To find balance without we must first find balance within.
The cognitive dissonance of a world ruled by the head is what calls us to this work of the heart. A belief in the need to encompass the emotional, energetic, and spiritual aspects of healing, alongside the physical, is the foundation of sacred plant medicines and other holistic therapies. These medicines have the power to connect us to those parts of ourselves we have forgotten, ignored, or covered up.
Our mission is to bridge this gap between head and heart for those who seek it. In a world of increasing disconnection from ourselves, our earth, our history, and each other, we aim to find balance by providing an authentic, safe, and loving space for each individual, no matter their background, to get in touch with their truth. We are honored to serve medicine in sacred ceremony, empower our guests with knowledge and tools to continue their journey back home, raise cultural awareness, and continue our cherished duty as stewards and caretakers of our Earth. We feel that by healing ourselves first, aligning our past experiences and future actions with deep purpose and meaning, we can become true beacons of light and affect positive change in our lives and our world.
“Soltara” comes from the Spanish verb “soltar” which means to let go or release.
Soltara represents both a healing center and a global community. Our mission is to empower you with the space, knowledge and tools to release the things that no longer serve you, free yourself to participate in the fullness of life, and discover how to live your truth.
So how does that happen?
The answer to that question is a personal one, and for each to discover for themselves. We are here to help you do that.
There are many modalities, tools, medicines, and practices that can help us release what we don’t need, reconnect to ourselves, and step fully into our power. In today’s world, the myriad of information and practices that promise to accomplish this can make it difficult to know where and how to start. Through our work at Soltara, we aim to flip the script, bringing the expertise and sacred healing modalities to you in an accessible, respectful, and loving way.
A space where intention meets action
In order to fully realize our authentic selves, we are called to examine beliefs that may be holding us back. Such self-limiting beliefs include our fears, negative patterns, and judgments, which, if held onto, can manifest in damaging and unhealthy ways.
At our Center, a seaside haven in the tropical jungle of Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula, we work with traditional Peruvian Shipibo shamans and the sacred plant medicine ayahuasca, as well as other traditional and modern healing modalities, to help you along this path of self-discovery. Our decades of combined experience holding ceremony and doing medicine work allow you to experience in-depth healing in a safe and loving environment. Whether it’s immersing yourself in nature, practicing yoga or meditation, healing through massage or energy therapy, or working with plant medicines – to name a few – we offer a personalized experience that empowers you to follow your intuition and be your own healer.
In addition to our Center, our vibrant online community fosters open dialogue, personal connection, and high-quality resources to help you learn from each other and expand your knowledge base. Our commitment to individual and global healing, on all levels, drives us to support the spiritual and psychedelic movement taking place. We aim to create a culture and community based on balanced, practical, accessible information grounded in a spirit of cultural awareness and education.
A focus on integration
Integration means taking the knowledge and lessons learned during your ritual experience and putting it into practice in your life.
It is no secret that integration is a lifelong process. The lessons and healing we gain from various medicines are only valuable to the extent that we are able to utilize them in our lives outside of the ceremonies and retreat experience. Integration can involve changing habits, relationships, or community; approaching life from a new perspective; realizing an increased sense of awareness in your thoughts and actions; or working towards a new set of goals and purpose; as well as other changes in deep psychological processes you may have been unaware of until this point.
While many centers offer supportive services to help prepare you for your retreat experience, and for a few months after you return home, our approach extends beyond this limited timeframe. We follow the philosophy and wisdom of the cultures our medicines come from, understanding that true community and support is a crucial aspect of healing and life.
At Soltara, there is a strong focus on the integrative work that starts after your retreat and continues, possibly, for the rest of your life. To complement our online community, we are excited to work with skilled integration specialists who have a foot in both Western and traditional medicine work and can help you prepare for, maintain, and enhance the positive outcomes that are very often the result of attending deep healing sessions with experienced, ethical leaders. By doing the necessary healing work during your stay, and understanding the tools and practices that can help maintain that work, you can open to the truth of who you are, what you want, and most importantly, how to get there.
Our Commitment to You
We are called to serve medicine in sacred ceremony with integrity, humility, and compassion. By creating a safe space and working only with experienced, well-intentioned shamans and facilitators, we uphold the lessons of the medicines and build a foundation of mutual trust, authenticity, and respect. We are not gurus, preachers, or enlightened beings – our shamans are healers who humbly transmit the knowledge and healing energies of the plants, and our facilitators are devoted to helping guests face, process, and explore difficult experiences and emotions, handle projections, manage expectations, and surrender to the process. We strive to uphold the highest integrity in everything we do and be a beacon for responsible, safe, and ethical practices, such that our guests feel safe and supported to get the most out of their healing.
If you come for a visit…
Our highly skilled, gentle, loving facilitators and Shipibo shamans will help guide you through this process of self-discovery through plant medicine healing, traditional spiritual technologies, and modern psychotherapeutic practices. Our goal is to create a container and support system for you to find your medicine, experience it fully, develop the knowledge and tools to work with it, and learn how to integrate its practice and lessons into your everyday life. Whatever medicine works for you, we invite you to connect to your higher self, the healer within, and create the foundation for a truly fulfilling life.
Whether you come for a visit, participate in our online community, or both, our goal is to co-create a loving support system that provides a safe space to explore, connect with, and share the healing process.
Want to learn more? Feel free to visit us on our website, www.soltara.co, or email us at email@example.com - we'll always get back to you within 24 hours.
Dear fellow travelers, if you are thinking of a plant medicine retreat, go to Soltara. It's a beautiful place with tremendous support staff. You will be safe, secure, and cared for. The grounds are beautiful with mature plantings, the rooms are air conditioned and the food is great. I got healing on levels I never expected. The whole experience is truly a gift. I believe I will be back.
Venue HighlightsAt Soltara, we work with indigenous Peruvian Shipibo female and male shamans, and have decades of combined experience working at top-rated Ayahuasca retreat centers in the Peruvian Amazon. We are honored to promote the expansion of plant medicines and holistic health in an accessible, respectful, informed way.
One thing that we noticed at the centers we came from was the strong focus on the retreat experience itself, with much less emphasis on the before and after – but preparing for the work and effectively integrating the lessons learned into your daily life is as important as learning the lessons themselves. As such, we want to provide a space to experience these medicines directly, but also ensure that we provide the tools and resources for anyone to begin, continue, or integrate their healing journey, in a way that is best for them.
Our approach to these objectives is three-fold:
- We work with a highly experienced clinical psychologists and integration specialists as part of our preparation and integration support team. These team members have a foot in both Western and traditional medicine practices, understanding health from a holistic perspective that incorporates the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual bodies. We offer individual and group sessions to help you get the most out of your experience.
- We provide high-quality videos, informative content, and educational resources surrounding holistic healing, shamanism, indigenous culture, psychedelic science, spiritual practices, and tips for preparation and integration, among others.
- We invite you to co-create a community with us that fosters open dialogue and a safe platform for people to connect, learn, heal, and share their processes with each other. We at Soltara have found, through our experience, that so much of healing comes from being vulnerable, breaking down walls, letting people in, and holding space for others to do the same. When we authentically share stories, struggles, and ideas, we open up the space to figure things out on a deep level and remember that we are not alone.
The crucial first step to healing the world is healing ourselves, and there has never been a better time. The decisions we make on an individual, societal, and global scale over the next few years will determine the trajectory and course of our survival and our legacy. This is a mission and a movement that is bigger than all of us, but that includes us, and thus it is our humble hope to contribute in whatever way we can, and empower you to do the same.
- Air Conditioning in Rooms
- Free Wifi
- Free Parking
- Tour Assistance
- Fitness Center
- Yoga Studio
- Includes Meat
- Gluten Free
- Dairy Free
- Nut Free
Menu/CuisineWe believe healing even takes place in the kitchen. We take on the mantra by the Greek physician, Hippocrates: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” We honor the role of food in our lives and expand it beyond its primary purpose of bodily nourishment – food can be an avenue to dig deeper into ourselves, consciously looking at our patterns and mindsets surrounding not just what we eat, but how and why we eat what we do. Our eating habits don’t just affect our mental health, they also reflect it.
At Soltara, we aim to help you jumpstart this process of connection through conscious cooking on all levels. Diet is an important part of the healing process, both on its own and also to help prepare the mind and body for plant medicine work. We work closely with our shamans to prepare wholesome, delicious meals that adhere to the traditional dietary guidelines of working with ayahuasca. All of our meals are freshly prepared in-house by our loving kitchen staff. From fresh smoothies and juices every morning, to plant-based meals emphasizing local, organic, and sustainable produce, to lean proteins such a chicken and fish, we celebrate the rich local flavor of Costa Rican cuisine, and offer a chance to experience a connection to the land and culture while nourishing the body, mind, and spirit.
AccommodationsWe offer different room options and pricing to ensure that a high-quality healing experience is accessible for a variety of budgets. Every room includes all amenities and features listed below.
For those who prefer privacy and quiet, this luxurious and spacious suite features a king-size bed and accommodates a single guest of any gender. Also includes a free 1-hour massage with our licensed massage therapist.
For couples who prefer privacy, our couples room features a king-size bed and accommodates two guests of any gender. Also includes a free 1-hour massage for each guest with our licensed massage therapist.
For those seeking a more economical option, our shared dorm-style suite has 2 custom full-size bunk beds to accommodate up to 4 guests, along with a private bathroom, shower, and ocean-view balcony.
To facilitate your healing and peace of mind, all our accommodations feature extensive amenities, including:
An en-suite bathroom with a spacious private shower overlooking the surrounding jungle
A gorgeous outdoor balcony with comfortable seating area overlooking the jungle and the Gulf of Nicoya
A writing desk/creative space
Air-conditioning & ceiling fans
High-speed WiFi (although the WiFi is fast, we find the connection is even stronger without it 😉 )
Orthopedic beds & luxury linens
Beautiful handcrafted, locally-sourced decor & personal artisanal touches
Daily room service & linen changes throughout your stay
Clean, fresh towels changed regularly (additional towels available upon request)
Full laundry service
All of our accommodations also include all meals, medicinal plant ceremonies, yoga and breathwork classes, workshops, nature excursions, and transportation to and from the pickup location in San Jose.
DirectionsPlease ensure you reserve your spot for your retreat with us prior to booking your flights. If you have any questions during the registration process or are concerned any health conditions (including bipolar, schizophrenia, or psychosis) may prevent you from attending a retreat, please contact us first.
We offer pickup on Day 1 (Sunday) of your retreat at 12 PM from the Hampton Inn and Suites, located about 15 minutes from the Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO).
We recommend arriving the day before, on Saturday, and booking your stay at the Hampton Inn, in order to give you time to relax and settle in before beginning your journey to Soltara.
If you plan to arrive on Sunday, we recommend booking your flight to arrive by 9 AM that day, to allow time to get through customs (which can sometimes take up to 2 hours) and get to Hampton Inn in time for the 12 PM shuttle. You will arrive at Soltara around 4 pm that day, after an approximately 2 – 2.5 hour ride through the beautiful rolling hills of Costa Rica, and catching a 2:30 pm ferry ride across to Gulf of Nicoya. We are located about 10 minutes from the ferry port.
Our retreat packages end on Sundays. If you are returning to SJO, please book your departing flights after 3:30 PM. You will be returned to San Jose by 12:30 PM.
We look forward to supporting you in an immersive experience in nature, community, and medicine!
Mar 17 - 24, 2019 (8 days)
May 19 - 24, 2019 (6 days)
Jun 2 - 9, 2019 (8 days)
Jun 2 - 9, 2019 (8 days)
Aug 4 - 11, 2019 (8 days)
Ongoing package (15 days / 14 nights)
Ongoing package (22 days / 21 nights)
Ongoing package (29 days / 28 nights)
Ongoing package (8 days / 7 nights)
ReviewsWrite a review - tell others about your experience.
Fatty Bear January 18, 2019
On soltara’s star deck, I’ve seen the most amazing night sky! I learned so profound a class about the relationship between ego and higher self.
Vivian Kirkland December 17, 2018
If you're looking for an authentic ayahuasca experience run by kind, incredible people who truly understand and honor the process, come to Soltara. If you're looking to experience this surrounded by some of the most gorgeous, breathtaking scenery on the planet, come to Soltara. If you're not sure WHAT you're looking for, but believe plant medicine could be the next step in your healing, come to Soltara. This is a magical place. I cannot say enough great things about it. It is worth every penny and more. Making the trip there is one of the best decisions I've ever made in my life. Everything from the accommodations to the stunning natural surroundings to the menu to the activities they offered to the ceremonies themselves was incredible, and clearly designed with true healing in mind. There is a perfect balance of modern conveniences (U.S.-friendly outlets! A gorgeous swimming pool!) with natural immersion (the center itself is tucked away on high hills, surrounded by hiking trails through the jungle and two separate beaches, each about a ten-minute walk down the hill.) I encourage you to look through the photos from the center, and then know that the views are even more dazzling and rejuvenating in person. The medicine itself is powerful and pure, and you are allowed to decide how much of it you want to take each ceremony. And the staff are incredible guides throughout the process. Everyone there is so open, kind, and inviting, and so obviously there for the right reasons. They understand the hard work and intention and multiple steps involved in healing, and are so supportive and insightful every step of the way. This was my first experience with plant medicine and they helped calm my initial nerves, work through what I experienced, and let me know that I wasn't alone--that there was a community of people who could listen and understand and share their perspectives. I'm so grateful to every single person I interacted with there, from the shamans to the facilitators to my fellow retreat-mates. I also loved the little trips they scheduled on off days. The boat tour to Isla Tortuga and around the Gulf of Nicoya was an absolute highlight--you get to snorkel, see an island full of monkeys, AND get some free time on the beach (and more!) Every single aspect of this retreat was better than I could have ever dreamed of. If you are even starting to entertain the idea of taking an ayahuasca retreat, I strongly urge you to support Soltara. They are working hard because they want to fundamentally change lives for the better, and they're doing just that, the right way. It's also a compelling reason to visit one of the most naturally beautiful places on Earth, to reconnect to both the planet and to yourself.
Craig Stangl December 04, 2018
Where do I truly begin? The week I spent at Soltara center truly changed my life for the better. Words can not adequately express the beautiful ceremonies that took place there. Their absolute commitment to respecting ancient cultures is truly amazing. The ceremonies were ran by real shaman who grew up immersed in the original culture that they are a part of that date back to the beginning of time. The staff there are all experienced with plant medicine and ensure your experience is healing and authentic. Their commitment to integration is un paralleled. The accomadations are top notch and ensure you have the creature comforts you are familiar with ( wi fi and AC). Their meals are 100 percent organic and sourced locally and prepared by top chefs. THE VIEWS are jaw droppingly amazing. I have met life time friends there and watched amazing people grow and heal. It was an absolute perfect experience and one I shall never forget. I wish I could give them 100 stars.
Tiffany Wen August 12, 2018
Soltara healing center was a dream come true. I can’t thank them enough for the truly life changing experience I had (and I don’t say that lightly!). Everything exceeded my expectations, from the amazing facilitators, shamans, pasajeros, staff and our guest, Dr. Joe Tafur. From the very first moment I emailed soltara showing interest in the retreat, I received nothing but the most thoughtful and caring attention. Then, arriving at soltara, I was transported to the most expansive and beautiful facility in the jungle and within that, the safest and most nurturing container of community. Before, during and after ceremony were all moments of transformation. There is always someone to support and help you if you’re going through a hard time. My first ceremony was quite intense and challenging, but with the unconditional and personalized support of the staff, I journeyed into the most powerful remaining 3 ceremonies, downloading messages and lessons to so many questions I came with. Everything clicked. They also created a journal to help guide us through our healing process and I couldn’t imagine going through that week without it! Plus, the food was heavenly :) I recommend soltara to anyone that is curious about the medicine and finding one of the most supportive and loving groups of people to do the challenging yet life changing work of healing and letting go. So much gratitude for the opportunity <3
Wendy Monday July 29, 2018
Waking up every morning to a view of the ocean each morning set the tone for another restorative day. Every single staff member was sweet and attentive, I felt genuinely cared for and I am so grateful to them for their kindness! They were knowledgeable and intentional in every interaction. I went with my boyfriend, but had I been by myself I would have felt equally safe and comfortable. I will be back. ps. the food was excellent
Ana Maria Contreras July 17, 2018
I had never been to a retreat before. Part of it was, of course, that most of the retreats are in remote areas, in the middle of nowhere, that are not only very hard to access, but also have, in a way, harsh conditions that I am just really not up for. This place was none of that, except well, maybe in a bit of a remote area, far enough to where you get privacy and can actually see the stars, but close enough to where if something happens to you and you have to go to, say a clinic, you can. I had an amazing retreat with the most wondeful group of people. I´ll start by saying the infrastrucuture of the place is absolutly beautiful, the rooms are spacious and have an amazing view of the ocean and the mountains, the dinning and pool area also have amazing views and great architectural details, and the Maloka is big and comfortable. (I personally suggest spending at least one night here, it´s very nice with the jungle noises and the breeze). The place is also at a walking distance from the beach and has a couple trails that are perfect for cross country if you are into running at all. Now, the people, faccilitators and staff, were wonderful, absolutly wonderful people. They worked really hard throughout the week and you can tell they put all of their heart into it. The staff is also super friendly, the chefs are amazing cooks and its very admirable to see the awesome dishes they come up with given the seasoning and ingridient restrictions. Although we did not share a lot with the cleaning staff, they seem very sweet and all the areas always looked on the spot. Like I said, this was my first time in a retreat, so I havent really experienced other places, but this place sets the bar really high. Thank you guys for everything!
Anders Munch Holm July 15, 2018
This is the first class ayahuasca experience. Leave the tarantulas and the riverwater toilets in Peru and come to Costa Rica to enjoy the same authentic ceremonies with real shipipo shamans. Feel free to relax in the pool or take a trail to the beach ten minutes away. Enjoy the ocean view from the star deck. Or retreat to your room for wifi and air con. The food is excellent, the staff is some of the sweetest people you'll ever meet and you'll be in good hands throughout your stay. It's not even that expensive. And flying to Costa Rica is much cheaper than flying to South America. My dear friend, I recommend Soltara with all my heart <3
Tony P July 14, 2018
After going to Peru 4 times for Aya retreats I decided to try somewhere new, and I am so glad that I did! There is no comparison between the dirt, inescapable heat and bugs of the jungle in Peru, and the total comfort found at Soltara. The rooms are very clean and comfortable with A/C and beautiful strong hot showers, the beds are super comfortable too. The facilities also include a swimming pool and a short walk down to your choice of two beaches where you can swim or just relax the day away. Most importantly though are the people who work there. The facilitators are some of the most wonderful, caring and compassionate people that I have ever had the pleasure to meet. They are there for you anytime that you need them for anything. I cannot say enough about how much love these amazing souls showed toward every guest. They all seem to have been born to do this work, and they really seem to enjoy it. The chef makes eating healthy so delicious that I have been inspired to change my eating habits at home and try to emulate what I learned from my meals there. My retreat included a midweek boat tour of the surrounding area to see the local wildlife, and to go snorkeling with tons of beautiful tropical fish followed by lunch served beach-side on a nearby island. There was also a nature hike that was well rewarded at the end with a swim under a waterfall that nature has carved out of rock on the side of a mountain. The ceremonies are magical! The medicine is brewed in the traditional Shipibo manner without any of the additional, sometimes dangerous plants that some centers use. The brew at Soltara only contains Ayahuasca and Chacruna, these are the only plants that are needed to insure that you have an amazing life improving experience. I loved Soltara and everything about it! I have found a new home away from home and I will return.