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15 Days After-treatment Program and Eating Disorder Recovery Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica

Peace Retreat, Playa Negra, Costa Rica

Eating Disorder Recovery Retreat Costa Rica

This 15-day program is an after-care and relapse prevention program in Costa Rica for adolescents (16+) and adults who are medically stable, out of hospital care and crisis, and in need of support to transition back to college, job, and / or home. The program is specifically designed to support participants in eating disorder recovery develop the ability to connect, find purpose, and take action through intention.

Meet the instructors

Kevin, Serena, Emily, & 1 More…
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  • 2 daily yoga classes and 2 equine therapy sessions
  • Recovery program for medically stable adults with eating disorders
  • 1 meet a local farmer tour, 1 sweat lodge ceremony, and 1 cacao ceremony
  • Medical intake and daily group discussions that support self-care, healing, and sustainable change
  • Enjoy one custom Ayurvedic health and coaching consultation
  • Round-trip transportation from Liberia International Airport
  • 14 nights accommodation
  • 3 nourishing meals daily

13 days with instruction
Airport transfer included: Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport
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  • Spa
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Bar
  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Multilingual staff
  • Terrace
  • Yoga shala
  • Yoga studio
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet
  • Outdoor shower

Peace Retreat is a 10-room boutique retreat facility less than half a mile from the town center of Playa Negra, a quaint and friendly surf town and community. They cater to tourists, yogis, and wellness enthusiasts alike who are searching for adventure, relaxation, and personal exploration, in an eco‐friendly paradise. It's the perfect location to host an individual stay, group retreat, or training program.

The retreat center features 24-hour pool access, use of a fully equipped community kitchen, wireless internet, massage and spa services, prime accommodations, local eco-tours and activities, renowned surf and paddle boarding beaches and areas, teachers, and lessons, Spanish language immersion classes, and world-class yoga taught by certified instructors.


Each morning begins with:

  • Breath work, meditation, and yoga practice
  • Breakfast followed by a mindful jungle walk
  • Human potential group processing session
  • Lunch with journaling activity and discussion

Each afternoon includes one of the following:

  • Ayurvedic health session
  • Equine therapy
  • Cacao and sweat lodge ceremony
  • Individual consultations and personal time

Evenings include a variety of activities and experiential therapy such as:

  • Motivational talks, group activities, and inspirational films with discussion
  • Healing breath awareness and body mapping
  • Somatic movement, yogic sleep, and other trauma recovery practices

There will also be time for rest, pool, beach, and optional add-on excursions (zip-lining, paddle-boarding, surfing, volcano tour, spa.) Family members are welcome to attend, as they are an integral part of a supportive healing experience.

The approach

The program is specifically designed to support participants in eating disorder recovery develop the ability to connect, find purpose, and take action through intention.

This integrated therapeutic approach is intended to promote healing through embodied learning on all levels of your being. You will experience Ayurveda (physical), yoga therapy (emotional), and human potential (cognitive) models and practices which, together, has the ability to lead to lasting recovery.

The hosts will meet you where you're at and, from there, support you in uncovering the possibility that exists for you, your relationships, and your life.

Through body sensation awareness, increased safety in the body, and skills of acceptance and re-association, the program provides you with actionable steps and sustainable self-regulating practices that can cultivate an essential tool to support your eating disorder: choice. And choice means freedom.

Yoga therapy

Therapeutic yoga practices can be powerful windows to your inner wisdom. The part of yourself that knows the truth of who you really are. Engage in sensory experiences that'll shift your awareness from "thinking about" to "embodying new ways of thinking". These practices have been shown to help manage anxiety, create new neural pathways, experience the present moment fully, free yourself of critical thinking, and empower yourself with the ability to self-regulate at any given moment.


Ayurveda views the mind as an inseparable aspect of the body, which is now well-documented and supported by neurobiologists. Through the science of life, you'll implement practices that have consistently shown to reduce cortisol levels (stress), and increase immunity, bone density, and muscle tissue. You'll get to know yourself deeply and discover the beauty of your unique differences, which gives rise to the realization that there is nothing to "fix". As your ability to sleep, digest, relax, handle stress, and tolerate emotion increases, you'll begin to comprehend the importance of nourishing, not only your physical body, but your relationships, knowledge, and your ability to care for yourself and others as well.


Fueling the body with adequate and appropriate nutrition has a powerful impact on physical, mental, and emotional health. You'll have the opportunity to engage in a variety of nutrition discussion and reflection opportunities around food and nutrition. You'll focus on identifying and navigating hunger and fullness, as well as mindful and intuitive eating practices.

Human potential

Untangling the intimate relationship to yourself and others is imperative to understanding the struggle with eating disorders. Learn a well-defined approach through which you'll begin to understand the nature of suffering and your relationship to it. Suffering is an essential part of life that, when arises, is looking to be understood, cared for, and nourished. Only then can you uncover the fundamental question for all humans, not just those with eating disorders, "For what are you really hungering?"

Retreat itinerary

Day 1, July 25

  • Aarrival and welcome

Day 2 to Day 13: July 26-August 7

  • A variety of activities, events, classes, discussions, sessions, consultations, and practices that will be provided

Day 15, August 8

  • Departure day


Kevin McQuillan

Serena Arora

Emily Presbrey

Kirk Hefford


Peace Retreat is a supportive, inclusive, intimate, and tranquil yoga retreat center located on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica.


The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Round-trip transportation from Liberia International Airport
  • 14 nights accommodation
  • Three (3) nourishing meals daily
  • Two (2) daily yoga classes
  • Two (2) equine therapy sessions
  • One (1) meet a local farmer tour
  • One (1) sweat lodge ceremony
  • One (1) cacao ceremony
  • One (1) custom Ayurvedic health and coaching consultation
  • Medical intake and daily group discussions that support self-care, healing, and sustainable change

What's not included

  • Other personal expenses

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flights to arrive at Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR). The organizer will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.

Airport: Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport Airport transfer included: Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 60 days before arrival.

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Arrival: Saturday July 25, 2020
Departure: Saturday August 8, 2020

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