Immerse yourself in the lush rainforest of Costa Rica. Daishizen, a retreat center that keeps alive ancient wisdom to help us reconnect with one’s true self.

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Disconnect from the stresses of daily life and reconnect with yourself

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Daishizen retreat center

Nestled in the heart of Costa Rica’s rainforest, it’s the perfect place to connect with nature and have a transformative journey. Join us to discover our exceptional retreats.

What unique experiences does Daishizen Retreat Center offer?

At Daishizen Retreat Center, we offer holistic and immersive experiences that nurture the mind, body, and spirit, promoting personal growth, self-care, and inner transformation.
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Reconnect with your essence

We provide transformative experiences, fostering soul nourishment and spirit awakening.

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Rituals and Ceremonies

Discover and learn about different rituals and ceremonies from various cultures and traditions.

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Nature Immersion

A 118 acres tropical forest sanctuary located in one of the world’s most biodiverse areas.

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Wisdom Keepers

Encounter the inherent wisdom within each. Observe intuition and their connection with the universe.

Welcome to our sanctuary. We are Daishizen. We are all one.

Daishizen Retreat Center offers the opportunity to embrace nature in all its splendor. Waterfalls, rivers, primary forests, and a rich variety of flora and fauna will be your companions during your stay in this natural paradise.

percent of the planet's biodiversity is concentrated in Costa Rica

acres of private tropical rainforest sanctuary

meter high waterfalls surrounded by lush vegetation

thousand species choose costa rica as their home

What we do ?

Our path has been shaped by various disciplines and practices. It has been more than 20 years of a beautiful journey in which we have been learning and growing together. We feel fortunate for everything we have received and learned, from the teachers who support us and the traditions that intertwine to give life to this retreat center.

Our way of expressing gratitude for all the medicine and wisdom that has come into our lives is manifested today in the creation of a space to share with others what has made us happy in this life.

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Aikido and the expansion of energy at Daishizen

It all started with Aikido. Our encounter on the tatami was something that deeply connected us. This discipline from the East, full of circular forms and fluid movements, has been the foundation from which we have built what we are today.

The universe manifests itself in a very creative way, it has a way of speaking to us and indicating which path to follow.

Mysteriously, the aikido that came into our lives is one that emphasizes connection and energetic exchange among practitioners and does not focus on mechanics or martial effectiveness. Connection with space, the flow of Ki, and the expansion of the line are the elements we work with, and we invite you to explore what awakened this quest.

The path of our ancestors

After several years of exploration in aikido, the Red Road came into our lives, the medicine of the Native Americans. The encounter in Chile with Grandfather Raúl Gutiérrez from Mexico brought another dimension to our lives. Connection with nature, intuition, and the elements brought prayer and connection with spirits and original teachings.

It is through this path that we have been able to heal, first ourselves and then others.

The Red Road has allowed us to reconcile with Mother Earth and our ancestors, connect with the invisible world, and strengthen our prayer. The continuous practice of various ceremonies such as the Inipi (sweat lodge), the Sun Dance, and other ceremonies from different traditions has been fundamental in our formation and growth.

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Aligning & expanding consciousness through Yoga

Like aikido, Yoga has been another pillar in our lives, complementing and reaffirming the work done with other arts. The encounter with true masters and discipline in practice has enhanced all aspects of our lives.

The energy of the Kundalini serpent and its form fit perfectly into the work we were already doing and enhance the understanding and depth of the wisdom acquired.

This type of yoga (Kundalini) focuses on energetic work, where breath, mantras, and asanas blend seamlessly to produce the necessary change and symbiosis with what was learned earlier.

Traditional chinese medicine and holistic therapies

Entering a path of personal growth and not Healing the wounds we carry prevents the development of our learning. It is of utmost importance that our body, mind, and emotions are balanced so that the other disciplines can produce their effects and do their work well.

We came to traditional Chinese medicine through aikido. A Chinese Buddhist monk, very close to one of our senseis (teachers), introduced us to and taught us this path. A master of tai chi, kung fu, and a carrier of the Chinese tradition, Dr. Kin was our mentor for more than 9 years.

This is where our study of various forms of healing began and motivated the exploration of other ways to help people. Today, we complement Eastern medicine with ceremonies from the Americas and other forms of healing to assist people in finding their own path of self-discovery.

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Daishizen retreats: Find serenity on the path to unity

Immerse yourself in a transformative experience, delve deeper each day, and learn from the keepers of ancient wisdom. Our retreats are designed to provide moments of reflection, resilience, spirituality, meditation, and a connection with nature and our true selves.

Through Aikido, the Medicine of the Red Road, ceremonies from various traditions, Yoga, meditation, and Healing Therapies, we offer a variety of retreats and training sessions.

Meet masters from Japan, elders, leaders, and shamans from Mexico, the United States, Canada, Colombia, Brazil, Chile, France, Spain, and Australia.

Embark on a journey, connecting with the natural beauty of a 118-acre tropical jungle, rivers, 40-meter waterfalls, and a space for disconnecting and unwinding from the hustle and bustle of city life and modern living.


a woman finds serenity and self-discovery during her retreat at daishizen retreat center

Explore the diverse experiences our retreats offer, and allow the medicine of these different encounters to bring about the changes that need to happen, bridging the gap between my being and everything that surrounds me.


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A journey to the ancient ways

Listen to their experiences

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Grandfather Raúl Gutiérrez, Mexico

“At Daishizen Retreat Center, each ceremony is a soulful journey, woven with love and respect for ancestral traditions. My trust in Julie, Coto, and the Daishizen tribe is boundless. I invite you to partake in this unique experience, where spirituality meets authenticity. Welcome to a space where hearts beat in harmony with nature. With gratitude and love. Life is really good! “

“Everyone has a spirit that can be refined, a body that can be trained in some manner, a suitable path to follow. You are here to realize your inner divinity and manifest your innate enlightenment”

Morihei Ueshiba

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Our community awaits you on social media. Join us and become a part of a tribe dedicated to the adventure of self-discovery.

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