A 6-day immersive retreat to discover your personal epigenetics blueprint and create a life-long plan for optimal health and longevity.
May 22-27, 2023
About The Retreat
Genes do not dictate your life. Specific personal choices that we make every day in terms of diet/nutrition, meditation, stress management, physical activity, friends and family, and environmental/green quality determine which genes will or will not be “expressed” or made manifest in your life. Our destiny resides in those choices!
Out of all of the external influences that impact our genes, diet, nutrition, and stress play the most critical role. Join Dr. Kenneth R. Pelletier on a journey to regain your health freedom and reclaim your life. Together, we will explore the field of epigenetics and learn how to manage stress and engagement in the natural/green environment effectively, discover the importance of food in gene expression, master and calm the mind, and discover how to nurture a positive relationship with the natural world.
Throughout the world, there are ‘Blue Zones” where people live to be over 100 years old and are in optimal health! In this immersive retreat experience, we will examine the latest genetic research and discuss how to produce these results in your life. You will be empowered with the clarity and confidence to sort through the endless barrage of conflicting information in the health world— whether it be Keto, Paleo, Vegan, Pescatarian, Pegan, high fat, low fat, or Mediterranean— we will sort the facts from fiction and empower you with a personalized blueprint that outlines an optimal diet suited to your individual needs.
With ample time to unwind, we will explore the role of stress in our lives and discover how stress management techniques play a central role in influencing gene expression. We will transform from being victims of stress, to being victors of stress and discover how to master stress for optimal performance. By training the mind through meditation and visualization, we will master practical techniques that promote vitality and support radiant health.
Using the groundbreaking M.I.N.D Method™ we will embark on a 4 step journey from self-doubt to self-empowerment. By uncovering and releasing beliefs that keep us limited, we will explore automatic thoughts, beliefs, emotions, and behaviors that keep us stuck in the same life patterns. You will leave the retreat with a deep understanding of how to apply these principles to every area of your life– from your business, to relationships, to health, and beyond.
Are you ready to tap into your genetic blueprint?
What is Epigenerics?
Introduction to epigenetics – What it means? What does it have to do with your present life and future? How we directly influence our genes through every day, simple lifestyle choices and practices.
MindBody and Optimal Health
Meditation as the key to optimal heath and longevity. Begin the practice of meditation and advanced visualization to be continued throughout the retreat.
You Are What You Eat
Diet and nutrition are perhaps the biggest influence on genetic expression. But we are bombarded by the endless “diet of the day” miracle claims. This includes Keto, high fat, low fat, Paleo, pescatarian, Pegan, Mediterranean and combinations of all of the above. You will learn the facts from which you can create the optimal, personal diet for yourself!
Living to Be 100 and Beyond
Throughout the world there are ‘Blue Zones” where people live to be 100 and longer in optimal heath. We will determine the specific practices that they have in all of these cultures and what we can do to create the same imoct on our own lives. Human beings are literally designed by our genetics to live to 120 so that is our goal!
What You Will Learn
- Create an individualized diet plan for optimal health and longevity.
- Discover the secrets of people who have lived to be over 100 years old, in excellent health.
- Identify the practical and effective meditation techniques to ensure inner stability in a demanding environment.
- Experience the “green benefits” of guided, jungle hikes and a visit to a vegetarian farm to learn the practical “how to” of urban gardening.
- Activate your genes to express what is positive in your birth blueprint to optimize your innate gifts while minimizing the impact of any negative predispositions.
- Develop positive healing strategies to fully recover from any chronic disease and achieve optimal health and longevity.
- Learn useful Meditation and visualization techniques
What You Will Gain
Kenneth R. Pelletier, PhD, MD
Kenneth R. Pelletier, PhD, MD — is a Clinical Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine; Department of Family and Community Medicine; and Department of Psychiatry at the University of California School of Medicine (UCSF) in San Francisco; and, a Clinical Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine and Department Family and Community Medicine at the University of Arizona School of Medicine in Tuscon. At the University of California School of Medicine, he is Director of the Corporate Health Improvement Program (CHIP) which is a collaborative research program between CHIP and 15 of the Fortune 500 corporations including Ford, Oracle, Prudential, Apple, Dow, Lockheed Martin, NASA, Pepsico, IBM, Cummins, and Steelcase. He also serves as Chairman of the American Health Association (AHA) and is a Vice President with American Specialty Health (ASH).
Prior to these positions, from 2001 to 2016, Dr. Pelletier served as Clinical Professor of Medicine in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and Professor of Public Health, at the University of Arizona School of Medicine. From 1990 through 2001, Dr. Pelletier was a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine; was Director of the Stanford Corporate Health Improvement Program (SCHIP); and, Director of the NIH funded Complementary and Alternative Medicine Program at Stanford (CAMPS). From 1974 until joining the Stanford University School of Medicine in 1990, Dr. Pelletier held a dual appointment as an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Medicine and in the Department of Psychiatry, University of California School of Medicine (UCSF) in San Francisco. In addition to his faculty positions, Dr. Pelletier has served as a member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the California Wellness Foundation, Foundation Health Systems (FHS), Health Systems International (HSI), and the Social Venture Network. He was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, studied at the CG Jung Institute in Zurich, Switzerland and has published over 300 professional journal articles in behavioral medicine, disease management, worksite interventions, alternative/integrative medicine, and epigenetics.
At the present time, Dr. Pelletier is a medical and business consultant to the US Department of Health and Human Services, the World Health Organization (WHO), the National Business Group on Health, the Federation of State Medical Boards, and major corporations including Cisco, IBM, American Airlines, Prudential, Dow, Disney, Ford, Mercer, Merck, Pepsico, Ford, Pfizer, Walgreens, NASA, Microsoft ENCARTA, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, United Healthcare, Health Net, the Pasteur Institute of Lille, France, the Alpha Group of Mexico, and the Singapore Ministry of Health. He also serves on the boards of the Rancho la Puerta (Mexico), Nova Institute, Fries Foundation, American Institute of Stress (AIS), American Journal of Health Promotion (AJHP), as a Founding Board Member of the American Board of Integrative Medicine (ABOIM), and as a peer reviewer for the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (JOEM), Annals of Internal Medicine, Health Affairs, and webMD.
Dr. Pelletier is listed in Who’s Who in America and in Who’s Who in the World. His research, clinical practice, and publications have been the subject of numerous national television programs including several appearances on the ABC World News, the Today program, Good Morning America, Dr Oz, the CBS Evening News, 48 Hours, the McNeil-Lehrer Newshour, CNN, FOX News, CBS Sunday Morning, Hour Magazine, the Time/Life video series, the award winning BBC series The Long Search, and the five-part Blue Cross/Blue Shield sponsored PBS series Healthy People, Healthy Business.
Dr. Pelletier is the author of thirteen (14) major books including the international bestseller Mind as Healer, Mind as Slayer (New York: Delacorte and Delta, 1977; Revised in 1992); Holistic Medicine: From Stress to Optimum Health (New York: Delacorte and Delta, 1981; Revised in 1991); Longevity: Fulfilling Our Biological Potential (New York: Delacorte and Delta, 1981); Healthy People in Unhealthy Places; Stress and Fitness at Work (New York: Delacorte, Delta, and Doubleday, 1984); Sound Mind – Sound Body: A New Model for Lifelong Health (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1995); The Best Alternative Medicine: What Works? What Does Not? (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2000); Stress Free for Good: Ten Scientifically Proven Life Skills for Health and Happiness (New York: Harper Collins, 2005); New Medicine: How to Integrate Conventional and Alternative Medicine for the Safest and Most Effective Treatment (London & New York: Penguin – Dorling Kindersley, 2007); and Change Your Genes – Change Your Life: Creating Optimal Health with the New Science of Epigenetics (New and Updated Second Edition, San Francisco: Odyssey Press, 2022).
Dr. Kenneth R. Pelletier’s intent has always been to lead us to discover what more each of us can do to make healthier choices. While the right equation may not be “mind over matter,” it is profoundly true, as Ken likes to say, that our mind matters!
If you have every worried that the genetic hand you have been dealt determines your destiny, worry no more.
The mapping of the human genome was truly one of the greatest scientific undertakings of the past century, detailing with incredible accuracy the blueprint of our species. It also paved the way for the field of epigenetics, which has shown that when it comes to our genes, nurture is inextricably linked with nature. Dr. Pelletier, a true pioneer in mind-body medicine and integrative health research, makes a compelling case for why understanding our own unique genetic make-up can allow us to each make lifestyle and medical choices that can truly alter the trajectory of our lives.
An integrative medicine pioneer shares cutting-edge insights into the power of epigenetics to upgrade the genetic cards of life you have been dealt.
Dr Pelletier unveils how the future of healthcare will be preventable, personalized, predictable, and participatory.
So you think health is all in your genes? Think again. It in your epigenes! Dr. Pelletier is a master translator of this complex science into the simple and useable.
Healthy aging has been my passion for over 40 years. During that time I have always found the pioneering research and writings of my longtime friend Ken Pelletier to be invaluable.
Dr. Pelletier unravels the mystery of your genes and the epigenetic inputs throughout life that continue to program your genes.
Triple occupancy in a Geodesic Dome with views of the jungle
Double occupancy in a Geodesic Dome with views of the jungle
Single occupancy in your own private Jungle Bungalow with beautiful jungle views
Single occupancy in your own private Bali style suite with beautiful jungle views
Single occupancy in your own private, 200-Year-Old Balinese villa with a private deck and stunning views of the jungle and ocean
A completely private campus; available to your retreat group only. Access to a private waterfall, nature paths, incredible flora and fauna, and an ocean view infinity pool. Also included is a dedicated team of 20+ local professionals to coordinate everything for your enjoyment, from touch down to take off.
Private transportation from the International airport to our campus; a private driver and transportation to our campus in Imiloa Mountain.
What’s Not Included
Flights to SJO, Spa Services
You will be immersed in a 22-acre jungle oasis in Dominical, Costa Rica.
This enchanted mountainside jungle venue is ten minutes from the beach and it is the perfect setting to experience deep healing, embraced by nature, yet completely luxurious.
While staying at Imiloa you will enjoy our nature paths, our private waterfall, our salt-water pool, stunning views and delicious and nutritious meals by our five-star vegan chef.
Included in each accommodation is the comfiest mattresses, 850 thread count sheets, storage space and dry rooms as needed, fiber optic internet, daily cleaning service, private en-suite bath, indoor/outdoor design for every accommodation with a focus on nature and being your private refuge, and full service, thrice-filtered private well for drinking water throughout the property.
Bali Village is perched 1200 feet about the Pacific Ocean, on a ridge line of flora, fauna and wildlife every direction you look. These 5 accommodations are 160-200 year old homes imported from Bali. Each with their own en suite bathrooms, the homes bring you back and create a self space for rejuvenation and transformation.
BALI MASTER SUITE
200 Year Old Homes from Bali. Imported from the Java Islands, these homes boast outdoor showers, full kitchen access, surreal vista views to the Pacific, their own salt water plunge pools and hand-carved art that is as old as the houses.
Perched on the edge of the cliff, at the furthest end of the property, sits a 170 year old home from the Java Islands we call Jogolo. Complete with a writer’s desk, outdoor Balinese shower, hand-carved architecture that will transport you to another land and time, Jogolo is teeming with history and comfort. Your cold plunge pool is adjacent to a warm bath, both outdoor. Full kitchen, too.
This two-floor imported home from Bali will have you wishing you’d never leave. Complete with a King Bed and a twin in the corner of the 180 year old home, Potoo has modern luxury with 360 views of the Pacific. On the lower level, a plunge pool and private spa. Potoo also includes many outdoor chairs, hammocks and a full kitchen, too.
Six Jungle Bungalows built on the side of the mountain on the pathway to our very own private waterfall. Bali inspired, the interiors feature natural finishings and a gorgeous exposed shower and bath tub.
Six Buckminster Fuller inspired Geodesic River Domes, among the best made in the world and partially powered by solar energy, sit perched on the edge of our private river with the fresh, flowing water feeding up to the domes. Experience the soothing sounds of relaxing and sleeping next to flowing water. Amazing!
THE HOUSE OF MASTERS
The House of Masters, located in the center of the property, is a 2,000 square foot Balinese structure hanging 100 feet in the Jungle canopy. Adjacent are restrooms and a yoga storage room for mats, blocks and more. The space can be converted for any type of retreat, workshop or dance party.
THE HEART OF IMILOA
A sprawling 3,000 square foot space that is the “Heart of Imiloa,” our social space features loungy, multicultural inspired furnishings, couches, and 5 imported tables from Bali, all under a Polynesian style roof.
Jungle paths connect the 20+ acres at Imiloa, with hand-made stairs and lighting, creating an immersive, easy experience for you and guests.
Beyond the Jungle Bungalows is a path that leads to our own private waterfall. Descend into what feels like an enchanted jungle forest as you bask in the magic and beauty of the surrounding nature.
Imiloa’s world-class spa is a curated, sensual and deeply moving experience. Choose from Ayurvedic massages and practices, to a shamanic masseuse from our team members who are from the Boruca indigenous tribe here in Costa Rica, to more traditional Swedish, relaxation or Thai yoga massages, body wraps and others. A full list of spa offerings and a link to book during your free time will be provided to you before you arrival.
- Schedule your plane to arrive at SJO. In order to access your private plane charter, all guests must be at the Domestic Terminal at SJO San Jose, Costa Rica no later than 3PM on the arrival day.
- Once landed, proceed to customs and instructions will be provided to meet Imiloa concierge.
- Proceed to baggage claim with concierge and proceed to Domestic Terminal (3 minute walk from International Terminal). Please be at the Domesitc Terminal at SJO San Jose, Costa Rica no later than 3PM on your day of arrival.
- Private Imiloa plane will be waiting to fly you to Quepos.
- Private ground transport shuttles will pick you up in Quepos and bring you to Imiloa.
- If you are already in Costa Rica, ground transport may be coordinated from Quepos, Dominical or Uvita as inclusive.
- Please do not plan to drive to Imiloa on your own. It is not permitted.
- If you need to arrive the day before, please stay at the Hampton Inn across from the airport, or plan to be in the San Jose Domestic Terminal for private flight to Imiloa by no later than 3PM (instructions will be emailed).
- You will depart Imiloa at 9AM, and arrive at the landing strip at 9:30AM, with an estimated arrival to SJO airport at 10:30AM. The domestic terminal is a 5-10 minute walk to the international terminal at SJO. Typically, it is suggested to be at the international terminal 2.5 hours prior to your international departure. Please book your departing international flight accordingly, knowing that you will be at the airport at 10:30AM on departure day.
Questions? Email us: email@example.com
TRAVEL INSURANCE and COVID PROCEDURES
- Imiloa has partnered with a comprehensive travel insurance provider that meets the entry requirements for Costa Rica and offers “cancel for any reason” plans to maximize coverage: www.globalrescue.com/imiloa (additional cost)
- COVID tests for entry and exit requirements to your home country can be done on site. We have an on-call physician that can come to the property for testing and results sent in English.
- We follow cleansing and sanitization protocols as per Ministry of Health to ensure a safe environment
- Staff and retreat participants are asked to follow and safety guidelines such as social distancing, washing of hands, and proper mask wearing.
Imiloa is located in the jungle, at the top of a mountain, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Our lush retreat center is located adjacent to the second most biodiverse land on the planet.
Dominical, only 13 minutes away, is a beach town with surfer vibes, great coffee and plenty of shopping. Just north of our municipality is Quepos and to the south, Ojochal and Uvita, which is known as the Whale’s Tail.
Just 45 minutes east sits Costa Rica’s second largest city, San Isidro. Within an hour of Imiloa in all directions, you have access to airports, cafes, beaches, waterfalls, biodiversity and happy people ready to show you the lush, lovely area we call home.
You’ll arrive easily on our private plane, and your group will enjoy unlimited transportation to and from the beach, to and from the airport and throughout your stay with us.