February 19-23, 2020

August 5-9, 2020

Illustration by Debora Zilberman

Illustration by Debora Zilberman

Women’s Breath Retreat

Led by group facilitator and musician Karina Zilberman, Body oriented counselor - Sol Gonzalez and “Love-Food Chef” Elizabeth Vargas Toledo, this 4 day women’s retreat offers a caring space for a holistic replenishment, deep self awareness, healthy delicious organic food and a celebration of life with joy. This retreat is designed with the intention of weaving together the different practices offered during each day. We are three facilitators bringing our unique gifts, knowledge and vast experience and mostly our full attention to each participant and to the group as a whole.

What Will You Experience?

These curated retreats provide practical tools which allow women to deepen our relationship with our bodies, thoughts and emotions. Together, we will harmonize body, mind and spirit in a very gentle, yet effective way. Through our practices and nutritious meal rituals, we allow for restoration, reconnection and revitalization. You will gain knowledge to help you move away from a “comparison” mindset to an “embracing” mindset and how to remove personal barriers. Each day you will be carefully guided through exercises and learn tools to unlock your inner wisdom which allow you to magnify meaningful priorities in your life. In this protected and sacred space, you will feel encouraged to dig in and draw out a playful reconnection with your inner child. Together, we will unfold new personal ways of relating to life and improve integral relationships.

These Retreats Are for Women Who

  • Have a desire to create some personal space in which to revitalize themselves

  • Seek a reconnection with Judaism

  • Need to take an intentional pause in life to reflect and reconnect with self and define new personal goals

  • Want to rediscover a new purpose in their life and create a path forward

  • Look for a customized way to weave together their past experiences to create a new life narrative

  • To be in nature and harmonize oneself in a unique setting and restore themselves

  • Grow in a cared-for and safe environment to learn with other women

What Will You Participate In?

  • Creative Movement & Breathwork Sessions (for all levels)

  • Mindful Walks in Nature and Wildlife Contemplations

  • River Experience 

  • Daily Meditation (for all levels)

  • Mindfulness Prayers - unlocking the power of blessings

  • Music and Singing From the Heart Sessions

  • Journaling

  • Curated Healthy Meals with a private chef (gluten/dairy free, vegan/vegetarian options and meal rituals)

  • Educational modules such as: rewiring thought patterns, social presencing embodiment sessions and deep listening exercises, etc.

  • Open and Closing Ceremonies

  • Moments of pause/non-directed time 

  • One-on-one mentoring session

  • Painting, drawing and music integrated sessions

  • A unique, joyful and contemplative Shabbat experience

Why Host You in a Home?

Karina, Sol and Eli, are not only partners and friends, we are neighbors who love hosting these retreats in a 21st century eco-village where we live with our families. We are in an environment that promotes permaculture, sustainability and mindful living. Exotic fruits fall off the trees in our backyard for us to enjoy. Our home is steps away from a gorgeous natural spring fed river. The retreat house was designed with intentional elegance combining luxury and simplicity in every room. We strongly believe that in hosting a retreat at our home we are providing a beautiful caring framework for something unique to happen at a personal and collective level.

Location: Casa Piedra, Costa Rica. Exact address will be provided upon registration

Retreat Includes Accommodations and Meals (All rooms have air conditioners and fans)



Karina Zilberman was born in Argentina. She is an inspirational leader, group facilitator, a singer-songwriter, performer, educator, and mentor who fiercely leads with authenticity, integrity, and heart. Her mission is to inspire creative leadership by facilitating personal growth within professional practice. Zilberman believes in the creative power of the “unexpected” and she demonstrates and shares her approach to community building in immersive interactive experiences such as retreats and workshops. Karina’s teachings are passionately demonstrated through music, play, life cycle ceremonies, creative movement, and collective imagination. She reminds each and everyone on this earth that we are all creative beings. Karina was the Director of Jewish Family Life and the Shababa Network, at the 92nd Street Y, the world-renowned cultural and community center, in Manhattan for over 10 years.

As a thought leader, and innovator, she has conducted and facilitated many presentations and workshops worldwide for academic institutes, non-profit organizations and for faith-based audiences. She is currently co-leading fascinating retreats that allow for introspection and essential self-discovery. She is a true visionary constantly diving into microcosms of creative work and community building. Karina is the recipient of the prestigious 2012 Covenant Foundation Award in Jewish Education.

Karina is married to Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein. She is the mother of two sons, mother- in- law and stepmother.


Sol Gonzalez was born in Argentina and has been living in Costa Rica since 2004. She is married and has two young children. Sol is a Body Oriented Counselor and during the last 15 years has been leading numerous workshops and retreats geared towards wellness. She traveled around the world, which has afforded culturally diverse opportunities to explore different processes and meditation techniques that recognize the intimate relationship between the human body and the psychological well being of a person.

In 2013 at 32 years old, Sol was diagnosed with breast cancer and later with metastatic breast cancer. This experience has touched her deeply and has changed the way in which she relates to life and the present moment.

"I have been creating practical tools which allow me to maintain contact with the body, thoughts, emotions, cultivate presence, live with gratitude and an acceptance of what each day brings. And I’m feeling a strong call of sharing the possibility of relating in this way to life with others."


Elizabeth Vargas Toledo was born in Costa Rica. Eli is a "Love- Food Chef". She strongly believes that meals are emotional experiences. Eli has been an integral part in the creation and implementation of delicious and healthy meals at La Montaña Azul - Retreat Center in the Chirripo mountains in Costa Rica. She is also the private chef at the Take a Breath Retreats led by Karina and Marcelo.

Eli is about to launch "LovedEli", a catering company which specializes in creating a food experience that brings together people to enjoy incredible food and amazing services –where lasting memories are made.
Eli is married and the mother of two young children.