With Taita Juanito, Rick William
& Eli Rechtschaffen

In-Person: 13th- 20th April 2024
Online: 27th Feb – May 28th 2024
Blue Spirit, Costa Rica

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A 14 week journey like no other

A hybrid (online and in person) transformational container that has been intentionally designed to prepare you and support you in the most powerful transformation of your life.

– Liberación –

Hi friend,

We’d like to personally welcome you to a 14-week hybrid container (13-week educational program + coaching + live retreat) that combines the best of eastern contemplative practice, western psychology, and shamanism. This container has been intentionally designed week by week to set you up for a life-changing transformation.

Unlike other ceremonies, you won’t just be arriving into a random group of strangers. You’ll have built deep friendships and connections in the 6 weeks prior to your arrival for your week of transformation in Costa Rica.

And unlike regular group coaching containers where you might fall off halfway through, we assure you that won’t happen here because each part of your prep has a purpose. The tools, practices, and assignments you’ll be given each week will be preparing you for your week in retreat, and the chances are you’ll have had a breakthrough (or three) before even arriving here.

We understand what it takes to create transformation and we’ve left no stone unturned. You will have a world-class teachers, including Taita Juanito and Eli Rechtschaffen, who have over 50 years of combined experience. Not only that, but your ceremonies will be guided by renowned medicine musicians. It’s an A* team!

On top of that you’ll be given lifelong skills, world-class support, and a powerful community that will make these changes last a lifetime.

If you’ve been calling for a higher version of yourself that is growing alongside a high-vibe community of like-minded leaders and world-shakers that elevate your life, then this hybrid-retreat is for you.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Rick, Eli & Taita Juanito


Watch as extraordinary things happen when you start levelling up in every area of your life.

What’s Included

Part I
led by Rick William

Preparation Coaching and
Integration Program

27th February – 9th April 2024


Part II
Life-Changing EVENT

Medicine Retreat
In beautiful Costa Rica

13th – 20th April 2024

Blue Spirit Retreat Centre
Costa Rica

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Part III

Post-plant Medicine

23rd April – 28th May 2024


The ceremonies are out of this world. Totally unique, beautiful, special.

This was the perfect container for me because I’m not messing around – this is powerful stuff. It was amazing to be in this container where you’re meeting and learning witheveryone before. You’re building these connections and there’s already this sense of safety.

If I was ever to drink medicine again, I wouldn’t do it with any other team in any other place.

KADY Gummerson 

Going to Costa Rica for my second retreat far surpassed my expectations.

Working with Rick in advance helped to prepare our mind, body and soul for the experience and to maximise the ceremony and following integration.

The ceremony was life changing; Taita, healers and musicians made for a safe, healing environment to enable my body and mind to release years of trauma, pain and suffering.

I’m not the same person, every day I’m waking up following my intuition, heart and walking the path I have been guided by from the medicine



What you will receive

Over a bespoke, 3 1/2 month journey

14 week preparation & integration container

Enjoy the full support of  weekly immersive learning experiences before and after the in-person retreat, ensuring you get the most out of the experience. 14 x 90 minute calls with Rick William, Eli Rechtschaffen, and Taita Juanito (plus bonus guests).

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7 Day, In-person retreat in costa rica

Accelerate your evolution during an unforgettable live retreat. With daily teaching, meditation, qi gong, breathwork, sound healing and yoga to support you throughout the experience.

community connection & support

Get access to a private community network for the retreat container. Forge deep connections with other extraordinary souls (before you even meet!) and build supportive, accountable relationships.

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two sacred ambiwaska ceremonies with taita juanito

Receive the powerful, ancient medicine of the Ingan Tribe in two night-long ceremonies. Served by Taita Juanito and his incredible team, this is an unparalled portal for transformation and healing.

stay at the stunning blue spirit retreat center

All meals included, enjoy the comfort and luxury of the famous Blue Spirit Retreat Center. An incredible opportunity to savor Costa Rica’s natural beauty and beaches, even as you grow.

Access to all replays & content in Members app

Easy, in-your-pocket access to all learning materials, meditations and group chats via a private members area. Desktop, iOS and Android.

Weekly assignments & Homework

To integrate the tools & insights learned, you will receive weekly assignments & homework.

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what the 2023 attendees have to say:

If you’re feeling the call, you’ll know it

The fact that you’re here reading this says that you’re already feeling the call – you’re being called into something much greater. During this 14-week hybrid container (12-week online coaching + retreat), you will uncover the medicine man and woman within. In this healing work, we come to know that all of us are healers, and during this hybrid retreat, you will tap into your soul’s purpose and deepest connection with nature. You will learn many new spiritual practices that will support you in awakening your inner healer so that you can come back to your life empowered and ready to be of greater service to all beings!

We give thanks to the Great Spirit, Mother Nature, Grandfather Sun, the plants, the animals, the minerals, Taita Lucho, Taita Juan, and the great sages and masters who continue to guide us and protect us. Thank you.

14 Weeks Preparation Coaching


To enhance your integration post retreat and prepare both mind and body for your sacred medicine experience, we have created a bespoke 14-week preparation program with your growth and journey in mind:

Week 1

Intention, motivation, planetary purpose with Rick William.

Week 2

The foundation of the path I (Attachment/Safety) with Rick William.

Week 3

The foundation of the path II (Emotional Regulation & Resiliency) with Rick William.

Week 4

The foundation of the path III (Self reflective awareness & attention) with Rick William.


The divine feminine connection with Mishy Matthews.

Week 5

How to commune with the medicine plants with grace with Eli Rechtschaffen.

Week 6

Uncovering the Essence of Life with Taita Juanito

Week 7

Spiritual Payment Ceremony, Recap & Final Preparation with Rick William.

Week 8


Week 9

Intelligent reintegration + Q&A
with Rick William



Somatic breathwork and grounding + Q&A
with Sathya


Week 10

Walking in harmony with life + Q&A
with Taita Juanito


Week 11

Navigate life’s flowing river + Q&A
with Eli Rechtschaffen


Week 12

Your Group Pods  + Q&A
with Rick William


Week 13

Your Group Pods  + Q&A
with Rick William


Week 14

The journey ahead + Q&A
with Rick William

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The Hosts

Taita Juanito Chindoy

Taita Juan Chindoy is a medicine man, healer, and botanist with was born in the Condagua indigenous reservation in the Putumayo jungle of Colombia.

Taita Juan was born in the Inga community, where he learned their traditional botanical remedies. Later he began his study of plant medicines with the elders of the Siona tribe.

Taita Juan was recognized at a young age as a wisdom carrier of his tribes. Since then, he has dedicated his life to serving mankind and delivering the teachings of his ancestors in their purest form. He guides us on a journey in which we can return to our essence and see that all is spirit.

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Taita Luis is a powerful healer who has traveled and served around the world. His gifted council comes from plants, animals, and a place of deep wisdom of the earth.

We are beyond grateful and honored to have Taita Juanito joining us. This level of integrity and compassion is hard to find in the modern day it is such a pleasure to have Taita Juanito to guide us.

Rick William

Rick William is a purpose coach, somatic therapist and meditation teacher. Rick supports many high-performing business owners, artists, investors, coaches and change makers. After Rick exited his start up at age 25 that served over 200,000 members he travelled the globe meeting and supporting some of the world’s most influential thought leaders and spiritual teachers who featured on his hit Youtube Series “Stories That Matter™️”.

Since a young age Rick has been interested in consciousness, personal development, and spiritual growth. Today Rick helps support many heart led high performers master their internal state so that they can create real freedom in their life, relationships and business.

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Rick’s passion is bringing together the best of Eastern/Western Psychology, alongside Shamanic practices to support the collective heart awakening that is underway. Rick uses a multi-modality approach combining the latest in human behavioural psychology, spiritual wisdom and innovative life and business strategies to help his clients achieve lasting fulfilment in their life, relationships and business.

Eli Rechtschaffen

Since a young age Eli has been drawn to self-exploration and has felt a strong connection with the spirits of nature. This connection led him to explore the world of Shamanism and to intensively study with indigenous people in South America. His journey has taken him to the depths of the Amazon jungle to learn about their medicinal plants and to learn a way of healing people in the truest form as our ancestors teach. The lineage that Eli follows is carried by Taita Juan from the Ingano tribe of Colombia.

Each year Eli leads healing retreats in Costa Rica with people from all around the world.

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Eli lives year-round in Costa Rica and there he has his own shamanic healing practice and leads medicine ceremonies. His life intention is to bring these sacred healing tools to all beings whose hearts are open and to support the collective awakening of all human beings.


My experience on my retreat was phenomenal. To share this sacred space with other men was unique and something I won’t forget. Even though the medicine can be challenging, just knowing my brothers had my back helped the process tremendously. To share the space amongst men was a much different experience than my priors. From the Chi Gong and meditations facilitated by Rick so beautifully. To the Hape’ and Mambe, I can’t share enough how incredible this time was for me. The conversations we had were some I will never forget. This experience will show you exactly what you are seeking within you. You will come out a much better version of yourself guaranteed. 🙏👊


The weeks of preparation coaching was essential going into this. We learned different modalities to help us regulate our nervous system, different meditation techniques. Ways to bring us back to alignment, to get away from distractions.

It really prepared us for the challenge, and I came out of the ceremonies feeling reconnected with myself, immense connection with those around me and reconnected with Earth again.



Welcome to
Blue Spirit Retreat Center

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 beaches, supporting your retreats, workshops, and trainings to be a deeply nurturing and unforgettable experience.

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.

In the beautiful Costa Rica

Costa Rica is at the forefront of environmental stewardship in Central America. It is committed to a major initiative to decrease its ecological footprint and become a leader in the “green” movement, as the effects of global warming are becoming more pronounced and the environmental status around the world is worsening daily. The government has placed global warming at the top of its national agenda and has already implemented an extremely successful forestation plan. Costa Rica has initiated a program to become by 2021, the first carbon neutral developing country on Earth – and has already made significant progress in lowering its overall CO2 emissions.




Room Rate
($905 – $3,040)

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What happens
after you apply


Our team will review your application and reply within 48 hours


If approved, you’ll be sent a link to pay your deposit and book your room


You’ll receive your account log-ins for your program starting Feb 27th ’24

Healed people,

Heal people


Read through some of the commonly asked questions below. If you still have a question feel free to email the team for support at hello@rickwilliam.com

How do I know if I am ready for a retreat like this?
The most important thing is to ask your heart. Inside of all of us there is a calling to live with more love and to uncover our innate freedom. It is our journey to find what tools can support us in this inner discovery. As well to find a community that is in that same search so we can remind each other when we inevitably fall of the path.
If you have never tried the medicine before and there is something drawing you towards it then it’s worth a try. In the end it may not be a path you continue to follow but it could also bring a big shift in our lives. If there is hesitancy around joining also know that you can go at your own pace. As an example, if you feel you would prefer to start with a little bit of medicine then you can share this with us during you consultation with Taita and we will work accordingly. Taita himself always explains that this is a path of patience and so we each of us can find a rhythm that feels appropriate.
I’ve heard horror stories of Ayahuasca on Youtube, how can I trust this retreat?

Our retreats are built upon a structure that has been brought to us by the Indigenous tribes. In this particular lineage we work with the Chindoy family of Taita’s from the Inga tradition. The beautiful thing is that these tribes have been drinking this sacred medicine for thousands of years and they have found a natural order that lives in the plants. A way of praying and asking for guidance that brings us back to the source of who we are.

In these retreats we too have asked the plants to show us how to best organize a retreat which would be most supportive for the participants coming to receive this sacred work. These retreats have been built over the years with the Taita’s and Eli in a way that we find the most healing for all. We put the care of our participants first most.

As you step into the field of the Nature Within Retreat’s you will see that there is a big web of support from the beginning. Our retreats are full of different activities carefully crafted to support your preparation and integration around the medicine ceremonies. If you have any questions or concerns, always feel free to reach out to us.

I feel called to do Ayahuasca as I still have this block inside me, can you explain what that could be and could Ayahuasca help?
We all have different blocks inside of ourselves. These could be carried from our genetic lines, excessive thinking, karmic winds, societal influence and our daily life. These blocks show up and they create stagnation in our subtle body. The energy field which connects our consciousness with our body.

Ayahuasca works in a very beautiful way with us as she starts a dialogue with our heart. There is an investigation that starts to happen from the side of the Ayahuasca and in the same way there is an investigation that is happening within ourselves. In time we may find ourselves there with an old memory from childhood, or with a situation happening in our lives now that we haven’t really been able to confront. In this way the medicine helps us to bring to light what is already in our heart.

Then the journey becomes sweet because we have rediscovered a part of ourself and now we can work on becoming friends. These areas of ourselves that are uncomfortable are small child parts that feel they have been abandoned and are really just looking for love. So, we start to talk with these parts and see what it is that they need. This is the journey of healing as we come into wholeness within ourselves, we then in a natural way live in that wholeness with life.

I have a family and 2 kids at home, I need to think about the safety. Any advice?

Our retreats are very safe. However, this is not always the case with all medicine retreats. At our retreats we have a highly experienced team who is supporting you during the whole week. The Taita’s have 30 years of experience, the retreat leader has 15 years of experience and the entire team is well trained. We recognize that it is deep healing work that is happening on our retreats and as a result we need to be held appropriately.

We ensure quality at all levels. As an example, we know where the medicine comes from, who cooks it, how they have prepared it, where they harvested the plants from and most importantly what prayers are going into this sacred brew we will be drinking. You will also see that the Blue Spirit retreat centers is an impeccably held space which gives us a sort of cushion to rest on. The food, longevity center, ocean, massages, and just beautiful spaces all around.

The retreat leaders Rick & Eli are very experienced in many different modalities of self-practice such as meditation, breath work and internal family systems. These practices are woven together around the ceremonies to create an environment that is safe and joyous. Feel free to always reach out if you have any doubts or concerns.

What guarantees do I get from a retreat; will my trauma be solved?
We cannot make any guarantees. In the end it takes a certain desire and openness from each participant to walk through the door and step into a better life. However, we can guarantee that you will feel loved and supported by a community who will walk you towards the door.

We do have many participants that have resolved all sorts of traumas, physical illness and other ailments. The medicine is a very powerful ally who can support us in this healing process. Sometimes we may leave a retreat with a trauma completely resolved or other times we may leave with new found strength to continue our healing journey.

What will I experience in an Ayahuasca ceremony?

There are many different traditions which serve Ayahuasca. Each one has their own uniqueness in how their ceremonies are held. Our ceremonies are held through the union of the Inga and Siona traditions. Our teachers are direct descendants of the Inga people but they were brought up in a Siona community and thus we have these two influences.

The Inga people are botanists and so they have vast knowledge of the jungle fauna and how to make remedies for all sorts of ailments whether they are physical, mental or spiritual. Whereas the Siona tribe have a strong understanding in the use of different elements in the Yage ceremonies such as the chondur, wyra, ortiga, cuyangillas and other allies which bring the ceremony together for more healing.

Through this union we have structured our ceremonies in a very particular way. Upon arrival in the ceremonial space, we are all welcomed in and given time to settle. As we enter, we can already feel the vibration of prayer. In some time, one of the team members gives an introduction to the night which goes into full depth of what we should and shouldn’t do. These are practical and spiritual tips to support your journey. We share about the importance of using your breath as a way to calm the nervous system, tips on prayer and ways to connect with the Yage, what is the flow of the evening, and many other pointers.

Always before the night starts the Taita, who is leading the ceremony will offer some ancestral words and then he will pray on the medicine with some of the team. The journey itself will start around 9pm and goes until the sun comes out in the morning. During the night every participant will receive a healing directly with the Taita and team. We also have live musicians playing and there is space to dance. In our ceremonies there is a fire present and there is an area where we can go outside and connect with nature. In the morning time there is space for questions and sharing. The Taita will also have a morning ancestral wisdom talk and then we all go for breakfast together.

In the day we recommend everyone to rest as much as possible. In this lineage we have two ceremonies back-to-back nights because we find this is the way we get the deepest healing. The first night is often more bitter and the second is sweeter so in this way we find balance. In the first night we often have emotions, pains or traumas that surface and the medicine is cleaning this out of our system. In the second night we are lighter and more open to connect with the medicine and we can uncover insights for our life.

How do I know If I am ready for a retreat like this?
The most important thing is to ask your heart. Inside of all of us there is a calling to live with more love and to uncover our innate freedom. It is our journey to find what tools can support us in this inner discovery. As well to find a community that is in that same search so we can remind each other when we inevitably fall off the path.

If you have never tried the medicine before and there is something drawing you towards it then it’s worth a try. In the end it may not be a path you continue to follow but it could also bring a big shift in our lives. If there is hesitancy around joining also know that you can go at your own pace. As an example, if you feel you would prefer to start with a little bit of medicine then you can share this with us during your consultation with Taita and we will work accordingly. Taita himself always explains that this is a path of patience and so each of us can find a rhythm that feels appropriate.



women cant drink on their moon, so what happens when someone gets their period?

A different plant medicine ceremony will be facilitated privately for any women on their moon during the drinking nights.

To be read more and understand why, head here.

What is your cancellation policy?
What is the required diet leading up to reatreat?

You can read a full diet explanation here, including dangerous medication mixes and thigns to avoid.

What medications are contraindicative for this retreat?

MAOIs & SSRI’s (any selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor)

Antihypertensives (high blood pressure  medicine); appetite suppressants (diet pills); medicine for asthma, bronchitis, or other breathing problems;  antihistamines, medicines for colds, sinus problems, hay fever, or allergies (Actifed DM, Benadryl, Benylin, Chlor Trimeton, Compoz (medicines which have Bromarest-DM or – DX), Dimetane-DX cough syrup, Dristan Cold & Flu, Phenergan  with Dextromethorphan, Robitussin-DM, Vicks formula 44-D; Tylenol medicines, in generals drugs with DM or Tuss in its name. 

CNS (central nervous system) depressants – Antipsychotics – Barbiturates – Alcohol 

Illegal or recreational substances that are very dangerous to combine with MAOIs:  

Cocaine – Amphetamines (meth-, dex-, amphetamine), MDMA (Ecstasy), MDA, MDEA, PMA – Dextromethorphan  (DXM)  

Also likely dangerous to combine with MAOIs:  

Opiates – Mescaline (any phenethylamine) – Barbiturates 

Also not recommended:  

Kratom – Kava 

Costa Rica was an incredible and majestic experience. It was what I hoped and imagined it would be. And beyond. I gained a growing sense of strength and clarity, grounded in my own nature and assured in my own unique self. If you feel the calling, prepare diligently and give yourself all you can pre and post ceremony.


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To ensure a high-quality and inclusive community of peers and acquaintances, we carefully review all applications, and if approved, you will be notified via email.

Please note that our acceptance rate for applications is around 50%

Our Medicine

It takes a family to bring life back into love. With our collective prayers, connections and meditation we can plant seeds for the future that are worth reaping. We thank you and hope to sit with you soon.

May all beings be happy and free.