Costa Rica is waiting.

Unforgettable memories. Powerful seminars.
Eternal friendships. Our first retreat is here.

Private villa with pool

Bible studies & workshops

Private chef & plant-based food

Where?

We’ll have our own property in Esterillos Oeste, Costa Rica, just north of the incredible Manuel Antonio National Park. Enjoy a lush rainforest in your backyard with white-faced monkeys, macaws, sloths, iguanas, and many more surprises.

When?

March 24 – 31, 2024. Seven days of fellowship, prayer, Bible study, and stunning outdoor activities.

Who?

All students and young professionals are invited. If you’re between 18 and 30, join us for an unforgettable spring break.¹

Schedule

Hiking in the rainforest, surfing at the beach, horseback riding, daily seminars, united prayer, Bible studies, bonfires & so much more. Free up your camera storage, we’ll be taking lots of photos.

Welcome to Villa Rodinia

Villa Rodinia is a modern interpretation of a traditional open-air Spanish villa with a private interior, pool, and large outdoor dining/kitchen rancho. It has 4 remote boutique hotel-style units with two bedrooms and a bathroom in each. We’re on the central Pacific coast, just minutes away from the endless beach of Esterillos.

Workshops & Seminars

How to Upgrade Your Devotions

How long does it take to form a successful habit? How often have we skipped our devotional routine because “life happened?” Learn how to stop feeling guilty about it, why God invites you to start the day with Him and how you can create a morning routine that sticks. We’re going to turn our devotions into the best time of the day!

Finding God's Calling For Your Life

What would you do with your time if money wouldn’t be an issue? Most people today try to find meaning in life by connecting their work with something “meaningful.” Does God have a specific calling for you? If so, what it is? In this 3-part workshop, you’re going to discover His calling for your own life and learn how to combine your talents with your work and mission. Be prepared to digest groundbreaking insights that will change the way you work and live for God.

Seminar on Relationships and Marriage

Are you still waiting for the right one? Do you have doubts that God will give you a spouse? Or are you facing issues with your current relationship? We’re going to dive deep into Scripture and discover powerful takeaways that will transform the way you think about courtship, marriage, and family.

Registration

Standard Tickets

$990

Build lasting friendships

Morning surf sessions, afternoon hikes, and bonfire talks. Connect with others and build lasting friendships.

First come, first served.

Our villa is beautiful, but small. Make sure to register quickly before all seats are taken.

Esto es delicioso.

Nhes and her team of volunteers will cook for us at Villa Rodinia. Enjoy hand-crafted, plant-based meals and discover new recipes every day.

What's included?

Your registration covers housing, food, seminars and lots of activities around Quepos. We will enjoy the national park nearby, go surfing, hiking, and so much more. You can pick your favorite activities.²

Travel to San José (SJO)

Book your own flights to Juan Santamaría Int Airport (SJO). We will all meet at the airport on Sunday at 4:30 PM and drive to our villa.³ 

More than just a retreat.

Imagine waking up fully rested each morning and going to the beach for a sunrise Bible study or a season of prayer. Imagine talking to new friends about life’s struggles and joys, attending seminars and small group sessions that deal with real issues like mental health problems, relationships, and defending your faith. 

1. Everyone else between the age of 18 and 30 can register for this retreat. If you would like to join the retreat and are older than 30, please email usGems of Truth has the right to decline participation and refund payments.

2. Certain outdoor activities are much more expensive than others (e.g. horseback riding). Our plan is to offer a variety of activities and let the group choose.

3. We are working on arranging transportation from San José Airport to Esterillos Oeste. It takes at least 1.5 hours to get to our villa, so please make sure to arrive on Sunday morning or early afternoon. You can leave the U.S. late Saturday night and choose a red-eye flight. 

PS: If you want to save some money, you can deselect the service fee under “Order” after having chosen your ticket. If you click on “Other,” you can enter $0. Then your final price will be $870.

Full Schedule

Here’s a preliminary overview of our schedule and activities. Once you complete your registration and the event is drawing closer, we will send you more details!

Sunday, 3/24

12 AM until 4PM — Arrival (Meeting at San Jose International Airport)

4:30 PM — Travel to Esterillos Oeste

6:00 PM — Dinner

7:00 PM — Evening Worship

7:30 PM — Ice Breakers

Monday, 3/25

Before 8AM — Personal Devotional Time

8 AM — Morning Worship

9 AM — Breakfast

10 AM — Rainforest Hike / Surf Lesson

2 PM — Lunch

3 PM — Workshop 1: “How to Upgrade Your Devotional Life”

5 PM — Sunset Surf Session

7 PM — Evening Worship

8 PM — Game Night

Tuesday, 3/26

Before 8AM — Personal Devotional Time

8 AM — Morning Worship

9 AM — Breakfast

10 AM — Workshop 2: “Finding God’s Calling For Your Life (Part 1)”

12 PM — Trip to Manuel Antonio National Park 

3 PM — Lunch to Go

7:30 PM — Dinner

8 PM — Evening Worship

Wednesday, 3/27

Before 8AM — Personal Devotional Time

8 AM — Morning Worship

9 AM — Breakfast

10 AM — Workshop 2: “Finding God’s Calling For Your Life (Part 2)”

12 PM — Horseback Riding / Surf Lesson 

3 PM — Lunch

4 PM — Small Group Bible Study

5:30 PM — Bonfire at the Beach

8PM — Evening Worship

Thursday, 3/28

Before 8AM — Personal Devotional Time

8 AM — Morning Worship

9 AM — Breakfast

10 AM — Workshop 2: “Finding God’s Calling For Your Life (Part 3)”

2 PM — Lunch

3 PM — Monkey Tour

6 PM — Dinner

7:30PM — Evening Worship

8PM — Game Night

Friday, 3/29

Before 8AM — Personal Devotional Time

8 AM — Morning Worship

9 AM — Breakfast

10 AM — Seminar on Relationships & Marriage

11 AM — Beach Time

2 PM — Lunch

5:30PM — Sabbath Program

Saturday, 3/30

Before 7AM — Personal Devotional Time

7 AM — United Prayer

8:30 AM — Breakfast

9:30 AM — Small Group Bible Study

11 AM — Divine Worship Hour

1 PM — Lunch

3 PM — Paradise Hike

5 PM — Sunset Worship Hour at the Beach

7 PM — Banquet

9:30 PM — Afterglow

Sunday, 3/31

Before 7AM — Personal Devotional Time

7 AM — United Prayer

8 AM — Breakfast

8:30 AM — Final Charge

9:30 AM — Travel to San Jose 

12 PM until 6PM — Departure (flying out of San Jose Int Airport)

Plan Your Trip

We know it might be a daunting task to book your own flights to Costa Rica, not knowing what will happen after you landed or how in the world you’re going to get back to the airport. Here are some helpful tips to plan your trip. We look forward to seeing you there!

Arrival in Costa Rica

Once you’ve registered for the retreat, someone from our team will reach out to you and ask for your flight details. We recommend you choose a red-eye flight, leaving the U.S. late Saturday night, and arriving Sunday in the early afternoon. 

Our team will rent a few cars and wait for you at a specific location inside the airport. We plan on leaving at around 4:30PM, so try to schedule your itinerary in a way that allows you to be ready at that time. 

Questions & Answers

Do you have more questions about your journey? Do you want to coordinate a few more things or fly with someone else from the retreat? We’ve created a WhatsApp group for everyone to ask questions, book the flights, and coordinate schedules. 

Departure from Costa Rica

Most flights back to the U.S. leave San Jose in the late afternoon. We plan on arriving at around noon, so you can catch your flight back home. If you have a different schedule or a special request, please email us or text us on WhatsApp. We are trying our best to accommodate your needs!