come deepen your emotional and physical connection to your spouse through this all-inclusive adventure.

We believe that an intimate, fulfilling marriage requires work and play. Novios Retreat is designed to invite deep connection through the science of enjoying new adventures together, focusing on fun, and prioritizing the cultivation of an intentional relationship, mind, body, and soul. This retreat is perfect for couples who are outdoors-oriented, open-minded, playful, and comfortable with exploring intimate relationship topics together with a mixed gender group so they can take new skills and experiences home with them. 

Getting away to somewhere new heightens your awareness, sensory experience, and opens you up to curiosity, enjoyment, and excitement. With Novios Retreat, you get to experience all of the thrill of a romantic adventure without any of the stress of planning the perfect itinerary, or getting lost in the logistics. Let us handle the details so you can simply relish time spent together.

Join Certified Sex Therapist Kristin B. Hodson and Positive Psychology expert Miranda Anderson along with their incredible husbands for this unique, relationship-forward retreat. Kristin and Miranda have both lived in Costa Rica and traveled back many times, discovering the hidden gems and perfect locations and activities to bring out the best in your relationship. In addition, Miranda speaks Spanish fluently, and both she and Kristin are bold adventurers and experienced educators. 


Novios is a balance of relaxation and reconnection, exciting adventures and thoughtful sexual intimacy and relationship connection workshops, all focused on you and your partner building positive experiences as a couple to sustain you for months and years after you return home.

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Soak in therapeutic jungle thermal pools and zip down tropical waterslides.

Eat delicious food prepared both on-site and at curated restaurants and food trucks.

Relax on a private sunset sail and snorkeling trip. 

Lodge off-the-grid in private hidden rainforest cabanas.

Invest in intimacy and higher sexual connection through workshops with Kristin B. Hodson.

Enjoy yoga and meditation sessions to connect mind and body.

Stroll along beautiful beaches and explore rocky tide pools.

Stay in a breathtaking boutique hotel in an incredible beachside location. 

Wake up to tropical wildlife and rolling waves–the sound of real vacation.

Take a beginner (or intermediate) surf lesson with a local expert.

Build friendships and connection to a small group of couples, through shared meals and travel experiences.

Learn techniques for enhancing your overall well-being as individuals and couples with workshops with Miranda Anderson.

Sit back while your experienced retreat hosts Miranda & Dave Anderson and Kristin & Jake Hodson invite you to explore and experience Costa Rica through the unique lens of having lived in the country, designing an itinerary with intention and care.

What is included:



Based on double occupancy, private rainforest lodge and oceanside hotel.

Inclusive of all lodging, meals, snacks, activities, workshops, planning, and logistics.



Arrive in Costa Rica and take a shuttle to an off-the-grid tropical forest lodge. Your hosts will greet you at the lodge and direct you to your private cabanas.

Settle in and relax after traveling with a walk around the property, swim in the river, or take a nap in a hammock.

Gather and get to know your guides and retreat group with an intimate welcome dinner prepared on-site.


Wake up to birdsong and enjoy a group yoga flow before eating a delicious local breakfast before hopping onto the shuttle to our afternoon adventure.

Spend the day soaking in thermal hot springs, zipping down tropical waterslides, and reconnecting to your inner child–and each other. 

We will be treated to lunch on location, and head back to the lodge for an evening workshop and candlelit dinner. 


Sleep late, or get up to wander the property, spotting sloths and toucans, before sitting down for another delightful tropical breakfast. Transfer from the mountain lodge to a boutique beach hotel, stopping for lunch along the way.

Explore the beach on your own for the afternoon.

Return to the hotel for dinner overlooking the ocean at sunset.


Wake up with sunrise yoga on the lawn before breakfast, then spend the morning sunning on the beach, swimming in the pool, or shopping for souvenirs in the cute walkable town.

Meet for lunch at the best local food truck slinging fresh fish tacos.

Gather in the late afternoon for a private sunset catamaran tour adventure. Enjoy sunning or snorkeling while nibbling delicious appetizers and sipping tropical drinks on board.

Finish the day with dinner at an open-air cabana, and an evening workshop at the hotel.


Wander into breakfast in the hotel atrium at your leisure, then suit up for a beginner/intermediate surf lesson with a local expert.

Sun on the beach and enjoy cheering on others in the group while we all learn together.

Build sandcastles, collect seashells, swim and relax on the beach, lunch will be a seaside picnic.

Return to the hotel to freshen up for our final evening meal at a critically acclaimed beachfront restaurant. We’ll dine and reflect as the sun sets over the ocean.


Relax into a leisurely morning and beautiful breakfast at the hotel before our closing workshop and farewells.

Those returning to the airport for departure will have transportation arranged, if you decide to stay on for a few extra days to explore other parts of the country, we wish you well!

This itinerary is build upon current plans and research. We may substitute activities or plans as needed because of weather, local scheduling, or new discoveries we want to include.

Food allergies will be collected with your application, and accommodated as best we can. 



    Married couples seeking deeper connection, fun, adventure, and joy in their relationship through intentional activities, workshops, and dynamic experiences. Novios is designed for couples who value exploration, curiosity, playfulness, and values-centered sexual and relationship workshops. This retreat is open to both queer and heterosexual couples, as well as couples from all faith, spiritual, and cultural backgrounds. We welcome diversity.

     ** Novios is not designed as an intervention or couples therapy, rather an opportunity to deepen and enhance an already connected relationship.



    Novios accommodations are beautiful, intimate and boutique style lodging. Our tropical lodges consists of individual cabins per couple, nestled in the rainforest. The beachside hotel offers breezy, luxury rooms with breathtaking ocean views just steps from the beach. 



    • Airfare to/from Costa Rica.
    • Transfer from final hotel back to airport (may be added for additional fee if you chose).
    • Meals and transportation you do during your free time.
    • Personal shopping or souvenirs.
    • Additional wine or other alcohol beyond what is offered at meals.
    • Travel insurance and trip medical coverage (both HIGHLY recommended).



    Because of all the up-front costs and nature of highly personalized trip like this, registrations are non-refundable. 

    We highly recommend Trip cancellation insurance with a Cancel for Any Reason rider, as well as medical and evacuation coverage in case of unknowns.