- *Nutritional/ Herbal Consultation: Make a new start and address health issues that perhaps have been ignored. Perhaps you are looking to change your diet, or discuss what supplements might enhance your health. In an in-depth session that can take up to 1.5 hours, registered herbalist Jill Ruttenberg (AHG) will guide you toward lifestyle changes and a treatment protocol to set you on the right track. $105.
Herbal Consult: What to expect
Jill Ruttenberg is a professional nutritionist and herbalist registered with the American Herbalist Guild. She guides people through diet and lifestyle changes and has helped many people with her expertise in herbal medicine with an individualized approach. "No two bodies are alike", she says, "and so together we must find the right combination of herbs and therapies that uniquely help YOU."
In Jill’s comfortable office setting you will fill out a short intake form that will ask you about many aspects of your health and your life, including your emotional and mental state, eating habits, sleep patterns, your support system, family life, etc.
The Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) model and the holistic approach to well-being looks at the whole person, not just the physical symptoms you might be experiencing. As a whole, these aspects lead us to the correct treatment for whatever patterns of disharmony exist.
believes in treating the individual, not the disease and it is not
uncommon to have two people who might be diagnosed with, for example,
osteoarthritis, but the treatment protocol for each person is
Also during your visit Jill will use Pulse and Tongue Diagnosis, viewing your tongue and feeling your pulses on both hands, an assessment tool which reveals much about your body.
“This retreat experience exceeded my expectations!”
Dear Jill, I can not sufficiently express to you HOW MUCH BETTER I AM BESIDES BEING HAPPIER! My IBS is virtually a thing of the past! I found the Chinese herbs you prescribed ( believe it or not) on Amazon! Same exact brands and was in my hands in 2 days. My undying gratitude to you and your magical wisdom and knowledge
- DKS, New York, january 2016See review in TripAdvisor >
The most valuable thing to be gained in the herbal/nutritional consultation is a program designed specifically for you.
You may end up with a liquid herb tincture, a Chinese herbal powder to mix with water, or recommendations for supplements you can buy back home.
Many of the herbal treatments Jill prepares feature ingredients from the hotel's organic gardens or from the rainforest. Her knowledge of herbal medicine allows her to create safe, effective herbal formulas right in her office.
The nutritional/herbal consultation will also lead to a protocol of body treatments while you are here at AmaTierra, and to continue when you leave. For this reason, it is a good idea to reserve this consultation early in your stay. As Jill is well-versed in many modalities, she may recommend a certain type of massage, mind-body therapy or acupuncture.
What to expect from the herbs
Herbs and supplements work with the body’s energy and systems, and are
quite different from prescription drugs. While some people may feel
the herbs working right away, for chronic conditions it can sometimes
take weeks or even months before one notices a true difference.
We must recognize that we are all individuals, and our response to treatment varies. Patience and a positive attitude go a long way toward true healing. Doing one’s best to continue treatment and to take the herbs regularly increases the effectiveness of any program.
Jill spent many years studying under prominent holistic experts Joel
Penner, OMD, and Michael Tierra of the East West School of Herbology
in Santa Cruz, California. Jill is a professional member and a former
councilmember of the American Herbalist Guild (AHG).
She is a colleague of Dr. Andrew Weil, and participated in weekly patient conferences at the Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona Medical Center before beginning the Wellness Center at AmaTierra.
“Total peace and relaxation or take an excursion zip lining if you need an adrenalin kick!”
Jill, Bob and their staff went to great lengths to ensure our group's stay was perfect. They provided space for our meetings, yoga instruction at times that accommodated our schedule of events and even brought in an esthetician because our group wanted facials. They arranged our excursions to Turubari Park.
It was a blast and quite the adrenalin rush zip lining through the rain forest. We went to a horse farm and worked with horses which provided a therapy that can only be described as spiritual and extremely healing. The horses were magnificent. Of course the retail therapy in Jaco Beach was fun too. Jill is especially wonderful at taking into consideration any special dietary needs or needs in general.
I forgot a medication that I have to take daily. After coming back from an excursion, Jill literally drove me to 4 pharmacies. Jill determined to find the medication called her local pharmacy when we arrived back at Ama Tierra. It was delivered that evening. I do not know of any other place that I have visited and I have been to many places around the world that would have gone to such great lengths.
Our visit to Ama Tierra was everything we had hoped for and more. Oh did I mention the wonderful daily massages and other body treatments provided by Jill and her staff...I am still in a Zen like state of mind after being back in reality for a 9 days. LOL.
- AmaTierra Retreat Guest, june 2010See review in TripAdvisor >
"Wellness and Tranquility"
"AmaTierra is a fabulous wellness and yoga retreat! The tranquility of the Costa Rican mountains along with the earthy scents of the rainforest is as close to peaceful existence as one can experience. The personalized herbal and nutritional consultation with yoga, wellness and health is available for you to enjoy and integrate. Meals are home cooked, fresh and natural and did I say a pleasure for your palate? Jill and Bob Ruttenberg are the owners and hosts who do everything to make your stay a marvelous experience."- AmaTierra Retreat Guest, July 2008
Please make appointments at least one day in advance at the front desk or call +(506)2419-0110.
* Denotes services offered only by specialists, and are subject to their availability.