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A Transformative Journey to Longevity and Wellness with Vail Health

Multiple Trips All Year Round

Discover something truly exceptional this year: an experience like no other, designed to elevate your overall wellness. Join our team for a one-on-one wellness-focused experience in partnership with Surf Synergy in Costa Rica, as featured in The New York Times, Men’s Journal and Travel + Leisure. You will not want to miss this transformative experience, guided by your personal goals and evidence-based research, our experts will lead participants through a one-of-a-kind, integrative adventure towards a healthier, more fulfilling life.
Dive into an unforgettable and life-altering experience that will get you feeling your best both cognitively and physically for the rest of your life. 

Upcoming Retreat Dates:
  • October 19 – 26, 2024
  • October 26 – November 2, 2024 (Women's Wellness Week)

*NEW* Women's Wellness Week
Interested in learning how to navigate longevity and wellness as a woman? Join us October 26 - November 2 for the Longevity & Wellness Retreat Women's Week! Led by Dr. Eliza Klearman and Kyler Hijmans, discover the secrets to living a longer, healthier and more vibrant life. Connect with like-minded women, nourish your body and mind, and embark on a transformative journey towards optimal health.
What's included?

What's Included?

  • 7 nights at Surf Synergy in a fully remodeled bungalow, new villa or penthouse.
  • Individually tailored program based on a comprehensive medical diagnostic assessment conducted before travel.
  • Daily longevity and educational workshops from world-renowned experts, including Wall Street Journal best-selling author, Aaron Bare.
  • Gourmet, nutritious meals with the freshest ingredients, all locally sourced or from Surf Synergy gardens. 
  • All activities, including:
    • One-on-one surf or stand-up paddle board (SUP) instruction for all levels
    • Bodywork including your choice of massage, acupuncture and reflexology 
    • Daily yoga, sauna, cold plunge, fitness, outdoor adventures and more.
  • Airport transfers to and from San Jose International Airport.

Lodging & Amenities

Guests stay in an upgraded, bright and airy bungalow or newly built villa at Surf Synergy. The property features; two onsite pools, outdoor yoga studio, hot tub, sauna, fire pit, guest laundry and multiple lounging areas for relaxation.

Cost & Booking

For questions or to reserve your spot for one of the Vail Health 7-night, all-inclusive Longevity and Wellness Retreats, call (970) 688-8658. Pricing starts at $5,726.25 per person at single occupancy or $4,921.25 at double occupancy. Book by July 1 for $500 off per person!
Room Type Double Occupancy
Total w/ Tax
Single Occupancy
Total w/ Tax 
Bungalow $4,921.25
per person 
per person 
Casa del Cielo King Room $4,921.25
per person 
per person 
Casa del Cielo Suite $7,537.50
per person 
per person 
The Partnership

The Partnership

The partnership between Vail Health and Surf Synergy brings together the best of surfing, wellness, nutrition and functional health, as well as the latest leading-edge, evidence-based research on longevity and what we can do to prolong our health span.

Why Costa Rica?

Costa Rica is one of five areas of the world where people are living extraordinarily long and vibrant lives. Locals have adopted the phrase “La Pura Vida” to describe a simple, pure, optimistic, happy and fulfilling life. With an ideal mindset and backdrop, Costa Rica is the perfect spot for embarking on a new life adventure. Discover your full potential as you immerse yourself in this transformative experience.

Retreat Staff

Participants will enjoy daily longevity and educational workshops from world-renowned experts, including New York Times best-selling author, Aaron Bare, and Vail Health's Behavioral Health Medical Director, Dr. Barry Sandler, and Chief Population Health Officer, Chris Lindley.

The October 26 - November 2 retreat will be a Women's Wellness Week led by Dr. Eliza Klearman and Kyler Hijmans with tailored longevity and educational workshops specifically for women's health. 
Aaron Bare
Aaron Bare, a longevity and long-term-thinking facilitator helping leaders increase their personal, and their organization’s, life spans. Over his twenty years of facilitation experience he has helped over 500 companies in 100 countries and all 50 states. His experience is captured in his Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and #1 Amazon bestselling book Exponential Theory: The Power of Thinking Big

Dr. Barry Sandler
Barry Sandler, DO, is an Osteopathic Physician and Medical Director at Vail Health Behavioral Health. He attended medical school at Michigan State University, College of Osteopathic Medicine, and completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at Botsford General Hospital in Detroit.  
Before joining Vail Health Behavioral Health, he was an Emergency Medicine Physician for 25 years at The Medical Center of Aurora. He is driven by a holistic approach to medicine and is passionate about wellness, fitness, nutrition, and mental health. As lead physician on the retreat, he will work one-on-one with guests to develop a personalized health plan based on each person’s diagnostic evaluation to transform their future.
Chris Lindley
Chris Lindley is the former director of Eagle County Public Health and Environment. Lindley has been instrumental in leading the local behavioral health initiative by building a collaborative approach to addressing gaps in care. He was recently awarded the local Chief’s Community Partnership Award 2019 for vision, passion and can-do attitude in bringing the Hope Center to the Eagle River Valley.

Lindley holds a master’s of public health, a master’s in the science of epidemiology and a master’s of business administration. He was a unit commander and environmental science officer of preventive medicine in the 793rd Medical Detachment of the US Army Medical Reserves. Among many awards and a presidential commendation, he received the Bronze Star Medal for saving multiple lives during a suicide bomber attack that demanded the treatment of 91 injured soldiers while leading troops in Iraq.

Lindley is the founder of two successful fitness and wellness companies across 10 locations, including Endorphin in Eagle. He was a professional firefighter in Denver, where he graduated from the fire academy as class valedictorian and a top recruit. He was assigned to the busiest fire station in the state with more than 6,500 calls a year and was a member of the swift water, high angle, collapse, and underwater rescue special operations, teams. He was also the Prevention Services director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), during which he directed Colorado's wellness, workplace and public health prevention strategies; supported research, educational campaigns, policy efforts and federal/state initiatives; and built strong coalitions with public health professionals, policymakers, CDPHE partners, residents and key stakeholders. 
Dr. Eliza Klearman
Dr. Eliza Klearman, ND, LAc is a Naturopathic Doctor and Acupuncturist at Vail Health Behavioral Health. She received her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and Masters in Classical Chinese Medicine from National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon.
Dr. Klearman is an expert in natural and holistic medicine who uses her skills to restore health and balance to her patients with a focus on behavioral health, autoimmune disease, gut health, hormones and other chronic disease. As one of the retreat leaders of the Women's Wellness Week, she believes in a personalized approach to treating the whole person, with the recognition that all aspects of the body and mind are intimately connected.
Kyler Hijmans
Kyler Hijmans, DNP, FNP-BC is a board-certified family nurse practitioner with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice from the University of Northern Colorado. She provides the full spectrum of primary care services to patients of all ages. Her special interests include health and wellness through nutrition and physical activity, health equity, women’s health, and community health.

As lead practitioner on the Women’s Wellness Week, October 26 - November 2, Kyler will work one-on-one with participants on a personalized health plan based on each woman’s diagnostic evaluation to formulate a plan that will transform her future.