DEEP ECOLOGY of WELLNESS: community stay + creative residency

      Puntarenas Province, Punta Banco, Costa Rica

      Yoga Trade
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      Apr 1 - 30, 2023
      Group size: 8 - 14
      DEEP ECOLOGY of WELLNESS: community stay + creative residency
      Puntarenas Province, Punta Banco, Costa Rica

      Yoga Trade
      • Email address verified
      6 reviews

      Apr 1 - 30, 2023
      Group size: 8 - 14

      About this trip


      a community stay + creative residency

      hosted by Yoga Trade

      Spend a full lunar cycle (one month) living in the jungle at the Yoga Farm in Costa Rica. This community stay / residency is rooted in wellness, creativity, community, and regenerative living. Connect deeply with nature, practice yoga daily, and engage in weekly workshops. Learn from experienced facilitators:  Yoga Trade founders + friends - while also having the opportunity to share your gifts and connect with a cohort. A well balanced blend of structured activities and free time. 

      The Experience

      This program is designed with yoga teachers, wellness professionals, and/or nature enthusiasts in mind. But really, it is for anyone who desires time + space + support to focus on wellness and creativity! It is also for those who are looking to reignite the inner spark, live simply, connect with community, and allow the jungle and warm sea to stimulate the creative brain. There is no previous experience necessary, only the craving to learn and grow. 

      The community stay / residency will be April 1st - 30th, 2023 with a few days included for integration on either end. Full programming will commence Monday, April 3rd - Friday, April 28th. 

      Program Will Include

      There will be yoga 6 days a week and other classes, activities, and workshops sprinkled through the month in the following areas:

      - Movement + Meditation

      - Community Building + Service

      - Vision + Purpose + Clarity

      - Permaculture Basics + Regenerative Living

      - Creativity

      - Writing 

      - Culinary Arts

      - Nature Altars 

      - Sound + Dance

      - Water Awareness 

      There will also be allocated time for 'co-working space', weekly community skill shares, and optional nature excursions. We all will collectively pitch in about 10 hours a week to 'farm responsibilities' which will include light chores, garden projects, and cooking (super fun and educational).


      The Yoga Farm is a rustic yoga center and sustainable living project located on the southernmost Pacific coast Costa Rica; a short distance from the spectacular surfing beach of Pavones. Set amidst beautiful tropical rainforest, and overlooking open ocean, we are ideally located for those looking to reconnect with mind, body, and nature.

      This remote area is geographically, biologically, and culturally diverse. There are plenty of opportunities to explore the forest, visit indigenous homesteads, as well as relax and play on a beach that is uncrowded by tourism or nightlife.

      The landscape abounds with edible and medicinal plants, and we add to the harvestable amount of plant life on the property every season. We grow several varieties of bananas, mangoes, pineapples, papayas, guanabana, coconuts, anona, jackfruit, starfruit, citrus, avocados, water apples, cinnamon, cacao, perennial greens and herbs, our own yoga farm bred chilis, bamboo, beans and peas, taro, ginger, turmeric, vanilla, and black pepper to name a few. Two fresh water springs provide crystal clear drinking water.

      The ocean is a beautiful, constant, and integral part of life in Punta Banco. We are located at the southern tip of the Golfo Dulce, looking out both across the gulf to the Osa Peninsula and south to open Pacific waters. The area is home to an abundance of marine life. Sea turtles, dolphins and whales among many other species frequent the coastal waters, and local fisherman bring fresh catch to market several times a week. At low tides, the beach is perfect for walking, exploring tide pools, fishing, and sunbathing. Unlike much of Costa Rica, few tourists visit the beaches this far south, making it a perfect spot for stargazing and beach fires instead of noisy nightlife.

      ***This is an authentic 'jungle living' experience; muddy feet, waking up with howler monkeys, and sharing space with unique critters and each other.

      ***There is wifi at the Yoga Farm, but it will be on a timer and will be turned on for 2-3 hours per day. If you have super important commitments that require you to be online a lot - this may not be the residency for you. If you can get by with 2-3 hours of 'somewhat reliable' internet a day and would enjoy living most of the hours of the day offline, this is a good fit! 

      ***The Yoga Farm is a 10-15 minute walk up a STEEP dirt road from the beach. It is definitely a good workout. Down for the legs and up for the heart:) 


      We will celebrate and be nourished by three healthy + delicious meals a day. The food will be primarily vegetarian, Costa Rican inspired, created with as many local + organic ingredients as possible, and made with love. We may offer a few fresh fish + chicken options depending on the preferences of the group. Unlimited coffee, tea, and farm snacks are always available. Opportunities to help in many aspects of nutrition if desired! Learn about growing food, harvesting, and a variety of jungle cooking skills. Please let us know your food preferences upon registration.     

      This Residency Is For You If...

      - You are looking to live simply and have a desire to learn about permaculture + regenerative living basics.

      - You would like to connect with other wellness creatives and new lifelong friends. 

      - You are seeking dedicated time and space to work on personal wellness + healing and/or a creative project while being supported along the way. 

      - You desire daily access to yoga, movement, nature, community, and workshops. 

      - You seek to nourish your relationship with the land + food + water. 

      - You want to experience being immersed in tropical jungle + ocean rhythms. 

      Payment + Cancellation Policy


      ***To reserve your spot for this residency, please make the appropriate deposit. The deposit is completely non-refundable. If the residency is postponed or you cannot attend due to an emergency, we will provide refunds or vouchers for future travel.

      Full Payment:  

      When you reserve, you may either pay in full or just pay the deposit. Upon receipt of your payment we will send you a confirmation of your deposit or full amount. Full payment is due 30 days prior to the start date of this event, March 1st, 2023 (if you sign up on or after this date, full payment is due upon registration).

      Cancellation Policy:

      We understand that unforeseen circumstances can occur. Deposits are non-refundable. However, we will allow you to gift or sell the remainder of your registration cost (minus the deposit) to another person if for some reason you are unable to make it. We also always recommend the purchase of travel insurance just to be safe. Stay up to date with Costa Rica entry and travel requirements by visiting this LINK.  

      What’s included

      • Accommodation
        Shared or private accommodation at the Yoga Farm April 1st - 30th, 2023
      • Meals
        3 fresh, healthy, and DELICIOUS meals a day
      • Daily Yoga
        Access to yoga, movement, and/or meditation classes 6 days a week
      • Programming
        Workshops, creative activities, community circles, and dedicated co working times
      • Connection / New Skills
        Connect with new friends + community and discover inspiring and functional skills + creative outlets
      • Yoga Trade Membership
        All participants will receive a one year Yoga Trade membership
      • Airfare / Transfers
        We will provide travel recommendations and support upon booking
      • Travel Insurance
        Although currently not required, we recommend looking into purchasing travel insurance
      • Massage / Bodywork
        Sessions in several modalities can be booked onsite
      • Extra Activities
        Surf lessons, horseback riding, etc. We can help arrange other activities if desired

      Available Packages

      Shared Accommodation

      Shared rooms are located downstairs in the 'Main/Yoga House'. They are open air, co-ed, and house a maximum of 4 persons each. Shared showers and composting toilets. 

      Deposit: $600
      Private Room

      Private rooms are located downstairs in the 'Main/Yoga House'. They are open air. Shared showers and composting toilets. 

      Deposit: $600
      The Perch

      An open air tiny cabina with a beautiful forest view. Great for someone who desires a bit more privacy and is also comfortable walking up a steep uneven trail to get to it:) Shares composting toilets and showers with Yoga House dwellers. Also ideal for a couple - inquire for couples pricing. 

      Deposit: $600
      Private Tiny House

      The private tiny houses allow for privacy while still being a stone’s throw from the Yoga House. Each little house has a balcony with a hammock, a double bed, and its own shower. Tiny house dwellers share composting toilets with Yoga House dwellers. 

      Deposit: $600


      Sample Day Schedule
      Deep Ecology of Wellness

      5:45am SUNRISE 

      6:30am Yoga / Movement / Meditation

      8am BREAKFAST

      9am Workshop / Guided Activity (Example: Vision Mapping, Permaculture Basics, or Learn How to Make Fresh Coconut Milk)

      12pm LUNCH

      2pm Co Working Space / Creative Project / Farm Responsibilities / Free Time

      5:45pm SUNSET

      6:30pm DINNER 

      7:30-9pm Relaxing Evening Activity or Free Time 

      Each day will be unique. This is just to give you an idea of a typical day. We will create a 'weekly flow' together as a community. 

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      Amazing, I miss the Yoga farm so much already! Erica, Silke, Christy, Pat and Levi are all so sweet and helpful, and the Yoga farm is a beautiful place to learn about nature, about yourself and to find community. The tasks for every week are educational and mostly fun, and there’s a lot of free time. The yoga classes were great and I loved the gift shares of people in the community ❤️
      By Ellis M for DEEP ECOLOGY of WELLNESS: community stay + creative residency on May 04, 2023
      I highly recommend this retreat! It was beautifully planned with a variety of activities that catered to anyone with a love of water and the outdoors. It was balanced with movement, exploration and rest not to mention delicious meals! Each participant was encouraged to savor the experiences at their own pace/level. Yogatrade guided and introduced us to other local guides thus creating a community of like minded individuals supporting each other. Muchas Gracias Erica, Jodi and your friends!
      By Deanna B for GRACIAS AGUA: a water inspired wellness retreat on Mar 07, 2023
      Gracias Agua was much more than a trip, getaway or vacation. It was a rejuvenating + magical life experience; and, in the words of Mark Twain, “Synergy - the bonus that is achieved when things work together harmoniously.” Our beautiful leaders, Erica + Jodi are the definition of embodied leadership. Each remarkable and creative in their own way as well as compassionate, strong and inspiring. I really appreciate the sacred space they created for us wherever we were… from the yoga deck to pool tides to surf rides and snorkel dives! Erica + Jodi created a one of a kind experience by introducing and surrounding us with the local community, which is something I value greatly. The accommodation at Tiskita is truly special. Immediately upon arriving, I was welcomed by a serene symphony of rhythmic sounds of both the jungle and the Pacific Ocean; natures very own sound bath. I love the open space design of the cabinas as it made me feel so closely connected to nature. The food is divine and nourishing and the staff so gracious. Thank you to Alanna and her family for sharing their home. I am grateful for the amazing women I met and connected with and will forever hold them in my heart. Hopefully we will reconnect at next year’s Gracias Agua retreat, as I certainly plan to return! My deepest gratitude to all the beautiful humans that created and contributed to this most special and extraordinary experience. Much love to all, Karen
      By Karen W for GRACIAS AGUA: a water inspired wellness retreat on Mar 04, 2023
      We had the most incredible experience at Gracias Agua! It was a beautiful week of connection, play, and exploring our depths and edges in a safe space. Erica and Jodi considered every detail and went above and beyond to create a magical week. The accommodations and staff at Tiskita were lovely, the food was delicious, and the balance of activities and time for relaxation was perfect. Could not recommend a retreat with Erica and Jodi more and looking forward to the next one!
      By Shannon H for GRACIAS AGUA: a water inspired wellness retreat on Feb 28, 2023
      Overall, the retreat experience was utterly and completely amazing. The facilitators and attendees were all awesome to be around, and were genuine, kind, compassionate, and caring people. Each facilitator brought something beautiful and unique to the experience, and I couldn't have asked for a better connection with the group of women attending. The accommodations were absolutely lovely, and the yoga deck AND our room were both breathtaking. The retreat centre was in the middle of the jungle, which was lush with plant and animal life, and we saw loads of animal activity daily. The beaches and tide pools that were nearby are absolutely gorgeous day trips. The days were structured and the activities were plentiful, with the option to opt out of anything to get some "me" time in instead. Any minor issues with the accommodation staff/centre/food were taken care of by the retreat facilitators immediately. I would absolutely attend another retreat with any of these magical facilitators, and I highly recommend a specialty massage with Lynn, if ever given the opportunity!
      By Deborah M for R E A N I M A R: yoga + writing + breath on Feb 28, 2022
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