RUNGA started as a digital detox and functional fitness retreat, born after founder Joe DiStefano left his hectic professional life and electronics behind, and spent a week in Costa Rica, off-the-grid. He practiced yoga and engaged in activites that brought him into his body and the present moment. This was what he needed to connect with himself again, and bring newfound focus and energy into his everyday life.
Six years later, RUNGA has become a guide to internal empowerment. We bring experts from a variety of disciplines that support our guests’ journeys to connect with the strength, resilience and passion that resides inside every one of us. Our mission is to provide the tools for guests to connect with these elements in themselves, so that we can initiate progress that is not only wholesome, but sustainable.
Our approach consists of sustainable and proven practices that reduce stress and inflammation, optimize metabolic health, and foster a greater sense of community and connection with others. For many of our guests, we have found that these practices also result in improved productivity, confidence, purpose and even happiness.
The “tools in our toolkit” encompass everything from mobility, functional fitness and nutrition, to breathwork, meditation and cold immersion. We strongly believe that these practices form the foundation to sustainable wellness and longevity, and when brought into the day-to-day, can create powerful improvements in quality of life.
Empowerment runs core to our program, and all of our activities are taught in such a way that guests are encouraged to have fun and enjoy the moment. Guests are continuously connecting with each other, and many of our activities are group-oriented. Guests will experience the power of mutual support, and the self-compassion that breeds when one feels valued and respected by a team.
Starting with bringing our attention to our breath, we have a commitment to building a sustainable foundation. Our approach is based on the premise that additions to lifestyle will never be as effective as removing harmful habits or environmental detractors. Our teachings encourage guests to self-audit the efficiency of their lifestyle practices, and enable them to anchor new, sustainable habits post-event.
When it comes to company culture, small changes go a long way. The practices taught at RUNGA have the potential to significantly improve employee morale and output, with many takeaways transcending the workplace and trickling into the energy people take home to their families. Research continues to show that promoting employee happiness in such a way is rewarding for all parties.
From our extensive intake questionnaire to our pre- event coaching, we aim to individualize the experience for every guest. Our efforts allow us to identify the aspects of the program that an individual may find the most value in, and ensure that they take advantage of their time with the experts we have on hand.
A fun, non-competitive environment is essential for success, empowering individuals to take control of their wellness on their own terms. On some level, everyone cares about their wellness, and a person often needs two elements to fully inhabit this part of themselves: (1) to get in touch with why they deserve to be well, and (2) a permission slip to act in alignment with their objectives.
The practices taught at RUNGA are designed to be sustainable, and RUNGA is a permission slip to bring these healthy habits into the office. The freedom for employees to act in alignment with their wellness is invaluable to employee happiness, and also builds community, trust and support within the corporate environment.
Food at runga
We are committed to sourcing only organic produce, and serving all paleo, high-fat and plant-rich foods. Our coffee bar includes housemade almond milk, organic high-antioxidant coffee and a large selection of superfoods and supplements selected by our experts. We encourage intermittent fasting, with snacks such as sprouted nuts, nut butters and coconut yogurt available throughout the day.
Our all-organic, raw and sprouted lunches are prepared by Shanti Kitchen, a private-chef service based in Venice, CA. Dinners are family-style feasts prepared by a local 5-star chef, and are designed to be the main meal of the day. With dinner, we pair fully organic, keto-friendly wines selected by our friends at Dry Farm Wines.
Our corporate experiences are hosted in private venues surrounded by nature, located a reasonable distance from the organization’s main offices. Guests will enjoy all of the activities core to the RUNGA program:
Mobility Training unlocks the body’s compensatory mechanisms, and releases tension from the most common problem areas among hard-working executives.
Mindfulness Meditation builds emotional resilience, self-awareness, and a stronger sense of compassion for self and others.
Kundalini Yoga increases focus, mental clarity and creativity. This powerful practice releases fears that often get in the away of delivering at our highest potential.
Ice Baths strengthen the nervous system, burn fat, and normalize blood sugar, while reducing inflammation throughout the body.
Aerobic Workouts optimize the body’s ability to utilize oxygen and detoxify, which leads to more consistent energy and clarity throughout the day.
Strength Training with kettlebells builds durability, strength, and function in the core, hips and back while supporting optimal metabolic health.
Nutrition and Longevity Talks share reliable, proven practices to optimize sleep quality, sustain energy levels, improve brain function, and promote lifelong wellness.
Opportunities for team bonding run throughout all group activities, and people are always encouraged to have fun and enjoy themselves.
We offer several add-ons to the corporate experience, and are always excited to discuss ways of bringing an organization’s unique vision to life. A few of our most popular Add-On’s are:
Keynote speaker(s) or special guest(s)
Manual therapy and massage
Infrared therapy and sauna
Cooking demonstrations with a focus on brain-healthy, anti-inflammatory snacks
Post-event executive wellness coaching