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You may have been on a retreat before, but you've never been on a wetreat with Coach Mel and Chef Mey? Let them treat you to a life changing retreat experience

Leave the chaos, confusion, capitalism and conditioning behind for a transformational experience, where you’ll walk away with a new mindset, new perspective, new appreciation for life and maybe even a new place to call home.

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At ‘You Got Mel & Mey’, we specialize in organizing wellness and  relocation retreats that provide a holistic and comprehensive experience tailored to your needs. Our retreats are designed to offer a deep dive into life, providing valuable insights, connections, and guidance throughout your experience.

Our retreats offer a fantastic opportunity to immerse yourself in Costa Rican culture, connect with like-minded individuals, and explore potential areas of interest. Ready for a life altering journey in the jungle? Then join us for a magical retreat where you’ll experience the life altering transformation your soul has been longing for.

Costa Rica is known for its fabulous beaches and thrilling activities, but did you know it also has healing powers. Being surrounded by mother nature and all her citizens, will transform your Soul. The majestic healing nature of this place, has the ability to relax the mind, heal the body and reignite your soul. 


Puerto Viejo is a little haven situated on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, where you are encouraged to relax, recharge and reconnect while on the enchanted land that is the Talamanca region. Nestled within the tropical rainforest, and steps away from the most beautiful beaches in the country, Puerto Viejo is just 5 hours away by car, shuttle or bus.


In this tranquil beach town, you are always walking distance to popular surf destinations and some of the finest restaurants. Its surrounded by lush jungle, protected nature reserves, ocean, as well as a freshwater rivers and lagoons. Abundant amounts of wildlife share this exquisite location.


Relocation Retreats

On day one, we’ll begin with meditation, in order to set an intention for your retreat , so that your mind can be clear and your heart open to possibilities. You’ll receive 1:1 relocation coaching with Coach Mel, which includes a Soul contract reading to help you uncover your life’s purpose. We’ll journey to rental properties, lots for sale, markets, banks, beaches, and experience other local tours of the area. You’ll receive a cooking class from Chef Mey, that will educate you on how to cook on a budget in a Costa Rican kitchen set up. And of course there’ll be some time to rest, relax, explore and take adventures on your own. (the daily schedule will be shared on day one, and maybe subject to change)

Wellness Retreats

On day one, we'll talk about what you'd like to get from this journey, and customize a program that will fit your desires. You'll receive private yoga sessions, from Coach Mel, including yoga nidra and a coaching session which includes a Soul Contract reading. And if there's time a Relationship reading. And of course there'll be plenty of time for rest, relaxation and adventure. You'll tour beaches, and go on other fun tours if you so choose. And of course you'll eat farm to table food made by Chef Mey. 

This Retreat is for you…

If your soul has been calling you to Costa Rica

If you need a much needed change of pace in life

If you are thinking about living abroad

If you are ready fun, adventure & healing

If your are ready to treat yourself to a life altering vacation

This Retreat is NOT for you…

If you are not open to alternative healing methods

If you do not appreciate Mother Nature and all of her children

If you are super rigid, and closed minded

If you enjoy making excuses, and still blame others for your unhappiness

If you can’t handle humidity, heat or the occasional rain storm

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1 Soul Contract Reading and/or Relationship Reading

1 Yoga Class (either led by Coach Mel or others)

A copy of each of Coach Mel's ebooks:

"I'm not from here: A survival guide to relocation"

"Happy to be here: How to make your work place your happy place"

What's Included

Accommodations with air conditioning

Airport pick up & drop off via shuttle

All meals made by Chef Mey

Local tours of beaches, markets, bars, restaurants

Local tours of rentals/sales properties

Yoga, meditation, coaching and spiritual guidance

What's Not Included

Roundtrip airfare

Alcohol, beer, wine (can purchase or bring own)

Hotel night coming in/out of San Jose (SJO)

Laundry service (available for a fee)

Tips or trip insurance

Melinda (Coach Mel) Rhoden - Yoga Life Coach

Coach Mel has always had a passion for learning/teaching, and for supporting those around her with her vast knowledge and spiritually grounded energy. People are drawn to her because they feel seen and heard; they value her calm presence and pragmatic approach. She started her own business as a career coach and then she went through a spiritual awakening, and transitioned her offerings to spiritual life coaching, yoga, Reiki, Thai yoga massage and retreats. She's lived in 7 States and 4 countries. She moved to Costa Rica in March 2021, and hosted her first retreat a few months later. Then while managing a retreat center in the central valley of Costa Rica, she met her wife Mey in May 2022. Mey was the head chef at the retreat center. The two started dating once Mel left the position a few months later in September, fell in love and got married in November 2022. 

Meybelin (Chef Mey) Reyes - Private Chef

Chef Mey’s cooking skills will make your taste buds sing, and your spirit dance. Her bubbly personality will bring a smile to your face and stomach. She has been cooking all her life, and spent 9 years as head chef at a retreat center before leaving her position to join Mel in her adventure of hosting retreats. ​She is the mother of an 12 year old daughter, also named Meybelin, and together with Mel, live on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica. Together Coach Mel and Chef Mey, will make you feel warm, welcomed and ready to take on the world. This dynamic duo are a perfect blend, and their skills in each of their perspective fields lend brilliantly to help each retreat guest experience a life altering journey. They know how to treat your Soul just right. 

  • What airport do I fly into?
    San Jose, Costa Rica, Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO)
  • Do I need to be vaccinated?
    No. Costa Rica allows entry from all countries without vaccinations or COVID test.
  • What’s the weather like?
    Rainy, hot, and humid conditions, but it can get a little cool in the evenings.
  • What if I need to cancel?
    You can cancel for a full refund minus a non-refundable $500 deposit upto 60 days before the arrival date.
  • Will I be able to contact my family?
    Yes, WhatsApp & Telegram are free apps you can use to stay connected using wifi at Samasati.
  • Do I need to bring a yoga mat?
    No, yoga mats will be provided, unless you have a favorite travel mat you must bring. :)

Investment In Yourself:


You will arrive at the Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO). If you need an overnight stay coming in or going out, you must book it yourself (this is not included). We suggest the Country Inn Suites in San Jose, they have an airport shuttle. A shuttle will pick you up from the airport or Country Inn Suites (or any other place you stay near the airport) and bring you to Puerto Viejo. For an additional charge and paying on your own, you may also book a flight from SJO to LIO (Limon). This gets you closer to Puerto Viejo, as its just one hour away by taxi. If you choose this option, ground transportation is included from (LIO) to Puerto Viejo.

Registration w/Cancellation Policy

A deposit of 50% is required at time of registration. Balance due 30 days prior to arrival date. Deposits are 100% refundable until 60 days before arrival, less than 60 days before arrival, deposits are 50% nonrefundable, less than 30 days before arrival, deposits are non refundable. If your trip is paid in full, any cancellation made between 90-60 days will result in a full refund, less than 60 days will result in a refund minus 50% of the deposit, less than 30 days will result a total loss of payment and an option to rebook for a future retreat will be given.  If we are the ones who cancel the retreat, your deposit and any other payments made are refunded in full. If the trip is canceled due restrictions implemented world wide, a full refund will be issued or an option given to reschedule at a later date. Trip cancellation insurance is always recommended whenever making travel plans. You can use our suggested Travel Guard Insurance online and choose from several policy options.

Dear Soul Seeker,

Feel as if Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica is calling you? Ready for sun, fun and beach life? 


We lead yoga and relocation retreats and offer a holistic approach to vactions, which includes yoga, meditation, sound healing, and life coaching, which will all take place during your retreat. You'll eat healthily, rest, relax and adventure as much or as little as you want. And no need to bring your yoga mat, in case you want to pack light. We've got you!

So whether you’re thinking about moving to Costa Rica or need some guidance and healing on your journey, you’ve got Mel & Mey!

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