• Katrina Julia

How to Create and Launch a Retreat Like a Boss

Do you love to travel? Does travel set you on fire? Are you more at home traveling the world vs. being at home in one location? Is the idea of creating travel and community lighting you up inside? Perhaps, you have already attended and/or created global transformational retreats?


There are many global destinations for wellness and business retreats. Maybe, you want to attend a transformational retreat including faith, wellness, marketing, business and travel hands-on like the retreats in Costa Rica, Cuba, Barcelona and London we have hosted?


Perhaps, you are ready to take on bigger leaps of faith like learning how to Create and Launch a Retreat Like a Boss. Let's #createit




Lifestyle Transformation Retreats

Photo Credit: Leo Parias in Costa Rica



Create and Launch a Retreat

When you start creating live events and retreats, you and your business are transforming into a new level. Since the womb, I've always loved to travel. At the same time, many things changed when I decided to start creating and launching retreats in 2016 with our first retreat in Costa Rica.


Travel is in my blood. I have traveled to over 27 countries and hosted over 4 retreats. The first global destination for our wellness and business retreats was Costa Rica in 2016. From the start, I envisioned creating an all in one retreat experience with faith, wellness, marketing, business and travel including community service, adventure tours, and creating online courses.


Travel to Costa Rica was on my radar for years. I love to speak Spanish, culture, food and beaches. I thought why not combine my first trip in 2016 to Costa Rica with a retreat? It is no surprise that things divinely aligned with my choosing Costa Rica as my first global destination for the start of my Travel to 7 Continents.


I am not surprised that Costa Rica is our next retreat for August 2021. From the start, Costa Rica has held a special place in my heart.


In creating and launching a retreat like a boss, I create an outline, themes, practical steps to #createit, pricing and psychology, and promotions.


In a world where there is excitement with instant gratification including conversions of 3-5%, I decided to focus on being different. I set out to create exponential results. My heart is to create relationship long-term with lifestyle transformation and entrepreneurship.


Our focus is first on creating an opportunity I would love, relationships and communities.


To give you an idea of the retreat results:

  • Over 40% conversions in less than two months with first retreat.

  • >60% booked calls with business builders + influencers.

  • >60% closing rates & interest to end of 2017 with first retreat.

These results continued into our retreats with Cuba, Barcelona and London. This is all setting the stage for entrepreneurs, travel bloggers, and influencers. We have options for retreats, as well as lifestyle transformation entrepreneurship collaborations.

Part of my purpose is to blow up your brain with limitless possibilities. Whether you choose to attend our retreats, or create and launch a retreat like a boss with our online course, I want to help you create, transform and inspire.


As we now focus on our Costa Rica Retreat in August 2021, I am excited to see what creators, entrepreneurs, and coaches inspire with influence and create community.





Adventure in Retreats

Photo Credit: Diamante Eco Adventure Park (I'm on the right with @postcardstoseattle)



Costa Rica Dragonfly Hideaway

Costa Rica Dragonfly Hideaway



Fun Facts About Costa Rica

Costa Rica truly is about the Pura Vida ranking as #1 on Happy Index. Costa Rica is the butterfly capital of the world. More than 25% of the country is dedicated to national parks, reserves, and wild life refuges. and Costa Rica is home to over 25% There are 1,000s of orchid varieties, which I experienced in Monteverde, Costa Rica.


Not only is the national slogan is Pura Vida, people live longer in Costa Rica. The breathtaking beaches in Costa Rica are incredible for rest and relaxation, as well as adventures like surfing in Costa Rica. Costa Rica is undeniably a nature, adventure and animal paradise you don't want to miss.














Step 1: Outline the Retreat

When I first started creating wellness and business retreats, I brainstormed what types of retreats I wanted to create. I considered the community, and what they would love to experience. This intentional focus helped determine the all-inclusive theme of transformation for our global transformational retreats.


Let the divine, dreams and desires come together.

Imagine what you could create.







Step 2: Themes of Retreats

The next step included identifying the themes of transformation. This includes stays at global destinations for wellness and business retreats you will not find for yourself including Dragonfly Hideaway. adventure, community service, and hands on workshops.


I wanted to create an immersive experience that I would be blown away by with faith, fitness, and finances, as well as adventures locally. In our prior global transformational retreats with Costa Rica, Cuba, Barcelona and London, adventures like ocean view zip-lining, photoshoots in a convertible, and snorkeling and scuba diving are included.


In our Costa Rica retreat near La Fortuna coming up, we will experience rest and relaxation poolside, free time, outdoor workshops in lush landscaping and by the pool, smoothie bowls, and incredible adventures. The adventures will include La Fortuna Waterfall, Rio Celeste Waterfall, Arenal Volcano, and Hot Springs to name a few once in a lifetime experiences.


While it may seem that the 8 Day Transform and Travel Global Retreat and/or the One Month Creation Camp is jam packed, there is lots of down time in the morning and evening, as well as intentional breaks and/or free days to unplug and rejuvenate.


Undoubtedly, you will transform and travel limitlessly if you decide to attend our retreats. In addition to our online course to create and launch retreats, we offer options to creators, influencers and coaches to help promote and co-lead retreats.


Even if you don't attend or create and launch retreats like a boss with us, you may see examples of endless ideas of what to include in your retreats when you glance at our global transformational retreat outlines.



Baldi Hot Springs

Baldi Hot Springs


Step 3: Practical Steps to Create a Retreat

The practical steps to create a retreat are simpler than you think. When you are creating a retreat, consider the global destination, workshops offered, travel adventures and tours included, and costs involved.


Take the limits off of your mind when creating a retreat. This includes potentially getting influencer collaborations, brand placements, and generating additional income during your retreats. Do not be afraid to ask for discounts or trades for tours at a minimum. A great example includes my Desafio Adventure with Canyoning.


In advance, determine what you want your stays to include and reach out. For example, I knew I wanted to have private and immersive experiences for our global transformational retreats. As an example, hosting retreats via Airbnbs since 2016 has aligned perfectly.


Once you feel aligned and the practical logistics work out, set up the terms for the stay. You may negotiate when you pay as well. Everything is negotiable. Tentatively, set out your tour outline knowing that weather and logistics may impact the timing.


Communicate and collaborate with the tour operations, and upfront with your guests. Usually, tour operators are great about adjusting for weather as they want you to have the best experiences. From the start, my Rio Celeste Waterfall Hike guide communicated that days may change based on the weather. There is no need to prepay especially if you do tours during the week like I do.


Whether you use tools like LivePlan or Quickbooks, outline your budget and track expenses for the retreat. After all, you want to make and manage money like a boss, right?



Rio Celeste Waterfall Hike



Step 4: Pricing Retreats

Global transformational retreats vary in price from a few hundred to 10s of thousands of dollars, and everything in between. With my background in finance and business, I am huge on both pricing fairly and healthy margins.


As a result, I made the decisions divinely and practically to price our 8 day experiences and Creator Camps for retreats at $3,000 and Creation Months at $4,000 to start. Compared to many retreats and pricing I have seen and experienced, I know this is more than fair.


At the same time, it offers healthy margins for the business from every angle.





Step 5: Promoting Your Retreats

There are limitless ways to promote your retreats including on social media, blogs, shows, online courses, influencer marketing, and via retreat platforms like Retreat Guru.


I believe it is key to align your launches for your retreats in ways that feel authentic and flow to you. You see how I am and we are promoting our retreats here on the blog and show, social media, online courses, e-mails, influencers, and may see examples via our retreat page with platforms too.


There are limitless ways to create content like a boss, and effortlessly align with launches whether online and/or live with retreats.





Create Retreats Like a Boss

These five steps to create and launch retreats like a boss will help you create, transform and inspire community. Whether you choose to attend our retreats in Costa Rica and other global destinations, or create retreats, you will transform and inspire.


Take a step towards what seems impossible.

What could be the next step you take to transform and travel?


Imagine what action steps you may take now to end the year completely different than you started.


To learn more about what happens during our retreats, check out this post on our Costa Rica Retreat with Lifestyle, Wellness, Transformation and Entrepreneurship.


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