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SELF HEALTH CARE: Sustainable Medicine for Health Care Practitioners in Costa Rica


  • Mystica Lodge and Retreat Center Costa Rica (map)

Self-care is a full time job, yet many health care professionals are too busy navigating the needs of others, to attend to their own health.  For one enriching week the tables will turn.

Medical practitioners will retreat to the beautiful Pura Vida landscape of Costa Rica to experience first-hand the unique gift and opportunity of enhancing health through self-care. The retreat is designed to be experiential and educational, to empower each of us to be better examples and teachers of self-care.  We will delve into the powerful and restorative practices of yoga, meditation, nutrition, and energy medicine, meeting each person where they are.  We will explore eight fundamental and prevalent obstacles to optimal health today and learn how to turn each of them into opportunities for healing.

In order to be sustainable, modern medicine must embrace the wisdom of the past, acknowledge the profound complexity and individuality of the human body, and work with (not against) its innate intelligence.  We look forward to joining together with other health care professionals to share our collective wisdom and talents and to nourish and refresh our minds, bodies, and spirits in an incredible setting. The retreat will be led by Heather Tallman Ruhm, MD, an experienced clinician and teacher who embraces a bio-regulatory approach to medicine along with Skylar van Rossem, Holistic Nutritionist, teacher and inspired chef. Special sessions will be led by Michelle Earnest, NP, advanced practitioner of Eden Energy Medicine, and Lori Myles-Carullo, Transformational Counsellor, Integrative Healing Practitioner and Registered Yoga Teacher.

Give yourself this unique gift and opportunity:

  • To join other health care practitioners for 8 enriching days in beautiful Costa Rica.

  • To enhance your own health (and knowledge) in order to empower others to better health.

  • To learn about prevention, restoration, and integrative health while experiencing it first hand.

  • To nourish the mind, body, and spirit and gain a better understanding of the obstacles to health.

This trip is made for you if:

  • · You are a health care practitioner: Higher degree (in process or equivalent) and experience working with patients/clients, such as, DC, LMT, MD, ND, Acupuncturist, NP, Health Coach, Nutritionist

  • You can arrange to be in Costa Rica April 6 – April 13th 2019, and arrive at Liberia airport

  • You are of sound mind and body: able and willing to participate in 2-4 hours of educational activities daily and able and willing to participate in 2-4 hours mild-moderate exercise daily

  • You can make a financial commitment

The retreat package includes:

  • 7 Nights Accommodation at Mystica (7 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners) - 1 Dinner out at Tinaha’s (adult beverages available for purchase with meals)

  • Tour Day to Rancho Margot and Eco Termales Hot Springs including lunch

  • Unlimited Use of Mystica's Yoga Sanctuary, Natural Dipping Pool, Meditation Labyrinth)

  • Round Trip Airport Transportation from Liberia Airport to Mystica (maximum 2 vehicles per way)

  • Daily movement (participation in yoga classes is encouraged, but not mandatory)

  • Daily educational classes exploring the deeper meaning of health and disease

Price Packages and How To Register:

  • Double Accommodation in the Main Lodge: $1,950/person (+$300 for single occupancy)

  • Double Accommodation in a Jungle Cabin: $2,150/person (+$400 for single occupancy)

  • Double Accommodation in the Private Villa: $2,450/person (+$500 for single occupancy)

  • Triple accommodations are only available upon request (price will vary)

  • NOTE: AIR TRAVEL IS NOT INCLUDED IN PRICE OF RETREAT

Payments can be made via PayPal to Tallman.Ruhm@yahoo.com. Space for this retreat is limited. Mention Bliss WIthout Bother and receive our exclusive Bliss Box!