach and it is the perfect setting to experience deep healing, embraced by nature, yet completely luxurious.

While staying at Imiloa you will enjoy our nature paths, our private waterfall, our salt-water pool, stunning views and delicious and nutritious meals by our five-star vegan chef.


Included in each accommodation is the comfiest mattresses, 850 thread count sheets, storage space and dry rooms as needed, fiber optic internet, daily cleaning service, private en-suite bath, indoor/outdoor design for every accommodation with a focus on nature and being your private refuge, and full service, thrice-filtered private well for drinking water throughout the property.


Bali Village is perched 1200 feet about the Pacific Ocean, on a ridge line of flora, fauna and wildlife every direction you look. These 5 accommodations are 160-200 year old homes imported from Bali. Each with their own en suite bathrooms, the homes bring you back and create a self space for rejuvenation and transformation.


200 Year Old Homes from Bali. Imported from the Java Islands, these homes boast outdoor showers, full kitchen access, surreal vista views to the Pacific, their own salt water plunge pools and hand-carved art that is as old as the houses.


Perched on the edge of the cliff, at the furthest end of the property, sits a 170 year old home from the Java Islands we call Joglo. Complete with a writer’s desk, outdoor Balinese shower, hand-carved architecture that will transport you to another land and time, Joglo is teeming with history and comfort. Your cold plunge pool is adjacent to a warm bath, both outdoor. Full kitchen, too.


This two-floor imported home from Bali will have you wishing you’d never leave. Complete with a King Bed and a twin in the corner of the 180 year old home, Potoo has modern luxury with 360 views of the Pacific. On the lower level, a plunge pool and private spa. Potoo also includes many outdoor chairs, hammocks and a full kitchen, too.


Six Jungle Bungalows built on the side of the mountain on the pathway to our very own private waterfall. Bali inspired, the interiors feature natural finishings and a gorgeous exposed shower and bath tub.


Six Buckminster Fuller inspired Geodesic River Domes, among the best made in the world and partially powered by solar energy, sit perched on the edge of our private river with the fresh, flowing water feeding up to the domes. Experience the soothing sounds of relaxing and sleeping next to flowing water. Amazing!


The House of Masters, located in the center of the property, is a 2,000 square foot Balinese structure hanging 100 feet in the Jungle canopy. Adjacent are restrooms and a yoga storage room for mats, blocks and more. The space can be converted for any type of retreat, workshop or dance party.


A sprawling 3,000 square foot space that is the “Heart of Imiloa,” our social space features loungy, multicultural inspired furnishings, couches, and 5 imported tables from Bali, all under a Polynesian style roof.


Jungle paths connect the 20+ acres at Imiloa, with hand-made stairs and lighting, creating an immersive, easy experience for you and guests.


Beyond the Jungle Bungalows is a path that leads to our own private waterfall. Descend into what feels like an enchanted jungle forest as you bask in the magic and beauty of the surrounding nature.


Chef Pedro and Imiloa’s kitchen team are rated 5 stars in every area of the culinary experience by our thousands of guests. Food at Imiloa is an experience of itself — the perfect blend of art, nutritious and in harmony with nature, Imiloa’s kitchen is proud to cater needs to every type of request, allergy or desire. We are a plant based kitchen.


Imiloa’s world-class spa is a curated, sensual and deeply moving experience. Choose from Ayurvedic massages and practices, to a shamanic masseuse from our teammembers who are from the Boruca indigineous tribe here in Costa Rica, to more traditional Swedish, relaxation or Thai yoga massages, body wraps and others. A full list of spa offerings and a link to book during your free time will be provided to you before you arrival.


  1. Schedule your plane to arrive at SJO on or before 2:00pm in order to ensure you’ll have transport to Imiloa.
  2. Once landed, proceed to customs and instructions will be provided to meet Imiloa concierge.
  3. Proceed to baggage claim with concierge and proceed to Domestic Terminal (3 minute walk from International Terminal).
  4. Private Imiloa plane will be waiting to fly you to Quepos.
  5. Private ground transport shuttles will pick you up in Quepos and bring you to Imiloa.
  6. If you are already in Costa Rica, ground transport may be coordinated from Quepos, Dominical or Uvita as inclusive.
  7. Please do not plan to drive to Imiloa on your own. It is not permitted.
  8. If you need to arrive the day before, please stay at the Hampton Inn across from the airport, or plan to be in the San Jose Domestic Terminal for private flight to Imiloa by no later than 1PM (instructions will be emailed)

Questions? Email us: impact@checkout.imiloainstitute.com


Our team, the Welcome Home Team at Imiloa, from kitchen to property, gardening to coordination, logistics to transportation, will be available to you throughout your stay with anything you need. They have a ready smile, answers to most of your questions and can quickly support so your experience is easy and fulfilling.


  • Imiloa has partnered with a comprehensive travel insurance provider that meets the entry requirements for Costa Rica and offers “cancel for any reason” plans to maximize coverage: www.globalrescue.com/imiloa (additional cost)
  • COVID tests for entry and exit requirements to your home country can be done on site. We have an on-call physician that can come to the property for testing and results sent in English.
  • We follow cleansing and sanitization protocols as per Ministry of Health to ensure a safe environment
  • Staff and retreat participants are asked to follow safety guidelines such as social distancing, washing of hands, and proper mask wearing.


Imiloa is located in the jungle, at the top of a mountain, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Our lush retreat center is located adjacent to the second most biodiverse land on the planet.

Dominical, only 13 minutes away, is a beach town with surfer vibes, great coffee and plenty of shopping. Just north of our municipality is Quepos and to the south, Ojochal and Uvita, which is known as the Whale’s Tail.

Just 45 minutes east sits Costa Rica’s second largest city, San Isidro. Within an hour of Imiloa in all directions, you have access to airports, cafes, beaches, waterfalls, biodiversity and happy people ready to show you the lush, lovely area we call home.

You’ll arrive easily on our private plane, and your group will enjoy unlimited transportation to and from the beach, to and from the airport and throughout your stay with us.

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