The 2019 Functional Medicine Costa Rica Retreat Schedule

Two Weeks of Functional Medicine, Training, Mindfulness, Nutrition, and Movement in the Jungle of Uvita

Functional Medicine Costa Rica is excited to announce the 2019 Retreat Schedule. The 2019 retreat will go from March 7th until March 21st. There will be five days of Functional Medicine followed by a three day break, and then five days focused on everything S&C. In structured speaker sessions, we will cover to be determined topics and focus most on case study based learning. Yet, more than that, we will lead from the front by living and breathing the fundamentals of nutrition, sleep, movement, and mindfulness 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.

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

– Shunryu Suzuki


Functional Medicine and Nutrition Week with Dr. Bryan Walsh, Dr. Mike T Nelson, and Dr. Ben House

  • March 7th – Afternoon Arrival into SJO through March 13th – Morning Departure from Uvita

Jungle Break

  • March 13th through the 15th

S&C Week with Dr. Pat Davidson, Dr. Mike T Nelson, Dr. Seth Oberst, Dr. Brad Dieter, Dr. Zac Cupples, Lucy Hendricks, Ryan L’Ecuyer, and Dr. Ben House

  • March 15th – Afternoon Arrival into SJO through March 21st – Morning Departure from Uvita

**Check OUT is at 11am on March 13th and 21st.


Flō Retreat Center which sits about three kilometers up the mountains above Uvita, Costa Rica

Flō houses a fully equipped gym with squat racks that stare out into the jungle, a full commercial kitchen, a classroom, as well as accommodations for 20 attendees with expansive views of the Rio Uvita Valley and the Whale’s Tail. Flō sits on 20 acres of pristine rain forest bordered by rivers and six waterfalls on three sides with trails running down to a natural Olympic size pool and a 50 foot waterfall below.

For more information on regarding every pertaining to Flō click HERE.


There will be limited attendee spots available for each of these retreats. Accommodations will all be shared rooms (between 2 to 6 people per room). We will live, eat, learn, and train together.

If you want to come as a couple, the entrance fees will be the same for each person, as we only have so much space on site, but please email me before purchasing, as we only have five private rooms available, and they will not last long (SOLD OUT).


Each retreat is $1850 and the combined price is $3,450

Also, if you come to both events, you stay and eat for free during the three day break!








Registration Includes:

  • Entry into all speaking sessions.
  • An Additional One Year Access to the Beginner’s Mind Mentorship after the event’s completion (3/21/2019-3/21/2020)
  • Lodging
  • Onsite local organic breakfast, lunch, and dinner (there will be a few unstructured lunch or dinners where attendees can go out to eat in smaller groups off site).
  • Coffee, tea, and meditation each morning.

Registration Does Not Include:

  • Airfare to and from Costa Rica – estimate $400-$700 depending on what airport you fly from.
  • Transportation from SJO to and from Uvita. – estimate $55 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.
  • Any fees related to excursions and transportation to excursions.
  • Snacks – if you are snacker bring your go-tos from the States. Only main meals will be provided.


In order to attend either of these retreats you must be currently enrolled in the Beginner’s Mind Mentorship course and this content must be completed prior to March 7th (if you are not Alumni you will need to purchase access to this course).

Application Policy:

In order to attend either of these retreats you must submit an application with the subject line 2019 Costa Rica Retreat Application to [email protected] with the following info:

  • Why you want to attend this event?
  • What are you looking to take back with you from this experience?
  • What scares you most about submitting this application?
  • Where have you traveled inside and outside the United States?
  • What kind of ancestor will you be?

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.






Dr. Bryan Walsh has been studying human physiology and nutrition for over 25 years and has been educating others in health for 20 of those years. When he isn’t teaching, he spends his time pouring over the latest research and synthesizing his findings into practical information for health practitioners to use with their clients. He has lectured to members of the health care industry around the world and consistently receives positive feedback in his seminars and courses. Dr Walsh is best known for his expertise in biochemistry and human physiology and his unparalleled ability to educate on these topics. As such, he has been sought out to consult with multiple companies, academic institutions, and wellness organizations.

Dr. Mike T. Nelson has spent 18 years of his life learning how the human body works, specifically focusing on how to properly condition it to burn fat and become stronger, more flexible, and healthier. He’s has a PhD in Exercise Physiology, a BA in Natural Science, and an MS in Biomechanics. He’s an adjunct professor and a member of the American College of Sports Medicine. He’s been called in to share his techniques with top government agencies. The techniques he’s developed, and the results Mike gets for his clients have been featured in international magazines, in scientific publications, and on websites across the globe.

Dr. Pat Davidson is an exercise physiologist, strength and conditioning coach, author, consultant, and traveling lecturer. Pat started out in the fitness world as an athlete who was looking to find any training and nutrition tool possible to make him the best he could possibly be at sports. This passion for training knowledge ultimately led Pat to pursuing a Master’s in Science in Strength and Conditioning, and a Ph.D in Exercise Physiology. Pat has worked as a Professor of Exercise Science at Springfield College and Brooklyn College, along with being the Director of Continuing Education and Training Methodology at Peak Performance in NYC.

Pat is an admirer of science, observation and description of perceived reality, and the universe. He is a believer in possessing a mind that is playfully curious and adventurous. He believes that opposition provides definition, and that two divergent, contradictory concepts can be simultaneously true. Above and beyond all things, Pat has a passion for learning, and the best way he has found to understand something is to try to teach others about that idea. If you want to know what Pat is trying to understand at any point in life, just listen, because he will probably be trying to explain that thing to you whether it’s at a conference, or over a cup of coffee.

Dr. Seth Oberst currently practices in Atlanta, GA and works with ALL types of patients with a particular interest in chronic pain, trauma, and complex issues. I pride myself on having a wide-ranging body of knowledge to work with difficult cases. Basically, I work with people who are “stuck”. His philosophy is neurocentric – meaning that the nervous system is a main regulator of not only our thoughts and movements, but even our physiology. He is fascinated by the brain and the nervous system and much of his work involves normalizing and optimizing the function of those systems.

Dr. Brad Dieter is a scientist and entrepreneur whose goal is to bring science and industry together to improve human health and well-being through the development of new technologies. Brad is a trained Exercise Physiologist, Molecular Biologist, and Biostatistician. He received his B.A. from Washington State University and a Masters of Science in Biomechanics at the University of Idaho, and  completed his PhD at the University of Idaho. He completed his a post-doctoral fellowship in translational science at Providence Medical Research Center, Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children’s Hospital where he studied how metabolism and inflammation regulate molecular mechanisms disease and is involved in discovering novel therapeutics for diabetic complications. His research career has spanned the translational spectrum utilizing basic science, human trials, and machine learning in large data sets to identify and develop novel therapies and technologies. His long term career goals include leading teams of people to make major inroads in health care through the development of new technology. Brad is also passionate about scientific outreach and bringing science to the public.

Dr. Zac Cupples is a Physical Therapist and Strength Coach who utilizes a multimodal approach to helping individuals reach their goals. He completed his doctoral degree and orthopedic residency at St. Ambrose University. Zac has worked with athletic, general, and industrial populations. His time spent working in the NBA helped develop an approach aimed to mitigate stress and pain via physical therapy, strength and conditioning, nutrition, sleep management, sports science, and education. Zac is currently working both as a traveling Physical Therapist in Susanville, CA, and provides movement consultations, mentoring, and online training via his website,


Lucy Hendricks wears many hats throughout the day. Coach Hendricks is a gym owner, trainer, lead instructor at a accredited personal training school, licensed massage therapist, blogger, and speaker. Lucy is mostly known for her ability to coach someone through the basics and getting immediate results from a movement standpoint. She helps people who have been hindered by movement limitations get back to what they love whether it’s a competitive sport, general strength training, or living life without pain.

Ryan L’Ecuyer has been lifting and researching all aspects relating to training, nutrition, and physical adaptation essentially since conception. His passion lies primarily in hypertrophy/bodybuilding and strength training, but still appreciates the magnitude of variables that affect the body’s ability to adapt to stress. With over 15 years personally in the trenches and 15,000+ hours of coaching experience, Coach L’Ecuyer uses the knowledge gained to continually push the physiological limits of the human organism. In 2014, Ryan achieved professional status as a life-time, drug-free bodybuilder and competes in powerlifting with a 1,537lb PR total. He also enjoys Ska and can still do a kick flip.

Dr. Ben House 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 lifting and 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 puts out at least 300-500 pages of short, medium, and long free content per year and now lives in Costa Rica with his wife Steph and their puppies living the principles he asks others to build into their lives.