I know you’re trying.

To get healthy. Eat right. Balance your hormones. Trust your instincts. Be a better woman/mother /daughter/partner/friend. You probably have a blank notebook ready to start a gratitude journal and a stack of magazines waiting for your vision board.

I know you’re tired.

Because there’s so much you should be doing – for both your mental, physical and hormonal health. But your schedule is already overflowing and your energy can only stretch so far.

I know you want to.

Be happier. Feel stronger. Healthier. In balance and in control.

I also know one more thing…you need a break.

Somewhere that you can dedicate time to yourself and your health. Hit the reset button and start fresh. Kickstart a healthier lifestyle, plant the seeds of better habits, and reconnect with what is important to you. Preferably with a dash of adventure, luscious green surroundings and the support of women who crave the same feelings of freedom and health that you do.


Nourish Play Serve is the ultimate women’s wellness retreat. Join us for a week-long adventure in Costa Rica to immerse yourself in stunning natural surroundings and change your perspective – on your body, your health, and your femininity.

You will leave this retreat feeling lighter, more hormonally balanced, with a deeper connection to your body and a greater sense of clarity through all aspects of your life. Imagine:

  • Hiking to jaw-dropping waterfalls
  • Zip-lining through the jungle like an Amazonian warrior
  • Eating delicious, organic, nourishing food
  • Waking up to the sounds of nature
  • Starting your day with gentle and mentally awakening yoga
  • Sharing honest & supportive girl talk around a blazing bonfire on the beach
  • Connecting with the local community through a meaningful service project

And who will be your health-savvy retreat guides?


Malissa Schwartz

Malissa Schwartz is the founder of Nourish and Balance and a health coach with a special interest in detox and cleansing. She is passionate about uncovering ways to reset your system and make nutritious eating easier, energizing and a lot of fun.

Using her past experience in event planning and hospitality she now organizes & leads wellness retreats across the USA and beyond. A green juice drinker and travel & nutrition junkie, Malissa wants to show the world how nutrition plays a crucial role in how we feel, think, move, and live. Then, by educating and inspiring each participant how to incorporate self-care into their everyday, they are able to reap the benefits of their experience long after they walk out the door. She believes that life should be full of playfulness, laughter, and love, which are the cornerstones of all her retreats.


Nicole Jardim

Nicole Jardim is a Young Women’s Hormonal Health Coach and creator of Fix Your Period, a series of programs that empower women to reclaim their hormonal health in a fun and sassy way. She runs a successful 1-on-1 and group coaching business and has helped thousands of women from all around the world who are struggling with PCOS, infertility, amenorrhea, PMS and much more.

Rather than treating problems or symptoms, Nicole treats women by addressing the root cause of what’s really going on in their bodies and minds. She passionately believes that the fundamentals to healing any hormonal imbalance lie in an approach that addresses the unique physiology of every woman. This is essential to reclaiming and maintaining feminine vitality at any age.

A personal note
from us...

We are two long-time friends who share a love for travel, nutrition, and connecting with other fabulous women like yourself in a real and relatable way. We also happen to be health coaches with specialties in detox, weight loss, and female hormonal health. Our goal is to help you bring ease and flow into your busy life (like we have in our own!).

It’s so important (more than you can imagine) to take time for self-care and to connect with other women. And we’re here to support you on your health journey and have tons of fun while doing it!

Oh, and we like to laugh… a lot… which means you will too!


You’ll be joining us in a magical little spot tucked into the Costa Rican jungle, yet close to several undisturbed beaches and just outside a quaint, sleepy fishing village. We will be miles away from the noisier cities and tourist-driven areas which keeps our essence intact so that you can be yourself without distractions.

Located in one of five Blue Zones in the world (which are places in the world where people live longer and healthier than anywhere else on earth), Hacienda Del Sol is a boutique Costa Rican Wellness Retreat Center. Only a short distance from the beach and surrounded by jungle, it’s the perfect departure from the stresses of the modern world. From the moment you arrive you can truly feel vibrant and healing energy.

The province of Guanacaste has gained a name for itself as a tropical paradise with a pristine shoreline and beautiful mountain ranges. Visitors are drawn to the long summer days, active culture and unparalleled wildlife.

Lodging and Prices

While on retreat, choose from shared or private bungalows, each complete with mosquito netting, fans, hammocks, and private decks. With a calm aura, dramatic jungle views, and access to beautiful gardens, the accommodations are truly inspiring. Prices include meals and all amenities listed above.


Pura Room – 1 king bed

Bungalow includes: One (1) King Bed, garden view, mosquito netting, ceiling fan, private deck and hammock, eco-friendly amenities including biodegradable shampoos and conditioners and daily housekeeping service.


Tierra Room – 1 double bed

Bungalow includes: One (1) Double Bed, garden view, mosquito netting, ceiling fan, private deck and hammock, eco-friendly amenities including biodegradable shampoos and conditioners and daily housekeeping service.


Brisa Shared Bungalow – 2 twin beds

Bungalow includes: Two (2) Twin Beds, garden view, mosquito netting, ceiling fan, private deck and hammock, eco-friendly amenities including biodegradable shampoos and conditioners and daily housekeeping service.

**Note: Price reflects value per person. Prices do not include airfare, additional excursions (except the excursion listed above) or spa treatments.


Wake up with lemon water and a nourishing green juice or smoothie
7:30 – 9:00 am: 90 minute Yoga Flow
9:00 am: Breakfast
10:00 am: Group Circle and Workshop

12:00 pm: Lunch
1:00 pm: Spa, Pool and Relaxation Time
3:30 pm: Afternoon Juice, Smoothie or fresh Coconut Water
4:00 pm: Outdoor activity: Hike to the beach/ Jungle hike/ Adventure
6:30pm: Dinner
7:30pm: Evening meditation, group circle



When booking your flight, it’s best to arrive on Saturday November 14th in the morning or afternoon. The retreat officially ends after breakfast on Saturday November 21st, so feel free to schedule your departure flight anytime that afternoon, unless you plan to stay longer in Costa Rica. Hacienda does not offer a shuttle service but we are happy to help you arrange a taxi and shared taxis.

The closest airport to Hacienda del Sol is Liberia International Airport (LIR), which is a 2 hour scenic drive away. San Jose is another option, however it is farther away (4-5 hours). Please contact us with any travel questions as we are happy to help.

To travel to Costa Rica from the US and Canada you will need a valid passport (please inquire if you are traveling from outside the US or Canada).


When you click any “Sign Up” button you will have the option to pay a $500 deposit to reserve your space. The remaining balance can be paid in one or two installments and must be paid by October 15th. We recommend booking early to secure your space and desired room.

Malissa will contact you via email within 48 hours to confirm your reservation and accommodation and set up your remaining payments. If you would prefer to pay in full email Malissa at info@nourishandbalance.com and she will set you up! Please email us with any questions and the best contact number to reach you.


If you need to cancel, you can get a refund minus your $500 deposit until August 30th 2015. Unfortunately we cannot honor refunds after August 30th. You also have the option to transfer your deposit or your reservation to another person as long as you email us at info@nourishandbalance.com in advance. Or, if we are able to fill your space from a waitlist, your fees (less your deposit) will be refunded to you. If the hosts have to cancel the retreat for any reason, we will refund all payments you’ve made including your deposit.


I have dietary restrictions and/or allergies. Can you accommodate me?

Yes, we’d be happy to do our best! The program is specifically designed with many options but all with health and rejuvenation in mind. Please send us a note to info@nourishandbalance.com with any questions or to let us know about any specific concerns.

If I book a single in a shared room (two twin beds), will a roommate be assigned to me?

Yes, we’d be happy to pair you up with a roommate, unless you request to be booked with a friend you are traveling with, just let us know.

Can I bring my significant other?

As we are specialists in women’s health this retreat is for the ladies only – and as the whole retreat center is ours for this week, only retreat guests can stay at the accommodation. So bring your sister or best gal, but sorry, fellas can have some guy time at home.

Is my flight included in the retreat price?

No, flights are on your own. Please feel free to email us at info@nourishandbalance.com if you have any travel questions.

Do I need to be physically fit to attend this retreat?

Not at all – this is not a fitness retreat! We are focused on nourishing and balancing the body and hormones. However, it is also an adventure retreat and a part of that is exploring nature, hiking, yoga, and just being in rugged Costa Rica. This means that your body will move, but we see that as essential to overall wellness. Plus it’s going to be fun – trust us! If you are concerned, just email us at info@nourishandbalance.com.

Is there a spa at the retreat center?

Spa services are offered at Hacienda Del Sol and we’ve found them to be some of the best practitioners and healers we’ve ever experienced (and we are no strangers to spa treatments!). It’s an additional charge, but we highly encourage and recommend treating yourself. It will be well worth your time (the rebalancing and thai herbal ball are phenomenal). For a full list of services please visit their website: http://haciendadelsolcr.com/spa/

Is there Internet access?

If you are traveling with a laptop, yes, free Wi-Fi access is offered at Hacienda Del Sol, in the common areas but not in the rooms.

Is the water safe?

Yes, the water at Hacienda Del Sol and most spots in the area is safe.

Will we see wildlife?

Wildlife is very unpredictable; you never know which dwellers we will encounter! Hacienda del Sol is nestled into the natural world, renting space amongst the wildlife as visitors in the animal kingdom. Though we cannot guarantee that you will be seeing all of the animals found around the area, you will surely come across some interesting species during your stay. Some will be cute & Instagram-worthy, and some will be of the creepy crawly variety. While you might see spiders and even a scorpion, they are non-venomous and probably just as scared of you! We will keep you as safe as possible, but you will need to pack some tolerance along with your toothbrush.

What is the temperature/ weather like?

At Hacienda Del Sol, and in the Guanacaste area in general, expect warm, breezy days, with highs of 82 – 92 degrees, lows 75 – 85. Because of afternoon clouds in November, temperatures could be cooler with highs in the 70s. Although Costa Rica is considered to have a stable climate, it is important to note that different temperature and weather conditions may be experienced within the same day, or within short distances, due mostly to the rugged terrain of this mountainous country.

What airport should I fly into for the retreat?

The closest airport to Hacienda del Sol is Liberia International Airport (LIR), which is a 2 hour scenic drive away.

What is the cost for transportation from the Liberia airport?

If you are traveling alone, the shuttle from Liberia to Hacienda Del Sol is $120-$130. If you share the shuttle with one other person, the cost is $65 – $70 per person. If you share with three or more people, the cost is $65 per person.

Can you help book my taxi for me?

Yes, we can. While the cost of transportation is not included in the retreat price, we are very happy to book the taxi for you and to organize it so that you can share the taxi with others coming to the retreat (given they are arriving in the same time frame). After you have booked your flight to Liberia, please send your flight time of arrival and your flight number to info@nourishandbalance.com.

For any questions regarding this retreat, please do not hesitate to contact us at info@nourishandbalance.com, we’re happy to help!