ShadowToGold Weekend Intensive
Transforming your deepest darkness into brilliance
March 25 - 27 2022 | Malpais, Costa Rica
The weekend

Everyone carries a shadow, and the less it is embodied in the individual's conscious life, the blacker and denser it is.

- Carl Jung

ShadowToGold is a personal growth process based on Jungian philosophy, Gestalt, constellation work, and psychodramatic techniques combined with essential parts of the book Futuring by Stefan Hermann. It promises to bring your hidden powers out of the shadow and into the light. 

Within us, we all have those archetypal powers of Queen/King, Lover, Amazon/Warrior, and Crone/Magician. However, in the process of socialization we learned to hide the parts of ourselves that were hurt in the past, in order to avoid getting hurt once again.

In ShadowToGold, we explore the inner landscape and discover the gifts available in our shadows. It is a way to become who we really are more and more, and to learn how to live more fully. ShadowToGold is especially devoted to providing a setting that allows us to explore and evolve safely, with choice and without pressure.

Out of this world, Mind blowing. Totally transformational. I LOVED it!

- Mr. Ricky Surie, former partner at McKinsey Consulting, USA
Your facilitator

The workshop will be led by Stefan Hermann, a German born futurist, author, and social entrepreneur who has resided for the past 2 decades in Santa Barbara, California, and previously spent 4 years in Pune, India. He has led hundreds of weekends across the globe and received the “Ron Hering Award” for exceptional leadership in 2004. 

ShadowToGold comes highly recommended by over 400 participants over the past 4 years in Mexico and all over India alone; amongst them are renowned therapists Rashna Imhasly (Mumbai), Pilar Cordero (Mexico City), and Gloria Burrett (New Delhi), all graduates of ShadowToGold (see video testimonials here) who vouch for the quality of the program.

Additionally, Stefan founded his more-than-for-profit organization GenDerations Mentoring ( to support communities in mentoring their youth, both boys and girls, into healthy, mature adulthood. He has taken this work to South Africa, Europe, Mexico, and now India. His work was scientifically evaluated by Dr. Sadhana Natu, head of the Psychology Department at the University of Pune.

Watch Stefan’s recent Ted Talk here.

The packages

All-inclusive package 

Price range between $995 - $2,365 according to your room category, occupancy and when you check-in. 


. Arrival & welcome (Friday, March 25th, 3 pm)

. 3 plant-based meals per day

. Accommodation for 3 nights

. Weekend program fee

. Decompression - two 2-hour circle and one 45 minute face-to-face personal mentoring session with Stefan (this can also be done virtually)

. Transport assistance

Receive 10% off if your booking includes the night before the program kicks off, giving you a chance to ground and settle in. Participants arriving on Friday must ensure they have enough time to settle in before the first session begins at 3 pm.

Intensive only package - $1,100


. Arrival and grounding

. Welcome and program kick-off on Friday, March 25th, at 3 pm

. 3  plant-based meals per day (the first meal is Friday dinner and the last meal is on Sunday night)

. Weekend program fee

. Decompression - two 2-hour circle and one 45 minute face-to-face personal mentoring session with Stefan (this can also be done virtually)

. Closing dinner on Sunday

To collectively start the weekend intensive, please arrive with enough time to settle into the space before the first session begins at 3 pm.


Participants are encouraged to stay at Zūnya for an additional night after the intensive to assist with the integration and digestion of the weekend intensive. This decompression includes two 2 -hour circles and a 45-minute face-to-face personal mentoring session with Stefan, which is included in the overall package. The only additional cost is a room fee, which includes breakfast.

. The decompression is available for all participants from Tuesday, March 29th up until Wednesday, March 30th. The first circle is held on Tuesday evening and the second on Thursday, with one-on-one mentoring sessions held throughout the day.

. If you are not able to stay on, all of this can be done virtually

. Receive a 10% discount on an extra night if you choose to stay

The food

Our food philosophy at Nula, Zūnya's kitchen, is centered around a plant-based lifestyle, inviting others to embrace a more conscious and healthy way of living, and presenting new ways of treating our planet and our body—all this while creating delicious and beautiful dishes.

Nula is a sacred place for people to go and feel inspired about a meal. It is also a home for those who love Mother Nature and are deeply interested in caring for and protecting her. It's about nourishing, loving, and caring for yourself and others. Neighborhood farmers' markets are the inspiration behind each plate, and we work collectively to tend to the local gardens that, in turn, take care of us. We enjoy all of our meals family-style in the open-air dining area.

About Zūnya

You will be immersed in 33 hectares of untouched jungle sanctuary. Zūnya is hidden away from prying eyes in the town of Malpaís, a secluded spot on the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula. This region is one of only five blue zones in the world. Malpaís prides itself on its amazing surf and its decadent mix of unspoiled beaches, private coves, waterfalls, and dense rainforests. The town of Malpaís is the perfect hideaway for those looking to discover an authentic Costa Rica.

Zūnya is a growing regenerative system, a 2.0 version of an ecovillage, using tools such as arts, science, technology, sustainability, and spirituality to enhance our way of living as we reconnect with nature, ourselves, and each other. You will join a collective of individuals from various backgrounds and origins in the process of co-creating a new way of life. Your visit is an invitation to join the family and embark on this journey.

Frequently asked questions

Do I need to join the full weekend? 

Yes, this is a full weekend program. If you have any emergencies please speak directly to Stefan.


Do I need to join the decompression after the weekend intensive? 

Yes, participants are required to do the decompression either in person or virtually if they cannot stay on. The decompression is available from Tuesday March 29th until Wednesday, March 30th. You can choose when you’d like to schedule your one-on-one session with Stefan.

What are the current entry requirements to Costa Rica?

As the requirements are in constant evolution due to Covid-19, we invite you to visit the official website of the Costa Rica Tourism Board for up-to-date information.


How do I get to Zūnya from the San José and Liberia International Airports?

There are several options to help you get to Zūnya which you can find in our paper.


What should I bring to Zūnya for my stay?

Please visit our Informative Booklet for more information on what to bring during your visit.


Do you have a working area with a strong Wi-Fi connection (and how fast is it)?

Yes, we have a new space called El Núcleo, which offers access to fiber-optic internet, desks, and plugs located right on the beach.


Will there be time for any other activities over the weekend?

No, the weekend intensive is a full program, and participants are asked to commit to the full weekend. There will be some free time within the schedule where you are welcome to explore and rest in and around Zūnya. We love to assist you in having the best experience during your stay. If you come early or extend your stay let us know and we can share with you a variety of additional services to choose from.