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Crystal Fambrini interviews Gerard Powell CEO of Rythmia Life Advancement Center of Costa Rica.

By California Life HD / August 18, 2020

Crystal: Hi Gerard I’m glad we have this opportunity to talk. I want to congratulate you on the outstanding success of Rythmia. My research has led me to conclude that you are absolutely the market leader in this space. Do you agree with that?

Gerard: I actually wouldn’t say that. We only have been operational for four years pre-covid. I would say a market leader can call themselves that after the seventh year in business. I also want to acknowledge that there are many fantastic organizations in this space. That said, I do believe that we have created a center that delivers the greatest plant-based program centric customer experience.

Crystal: Yes, I read your reviews from clients. I imagine you hear this often but, if there weren’t so many, and we didn’t spot check and verify I would think you wrote them yourself. I mean can Rythmia really be this good?

Gerard: One of the drawbacks to having that kind of track record is that sometimes it looks too good to be true. But, as a business owner, that’s a pretty good problem to have.

Crystal: You quote things like miracle rates and retention rates, what have you learned so far with this?

Gerard: I learned this, and I wish more people looked at things this way: the law of large numbers is always at work. Yes, you get more miracles by doing large numbers but your exposure also goes up. So with the good also comes some bad.

Crystal: Please elaborate.

Gerard:People simply don’t understand that the more business you do not only the more good but also the more challenges show up. You can’t do the volume of souls we do and expect every single one to experience perfection. We are extremely lucky because 95.12% in 2019 and 93.12% since inception of our guests report a miracle during their stay. But the better statistic is 98.01% say they would come back and recommend this place to a friend. That really is spectacular.

Crystal: What do those percentages equate to?

Gerard:Extrapolated, we have had 7513 guests, 6997 guests reported miracles during their stay, and 7363 would come back and refer a friend. That leaves about 134 dissatisfied customers out of the 7513. And our corporate sole focus is to fix whatever went wrong with the 134 that were dissatisfied.


Why We Are Bringing Entrepreneurs to Costa Rica to Drink Ayahuasca

You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore. — Christopher Columbus

Rythmia Ayahuasca Retreat

It wasn’t an easy decision. It’s a decision we wrestled with repeatedly (and still do). We are not shamen, gurus or healers. We don’t teach yoga and aren’t particularly disciplined meditators.

We are startup guys and entrepreneurs. We have spent our post-college lives walking fast, talking fast and living in big cities. We spent most of our careers helping big businesses sell unhealthy and unneeded products.

And that’s exactly why.


It’s been six months since doing Ayahuasca at Rythmia Costa Rica and my world has been rocked! What brought me originally to Rythmia was to cough-up a big nasty hairball of a dark and painful past.

My hopes were that I could clear my path forward by answering some of life’s simplest, yet most difficult questions such as: “Who am I? Why am I here? And, who shit in my pants?”

I came close to death on several occasions in my life, mainly due to alcohol and drug induced behaviour that lead to several Nascar-worthy car crashes, some epically stupid ideas, and many mindless stunts that somehow, I managed to survive. One weird near-death experience was from being bitten on a remote Thai island by one of the most poisonous snakes on the planet. To get me off the island to a hospital on a Sunday at 5:30 am in 90 to 120 minutes before my brain exploded (side effect), was nothing less than a James Bond chase scene. If anyone is curious, I made it.

Another epic near-death experience where I ended up in the emergency ward was from doing too much cocaine, which collapsed my lung and sent my heart in a spasm. That one I’m not too proud of.


Costa Rica falls into a blue zone. A blue zone is a concept used to identify a geographic area where people live measurably longer lives. This is a unique place for an even more unique wellness retreat.

What sets Rythmia Life Advancement center apart is it is the only licensed plant based medicine retreat. Rather than trekking into the Peruvian jungles to expand your consciousness with plant-based medicine such as ayahuasca and San Pedro, Rythmia offers a more luxurious option.

It’s fully customizable curriculum has been developed by a team of leaders from the mental, spiritual, and physical health fields.

Progression Through Unlearning: The Miracle of Rythmia

Rythmia Life Advancement Center is an all-inclusive luxurious resort located in Guancaste, Costa Rica. The intention of the space is to provide the opportunity to heal, transform consciousness, and evolve mental, spiritual and emotional wellness through alternative therapies in a medically supervised, safe, and accomodating environment.

What makes Rythmia so unique, is not just the fact that it is the first medically licensed plant medicine facility of its kind, but also the fact that this space was made manifest from a miracle, and has been able to provide miracles for almost 90% of all of its guests.

The Miracle of Rythmia

Is This the Ultimate Spiritual Vacation?

A CEO, a surf star, and a mom walk into a bar…

While this may sound like the beginning of some lewd joke, it’s actually the beginning of my recent vacation in Costa Rica. The bar was an organic juice bar. The surf star was Kelly Slater, eleven-time world surfing champion. The CEO was the head of one of the largest companies in Canada. And the mom was me, on a much-needed break from my busy life.

Since Rythmia Life Advancement Center opened its doors in 2015, 96% of their guests report experiencing a life-changing miracle by the end of their stay. And six months later, these people report their miracle is lasting. That sounds like good odds, right? Maybe a little bit too good to be true?

10,000+ Souls Healed

#1 rated spiritual retreat on trip advisor

Rythmia is the #1 customer-rated specialty lodging in the world on Tripadvisor with over 1,700 five-star reviews.

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    I mean, c'mon!

    “Well over a thousand 5 star reviews of guests gushing about their experience at Rythmia and you're still reading reviews? haha... book it!!!

    Just visited in January 2021 and had an incredible really indescribable experience. Four nights of journeying, each led by a different and beautiful shaman. Three different brews which can elicit a different reaction. An entourage of love, support, and guidance during and after ceremony.

    If Ayahuasca is calling to you, this is the place to go. Is the journey a walk in the park? No, it's work. But it's worth it. Changed my life forever.

    Jacqueline G.

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    MD Review

    "I am so thankful I came to witness the true physical, emotional , and spiritual healing of others and finding such spiritual balance for myself. It is truly medicine rather than “psychedelic drugs”. It doesn’t deserve that stigma based on what I have seen. The place is beautiful, the staff are amazing , and the food is delicious. I can’t wait to refer patients here."


  • One year later...

    "I was a guest at Rythmia late June-early July 2019. I wrote a review then...and one year later it remains one of the best decisions I've made. They advertise that 90+% of guests get their "miracle" and that it lasts. I am one of those statistics. It's difficult to define the wonderful opportunity they provide--and the work you will have to commit to if you go...but oh my, what a blessing. Rythmia is a very special place. I hope you get to go, and soon."

    Linda M.