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8 Days Wellness and Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica

  • Farm of Life, Barucito, San José Province, Costa Rica


Raw Food and Yoga Retreat Costa Rica

Dr. Sam invites you to join this retreat to transform your health in paradise. This retreat in Costa Rica will give you amazing breathtaking waterfalls experiences, fun and challenging jungle hikes, beautiful exotic beaches, tantalizing fruits and other delicious tropical food delights, yoga and corrective exercise classes to improve posture and fitness, private individual bodywork sessions to eliminate chronic pain and dysfunction, and most importantly, tons of daily action and adventure!


  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Private individual bodywork sessions
  • Amazing jungle hikes to waterfalls
  • Daily organic and raw food meals
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfer

Good to know

  • All ages are welcome as participants.

  • 8 days with instruction
  • English
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All guests will be staying at Farm of Life. This is an exclusive, intimate retreat center, and one of only a handful of retreats. Your accommodations are charming, comfortable shared rooms with exquisite views, fully equipped with internet, electricity, screened windows, ceiling fans, flush toilets, and hot showers.

The yoga rancho is built of natural materials, and sits at the highest point on the farm, backed up to a dense forest and facing majestic ocean views. It is a space of serenity. The harvest house is the farm’s central gathering place for meals, recreation, and wellness programs. This large rancho under a thatched roof has a kitchen, dining hall, and lounging area.

This is a space for relaxing in a hammock or on the sofa, sitting down for a conversation, and sharing meals. The Harvest House enjoys pleasant breezes, cool temperatures, and incredible views of the valley and evening sunsets.

Butterfly suite

  • Balcony with hammock and rocking chairs
  • Charming private bungalow for up to two guests
  • Near the dining hall
  • Private tiled bathroom
  • Spectacular views
  • Queen bed

Cabin in the orchard

  • Built entirely of wood, with purple heart, and cedar
  • Nestled in a fruit orchard and surrounded by ylang ylang trees
  • Large windows and French doors
  • One king bed or two twin beds
  • Private outdoor bath
  • Spacious porch with rocking chairs and direct view of sunset
  • Next to the dining hall

Coconut and monkey house

  • Epic views of the mountains and to the distant Pacific ocean
  • Large balcony with hammocks and rocking chairs
  • Near the yoga rancho and a short walk to the dining hall
  • Private bath with beautiful outdoor shower
  • Spacious and private
  • Stunningly beautiful premier accommodations up to four guests
  • Two queen beds and walk-in closet

Toucan and macaw

  • Balcony with hammock and rocking chairs
  • Near the dining hall
  • Private tiled bathrooms
  • Side by side bunk rooms, accommodating up to four guests in each
  • Spectacular view
  • Two sets of bunks in each cabin

This retreat will take place in the Southwest coastal region of Costa Rica. Farm of Life is specifically located in the outskirts of a rural mountain village called San Salvador, located halfway between Dominical and San Isidro.

Nearby places

  • Dominical - 40 minutes
  • San Isidro - 40 minutes
  • San Jose - 4 hours
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfer
  • Amazing jungle hikes to waterfalls, beaches, and zip-line adventures
  • Corrective exercise classes to improve posture and fitness
  • Daily health-empowering lectures and discussions.
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Daily organic and raw food meals
  • Daily yoga classes
  • Private individual bodywork sessions to eliminate chronic pain and dysfunction
  • Fun evening activities such as games, movies, sound healing, dance party, and bonfires

You will leave this wellness retreat inspired and motivated to take better care of your health after hearing Dr. Sam speak about raw food nutrition, exercise and fitness, optimizing the healing response, injury prevention, anti-aging, breathing, meditation and vibrational health, and spiritual enlightenment. Dr. Sam will share his raw-habilitation system of health and healing that has been used to help thousands of people transform their health.

You will experience a fun and relaxed learning atmosphere. Health and healing concepts from his books and products will be adequately addressed. During this wellness retreat, you will join others in group exercise sessions that will be aimed at improving movement, restoring flexibility and posture, toning muscle, especially your glutes and abs, and fixing body imbalances that can help you prevent common injuries.

These sessions will not only help you feel much better. They will also help to prepare you for some of the more challenging eco-adventures and other fun activities you may choose to participate in, including dancing, yoga, chanting and singing, playing games, taking time to relax, reflect, meditate, and sharing your thoughts and feelings as desired. Who knows? You might even learn how to fly!

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Juan Santamaria Airport (SJO). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Farm of Life will pick you up from the airport.

Group size

Maximum 15 persons.

Additional information

For more information, ask your questions directly to Farm of Life, who will be happy to assist you. Simply click on the Send Inquiry button to send a message.

  • Samuel Mielcarski

    Dr. Sam is a genuine role model for healthful living. He is the author of the books ‘Feel Good Now!’ and ‘Dr. Sam’s Revolutionary Rehab Manual’, the creator of the ‘Bad Health Be Gone’ health transformation program, as well as Dr. Sam’s “Raw-habilitation retreats”. People often leave Dr. Sam’s lectures, workshops, retreats, and private consults with a whole new way of thinking and appreciation about how to take charge of their health.

  • Additional spa treatments
  • Airfare
  • Extra activities

The price of this retreat includes daily healthy and cleansing meals. All meals will follow a 100% raw, 100% delicious, low-fat vegan plan. The extra simple diet will facilitate maximum awareness and cleansing. The benefits of a truly healthful raw diet and natural lifestyle are too numerous to list!

A healthy, cleansed, and detoxified body brings about a healthy mind and balanced emotions. Exciting and unprecedented spiritual growth can be expected, along with daily experiences of profound joy. It’s been said that knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness.

Please be aware that during this retreat, you will be consuming only fresh natural fruits and vegetables. No processed foods, no grains, no animal products, and no coffee. Just the sun-kissed, earth-nourished foods nature intended for your body! If you want other food ingredients, please bring your own (nuts, seeds, super-foods, seaweed, grains, or foods that you may want to eat that is not provided).

Assistance and support will be given if you are not yet familiar with this level of natural diet. You will be sure to experience a healthful whole-body cleanse.

The price of this retreat includes one private therapeutic bodywork and exercise session. As a wellness retreat participant, you will receive at least one hour of private ‘raw-habilitation time’ with Dr. Sam to meet your personal health and healing needs. Say goodbye to chronic aches and pains, and hello to a new vibrant body, mind, and spirit.

Dr. Sam’s unique hands-on approach utilizes the body’s inherent wisdom to guide itself back into a balanced state of function. Customizing exercise to fit your body, mind, and spirit will be utilized in these private sessions as well. Other treatments can be booked on site for an extra cost.

  • Hiking
  • Hiking trail nearby
  • Horse riding / rental
  • Scuba diving nearby
  • Shopping nearby
  • Snorkeling nearby
  • Surfing nearby
  • Swimming nearby
  • Wave boarding nearby
  • Zip lining nearby
  • Balcony
  • Beach nearby
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Lake nearby
  • Lounge
  • River nearby
  • Special menu request
  • Internet access
  • Tour assistance
For information about the booking conditions, please send Farm of Life an inquiry.
  • Review by a traveler from Los Angeles, California
    10 out of 10

    "This place is a little bit of heaven in every way. The beautiful lush green hills and jungles that spill out the most amazing fruit you've ever tasted. The breathtaking sunsets. The quiet evenings. But more than that the community here, everyone cooking together in the kitchen and sitting around to share fruit and delicious food with one another throughout the day. The waterfalls that are just waiting to be explored.Jodi and Brian do an amazing job of creating a retreat that is both restful and growing at the same time. If you're going on your own, you'll totally design your own time with their full support. If you're looking for a quiet writing retreat- you'll find it. If you're looking for a radical health improvement- you'll find that too. You will love every second of being on the farm. And don't let fears about not being raw vegan stop you from going- this place is totally accepting and supportive. You will make amazing friendships, see so much wonder in nature, and leave feeling incredible."

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  • Review by BillVanArsdale from Naples, Florida
    10 out of 10

    " The many facets in this gem of a mountain retreat offer guests a variety of experiences rarely found anywhere. Hidden away at the top of Costa Rican mountain roads that change from asphalt to gravel to rocky, rutted clay with each turn (four wheel drive required if you are driving yourself,) when you finally arrive at the heights of Finca de Vida, you know you are about as far from the rat race as you can get. Deep valleys fall away toward the distant sea, quilted with patches of tropical grasses, shrubs and tree canopies in every shade of green. At this elevation, all you hear is nature; the birds, frogs, and an occasional distant howler monkey.Owners Brian and Jody Calvi had a vision of creating a place for guests to connect; with nature, with each other, and each with his or her own health. They have succeeded in a most beautiful way.In the common house, guests enjoy an open kitchen of fresh, local, organic veggies and fruits with all the requisite blenders, choppers and juicers required to whip up the most healthy live food concoctions imaginable. Papaya, mangos, bananas became my staples to which I added a variety of greens for lunches and dinners, washed down with an endless supply of fresh coconut water. I also opted in for several specially prepared vegetarian dinners, both raw and cooked. After about only five days of this, I felt wonderfully energized and healthy, and vow to continue this raw food lifestyle.The cabins are all appropriately rustic yet very comfortable, with screens, large bathrooms, plenty of hot water, and porches with hammocks. There is only space for about 14 guests, with a couple of new guest cottages being built this summer, so before long everyone connects and shares in most delightful ways. Farm of Life seems to attract a lot of people who seekers of greater knowledge of health and higher consciousness, so conversations are often quite open, heartfelt, and interesting should one be so inclined.While we were not there during one of the many formal retreats led by a variety of teaches and trainers, one of the guests offered a breath workshop that many of us attended that was quite amazing, and you can sign up for yoga classes, massages and a variety of day trips.This is waterfall country, and Finca de Vida is blessed with several of the best in Costa Rica witihin short, bouncy drives followed by short, relatively easy walks or long, strenuous hikes. The Nayaca falls are not to be missed. One of my favorite hikes was down the ravine to the next ridge to visit the neighbor, Eric, who is nurturing a small permaculture farm. He is so beautifully connected to his land, living a life of balance and understanding with the flora and fauna. (When I asked him how he protected his banana trees from the monkeys, he said, Simple, I plant banana trees for them down by the forest near the river where they like to hang out, so they leave mine alone.) Eric offers a tour of his farm for a reasonable fee that is highly recommended if you are interested in permaculture and this somewhat idyllic lifestyle. Brian also gives guest tours of the Farm of Life. There are also day trips to tour the beaches around Dominical.The best part of all of this is the price. Brian and Jody want to introduce this healthy, raw food lifestyle to everyone, including to people who may think they cannot afford to stay a week or two, or even a whole month to regain their health. With all the healthy fruits and veggies you can eat, this has to be one of the best values in world. So looking forward to going back!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Edinburgh, United Kihngdom
    10 out of 10

    "Jody and Brian have picked a fabulous setting for this amazing retreat centre. The Mountains are beautiful, all the fruit trees and nice smelling bushes, birds, butterflies and the jungle sounds bring about a sense of calm and connection. The accommodation is really cozy and tastefully done keeping with the tone of the surroundings. I loved my room and outdoor shower (completely private), with bamboo, beautiful wood and a lovely pink hibiscus bush. I had a private balcony to take in the views. The kitchen and eating area has fab views across the valley, everything you need, nice chilled music, lots of books and info to read. It's great having so much fruit and veg on offer, freshly harvested by the dream team at the farm. I loved just having a look at what had just been picked then making whatever I fancied. So so tasty, I especially loved the Mangos and salad leaves. YUM.Everyone at the farm is really chilled, happy, open, smilely. The team make this a great experience, they are around to help at all times. They want you to have the best possible experience. The information passed on is immense. Jody and Brian have so much knowledge and are so openly willing to share that. I had massage, reiki, tibetian bowls, acupuncture, ( latter 3 from Brian) which were something special.I genuinely feel like a different person from my experience on the farm. I will definitely be back next year :-). Thanks to all the team at Finca de Vida for opening your hearts which in turn has allowed me to do the same. Operation LOVE , bring in the green and the love :-) xxxxx"

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Dominical, Costa Rica

Farm of Life is the ultimate vacation for a healthy lifestyle and natural healing center. You will thrive on nutritious foods, be thrilled by eco-adventures, and find respite in natural sanctuaries!

from US$2,050

8 days / 7 nights


Arrival: Sunday March 12, 2017
Departure: Sunday March 19, 2017

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