CONSCIOUSNESS EXPERIENCE

A life-changing experience for entrepreneurs who want more from their life.

Consciousness motivates us to want more out of life.

The is an intimate, 6-day experience specifically designed for founders, entrepreneurs, and executives to expand their conscious awareness, decouple net worth and self-worth, and learn to be in healthy relationship with themselves and their businesses.

Dates: Arrive Sun, Sep. 11 / Depart Sat, Sep. 17, 2022

Location: Costa Dulce Ecolodge, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

What Will I Learn?

How to be successful and happy – here and now!

Learn techniques to experience joy, peace, and freedom in your life.

Experience expanded states of consciousness to let go of old thinking.

Learn to integrate all aspects of a healthy and balanced life.

Experience how amazing it can feel to actually disconnect from your inbox.

Learn who you are from the inside out and start building a life by design.

Learn super powers for dealing with your co-founder, board, and employees.

Untreated entrepreneurs use entrepreneurship as a solution to entrepreneurialism much like alcoholics use alcohol as a solution to alcoholism.

What’s Included?

6 Nights and 7 Days of Beachfront Beauty

  • Workshops & practices with master teachers.
  • Experience Holotropic Breathwork, Sweat Lodge and Sacred Cacao ceremonies.
  • Optional opportunities to experience microdosing and a psilocybin journey.
  • Chat with other entreprneurs every night by the fire.
  • Meet some amazing Sea turtles.
  • Jungle hike through a reforestation project.
  • Daily yoga, meditation & breathwork.
  • Beachfront bungalows with private bathrooms.
  • Group ground transportation to & from Liberia, Costa Rica International Airport.*
  • Guided assistance with immigration and customs at the land border crossing.
  • Four meals per day (soda & alcohol not included).
  • Access to surf school, trails, private beach, and bar.
  • Access to pool, jungle spa, and sweat lodge.

Who Should Come?

When you’re looking for something more but not exactly sure what.

FOUNDERS, ENTREPRENEURS & EXECUTIVES

SEEKERS, EXPLORERS, ADVENTURERES & BIOHACKERS

SILENT SUFFERERS

You may be a good fit if you frequently say things like…

 

“I’ll be happy when once I make my first million.”

“I’m financially free but still looking for the missing piece.”

“I’m tired of living a life that’s just ‘good enough.'”

“I’ve achieved all of my professional goals but I still feel empty inside.”

“An antidote for workaholics and entrepreneurialism.”

What Will I Do?

A birdseye view of the experience.

Overall Experience Agenda

  • Arrive in Liberia, Costa Rica Sunday afternoon.
  • Shuttle provided to Costa Dulce resort.*
  • Sunday Evening – Dinner & Opening Session.
  • Daily Activities Monday through Friday.
  • Saturday Morning – Breakfast & Departure to Liberia.*

Typical Daily Schedule

  • Pre-Breakfast
  • Yoga for Every Body
  • Breathwork & Meditation
  • Breakfast
  • Workshop
  • Lunch
  • Free time & Integration
  • Dinner
  • Discussion & Fireside Chats

*Group shuttles to and from the Liberia airport are included in the cost of the retreat. Private shuttles or shuttles for planned early departures or late arrivals are not included in the retreat costs.

How Much Does it Cost?

How much do you value your happiness?

The pricing below includes 6 nights / 7 days at the Costa Dulce Ecolodge and includes all food, lodging, transportation to and from the airport, and all activities noted above.

Items not included are spa treatments, specialty drinks, or any optional excursions or transportation you choose to participate in.

  • Shared Room – $3,495

  • Private Room – $4,295

Co-Founders – Receive a $500 discount by using the discount code “COFOUNDER” at checkout. Must be co-founders from the same company. May not be applied to deposits.

Flights

Fllights to and from Liberia, Costa Rica (LIR) are not not included.

Gourmet Meals

Four gourmet meals, tea, and coffee are provided daily overlooking the ocean.

Ground Transportation

Group transportation and border crossing support to and from Costa Dulce is included.

Activities and Spa

Full spa services, surfing, and horseback riding are available but not included

Your Guides

Over 50 years of combined experienced blending business and spirituality

Gv Freeman

Gv Freeman is a Self-Awareness Coach & Psycho-Spiritual Guide who lives at the intersection of entrepreneurship, mental health, and psychedelics. After 20 years of launching and growing tech companies, Gv began following his true dharma to help founders, entrepreneurs, and executives learn to be successful AND happy – here and now. He does this through his coaching practice, Founders Thriving and DEEP Inner Work; programs designed specifically to address the needs and thought patterns of high performing entrepreneurs. When he’s not hosting retreats and traveling the world, Gv works on his latest startup, Nactivate, catches as many live concerts as possible, and loves spending time with his friends and soul family.

Gv’s Website

Christina Roberts Enneking

Christina Roberts Enneking is an experienced coach, facilitator, leadership consultant, and experienced yoga and mindfulness teacher supporting businesses and individuals throughout Silicon Valley. She is known as a catalyst for positive change, combining an entrepreneurial spirit with practical tools and skills to help align people with their deepest purpose. When Christina isn’t serving corporate or private clients, she is leading service-based yoga retreats to install solar lights, built by children in Silicon Valley, to families who live off the grid.

Christina’s Website

“This is something to try when the idea that ‘more is better’ has stopped working.”

Frequently Asked Questions

For additional questions, send us an email.

This doesn't sound like a normal retreat?

Probably not in the “normal” business sense. Knowledge is stored in the mind; wisdom is stored in the body. Many business conferences and retreats are filled with presentations, business card swapping, and note-taking. Founders Thriving is 100% the opposite; intimate and nearly note-free. While a journal is encouraged to document your experience, there will be little need for note-taking. In an effort to bypass the “thinking” mind and work directly with the body, this retreat is highly experiential. Because when the body remembers, the mind never forgets.

Check out a blog post on this topic.

Why Nicaragua? Is it safe?

There are two primary reasons I chose Nicaragua to host our retreat. The first is cost. Costa Rica is nearly 2x-3x more expensive than Nicaragua for the same accomodations. On top of that, I have a deep desire to help others and Nicaragua is an incredibly poor country. On top of that, I believe that as each person does their own healing work, we heal the people and places around us. What better place to do our work than a country like Nicaragua.

And yes, Nicaragua is safe to travel. Statistically, it is the safest country in Central America. Nicaragua has come a long way in the last several decades. Since the Nicaraguan Revolution of 1978-1979, it has become the safest country in the region, outdoing both Costa Rica and Panama on this front. Although this developing nation is one of the poorest in the Western hemisphere, it is a beautifully diverse and culturally rich country that is remarkably safe, with low crime rates. Tourists should use normal, common sense when traveling around Nicaragua.

How will this help my business?

Dame Minouche Shafik, Director of the London School of Economics said, “In the past, jobs were about muscles, now they’re about brains, but in the future, they’ll be about the heart.” I believe that as we become better humans, we can lead our companies from a more grounded, healthy, emotional, and vulnerable place. If we can be better leaders for our teams, they can quite literally, “Build Something Better.” Today, our world needs better. We need understanding, love, and compassion. Brené Brown reminds us, “‘Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change.” Who wouldn’t want more of that in their company? Founders Thriving is a place to practice being vulnerable so you can hold space for your leaders and teams when they’re ready to do the same. 

Will it be any fun?

100% yes! While we will do work every day, there is also time every afternoon for you to relax, recharge, and enjoy your stay. Surfing lessons, massage, zip lining through the jungle, seeing slots and monkeys on a jungle hike, or just relaxing at the beach or pool are all options to rest your brain and body.

What will I get out of the retreat?

The goal of this retreat is for individuals to start the process of decoupling net worth and self-worth and leave with a greater and lasting sense of purpose, fulfillment, and happiness that you can take home to your life and your company. When we begin shifting our locus of happiness from the external (money & power) to internal (physical, mental, emotional & spiritual) it’s a lot easier to be happy with less.

In a few words, think of this as “adult self-care camp” where you’ll re-learn to be curious about life and who you truly are as a person. 

What makes this different than every other conference I've attended?

I believe the difference between knowledge and wisdom is knowledge resides in your head and wisdom resides in your body. This retreat has been specifically designed to be experiential in nature. Unlike a conference where you take notes and snap pics of PowerPoint slides you’ll never look at again, when you deeply experience content rather than memorize it, notes are no longer required. The change is instantaneous and your body will remember all on its own. Additionally, this will be a small gathering of 20 people or less so you there will be ample opportunity for 1:1 conversations with both the guides and your fellow attendees. 

What type of content will be covered?

The concepts of self-worth and net worth are deeply intertwined within almost every aspect of our lives. To explore (and possibly let go) of some of our most deeply held (and potentially untrue) thoughts we have to approach the work slowly and safely. We’ll do this by addressing our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual bodies in an integrated way. The content presented will address aspects from all of those areas and allow you to leave with home practices that can be easily incorporated into your daily life.

Where does the content come from?

Topics will come from many schools of knowledge including Yoga, Vedanta, the Heroes Journey, cognitive behavior therapy, somatic theory, shamanism, entheogens & non-ordinary states of consciousness, and many other schools of knowledge and practice. That being said, one of the core values of Founders Thriving is that “universal truths are spoken in many languages,” so every participant is encouraged to bring their own wisdom and experience and content that is meaningful and personal to themselves and their peers. 

I'm not a religious person, is this for me?

Nor am I so you should be fine. 😉 My teacher often reminds me that religion is a group activity often centered around a prescribed set of beliefs, rules, rituals, expectations, and dogma. Spirituality, on the other hand, is an individual activity. Spirituality is self-knowledge. Quite literally, the process of getting to know oneself (the self). While that could happen in an individual or group setting using various practices (such as Yoga and meditation), every person gets to decide what they want to do and believe. This retreat is simply a set of conscious experiences designed to help you remember what it feels like to be a human being…rathern than a human doing. 

But still...it sounds pretty woo woo!

I’m not sure I can disagree with you on this point. While some of the practices you’ll be exposed to are pretty mainstream these days (i.e. yoga), there a lot of practices and methods (i.e. sweat lodges, sacred medicine & holotropic breathwork) that could feel new, different, and maybe even a little “out there.” Having said that, many of the teachings have been used for thousands of years in the East and South America and definitely nothing to be afraid of. No one will force you to do or think anything you don’t want to do but you will be encouraged to try new things. Founders Thriving truly believes that, “Universal truths are spoken in many languages.” If you’re a closed minded person just looking for a relaxing week on the beach, this is not the retreat for you. If you’re open to being exposed to the “pu pu platter of self-care”  designed for the sole purpose of becoming a more realized human being then I’d love for you to join us. Net-Net…take what you like and leave the rest. You may just surprise yourself.   

For additional questions related to accomodations and Costa Dulce, please see their FAQ page. 

Still have questions?

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Each applicant must apply and be interviewed by a guide prior to acceptance. 

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