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The Healing Cuisine
The Healing Cuisine
The Healing Cuisine
The Healing Cuisine

FractalPieAt The Healing Cuisine, our intention is to share the delicious simplicity of healing with whole organic food.  Through our healing retreats, cooking classes, raw food diet and juice cleanse programs, organic shopping service, prepared meal and private chef services we provide easy access to healthy, lactose free, gluten free, live superfoods and macrobiotic gourmet ingredients, prepared in or delivered to your vacation home in the jungle or at the beach in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica.

ChocRaspCake A leader in the organic living foods movement, we are raising awareness of the amazing healing, clarifying and energizing powers of whole organic foods. Using the freshest local ingredients, we provide delicious nutritious foods for both the raw enthusiast, vegan, healthy “foodie” and the patron of locally sourced cooked cuisine.

Our experience, creativity, flexibility, passion and fun that we have in the kitchen will delight and inspire a quest for continued health and longevity. We take special care and attention to get to know our clients’ needs and preferences to customize each program to the individual or group.

For reservations or more information on our services and scheduling, please contact us.

Joanne and Family

“We believe we are one with our planet and not separate from her. What we need to survive is as basic as it is for Gaia. Nourishing ourselves, our family and our community through whole organic food, heals and has a positive impact on everything. In this time of conscious evolution we are experiencing great change and manifesting new realities together.”

Meet the Chef


Joanne Gerrard Young

Joanne Gerrard Young

Joanne’s mission is to inspire vibrant health, personal growth and clarity of body, mind and spirit.

Originally from Ontario, Canada, Joanne has been working in the Culinary Arts and Holistic Nutrition fields since 1991 when she moved to Whistler, British Columbia to pursue her passion for food. In Whistler, Joanne had the great pleasure of working with some of the top chef’s in the area and was first inspired by the healing properties of organic living foods and superfoods as the head chef and manager of Vitality 4 U Juice and Salad Bar.

Working as a chef in a resort opened the door to traveling the world which allowed Joanne to expand her culinary and cultural experience. The Healing Cuisine was founded in 2001 and first opened its doors in Pemberton, BC in The Herbal Emporium.

Joanne has gained fundamental healing experience working closely with Naturopathic Doctors, Herbalists, Alternative Healers, and Doctors of Chinese Medicine, as well as the general public, consulting and designing healing menus for a variety of health issues.

In the summer of 2012 The Healing Cuisine had the opportunity to host and learn from the Father of Gourmet Ethical Raw Foods Cuisine and doctor of food science, Aris LaTham, and in 2013 to her great honor Joanne was hailed “Master Raw Food Chef” by the Grandfather of Raw Living Foods, Viktoras Kulvinskas, co-founder with Ann Wigmore of the Hippocrates Health Institute.

In addition to Living Food Cuisine, Holistic Nutrition and the Culinary Arts, Joanne has studied Herbology, Crystal Healing & Gemstone Therapy, Aromatherapy, Ayurvedic Cooking and Anusara Yoga.

After the birth of their second child, Joanne and her husband Kevin Young, former professional snowboarder, decided to make the move towards a more simple life. Currently living the surf and beach life in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica they are surrounded by natural beauty and abundant superfoods. This in conjunction with their passion for helping others experience enlightened living has inspired Joanne and Kevin, to re-create The Healing Cuisine.

Joanne is currently the personal raw food chef for Supermodel Gisele Bundchen and NFL quarterback Tom Brady. Her juice cleanses and private chef services have been attended by everyone from supermodels and musicians to anyone wishing to make positive change in their lives.

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Joanne & Gisele
Gisele Bundchen and Chef Joanne

The Healing Cuisine
The Healing Cuisine
The Healing Cuisine
The Healing Cuisine



Nourish your body, mind and spirit with a detoxifying juice cleanse, raw food detox or raw food & juice cleanse program.

Why do a cleanse?

Over time, toxins build up in the body as the result of pollutants in the air we breathe, the chemicals we apply to our skin and hair and the additives in the food and water we consume. We begin to experience lethargy, aches and pains and allergies. Often times we attribute these symptoms of toxicity to the natural process of aging or to a condition that we have always lived with. A cleansing organic raw food diet or an organic juice fast are both effective and safe methods of helping the body detoxify.

The benefits of raw food

  • improved digestion, assimilation & elimination
  • more energy
  • increased mental clarity
  • amplified senses
  • balanced pH & blood sugar levels
  • weight loss & weight management
  • strengthened immune & nervous systems
  • enhanced sense of well-being

Visiting Costa Rica?

Ask your concierge to call us, or email us at and we can coordinate with your hotel or house manager. We order the freshest organic ingredients which can take some time in Costa Rica. We work with over 40 organic farms and suppliers to ensure the best quality. Please allow up to 5 days before starting your cleanse, we may be able to start you sooner, but due to ordering times and delivery dates, please allow us some flexibility on start dates. Please contact us for our current pricing.

Want to do a cleanse?

We are always excited to assist people who want to make a positive shift in their mind, body and spirit. If you’re interested in visiting us in Costa Rica, we host retreats throughout the year, but can accommodate you at any time. Please contact us for more information.

3 DAY Juice Cleanse

Boost your immune system, begin releasing toxins from your blood and add an enormous boost of nutrients to your system.

5 DAY Juice Cleanse

Increase your energy, strengthen your immune system, detoxify your blood and begin releasing toxins from your organs.

5 DAY Raw Food / Juice Cleanse

The gentlest experience for first-time cleansers. 3 days of juicing with raw food days at the start and finish line.

7 DAY Juice Cleanse

Experience clarity of mind, detoxify blood and organ systems, increase immune function, balance pH levels, and weight loss.

7 DAY Raw Food / Juice Cleanse

Start with raw food, then 5 great days of juicing finished off with a final day of delicious raw food.

10 DAY Juice Cleanse

Profound cleanse for clarity of mind, strengthened immune & nervous systems, improved digestion & elimination, amplified senses, increased well being, and increased energy.

Support Materials:

In addition to the daily meals we also provide: limes and cayenne, probiotics, digestive enzymes, mineral clay, liver support tea and a blood cleansing chlorophyll mint tea, a schedule and handbook to walk you through the program, loofah, bowel cleanse fibre, detox and supportive teas and broths.

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Amazingly delicious and abundantly healthy raw food meals delivered to your door. Includes digestive enzymes, liver & blood cleansing teas.


Delicious, nutritious juices, superfood smoothies, cleansing and detoxifying teas, coconut water & reviving potassium broth.

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The Healing Cuisine
The Healing Cuisine
The Healing Cuisine
The Healing Cuisine





Clean Getaway | Alignment Retreat
Clean Getaway | Alignment Retreat


Clean Getaway
Clean Getaway



Clean Getaway Costa Rica
Clean Getaway Costa Rica

Custom Retreats


Contact us to design your retreat of any length, with raw foods, juicing, yoga, private chef, surfing, massages, healing treatments of choice. Including lymphatic drainage & relaxation massages, reiki, energy balancing therapy, treatment & consultation with an experienced doctor of Chinese medicine. Our staff will help you plan your entire trip to Costa Rica!


  • Consultation and personal program designed for you by Master Raw Food Chef Joanne Gerrard Young and an individualized cleanse experience
  • Personalized program of detox massage, accupuncture, meditation and consultants
  • Daily morning and evening Yoga and Guided Meditation with top Yoga professionals in Costa Rica
  • Choice of accommodations, private houses and hotels
  • Raw, vegan, paleo, vegetarian, pesceterian and custom menus available for each member of your group

Optional Add-Ons:

  • Quantum Healing Hypnosis Therapy
  • Sidereal Astrology
  • Detox acupuncture sessions
  • Colonics
  • Reiki
  • Polarity Energy Sessions
  • Life Coaching
A Message from Joanne

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The Healing Cuisine
The Healing Cuisine
The Healing Cuisine
The Healing Cuisine

Private Chef Services


The Healing Cuisine Private Chef Services
Allow yourself the pleasure of an experience unlike any other. Whether you’re looking for a quiet dinner for two, hosting a party, or holding a retreat. The Healing Cuisine will provide you with an exceptional meal prepared by one of the most sought after chefs in Costa Rica, Joanne Gerrard Young, and our staff of on site chefs. We specialize in Raw, Vegan, Lactose and Gluten Free, Paleo and Pescetarian menus, as well as mixtures and unique menu items.

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The Healing Cuisine Private Chef Services
The Healing Cuisine
The Healing Cuisine
The Healing Cuisine
The Healing Cuisine

Classes & Certification


The Healing Cuisine Cooking Classes
The Healing Cuisine Cooking Classes
The Healing Cuisine Cooking Classes
The Healing Cuisine Cooking Classes
The Healing Cuisine Raw Food Preparation Certification

The Healing Cuisine is excited to offer an Intensive Raw Food Preparation Certification Course lead by Master Raw Food Chef Joanne Gerrard Young in beautiful Santa Teresa, Costa Rica. Learn the Living Food Lifestyle!

The Healing Cuisine Certification

Joanne, Students & Viktoras Kulvinskas

The Healing Cuisine’s Raw Food Preparation Certification is an intensive program where you will learn the basics of the living food lifestyle and receive knowledge to incorporate this program into your daily life, or add raw food to your chef repertoire. Your tuition includes course manuals and materials, a guide to stocking your pantry, meal planning, recipes and hands on experience. Also included is a day with the grandfather of raw food and co-founder of the Hippocrates Institute, Viktoras Kulvinskas, as well as a visit to La Paz finca with Terri Zacanti, co-founder of the Living Light Institute. You will also receive a Certificate of Completion for Raw Food Preparation from The Healing Cuisine and Master Raw Food Chef, Joanne Gerrard Young.

Upcoming Dates:

May 2 – 8 2015
May 31 – June 6 2015
August 22 – 28 2015
November 14 – 20 2015
December 5 – 11 2015

  • Private scheduling available
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Cooking Classes with the Healing Cuisine

The healing cuisine offers a variety of classes for creating incredible, healthy & nutritious meals. Both group and private classes are available. Read below for more information!

living foods made easy

The Healing Cuisine - Living Foods Made Easy Discover how simple it can be to add more life energy to your daily routine, learn easy ways to improve your health. Enjoy a four course lunch plus refreshments. Start with a Superfood Smoothie followed by Mixed Greens with Green Gaia dressing, a Creamy Squash Bisque then enjoy a main course of Zucchini Spaghetti topped with Brazil Nut Parmesan and finish your living foods meal with a delicious Chocolate Mousse with Vanilla Cashew Cream and an Almond Milk Chai Tea.

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tropical cooking

The Healing Cuisine - Tropical Cooking Learn to create a scrumptious 4 course tropical meal using the freshest Costa Rican ingredients. Beginning with a traditional fresh Fish Ceviche served with Cucumber & Yucca Chips followed by an organic mixed Greens Salad topped with cherry tomatoes, cucumber, slivered red onion, hearts of palm, sliced avocado and toasted macadamia nuts tossed with a Passionfruit Vinaigrette. You will also discover how to make fresh coconut milk for a Coconut Ginger Rice and Coconut crusted Mahi Mahi with spicy Mango Sauce. Finish this fabulous meal with a delicious tropical Raw Key Lime Pie. Also learn how to create the traditional Tamarindo Juice with fresh “tapa dulce”, dehydrated sugar cane juice.

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superfood breakfasts

The Healing Cuisine - Superfood Breakfasts Start the day out right, increase your energy, feel satisfied and nourished with delicious superfood breakfasts. Learn to create Superfood Cereal, Live Tropical Mueslii, Buckwheat Groatmeal and Apple Spiced Hazelnut Porridge. You will also discover some of the amazing superfoods of Costa Rica.

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crunchy goodness

The Healing Cuisine - Crunchy Goodness Living raw foods are cooked to perfection by the sun and full of life giving nutrients as well as water. To make raw cuisine more interesting we use the dehydrator to create things that are reminiscent of the foods we love to crunch and munch on. Learn to create fruit leathers, sweet and savoury crusts, crackers, breads and veggy chips.

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decadent guilt free desserts

The Healing Cuisine - Decadent Desserts Discover how you can create delicious, rich and creamy vegan desserts that leave you feeling energized and satisfy that sweet tooth. We will create Key Lime Pie, Passionfruit Cheescake, Superfood Chocolate Fondue, Cookies and Tropical Fruit Pie.

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healthy kids & family

The Healing Cuisine - Healthy Kids & Family Learn new and inventive ways to incorporate fresh fruits & vegetables into your child’s diet. This workshop includes raw items as well as nutritional whole cooked recipes. We will cover raw nut mylks, superfood smoothies, green drinks, raw oatmeal, brown rice cereal, healthy pancakes & syrup, plus healthy snacks & treats. We will also discuss natural remedies, native to Costa Rica, Childhood ailments.

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The Healing Cuisine
The Healing Cuisine
The Healing Cuisine
The Healing Cuisine



Gisele Bundchen
“Eating Joanne’s Healing food reminds me of our connection to our beautiful planet. Every meal a reflection of love and vitality, is better than the one before. Joanne’s food is an extension of her… pure, passionate, and connected.”
Gisele Bündchen, Supermodel, Philanthropist


Julia Stegner
“Although I have eaten raw food and have completed cleanse programs before, I was a little apprehensive to undertake a juice fast. I had heard great things about The Healing Cuisine and their programs and after receiving our first raw breakfast I was convinced that cleansing with Joanne’s raw food could be a delight in itself. Juicing, however, was a little more challenging but both Joanne and Kevin were there to offer their support and suggestions at just the right time. I quickly realized how it helped me to define and refine my body while providing all of its nutritional needs. The mental clarity, balance and definition I achieved was incomparable. I would highly recommend The Healing Cuisine to anyone visiting Santa Teresa/Mal Pais, Costa Rica.”
Julia Stegner, Victoria’s Secret Model | New York, NY


Anthony Rhulen
“I had heard some very good things about Joanne and was excited and really looking forward to my first raw food experience with The Healing Cuisine. What Joanne created was more than I could have expected, a delicious satisfying and enlightening meal. I enjoyed every bite with anticipation for the next course. Dessert was unbelievable, rich, decadent and healthy! Thank you Joanne, for putting us on the path.”
Anthony Rhulen, Film Producer | Los Angeles, CA


Nadia Narain
“Every time I come to Costa Rica I do a 5 day cleanse with Joanne! I feel amazing and light and everyone notices a glow in my skin. This year I did it with a friend and she loved it. Joanne paces it so well that you never feel hungry. When you come off it , your whole attitude to food changes. You want healthy and live food in your system. Thanks Joanne!”
Nadia Narain, Yoga Instructor | London, UK


Isaac Gartner
“I know that eating raw is best for my health, but it’s often hard to get motivated to prepare my own meals.
Joanne makes it so easy to eat healthfully. Even a 7 day cleanse goes by effortlessly because everything tastes so fresh and delicious.”
Isaac Gartner, Surfer, Computer Proffesional, RMT | Playa Carmen, Costa Rica


Brittany Daniel
“Joanne was my savior while I was in Costa Rica..!! I was on a very strict cleanse and she met all my food requirements while creating the yummiest tasting dishes… I felt so healthy and alive eating her meals… I wish she could move to LA and cook for me and friends… Joanne is also so informative when it comes to health. She is definitely on a path to healing through food and her perfect preparation of her dishes… I highly recommended her to anyone traveling through Costa Rica!”
Brittany Daniel, Actor | Hollywood, CA


Alice Kabukuru
“I am writing to tell anyone who will listen about my experience with Joanne Gerrard and the Healing Cuisine. First a little about me, I am a health food and cleanse enthusiast. I have been interested in and persistently, pursuing news about the newest discoveries in wellness for over 15 years, I have also been experimenting with my diet for as long to see what works for me. Early on I learned about and experienced the benefits of juice fasting. I have probably done one to two juice fast per year during this time. I have gone to spas to do them or did them for myself at home. I can honestly say that The Healing Cuisine’s juice fast cleanse far surpasses any other I have ever done! I just recently completed my second juice fast with Joanne this past December and I can still feel the cleanse although I was not perfect over the holidays it made it easier to get back on track come January, which tells me it was a very good cleanse. The reason I do cleanses is to center and reset myself and to support myself in my quest for health. I have never had such incredible releases in on any other cleanse. And finally I think Joanne is one of the most caring, nurturing people I have ever come across and this coupled with her extensive knowledge of food as medicine makes what she offers unbeatable. Thank you Joanne!”
Alice Kabukuru, Supermodel | New York, NY


Danielle Davis
“I had a very wonderful experience participating in the five day cleanse with Joanne. Having breakfast, lunch, and dinner prepared daily, all-be-it liquids for three of the days, felt like being pampered and nurtured! Plus, everything was delicious! Joanne was very knowledgeable and informative about the entire process. I learned things about natural ingredients, nutrition and my health that I will cherish for life! Once I began the process I became a full believer in the benefits of cleansing. Much to my surprise I did not feel hungry to an uncomfortable degree. Actually, I felt quite proud to be doing something so beneficial for myself! During and after the cleanse I felt so vivacious, an enormous sense of well being and had such wonderful mental clarity & energy. And people noticed! I received so many nice compliments, that I seemed very grounded & present & that I was glowing to name a few! I also loved having an excellent excuse to nap in the afternoons! I truly only regretted not signing up for the seven day cleanse! An amazing detox experience that I will definitely do again!”
Danielle Davis, Business Owner | Santa Teresa, CR


Amy Lombardo
“I just finished a wonderful cleanse with Joanne, and my body and mind feel great! I didn’t think it’d be possible to do this without feeling deprived, but Joanne’s planning and care made me feel supported and nourished from start to finish. In fact, I already miss her yummy juices now that it’s over! I learned easy and effective ways to take what I experienced home with me so that I can live a healthier more balanced life, even with my intensely busy schedule. Thank you Joanne for helping me see how healthy eating can be a reality and not a hassle. I’m so grateful!”
Amy Lombardo, Wellness Counselor, Coach, Yoga Teacher | Boston, MA


Angel Chang
“Thank you for a great experience in Costa Rica. The juice cleanse was fab and I felt super skinny in my bikini. Your daily deliveries to my hotel door kept me on schedule and very disciplined. The best thing, though, was taking your raw food workshops while coming off the cleanse. The delicious raw dishes were so easy to prepare, and even better than the cooked food we’d been eating! Since returning to New York, I’ve used your nutritional tips and totally converted to the raw food diet. I have more energy, my skin looks amazing, and the back pain I used to suffer from has completely vanished. Your workshop inspired me to change my lifestyle, and I am forever grateful.”
Angel Chang, Fashion Designer | New York, NY
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