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Barefoot Perfect Belize2019-12-03T12:35:42-07:00

Barefoot Perfect: Belize

A Visioning Destination Retreat for Women at Mid-Life and Beyond Who Are Excited to Discover What’s Next


Amy Ahlers and Sam Bennett

Placencia, Belize

Feb 29 – Mar 4, 2020

Fun – Bliss-Filled – Truth Telling

Reclaim Your Life!

Barefoot Perfect: Belize

A Visioning Destination Retreat for Women at Mid-Life and Beyond Who Are Excited to Discover What’s Next


Amy Ahlers and Sam Bennett

Placencia, Belize

Feb 29 – Mar 4, 2020

Fun – Bliss-Filled – Truth Telling

Reclaim Your Life!

  • Lounging in your own private beach bungalow, in your very own king size bed with plush pillows and soft sheets
  • Finally getting the rest, relaxation and inspiration you’ve been wanting
  • Receiving expert mentorship and coaching to invent the next chapter of your life

Join Amy, Sam and a small group (around 20) of inspiring, fun, hilarious women on the travel adventure of a lifetime to create the next chapter of your life!

Join Amy, Sam and a small group (around 20) of inspiring, fun, hilarious women on the travel adventure of a lifetime to create the next chapter of your life!


Here’s the deal:

We are gathering an intimate group of women to go on a destination retreat to Belize in to talk about the TRUTH about YOUR LIFE and WHAT'S NEXT….the magic, the mess and more.

» We’ll CLEAR OUT any old lingering beliefs that are keeping you stuck.

» We’ll DREAM QUEST and PLEASURE DIG to get inspired for the next chapter.

» We’ll BE FRANK about disappointments, sexuality, pleasure, impostor syndrome, feeling selfish and connect with our true desires to create an inspired action plan.

Oh – and there’s cocktails (if you so choose).

Speaking of cocktails…

Check out our virtual Tropical Happy Hour where we reveal the Top 10 Reasons to Join Us In Belize!

“Midlife is when the universe gently places her hands upon your shoulders, pulls you close, and whispers in your ear: I’m not screwing around. All of this pretending and performing – these coping mechanisms that you’ve developed to protect yourself from feeling inadequate and getting hurt – has to go. Your armor is preventing you from growing into your gifts… Time is growing short. There are unexplored adventures ahead of you. You can’t live the rest of your life worried about what other people think. You were born worthy of love and belonging. Courage and daring are coursing through your veins. You were made to live and love with your whole heart. It’s time to show up and be seen.

– Brené Brown




No matter how many books you buy or workshops you go to… your old patterns are right there waiting for you.

No matter how many zeros you’re looking at…you still feel scarcity.

No matter how many times people tell you you’re gorgeous…you just can’t quite believe them.

You would never in a million years go back to your teens or twenties – there was enough confusion and heartbreak there the first time – but you wouldn’t mind getting back some of your

  • Confidence
  • Sex Appeal
  • Life Force
  • Enthusiasm
  • Late Night Talks about Everything
  • FUN!

The feeling that YOU are SPECIAL and you are destined for an extraordinary life is not the exclusive province of the young. And it’s never, ever too late to create the life of your dreams and make the contribution you long to make.

We have some amazing methods to help you uncover the voice of your inner knowing and inner wisdom, connect with your high-vibe self and unleash the voice of your wildest desires.

“The retreat blew me away!

Amy is incredibly gifted in her ability to coach her clients, not only asking the right, probing questions, but also making space for them to gain access to their own truth. I highly recommend working with Amy in any capacity. After spending time with Amy, you will no doubt walk away with new insights that can drive major change in your life.”

– Heather McClellan

“My experience was incredibly profound and challenging, while somehow also feeling like I was just hanging out with my new best friends on a weekend getaway.

I have never attended a retreat that was as personally and professionally rewarding as the True Freedom Focus Retreat. Sam guides you through her process with love and care, and she creates personalized moments that really make the experience special…I came home energized, refreshed, and committed to my path forward. How cool is that?”

– Kathryn Sallee

Tropical Beauty

Tropical Beauty

From the Caribbean Sea to the mangrove swamps, from the pristine jungle to the mysterious Maya Mountains, Belize is truly a land of adventure.

Bordered by Mexico, Guatemala, and the Caribbean Sea, Belize has recently made its mark within the world of global travel, and as adventure-seekers continue to discover and explore its endless opportunities, this beautiful country continues to grow, surprise and delight.

Laughingbird Caye Adventure

Laughingbird Caye Adventure

This half day excursion begins with a ride on a stunning catamaran boat to a lovely deserted island where you can choose to snorkel, lounge and enjoy a delicious meal. Plus we'll do a powerful releasing ritual to create a clean slate for your dreams.

The caye is home to a unique faroe reef formation with deep channels on either side, and forms the nucleus of the Laughingbird Caye National Park. Here coral pinnacles rise from the bottom inside the main barrier reef creating a haven for a host of brilliantly colored Caribbean reef dwellers. Keep your eyes open for lobsters, spotted eagle rays, goliath groupers and nurse sharks.

Coaching & Mentorship

Coaching & Mentorship

With over two decades of coaching, mentoring and facilitation experience, Sam and Amy will knock your bikini off with their expertise. These women are the perfect blend of spiritual (not too woo), direct (with kindness) and mama bear love. You’ll receive special “love seat” time to receive coaching, as well as proven exercises to take your life to the next level.

Collectively, Amy and Sam have facilitated over 85 multi-day retreats, events and workshops in such varied environments as Google, HOW Design Conference, US Naval Medical Center, Wisdom 2.0 as well as a zillion of their own private events in places like Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York City, Hawaii, Switzerland, and Mexico. 

Visioning and Dreaming

Visioning and Dreaming

50 is the new 30? Does that mean 62 is the new 48? Is 80 the new 17? 

What does all that mean, exactly?

We live in a time of unprecedented opportunity for women.

And while that’s exciting, it also means that WE DON’T HAVE A MAP for what our life journey could look like from here on out.

We don’t have any model of what the next 10, 20, 50 years or more of our lives are supposed to look like. Guess what? You get to create whatever the hell you want!

You’ve paid your dues in full, my dear, and it's time to cash in to create the most epic chapter of your life yet.

Dream and vision with us and a potent circle of women. Commune with your Inner Wisdom and create a plan that's right for YOU.


“I feel as if I have awakened a part of me that has been long buried…

At the Retreat, Something magical did happen! I'm living proof. Joy, gratitude, deep emotion –feeling as if I am beginning to truly live!”

– Carmelita Jimenez

“I feel calm, relaxed and powerful

“I created space to allow my vision to come in. I’ve attended a lot of retreats and programs and it was so nourishing to be with Amy!”

– Jill Wesley

“It was an honor to be among such an amazing group of talented and inspiring women.

I feel that I left with a confident roadmap to walk in the direction of my dreams and be open to all form of serendipitous signs that come my way from the Universe.”

– Carolyn Martinez Romer

Who is Barefoot Perfect for?

Barefoot Perfect is for you if…

  • You want the ideal mix of lounging, adventure, laughter, and HELLS YES transformation
  • You are longing for real talk with authentic, like-minded women
  • You want a place where you can tell the truth and let your hair down
  • You love to enjoy fresh delicious food (no dishes to wash)
  • You long to have unstructured time to connect to your Inner Wisdom and have deep conversations while on a hammock by the ocean (away from your everyday life is where you can really dream!)
  • You want to hang out with Amy & Sam, two master teachers who feel like good girlfriends and will tell you the truth – no matter what.
  • You would love a spa treatment at one of the best spas in Belize (mmmmm…..)
  • Your idea of fun is actually seeing the beauty of a country like Belize with the perfect combo of togetherness, lounging on the beach, solo time, visioning and dreaming what’s next (HELLO!)
  • You can’t wait to be at all those boring holiday parties and say, “What’s up with me? Oh, well….I am going to Belize in February…” *hair toss*hair toss*

Barefoot Perfect is NOT for you if:

  • You want to sit in silent meditation and drink kale juice and do yoga 18 times per day (kidding – of course there will be time for you to get your yoga on, take that run, kayak, paddle board, swim, do your thing…but we’re more about walking barefoot on the beach and having drinks with pineapple in them…we're just not that into deprivation and austerity)
  • You want to stay in another cold, anonymous, hotel conference room all day working hard and never enjoying the destination you’re at and coming home with a pile of notes you'll never look at again (no thank you, we like action and fun!)
  • You want guru-like leaders that you worship and who want you to live tweet the event for their followers (yeah….we’re not really into that)

You’ll leave with:

  • A feeling of rest & renewal
  • A new, deeper self-compassion for your disappointments, embarrassments and even your “failures”
  • A true celebration for what an accomplished, wise, sexy, badass woman you are
  • A vision for the next chapter of your life and a custom-made action plan to get you there
  • Relationships with women that will become lifelong friends and champions

Food & Drink

Food & Drink

Come prepared to enjoy delicious, fresh, incredible food and cocktails or mocktails. You’ll be taken care of and waited on by the friendliest staff this side of the equator.

Elegant Accommodations

Elegant Accommodations

Your own, private beachfront studio where you will fall asleep to the sound of the gentle waves of the Caribbean sea.

No need to bring earplugs to drown out the snoring of your beloved or roommate. This room is just for you! Think casual, luxury, white sheet therapy with this view.

Why Belize?

  • First, doesn’t it just sound cool to say “I’m heading off to Belize for a week?”
  • It’s the ultimate paradise called the “The hidden gem of Central America and the Caribbean…”
  • It’s located centrally for those traveling from the West Coast or East Coast of the US, with regular direct flights from Houston, New York, and Miami.
  • It’s the ideal location for a combination of ocean time, beaches, and the jungle.
  • The national language is English, and they happily accept the US Dollar as currency.

Your Private Luxury Resort Awaits

Your Private Luxury Resort Awaits

Why Naia Resort?

  • Hands-down one of the best golden beaches in Belize (ranked one of the top 52 places to go by the New York Times!)
  • Private studio cottages for each participant (all are either beachfront or beach view – so reserve early for beach front!)
  • Not too “resort-y” but well-appointed nonetheless (there are only 35 cottages, and we’ll be in at least 20 of them, so we basically get our own private resort)
  • One of the largest and best spas in Belize
  • Super-friendly staff that will treat you like family
  • A 4-star experience for a great price
  • PACK FOR A PURPOSE: Naia is part of a wonderful organization that uses travelers like us to bring much needed school supplies to their town. We’re going to invite you to save a bit of room in your suitcase to bring any new art supplies, educational toys, athletic equipment or office supplies along with you to donate. We’ll send you a full list of requested items upon your registration. (After all…your flip-flops won’t take up too much room : )

Why Sam and Amy?

We are bestselling authors, coaches, speakers and no bs mentors with over 35 years of combined coaching, leading, facilitation experience. We are especially passionate about working with powerful women and highly creative people in transition. 


  • We have 25 years of friendship (my goodness, how time flies!)
  • From “just dreaming” of writing books to becoming traditionally published bestselling authors
  • From broke “starving artists” to multi-six figure business owners
  • We've walked with each other through the heartaches of life: breakups, divorces, miscarriages, illness and other disasters
  • And we've walked with each other during the joys of life: marriages, babies, TV appearances, book deals, awards, rockstar events (that $128k weekend!), multi-six figure online program launches, speaking in front of thousands and so much more


Can I bring my kids?2019-07-12T14:42:35-07:00

Nope. This is kid-free experience. You’re welcome. (I mean we love kiddos…Amy’s mama to two and Sam’s an autie to two, but it’s time for adults-only conversations that don't get cut off every three minutes!)

Can I bring my spouse/partner/friend?2019-07-11T07:04:24-07:00

If your spouse/partner/friend is a woman, and you don’t mind sharing your luxurious king-sized bed with them, then yes. Contact us for their registration fee. If you don’t want to share a bed, just have your pal register separately.

I’m vegan/gluten-free/paleo/ominivorous/addicted to dark chocolate…. can you accommodate my food needs?2019-07-11T07:02:38-07:00

Yes. We will do everything we can to make sure you have plenty of delicious food, three meals a day. (Remember, too, though, that this is not a high-end, urban environment, so you may not be able to find those $6 Seaweed Chips you love, you know? You might need to practice being a little bit flexible.)

I’m self-conscious about my body and I don’t feel comfortable in a swimsuit…2019-07-11T07:00:29-07:00

Honey, your body is so beautiful! And I notice that no matter how uncomfortable I might feel in my day-to-day world, once I’m floating in the clear blue ocean, I start to remember the sanctified beauty of my physical self. It is our express purpose to have you feeling great no matter what you are wearing. Please do your delightful self a favor and get yourself a new swimsuit that fits, grab your flipflops and prepare to fall in love with your body all over again. She’s your one and only body this time around, might as well love her up!

What if I want to use this as a writing retreat?2019-07-11T07:01:06-07:00

Sure. You’ll have unscheduled time each day to do whatever you like. But please do plan on being present at all of our trainings.

OK…but what do I tell my spouse/partner/boss about this?2019-07-11T07:01:47-07:00

Here’s what to say to your Spouse, your Partner, your Boss….(and even your frightened inner self)

Businesses have annual retreats for a reason.

Academics take sabbaticals for a reason.

In order to grow, organizations (even organizations of one : ) need STRUCTURED time to take a step back, get out of their regular patterns and invest time in reflection, rejuvenation and planning.

Look, we all promise ourselves that we’re going to change things.

But usually we wait until things change us.

If I take a proactive stance toward the next 10, 20, 50 years of my life, I am making sure that I do not reach the end of my days and say, “If only…”

What Does My Registration Cover?

All you have to do is get yourself to Belize City Airport.

We’ll take care of the rest!

The Barefoot Perfect: Belize retreat price is all-inclusive for food, accommodations, snorkeling excursion, and transformative sessions.

Your registration includes:

  • Pre-Retreat Group Coaching Launch Call in Late January with Sam and Amy
  • Tropic Air flight from Belize City to Placencia (30min)
  • Airport transfer from Placencia to Naia Resort
  • Opening Circle & Special Welcome Dinner
  • Your own Private studio beach cottage with veranda
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner each day
  • A dinner cocktail or glass of vino/ beer if you’d like (cash bar available if you’d like to enjoy more!)
  • EXCLUSIVE workshops with Sam & Amy to clear your mind & create your future
  • Catamaran & Snorkeling excursion to Laughing Bird Caye
  • $100 spa credit toward the treatment of your choice
  • Special Farewell Dinner with open bar (local liquor) and entertainment from local Garifuna Drummers
  • Post-Retreat Group Coaching Integration Call with Amy and Sam

You are responsible for travel costs to Belize City Airport, any additional cocktails and add-on activities or extra nights you choose to enjoy on this epic adventure.

All Inclusive Retreat Pricing

  • Paid In Full only. Subject to availability.

“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!

― Hunter S. Thompson

Our Schedule

Sat. Feb. 29th:
Arrive in Belize City
30-minute Tropic Air small plane to Placencia (cost included)
Transfer from Placencia Airport to Naia Resort (cost included)
Afternoon free (get your spa treatment?)
Evening: Welcome Dinner!

Sun. Mar. 1st:
10am-1pm: Morning Workshop
1pm-2pm: Group Lunch
2pm-6pm: Free time
6pm-8pm: Dinner
8pm-9pm: Evening Session

Mon. Mar. 2nd
8am-2:30pm – Laughing Bird Caye Catamaran & Snorkeling (includes Lunch & “desert island” workshop)
2:30pm-6pm – Free time
6pm-8pm: Dinner
8pm-9pm: Evening Session

Tues. Mar. 3rd
10am-1pm: Morning Workshop
1pm-2pm: Group Lunch
2pm-3:30: Afternoon Session
3:30pm-6pm: Free time
6pm-9pm: Closing Session & Special Farewell Dinner with local drummers & dancing!

Wed. Mar. 4th
Final Breakfast and goodbye hugs
Transfer to local airport
Tropic Air flight to Belize City

About Amy

Amy Ahlers is a master women’s leadership coach, keynote speaker, and the bestselling author of Big Fat Lies Women Tell Themselves (New World Library, 2011) and Reform Your Inner Mean Girl (Simon and Schuster/Beyond Words, 2015). Amy is on a mission to STOP women from self-bullying and being so darn hard on themselves so they can make their greatest possible contribution.

After being a top producing sales executive, she entered the world of coaching two decades ago and has touched the lives of over 150k people. She is the host of the celebrated Amy Ahlers Show podcast, she has been a featured keynote speaker on stages at places like Google and Oracle and has appeared on countless TV and radio shows.

Amy leads a powerful women’s life and leadership incubator called Rise and Lead to help women confidently rise into the impact, happiness and contribution they desire and deserve. Amy wholeheartedly believes it’s time for women to claim their seat at the leadership table.

Most mornings you’ll find Amy doing a dance party with her husband and two daughters with a pile of dirty dishes in the sink. She resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family and rescue mutt, Batman.

About Sam

Originally from Chicago, Samantha Bennett is a writer, speaker, actor, teacher and creativity/productivity specialist and the author of the bestselling, “Get It Done: From Procrastination to Creative Genius in 15 Minutes a Day” (New World Library) which Seth Godin called, “An instant classic, essential reading for anyone who wants to make a ruckus.” Her latest bestseller is, “Start Right Where You Are: How Little Changes Can Make a Big Difference for Overwhelmed Procrastinators, Frustrated Overachievers and Recovering Perfectionists” (New World Library).

She is the creator of The Organized Artist Company, dedicated to helping tens of thousands of creative people get unstuck, helping them to focus and move forward on their goals.

Sam has also written the script for the hit musical, “In a Booth at Chasen’s,” and is working on her latest book, “Secrets of Highly Creative People.”

She is an award-winning marketing expert, having spent 15 years as a Personal Branding Specialist for Sam Christensen Studios and been honored as an Ultimate Marketer Finalist at Infusioncon. She is also an Infusionsoft Certified Consultant and Reseller.

Completely charged with creativity…

It was the juiciest, most nourishing, and most fun weekend I've had in a very, very long time. I left completely charged with creativity, a sense of direction, and a small network of some of the MOST talented and interesting people I've met in my life. I can honestly say that I've met quite a number of new friends who I feel they're my long lost friends. It was truly a special experience. Thank you, thank you, thank you Sam Bennett.”

– Sisi Liang


I just want to thank you for making the weekend retreat exceptional for me. This may very well be the first time I have ever attended an event where I wasn't counting the minutes until I could get away and be by myself.“

– Areanne Lloyd

Application Process

  1. If you're a YES or even a MAYBE, the next step is to simply submit your application.
  2. We personally review every application to ensure that we take only “perfect fit” women to the Barefoot Perfect: Belize adventure. After all, we will be spending 5 days in this tropical paradise with you so we want to make it a phenomenal life-changing experience for us all!
  3. If you're accepted, you'll receive an official letter of acceptance so you can move forward with reserving your spot. We will also be available to answer any questions you have. (Remember, the beach front studios are first come, first served so reserve your spot with your deposit the moment you're accepted!)
  4. Or if we don't feel like this retreat is the right fit for you we will reach out with best next steps.