San Jose, Costa Rica – Costa Rica is the ideal backdrop for wellness and fitness-minded individuals, whether they’re already fitness nuts, or searching for a healthier lifestyle as the renowned travel destination is known for having the world’s happiest people, plentiful access to fresh, local fruit and vegetables, and more than 25 percent of its land is protected from development.
Inspired by the lifestyle in this Central American paradise, Michele Shorter, founder and owner of The Shorter Approach, has partnered with GreenSpot.Travel to offer Pura Vida Luxury Wellness Retreat: The Shorter Approach Does Costa Rica from Oct. 8 to 15, 2016. The week-long experience will include goal-setting, cardio and strength training, and nutrition planning mixed with activities like coffee plantation tours, cooking classes, hikes up a nearby volcano, and salsa dancing with locals every day. 
People of all fitness levels and experience have the chance to join Shorter on the Costa Rica retreat, which includes experiences at two Cayuga Collection properties: Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation Resort in the Central Valley near the capital city of San Jose and Arenas Del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort along the Pacific Coast near Manuel Antonio National Park. 
“In today’s connected world, it is more important than ever to take time for self-care, to move our bodies, breathe in the sweet air, and savor our surroundings,” says Shorter. “The Shorter Approach is all about integrating what makes you feel good into your daily life. We’re going to work together to create a plan you can follow after you leave Costa Rica and equip you with the tools you need to nourish your body and mind every day, no matter where you are.”  
During Pura Vida, Shorter will guide participants through the week with a fun, action-packed agenda created to help them get flexible, strong, and energized, set goals and create a focused plan while in the tropical sun-soaked destination. 
A selection of wellness retreat activities includes:
  • Fitness and goal-setting discussion and guidance
  • Nutrition planning and recommendations
  • Cardio and strength training
  • Sunset yoga
  • Salsa lessons
  • Volcano hike and wildlife viewing
  • Hiking tour of Manuel Antonio National Park
  • A tour of the organic coffee plantation at Finca Rosa Blanca
  • Wildlife viewing 
  • Cooking demonstrations
Optional add-on activities during ‘free time’ include:
  • Kayaking or stand-up padding excursion
  • Easy Being Green Tour: sustainability at Arenas Del Mar
  • Spa treatment at Arenas Del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Retreat (separate fee)

The Shorter Approach Costa Rica wellness retreat is priced from $3,295 USD per person, based on double occupancy and includes all accommodation, daily meals, the full Pura Vida program, and all on-site activities. Space is limited. People may register or learn more by contacting GreenSpot’s Costa Rica travel expert Irene Edwards at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Edwards will individually connect with each guest to ensure that their trip is designed to best suit their needs, including pre and post-retreat extensions. Guests will be responsible for their flights to and from San Jose, Costa Rica. (Note: a recent online search revealed return flights from LAX to SJO as low as $564) 
“We believe wellness and travel go hand in hand, and The Shorter Approach perfectly complements our own eco-luxe approach to travel planning,” says Irene Edwards, founder and co-owner of GreenSpot.Travel. “All GreenSpot trips integrate high service standards and levels of comfort with meaningful opportunities to stay active and experience culture, nature, and cuisine. Costa Rica and the ‘Pura Vida’ lifestyle are the perfect inspirational backdrop for pursuing a life well lived.”
According to Shorter, the benefits of a focused wellness retreat can have long-term positive results on participants. “Often people find it hard in the midst of their busy daily lives to create the space they need to set their goals and commit to taking the action required to get where they want to go,” says Shorter. “For almost 20 years, I've worked with people to get clear on what they want and why. When you join me on retreat you are committing to make yourself a priority, to nourish your body and to do the work necessary to set yourself up for success when you return home. Add to this the fact that our retreat occurs in a natural paradise surrounded by lush vegetation and ocean and we have a winning combination. All you need to do is ‘just show up.’”
In addition, physical activity and mental performance are closely linked as exercise is closely linked to improved concentration, sharper memory, enhanced creativity, and lower stress. 
Traveling to improve your mental and physical health has been going on for millennia. As baby boomers hit mid-life crises and millennials travel with yoga mats in hand, the worldwide wellness tourism industry has become a multi-billion-dollar sector (more than $494 billion in revenues in 2013), growing faster than travel in general, according to industry reports.
GreenSpot is one of Costa Rica’s leading custom trip designers. Edwards has been a Condé Nast Traveler Top Costa Rica Specialist since 2006 and is included on Wendy Perrin’s 2016 WOW List as a Trusted Travel Expert for Costa Rica. GreenSpot’s approach to trip design is akin to planning a trip with your own local guide, who will take you to his or her favorite places, and provide advice and recommendations using insider knowledge and expertise. 
About Michele Shorter & The Shorter Approach
The Shorter Approach to beauty and wellness is built on the philosophy that to take part in all life has to offer, you need to be fit, healthy and confident in your abilities to “go the distance.” If your goal is to do more at home and be more active, this retreat will set up a path for a healthier, long term lifestyle. If your goal is to travel more and explore the world, training ahead of time reduces injuries; sets up healthier eating regimes and practices to nourish the body. In addition, improved health and confidence may inspire travellers to choose adventure trips in destinations that may have seemed too intimidating in the past. During the exploration, participants will have the opportunity to learn about new and emerging adventure travel trends and experiences to further inspire them to set and reach their wellness and fitness goals.  
A wellness advocator who encourages people to be enthusiastic about their health and longevity, Michele is an award winning business person, mother, wife and community builder with first-hand experience in the everyday life juggle that many face in making time for fitness, nutrition, sleep and personal time.
Shorter and her team deliver a multi-faceted selection of programs to a wide range of clients including Outdoor Bootcamp, Baby Bootcamp, The Biggest Winner Program, and fitness studios offering personal training and specialized classes using kettlebells, monkey bars, battling ropes, TRX, spin bikes and tires for the ultimate workout.
The Shorter Approach is based on 18 years of training clients from all fitness levels and backgrounds. Through The Shorter Approach, Michele delivers proven expertise, guidance and support to help you achieve your fitness and wellness goals, nourish your self and live the life you want.

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About GreenSpot.Travel

GreenSpot.Travel ( is a leading experiential travel designer for custom eco-luxe vacations. GreenSpot partners with travelers through its patented Trip Design approach to design customized itineraries and unrivaled ecotourism experiences in iconic destinations like Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Iceland. 

GreenSpot trips inspire meaningful exchanges with people and places, and leverage the top-rated boutique hotels, eco-lodges, and activity providers. As a result, GreenSpot clients embark on vacations that align with their values, including high standards of quality and social responsibility. GreenSpot has been a Condé Nast Traveler Top Costa Rica Specialist since 2006 and is included on Wendy Perrin’s 2016 WOW List as a Trusted Travel Expert for Costa Rica. 
About The Cayuga Collection
The Cayuga Collection consists of ecolodges, resorts, and sustainable hotels throughout Costa Rica and Nicaragua. All Cayuga properties specialize in creating the symbiosis of sustainability and luxury, always providing a sense of place by taking into account local culture and customs. To Cayuga, sustainability is about more than reusing your towel twice and passing on plastic. The luxury hospitality group earned a Condé Nast Traveler World Savers award in 2010 and 2012 for its social responsibility, and a Travel + Leisure Global Vision award for Environmental Leadership in 2010. Its properties have earned four and five leaves from the country’s Cámara Nacional de Ecoturismo (CANAECO). Cayuga works with local communities to train and employ local people and improve local living and learning conditions. Each of its properties is involved in conservation and community development, and the company even created a public charity called Equilibrium to further its reach and impact. For more information about all of Cayuga’s properties and experiences, visit

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