Costa Rica Retreat 11 – 19 January 2014

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Join us with the cosmic and enzymatically eminent Viktoras Kulvinskas, grandfather of the raw living foods movement and co-founder of the Hippocrates Health Centre, in beautiful Costa Rica from 11-19 January 2014.

Over 8 nights and 9 days you will receive a massive download of health related information from both Viktoras and Dr Sandeep Gupta.

Daily yoga, raw and living food, raw chef prepared meals and food preparation classes and opportunity to experience a range of adventure activities, explore the surrounding natural environment and optional natural therapies.

Venue Details

The retreat will take place at the Nature Lodge, perched high in the hills above Montezuma overlooking the ocean and surrounded by the Costa Rican jungle. Nature Lodge provides the perfect secluded and tranquil environment…

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Taking in beautiful sunrises at the morning yoga session…

Montezuma is located on the Nicoya Peninsula, a one hour ferry ride from the town of Puntarenas. The town has a relaxed bohemian style village atmosphere and is bordered by beaches and lush tropical jungle inhabited by wild monkeys and other exotic wildlife.

The surrounding areas provide opportunities for a range of adventure activities such as surfing and zip lining through the rainforest canopy, bathing under the local waterfall or just soaking up the sunshine with average daily temperatures of 32°C in the day and 22°C at night during January.

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See accommodation options below..

Package Details

Your retreat package includes:


    • 8 nights/9 days accommodation at the Nature Lodge, Montezuma


    • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily including daily fresh juices and wheatgrass


    • 2 daily lectures from Viktoras Kulvinskas and optional daily workshops with Dr Sandeep Gupta on raw food nutrition, spirituality, manifesting abundance in your life and everything in between


    • Raw living food preparation classes with local raw food chefs


    • Twice daily yoga classes with Danielle Prauss


    • Transport in and out of Montezuma as required to visit the beach, waterfall, markets etc.



This is a general guide to the flow of each day:6.30am Gather for herbal teas and wheatgrass

7.00am Yoga or Chi Gong session

8.30am Fresh Juice

9.00am Breakfast

9.45am Lecture with Viktoras

11.45am Free Time

12.30pm Lunch

1.30pm Free Time – Relaxation, Exploration, Healing Therapies or Adventure Activities

3.30pm Optional Lecture with Sandeep

5.00pm Yoga or Chi Gong session

6.00pm Meditation

6.30pm Dinner

7.30pm Lecture with Viktoras

9.00pm Free Time


International flights arrive in Costa Rica at the Juan Santamaria International Airport, located about 20 minutes outside of San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica. The fastest way to get to Montezuma is by plane, which involves a 20 minute flight to Tambor, then a 30 minute taxi ride from there.

To book flights from San Jose to Tambor visit: Nature Air or Sansa


Alternatively, you may like to fly into San Jose, hire a four wheel drive and take a few days to leisurely traverse the roughly six hour drive to Montezuma which includes a scenic and relaxing one hour ferry trip from Puntarenas to the Nicoya Peninsula. From there, Montezuma is just a 45 minute drive.

If you do decide to drive yourself to Montezuma please be prepared for the road quality which can be quite rough with corrugations and potholes. Many of the roads in Costa Rica may better described as dirt tracks and one must take the drive slowly and carefully in some places.

On your way to Montezuma you might like to stop for lunch at the Lands in Love vegetarian and vegan eco-resort and restaurant, just two hours out of San Jose or explore the Monteverde Cloud Forests, the therapeutic Hot Springs at La Fortuna or Arenal Volcano.


There is a direct bus service from San Jose to Montezuma. This bus leaves every day from the Coca Cola bus station in downtown San Jose at approximately 6:00am and 2:00pm. The cost is approximately $12.00 US. The Coca Cola bus station is a 20 minute (about $20.00) taxi ride from the international airport. The bus trip to Montezuma takes about 6 hours in total with one rest stop between San Jose and Puntarenas. In Puntarenas you will get off the bus and the driver will issue you with a ferry ticket and laminated card that you will need to get back on the bus.  Follow the bus crowd onto the ferry for a beautiful one hour ferry ride. Upon crossing the gulf you will disembark in Paquera. Follow the passengers to the other side of the ferry terminal to re-board the bus and continue the journey to Cobano. In Cobano all passengers going to Montezuma change to another bus, which takes you the final 30 minutes to downtown Montezuma. From there, the retreat venue is a 10 minute taxi ride.



Viktoras Kulvinskas

Viktoras TreeViktoras is a Lithuanian World War II survivor who retired from teaching College Mathematics & Computer Systems, as well as a business consultant with the likes of the Apollo Mission, M.I.T., Smithsonian and Harvardat 29, to pursue holistic lifestyles.

During the last 40 years, he pioneered the co-founding with Ann Wigmore (Lithuanian-born) of the Hippocrates Health Institute where he acted as Director of Research for the next 5 years.

Viktoras developed the Hippocrates Live Food program that has helped millions around the world regain their health through living holistic lifestyles.
He published the best seller (Over ½ million in print), first wholistic lifestyle manual – The book documents from science with anecdotal clients, the successful treatment of cancer, leukemia, obesity, arthritis, diabetes, menstruation, colds, pain and more.

He co-authored the enzymology bible with Dr. Howell MD. (Food Enzymes for Health and Longevity);

Dr Sandeep Gupta

Daniela Panthera

DanielleDaniela Panthera, L.Ac. C.M.T. has been a yoga practitioner for over 20 years, and a Licensed Acupuncturist & Massage Therapist for over 10 years.  She has completed three 200-hour Yoga Teacher Trainings, including two in Vinyasa Flow (with Mark Stephens, Santa Cruz, CA & Sofiah Thom, Costa Rica), as well as one in traditional Ashtanga with Margarida Tree of Fort Pierce, FL.  Daniela’s style of teaching incorporates the therapeutic aspects of Hatha Yoga, the inspirational & fun creativity of Vinyasa Flow, all against a traditional backdrop and respect for ancient lineages such as Ashtanga (Pattabi Jois).

Yoga becomes a fluid and dynamic linking of movement & breath.  The practice becomes a moving meditation, in which we, as practitioners can experience our own bodies as living temples.  Daniela also really enjoys building the group energy, the yoga community of kindred spirits, and believes wholeheartedly that Yoga is accessible to all people of all ages,backgrounds, challenges.  She is a hands-on instructor, who is there for you every step of the way, encouraging, uplifting, & always offering modifications for different levels of ability.  Daniela is a life-long Holistic Truth Seeker & is excited to share this journey with others on the Path.  Namaste!

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Accommodation Options

Retreat Package Accommodation Options

Retreat Package with Jungle View Room for 1 or 2 people

Description: Jungle view rooms feature exotic wood finishes, coral stone floors, unique grotto-style bathrooms and locally hand crafted furnishings. The rooms open out onto a small private terrace complete with hammock for enjoying the sights and sounds of the tropical jungle.

Number of People: Can sleep up to 2 people in 1 shared bedroom
Bed Configuration: 1 queen bed
Number of People: Can sleep up to 2 people in 1 shared bedroom
Bed Configuration: 1 queen bed

*Single: US$2500.00 per person

*Single Deposit: US$500.00 per person

Twin Share: US$1900.00 per person 

Twin Share Deposit: US$500.00 per person 

*If there are two attendees of the same gender who are looking to share a room, we can certainly try to make that arrangement.

Retreat Package with Jungle View Room for 3 people

Description: Jungle view rooms feature exotic wood finishes, coral stone floors, unique grotto-style bathrooms and locally hand crafted furnishings. The rooms open out onto a small private terrace complete with hammock for enjoying the sights and sounds of the tropical jungle.

Number of People: Can sleep up to 2 people in 1 shared bedroom
Bed Configuration: 1 queen bed + 1 single bed
Twin Share: US$1900.00 per person

Twin Share Deposit: US$500.00 per person

Retreat Package with Superior Pacific Room for 2 people

Description: This option provides the most spacious rooms. Designed with exotic woods, coral stone floors, unique locally hand crafted furniture and large private decks to create a harmonious unity with the natural surroundings. The view overlooks jungle towards the ocean beyond. Two of the superior rooms also feature a second open air shower.

Number of People: Can Sleep 2 people in 1 bedroom
Bed Configuration: 1 king sized bed
Twin Share: UD$2100.00 per person

Deposit Twin Share: US$500.00 per person

Retreat Package with Tropical Garden Room for 2 singles or 2 couples

Description: Standard rooms which are spacious and comfortable and can sleep up to four persons in two double beds. Exotic wood finishes, coral stone floors and unique grotto style bathrooms. Each room has a small terrace fronting a beautiful tropical garden.

Number of People: Can sleep up to 4 people in 1 bedroom
Bed Configuration: 2 double beds 
Twin Share:US $1900.00 per person

Deposit Twin Share: US$500.00 per person

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