The Beginner's Mind Health Retreat

Five Nights and Four Days of Functional Medicine, Mindfulness, Nutrition, and Movement in the Jungle of Uvita

Functional Medicine Costa Rica is excited to announce the 2017 Spring Beginner’s Mind Health Retreat. This retreat will be April 1st through the 6th in the mountains above Uvita and will be a continuation of the 2016 Fall retreat. It will be five nights and four days instead of two. We will progress even further along the fundamental continuum of nutrition, sleep, movement, and mindfulness knowledge by living and breathing these principles together in the Jungle. We will also work to master the art of utilizing this knowledge to create a personalized, cohesive, actionable plan for our clients. We will learn through structured speaker sessions and through direct experience.

In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, in the expert’s mind there are few.”

– Shunryu Suzuki


The evening of April 1st until the morning of April 6th.

Check in is at 3pm on April 1st. It is recommend to that you get to the venue before dark. As things get closer there will be shuttle times available from the San Jose airport. The venue is about a 3.5 hour drive from the San Jose airport and 5.5 hours from the Liberia airport. The most relaxed way to travel would be to break it up and fly into San Jose on Friday and then stay somewhere on the way to Uvita on Friday night. However, if you get an early morning flight you should be able to arrive in Uvita by 5 or 6pm that same day.

Check out is at 11am on April 6th. We will have planned activities through the evening of April 5th and your stay is covered the night of the 5th. You will be able to make an afternoon flight on the 6th out of San Jose easily.

There will be an optional meditation workshop following the retreat from April 6th through the 8th, for more information on this click here.


Villa Mareas just north of Uvita, Costa Rica

The Estate is 18,000 square feet and sits on 36 acres of pristine rainforest and offers trails to waterfalls and expansive views of the Pacific Ocean and features a spa, yoga platform, one bar, large open dining areas, a 1,700 square feet infinity-edge swimming pool, and many terraces.The property is also surrounded by 400 acres of dedicated wild life sanctuary home to several troops of monkeys and exotic birds.

For more information on getting to Uvita click here.


There are three different on-site room options given the venue, which are detailed below. If or when these sell out, off-site options will be made available. Any previous attendee will tell you that you will hardly spend any time in your room. And this is Costa Rica so the majority of your time will very likely be spent outdoors or lounging in the open air common areas.

King Bed – $2700 (Couple Option $3,550) – Sold Out!

  • Private Suite
  • Full Bath
  • Wireless Internet
  • A/C
  • Access to Infinity Pool, Kitchen, Common Area

Queen Bed – $2250 – Sold Out!

  • Full Bath
  • Wireless Internet
  • A/C
  • Access to Infinity Pool, Kitchen, Common Area
  • Shared room with one other attendee

Twin Bed – $1800 – Sold Out!

  • Full Bath
  • Wireless Internet
  • A/C
  • Access to Infinity Pool, Kitchen, Common Area
  • Shared rooms with anywhere from 2 to 5 attendees.








The retreat registration includes:

  • Entry into all speaking sessions.
  • Video recordings of these sessions available for a duration of 1 year after the retreat.
  • Video recordings of Day 1 of the Fall, 2016 Retreat available for a duration of 1 year after the retreat – entry will be granted 90 days prior to the start of the Spring, 2017 retreat. Access to this content will allow you to get up to speed for 2017.
  • Lodging April 1st through check out at 11am on April 6th.
  • Four onsite local organic dinners and lunches (there will be one unstructured dinner where attendees can go out to eat or cook and eat in smaller groups on site or off). A selection of fruit will also be available each morning for breakfast.
  • Coffee, tea, and meditation each morning.
  • Local transportation while you are on-site.
  • All activity expenses.

The retreat registration does not include:

  • Airfare to and from Costa Rica – estimate $400-$600
  • Transportation from SJO to and from Uvita. – estimate $50 dollars each way
  • A personal rental car – you may elect to rent a vehicle but it will not be necessary – if you do make sure it is a 4x4.
  • Snacks – if you are snacker bring your go-tos from the States. Only main meals will be provided.

Refund and Exchange Policy:

  • A 50% refund may be issued up to 90 days before the retreat.
  • An exchange to another attendee may be made up to 90 days from the retreat.
  • After 90 days, no exchanges or refunds are possible.




Patrick Estes FAFS, USAW, CSCS, GOS, ACE, FRC, FSTT is former college lacrosse player and collegiate strength coach. Estes has always had a passion for athletics and helping others reach their potential. Coach Estes has had the privilege to work under amazing coaches, such as Todd Wright and Logan Schwartz with the University of Texas Men’s Basketball Team. This led him to study Applied Functional Science at the Gray Institute, under world-renowned physical therapists Gary Gray and Dave Tiberio. Coach Estes has been a head strength coach at the college level, working with both women and men’s teams in basketball, football, ski, tennis, volleyball, swimming, and lacrosse. He has worked with high school, college, NBA, MLL, NFL and Olympic athletes. He is currently coaching athletes in Austin, TX.

Logan Schwartz, MS, CSCS, GIFT has dedicated his life to helping athletes achieve their goals through the use of Applied Functional Science.  He has positioned himself to learn from and work along side of the best coaches, personal trainers, physical therapists, and athletic trainers in the field of prevention and performance.  Recently, Logan was the Assistant Basketball Strength Coach for The University of Texas at Austin and also is a consultant for Train 4 The Game, Inc., which is one of the elite performance facilities in the nation, and for YourTrainer.

Logan’s passions include helping individuals restore and discover vitality while utilizing the principles of Applied Functional Science in which he has extensively studied through his affiliation with the Gray Institute for Functional Transformation. Additionally, Logan enjoys teaching and mentoring other professionals in the field of Human Health and Performance. He has spoken at many undergraduate and graduate level classes as well as presented at the 9th Annual Sanford Strength and Conditioning Clinic (Sioux Fall, SD) in April 2010 where he was the featured speaker.

Sachin Patel, DC, CFMP true passions are Functional Medicine and Lifestyle Medicine. Dr. Patel uses Functional Medicine as a platform to transform the lives of his patients in the Cincinnati and Toronto area. He also serves as an author, speaker, health educator and corporate health consultant to organizations around the world. Dr. Patel is highly recognized by both large corporations and within his community as a “rare breed”.

Dr. Patel is also a proud father, husband, environmental advocate, author and foodie!  His passion is to help people achieve greatness through health, because health is the vehicle that allows one to serve their family and their community.

Dr. Patel founded The Living Proof Institute as a platform to showcase the benefits of functional medicine combined with lifestyle interventions.  His philosophy is that “nothing can fix your body better than it can fix itself”.  He employs his expertise as a functional medicine provider and empowers his patients to make lifestyle changes to produce long term results.

Pat Davidson, PhD, is currently training clients and mentoring coaches in New York City. Davidson has worked as a professor of Exercise Science at Brooklyn College and Springfield College. Coach Davidson has coached the athletes from Springfield College Team Ironsports and qualified and competed himself in two world championships at the Arnold Classic. He has competed in submission wrestling at the highest level in the North American Grappling Association and has fought professionally in Mixed Martial Arts. Pat is also an author, teacher, and phenomenal scientist. He is constantly searching for ways to train athletes more effectively, as well as how to educate other coaches on these principles.

Aaron DavisThe Wizard – CSCS, USAW LI SPC, USAW LII SPC, CFL1 is a Sports Performance Coach with well over 10 years experience coaching athletes and teams at the collegiate and professional ranks. Now utilizing the Omegawave technology, Spirotiger, and MOXY Davis firmly believes health and performance go hand in hand. He is a relentless student of sports performance, studying under Olympic sprint coaches Dan Pfaff and Stuart McMillan, as well as endurance specialist Damon Martin. Davis coaches athletes in the Austin, Texas area as well as international and US athletes remotely.

Ben House, PhD, CFMP, CN, FDN, fNMT, NCSF, USAW LI SPC has worked as a Strength and Conditioning Coach and Nutritionist since 2006. House was accepted to medical school without an undergraduate degree, but elected to finish his degree and pursue a career in the health and fitness sector. He is currently practicing functional medicine after finishing his PhD and a multi-year metabolic health study within the Nutritional Sciences Department at UT-Austin. House has numerous publications in peer reviewed scientific journals such as The International Journal of Obesity, has presented his work at multiple international conferences, and his passion is researching, writing, and teaching. House now lives in Costa Rica with his wife Steph and their puppies living the principles he asks others to build into their lives.