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Grief Walking & Joy Tending

Grief Walking & Joy Tending

Explore the sacred arts of Grief Walking & Joy Tending

Join Carrie and Kelly as we guide participants through thoughtfully curated experiences to support Grief Walkers in the exploration of their inner and outer worlds to build a deeper appreciation for the gift of a joyful life and the precious, fragile qualities that it holds.

Immersed in the natural beauty of Costa Rica, we will nourish our relationship to Earth, Self, and Community through the magic of yogic movement, mindfulness practices, ritual & ceremony, writing, and group coaching with plenty of time to tend to your precious Self.

This retreat IS for you if:

You know the tender experience of loss and desire to move with your experience in the company of like-minded individuals that also see the potential for the sacred act of Grief Walking to create and sustain a deeper appreciation for the gift of life and the precious, fragile qualities that it holds.

We welcome all Grievers and their support people. Loss takes many forms, this retreat is built for those of us that are working with the
~ loss of a loved one, a relationship, a pet, a pregnancy, a job, a hope or dream, an old version of yourself, or a way of being

This retreat is NOT for you if:

You require or desire psychological support and/or therapeutic counseling administered by a licensed mental health care clinician, if you are struggling with suicidal thoughts and/or ideation, in active addiction, and/or processing deep trauma associated with abuse.

May, 28 — Jun, 4 | $2399

About Your Yoga Instructor(s):

Kelly Howard

Things I know to be true in my own experience- hardships are inevitable. Grief and pain are part of life and denying that fact only makes our struggles more painful and more difficult. I love life and I believe in the transformative power of positive thought, kindness, and compassion and know firsthand that there are more layers in life than the bright and shiny ones. Our work is to own ALL of our pieces and ALL of our experiences in order to embrace our true brilliance. Our strength comes from utilizing our resources to be fully seen, fully heard, and fully expressed.

I have found my personal strength through the healing practices of shared vulnerability and truthful expression, in whispering softly to animals, finding delight in the simple pleasures of the senses, traveling to connect with new landscapes and new people, moving my body in ways that it expresses feel best, slowing my mind through meditation, honoring myself and the Earth through ceremony & ritual, and receiving massage therapy sessions.

It’s become my life’s passion to hold space for individuals along their own personal path. Each of us holds the keys to our personal healing and stabilizing resources. I create sacred spaces for clients to redefine their lives after a loss, empowering them to create and grow resiliency and joyful expression with a deepened appreciation for the beauty of the Spirit.

Carrie Wren

Hi! I’m Carrie. I believe in connecting deeply, expressing fully, experiencing richly…and supporting others in doing the same. I’ve been in pursuit of life-affirming experiences and wild-hearted adventurer for as long as I can remember. As a professional certified coach, I get to have the kinds of conversations that you wish your best friend was trained and willing to have with you: highly intuitive, deeply authentic, no bullshit, and consistently relating to you as your highest and best self, even when you forget who you are. As a yoga practitioner and teacher, I am committed to helping you respect, appreciate, and enjoy being at home in your body. As a transformational retreat facilitator, I see over and over that the alchemy of travel, self-discovery, connection, and yoga among a community of similarly curious and engaged individuals will transform you if you let it. I hope you’ll join us on this special adventure as we Explore & Expand both grief AND joy, together.

What's Included


Daily yoga classes and yoga props including mats, blocks and straps.

Resort Guests Enjoying Costa Rica | Blue Osa


Intentionally designed beachfront eco-friendly rooms with ocean views and the use of the 25-meter pool.

Dessert for Resort Guests | Blue Osa


Delicious farm-to-table meals and snacks using homegrown, organic ingredients.

Take a flight to the osa peninsula || Blue Osa Yoga Retreat || Skyway


Airport transfer from Puerto Jimenez to Blue Osa and return taxes.

AND What Else Is Included?

* Daily Yoga and Meditation, accessible for all practitioners, and curated specifically for our Grief Walking and Joy Tending experience
* Group Rituals built to support through the Grief Walking experience
* Multiple opportunities to tend to our many joys through journaling, movement, lounging, swimming, strolling the beach, laughing and connecting with new friends, or enjoying the breeze from the hammock with a favorite book in hand
* Personal Expansion Challenges
* Group Coaching Support throughout our journey
* Thorough support prior to our trip, including extensive recommendations for packing, insider tips, and more!
* Extraordinarily beautiful natural beauty, deep connection, the opportunity for personal growth and transformation…and as always, fun surprises to delight you along the way!

“I had the honor of joining Explore & Expand Retreats in Thailand! Kelly and Carrie do an amazing job at crafting an experience like no other. Like they say, it’s not your average yoga retreat. Like I say, it’s fucking soulful. It’s full of adventure and pushing beyond your limits. It’s discovering your radical self-reliance on the other side of the world, while also being supported unconditionally by friends you’ve just met. I am so thankful for this growth, connection, and soul expanding experience.”
— Amelia
“Gratitude. Not just the kind of gratitude where you think, ‘oh yeah, I’m thankful for that.’ But the kind of gratitude that goes from the top of your head to the tips of your toes. That aches in your bones and fuels every cell of your being. That makes your heart swell to bursting and break at the same time. This trip has changed me. Taught me lessons I didn’t know I needed to be taught and lessons that I am continually relearning. And for that am I so grateful…For Carrie who is soulful and deep, and who can make you question everything and reassure you that you know the answers all at the same time. For Kelly who leads with strength and poise and humor and adventure, who can offer you support at exactly the right moment but will also be open and vulnerable with you in exchange. For each of my retreat family members who showed up for themselves with radical self-reliance and showed up for each other with trust and integrity. I will have this experience always.”
— Susan