Wholeness Destination Wellness Retreats

Wholeness Destination Wellness Retreats

jungle path sign at the ketamine retreat center

Wholeness is now offering both local and destination wellness retreats.  Our retreats are designed to take your healing and spiritual journey to a new level.  They include complete immersion into a whole body, mind and spirit experience that is designed to deepen your level of lasting healing. All of our retreats offer optional ketamine journeys. Changing the mental health paradigm is the mission of Wholeness. This immersive retreat is designed to accelerate health progress, help you discover your purpose and set you on a path to greater self-discovery.

Questions if this retreat is for you? Set up a free 15 min call with Dr. Mary Rondeau

Who would benefit from this transformative week?

Individuals who are:

  • looking for a mind, body and spirit healing transformation
  • interested in traveling and self-improvement
  • looking for a unique experience that will be a catalyst for self-growth
  • exhausted and looking to make a change in your health and life
  • going through a life change (for example: a divorce, death of a loved one, a big move or other big life change)
  • struggling to make a change at home and need an immersive experience to kick start the healing journey
  • looking for community and connection and love to travel
  • curious about in using psychedelic or ketamine medicines to transform health
  • struggling with sadness or lack of purpose
  • experiencing burnout, lacking clarity, or feeling stuck

Individuals who have attended similar retreats hosted by one or more Wholeness facilitators:

  • Individuals that are looking for personal growth
  • Healthcare providers who are tired or experiencing burnout
  • Parents who have struggled through the pandemic with juggling additional demands of children, balancing work and less time for self-care
  • Peak performers that are looking for mental clarity in an inclusive and accepting group
  • Individuals who are recently divorced or experienced a loss of a loved one
  • Individuals that are single and feel lonely, a lack of community and are looking to connect with other like-minded adults
  • Couples who are looking for a personal growth trip together
  • Individuals that do not want to travel alone and would like an organized trip that includes some wellness support and opportunities to explore Costa Rica

Unsure if this retreat is for you? These are some recent attendees at Dr. Mary Rondeau’s last wellness retreat

Susie- 42 year old business woman who was recently divorced and recently moved to a new area

Claire- 46 year old therapist who is experiencing burnout from clinical practice

Jason- 38 year old hockey player that working on his mental game and deepening in meditation

Nicole and Hayden- 50’s women, who are friends wanting to travel together and interested in natural healing

Still unsure?

Grow Towards Wellness and living your best life

What might a week by the beach spent reconnecting with yourself, engaging in community, focusing on play, reflection, and creativity, allow for you and, with the option of journeying with ketamine?

Where do you want to be in the next phase of your life?

What limiting beliefs might be holding you back?

What matters most to you?

What would it feel like to reignite your purpose and passion?

During the Wholeness wellness retreat, you will be guided by expert facilitators from Wholeness to reconnect with yourself and your purpose.

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ketamine retreat center garden
yoga on a rock at sunset
swimming in the ocean

What is included in this transformative retreat:

7-nights of accommodation

Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily with local, fresh Costa Rican cuisine

Ground transportation from and to Liberia Airport to the retreat center

A group excursion adventure (TBD)

Nutrition workshop

Stress management workshop

Yoga classes daily

Meditation and Breathwork

Group processing and group reflections

A team of highly-trained Wholeness providers including psychiatric nurse practitioner, naturopathic doctors and ketamine-trained psychotherapists and psychotherapists.

Are you interested in ketamine assisted psychotherapy? During this retreat you will have the opportunity to explore up to 3 ketamine sessions and have up to 6 hours of integration work with highly trained ketamine assisted psychotherapists. This is an optional add on and is not required to participate in the retreat. To add this experience to your retreat select the add on for ketamine sessions at check out.

Why is there an add-on for ketamine-assisted journeys?

Psychedelics and ketamine therapy have been gaining popularity in recent years. Wholeness Center is one of the leading centers offering these therapies. This retreat will give you the option to experience these therapies in a safe environment with highly trained facilitators if you choose. The choice is completely up to you. To participate in this offering at the retreat, a ketamine clearance is required before the retreat begins. This visit can be done virtually or in person at Wholeness Center prior to leaving for Costa Rica. The ketamine clearance visit is included in the price to add on ketamine journeys to your package.

Where will you be staying?

Peace Retreat is in the town of Playa Negra, along the stunning Pacific Gold Coast in the Province of Guanacaste, Costa Rica. It’s an intimate, boutique-style retreat center just an hours drive from Liberia International Airport. For more information on the retreat center

What is not included in price?

Airfare Round trip to Liberia International Airport (LIR)

Optional additions that can be added in Costa Rica (offered a la carte upon arrival, not included with trip price)

  •  Horseback Riding Adventure
  • Spa Services
  • Surfing Lessons
  • Jungle tour and/or ziplining
  • Alcoholic Beverages Are Available for Purchase at Peace Retreat’s Cash Bar

Questions if this retreat is for you? Set up a free 15 min call with Dr. Mary Rondeau

What will the days be like?

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A perfect balance of you-time and group-time

Each day of the Wholeness wellness retreat will provide opportunities for self-discovery, meditation, integration therapy, yoga, swimming, relaxing, reading, taking a workshop or class, reflecting, enjoying alone time and community time. We will eat delicious meals together at Peace Retreat by the pool, listening to the sounds of howler monkeys and other signs of nature. Each day your expert facilitators will offer one or more classes, optional add on integrations/ketamine-assisted journeys, or workshops focused on wellness, creativity, integrating new knowledge, and personal growth. All classes are optional – you get to pick and choose what serves you!

Classes will address topics such as:

  • Mindset Shifting
  • Nutrition
  • Stress Management
  • Mental/Emotional Health
  • Movement
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Discover
  • Physical Health
  • Transformation

Expert Pre-Trip Preparation

Group Teleconference for Logistics and Q & A

Tentative flow for the week

We have been receiving many inquiries about what a week in paradise may look like. Listed below is a tentative flow for the week. You have options to attend every session or none at all. Restore how you feel you need to restore. Keep in mind that some details may change; we will update the group daily at the retreat center. Three meals are included daily.


  • Welcome and travel from airport to Peace Retreat
  • Dinner and opening ceremony


  • Start the day off with Yoga followed by breakfast
  • First session of the week
    • This session will be focused on intention setting and prepping for the transformative week ahead
  • Options for activities including the first of three optional opportunities for ketamine assisted psychotherapy group sessions. The second offering will be a group class that will help you reflect internally on how you hold stress, where and how to release it
  • Sunset walking or breath work on the beautiful beach


  • Start the day off with Yoga followed by breakfast
  • Second session of the week. This session will be an exploratory session focused on the work done the previous day
  • Excursion opportunity to explore the local area
    • Options for the excursions will be discussed on opening night
  • Afternoon session will be focused on nourishment of your body, mind and spirit through nutrition
  • Evening will finish off with sunset walking, sun gazing or breath work on beach


  • Start the day off with Yoga followed by breakfast
  • Fourth session of the week which will focus on stress and the body.
    • We will take a deep dive on helping you understand your individual stress response tendencies and how to healthfully create new strategies.
  • Second opportunity to experience ketamine assisted psychotherapy optional. The second offering will be a group session that focuses on deep seated dis-ease within the body, how to recognize this and release it.
  • Afternoon will have time for integration of the morning experiences, walking and sun-gazing on the beach


  • Start the day off with Yoga followed by breakfast
  • Group excursion activity
    • One excursion is included in your retreat and may be an option of waterfall hike, paddleboarding in the mangroves or surf lesson. If you prefer to stay at the retreat center a variety of spa treatments are available to book
  • Third opportunity for a ketamine assisted psychotherapy group session optional the second offering is a traditional sweat lodge that will be hosted by a local shaman
  • Traditional cacao ceremony


  • Start the day off with Yoga followed by breakfast and followed by our group excursion activity
  • Group excursion activity
    • One excursion is included in your retreat and may be an option of waterfall hike, paddleboarding in the mangroves or surf lesson. If you prefer to stay at the retreat center a variety of spa treatments are available to book.
  • The afternoon session will be focused on how to optimize your physical body, sleep cycles and physiology
  • Sunset walking, sun gazing or breath work on beach


  • Start the day off with Yoga followed by breakfast
  • Last opportunity to schedule an excursion or spa services
  • Afternoon session will be focused on implementing your wellness plan and how to put everything you have learned together
  • Closing ceremony


  • Today we will start our travel day with grounding yoga and one last breakfast together before we leave for the airport
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Practitioner Bios

Dr. Mary Rondeau

Dr. Mary Rondeau

Dr. Mary Rondeau, ND, RH(AHG) is a registered naturopathic doctor, functional medicine specialist and registered herbalist. She co-founded Wholeness Center.  She is passionate about empowering individuals through self-care, self-understanding and learning how to support body, mind and spirit to relieve chronic and mental illness. Dr. Mary specializes in functional medicine for mental health disorders. Dr. Mary’s middle name is adventure; she’s found that what follows adventure is growth.  Personal growth to overcome challenges, to face fears, to prove to oneself that you can do anything you put energy into.  Dr. Mary is excited to share this knowledge in the form of self-care, self-exploration, and community with like-minded individuals in a retreat setting.  Dr. Mary is passionate about nutrition, lifestyle changes and helping patients implement change in an easy to approach way.  Dr. Mary loves to travel and Costa Rica stole her heart. In her spare time, she plans upcoming travel with her two kids and husband, Steve and she loves taking in all that Colorado has to offer.  She is a foodie at heart and will often be found in the kitchen creating new recipes and cooking with her children.

Dr. Matthew Brennecke

Dr. Matthew Brennecke

Dr. Matthew Brennecke is a Naturopathic Doctor in the state of Colorado. He grew up in the suburbs of Seattle, WA, where up until about the age of 5, his life consisted of primarily three things: baseball, Big Wheel, and grilled cheese. When his baseball and Big Wheel aspirations didn’t pan out, he decided to consider other options, such as breakdancing, but first, he had to do some soul searching in many different parts of the country. Regretfully, rhythm has always evaded his grasp, but he has lived all over the place, including Washington, Virginia, Florida, Louisiana, New York, Arizona, and finally, Colorado, where he found his love of the outdoors.  He graduated from Colorado State University with a major in Social Work.  He then moved out east to New York City, where he attended Columbia University earning a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work, working primarily with severe and persistent mental illness.  After seeing pharmaceutical medication given out like candy, he wondered if there were alternatives and found naturopathic medicine and knew that was the road he wanted to travel.

Dr. Matthew earned a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences (SCNM) in Tempe, AZ, where he was trained as a primary care physician.  He learned that while medicine can treat disease, it’s the doctor who can treat the patient. While Arizona was a great learning experience for him, he longed to return to the Rocky Mountains, where the contour lines are much closer together on a topographic map, to make his permanent home.

While not practicing medicine, Dr. Matthew can usually be found walking around town or in the mountains hiking, camping, and exploring with his two dogs, Jaxson and Georgie.  He has a genuine fondness of inappropriate jokes and has also upgraded his now occasional grilled cheese to include both gruyere and smoked gouda.

Dr. Suzanne Blaising

Dr. Suzanne Blaising

Dr. Suzanne Blaising is a psychotherapist with over 20 years of experience in the the healing profession. She specializes in relationships, attachment wounds, grief, trauma, depression and anxiety. Suzanne holds a PhD in Clinical Social Work.

She has received numerous comprehensive trainings in psychedelic-assisted therapy, including a certificate from the Psychedelic Training and Research Institute (PRATI), a certification of completion for the MAPS MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy training for PTSD and certification in EMDR therapy.  Her work as a psychedelic-assisted psychotherapist is dedicated to healing wounds and enhancing connection, to self, other, community, and the world.

Suzanne, a life-long Chicagoan, recently moved to Colorado to pursue her passion of healing. Over the last 20 plus years practicing psychoanalytic psychotherapy, she became increasingly disillusioned with current treatments for mental health. After years of research and training she made the move to Colorado to join Wholeness where she has found a community of compassionate professionals dedicated to not just managing symptoms but true healing.

Suzanne is happiest laughing, hiking, running, perusing art galleries, taking pictures of street art and creating her own art.

Steven Forstner

Steven Forstner

Psychedelic assisted retreats complimented with holistic practices have been the source of some of the most transformative experiences in my personal growth, and I’m excited to share this passion and offer support as you move through a week of revelatory and nourishing activities. As a contemplative psychotherapist, I have found great value in drawing from and synthesizing aspects of eastern philosophy and western psychotherapeutic modalities. I hold the view that we all have access to an inner source of inexhaustible clarity, wisdom, and compassion; and have found ketamine to be an effective medicine for quickly allowing us to drop into this space to receive insights and healing. I’d love to hear about any contemplative practices that you find resourcing, and will be offering daily breathwork practices and/or meditations on the beach for those who are interested!

Shannon Darling

Shannon Darling

Hi! I’m Shannon Darling. I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at Wholeness Center. I have additional certifications in Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP), integrative psychiatry, and I specialize in group work with ketamine. I’m an integrative practitioner that is passionate about treating each person in body, mind, and spirit. In my personal life, I’m a mother of two that loves outdoor adventures!

Frequently Asked Questions

Please contact us if you cannot find an answer to your question.

Yes! Wholeness Center is one of the leading centers in the United States developing and teaching protocols for ketamine assisted psychotherapy and is one of only 13 sites in the world that is a phase III clinical trial site for MDMA assisted psychotherapy for severe PTSD.  Changing the mental health paradigm is the mission of Wholeness.  For more information please see our KAP page https://www.wholeness.com/ketamine-treatment-and-ketamine-assisted-psychotherapy-kap/

This retreat is for all adults who are interested in personal growth, reflection, fun, and self-care. It is for adults of all genders. It’s for people who are married, divorced, single, or who have any sort of relationship status. It’s for people who want to go on this retreat alone, or with their spouse/partner, or with a friend or two or three! Join us! It’s going to be a wonderful group!

We will be staying at Peace Retreat in the town of Playa Negra, Costa Rica. Peace Retreat is owned and operated by two Canadians living in Costa Rica who are inspired every day by nature’s beauty, simplicity and harmony.  We’ll be staying near the beach but in the jungle, with howler monkeys as neighbors, in the quiet town of Los Pargos, Playa Negra, situated along the stunning Pacific Gold Coast in the Province of Guanacaste. It’s a tranquil environment infused with the generous local Costa Rican ‘Pura Vida’ spirit. Surrounded by nature and a 15-minute walk to the ocean, it’s the ideal location to de-stress, reset, feel part of a local community, discover something new, make new friends, and reconnect with what matters most to you.

The magic of Peace Retreat is surprisingly easy to get to. We are only an hour from Liberia International Airport and ground transportation from LIR is included in your trip cost. Flights for the retreat should land on November 12, 2022 and fly back to home November 19, 2022.

You can learn about recommended vaccines/shots for travel to Costa Rica here:


See https://cr.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/ for more information on COVID entry requirements.

We will be updating all of our retreat participants with current and helpful Covid-related travel information closer to our retreat dates. Don’t worry, we’ll let you know exactly what you need to do before, during, and after our trip. And you can always contact us with any questions ahead of time. In addition, be sure your passport is up to date. Your passport must not expire within 90 days of entry to Costa Rica.

Yes. All participants will have a health screen that is done prior to leaving for Costa Rica.  And as we get closer to our travel dates in 2022, we will send up-to-date information to every participant, including details such as current Covid-19 information, details for what to do when you arrive at the airport, and what to pack. If you have any questions in the meantime, don’t hesitate to contact us! This retreat is going to be INCREDIBLE and we hope you’ll decide to join us before it sells out!