So, the rules of the road were already set in the previous two features of this travel series to The Retreat at Altos del Monte Costa Rica just 45 minutes from San José, Costa Rica. The ladies were to leave their bras, spanks, make-up, jewelry and anything more than a pair of tennis shoes and flip flops at home.
For the guys, drop your machismo pretenses and preconceived notions of a “girlie place.” Your visit here will be the first step toward the best, rest of your life.
The focus here is on restorative health and wellness—mind, body and spirit—built around gradually leaning into more natural, clean eating through a primarily vegan/raw vegan diet. And although over the past several years many people have changed their diets to fit more closely to vegetarian, they have no intention of coming here to make any kind of a major dietary lifestyle change, and certainly not raw eating.
But as the saying goes, “When the student is ready, the teacher appears.” The “teacher” that gently tugs all of these elements to center here is Diana Stobo.
Looking at this natural beauty at 5’ 10” tall with long dark hair, a body resembling that of a model, and a radiant face and smile that lights up a room, you would never know that not too long ago she weighed 100 pounds more than she does now. And, ingested a mountain of prescription drugs for a variety of ailments on a daily basis.
One day she looked in the mirror and asked, “Who am I?” This question turned out to be the catalyst for what eventually became not just her life’s work, but her passion: to inspire others to take control of their bodies by changing their minds about the food they eat, which would in turn brings optimum health to our minds and spirit.
Today, Diana, at age 50, is an internationally renowned health and wellness expert and speaker, a culinary artist, a raw foods advocate, an award-winning author. And now owner-operator of The Retreat at Altos del Monte.
“At the retreat we show people how weight and size are not just about exercise, but primarily about what you put in your body,” she explains. “People have come here with all kinds of mental, physical, and dietary issues and experienced profound transformations, whether or not they adopted a vegan or raw vegan lifestyle. Our goal is to teach people how they think about food, life and nurturing themselves, despite our everyday stresses, and how they can live simply with elegance and grace. There is no better place to experience this than in Costa Rica which embodies living a “Pura Vida” (pure life) lifestyle.”
Guests at the Retreat typically stay for three, five, seven or 10 days, experiencing a short relaxation with a desire to stay longer, an extended time to “get into the groove,” noticing a shift taking place, and a deep desire to fully integrate these lifestyle practices home, respectively. According to Diana, “Everything here is perfectly imperfect, allowing whatever comes about to be deeply personal for one’s own self-care.”
Ready your stomachs! In Part 4 your mind will be blown by the amazing culinary delights created at The Retreat at Altos del Monte Costa Rica.
Be sure to read the entire feature series:
Part 1 The Retreat at Altos del Monte in Costa Rica
Part 2 Welcome to Heaven
Part 3 Restorative Health And Wellness—Mind, Body and Spirit
Part 4 Nurture Your Body through Nature