Sun Tanning in the Winter?

Do I recommend Sun Tanning in the winter?

I get into my speedos, roll out a nice beach towel and lay back in the snow on a -29 degree day here in Saskatoon Saskatchewan. Be sure to check out the video to learn more!

I hope you enjoy the video!

To Learn a ton more check out my post about My Top 4 ways to get Vitamin D as a Vegan!

top vegan sources of vitamin d

Truthfully I do not sun tan in the winter, at least not in the snow nor in Canada in the winter. Really there is not much point as the suns ray’s come in at such a angle during the winter months that very little uv gets through the atmosphere, dependant on ones location.  One would have to spend more time than is realistic in order to get any noticeable amount of vitamin D or Tan.

If you Really want to get a great winter tan, boost your vitamin D stores, make amazing connections with likeminded people while having the adventure of a lifetime then…

Learn more about the Raw Food n Yoga Surf Adventure Retreat in Costa Rica!

raw food yoga surf adventure retreat

If you want to reserve your spot right now before they get sucked up then Click right here 🙂

Still Not sure?

Take a sneak peek with a Day in the Life at a past Raw Food n Yoga Surf Adventure Retreat! 

A day in the life costa rica

I hold most of my retreats at the amazing Farm of Life, get to know Brian Calvi as he leads a fun  a Tour of the amazing Organic Permaculture farm, Finca Da Vida

While your at it why not watch the video for Testimonials from the 2013 Retreat, more to come!

See below for more Retreat Info and images!

Request a Brochure Here for more info, pricing and freebies

The Banana Commander is excited to invite you on the most epic retreat experience in Costa Rica! Having witnessed the healing power of the raw food diet and being blessed to enjoy all that the amazing Farm of Life offers, we couldn’t help but create this retreat to bring all of it and us together for the most amazing Raw Retreat Ever!

surf raw food yoga retreat costa rica…with amazing raw food meals and tropical fruits!

amazing raw meals and tropical fruits

Included in the Raw Food Yoga Surf Adventure Retreat:

– 1 night at Margarita’s BnB to make sure your ready for a early shuttle direct to the beach!
-Travel to and from the airport / BnB & the Beach / Farm of Life (4 hours from San Jose)

-7 nights accommodation at The Farm of Life

farm of life

– All you can eat Organic, Local, Raw Fruits and Veggies and Fresh Coconuts! 

– Simple 80/10/10 style cuisine from 101 Frickin’ Rawsome Recipes with the option of 2-4 Low Fat Raw Gourmet Dinners from “TRA Retreat Treats” 

Delicous Low Fat Raw gourmete

– Raw Food Demos, Culinary Skills and Workshops!

Raw Food Demos and workshops

– Up to 1 Yoga Class a Day (4-5 different styles in the beautiful Yoga Hut overlooking the Jungle)

Costa Rica Yoga retreat Hut

– Surfing including Rental and Transportation (2-3 days depending on tides and level of surfing experience.) Potential to Skateboard. 

– Amazing Jungle Hikes to Waterfalls, Cliff Jumps and more! (Varying lengths from easy to more challenging)

Costa Rica Surfing Waterfalls and Hikes

– Meditation and tibetan singing bowls around the campfire
– Sungazing morning and evenings. Connecting to the earth with barefoot walking. 

sungazing barefoot walking Costa Rica

– One-on-one and Group Raw Lifestyle Coaching with Chris Kendall
– Social and Emotional Support and Strategies
– Learning to apply all the different aspects of holistic healthy living

– Fun, fun and more fun! and Fruit, fruit and more fruit!


*Costa Rica offers some of the best surfing in the world with many world-class breaks or spots. We will have the option of going to a number of different spots ranging from beginner to advanced during the retreat surrounded by amazing endless coconut tree’s fresh fruit, perfect beaches and the option of caves. It will be amazing fun!

Seize this opportunity to fully immerse yourself in the raw lifestyle while enjoying awesome activities, learning about hygienic lifestyle factors and absorbing all that Costa Rica has to offer!! Whether you are a hardcore fruitarian or brand new to raw foods, you will enjoy and benefit from this retreat. We will be sharing vital and helpful information regarding the raw food diet including but not limited to: common mistakes, ways to plan for success, making it FUN, secrets to making great sauces, tips and tricks of long term raw foodists, and the science as well as common sense behind the raw food diet.

Did we mention -All the Whole Fresh Ripe Raw Fruits and Veggies you can eat!!

Request a Brochure Here for more info, pricing and freebies


Our Crew!


Chris Kendall creator of The Raw Advantage is the famous “Banana Commander.” He’s a 35 year old Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Low Fat Raw Vegan Lifestyle Coach, Raw Food Chef, Yoga Teacher, Athlete/Amateur Skateboarder, was voted best male athlete at the Best of Raw Awards last year as well as Funniest Raw Male.. well how about that! He has been on the LFRV path since 2004 and just celebrated 11 years raw vegan! Chris believes that we are always provided for, that we have all we need to grow into our highest potential in every moment. Through letting go of graspingness and fear in turn dedicating ourselves to loving service we truly can all live in abundance. His award winning retreats are a must on your travel to-do list!

Our hosts, husband and wife team Brian and Jody Calvi, are health enthusiasts with giant hearts. Their respective histories with disease and long fights for recovery inspired them to open Farm of Life. They are grateful for the healing journey they’ve experienced, and feel their higher purpose is to give back to others in need. Brian and Jody are here to assist guests, support your healing journey, arrange tours and services and make your visit exemplary. Brian’s farm tours and personality are a highlight for many on the Farm. Learn more about The Farm of Life at

Also serving us on the farm the head Chef, the Greenhouse Keeper, the four friendly huskies: Caesar, Ramseys, Rah, Inca and Shakti the kitty.

Farm of Life The Raw Advantage


farm of life private cabins

Private Cabins & Premium Cabins
Casa Coco and Casa Mono are the beautiful new cabins with amazing views of campus and walk-out balcony. All cabins have amazing views on the balconies, private shower / bathroom and luxurious beds!

premium cabins at the farm of life

Request a Brochure Here for more info, pricing and freebies

Check out more photos of the accommodations here:

And watch the video for Testimonials from the 2013 Retreat, more to come!

Space is limited!

We really hope to see you out here in Costa Rica! There is a max occupancy of 21 people, so be sure to secure your spot and reserve your place now!!

 Paradise awaits you….

big rock avatar rockAvatar Rock – A hidden gem in Costa Rica, on private land beside the Farm of Life, that we have access to on this retreat!


As Always

Wishing You Much

PeaceLovenSeasonalFruit ck

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