Escape the grind for an unforgettable wellness adventure. Balance, unite and invigorate your mind, body and spirit in paradise with our 5-30 day all-inclusive retreats and training programs featuring internationally renowned experts. We teach you the skills you need for radiant health and longevity. Then help you integrate and design them into your lifestyle. Costa Rican culture and stunning natural environment set the stage for our adventures.
We specialize in designing full throttle adventure and wellness programs that immerse you in a new away of living and being.
Holistic nutrition, mind-body fitness, and plant medicine integration coaching are pillars to our programs and guests transformations.
Daily mindful movement classes include pilates, yoga, myofascial release, and various styles of fitness led by our experts.
Explore the waterfalls, beaches and lush rain forests. Snorkel, hike, swim, surf, stand up paddle, zipline and more.
The Epic Awakening Retreat
July 20th – 25th, 2016
A powerful intimate group retreat experience incorporating pilates, yoga, myofascial release, meditation, 100% organic superfood plant based cuisine, two sacred plant medicine ceremonies, and two day adventures to Nauyaca Waterfalls and the famous Manuel Antonio National Park.
Epic Academy Yoga Teacher Training
Jan 20th – Sept 20th, 2017
A groundbreaking 32 program that fuses our Epic Living Academy business training and a 200 hr Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training, plus website build. Includes accommodation, two sacred plant medicine ceremonies, temazcal sweat lodge, pilates mat, SUP yoga and SO much more.
“Amber and Daniel are wonderful hosts and such kind, grounded people! They were incredibly supportive in helping me plan and prepare for my Costa Rica travels to their retreat center. My lodging accommodations were cozy, clean, private and such a relaxing place to rest my head. And the raw-organic food was out of this world! Fresh, clean and green. The detox was just what my body needed and has inspired me to take these eating habits home with me.
Amber is a phenomenal yoga and pilates instructor. She is super knowledgable about movement and the human body and working with many different levels of fitness. I really appreciated Amber’s ability to speak calm and professionally while giving simple yet clear cues that helped me stay focused and confident in being able to follow along with her class. Her classes are creative and challenging and Amber adds in her own humor that makes it a more fun & personable experience. Thank you, thank you! Highly recommend this retreat center for your next adventure!”
– Andie from San Francisco, California
“My first time meditating with Ayahuasca was the most profound experience I’ve ever had. Set amongst the exquisitely beautiful Costa Rican jungles, I endured the intense purging of the past and welcomed the clarity of newfound space. It wrings you out like a towel. Our group was intrinsically powerful and connected, which only manifested further in ceremony. Not only are you hyper aware of of their energies, but also are reaffirmed of the unified consciousness that threads all of us together.
My intention was to unfold my highest self. Shortly after sipping the sacred brew I was blasted into the cosmos bringing a new perspective to every inch of my reality. Gently, yet powerfully, ayahuasca taught me about the flow of the universe and my place within it. She illuminated my need to trust myself and provided clarity on my path to doing so. I feel reborn from my ceremony and retreat with EpicSelf. I can see again. Everything is alive and I am awakened. I am reconnected to nature, my heart and intuition. I am forever grateful.”
Now is all we will ever truly have. The present moment is where life happens. Where fulfillment and happiness blossoms. These are Amber’s moments. Enjoy healthy lifestyle, nutrition tips, and her adventures as they happen real time.
Browse over 650 articles written by Amber and other epic team members over the last ten years. Our wellness library is packed with how-to guides, raw and vegan recipes, expert interviews and lessons learned as a digital nomad conscious entrepreneur. Below are the most popular articles from each of our categories: Move, Nourish, Be, and Lifestyle.
Amber Zuckswert is the founder of Epic Living Retreats and Epicself.com Online Wellness Coaching. She’s an internationally recognized online/live pilates and yoga instructor, professional contemporary dancer, holistic nutritionist, and lifestyle design expert from San Francisco.
As a contemporary ballet/modern dancer with over 25 years of technique, performance and teaching under her belt, Amber turned to the Pilates method, Vinyasa Yoga, and Plant Based Nutrition to stay in peak mind-body condition and injury free.
She loves nothing more then sharing her passions and empowering people to dramatically upgrade their life through mind-body fitness, peak performance nutrition, cultural immersion and adventure.