Our Team

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Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Michele spent her childhood outdoors exploring the beaches and mountains of Northern California. After graduating from The University of California at Santa Barbara with a BA in Environmental Science, Michele’s love of nature, fresh air and snowboarding lead her to the mountains of Vail, Colorado where she called home for 15 years. It was here in the Rockies that she discovered her passion to help others and was trained in massage and esthetics. In 2004, Michele found herself exploring Sámara and a seed was planted. Michele’s dream was to create a sacred healing space for herself and the community. Michele eventually transitioned to a full time “Pura Vida” lifestyle in 2013 when she founded Alma Tranquila. She has been sharing her two decades of experience in health, wellness and healing with her clients here in Sámara ever since. Michele is forever expanding her knowledge and is also a Certified IIN Health Coach and has most recently spent time travelling in India & Sri Lanka where she received a 200 hr Holistic Yoga Teacher Certification.

Michele has personally experienced the power of healing in her own life and with deep roots in 5 star destination spas she is well qualified to guide you on your own wellness journey. It is her wish that your health in body, mind and spirit be sound and your happiness in a healthier life complete. We all possess the power to heal ourselves, we just need the right tools and environment. Together we can heal. Together we can raise the vibration of the planet.

Kelly has been practicing yoga for 10 years and she has learned presence, patience, how to breath, to listen to her body, self-love and much more. The birth of her two daughters inspired her to share her yoga practice with children of all ages in her community. After receiving her certification from ChildLight Yoga she has enjoyed teaching Kids Yoga in classrooms in her hometown in the United States and while living in Samara, Costa Rica. She is dedicated to helping kids become more conscious through connection to breath in movement and in stillness and to having fun along the way.

Jen’s journey with yoga and integrative healing modalities began at age 13 when she was dropped off at her first yoga class. She has now been a yoga teacher for 12 years and has over 15 years experience as a massage therapist. She is also a CranioSacral Therapist, Reiki Master, Ayurvedic Medicine Consultant, and Personal Fitness Trainer. Jen has used yoga and integrative medicine in her own life to grow, play, heal from serious illness, injuries and trauma, and to stay centered in her heart. Now she strives to help others do the same. Jen moved from New Hampshire to Costa Rica in 2012 to live barefoot, surf and travel and now has a beautiful family. She believes you can heal from anything and in healing ourselves we help heal the planet. Come heal, play, laugh, cry and enter the heart of profound relaxation with Jen.


Brooke is a Master Esthetician that transplanted to Costa Rica from the mountains of Utah. After studying in Samara for 5 months, she fell head over heels in love with small town beach life. She has seven years of experience as an esthetician which includes a history of working in resort spas in Park City, UT and Jackson Hole, WY as well as practicing as an educator at The Skin Academy in Salt Lake City, UT. Brooke’s passion comes from the concept that happiness creates wellness which reflects beauty. She believes in the abundance of the human body, the power of touch and the positive changes that the wisdom of caring for others creates. This is what ultimately geared her towards the world of healing and the skincare industry upon graduation from Paul Mitchell the School in 2012. Brooke presently offers full body waxing, facials, body treatments, and lash and brow tinting. When Brooke isn’t at Alma Tranquila, she enjoys hiking with her dog, playing at the beach and exploring Costa Rica.

Born in San Jose, Alejandro’s family roots are Guanacasteco. As he was growing up in the concrete jungle he began to feel the call of Mother Earth and his ancestral homelands of the Bagaci clan. Alejandro began his return from the modern ways of the city back to the more indigenous ways of connection with the sacred mystery. He started to fast and spend more time with nature, asking Pachamama for guidance. Soon he began to learn with the First Nations how to relate to our surroundings and love Mother Earth. For more than ten years he has followed the path, learning every day how to walk with beauty and grace. Alejandro works with the medicine of Cacao, sweat lodges, sound healing and energetical balances for groups and individuals.


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