Get certified to create and execute international retreats and events!

We work with the Top Teachers and Practitioners in the world, to help them share their Wisdom and Transform people’s lives, by training them on how to lead the highest quality events, retreats, masterminds! We remove all the guessing & headaches around logistics, budgeting and other intricacies. We also help show you how to market your retreats consciously and effectively to sell out!


By Edward Zaydelman

I’m quite passionate in working with top teachers, practitioners, healers and leaders to help share their Wisdom and Transform people’s lives through retreats and events.

I’ve noticed how empowering it is for them to earn a great living while traveling to incredible places – reaching communities worldwide and enjoying the ride!

I’ve also seen how hard it is, after working with countless healers and teachers, for them to handle logistics, budgeting, marketing and other event related intricacies. I love taking those headaches away. I share with you all of my systems, learnings, spreadsheets and other tools to help make your event worry free.

When they get to focus on teaching and not have to worry about how to plan a retreat or how to fill it, the magic really happens and they actually enjoy the process.

I’ve learned from a lot of successes as well as mistakes over the past 15 years and I love sharing that wisdom and seeing teachers I work with thrive. Whether a 20 person retreat or a 120 person conference or even a 7000 person festival – there’s a lot of fundamentals that once you know them make it a lot easier!

Come Study with us in a beautiful Costa Rican Retreat Center, that I designed as a perfect laboratory to teach this subject! We’ve been doing amazing retreats at VIDA for years! It is one of the unique reasons why we are so good at teaching this subject – because we’ve owned our own location and got to know the ins and outs.

About Edward Zaydelman

I grew up in New York and had a background in organizing unique Events and Experiences ranging from 7000 person gatherings to boutique events for celebrities. But after some years in the fast paced Event Industry of New York City, I realized that a shift was needed because it was taking a toll on my body. It was at that point that I turned to integrative medicine for wellness.

So I decided to follow my passion in events and newly discovered interest in Wellness and in 2007 moved Costa Rica to build a Wellness Center & Community. That’s when Puerta a la Vida was born! Out of deep desire to prototype better, more abundant ways to live – with a focus on true wellness and longevity and quality of life.

I spent the next few years meeting top doctors, healers, and practitioners of various wellness modalities while visiting the top wellness centers around the world. Here I was surrounded by the best of the best and they had such a profound impact on my life. I wanted nothing more than to share their knowledge and wisdom with everyone I knew, through the lense of experiential events & retreats.

So in 2015, I launched Experience Vida – a boutique Event & Retreat company – focused on producing one-of-a-kind experiences and curated educational content ranging from wellness to social impact, innovation, and beyond.



All inclusive program price

Food included
Puerta a la Vida sits on 65-acres of pristine land on Costa Rica’s Central Pacific Coast near the quiet seaside town of Miramar - only a 1.5 hour drive from the Capitol City of San Jose. Located in the country’s Montes de Oro Central Pacific region, the property is situated on the rolling mountains overlooking the Gulf of Nicoya. Rising 300 meters above sea level, the high altitude affords some of the nicest ocean views in the area and breathtaking sunsets. It is located in close proximity to a wide array of popular destinations and eco-adventure attractions, including some of the top beaches in the country, as well as Cloud Forests and Rivers. Just a 10-minute drive from the Costa Rica Yacht Club – allows for easy access to the secluded white sand islands of the Gulf of Nicoya.

The Property - 65 Acres to enjoy hikes to the river or through the permaculture system & fruit orchard
Main Rancho sleeps 10-12 which are often our staff or retreat leaders
Restaurant & Lobby and can seat 200+ for dinner under an expansive roof
Professional Kitchen from which we produce incredible organic farm-to-table meals
40 Room pop-up hotel with beautiful 5 Meter Glamping bell tents - Double or Triple Occupancy
Swimming Pool & Yoga Deck - enjoy some relaxing time for sunrise or sunset
The Vida Village is charming and has 8 showers, 8 bathrooms, a tree deck, and furnished lounge areas
Workshop Spaces - The rancho and other dedicated spaces are great for workshops and presentations.
Sacred Places & Nooks - Fire Pit, Magic Tree, and the Shire to enjoy
Adventures around our area – from Catamarans to Deserted Islands to Zip-lines in the Cloud Forest.



  • Retreat Leader Certification
  • A full curriculum of retreat and event wisdom delivered
  • All of our templates from budget spreadsheets to experience design to help you along your way
  • 1:1 personal consulting to plan your next retreat or event!
  • Access to our support network of experts, teachers, and mentors in the Collective
  • Access to our private facebook and online communinty
  • Be Featured on Our Blog and Facebook Community to share your work!
  • Access to our global Retreat Center relationships & preferred pricing
  • Help in Marketing & filling your event

Living Conditions.


  • private room

Vegetarian Food

  • communally cooked meals


  • fast: streaming video


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