7 Days Detox, Meditation, and Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica

  • Alya Retreat Center, San Juanillo, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

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Overview

New Year's Integrative and Yoga Retreat Costa Rica

Join this new year's integrative detox cleansing and yoga retreat in Costa Rica with Dr. Barak MD to help you dispose of toxins and calm both your body and mind. In this detox and yoga retreat, you will nourish yourself with fresh organic vegetables and fruits, rich in useful natural substances to aid your cleansing process of the body. Take this chance and transform yourself to a completely healthier life.

Highlights

  • Daily morning yoga session
  • Evening guided meditation session
  • Identification of traditional Chinese medicine energetic imbalance
  • Private wellness consultation and personal nutritional and healing plan session
  • One acupuncture and oil pulling therapy sessions
  • Traditional sweat lodge ceremony
  • 4 daily healthy detox juice meals
  • 6 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • Intermediate

  • Advanced

Group sizes

The maximum participants in the group is 15.

  • 7 days with instruction
  • Hebrew, Spanish, English
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Alya Retreat Center welcomes guests in their 19-acre sanctuary. Whether you join for a personal retreat, a group retreat, or just want a place to enjoy a quiet getaway in the natural beauty of Costa Rica, Alya Retreat Center offers flexible lodging options. They have five casitas which are suitable for up to three people. Two casitas have a full kitchen, while the other three have a cold kitchen.

All casitas have a private bathroom and shower. For those who enjoy being in nature or are budget conscious, Alya Retreat Center offers camping locations with outdoor shower and toilet. No matter which accommodation you choose, you are guaranteed spectacular views of the jungle.

This yoga retreat is not an ordinary yoga program as it also features detox retreat for your maximum result of wellness and well-being, accompanied by the famous yoga teacher, Anat Zahor, and an integrative organic nutrition chef, Maria Laura Quintero.

Detoxification

In daily life, people collect toxins and poisons. You breathe, drink, eat, hear, and think them. Modern life surrounds you with its advantages and drawbacks. The air you breathe is contaminated and polluted, your food and beverages are processed and adulterated, you are exposed to radiation from all around you, and stress leaves its mark on every inch of your spirit and body.

Although your body knows how to dispose of toxins spontaneously on a regular basis, it sometimes cannot cope with all that is accumulated. A detoxification retreat is an ideal time to allow and aid your body to go into a deeper cleansing. In this detox retreat, you will take control on the incomings and outgoings of your bodies by nourishing it only with fresh organic vegetables and fruits rich in antioxidants, nutrients, vitamins, and minerals

The detox meals will aid the process through cleansing techniques that were adopted from ancient and sage cultures applied to both your body and mind. Besides supplying your body with raw green nutrition, you will help the process with various available healing techniques from traditional Chinese medicines (acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping, or gua-sha).

You will undergo a sweat-lodge ceremony and guided yoga and meditation practices to gather energies and fluids within your body, that will be disposing of the toxins and soothing your body and mind. During the process of detoxification, you are also encouraged to take proper rest and take calm walks in the beautiful nature that surround you for the optimum detoxification process.

How to conduct yourself before and after the retreat

Seven or more days before the fast, please abstain from alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, sugar, dairy, wheat, animal meat, fish, and eggs. Try to consume mainly organic fruits, vegetables, and beans. Breaking of the fast will be initiated on the last day and a half of the retreat, but you are advised to resume normal eating slowly and gradually for another week. The customary program is as follows:

  • Day 1: Two pieces of fruit. Each piece of fruit is divided in half so there are four servings for that day
  • Day 2: Lightly steamed non-starchy vegetables, such as spinach
  • Day 3: Brown rice and fresh salad
  • Day 4: Unflavored and unsweetened organic yogurt and eggs
  • Day 5: Meat, chicken, fish, and tofu (if eaten)
  • Day 6: Beans, other grains may be introduced (if eaten)
  • Day 7: Other foods as desired

Restricted people from doing juice fasting

Pregnant or nursing women, people with diabetes, low blood sugar, eating disorders, kidney disease, liver disease, malnutrition, addictions, underweight, anemia, impaired immune function, infection, nutritional deficiency, low blood pressure, ulcerative colitis, cancer, terminal illness, epilepsy, or other chronic conditions.

People should not try a juice fast before or after surgical procedures. A juice fasting can reduce blood proteins and change the way prescription drugs react in the body. People taking prescription medications should inform Alya Retreat Center before enlisting into the retreat, and in case they participate, they should never discontinue or reduce their medications on their own.

  • Anat Zahor

    Anat Zahor is the founder of yoga Dharma School in Israel where she teaches yoga and meditation. She conducts teachers training courses and certifies her students to teach yoga Dharma. Anat has been practicing yoga, Tai Chi-Chuan, Chi Kung, Taoism, and Buddhism from the early 80's. In the early 90's, she joined her first S.N Goenka, Vipassana meditation retreat, and since then Buddhism has become her way of life.

  • Reuven Barak

    Reuven Barak is a physician with over 30 years of experience, a graduate from the Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School of Jerusalem in 1982. He specialized and practiced general and pediatric surgery for 10 years. Since 1992, he learned traditional Chinese medicine, traveling also to mainland China for this purpose, and has had advanced studies under the guidance of several renown teachers from all over the world.

  • Maria Quintero

    Born in Venezuela, chef Maria Laura Quintero obtained her culinary arts diploma at The Institute of Culinary Education of New York and is a certified health coach from The Institute of Integrative Nutrition of New York. Seven years ago, chef Maria Laura moved from New York City to the town of Amenia in upstate New York where she has been growing her organic vegetable garden to supply her private catering business.

Nested amongst the unspoiled jungle, Alya retreat center is a peaceful sanctuary to relax, heal, and rejuvenate. You can fully experience Costa Rica in a natural and beautiful way. Alya Retreat Center offers a natural and serene location amidst the many travel highlights of Costa Rica. With its 19 acres land area, Alya Retreat Center is a tropical oasis in Guanacaste.

With sun-splashed beaches and great Pacific surf, Costa Rica's northwestern province of Guanacaste is full of visitors from around the globe. The region's dry tropical climate encompasses a varied landscape. Popular white-sand beaches line the coast, and to the east, the Guanacaste Mountains feature fascinating national parks and caldera volcanoes. Travelers of every type can enjoy Guanacaste's myriad of activities.

Among the many activities and adventures available in Costa Rica, the list below is a few of the highlights nearby Alya Retreat Center that can be reached by foot or a short drive.

Playa Guiones

This is an extensive and wide beach that is perfect for hiking, horseback riding, sunbathing, and surfing for its adequate waves. Close to this beach and other beaches toward the north, you can find a variety of services for tourists.

Playa Nosara

This beach has a beautiful estuary and a large mangrove (Nosara River) that can be navigated by boat and kayak to observe its flora and fauna, especially birds. In the town of Nosara and surrounding areas, there are all kinds of tourist services, including horseback riding, paddle boarding, and kayaking.

Playa Ostional

This beach is internationally known because of San Rosa National Park, the largest number of Olive Ridley sea turtles come to nest, especially from July to November. That is why this beach and the entire coast to the south until Punta Guiones belong to the Ostional Wildlife Refuge. The most scenic part of this beach is located toward the north along the rocky coast.

Playa Pelada

​Playa Pelada is at the far north end of Punta Nosara. This place is a great spot for hiking and relaxing. At the southern end, there is a rocky point, where you can catch a beautiful panoramic view of the beach and Playa Guiones in the south. At Playa Pelada, you can go hiking, horseback riding, sunbathing, fishing, and snorkeling.

San Juanillo

These small little inlets are abundant with coastal vegetation. Both are linked by a rocky surface that joins Punta Trinidad and Punta Plato. The later, on its far southern end, has a small bend, which is ideal for swimming. On the other hand, San Juanillo has a unique little tip (Trinidad), which has waves of fine sand that form a small cove with calm waves. It extends south several hundred feet creating Cocal Beach. Hiking, paddle boarding, snorkeling, boat rides, and horseback riding are all available.

Nearby places

  • Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR) - 2 hours
  • Nosara, 17 kilometers - 30 minutes
  • Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) - 4 hours and 30 minutes
  • San Juanillo, 2.7 kilometers
Activities
  • Fishing nearby
  • Hiking nearby
  • Hiking trail nearby
  • Horse riding / rental nearby
  • Kayaking
  • Massage
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
General
  • Beach
  • Dining area
  • Hammock
  • Kitchen
  • River nearby
  • Yoga deck
Services
  • ATM / banking nearby
  • In-room dining
  • Car rental nearby
  • Toiletries
  • Tour assistance

During the retreat, you will be served four daily juice meals made of a variety of healthy organic green vegetables, fruits, and pure water, according to your personal plan. Detoxification will include organic juice, spring water, and if necessary, a psyllium husks or flax seed oil to aid in toxic elimination.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for:

  • Fruitarian
  • Organic
  • Raw food
  • Vegetarian
(If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)
  • Eco-tours in jungles, parks, and beaches
  • Fishing tours
  • Horseback riding
  • Hiking
  • Juice detox
  • Snorkeling

Enjoy one complementary acupuncture and oil pulling therapy (non-invasive detoxifier) sessions as part of the program. Bodyworks, such as massage treatments, are available at additional cost and upon request.

  • 1 acupuncture session
  • 1 oil pulling therapy, a non-invasive detoxifier session .
  • 4 daily healthy vegetable and fruit juice meals
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily morning yoga and evening guided meditation session
  • Development of personal nutritional and healing plan session
  • Identification of traditional Chinese medicine energetic imbalance
  • Private wellness consultation
  • Traditional sweat lodge ceremony
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Extra activities

Driving directions from Liberia

  • From Liberia, head south towards Santa Cruz.
  • Use Google Maps to get directions to San Juanillo, Guanacaste.
  • When you get to San Juanillo main junction (it takes about two hours), continue south for one kilometer towards Ostional​.
  • You will see an orange bus stop with a sun painted on it to the left.
  • Make a left turn after the sign.
  • Follow this main road for 1.8 kilometers.
  • When you see two gates on the left, continue down the road to the next driveway on the right.

Driving direction from San Jose

  • From San Jose, head west towards Santa Cruz.
  • Use Google Maps to get directions to San Juanillo via Santa Cruz, Guanacaste.
  • When you get to San Juanillo main junction (it takes about two hours), continue south for one kilometer towards Ostional​.
  • You will see an orange bus stop with a sun painted on it to the left.
  • Make a left turn after the sign.
  • Follow this main road for 1.8 kilometers.
  • When you see two gates on the left, continue down the road to the next driveway on the right.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR) or Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO). From these airports, you can rent a car, take a private taxi, book a shuttle, or use other public transportation. Private transfers from and to these airports are also available upon request.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

Testimonials

  • Review by Julian from New York City, New York

    "Shlomo is a wonderful host. We came here to disconnect with our daily hectic life and found a place removed from anything we experienced before. Not too far from beautiful and quiet beaches we were able to visit this beautiful region of Costa Rica. A car is a MUST. GPS also :) Thanks again Shlomo for opening our eyes to the basics of life: Nature, self introspection and appreciation of silence."

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  • Review by Bohzie from Lake Tahoe, California

    "Shlomo was extremely welcoming and helpful. We ended up coming in late and were lost on the dirt roads at night on the way into San Juanillo (I recommend messaging Shlomo for directions rather than trying to use GPS), and he rode out to find us so we could follow him back to the house. In the morning, he greeted us smiling and provided maps and suggestions about the surrounding area. The space itself is AMAZING! It is isolated from the rest of the roads and towns and you fall asleep listening to the sounds of the jungle. You can access various beaches and explore the tourist activities in San Juanillo, Nosara and Playa Ostional. I would recommend staying with Shlomo, and I hope to return sometime."

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  • Review by Jessica Monterey

    "We loved staying at Shlomo's casita! It is so clean, bright, and airy. There are screens on the windows to keep out the mosquitoes, and it is very private. He is a great host who built 3 casitas and a large open-air house and yoga studio on his land. The property is fantastic with tons of fruit trees and I'd love to return for a yoga retreat. He was very kind and shared breakfast with us - he is a great cook and makes amazing hummus. Thank you for the experience!"

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  • Review by Jen Boulder

    "We had a wonderful stay on Shlomo's property. Nestled into the jungle, his compound truly immerses you in the beauty of Costa Rica. You can see and feel the time, effort, that Shlomo has put into the casitas and the land. Equipped with the essentials, the casita is simple and comfortable, but the real amenity is Shlomo himself. He makes himself fully available to you and has great recommendations at the ready. He made us feel safe and comfortable. "

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