Join us for a magical adventure and the ultimate wellness travel experience.
Spend 7 Days & 6 Nights at a tropical luxury resort in Costa Rica.
Immerse in the local culture, the food, the people, and explore breathtaking sites of Costa Rica!
You will learn how to prepare cutting-edge, plant-based cuisine to take back into your lifestyle for vibrant health!
Melt away the stress, still the mind and inspire the soul!
Voted by National Geographic to have the best climate year round on the planet. Costa Rica has a government – led sustainability strategy resulting in the country getting 98% of its energy from renewable sources.
Home to volcanoes, lush rainforests, beaches and unique wildlife, Costa Rica is known for protecting natural heritage.
We will be staying at The Retreat in Costa Rica. The Retreat has received numerous awards such as the “Best Wellness Spa of the Americas” by World Boutique Awards. The resort is a gorgeous boutique-style resort that meets our discerning palate and criteria for luxury and exemplary service with a great immersion into the local culture. Nestled among lush vegetation in the arms of the quartz mountains with breath-taking views of the Nicoya Peninsula and the Pacific Ocean, this luxury resort is the perfect location to explore "Pura Vida" or the "pure life" .
You will enjoy a gastronomic experience at the resort from delectable Costa Rican cuisine, to plant-based raw and cooked creations. There will be options for vegan and gluten-free and for those who might enjoy some animal protein options for dinner.
The resort's core principles are
Gentle Physical Activity
Organic, Whole, Clean Eating as a Lifestyle
Wellness Recovery & Self Care
We believe that all six core principles are highly important for a healthy body, mind and spirit.
The Retreat in Costa Rica is the perfect location for our Retreat and to create a magical adventure for you!
WHY YOU SHOULD JOIN US?
"Many of our Retreat participants make life-changing decisions after our Retreats. It gives them the time to reflect and course correct in a matter of a few days what would have taken decades to uncover. Many also make our Retreats an essential part of their wellness plan for the year. I personally have gone on my own healing journey on these Retreats which is why I am so passionate about them and have made it my mission for others to experience a life with “no regrets” for we have just one life to live. Let’s make it a great one!" -Sunita Vira, Retreat Leader
30min Pre-Retreat Phone Call with Sunita
7 Days & 6 Nights Luxury Accommodation
Airport Transfers at Designated Times
All Meals at the Resort during the Retreat
Curated Itinerary (Stress-free)
Cutting-Edge Culinary Education & Demonstrations
Yoga, Nature Hike, Beach Day, Local Sight Seeing & More...
Costa Rica Retreat Guide Book with Delicious Recipes
Discover the 5 Pillars of Health
1 Infrared Sauna Session
Private Whats App Group for during & after Retreat
Post-Retreat Party in Chicago
*inclusive of all taxes
MEET SUNITA VIRA
Sunita Vira is a Retreat Leader who has led exclusive Culinary Wellness Retreats around the world since 2014 from Bali, Singapore, India, Santa Fe to Costa Rica. Taking wellness to a whole new level to balance the body, mind and spirit! Sunita is a published author of RAW for LIFE! In 2010, Sunita founded the Raw Food Center, in Singapore with the goal to help people take healthy eating into their lifestyle for vibrant health. In 2014, she moved back to her home in Chicago and expanded the Center. Sunita is a certified Gourmet Raw Food Chef and Nutrition Educator from the Living Light Culinary Institute and Matthew Kenney Culinary Academy in California. Sunita loves exploring and studying ancient cultures and their foods and incorporates them in her culinary creations with a modern twist.
As a chef and an educator, she has a passion for getting you comfortable in the kitchen and sharing recipes and knowledge she has gained from a lifetime of learning and experimenting with foods.
As a retreat leader, she will take you on an adventure of a lifetime that will transform your body, mind and spirit.
As a global traveller and a woman of Indian heritage, she offers you the world in terms of cuisine, flavors, spices, preparations, and techniques.
As a mother, she takes her inspiration from her children and she will guide those of you struggling with how to plan and prepare healthy food for yourself and your family.
As an artist, she loves to experiment with ingredients and create food that is unique and looks and tastes delicious.
As a healer, she approaches food with respect and embraces raw (or nearly-raw), living, plant-based foods and methods that result in increased energy, enhanced immunity and disease prevention, effective weight management, clearer eyesight, glowing skin, thicker hair, better sleep, improved metabolism and fertility, deceleration of the aging process,
and relief from depression.
Sample Day Itinerary
6:30am – 8:00am Coffee or Tea Boca Dulce Restaurant
Wake up to soothing rhythms of nature, spectacular views and enjoy some quiet time for yourself. Journal, meditate or go for a walk in the gorgeous retreat property.
Enjoy a delicious coffee or tea at the Dulce Restaurant.
9:00am – 10:30am Breakfast Boca Dulce Restaurant
Nourish your body with a delicious and healthy tropical breakfast. This will be a combination of raw and cooked.
10:30am – 1:00pm Local Farmers Market Tour in Atenas with Local Chef Sergio
Experience the local Farmers Market with Chef Sergio. He will introduce to local produce, teach you everything you need to know and turn it into delicious creations.
1:30pm – 2:30pm Healthy Lunch Boca Dulce Restaurant
Fill up with a healthy lunch at the Resort Restaurant. Gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan options available. Indulge with a delicious raw dessert from Sunita.
2:30pm – 3:45pm Culinary Demonstration with Sunita
Sunita will teach you cutting-edge techniques and recipes. Most of her recipes will be raw, and you will be surprised how amazing raw can tastes!
4:00pm – 5:00pm Restorative Yoga Class
Recharge your body, mind and spirit with this restorative yoga class. This will put you into the right state to get the most out of this retreat experience.
6:30pm – 8:30pm 3 Course Dinner at Boca Dulce Restaurant
A gastronomical experience to suite your pallet! Vegan and Meat options. With a delectable menu with a combination of cooked and raw.
8:30pm - 9:30pm Group Chat
Dive deeper into what's going on inside of you. It's incredible what our Retreat Participants discover about themselves and how deep the connections are that they make.
Dr. Amie Jew, LOUISIANA
Thank you for bringing us all together and creating our collective India. Perhaps how we see the world or our place in this world. Perhaps how we feed ourselves or how we feed our soul. Perhaps simply how we relax into the ebb and flow of life. We are forever grateful!
Daniele Moriswala, CALIFORNIA
“The Culinary Retreat in Bali was unbelievable!!!! I met fantastic ladies in my group and local people!!! Sunita, the resort you chose was made to blend with the environment. It’s simplicity gave a very natural look and feel of the place. It was so beautiful and peaceful. Thank you Sunita for organizing this amazing, relaxing, instructive, fun retreat! It was a lifetime experience that I will always cherish!!"
Dr. Ellen Jacobsen, ILLINOIS
The India retreat was a great adventure - well-planned, well-conceived and pulled off with grace and creativity. It had so many parts and Sunita did an amazing job of inspiring us, feeding us, teaching us, caring for us and joining us on many outings that were educational and exposed us to nature, history, culture and the power we each have to make the world a better place. It was truly a wonderful experience with a great group of people.
Karen Jacobsen, CHICAGO
Sunita's retreats could not be better. She does extensive planning to make sure her groups are able to experience the local culture away from the tourist crowds which is not often an easy task, while not missing the main tourist sights. Sunita takes the stress out of trip planning and we always know that the mainly plant based food will be healthy and delicious. She is extraordinary at accommodating each group member's needs.
SANTA FE RETREAT
Darrelyn Marx, CHICAGO
This Culinary Retreat was a special time for both my husband and I. We got a chance to do something unique together and explore our passion for raw food. We feel refreshed and renewed. A great trip we hope to repeat!
Maureen Miz, CHICAGO
I loved the Santa Fe retreat! The food was fantastic. The activities offered were varied. Between hiking, yoga, the mineral soaks and the great food, I was very content. I hope to come back next year!
How do I get to Costa Rica?
- Book a flight to San Jose Intl. Airport in Costa Rica
(Airfare is not included & has to be booked individually)
- No visa required for US Citizens
- Make sure your passport is valid for at least another 6 months.
- The Retreat begins late afternoon. Try to book a flight that gets there in the morning or early afternoon.
- The Retreat Center is 40min from San Jose Intl. Airport.
We will organize group pick-ups at designated times.
- Please check the CDC website and consult a Travel Doctor about suggested vaccinations and other medical concerns
- We recommend to purchase a travel insurance that covers the trip in case of natural disasters and personal emergencies.
What level are the activities?
- The activities are medium level. We are happy to adjust certain activities to your level.
- You choose which activities you'd like to participate and it's totally fine to skip an activity.
Airfare, Room Service, Personal Expenses, Laundry, Spa Treatments, Additional Transportation, Travel Insurance, Shopping, Pre & Post Retreat Plans, Alcohol & Gratuities
Get a sneak peak of what our Retreats look like and how our Retreat Participants experience them.
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