Stephan Rechtschaffen, MD, cofounder, senior advisor, and ex officio board member of the Omega Institute, is also the director and visionary of Blue Spirit Retreat in Nosara, Costa Rica. For many years he has been involved in developing communities that model sustainable and spiritual dimensions of living a more wholesome and authentic lifestyle. He has served and currently serves as a consultant or board member to many organizations that promote this type of work, including Upaya Zen Center, the Center for Discovery, and GeoFund.
Rechtschaffen is also a widely recognized holistic physician who lectures on health, wellness, nutrition, longevity, and time. He is a coauthor of Vitality and Wellness and author of Timeshifting, a book that focuses on one’s relationship to time and stress amidst the quickening pace of modern life. These interests have drawn him to living and working in the more mindful and slower-paced environment of Blue Spirit Costa Rica.