Healing Facilitators

Center of Joy offers a wide range of healers and teachers with spiritual, medical, and holistic training from around the world. Each one brings their singular wisdom to help you discover whole new worlds within yourself.


Dr. Ruth Lopez

With 30 years of holistic practice, Dr. Ruth blends traditions from around the world into her own unique healing approach. Trained in both Western and Eastern medicine, she earned her M.D. at the Central University of Quito-Ecuador and studied acupuncture at the Traditional Chinese Medicine University in Shanghai-China. She also practices Chi-Kung and Energy Healing, and develops Meditation Workshops.


  • Bioenergetic Holistic Session
  • Acupuncture w/o needles
  • Cosmetic Acupuncture
  • Sleep therapy colorpuncture
  • Cupping with aromatherapy
  • Ear Puncture or Auriculotherapy
  • Magnets

Constina Howley

With over 20 years of practice, Constina is devoted to creating a safe space where people feel centered and grounded, both on and off the mat. Trained in teaching Hatha Yoga at Sacred Brooklyn in New York, she guides students in aligning their breath with movement in classes that focus on embracing the authentic self.


  • Hatha Yoga
  • Yin Yoga (Slow Yoga)
  • Mindful Meditation
Natalia Ria

Natalia Riajkiah

Based on the belief that everyone has an innate power to heal themselves, Natalia uses a mix of modalities, from the etheric to the tactile, to release stuck emotions, energetic blocks, and tensions in the body, mind, and heart. Working with energy, intuition and the body, her goal is to help people reconnect to their essence and step into a life of inner freedom and joy.


  • Yoga: Hatha flow, Restorative, Deep stretch, Vinyasa, Yin
  • Traditional Thai Massage
  • Dynamic Thai Massage
  • Chi Nei Tsang Abdominal Massage
  • Sound Healing Therapy
  • Somatic Breathwork & Emotional Release
  • Emotional Freedom Technique
  • Reiki
Pura Vida

Pura Vida Vibrations – Jared & Laura


  • Sound Journey with Gongs and Crystal Bowls
  • Breathing Session with Crystal Bowls
  • Introduction to Cacao and Sound Journey (Sound Healing).
  • Womb Wellness Sessions (for women) or Holistic Wellness Sessions (for men)

Victoria Bonilla

Victoria came to health coaching and guided meditation through a personal journey that dragged her to rock bottom. In her climb back up, she found her purpose—to not only take responsibility and maintain her own health, but to help others find theirs. Her work focuses on both physical and spiritual wellbeing, finding balance, and supporting dreams.


  • Health Coaching
  • Guided Meditation

Congatronica – Rodrigo Fonseca


  • Sound journey
  • Drum circle
  • Clases de percusion
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Marianela Ortiz

With more than 40 years of experience, Marianela has cultivated a following in Costa Rica as one of leading exponents of Holistic Yoga. She grew up with yoga as part of the family heritage while learning about Traditional Chinese Medicine from her father, who studied at the Acupressure Institute in Berkeley, California. She went on to find her spiritual purpose in the holistic world.


  • Kirtan
  • Sonterapia
  • Reiki
  • Yoga
  • Cacao
  • Ceremonies
Jen Cowles

Jenifer Leigh Cowles

After 25 years of study and initiation, Jenifer is passionate about providing wellness experiences. She has lived and worked in Costa Rica for 23 years and brings a love of the local culture to her work. Forever a student, she’s always excited to share the tools she’s gathering with the curious and brave.


  • Wellness expert/Coach
  • Health and wellness counselor
  • Wellness therapist
  • Master Healer
  • Yoga professional
  • Consultant/Trainer/Program Manager

Konrad Esquivel

Holistic healing facilitator with multicultural experience, expert in alternative therapies, dedicated to healing and leading others to internal freedom since 1982. After undergoing some intense spiritual experiences he now created his own technique and teaches his own meditation modality geared to enable others to connect and experience their own inner peace and silence.


  • Thai Massage 
  • Deep Tissue 
  • Smooth Massage 
  • Tai Chi
  • Sleep therapy colorpuncture

Dara Israel

Dara has completed hundreds of hours of training—from studying intensive monastic meditation at the Bodhi Manda Zen Center in New Mexico to completing an extensive teacher training program in India. When she began exploring freediving, she realized how effective it can be, when combined with meditation and yoga, in helping people release old trauma, free themselves from anxiety and depression, and step into their most authentic, powerful selves.


  • Kundalini Yoga
  • Hatha Yoga
  • Yin/Restorative Yoga
  • Meditation
  • Yoga Nidra (30-45 minutes)
  • Balancing the 5 Elements Meditation and Connection Workshop (2
  • Freediving/Breathwork
  • Breathhold Meditation (1 hour)
  • Intro to Freediving Workshops (can be adapted anywhere from a half day -
  • Breathwork Workshop (1 hour)