Cracking Open Retreats

Creative Journeys to Nourish your Body and Soul

with Molly Carroll and Charlotte Hardwick

Our February 2023 retreat to Costa Rica was a dream.

Stay tuned for more retreat opportunities to come!

Welcome to a Retreat in Paradise

This retreat is for YOU to rejuvenate and nourish your body and soul. Come join Charlotte and Molly on the East coast of beautiful Costa Rica. In this unique and creative workshop, you will restore your body, mind and spirit physically through Charlotte’s yummy yoga, emotionally through Molly’s book and compassionate therapeutic style. These days away from our busy lives are perfect opportunities to crack open into your power as we gently peel away the old. We will be together for five days of relaxation, yoga, writing, nutrition, creativity, and other therapeutic tools that will guide you towards a happier and more peaceful way of living. You will leave with your body, mind, and spirit recharged.

“The Cracking Open retreat jump starts all your five senses. Through the sight of beautiful Costa Rica, the sound of the cicadas and monkeys, the smell of lavender and Charlotte’s oils, the magical relaxing touch of Molly and Charlotte during meditation and yoga, and taste through the delicious, healthy, nutritional meals. Through practicing yoga and working through the Cracking Open book you leave a whole new you. The weight of the world is lifted!” 


Char and Molly

Retreat Highlights

  • Five nights / four days at the private beachfront Encantada Ocean Cottages retreat center
  • Three delicious fresh made meals a day and filtered water all day
  • Daily yoga sessions with Charlotte in a yoga rancho and on the beautiful beach
  • Daily writing and creative sessions with Molly around her book Cracking Open
  • Nutrition and Healing session
  • Round trip transportation from SJO airport in Costa Rica
  • Fresh coconut upon arrival

“When I heard about Charlotte Hardwick and Molly Carroll’s Costa Rica Cracking Open Retreat, that still, small voice inside me said, “Go” and I’m so glad I listened. I went hoping to spend a week with fellow seekers and I met my soul sisters, women who dare to look deeper, face their fears in the name of change. In short, I left with my tribe and will be forever grateful.”


The Retreat Location

The Encantada Ocean Cottages is a boutique, family-owned retreat center in Esterillos Este, Costa Rica (less than two hours from San Jose International airport).

The individual spacious cottages sleep 2-4 people, and are just steps from the pristine beach, relaxing swimming pool, and peaceful yoga patio. Also on the property is beach volleyball, boogie boarding, and massage services (extra cost).

Each day, three healthy meals are made fresh from local ingredients, and vegan meals are available with advanced notice. And at just 20 minutes from the town of Jaco, Encantada is private, peaceful, and in an underdeveloped area, yet close to restaurants, shops, and nightlife for those who feel like checking it out.

The Itinerary

Sunday: February 5th

Arrival 3 pm

Get settled, swim, walk on the beach

6:30 pm – Dinner

Monday: February 6th

7:30 am – Yoga practice – Vinyasa Flow

  9:00 am – Breakfast

  10:30 am – Cracking Open: Journaling, painting, therapeutic tools and processing

  12:30 pm – Lunch

  2:00 pm – Beach Time, Nutrition Counseling, Healing Sessions, Pool Time

6:30 pm – Light Dinner

Tuesday: February 7th

  7:30 am – Yoga practice – Vinyasa Flow

  9:00 am –  Breakfast

  10:30 am – Cracking Open: Journaling, painting, therapeutic tools and processing

  12:30 pm – Lunch

  2:00 pm – Open to swim, read, rest, surf, massage, or a Costa Rican adventure through Encantada

6:30 pm – Dinner

Wednesday: February 8th

7:30 am – Yoga practice – Vinyasa Flow

  9:00 am – Breakfast

  10:30 am – Cracking Open: Journaling, painting, therapeutic tools and processing

  12:30 pm – Lunch

  2:00 pm – Beach Time, Nutrition Counseling, Healing Sessions, Pool Time

6:30 pm – Light Dinner

Thursday: February 9th

  7:30 am – Yoga practice – Vinyasa Flow

  9:00 am –  Breakfast

  10:30 am – Cracking Open: Journaling, painting, therapeutic tools and processing

  12:30 pm – Lunch

  2:00 pm – Open to swim, read, rest, surf, massage, or a Costa Rican adventure through Encantada

6:30 pm – Dinner

Friday: February 10th

7:30 am – Light Breakfast & Say Goodbyes


A $500 deposit is required now to reserve your spot. The remaining balance due will be charged to the credit card on file on November, 15th, 2022.

Pricing & Room Options

2 Gardenview Cabanas – shared rooms: ONLY 1 ROOM LEFT!

2 Queen Beds & 1 twin bed: $2500 per person shared by 2,  $1900 per person shared by 3, or $1600 per person shared by 4

2 Poolside Cabanas – shared rooms: SOLD OUT

1 King & 2 twin beds:  $2500 per person shared by 2, $1900 per person shared by 3, or $1600 per person shared by 4

Oceanfront Villa – shared room: SOLD OUT

1 King & 2 twin beds:  $3100 per person shared by 2, $2800 per person shared by 3, or $2500 per person shared by 4

Private Room – solo traveler options: SOLD OUT

1 King or 2 twin beds: $2600 for solo travelers or $1900 per person shared by 2


  • Transportation between San Juan airport and the hotel for your arrival and departure
  • Three meals a day and filtered water
  • Daily yoga sessions
  • Daily writing and creativity sessions
  • Nutrition and healing session
  • Did I mention the fresh coconut on arrival? YUM!

Not Included:

  • Travel airfare cost to Costa Rica
  • Day trip excursions
  • Additional amenity services

There is a $500 non-refundable deposit for registration.

Your registration is only guaranteed at the time your deposit is made.

About Molly Carroll

Molly Carroll, MA, LPC is a therapist, coach, published writer, speaker, and loving mom of two kids. Molly has been passionately working in education and mental health for 30 years. ​​Molly published her artistic self-help journal Cracking Open: A creative journal for self-transformation in 2015 and published her second book, Trust Within: Letting Intuition Lead with Amazon.  Molly has done two TED talks.  One in 2015 and one in November of 2019.

Molly just launched her heartwarming and transformative podcast Cracking Open with Molly Carroll. Molly conducts popular workshops throughout the United States, Mexico, and Costa Rica. She is a successful public speaker for corporations such as Apple, Hydro Flask, Sojern, RAND, and LinkedIn.  Molly has also had the good fortune of having a private audience with His Holiness, the Dalai Lama.

Charlotte Hardwick

About Charlotte Hardwick

Charlotte Hardwick offers a proven practice built upon her studies with some of the world’s top health and wellness experts at the Integrative Institute of Nutrition in New York and has over 600 hours of yoga training in teaching methodology, physiology, and philosophy.

Charlotte shares from her heart and teaches grace around health both in the kitchen and on the yoga mat. She offers private and group yoga, holistic health counseling, and cooking classes both in person and online. The foundation of her work is inspiring people to slow down and give their bodies what they need for balance and vibrant health. You can find out more about Charlotte at her website:

Frequently Asked Questions

What airport do I fly into?

You fly into San Jose airport. Most airlines fly into this airport.

What if I need to fly into San Jose at night, is there a hotel that is close to the airport?

Yes, there is a Hampton Inn and a Holiday Inn with shuttles from the airport to the hotel.  Both hotels are very safe and comfortable.

Do I need travel insurance?

The purchase of travel insurance is strongly recommended to ensure you are covered should any unexpected event arise. A personal, political, environmental or weather-related incident or pre-existing medical condition may prevent or interrupt your travels. These events are rare but do occur and underscore the importance of being covered by travel insurance. Should you elect to not purchase travel insurance, you will be assuming 100% of any costs incurred for trip cancellation or trip interruption. TravelEx and World Nomads are two reputable organizations. There is a broad spectrum of policies and options so make sure you are clear on what exactly is covered.

What is the cancellation policy for this trip?

All retreats include a non-refundable $500 deposit which is required to hold your spot on the trip. Full payment must be made by November 15th, 2022.

After November 15th, due to the reservation requirements, the following option applies 

  • if needed, your confirmed reservation may be transferred to someone else; however, you are responsible for the payment. If you are not able to transfer your reservation, a refund of 50% will be given until December 31st, 2022.

Force Majeure Clause: In the event of political unrest, natural disasters, medical emergencies, pandemics, epidemics, terrorism, labor strikes, curtailment of transportation, etc. we are not responsible for refunding your registration in full. 

What are the COVID-19 travel restrictions in Costa Rica?

Country entry requirements

Entry to Costa Rica is allowed for tourists from all countries.

Each visitor must comply with the migratory processes established in the General Law of Migration and Immigration.

Starting April 1, the temporary migration measures established in the framework of the national health emergency due to COVID-19 are repealed.

During their stay in Costa Rica, tourists must follow the health protocols established by private companies in order to participle in any tourist activity. 

*Important update (April 1-2022)*

Starting April 1, 2022, the temporary immigration measures for entering Costa Rica – put in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic – are repealed. This eliminates the requirement to complete the epidemiological form known as the Health Pass and the requirement of medical insurance for unvaccinated foreigners.

All commercial establishments, activities, and events can operate at 100% capacity.

Costa Rica maintains the requirement for the mandatory use of masks, the protocol for washing hands and taking temperatures, as well as compliance with health protocols for each tourist activity.

Tourists can verify if they require a visa to enter Costa Rica using the following link

As we know, things can change rapidly. The latest COVID-19 for travel in and out of Costa Rica may be found here:

Are meals included?

Yes, three delicious fresh meals are included daily and filtered water.

Can your retreat cook for my dietary needs?

Yes, the retreat center is very open to cooking for your dietary needs. You can let us know what you need, and we will do our best to help you.

What currency do they take in Costa Rica?

Everywhere takes American dollars.

What if I don’t speak Spanish will I be okay traveling to Costa Rica?

Yes, most people speak wonderful English.

I am a beginner at yoga. Will I be okay coming to your retreat?

Charlotte’s yoga is perfect for all levels of yoga practice.

Should I come with a group of friends or alone?

Either is perfect. If you come with a group you will have a wonderful time with your friends while meeting amazing other women. And if you want to come alone you can have solo time or be with the other amazing women at the retreat.

Cady Wolf

Cracking Open I would say that you have always fostered a safe, warm, nurturing, and supportive environment at your retreats. There has been a good combination of humor, humility, introspection, and growth that has come out of each one that I’ve attended. As you know, I am always a little uncomfortable in those types of environments and don’t like to have a lot of time for too much self-reflection – but you’ve always managed to strike a great balance in these retreats. I’ve also met a lot of amazing women, and gone to some beautiful locations,  and there is always a good mix of nature, healthy food, exercise, and laughter that has struck just the right chord for me.  I’ve also enjoyed listening to your podcast, using your cracking open workbook (which I often go back to for reflection), and enjoyed reading Trust Within.  You are an amazing guide who manages to provide great insights and opportunities to hit reset, sift through priorities, and have helped me gain focus moving forward in different areas of my life.

Cady Wolf, commercial executive, and founder of Women in Travel

Molly Renner

I’ve loved the podcasts…they are inspiring, incredibly thoughtful, and smart, and I find the guests to be very interesting people that make me think about things in life from a different perspective. There are so many to choose from but one of my favorites to date is listening to Heather Jones and her heartfelt vulnerability sharing “how to heal your body by healing your soul”. I listened to it multiple times and it has allowed me to really think about past experiences and how they’ve driven me to have more negative thoughts versus positive ones relative to food, my body, and taking care of myself versus taking care of everyone else first.

The retreat in Mexico allowed me to pause and take a deep look at my past struggles and successes and how those experiences were holding me back from living a full and adventurous life. I’ve learned a lot about myself and how to get it out of my head and into my heart. How to lead with my heart and lean into love, not fear. How to be brave and courageous despite difficulties in life and how to have self-compassion letting myself “do” or “not do” and give me grace. Most importantly, I have made great strides in transferring my energy from always having to be productive to pausing and finding joy in moments throughout each day whether with friends, family, or clients and really listening to the world and people around me.”

Molly Renner, realtor