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Reboot, Restore, Revive: Yoga and Functional Medicine in Costa Rica

Experience the profound transformation you've been seeking. Join us for a life-changing 6-day retreat where nature, community, and holistic wellness harmonize to rejuvenate your mind, body, and spirit.

February 16 - 23, 2025

About the Retreat

Imagine waking up in the heart of Costa Rica’s breathtaking wilderness at Tierra de Sueños.

Your journey begins with a sunrise yoga session led by the gifted Elise Spofford, LMT, 500CYT. As you flow through your practice, the serene sounds of the rainforest provide a soothing backdrop—a sanctuary where you can finally breathe.

But this retreat is more than just yoga; it’s a holistic voyage to rediscover yourself, guided by Dr. Rob Downey, a visionary in functional medicine.

Each day, your understanding of wellness will expand:

The Center of Functional Medicine

  • Discover the hidden secrets of health right in front of you.
  • Delve into the IFM Matrix, unlocking the keys to well-being.

Our Paths to Peace

  • Explore the origins of inner peace.
  • Learn how peace is the catalyst for progress.

Energy Scavenger Hunt

  • Embark on a quest to find your inner power.
  • Illuminate your path with case studies, revealing the source of your inner fuel.

Spring Thaw

  • Melt away frozen places within.
  • Unveil the Polyvagal theory and its role in the fight-flight-freeze response.

Milkbone in My Pocket

  • Embrace adversity as your ally.
  • Empower yourself through curiosity and leaning into life’s challenges.

True North

  • Navigate the dimensions of self-honesty.
  • Embark on a magnificent journey from belief to knowing.

Daily yoga and meditation

in the Tierra de Sueños pavilion!

Surrounded by lush rainforest, howler monkeys and sloths, our practices together will be accessible to all levels and flow-based in style, connecting breath to posture, pause and possibility.

We’ll explore the physicality of our strength, softness, scale and threshold through active range of motion and yielding relinquish, as well as the multifaceted holistic dimensions that yoga and meditation cultivates and nurtures within.

About The Retreat Center

Tierra de Sueños in Playa Chiquita

Playa Chiquita is an international neighborhood that celebrates ecotourism, nature, and diversity. Some of our neighbors include several delicious restaurants and cafes, an all-service grocer, local farmers market on certain days of the week, and various tourist services.

Our bungalows are just a five-minute walk to one of the most beautiful beaches on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. After walking down a nature trail across the road, you will find the unspoiled Playa Chiquita with reefs for snorkeling, palm tree covers for shady lounging, and, depending on the time of year, either waves for surfing or calm waters for swimming.

The Transformation

Picture this: Your life before the retreat—a constant battle against chronic health conditions like fatigue, anxiety, depression, or even autoimmunity. You may have felt isolated, lost, or apathetic, yearning for a deeper connection and community.

Now, envision the after—an empowered you, radiating vitality. Your once-heavy burdens of illness transformed into vibrant energy. Anxiety and depression replaced with peace and clarity. You’ve found a community of like-minded souls who understand and support your journey.

This retreat is more than a vacation; it’s a revival of your essence. It’s a safe space to heal, to connect, and to rediscover the beauty of life. It’s your opportunity to step into the best version of yourself.

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Join Us

February 16 – 23, 2025

Don’t miss your chance to revitalize your life. Secure your spot today for “Reboot, Restore, Revive: Yoga and Functional Medicine in Costa Rica.” Early bird pricing available until June 30th!


Contact Us for Questions

We’re here to answer any questions you may have. Reach out to us, and let’s embark on this journey together.

Awaken the extraordinary within you. Embrace wellness, connection, and self-discovery in the breathtaking landscapes of Costa Rica.                                                                        

Your Hosts

Elise Spofford LMT, 500CYT

Elise is a licensed massage therapist and member of the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals. She holds a 500 CYT credential as an advanced yoga teacher and is completing her Functional Medicine Health Coach Certification. Elise’s approach to care is based in systems biology, positive psychology, and the power of mindfulness. She is passionate about helping people to become aware of, create, and move in the direction of their own vision for health and wellness.

When Elise is not in the office with a massage therapy client, in the studio teaching yoga, or immersed in her health coach studies, she is most often found outdoors on a hiking trail or paddle-board in the summer, and cross-country skiing, snowboarding or hopping on an airplane to faraway adventures in the winter. Her personal life motto is, “There is no better time than right now to be intentional with all that you do.”

Dr. Rob Downey, MD, FMCP

Dr. Rob Downey is board-certified family medicine MD and IFM Certified Practitioner, now in his 23rd year of clinical practice.

He is the founder of Seaworthy Functional Medicine and Health Accelerator.  He was awarded the HIMSS, Hawaii-Alaska Chapter, Change Maker in Health of the Year Award for 2022, for expanding healthcare delivery via telemedicine.

Seaworthy is also pioneering travel medicine, wherein non-Alaskans can visit Homer, Alaska, once, become an Alaskan patient, and follow up from anywhere on Earth.

Dr. Rob’s career has been spent working for non-profit hospitals and on behalf of Alaskan Native corporations.

Dr. Rob is the co-host of the Healing Habits Summit and Rewire Your Brain Masterclass.  He is a frequent guest on the HealthMeans DrTalks and other health summit platforms.

Dr. Rob enjoys running, skiing, fitness exercise, fly fishing, yoga, meditation, whole food, road trips, alternative music, poetry, writing, and reading.

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