Last December, I received the first royalty check for my book 15 Minutes Outside: 365 Ways to Get Out of the House and Connect with Your Kids. That moment also happened to be the deadline for Peg Mulqueen’s Yoga and Surf Retreat in Costa Rica. The check I received happened to be the exact amount that I needed for a week of outdoor yoga in paradise. I held up the check and exclaimed, “Costa Rica!”.
As soon as I got to Costa Rica, I thought, “I want my family to see this.”
I don’t know about you, but life according to a school schedule and an educational experience that is not able to afford my kids experiential learning as it relates to the rest of the world is really cramping my style.
In travel, I value authentic connection with the locals, food, and to discover the things the people who live there love. Peg Mulqueen takes her group to the OSA Penninsula (south west of Costa Rica) to share a private property for approximately 30 people with a chef for every meal, clean and delicious eating of what is in season, with spa services by the beach and private surf instruction. Oh, and did I mention that the OSA Penninsula was named by National Geographic magazine as one of the most biodiverse places on Earth? I’m sure the Galapagos is great, but I want my family here first.
If this picture of a bright purple and orange crab isn’t enough, imagine colorful red, yellow, and blue macaws flying in groups overhead the property every day and knowing where they are first by following the sounds of the crackling, crunching of nuts on trees on the property.
I am still dreaming of taking my family to this retreat in Costa Rica; and you know what? I’m done dreaming.
I’m looking for 7-10 other families who are tired of just another resort where you could be anywhere and who want to spend their precious vacation time with family-friendly adventure around the world.
The plan is, no matter where we go, to have a resident naturalist and educator, including language lessons for all – participate in as much or as little as you’d like. If your kids have to miss school, we’ll make sure the assignments get done. I’m ready for my kids to make lasting friendships in other parts of the world and with a perspective that helps them authentically connect to others and the nature around the globe.
So, do you want to join me? If you have wishes for travel with your kids that go beyond traditional hotels and tourist traps and want to experience a sense of place and nature as the locals do, contact me. I’d love for your family to authentically connect with the next place I’ll travel with mine.
About Rebecca P. Cohen
Rebecca P. Cohen is the go-to spokesperson for outdoor activities any time of the year. Rebecca is author of the book, 15 Minutes Outside: 365 Ways to Get Out of the House and Connect with Your Kids (Sourcebooks), the digital excerpt The Best Outdoor Activities for Families: Wintertime, and inventor of Rebecca Plants Curiosity Cards. Rebecca’s work has been featured in Better Home and Gardens, Parenting, Redbook, Working Mother, Family Circle, Backyard Solutions, and has appeared on live morning news shows around the country. Rebecca has been a proud ambassador of the Seeds of Change Sowing Millions Project and featured as a spokesmom for the National Wildlife Federation’s Be Out There movement on PBS Wild Animal Baby. She has inspired thousands with her public appearances and community and school events, and motivates still more to follow their dreams and passions as the host of Wish It, Dream It, Do It! radio. For more information visit RebeccaPlants.com.