Soltara Healing Center

About us


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.

An ethos of empowerment

We recognize and honor the healer within. The true modality of the medicines we work with is not one of fixing you, but of awakening you to your own inner power, your own capacity to heal yourself. It is only by facing, taking ownership, and reclaiming those unintegrated parts of the self that have manifested as fear, negative patterns, and disease, that we may get to the root cause of our suffering and truly heal.

The path to wholeness is for each person to realize for themselves. Our goal is to provide our guests with the space, tools, and support to discover how to walk their own unique path. For some, it may be working with ayahuasca and connecting to nature; others may resonate more with breathwork, massage therapy, or yoga practice; others may simply find what they need through our community and free online resources – we empower you to find what modalities work for you, what practices and therapies connect you to your truth, the teacher within. By allowing your intuition to guide your experience, you are equipped with the foundation and skill set to maintain the healing work done and integrate the lessons into your life.

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.

Pura vida, mae!

This official Costa Rican motto means “pure life,” but also implies other meanings, including “full of life”, “real living”, “this is living!”, or “going great”. It can be used both as a greeting and a farewell, as a response that things are going well, as a way of expressing gratitude. Today, the saying goes beyond its simple translation: it’s a way of life.

At Soltara, we are honored to call this country our home and to mirror and share this way of life for all who come through. There is much we can learn from this way of living, both individually and as a collective. As a whole, Costa Rica embodies this philosophy by practicing what it preaches – rated the greenest country in the world in 2009, Costa Rica also has the highest percentage of land dedicated to national parks and reserves. It was ranked the highest in the Latin Americas on the Human Development Index (a composite index of lifespan, education, and per capita income), and is one of the only democracies in the world without a standing army (preferring instead to have “an army of teachers”). In 2016, over 98% of Costa Rica’s electricity was generated from green sources, and the country plans to be entirely carbon neutral by 2021. Our location on the Nicoya Peninsula is considered one of the 5 “Blues Zones” of the world, where a significant percentage of people live active, healthy lives over the age of 100.

By living out the values of our ethos and our home, we hope to contribute to a global awakening that inspires balance, harmony, respect, healing, transformation, and a deeper understanding of what it truly means to live a pura vida.

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,, or email us at - we'll always get back to you within 24 hours.

Paradise on Earth. Five minutes walk from incredible beach. View of a lifetime. Incredibly talented and loving staff. Dedicated to making positive change in the world.


  • Air Conditioning in Rooms
  • Free Wifi
  • Spa
  • Pool
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Tour Assistance
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Cafe
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness Center
  • Yoga Studio
  • House-Keeping

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Pescetarian
  • Includes Meat
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free

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  • Tiffany Wen   August 12, 2018

      Can’t thank soltara enough!

    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

      peaceful + nurturing environment 💆🏼‍♀️

    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

      1st Timer

    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 for you <3

    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

      Perfect in every way!

    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.

Why Retreat?

We asked people why they go on retreat, here's what they said:

Become a friend to myself. Scott

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We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.

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