The Costa Rica Retreat 2024

I’m Melissa Wesner, a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, fellow entrepreneur, and Founder of LifeSpring Counseling Services, a group counseling practice in the Greater Baltimore area.  

For years now, I’ve enjoyed creating opportunities for community and connection among local therapists while simultaneously enjoying the communal learning opportunities provided by other coaches, consultants, and training programs.  More recently, I’ve decided to embrace my love of hosting, planning, and community building by deciding to embark on a new journey of hosting retreats for entrepreneurs. 

As a small business owner myself, I understand the stress and responsibility that can accompany entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship can be an exciting and invigorating ride, and it can also be something that takes a toll on our own well-being. Even entrepreneurs who work in the health and wellness space can find that they are not walking the walk when it comes to their own self-care.  In fact, we might believe that taking time out for ourselves will take away from the time and energy that our businesses need. 

As business owners, we often hear people talk about business strategy, but one of the topics that rarely comes up in these conversations is about how the business owner’s well-being fits into business strategy. 

What if you knew that taking care of yourself would benefit your business? 

What if you knew about the consequences that not taking care of yourself could have on your business’ outcomes? 

What if you knew that taking care of yourself could be done in a sustainable way? 

These are the questions I’ve been asking as I plan our next retreat. 

We have enough information to know that our well-being as individuals does have an impact on our business experiences. 

Given my training as a mental health therapist and my knowledge of common challenges experienced by entrepreneurs, I’ve created this retreat to help business owners incorporate wellness into their business strategy. Together, we’ll explore the profound connection between personal well-being and business strategy.  We’ll do this through experiential exercises, reflective and process-oriented breakout sessions, and specially curated wellness activities. 

Join me on this transformative journey where we’ll unlock your potential, redefine success, and cultivate a renewed sense of purpose both in business and life. The Ultimate Business Refresh is more than a retreat.  It’s an experience where your well-being becomes a catalyst for entrepreneurial excellence. Let’s embark on this journey together, redefining success from the inside out.

Why Retreats? 

Let me start with a story first….

This past year, I participated in a year-long Mastermind Program with incredibly successful entrepreneurs, and this Mastermind Program included several retreats throughout the year. While swimming in the ocean on a retreat in Miami, I was daydreaming about how I would love to be doing this very same thing.  I didn’t immediately act on the thought, but after telling several other Mastermind participants how I would love to be hosting retreats, they essentially told me to “get off my duff” and do something about it. And, so I did.

Having said that, these retreats didn’t start with that one experience. 

For the past 9 years, I have been managing my group counseling practice. During that same time, however, I have been hosting networking opportunities and other gatherings for local therapists to meet, have fun, and build community. I’ve even started a Clinician Community Membership for therapists in the Greater Baltimore Area to get together on a monthly basis to have fun, practice self-care, and to build professional relationships in an organic and ongoing basis. You see, I’ve always loved planning, hosting, and organizing gatherings for people to build community and relationships. Hosting workshops and providing educational opportunities has been part of that too. 

Hosting retreats is simply one more opportunity to bring people together for community, connection, learning, and growth. 

The question I’ve been getting asked…

I understand that some people don’t share my love of hosting, organizing, and planning, so hosting an international retreat can sound like a big deal. I imagine that it is for that reason that many people have been asking if I’ve hosted a retreat before, and the reality is that this is not my first rodeo! 

In 2018 and 2019, I hosted two, week-long cultural immersion workshops for mental health providers in the heart of Mexico. Given the nature and location of these workshops, they were actually much more complex to plan than the retreat that I am now hosting in Costa Rica.


Not only have I hosted international experiences before, but I have also been a participant in countless retreats that have been hosted by other amazing business owners too!  I’ve learned first-hand as a participant about the details that can make for a truly amazing experience. 

My Background: 

While I am a firm believer that the most impactful part of any retreat are the relationships that are formed, I also understand that many sign up for the content. 

So, if you’re wondering about the nitty-gritty aspects of my background as the host of this retreat, here are some little nuggets for you! 

My background as a therapist: 

I have a Master’s Degree in Clinical Community Counseling from Johns Hopkins and a Post-Master’s Certificate in Spiritual and Existential Approaches to Counseling. I’ve also completed the University of Michigan’s Sexual Health Certificate Program. I’m a Certified Brainspotter and Brainspotting Consultant who absolutely loves Brainspotting! 

My background and experience as an entrepreneur: 

I am the Founder of LifeSpring Counseling Services, a group counseling practice in the Greater Baltimore area that was formed in 2014. We have an amazing clinical and administrative team that provides quality care to our clients.

As an avid, life-long learner, I am forever reading books related to business, finances, and clinical work.  I’ve dedicated countless hours (and money) to attending Masterminds and training programs related to skill-building as an entrepreneur. Most notably, I’ve also completed the Goldman Sach’s 10ksb program, a collaboration with Babson College, known for being like getting an MBA in a semester.


A Journey of Renewal in Costa Rica: Embrace Hope, Healing, and Empowerment

In the hustle and bustle of running a business, it’s easy to lose sight of oneself. The weight of responsibilities, the constant decision-making, and the challenges faced can often lead to feelings of hopelessness, exhaustion, and disconnect. But deep down, there’s a whisper, a gentle nudge from within, reminding you of the hope, the potential for healing, and the empowerment that lies dormant.

At LifeSpring, we recognize the transformative power of introspection and connection. We’ve seen countless individuals rise from the depths of despair, finding their voice, their confidence, and a renewed sense of purpose. And now, we’re offering you a unique opportunity to embark on a similar journey.

Join us from April 14th-19th, 2024, in the serene landscapes of Costa Rica. This retreat is not just a getaway; it’s a sanctuary for your soul. A place where you can retreat, recharge, and reconnect not just with yourself, but with fellow business owners who share your journey.

Our carefully curated activities aim to provide you with moments of reflection, helping you reconnect with your core, your “why”, and discover sustainable and aligned ways to run your business. We believe in a holistic approach to wellness, ensuring that as a business owner, both you and your business thrive.

LifeSpring has always been a haven where individuals are seen, heard, and validated. We understand the feelings of invisibility and worthlessness that life can sometimes impose. But in the heart of Costa Rica, amidst nature and guided by experienced counselors, you’ll find a space of restoration. A space where you can truly be seen, where your voice resonates, and where you’re enveloped in a cocoon of support and understanding.

You don’t have to carry the weight of hopelessness or unresolved hurts. And with this retreat, you certainly don’t have to do it alone. Let the landscapes of Costa Rica, combined with our expertise in hope, healing, and empowerment, guide you towards a brighter, more fulfilled future.

Questions? We’re here to assist. Whether it’s about the retreat or counseling in general, reach out to us. Sometimes, a simple conversation can be the first step towards transformation.

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Dive into a journey of self-discovery and growth. Let Costa Rica be the backdrop to your story of hope, healing, and empowerment.