Two weeks ago I landed in Costa Rica excited and full of anticipation for my fellowship with Epicself but never expecting to find freedom on the level I have. I had specific intentions in coming here and being a part of this intensive program. My number one priority was to learn how to fix and keep my body in proper alignment and pain free. Several accidents in my past had left me with many issues and constant pain. Number two was to learn how to be a digital nomad and turn my wellness coaching practice into a virtual one I could do from anywhere in the world.

I had other intentions too but these were the primary ones. Everyday amidst work, we practice pilates, yoga, myofascial release and make delicious raw vegan food. I had some pretty big expectations coming into this along with a gut feeling that they could absolutely all be met.

Through the daily yoga, pilates, myofascial release classes I have learned how to realign my body and be pain free. What a miraculous feeling! After all these years to know I never have to suffer pain like that again. Nutrition has gotten me to where I was and could manage my pain but I knew deep down that I could do better, I could be pain free and there had to be a way I could do it on my own.

It only took two weeks to reach that point. I am in awe. This daily practice has also helped me become even more aware of my body; how it feels as I move through my day, how it moves as a cohesive unit now not a jumble of separate body parts. I have always practiced yoga and found the addition of the pilates and myfacscial release to be key players. I’m rediscovering my body in new ways I never even imagined; building strength and learning to trust my body again.

Last week I hiked up to and down from Nauyaca Waterfalls. When I first arrived here I could not have made it. Daily practice has also helped me be more present in the moment instead of off in the future where I have a tendency to hang out. ‘I feel more rooted to our mother earth, connected, one.

I won’t lie and say it has been easy; far from it. It has been hard work and at times I wasn’t sure I could do it. After experiencing my first 24 hours pain free though I was hooked. So worth the effort and hard work!

As a chef I wished to expand my raw food skills during my time here and that too has truly been fulfilled. I had the great honor of working aside renowned raw food chef, Pedro Pradhu, last week preparing food for the Epic Awakening Retreat. What a treat! Not only did I get to learn and be inspired by him and help prepare the meals, I got to meet and spend time with a group of beautiful souls. It was amazing to see how we all came together as strangers and parted as family; all in the course of 5 days!

Happily following a raw plant based way of eating hasn’t been as challenging as I initially thought it would be. The majority of my food back home was plant based and included a lot of raw. The warm tropical weather makes this way of eating much easier for me as well. Amber has also been such an inspiration and teacher when it comes to raw recipes. Through her I’ve been learning to replicate some “typical” foods such as burgers with onion rings. Yes! we made raw vegan burgers, onions rings with avo mayo and the best raw ketchup I’ve ever tasted! It was delicious and so much fun to make.

An unexpected surprise to this experience has been meeting and getting to know my companion in this fellowship program. It’s hard to believe that Diana and I met only a few weeks ago! She was a kindred spirit right from that first second we met at the airport and will be my sister for life. Being around like minded individuals, learning and inspiring each other, supporting and challenging each other to grow and expand has lifted my spirit and set it soaring. Many kindred spirits. How truly blessed I feel to be here and living this dream. If I were to choose one word to describe my experience thus far on all levels; mind, body, spirit, it would be FREEDOM.

I look forward to the last couple of weeks knowing my intentions have been met. Curious and excited to see how far beyond my wildest dreams I can go. Namaste.