MAY 17-28, 2020

The Plant Chics, Jacque and Marzia, are collaborating with Peter Pribis, DrPH, MD, and Henry A. Villegas, MD, to bring you a plant-based immersion. We will inspire and educate immersionists to make sustainable lifestyle modifications to prevent treat and reverse obesity and other lifestyle related chronic diseases.


The GreenLagoon Wellbeing Resort is immersed in a 400-acre rainforest property, located in the heart of Costa Rica. With panoramic views of the Arenal and Cerro Chato Volcanoes, GreenLagoon offers the perfect, environmentally sustainable, distraction-free environment for immersionists to fully engage and participate in an experiential retreat.


At GreenLagoon, we offer a completely unique experience in the heart of Costa Rica. Our wellbeing resort is ideal for adventure, relaxation and to jumpstart and support healthy lifestyles. For the founder of GreenLagoon, Dr. Henry Villegas, wellness is an engrained part of his life. The resort was established to offer wellbeing and sustainability to every single visitor and the communities that surround it. At the heart of GreenLagoon, you will experience a comfortable environment with unparalleled service. Every person employed at the resort supports the wellbeing mission. What a perfect place to rest your head, eat healthy and relax! Get to know new friends dedicated to serve you, and experience an exhilarating, unmatched collection of nature activities in the adventurous landscape that is Costa Rica.

  • 12 Days/11 Nights Well-being Package
  • Accommodation in standard rooms (upgraded rooms available for a fee, by request)
  • Natural History & La Fortuna Waterfall Tour with guide
  • Chocolate Tour (transport included)
  • Paradise Hot Springs (includes buffet dinner and transport)
  • Garden of Eden Farm Tour: Organic Healthy Soils, Healthy Plants and Healthy Foods, Bio Factory, Bio Fertilizers and Harvest Mills Factory
  • Jungle Night Tour & Amphibian World Tour with guide
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, dinner, 1 mid-morning and 1 mid-afternoon snacks
  • Two 45-minute massage per person per stay
  • Two Plant-Based Nutrition Healthcare Documentaries
  • Two laboratory tests on arrival and prior to departure: Fasting Lipid Panel and Glucose
  • Five whole food plant-based cooking classes

Time & Activity

7:00 AM–8:00 AM: Yoga

8:15 AM–9:00 AM: Breakfast

9:15 AM–10:00 AM: Morning walk

10:15 AM–11:00 AM: Daily theme - Nutrition

11:00 AM–12:00 AM: Health & lifestyle assessment

12:00 PM–1:00 PM: Lunch

Afternoon activity: Natural History & La Fortuna Waterfall Tour & Cooking class

6:00 PM–7:00 PM: Dinner

8:00 PM: Evening walk

  • You can fully immerse yourself in a plant-based lifestyle with guidance and no distractions.
  • You get two plant-based health coaches and two medical doctors to lead you on this retreat.
  • You will be eating nourishing and healing plant-based meals at every meal.This plant-based cuisine will spoil you.
  • You will follow the NEWSTART program protocol. NEWSTART is a scientifically based lifestyle change program based on eight fundamental principles proven to help you achieve optimum health: Nutrition, Exercise, Water, Sunlight, Temperance (Self-control), Air, Rest, and Trust. This health recovery program is designed to prevent and reverse diseases through natural methods.
  • No animal products will be served at the retreat. We will be sharing the importance of living healthfully, ethically, and environmentally with our group and why this has such an impact on our bodies and the planet.
  • You have two lab draws to see how a plant-based lifestyle affects your bloodwork in 10 days.
  • You will be in the heart of the beautiful Costa Rica Rainforest.
  • Even though we will be busy having fun and learning, there will be down time so you can enjoy your vacation on your own or with others. We want you to fully enjoy what Costa Rica has to offer.
  • You will leave this retreat healthier and happier than ever. NOW is your chance! What are you waiting for?


Jacque Tarlton, Certified Wellcoach® & Wellness Advocate, is passionate about improving health through fabulous, fun, and scientifically proven lifestyle changes. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics and she practiced as a Registered Dietitian (RD) early in her career. She is currently a Certified Wellcoach®, Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP) Facilitator, & Corporate Wellness Trainer specializing in the power of plants to improve health & longevity for her clients, and ROI for corporations. Jacque has studied nutrition, health, and fitness since 1986, and she was introduced to the power of plant-based nutrition in 1994. Jacque has always worked in the health field, and she has gone from deadly addictions to fabulously thriving!


Marzia Prince is an award-winning international health and wellness expert. She is the go-to health & fitness expert for numerous TV and radio stations that include Fox News Radio, iHeart Radio, CW 33, and WFAA's Channel 8 News in Dallas. She was awarded Top Fitness Trainer in 2018. She was named D Magazines' top trainer to follow on Instagram in 2016 and Dallas's top 10 Most Influential Women in 2015. She has numerous certifications including nutrition, physical fitness, biomechanics in resistance training, and pre/post-natal wellness. She attends the latest research in her field through continuing education every year. Marzia credits her success to her healthy lifestyle behaviors. From haute mess to Healthinista, she is living a plant-based, eco- friendly lifestyle that has helped her overcome many challenges in life.


Dr. Peter Pribis is an Associate Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics in the Department of Individual, Family & Community Education at the University of New Mexico. He graduated from the School of Medicine at King Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic and from Loma Linda University, School of Public Health. He is a Registered Dietitian and currently holds membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. He worked as a medical advisor and health consultant for several health promoting institutions in Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. He organized many health seminars, retreats, and cardiac rehab camps. Presently, he is the director of the nutrition/dietetics program at the University of New Mexico. He is an enthusiastic speaker about the benefits of healthy nutrition and promoter of evidence-based lifestyle medicine.

Henry A. Villegas, MD, FAAP, FAWM

Dr. Henry A.Villegas can attest to the power of the healthy lifestyle. Earlier in his career, unhealthy choices led to a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, fatigue, hyperlipidemia, and metabolic syndrome. His prognosis was clear: something needed to change or he would suffer more severe ailments. By making fundamental changes in diet, exercise, and stress management, Dr. Villegas reversed his illnesses, eliminated all of his medications, and is now healthy and fit. During this process, he developed a strong passion for personal wellbeing. Dr. Villegas is a physician specializing in Lifestyle Medicine, Wilderness Medicine, Pediatric Emergency Medicine and General Pediatrics. He graduated at the University of Costa Rica Medical School and did his postgraduate studies at the Mayo Clinic.


  • The price for the 12-Day Lifestyle Retreat - Immersion into Plant-Based Nutrition is $2,225 in standard rooms based on double occupancy.

  • 50% of the fee ($1112.50) is due by January 31, 2020.

  • The remaining 50% is due on February 29, 2020.
  • The participants are responsible for their own airfare (approximately $400 - $500).


Payment plans are available only through email to [email protected] Please email us if you have any issues checking out or have any questions.







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