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New year, new you!

By | Alive Costa Rica

What goals and aspirations do you have for 2019?

Often we have big plans for what we want to create for the new year and within a few months or weeks, those goals get pushed back and forgotten about…

If you’re interested in creating something new in the new year, we have assembled an All-Star team of highly trained coaches and facilitators to share their knowledge and personal genius with you. These generous humans live and breathe transformation daily and have prepared powerful workshops to inspire, educate and empower you to truly be ALIVE!

Marcos Mendosa

Marcos Tolu, better known by his stage name, Marcos Mendosa, is known by some as a solutionist that uses his creativity and self-expression to invent innovative solutions towards building online businesses. To others, Marcos is known as an inspirational wordsmith that writes compelling speech content that he shares with his global audience across his Facebook accounts that have impacted over 300,000 people to date.  

With a background in Audio Engineering and a graduate of the Toronto Film School, Marcos has been known for his talent as a Public Speaker that fuses Music with Motivational Speaking at his acclaimed “Performance Seminars and Edutainment Workshops.” 

In 2014 Marcos won 1st Place at the Dynamo Public Speaking Competition.  Since then he has been speaking at schools, corporate offices, community centres, and seminars across Canada spreading the word about how to develop the qualities that can help a person live out their best qualities.  

His speech, ‘I.M.P.O.S.S.I.B.L.E. – THE 10 ESSENTIALS TO REACH YOUR MAXIMUM POTENTIAL” gained him the privilege of living up to such an esteemed title as “1st Place Dynamo Public Speaking Champion”.

In June 2015 Marcos was introduced to Satish Verma, the President of the Think and Grow Rich Institute.  Throughout his position as the National Operations Manager and Instructor at the institute, Marcos lead the team that developed the infrastructure that has now provided Canadians with access to learn how to apply Napoleon Hills worlds practical philosophy of success. 

On Sunday November 1st, 2015 Marcos and the Think and Grow Rich Institute combined their efforts to produce his largest performance seminar to date.  The I’M.P.O.S.S.I.B.L.E. Performance Seminar was a success, and operated as a catalyst to enrol thousands of students into the institutes courses.  

Today Marcos has applied his experiences at Think and Grow Rich and built an entrepreneurial launch company called, The StartUp Boutique.  

The StartUp Boutique caters its services to entrepreneurs that aspire to build and launch online businesses, while also providing a unique business proposition that has companies put the boutique in charge of all operations besides delivering the service that each company provides in and out of itself.  In 2017, The StartUp Boutique launched 24 companies and is scaling as one of the industry’s leading startup entrepreneurial companies.  

As the success of Marcos continues to escalate, you can find him online inspiring hundreds of thousands of viewers with his spoken word content that is shared through video platforms at his Facebook page.

Marcos will be sharing his workshop called Modern Meditation. With the use of carefully selected music, poetic instructions, dynamic breath work, and physical movement, a Modern Meditation session surrenders the soul to all feelings that are held by resistance and ignites ambition, passion, and imagination. Your ability to manifest thoughts into reality is bridged by the occurrence of self-expression and emotional guidance. Modern Meditation experiences are driven by Guided Spoken Word Lyricism that carries you through 4 phases of Personal Expression.

Prepare to Release.

Lindsay Sukornyk

Lindsay is a transformational leadership coach, yoga teacher, writer, wanderluster, and mama of four amazing kids. A regular Huffington Post blogger and often featured as a speaker and expert in the media, she is obsessed with guiding global game-changers to becoming fully Alive + Awake. She is obsessed with guiding global game-changers to becoming fully Alive + Awake. Lindsay is a certified professional co-active coach (CPCC) with CTI and a certified vinyasa yoga teacher. Lindsay has been a speaker and teacher at Afest, the Bliss Project, and many other leading organizations. She is often featured as an expert in the media and was also a columnist in Canadian Health and Lifestyle Magazine for six years.

Lindsay will be leading 2 powerful group workshops focused on Passion and Purpose. During these sessions she will guide each participant in discovering what they truly care about and what contribution and legacy each has to offer.

Purpose: In this talk we explore the concept of purpose and meaning, integrating research on meaningfulness, longevity and positive psychology.  Inspired by Viktor Frankl’s work on Logo Therapy, based on his research in the concentration camps of the Holocaust, we explore the importance of having a clear sense of purpose as the key ingredient to living longer, healthier, happier and more productive lives.  Participants will leave with a clear life purpose statement and a new appreciation for the potential for aliveness that exists in each day.

Passion: As much as research shows that having a clear sense of purpose and practicing servant-leadership helps people to thrive, there is always a risk of burnout, particularly when leaders are so mission-driven.  In this talk we integrate research on positive psychology, flow, and practices of ancient wisdom traditions to help participants reconnect with the things that fill them up, so they may use this never-ending source of energy to fuel them in their work.  We explore the principles of tapping into stillness and contemplation in order to tap into inner wisdom, and then using intuition to inform which people, places, things and experiences will bring greatest joy and, therefore, vitality to each person’s life.  Participants will leave this session with an accounting of their core values and passions, and, through the partner coaching session, they will leave with concrete accountability to immediately integrate more of their passions into their daily lives.

In her talks, Lindsay will share her findings from her research and experiential work with thousands of elite leaders in top-tier organizations, including CEOs, C-suite executives, start-up founders, athletes, academics, artists and philanthropists.  She has created a powerful framework to elevate elite leaders to their highest potential, so they may direct their time and talent towards having an even greater net positive impact in the world.   She integrates research on flow states, meaningfulness, optimism, positive psychology and mindfulness, with tools and insights from ancient wisdom traditions and philosophies.  The evidence is overwhelmingly clear – people who are aligned with a clear purpose and living fulfilling lives are also significantly more focused, productive, creative and adept at big-picture thinking and complex problem solving.  This is the path to creating positively disruptive change in global paradigms and leadership.

Lindsay has the ability to bridge the gap between seemingly disparate fields, including business and spirituality, modern research and ancient wisdom.   She integrates complex ideas from far-reaching fields and articulates them in a simple, concise and practical way. Sharing stories and findings from her work as a transformational conscious leadership coach to global game-changers, to illustrate what’s possible when people are living purpose-driven, passion-fuelled lives. She aims to leave people not only with newfound wisdom and understanding, but also with powerful, practical tools to not only inspire growth, but to transform and immediately change their lives.  The outcome is a growing tribe of leaders who are, by their example, showing others how to be fully ALIVE + Awake.

David Binns

Founder of Mind Body Reset, David is highly effective at hitting the reset button on life. He helps high performing people discover the power of who they really are.

David has positively impacted thousands of lives as a senior program leader at one of the world’s largest personal and professional growth, training and development companies. Recognized nationally by Keller Williams Realty as Top 25 in Canada David is the embodiment of performance and firmly believes that how you show up in your spiritual life is how you show up in your health, with your family, in your business and your bank account.

The moment, in December 2015, David received the email recognizing him for being a top performer in the highly competitive real estate industry was one of the most deflating times of his life. He was crushed inside while his bank account was full. This was a pivotal moment in David’s life and where Mind Body Reset was born.

Having dealt with being lonely, emotionally broke, depression and overweight for 20+ years it wasn’t until David went inside to investigate, meditate and renovate where he found the answer. He is a sought after speaker in bridging the conversation between spirituality, performance and health.

Speaking at numerous engagements across North America, David leads a powerful and insightful conversation around aligning your mind, restoring your body and resetting your life.

David will be leading a powerful and insightful workshop marrying the esoteric and often confusing conversation of spiritually and presenting a clear access for answers that you’ve been looking for. The emphasis of the Workshop will be on your personal performance and health/well-being.

He breaks down the existing paradigm of thinking that inhibits your performance and health. Do you feel like you’ve hit the glass ceiling in an area of life and business? You will be left free to create a new paradigm for your life. You will discover your personal power in a whole new way that will dramatically impact your current levels of performance, health, self love, abundance, and fulfillment.

This workshop will be delivered inside of the RESET360 Mind Body Reset framework that has benefited participants in ways such as:

  • Dramatic weight loss
  • Massive increase in income
  • Authentic sense of happiness and fulfillment
  • Fulfilling on dreams that have been dormant for years
  • Connection with people
  • Increased levels of performance in career
  • Discovering a greater purpose in life

If you are ready to RESET on an area of life or many areas this workshop will be a profound experience for you.

Chris Hawk

Chris is a Métis – Cree Canadian is originally from Northern British Columbia yet now calls Costa Rica home. He has been cultivating his spiritual practice for 20 years now. His journey has lead him all across the world and through many disciplines. His multifaceted approach to personal growth and consciousness is received very well by those undergoing the awakening process.

Over the last six years he’s been working with the sacred plant medicines of the amazon, drinking with: Taita Juanito a traditional Inga – Doctor of the indigenous community of the Colombian Amazon and also with the Santo Daime tradition of Brazil. He is honoured to be leading introductory classes to the Breathe, Meditation & Sacred Plant medicines.

Chris will be leading a workshop on altering your mental and physiological state through breath work as well sharing information on mindfulness and elevating consciousness.

Julian Brass

As the former CEO (9+ years) of a leading Canadian media company and employee in fast-paced Silicon Valley before that, Julian understands the importance of owning anxiety and nerves both professionally and personally. Over 10 years ago when he created Notable Life and the Notable Awards, Julian experienced severe anxiety for the first time and became determined to naturally deal with it. This led him on a path where he simultaneously managed and grew his former business while exploring empowering natural lifestyle enhancements like holistic health & wellness, self-care, spirituality, yoga, and positive psychology. Julian’s book 99 Ways to Own Anxiety will be available across North America next year.

Today he helps people all over the world #OWNANXIETY by guiding them toward empowering, natural tools from his upcoming book combining medical research from the West and holistic philosophies from the East. These tools, which are the foundation of the Own Anxiety method led to a redefined relationship with anxiety taking it from negative and debilitative to positive and facilitative. As an international keynote speaker, workshop facilitator, coach, teacher, and healer Julian aims to leave every person he connects with ready to not just own anxiety, but to holistically own themselves just a little bit more so that they can truly own their lives.

During Julian’s workshop you’ll be taken inside his Own Anxiety system to begin your awakening that anxiety is your greatest gift and superpower. You’ll learn how to change your relationship with it immediately, meet other successful people in your group with anxiety, and leave inspired to explore.

Rethinking anxiety is the beginning, learning the tools to enable you to own anxiety comes next. You will learn research-proven tools, bridging Western Medicine and holistic Eastern Philosophies, to rapidly change the state of your body and mind the moment anxiety flares up.

You will gain the tools to help #OwnAnxiety when it shows up in your personal and professional lives. Julian is determined to make sure every one of his workshop attendees leaves empowered, confident, and ready to thrive with anxiety.

Zark Fatah

Zark is a serial entrepreneur who has created over a dozen businesses in the entertainment and hospitality industry. After a 25 year run, his career path is now headed in a new direction. He is combining his expertise in events and marketing with his passion for travel and self-development to bring like minded people together for the ALIVE Experience.

Turning 40 was a major turning point in his life where he realized that he wanted to be more than a successful entrepreneur, he wants to be a successful human living a well rounded life and being in service to others. Since then he has been on a journey of self-discovery and self-development. With all that he has learnt he is committed to creating businesses that have purpose and a very positive impact. He enjoys sharing the lessons he’s learned through his various personal and professional experiences and will be leading a workshops on contribution and how to give back to help others and enrich the quality of your life.

If you feel you can benefit from our workshops and you’re ready for a transformational vacation, then we invite you to join the January ALIVE Experience taking place January 11th – 18th, 2019. Please contact us at travel@TheAliveExperience.com and we would be happy to provide you with any information you may need.

“Align yourself with people that you can learn from, people who want more out of life, people who are stretching and searching and seeking some higher ground in life.”

zark - Transformational vacation organizer

ALIVE Experience Founder Interview

By | Alive Costa Rica, General

Last month Vibe Tribe Wellness interviewed Zark Fatah for their podcast. He shared his journey and why he walked away from $1,000,000 to move to Costa Rica.
During this interview, Zark shares information on:

– The importance of hustle
– Not letting financial situations define us
– Why you should invest in mentorships
– Leadership conferences for personal growth & development
– Why it’s OK to follow your heart and change course later in life
– Why he created the Alive Experience

Click the link https://vibetribewellness.org/podcast-zark-fatah/ to listen to the podcast.

people on beach at transformative vacation

The ALIVE Experience was a Success!

By | Alive Costa Rica

It’s an incredible feeling to develop an idea into a tangible action and have it come to fruition, then watch others experience it and see the impact it has on them. It truly is a magical feeling, and this is why we as entrepreneurs, do what we do despite all the crazy ups and downs of owning and running our businesses.
Over the past 20 years I’ve created multiple companies, each has been fulfilling and rewarding in their own way. They have served a purpose and provided me with many rewards and lessons learned. I am so grateful for each and everyone one of them. And, it’s time for the next chapter to begin…

Last week I hosted a group of new friends and old friends for the very first ALIVE Experience. It was an awesome week that I carefully curated to share with them the very best that Costa Rica has to offer. It was amazing to watch each person in this group have their own unique first time experience and see how lit up and alive they were. Some people conquered their fear of heights, some learned to slow down, relax and be present and all of them opened up, shared and connected with one another.

I had an intention and a desired result for this trip, what it produced and the impact it had on not just the group, but also myself, far superseded my expectations. To say it was a great success would be an understatement! It was awesome in so many ways and I truly believe and know that this is the impact that I want to have on people.

This photo was taken after we wrapped the the Passion workshop during the ALIVE Experience. You can almost feel the happiness and positive energy through the photo and smile 

I will be hosting the next ALIVE Experience in Whistler BC, June 29th – July 6th. If you are interested in joining and would like more information visit www.thealiveexperience.com or email me at z@zarkfatah.com

Pura Vida!

costa rica at transformative vacation

The Pura Vida Life – Alive Costa Rica – Transformational Travel Experience

By | Alive Costa Rica

It’s hard to put into words the vibe and energy of Costa Rica. I guess the best way to describe it is “pura vida”. If you’ve every been there you’ve heard this said over and over again and I’m sure you will also agree. I have compiled footage from my 3 trips to this amazing country to capture the vibe, culture and people of Costa Rica. Watch the video here.

Of the 60+ countries I’ve visited, Costa Rica is definitely at the top of my list for favourite places to visit. From the first time I visited, I knew I’d be back many times again.

It’s truly a special country where the people are friendly, the country is safe, the food is healthy & delicious and adventure is everywhere. Zip lining, diving, surfing, hiking volcanoes and swimming in waterfalls, there is no shortage of awesome things to experience.

I love the raw beauty of Costa Rica. I enjoy the fact that it’s still a developing country and many parts still feel untouched. Over the past 2 years I’ve visited 3 times and have explored the country from coast to coast. There are many difference sides to Costa Rica and each town has its own vibe and attraction. Some parts have become very touristic like Tamarindo aka Tamagringo and Jaco. These places have become quite commercialized and don’t have the same vibe as other towns like Samara, Nosara and Santa Teresa.

Samara is a small beach town with a very chill vibe with lot’s of North American expats who have traded city life for beach life.

Nosara has an infamous stretch of beach that has perfect 4 foot waves rolling in from sunrise to sunset. It truly is a surfers paradise with dozens of hotels and hostels lining the beach front with lots of great restaurants and bars to enjoy post-surf.

Santa Teresa is actually my favourite place to visit in Costa Rica. It really offers the best of both worlds with beautiful, secluded villas with perfect unoccupied beaches near by in Hermosa and many great restaurants and beach clubs located on the one road that runs through Santa Teresa. Many people say that Santa Teresa is what Tulum was 10 years ago. (I really hope it stays this way).

All these towns I’ve mentioned are on the Pacific coast in the Nicoya Peninsula. The other parts of Costa Rica I’ve visited and recommend are Monteverde, Rio Celeste and Puerto Viejo.

Monteverde is located in the middle of the country and is referred to as the Cloud Forest for obvious reasons. The town is located at a very high elevation, literally in the clouds. To reach there you have to drive up through winding roads that cut through the dense jungle. The climate is dramatically different from Nicoya, it’s much cooler and often very wet. The view from the top of Monteverde is absolutely spectacular and it offers a unique experience from other parts of Costa Rica (check out the time lapse of the Cloud Forest I shot during sunset) I highly suggest you try the zip-lining while there. They proudly boast that they have the longest zip-lining runs in all of Central America. True statement, I tried it and half way through the longest one I had more than enough time to think about how long it would take my friends to find me if the cable snapped. Good news, it didn’t.

If turquoise waterfalls are your thing, make sure to add the Rio Celeste Falls to your list. The water is literally turquoise. The water is this colour due to the algae from the river water and the mountain water mixing together. To get to the falls it’s a 30 minute hike in the Tenorio Volcano National Park and once you’re there you can walk the path along the river through the jungle crossing a few bridges (great photo opp).

Puerto Viejo is located on the Caribbean side and offers a different experience. It is about an hour south of Limon airport and only a couple hours north of the Panama border. The town has small stores and restaurants and lower priced hotels and hostels. Personally I prefer the vibe and experience on the Pacific Coast but I do suggest checking it out if you want to see both sides of the country.

I first heard about Costa Rica from my friend Linley Edwards when we met in Miami back in 1997. Years ago I remember him telling me about the magic of Costa Rica and how he spent a month there every year, surfing and living on the beach enjoying the pura vida life. He recently moved to Santa Teresa after spending over 2 decades living in Miami, running some of the top venues in South Beach. Linley decided that he wanted his kids to grow up on the beach so he packed up his life in Miami, built a house in Santa Teresa and opened a beach club called Rocamar on Hermosa beach. While I was there we had the chance to hang out and he told me about the magic of Costa Rica and why he made the move.

Did you know that on our planet there are 5 places that are designated Blue Zones, where people live past 100? The Nicoya peninsula is one of these rare 5 places. What makes this part of the world so special? Maybe its the incredible weather or the lush rain forests?

Maybe it’s the abundance of nature and healthy food? Or maybe it’s just the pura vida energy. I encourage you to find out the answer for yourself and visit this amazing country, I promise you won’t regret it.

I’ve included some travel tips and recommendations for you in the blog article below. I hope you find it helpful and you make it to  Costa Rica.

And if you do stop by Nosara, make sure to drop by the Jungla House and look for the silver haired surfer and tell Jimi that I sent you and ask him to make you a Jimirita ?

How to get there:

To experience the Pacific side I suggest flying to Liberia, rent a car and drive down the coast. It’s easy to get from town to town and if you want do a day trip to the Rio Celeste Falls or hike a volcano in the Arenal National Park, you’ll need a car to get there. From Liberia to Nosara or Samara (yes skip Tamagringo) is approx 3-4 hours.

Another option if you want to end up in Santa Teresa (which I highly recommend), is to fly to Liberia or San Jose and catch a quick flight on local airlines Sansa or Nature Air to Tambor , from there it’s approx a 45 minute drive

To visit Monteverde the shortest route is to fly to Liberia and drive approx 2.5 hours from there.

To get to Puerto Viejo you also have to fly to San Jose and you can catch a quick flight to Limon and then drive south for an hour. We rented a car and drove 5 hours from San Jose to Puerto Viejo. *A word of advice, if you are going to do the drive you definitely want to leave in time to do the drive during day light. The highway and winding roads are filled with transport trucks on route to the industrial town of Chiquita (yes like the bananas). We left late and had to do half of the drive in the dark and got caught in the rain.

Where to stay:

Samara – Casa del Halcon

Nosara – Jungla Beach House

Santa Teresa – Mystical Green Properties

Hermosa Beach – Villa Rancho Cielo

Monteverde – Hotel Belmar

Rio Celeste – Rio Celeste Hideaway

Places to eat:

Samara – Luv Burger

Santa Teresa:

Rocamar Beach Club *Make sure to check out their Sunday sunset party

Katana Asian Cuisine



Burger Rancho

Nosara – Beers & Burgers