Our Story

Blue Spirit Costa Rica provides an extraordinary setting to all who are dedicated to spiritual transformation, personal development, and environmental sustainability. Perched on a hilltop that overlooks the Pacific Ocean and a three-mile long white sand beach that is protected as a turtle refuge – Blue Spirit offers an extraordinarily beautiful and natural setting on one of Costa Rica’s renowned white sand beaches, supporting your retreats, workshops, and trainings to be a deeply nurturing and unforgettable experience.

Blue Spirit is located in one of the world’s blue zones which inspired the name Blue Spirit. While visiting Blue Spirit, you will feel the resonance of a vibrant, inspiring, and healing energy, because of the rich subtropical environment, and the cultural lifestyle.

Your stay at Blue Spirit offers you a comfortable and elegant accommodation of your choice, delicious gourmet vegetarian cuisine, a salt-water infinity pool, koi pond, café, gift shop, spa and longevity services, outdoor excursions, and complimentary wireless service.

Blue Spirit was founded by Stephan Rechtschaffen, MD and Annette Knopp.

Stephan previously founded the renowned Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY; as a nationally recognized holistic physician and bestselling author, he lectures on health, nutrition, longevity, and how to balance inner and outer wellbeing, specifically in relationship to time.

Annette is a meditation teacher, nature mystic (practicing Nust’a paqo in the Q’ero tradition from the Peruvian Andes), and somatic counselor. Their interests drew them both to live, create and work in a slower paced and nature conscious environment such as Blue Spirit in Nosara, on the Northern Pacific coast of Costa Rica. Thierry Von der Weid is the other co-founder who has lived in Nosara for more than 25 years, assisting in its sustainable development and creating the thriving community that draws so many here.