OUR TEAM AND MISSION

We are honored to introduce you to our gifted team, as we welcome you to our Hacienda del Sol family.

CRYSTAL GALLARDO BRUNEAU

Owner

Crystal brings a rare combination of business, design, and creative vision to Hacienda del Sol. Her gift is to create magical spaces of transformation by working cooperatively with the land to bring out its highest healing potential, curating each element of your experience for your deepest healing journey. She healed her own disordered eating through our method and is committed to bringing this freedom to others.

RAMIRO GALLARDO

Owner

Ramiro leads research and innovation for Hacienda del Sol as our Program Director and Head Certified Keto and Primal Coach. Dedicated to continually expanding our method for your optimal wellness support, he brings a strong sense of clear mission to our team. A former psychologist turned fitness fanatic, Ramiro healed his own obesity through the Hacienda del Sol methodology and is passionate about reconnecting others to their body-wisdom.

JUAN CARLOS SALAZAR

General Manager

With twenty years in the tourism industry and eight years at Hacienda del Sol, this seasoned hospitality pro keeps our operations purring. Juan Carlos is a Costa Rican native who comes from a long cheffing background combined with extensive holistic health experience. In his free time, he loves to dirt bike and surf.

STEFFIE FUNK

Director of Marketing

With a deep love for Hacienda del Sol and a gift for communication and cultivating connection, Steffie leads our marketing and media relations with heart, while ensuring our public voice is always an authentic expression of our core essence. Her background is in sacred business creation, which brings source energy into its exalted form.

SAMANTHA MARIN

Guest Experience Coordinator

With four years at Hacienda del Sol, Sam is here to make sure your stay with us from your first email to your final good-bye is an easy, clear, and seamless one. Licensed in tourism and skilled in customer service, she is our planning and logistics expert that handles all the guest relations details. Sam comes from Venezuela and is an ocean and sunset-lover.

JUAN JOSE BORBON (JJ)

Receptionist & Concierge

Our beloved JJ always has a smile on his face, and when you meet his happy heart, you can’t help but smile with him. He loves taking care of our guests and anything they need. JJ was born here in Costa Rica and has his Bachelors in Hospitality. In his free time, you will find him surfing.

MARIA JOSE GARCIA (MARY)

Receptionist & Concierge

Mary comes to us originally from Nicaragua. When asked what she likes best about her work, she says it’s the satisfaction of helping our guests have a magical experience when they stay with us and seeing how grateful they are to be here and how great they can feel. She has a Bachelors in Tourism and Hotel Business Administration.

MENLHA BRUNEAU

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist

Menlha is the founder of Hacienda del Sol and the creator of the world-renowned School of Rebalancing. As our Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist, Menlha works to increase the movement of fluids in and around the central nervous system. Menlha has the most calming energy presence and you instantly feel grounded the moment you meet her.

SHAR STEWART

Massage Therapist

Shar has been with us for over 10 years facilitating retreats, leading yoga, and offering healing massages. She currently provides Rebalancing, Thai Chi Oil, and Deep Tissue massage treatments. Shar is also a Yoga Therapist and Registered Nurse. Spending the majority of her career in the healthcare field, she blends her knowledge of both Eastern and Western perspectives in her bodywork treatments.

JULIA PRZYBILKA

Massage Therapist and Yoga / Movement Instructor

Julia’s passion for movement has been evident her whole life. Teaching at workshops and conventions around the globe, she has been dedicated to the practice of mind-body connection for over 20 years. After training with Menlha in 2016, Julia became a Rebalancing massage therapist. She is now teaching movement classes and offering Rebalancing treatments at our wellness center.

VERA JAUREZ

Massage Therapist and Yoga / Movement Instructor

Born in Costa Rica, Vera has always felt a connection to Guanacaste, the land we call home. She has studied several forms of yoga and massage since 2015 and became a part of our team in 2019. She is inspired by guests’ transformational experiences and enjoys being a part of that through teaching movement classes and offering massage treatments, specializing in Traditional Thai Massage and Therapeutic Flights.

MASCHA HEINRICH

Massage Therapist and Somatic / Energy Healer

After completing a Rebalancing Training in India nearly 30 years ago, Mascha has studied many different bodywork and healing modalities, including Acupressure, Acupuncture, Reflexology, Deep Tissue massage, and Lymphatic massage. She is trained in Naturopathic Medicine as well as Somatic Experiencing/Trauma Healing. She currently provides Rebalancing Massage, Body Scrubs, and Western Psychological Astrology sessions.

OUR MISSION

Ramiro and Crystal became owners of Hacienda del Sol in 2012, when it was transitioned to them with mindful intention by Crystal’s mother, Menlha (who still is involved in Hacienda as one of our gifted healers). 

Devoted stewards of the land upon which Hacienda resides, Ramiro and Crystal renovated Hacienda del Sol with luxurious upgrades and brought in innovative new healing programs – yet have always kept and honored the intimate boutique feel of Hacienda and the original healing essence of what Menlha wanted to create.

A true family business, Crystal and Ramiro are dedicated to cultivating and deepening the energy in Hacienda del Sol that it’s always been known for: the welcoming feeling of coming home to your infinite light within.

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