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8 Days Pilates/Yoga meets Detox

Ciudad Quesada /Alajuela, Costa Rica
Ilona Hefty
  • Activities

    Pilates and fitness

    Yoga

    Wellness & Beauty

  • Minimum no. of participants

    4

  • Suitable for

    All levels

  • Accommodation

    Retreat resort / centre, B&B

  • Length of retreat

    7 nights

  • Meals included

    Dinner, Breakfast, Snacks / Fruit

  • Capacity

    up to 12 persons

  • Main instructor language

    English

    Instructors also speak

    German, Spanish, Italian

About retreat

Welcome to our newly developed retreat oasis, "Pandanus,” which opening its doors to guests and retreat facilitators from January 2024. We are diligently working on the final details to ensure it becomes the perfect haven for your retreat.

For the opening we are offering a welcome discount of $250 to all retreat participants. This is already included in all prices for the year 24! Take this opportunity and come to our new Retreat Centre and be the first to enjoy our holistic retreats!

Time to dedicate yourself to your body? To treat yourself to a spring clean from the inside? A detox to give all your detox organs a well-deserved break? You want to glow again from the inside out? Then you are in the right place at the right time! You'll learn a lot about the function of the gut, how to cleanse it, nourish it, care for it and keep it intact. Each intestine is directly connected to the brain and keeps our immune system functioning at its best. We will gently and effectively cleanse the intestinal tract with targeted, natural supplements. . In order for the body and intestines to do their detoxification work, which takes place in the morning, optimally, we will not disturb them. Fatty foods such as nuts, milk or avocados are therefore avoided as they block detoxification. We will only eat solid food from midday onwards. We will enjoy a lot of fresh organic fruit juices and fruit.

We will optimally support this process with fresh vegetarian/vegan food prepared with love. You are what you eat. With our local chef we will cook typical "Tico" dishes to expand your recipe repertoire with simple, exotic and tasty dishes. Long walks, quiet Pilates mat and yoga sessions, and plenty of time to yourself will best accompany this cleansing process. To really get the toxins out of your body, you will be pampered with a 50 min full body massage all around.

Due to the exclusive small groups, the excursions, the shopping tours and a lot of time for yourself, there is plenty of room to experience a great time with like-minded people and to let your soul dangle. The absolute highlight is the visit to a hot thermal spring in the middle of the jungle, where we will go for an evening swim by moonlight. You will be pampered with a non-alcoholic cocktail right in the pool under the stars and can just enjoy and switch off.

(More info to Intestinal Detox text me)

Our health starts IN US!

 

What will you gain?

 More beautiful radiance and better skin

 Strengthen your immune system

 Better bowel function

 Detoxification of all organs

 Mental clarity

 An all-round feeling of well-being

 Better mobility

 Stronger core

 Release of your tensions

 Conscious body awareness and perception

 Body-mind-spirit connection

 Re-entering everyday life stronger, purified and happier

 

Retreat activity

Pilates and fitness

In the over 80m2 Pilates studio, which is equipped with all Pilates equipment, you can fully enjoy the professionally guided training. Both classical Pilates on the equipment and on the mat are offered. It is suitable for all levels, as the Reformer training is divided into groups according to experience. So everyone benefits from their ability.

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Pilates and fitness

In the over 80m2 Pilates studio, which is equipped with all Pilates equipment, you can fully enjoy the professionally guided training. Both classical Pilates on the equipment and on the mat are offered. It is suitable for all levels, as the Reformer training is divided into groups according to experience. So everyone benefits from their ability.

Yoga

Vinyasa Yoga is always adapted to the ability of the participants. We learn the sun salutation, the correct execution of the asanas so that everyone can benefit from the released energy. Meditation and relaxation are not neglected.


- Vinyasa Yoga

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Yoga

Vinyasa Yoga is always adapted to the ability of the participants. We learn the sun salutation, the correct execution of the asanas so that everyone can benefit from the released energy. Meditation and relaxation are not neglected.


- Vinyasa Yoga

Wellness & Beauty

Relaxation and Rejuvenation: Treat yourself to a 50-minute massage, allowing for deep relaxation and rejuvenation.

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Suitable for activity
Wellness & Beauty

Relaxation and Rejuvenation: Treat yourself to a 50-minute massage, allowing for deep relaxation and rejuvenation.

Program

Retreat Program (Included in the Price):

Duration: 7 nights of rejuvenation and exploration.

Culinary Delights: Indulge in daily rich breakfast/brunch, refreshing fruit juices, light salads for lunch, coffee and satisfying dinners with non-alcoholic beverages. Some meals will be prepared together, focusing on organic, vegetarian/vegan options made with fresh ingredients.

Yoga Training: Enjoy daily yoga sessions totalling 6 hours per week. Immerse yourself in the practice and experience its calming and energizing effects.

Pilates Mat classes: Engage in daily Pilates sessions, with a minimum of 7 hours per week. Strengthen your body, improve flexibility and enhance core stability.

Excursion Highlights: Embark on exciting excursions to La Fortuna, where you'll have the opportunity to explore the city and discover the local culture. Experience the beauty of a waterfall hike, indulge in local food, encounter free-living iguanas, and immerse yourself in the jungle's relaxing hot springs, complete with a refreshing cocktail.

Relaxation and Rejuvenation: Treat yourself to a 50-minute massage, allowing for deep relaxation and rejuvenation.

Culinary Exploration: Delight in a cooking class focused on typical Costa Rican cuisine, led by a local chef. Additionally, enjoy two restaurant visits to savour the local flavours and culinary delights.
 
Free Day: Take a day to relax or explore the enchanting surroundings at your leisure. This is your opportunity to unwind and immerse yourself in the retreat experience.
 
Convenient Airport Transfer: Rest assured with the provided airport transfer, ensuring a hassle-free journey to and from the retreat location.

Please note that the above program is subject to change and may vary based on availability and weather conditions. Rest assured, our goal is to provide you with a fulfilling and memorable retreat experience.

Itinerary
First Day:

·  Arrival day: You will be warmly welcomed and picked up from the airport.

·  Check-In: Available from 3 pm.

·  Welcome drink: Enjoy a refreshing welcome drink and have the opportunity to get to know each other.

·  Welcome dinner: Indulge in a delicious dinner to kick off your retreat experience.

Typical Daily Schedule (Day 2-5):

·  7:30 am: Start your day with fresh fruit juice or fruit.

- 8 am sillent Walk 

·  8-9 am: Join a Pilates class suitable for all levels.

·  9:30-11 am: Enjoy a hearty breakfast or brunch.

·  11:00 am-4:30 pm: Engage in planned excursions, shopping, or take some time for yourself to relax and unwind. Please note that the excursion program will be provided upon arrival, but it is subject to change based on weather conditions.

·  Personal Training: Take advantage of personalized training sessions.

·  5 pm: Yoga class with relax.

 

·  7 pm: Delight in a delicious dinner at a local restaurant.

Free Program Day:

·  This day is flexible and can be tailored to your preferences and weather conditions. It's an opportunity for you to organize your own program, and we are here to assist you with recommendations and arrangements.

Departure Day:

·  7 am: Start your day with fresh fruit juice or fruit.

·  8-9 am: Engage in a Pilates Mat class suitable for all levels.

·  9:30 am: Enjoy a satisfying breakfast or brunch.

·  Check-Out: Available until 12 pm.

·  Airport transfer: We will arrange your transfer to the airport or assist you with onward travel arrangements.

Instructors and Staff

Ilona Hefty

Instructor

Over 35 years of teaching jazz dance, yoga, and Pilates, and owner of a Pilates Studio in Zug / Switzerland, in addition to being a second generation Pilates Master, I am certified by Lolita San Miguel, a Pilates Elder who is one of the only two people certified by Joseph Pilates. Also a teacher trainer for Peak Pilates USA, I have taught many other people to become fully comprehensive Pilates instructors. Over the years I have trained with many excellent experienced teachers including Clare Dunphi, Kati Ross Nash, Pamela Garcia, Brett Howard, and many more.

With my many years of experience,over 40 years in teaching Pilates and training Pilates trainers, in nutritional counselling, as well as in coaching people, and also because we have the desire for holistic health, we decided to take the adventure with "Pandanu's" holistic Pilates Oasis. Here we can support you in a paradise to find yourself and your consciousness on different levels. Be it in the great, individually tailored retreats or simply during a few nights in the beautiful light-flooded bungalows.

Experiences

Detox

For over 15 years I have been working with nutrition, metabolism optimisation, vital substances and detoxification programmes. During this time I have been able to help many people regain their feel-good weight or simply become fitter, more vital and healthier. You just have to know the secret of nature and its science to be able to work with it. I like to pass on this knowledge to curious and open-minded people.

Yoga

Vinyasa Yoga is always adapted to the ability of the participants. We learn the sun salutation, the correct execution of the asanas so that everyone can benefit from the released energy. Meditation and relaxation are not neglected.

Pilates and fitness

My Pilates story

In 1986 I turned my hobby of jazz dance into my profession. After years of teaching jazz dance full-time, my body started to suffer from severe back pain. According to the doctor's opinion, with such a back I should immediately teach something calmer in order to be able to continue my profession for a long time. As you can imagine, this was a shock for me! What now?
That was in 2003 and at that time the boom with Pilates training and power yoga was just beginning in Europe. At that time, almost only training on the mat was offered and so I tried it out. It fascinated me immediately because I felt muscles deep inside me where I didn't even know there were muscles. Unfortunately, there weren't many training schools in Switzerland yet, so I completed the Contemporary Polestar Mat training and the Power Yoga training. With the teaching of Pilates, my own practice and the targeted study of the method according to J. Pilates, I was able to quickly notice improvements in movement with my clients, but what was much more important for me at that time was that my own back pain became less and less. So a lifelong path captivated me.
I wanted to know more, learn more and travelled to various workshops, events and congresses with international Pilates luminaries, learning about the classical Pilates method and Pilates equipment. Even then it was my wish to pass on this knowledge to many interested people over time and become a Pilates Teacher Trainer. I found the Peak Pilates Training School (USA), which supported my wish and so from 2006 I was trained as a Peak Pilates Instructor as well as a Peak Pilates Trainer for the whole of Switzerland. Finally, in 2009, I was able to open a fully equipped Peak Pilates studio in Baar/Zug next to my dance and gymnastics studio "Body move" and immerse myself more and more in this world of holistic movement and method by Joe Pilates.
After years and thousands of hours of teaching, analysing, correcting and understanding clients and students, seeing how everything is connected and how emotions, experiences, thoughts and experiences are also reflected in the body and can be released and corrected with this ingenious method, I wanted to know even more. I took the 2nd Generation PMMP with Lolita San Miguel (USA), one of only two people who were still trained by Joe Pilates himself.
Many of the participants I had the pleasure of accompanying through the Peak Pilates School training are passionate and successful teachers and have also opened their own studios. I have seen where there is still a need for knowledge, modifications, ideas, connections etc. and have created various workshops that fill exactly these gaps. I impart this knowledge with a lot of humour, empathy, patience and practical experience. Aha-moments for every Pilates teacher. More information under Workshops.

Now a new stage of life has come and we will realise in Costa Rica to find more back to nature, connection and awareness. To adopt the lifestyle "Pura Vida" with all its facets. As my passion is still to accompany people into a self-determined and healthy life, we are opening a holistic Pilates Oasis on our property. A place where I continue to train Pilates enthusiasts for Peak Pilates USA, teach workshops and offer intensive, adventurous and restorative Pilates retreats for everyone of all levels so that you too can benefit from this knowledge.
This lifelong journey, which has now made me completely pain free and healthy after 20 years, is worth walking. I am infinitely grateful to J. Pilates for this system of exercises, but also for the holistic knowledge and the connections between body, mind and soul through movement, nutrition and mindset, which I would like to pass on. More info under Retreat.

I am proud to be a part of the classic Pilates history and to bring the vision of Joe Pilates to the world. To give you the opportunity to discover yourself through this method, to have a healthier, more vital and to the end more beautiful body, which has an enormous impact on your whole being.
"The attainment and enjoyment of physical well-being, mental tranquillity and spiritual peace are invaluable to their owners, if there are such fortunate ones living among us today. However, it is the ideal to strive for, and in our opinion, this unique trinity of a balanced body, mind and spirit can only be achieved through "Contrology"." Quote J.Pilates

Benno

Instructor

Benno is the good soul who is always there when it comes to the technology and the smooth running of the retreats, he is the "Handyman". He makes sure that everything works and also takes care of the delicious food from time to time, because his hobby is cooking.

Experiences
Location

Nestled within the expansive private property of "Finca FE," spanning over 30 hectares, "Pandanus" is situated on 2 acres of untouched nature. As part of "Finca FE," the entire area offers a serene and safe environment, ideal for walks, picnics, jogging, and solitary meditation. Enjoy breathtaking views, lush gardens, and peaceful benches throughout the property.

Ciudad Quesada /Alajuela, Costa Rica

How to get there

Located near the picturesque town of Quesada in the province of Alajuela, "Finca FE" rests atop a hill, offering panoramic vistas of the valley and nearby volcanoes. It is conveniently accessible from San Jose Airport, with a comfortable 2.5-hour drive on well-maintained asphalt roads.

You can drive to the finca with a normal car, as the road is asphalted up to the gate. On the grounds, however, the gravel road is easily passable even without a 4x4.
There is a bus connection from Cuidad Quesada 3 times a day to our doorstep, terminating at San Ramon School. There is the entrance to the Finca FE. Our retreat centre "Pandanus" Oasis is located on the finca.

Airport

San Jose - 90 km

Liberya - 170 km

Accomodation
Bungalow

Retreat resort / centre, B&B

Experience the ultimate connection to nature at our brand-new retreat oasis in Costa Rica. Our glass bungalows offer privacy and immersion in the surrounding environment. Each bungalow comfortably accommodates two adults, with an option for a third adult or families with two children. Wake up to the gentle sun rays, observe wildlife, and enjoy the essence of "Pura Vida."

Amenities include big single beds (convertible to a double), a seating area, a coffee/tea maker, crockery and cutlery, safe, mini fridge, and more. You'll also have access to a large common house with a fully equipped kitchen, swimming pool, hot Jacuzzi, and chill-out lounge.

Immerse yourself in nature and create lasting memories at our retreat oasis. Opening in January 2024.

Amenities and services
  • Outdoor pool
  • Yoga studio
  • Garden
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Parking
  • Fireplace
  • Free wifi
  • Tours and daytrips
  • Retreat planning services
  • Holistic treatments
  • Airport transfer
  • Outdoor terrace
  • Outdoor exercise possibilities
  • Dishwasher
  • Linen & towels provided
  • Baby chairs
  • Catering services
  • Massages
  • Cooking
  • Outdoor yoga deck
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
Food

You start the day with a smoothie made from organic vegetables and fruits to wake up your energy. Afterwards, a rich vegetarian-vegan buffet with homemade bread, coffee, muesli, fruits etc. is available to satisfy your hunger. In the afternoon, there are fresh vegetable dips, salads and sun-ripened fruits for the small appetite and in the evening a delicious, varied meal from our chef or we cook together or enjoy a local restaurant nearby.
By indulging in healthy, fresh, and sun-ripened food, you will experience a cleansing and nourishing effect on your body from the inside out. If desired, we can also provide support in the form of special and effective intestinal cleansing, further enhancing your wellness journey during your retreat.

Included meals
  • Dinner
  • Breakfast
  • Snacks / Fruit
Included drinks
  • Coffee
  • Water
  • Juice
  • Tea
Special dietary requirements
  • Organic
  • Glutan free
  • Vegan
  • Detox
  • Dairy free
What is included in the price
  • • Yoga Training: Enjoy daily yoga sessions totaling 6 hours per week. Immerse yourself in the practice and experience its calming and energizing effects.
  • • Pilates Mat Training: Engage in daily Pilates sessions with a minimum of 7 hours per week. Strengthen your body, improve flexibility, and enhance core stability. •
  • 7 nights of rejuvenation and exploration. •
  • • Culinary Delights: Indulge in daily rich breakfast/brunch, refreshing fruit juices, light salads for lunch, coffee paired with delectable pastries, and satisfying dinners with non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Some meals will be prepared together, focusing on organic, vegetarian/vegan options made with fresh organic ingredients.
  • Excursion Highlights: Embark on exciting excursions to La Fortuna, where you'll have the opportunity to explore the city and discover the local culture
  • Experience the beauty of a waterfall hike, indulge in local food, encounter free-living iguanas, and immerse yourself in the jungle's relaxing hot springs, complete with a refreshing cocktail.
  • • Relaxation and Rejuvenation: Treat yourself to a 50-minute massage, allowing for deep relaxation and rejuvenation.
  • • Culinary Exploration: Delight in a cooking class focused on typical Costa Rican cuisine, led by a local cook.
  • Additionally, enjoy two restaurant visits to savor the local flavors and culinary delights. •
  • • Free Day: Take a day to relax or explore the enchanting surroundings at your leisure. This is your opportunity to unwind and immerse yourself in the retreat experience.
  • • Convenient Airport Transfer: Rest assured with the provided airport transfer, ensuring a hassle-free journey to and from the retreat location.
  • 13% TAX
  • An "new opening-discount" of 250$
What is not included in the price
  • Fligth
  • Tax, Tips
  • Alkohol
  • assurence
  • Personal Training
  • additional Massage
Cancelation policy

Guests will incur a fee 20% if they cancel their booking 60 days before check-in


Guests will incur a fee 50% if they cancel their booking 30 days before check-in


Guests will incur a fee 70% if they cancel their booking 15 days before check-in


Guests will incur a fee 100% if they cancel their booking 7 days before check-in


Organiser

Member since 2023

Costa Rica

Speaks

English, German, Spanish, Italian

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