Call of the Wild Costa Rican Retreat: April 16-25, 2016


I’m SO excited for this incredible experience that I’ve already started getting ready! In preparation for the trip (I feel like winter can’t come fast enough!), I did a little intuitive pre-connection with one of the animals – Millie the 2-toed sloth. I’ve never led a trip like this before and I wanted to see if Millie could shed light on what it was going to be like. When I connected with her, she showed me that she was very happy with her life and that the humans running the rescue, rehab, and release center (called The Toucan Rescue Ranch) are kind and heart-centered. (Now, of course I already knew this from when I was researching this trip, but I am REALLY happy she agreed!) After all, assisting animals so they can live the most natural, happy lives (whatever happy looks like for that particular animal) is one of my goals in life and one that I teach every day.

As a young child, I had a difficult time visiting zoos. I knew and felt that the animals in the zoos were not happy, even though the adults around me repeated the mantra, “these animals are for education, so it’s OK.” Regardless of what they told me, I did NOT think it was OK. That’s why it was important for me to put together a trip that aligned with my beliefs about animals. Connecting in with Millie, confirmed that I was on the right track because, as she said, the humans involved with her center have the same mission as me (the evolution of all – both animals and people!). Now, I’m honored (and excited) that in April, we’ll be able to meet her in person. What a treat to connect with her live and in person!

sloth_and_baby-215x190I’ve found that working closely with a group of people – all with the intention of connecting with animals and nature, and of being with like-minded people produces unexpectedly positive results. Things like – soul growth, expansion, happiness, joy, and an intimate connection with the soul AND with the universe. I would be honored to have you with me, sharing in this experience with these very special animals. I feel so aligned with Millie’s mission as well – to help humans grow, evolve, and understand their place in the world (which in turn assists animals of all kinds). Won’t you join me in meeting her? Oh! I have a little Youtube video about her too! Oh and yes, Toucan Rescue Ranch also wrote a book about her – aren’t you just so excited!?


For me, this is a once in a lifetime adventure. I love the beach, I love the ocean, and I love the feel of Costa Rica. It’s been ten years since my last visit and every day I’m getting more and more excited for what is coming this April! I’m impatient to experience the sloths hanging out of trees, and howler monkeys reminding you that it’s morning (or some other time of day!). There are millions (I’m not exaggerating) of species of flora, fauna, and mammals that you’ll find no other place on earth – and we get to connect in and experience them!

Nowhere else on earth is biological abundance and diversity so evident than in the Costa Rican rainforest. Twelve distinct ecological zones of incredible beauty cover an area the size of New Hampshire. Did you know that tropical rainforests contain more than half of all living things known to man? And on this trip, we get to be part of that all while experiencing the unconditional love of animals through intimate, personal, heart-centered animals connections that will probably impact us all life for the rest of our lives.  Pretty exciting right?! Then give yourself permission to join me in Costa Rica!

Call of the Wild Costa Rican Retreat
April 16-25, 2016
Just $500 due at sign up
Balance due February 1, 2016

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PS: This trip will sell out. Once that happens, we will create a waiting list just in case. Your best bet is to sign up now so you don’t have to be on the waiting list – because waiting lists aren’t fun!

12 replies
  1. Jessica
    Jessica says:

    This sounds amazing! I’m Seriously considering but I have an important question: the meals – are they vegan? Thanks! ?

    • Danielle MacKinnon
      Danielle MacKinnon says:

      Hi Jessica – So, I am vegan AND gluten free and I’ve been assured that they will be able to accommodate my diet without a problem. We will be moving to different places so my thought is some places will accommodate my diet better than others (as is always the case anyway!). Not sure if you’re asking because you ARE vegan or aren’t vegan – but there you go. If you have more questions, just email my office at and we’ll get you the answers. ~Danielle

    • danielle
      danielle says:

      Jamie – absolutely not! I’ll be doing a little teaching as we go – but knowing animal communication is not a requirement. The only requirement is an open mind, a love of animals, and a desire to hang out with me and get some R&R too!

  2. Sarah J.
    Sarah J. says:

    Danielle, this looks like a once in a lifetime opportunity. I wish I could afford it this year, but money is tight. Do you anticipate being able to offer this retreat in years to come?

    • danielle
      danielle says:

      Sarah J – I do think it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! In fact, I was just going through the itinerary again and it made me SO EXCITED to go! I don’t know that I’ll be repeating this trip again. I love doing trips, but each year I sit down to figure out what I’m going to offer – so who knows for next time!

  3. Deanna
    Deanna says:

    Hi, this is on my bucket list too! I have tried to sign up in a couple places for the animal guru class but don’t know the access/promo code… Am I missing something?


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