The Realness Retreat

  • Soltara Healing Center Soltara Healing Center
  • Playa Blanca, Paquera, Costa Rica
  • May 19 - 24, 2019 (6 days)
  • $2,500.00 - Early Bird Program Price

About us

It’s about to get real.

Learn what it means to live in a judgment-free space, feel able to fully express yourself, and dive deep into self-exploration so you can have genuine alignment in all aspects of your life. You’ll be able to practice being fully open with the other retreat guests and learn how that can lead to greater connections with yourself and your personal and professional relationships.

Meet the creators of Realness Retreats:

Conner Moore

Kirsten AsherKirsten is a dancer and former stuntwoman who incorporates movement therapy, mobility flow, breath and self-growth in her practice working with her clients one-on-one and in group settings.

She turned a lesson learned at Soltara into her podcast called “It’s Possible” where she shares her philosophy that possibilities are endless when you align and activate yourself. With this philosophy, she created an innovative approach to attaining physical, mental, emotional and spiritual alignment with practicality and mindfulness. Designed to improve awareness of the mind-body connection as a catalyst to reducing stress, her program helps participants explore the senses and take ownership of the way you express yourself and engage with the world around you.

 

Mike Salemi

Mike Salemi: Mike specializes in human performance and is a sought after international presenter in the field of health and fitness.

Mike has a diverse background in strength and conditioning and has competed over the course of 15+ years at an elite level in Powerlifting and Kettlebell Sport. Through his own path of resolving sport-related injuries, Mike understands the importance of integrating the body, mind, and spirit as a means to foster high performance for the long term. His motivation is to help athletes, fitness professionals, and coaches discover their own potential from the inside-out.

Professionally, Mike has served as a Division 1 strength and conditioning coach for Santa Clara University, as well as been the trainer to elite athletes across a wide range of sports.

His focus is teaching educational workshops, certifications, and creating programs on unconventional training that build more balanced athletes.

 

Abbey Miller

Abbey MillerAbbey is the little-sister of the crew, but don’t be fooled. She is wise beyond her years and provides support to the retreat team and participants. Her experience with her own personal work and plant medicines has led to a deep understanding of self-exploration.

Part graphic designer, part photographer, part sweetheart, full-time badass. If you need anything, Abbey has you covered.

 


 

Meditate

Come and immerse yourself in a week of connection, intention, medicine, and community. Tucked into the seaside cliffs of Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula, Soltara Healing Center will be our beautiful container as we explore a variety of healing modalities and set the space for your intuition to guide your process. Whether it’s partaking in a plant medicine ceremony with a team of ethical, experienced Peruvian Shipibo shamans; activating your innate wisdom through movement classes; connecting to nature in one of the most abundant and biodiverse places in the world; or simply sitting in quiet meditation on the beach, you will be supported and cared for, before, during, and after your stay.

 

In addition to Soltara’s amazing program, The Realness Retreat includes:

  • Daily morning movement and meditation gatherings
  • Eldoa Stretching workshop with Mike
  • Embodied Dance on the beach led by Kirsten
  • One-on-one sessions with Conner and Kirsten
  • Daily flow workouts
  • Self Expression practices led by Conner
  • Optional Breathwork with Mike and Conner
  • Optional daily open gym time with Mike and Conner
  • Optional flow movement sessions with Kirsten

Your stay at Soltara also includes:

  • Transportation to and from a pickup location near the SJO airport (arrive & depart – see date and time details)
  • 3 ayahuasca ceremonies with highly-experienced Peruvian Shipibo shamans
  • All meals in our conscious cuisine kitchen, prepared fresh daily from organic, pesticide-free, local sources in an ayahuasca-friendly manner
  • Floral baths with medicinal plants lovingly prepared by our shamans
  • Yoga classes for all levels throughout your stay
  • Breathwork and meditation sessions
  • One-on-one consultations with our shamans (and translator)
  • On-site integration workshops and sharing circles
  • Access to our creative space for music, art, writing, and dance
  • Access to our private on-site pool
  • Access to a semi-private beach and equipment for kayaking and snorkeling in the pristine Gulf of Nicoya
  • High-speed WiFi in all rooms (although we encourage all guests to disconnect as much as possible!)
  • Air-conditioning in all rooms
  • Lifetime 10% discount for all return visits
  • Participation in our premiere integration program and community with a highly qualified integration support team
  • Optional add-ons including:

    • Professional massages (included in single and private couples lodging; additional cost for dorm-style lodging)

 

Walking the path.

Come walk with us as we move forward on this path together! Our program is designed for your optimal ease and comfort, so you can free your mind to focus fully on yourself and your experience.

We look forward to having you with us!

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THE SOLTARA COMMITMENT

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.

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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 Highlights

At 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.

Amenities

  • 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

Menu/Cuisine

We 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.

Accommodations

We 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.

SINGLE:
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.

COUPLES:
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.

SHARED SUITE:
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.

Directions

Please 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!

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The Realness Retreat

at Soltara Healing Center

  • May 19, 2019 - May 24, 2019 (6 days)

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