Meet the Team at Hacienda Del Sol

Menlha Bruneau

I have been involved in health and healing for many years.  It has been a prime interest to me to be well and to help others also be well, holistically.  I am the founder of Hacienda del Sol and of the Kootenay school of Rebalancing bodywork. This school certified over 350 students to practice rebalancing body therapy. I am a rebalancing bodywork master and have been practicing craniosacral (biodynamic) treatment for several years.
For 15 years at Hacienda del Sol we have been hosting juice cleanses, and I have been the facilitator for many of them.  I have done a number of cleanses myself over the years and keep up my own cleanliness with 2 personal cleanses a year at Hacienda del Sol.
These cleanses are highly successful here thanks to the relaxed environment offered by immersion in nature, strong facilitation, constant support, detox-specific juices, and colema therapy. The transformation is remarkable and I love to be part of this process.
I am continuing to learn more about health and wellness.  It is enjoyable for me to pass on my knowledge to others which I have accumulated over the years through personal experience and observation. I consider myself to be a good teacher who, with the help of intuition, can get the message across to most clients.


Ramiro Gallardo

Ramiro is the proud co—owner of Hacienda del Sol. He sees it as an ideal opportunity to help increase peoples’ vibrancy in this changing world. He believes something new is emerging. Something that is making friends with the old rivalries of west vs east, modern vs traditional, masculine vs feminine and intends on making Hacienda del Sol a part of this evolution. He believes true health is about taking care of your mind-body-soul, and the people that surround you, and is committed to infusing Hacienda del Sol with this purpose.
Ramiro was born and raised in Mexico, where he got a degree in Film. He has a B.A. in psychology from UVIC and is a certified instructor under Scott Sonnon’s CST and Tacfit systems. He did social and outreach work with at-risk communities in Canada for 6 years before moving to Costa Rica with his wife Crystal Gallardo and is now the joyful parent of Naomi.

Crystal Gallardo

Crystal’s deep love for Hacienda del Sol led her and her husband, Ramiro Gallardo, to take over from Crystal’s mother (Menlha Bruneau) in 2013. She had always seen Hacienda del Sol as a refuge, offering deep relaxation, nourishment, healing and support. Now, as an owner, she is committed to holding space for others to find their sanctuary where they can rest, rejuvenate, feel supported, feel nourished, transform and let go.

Sharlynn Stewart

Traditional Thai Massage – Tai Chi Oil Massage – Deep Tissue Massage

Sharlynn (Shar) has been working in the healthcare field for over 20 years. She has been coming to Hacienda Del Sol since 2005 and has been facilitating retreats, and offering yoga and massage here since January, 2011. Thus, she knows from experience what a magical place it is and how it will have a profound transformative effect on your life!
Shar is a certified Yoga instructor with over a decade of experience teaching, and is also a Yoga Therapist, Thai masseuse (trained in Thailand), and a Registered Nurse. She draws on an insightful blend of Eastern & Western perspectives to compassionately encourage our guests to have an optimal experience.
Shar is passionate about living a present, balanced and authentic life, with a healthy dose of humor! She loves to travel the world, explore new places, people and food, but equally loves to retreat into silent solitude. She is a mixed breed of gypsy and home body, originally hailing from Canada but now calls Costa Rica her home.

Garnet Suidy

bodyART™ Master Trainer, Restorative Manual Therapist, facilitator of the GROOVE™ dance floor, and Global Nomad

Having spent two decades as a competitive figure skater, he has experienced and studied many different kinds of movement and therapy and is constantly evolving his life and practice. Garnet’s education in Classical Osteopathy provides him with an in-depth understanding of the structures and functions of the body and inspires him to create classes and treatments that holistically integrate the body, mind and spirit to harness our natural ability to heal. Working as a trainer, coach and therapist with Olympic and world champion figure skaters, leading workshops and retreats in Canada, Central America and Europe, and staying in the flow of life all fuel his wanderlust. Restorative manual therapy is a full body treatment which uses gentle manipulation of the hard and soft tissues in concert with the energetic networks of the body to address structural and functional issues. This treatment supports the natural healing processes of the body, address postural alignment and relieves muscular and skeletal pain to restore balance to the body, mind and spirit.


Rebalancing Bodywork - Somatic Experiencing - Spa Treatments - Western Psychological Astrology

Mascha took part in the Rebalancing Training in 1992-1993 in India. After that she studied many different bodywork and healing modalities, including Acupressure, Acupuncture, Reflexology, Reiki and Lymphatic Massage.
She graduated as a Naturopath in 1995 at the Thalamus institute, Cologne.
In 2011 she graduated from a 3-year Somatic Experiencing/trauma healing Training at the Uta Institute, Cologne.
She is an astrologer for more than 30 years and happy to share her passion here.
An Astrology session starts with an in-depth-look at the different areas in your life, your personality, relationships, soul-purpose, career, financial issues, health, family and upbringing, etc. It includes a look into the recent past and into what’s coming up in the next year.

Julia Przybilka

LIFE LOVER – International Presenter – Global Master Trainer for bodyART-training, Managing Memeber of BAA, bodyART Americas and BAM, bodyART Media - GROOVE facilitator

LIFE LOVER – International Presenter – Global Master Trainer for bodyART-training, Managing Memeber of BAA, bodyART Americas and BAM, bodyART Media – GROOVE facilitator
Gymnastics and dance taught Julia to see the body as a functional unit and to combine aesthetic with strength and flexibility. After finishing school in Berlin Julia lived in Munich, New York, South Africa and now in Costa Rica living her dream – simplicity and connection with nature.
Julia has over 20 years experience and knowledge through teaching and educating in the field of functional and holistic fitness. Under her supervision hundreds of bodyART and group fitness instructors have been educated globally.
About 10 years ago she got in touch with the GROOVEmethod and its creator Misty Triopli, who inspired her to use music and dance for autentic, creative expression.
As soon as she entered Hacienda del Sol and its philosophy in 2016 she knew its a perfect fit for her to share her passion and belief in a natural and healthy life style.
At Hacienda del Sol Julia teaches classes of ongoing retreats: Keto, Primal and Pilates. After taking the Rebalancing training with Menlha Bruneau, the founder of Hacienda del Sol, she will add Rebalancing  to her offerings.

Heather Hobbs

ROLFING® structural bodywork - Deep Tissue Massage

ROLFING® structural bodywork is excellent for yogis, athletes and those wanting to stretch, align and rebalance the body.
Heather’s unique technique melts and unwinds deep tension patterns and improves flexibility and posture. She unlocks and dissolves painful restrictions and allows for freedom, openness, ease and flow of movement.
Heather is a Certified Rolfer™, Massage Therapist, Yoga Teacher and Yoga Teacher Trainer with 15 years of experience.
She practices and teaches internationally and specializes in working with yogis, surfers and athletes.
“Heather is a MASTER! Intuitive healing at it’s finest. After a week working with her in Costa Rica at age 52 I feel 20 again!” – Kevin, Yoga Teacher, Yoga Studio Owner.
” Heather is simply AMAZING at her craft….the perfect combination of the premier expert in her field coupled with a sense of care and authenticity that make such a lasting impact. 100% satisfied!!” – Rob, Yogi and Surfer.

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  • One of the things we struggle with with the wellness industry, is that it calls us to be constantly seeking wellness outside ourselves. Don’t get us wrong, there are so many amazing experts, resources, and products out there, being lead by amazing people with great intentions. Still, this is our friendly reminder to start your wellness journey by going inward first. Check in with your body, your mind, your breath. How do you feel? What do you need? What makes sense for you? Then search out what you’re in need of. Getting lost in the sea of wellness products, info, and what everyone else is doing can be a slippery slope, because it doesn’t seem like it’s inherently wrong. It’s *healthy* right? 
But we believe the true path to wellness comes from connecting within, and doing what’s right for you, not what everyone else says!
At HDS, we help you make your own decisions about what works for you, and teach how to work with your own unique body, not against.
We’ve also been exploring new (and fun ways) to deliver a more personalized approach to wellness experiences, because there really is no one size fits all in wellness. So stay tuned, because some fun things are happening this fall 😘
  • This week was a big week here at @haciendadelsolcr 
Every year in wet season, hundreds of thousands of Olive Ridley sea turtles make their way out of the water and onto the beaches to each lay 80-100 eggs, before heading back to sea. While this most often happens at night, our guests were lucky to catch a few day-time turtles making their way onto some nearby beaches. Turtles born on these beaches are known for travelling as far as India, but always remember their home beach - their birth place, where the females return to, to lay their own eggs.
We can’t wait for these little turtle babies to start hatching! Which takes about 45-55 days depending on temperatures.
  • We fully endorse chasing waterfalls. (And we love taking you to some of our local hidden gems - so you can get a little extra TLC time, off the beaten path 💦)
  • Nature is the best medicine. With summer time hitting the northern hemisphere make sure your summer is spent watching more sunsets than Netflix. Go out for a walk. Get your bare feet on the ground. Breath in the fresh air. Notice the way the breeze moves through the trees. Get back to nature and embrace every moment this summer. Your body and mind will thank you 😘😘
#naturecalling #wellnessresort #wellnesstravel
  • Movement and exercise are a great way to recover from stress. But often, our high intensity, “no pain no gain” mentality when it comes to exercise actually puts your nervous system on higher alert than when you started - preventing your body from entering rest and digest mode, where you can fully recover. A great tip for using exercise to balance your body and mind: after exercising spend a few minutes sitting or lying down (savasana anyone?) and try to completely relax your body, and steady your breathing. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#primalfitness #truewellness #wellnessresort #wellnesstravel #wellnesstips
📷 @aloyoga
  • Social connection strengthens our immune function, helps us recover from disease faster and may even lengthen our life.
We designed Hacienda programs to allow for genuine connection and friendship building, while still giving you need the alone time you need to decompress, heal and reset your nervous system. 
So who says you need to escape alone to achieve true wellness? Join us this summer with three friends and you’ll each receive the gift of 15% off your stay. 😘