Twenty retreaters joined together in Costa Rica to learn more about Christian Meditation, how to draw closer to God, and various tools to help us to purify our hearts and minds. Check out our picture blog and testimonials.
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Rhonda during one of the workshop sessions guided a retreater through EFT to help reduce her back pain. It worked!
Each morning we opened our workshop time with praise, worship, and flags.
On the beach doing our warrior one poses, standing strong in Father God and our faith.
Morning Christ-centered yoga daily to work our bodies and quiet our minds.
Many spaces at the center to relax, reflect, and work on personal lessons.
Recently I had the wonderful opportunity to attend a God getaway retreat that was held in Casafistula, Costa Rica. This was a pre Birthday gift I had given to myself that I have to say has been to date one of the best birthday gifts I have had and experienced. I didn’t know what to anticipate other than I knew we would be doing yoga, practicing Christian guided meditations ( which I was really interested in ) and there would be praise and worship. Well, this retreat was more than I could ever have anticipated. It was like a lavish banquet table that had been set out, where course after course was served, nourishing my body, mind, and spirit. The spirit of the Lord was noticeably present in each of our sessions!
With Rhonda’s guidance, through each session that we had throughout the week, I knew that I was there to hear from God – and I did as I opened up my mind and my heart to what He had to teach me whether it was through Rhonda’s guided scripture meditations, her teaching sessions, the diving deeper exercises we did on our own, or the yoga sessions or praise and worship sessions. It was a week that was as intense as it was restful as Rhonda covered some significant and important material in mindfulness based on scripture and giving us tools to apply. It went by so quickly, but during that week I also connected with new friends that I know I will stay in contact with.
The food we were served during this week was fabulous. I think there was more than a few of us who would have liked to have taken the chef with us to be our own personal chef! The accommodations were basic but seemed to be perfect in that we weren’t distracted for why we were there. It was nice to enjoy the hammocks, and the pool that was also there for our enjoyment.
My only recommendation I would have for this retreat would be, that in addition to the hand outs that Rhonda provided us, i think it would have been helpful to have had handouts on the additional notes and stories Rhonda shared as we went through each of our sessions. What Rhonda was sharing was pertinent to what we were learning and I sometimes missed some things as I was wanting to write it all down. Having this information already at hand would be good in that we would mainly have to highlight what stood out to us and we would be able to refer back to them later and it would still make sense. That being said, I would attend another retreat facilitated by Rhonda in a New York minute!
Thank you Rhonda for your obedience to the Holy Spirit guiding you to be a facilitator of these retreats. I was richly and wonderfully blessed and I now have tools to use in my day to day life. Two of the guided meditations that really were transformational for me was the one about the wall of resistance and also the very last one we did together as a group on the Holy Spirit. They were profound and really spoke right into my heart.
Zip-lining, river rafting, and then hot springs on one of the weekly excursions.
More worship flag worship and praise.
Taking a sunset cruise during one of our weekly excursions.
More quiet and serene beauty.
A great place to relax, reflect, and sleep.
First off Rhonda I want to compliment you on the wonderful week in Costa Rica. I didn’t have any preconceived notions about what we would be doing. pretty much yoga. I’m a newbie on that and meditation. Well with my mind always flying around it’s a challenge, but you really are a fabulous guide!!! I found the retreat one of The softest sweetest personal journeys I’ve ever been on. I was able to chase day-to-day living out of my mind and focus on further getting to know my inner self. This requires you to really leave your normal circumstances and that’s what a retreat does to create this type of environment where you are able to really do some work deep down inside. Personally it also was very rewarding to realize that anger hardly has a place in my heart. I’m thankful for you; your knowledge and skills and ability with self-discovery and the meditation with the spirit and the yoga.
God did amazing things on this retreat, just as I imagined He would. I was nervous about what to expect but every day was full of new insights and ways to connect with God on a deeper level. In the first 24 hours, Rhonda taught us to ask God to reveal things to us – like where we needed healing, where our bodies felt rejection, and what we wanted from Him. In this secluded environment, I was able to truly focus on these life-changing concepts and learn to trust God more.
First, I discovered that I had a limited belief about God’s goodness; I didn’t really believe He was good or would always accomplish good on my behalf. This was the first thing He healed in me. Now I have scriptures to support the goodness of God in the past, present, and future. He wanted me to know how this belief was really limiting my daily joy in life, and how it was affecting my relationships. Immediately, I felt more free, as if clouds had been removed from my eyes and now I could collect evidence of His goodness without a focus on my disappointments.
Then Rhonda led us through an exercise identifying a place in our bodies that senses negative input or the lack of complete acceptance. I felt it in my neck, where it closes up, gets tight, and even feels like someone choking me, cutting off the air. God gave me confirmation during the week that this was my ‘body area’ which responds to rejection; now I had a physical way to measure when the spirit is free within me vs when I am just pushing through on my own. I used to love playing the piano and painting, but haven’t done either for a long time. With God’s healing of this ‘creative flow’ in my throat and neck, I now feel great freedom to add these things back into my life! Who knew … that a body part could signify so much about my spiritual state and under the Holy Spirit’s guidance, bring both healing and rejuvenation to me? Now I am aware of when I feel closed and when I feel open. More joy is coming, I know!
In our last day, Rhonda taught us to identify three core values, (which I’ve done many times before, right?), but also to attach a positive emotion to these things. Then we listed activities that bring us more bliss in our lives, and added those activities to our calendars! What a concept. Just add the things in that raise our emotional state and that honor our values. I loved this fantastic closure to the week, and recognize that God orchestrated the sessions for my personal growth and freedom in stuck areas.
I thought that the primitive environment would be a deterrent to hearing from God, but instead it enhanced my ability to really hear Him and know where I would feel the most relief from emotional pain. Now home, I know that the tools I learned on this retreat will serve me to keep my healing and to keep a check on my emotions so that the Spirit is involved, and I am better able to practice emotional wisdom throughout my day – and my life! Thank you, Rhonda, for offering so much freedom to so many!
Waiting for the beautiful sunset.
Ending yoga class in resting pose and dwelling in Gods’ presence.
An afternoon Christ-centered flow yoga class instructed by one of our yoga retreaters overlooking the fields below.
Some after session sharing.
Rhonda Jones is very professional, friendly and inspiring. The tools provided are priceless. I started the reatat with uncertainty and reluctancy. However, by the second day, I knew god had prepared me for such a time as this. the course content was so relevant to my specific needs that I felt as if the retreat was designed just for me. However, this was a shared feeling among all of the participants. I would highly recommend Rhonda’s retreat, so much that I am trying which one to book next!
The God Getaway Retreat was a Godsend to help with my journey of evolving. The tools that Rhonda taught was for me at the right time. My experience was well worth it and was even able to put a few of the tools into practice while there. The retreat center had all the ambriance of being away at a remote location. The excursions, food, and views were amazing.
I truly enjoyed the retreat in Canafistual, Costa Rica. The accommodations were perfect for a Christian yoga and meditation retreat. Our host, Rhonda Jones was extremely hospitable and gracious. I really enjoyed the meditation sessions. I would recommend others to take part in Rhonda’s retreats.
Thank you so much Rhonda! You are an amazing teacher and encourager. The material is very impressive. I thoroughly enjoyed everything about the retreat. The sessions were helpful and life changing. The practical “digging deeper” were awesome and I will continue to complete at home.
Michelle, she and her husband have been to 3 retreats.
The meals were wonderful and also one of the highlights of this retreat.
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