7 Days Permaculture and Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica

  • Rancho Delicioso, 200m Norte y Oeste de la Escuela Delicias, Cobano, Puntarenas 60111, Costa Rica


Permaculture & Yoga Retreat Costa Rica

  • 6 days with instruction
  • Spend some time with Rancho Delicioso and Anamaya in the jungle and learn to design a bountiful garden that supports all life! With the era of consumerism, the world faces many challenges from loss of habitat, to environmental degradation and social disconnection. Rancho Delicioso believes its time to cultivate opportunities for positive change and learning. Permaculture - derived from the words permanent and culture - is a design science based on mimicking efficient patterns and relationships found in nature. Permaculture is yoga for the land, as yoga is permaculture for the body.


    • Daily yoga classes
    • Daily permaculture workshops
    • Aerial silk and archery classes
    • Trips to the beach and pool party
    • Raw chocolate-making class
    • 6 nights accommodation
    • 3 daily meals

    Skill level

    • Beginner

    • Intermediate

    • Advanced

    Group sizes

    The maximum participants in the group is 16.


      • Instruction language: English
      • Spoken languages: English
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    The "River Palace" is one of the most spectacular buildings in Costa Rica. Built over the intersection of three river valleys, you access it from one of the three bridges. Most of the beds inside are round, hanging "nest beds". Imagine a luxury Tarzan experience and you'll be halfway there.

    Permaculture workshops

    Introduction to permaculture daily workshops:

    Understanding the principles of permaculture

    Observing microclimates and learning to listen to your intuition

    Mimicking nature to create a sustainable garden design

    Learning the important first stages of gardening - seeding, transplanting, creating raised bed lasagna, mulching, as well as how to polyculture the plants

    Creation of a mandala garden with plants and flowers

    Investigating medicinal plants, and those that can aid survival and homesteading

    Aerial silk basics

    Ever wonder what its like to dance in the air? This workshop teaches how to move with the silks using breathing techniques that prevent muscle exhaustion. This is a fun way to activate all muscle groups, while learning a few tricks to show your family and friends back home.

    Daily yoga classes

    You dont have to be a ballerina doing split handstand to be able to practice yoga. Whether you are a beginner just wanting to stretch, or an advanced level yogi, Rancho Deliciosos daily classes will allow you to connect with your body.

    Yoga at Anamaya Resort

    The yoga decks at Rancho Deliciosos partner resort - Anamaya - are truly spectacular. With views over Montezuma and out to the ocean, it is a wonderful place to practice at the beginning or end of the day.

    Healthy cooking and nutrition

    The truth is we can all cook like Nigella Lawson without using ingredients from the whole world. Learn to live sustainably by using local seasonal produce to create magic on your plate. From kefir to sauerkraut workshops and making dehydrated chips coated in cashew goodness, these workshops will leave your mouth watering and your body craving more.

    Typical daily schedule

    06:30 Yoga

    08:00 Breakfast

    09:15 Fitness Class (optional)

    10:00 Permaculture Class

    12:00 Lunch

    13:00 Siesta, Free Time, Swimming Pool, or Various Activities

    16:00 Permaculture Class

    18:00 Dinner

    19:00 Free Time. Movies, bonfire, various extra activities

    21:00 Time to sleep

    The program will include eight permaculture courses, from 90-120 minutes long each, throughout the week, earning you an “Introduction to Permaculture” certificate from Rancho Delicioso. These classes will be:

    Definition, Ethics and Principles

    • Participative discussion that includes the Web of Life Activity.


    • Making a “lasagna-style” compost pile and bio-fertilizers.

    Biointensive Gardening

    • Hands on mulching, seeding, transplanting, making beds, moon cycles, pest and disease control, plant propagation, seed saving.


    • “Double Digging” garden-bed making technique.

    Sustainable building

    • Discussion about various methods of natural construction techniques, natural cooling, energy, and green building. Hands on with Cob building.

    Food Forests

    • Tree planting and maintenance, layers of the forest, guilds, observation exercise in a native forest with jungle hike to Zone 5.

    Medicinal Plants and Medicine Making

    • Native plant walk, tinctures, honey cough syrup and ointments made with local herbs.

    Permaculture Site Analysis

    • Using patterns and the edge effect – design and hands-on making an herb spiral or mandala garden.

    No trip to Costa Rica would be complete without a chance to dive in, balance your body, and feel the power of the ocean. Surfboards and surf classes, boogie boards rentals, etc., require an extra fee, but two trips to enjoy the beach are included. You will also go down to Montezuma to experience the music, dance, and nightlife of the town's vibrant bohemian scene on Thursday night. Sometimes you will go Monday too, if anything special is happening there. And as though it wasn't all enough, you will also go hiking to the famous Montezuma waterfall, where you can jump or dive into one of its three deep warm pools.

    Rancho Delicioso is a twenty-five-hectare (61 acres) property in the center of the Southern Nicoya Peninsula, which is the prettiest beach area of Costa Rica, and includes the beach towns of Montezuma and Santa Teresa. At the heart of Rancho Delicioso is an organic farm, part of which is owned by Anamaya Yoga Resort. Anamaya is investing in its own lots (1.25 acres) and is using other 2-3 acres for orchards and additional gardening. The idea is to grow the food for the yoga retreat guests, to provide local, fresh, and organic produce.

    Nearby places

    • Anamaya - 30 minutes' walk
    • Cobano, 4 kilometers - 30 minutes' walk or 6 minutes' drive
    • Delicias Town Center, 1 mile
    • Escuela Futuro Verde - 7 minutes drive
    • La Hoja Nueva Plant Nursery, 0.8 mile
    • Montezuma - 50 minutes' walk or 10 minutes' drive
    • San Jose - 4 hours drive
    • Santa Teresa - 15 minutes drive
    • Tambor Airport (TMU) - 45 minutes drive
    • Tierra y Fuego Italian Restaurant, 1 mile
    • Archery Class
    • Diving nearby
    • Raw Chocolate Making Class
    • Stargazing
    • Surfing nearby
    • Swimming pool
    • Waterfall Trip
    • Beach nearby
    • Environmentally friendly
    • Garden

    You will be served three meals each day that showcase healthy fresh cooking from the farm or local providers.

    The following meals are included:

    • Breakfast
    • Brunch
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    • Snacks
    • Drinks

    The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for:

    • Pescatarian
    • Vegan
    • Vegetarian
    • Whole food
    (If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)

    You will have an opportunity to chill with your newfound family beside a cozy bonfire. Enjoy Rancho Deliciosos salt-water swimming pool to cool off from the tropical heat. Stargazing included.

    • 3 meals per day
    • 6 nights accommodation
    • Aerial silk class
    • Anamaya yoga excursion
    • Archery class
    • Beach trip
    • Healthy cooking and nutrition workshops
    • Introduction to permaculture - daily workshops
    • Pool party
    • Travel costs to the resort
    • Drinks and food during excursions
    • Surf boards and surf lessons
    For information about the booking conditions, please send Rancho Delicioso an inquiry.


    • Review by Kimberlee Smith

      "Rancho Delicioso was a life changing experience like no other. The best permaculture center in the � world."

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    • Review by Sarah McCabe from California, USA

      "We had a great stay in January in the River Palace... It is incredibly magical.. The farm is beautiful.. I came with four friends and we had an incredible stay.... truly inspiring! xxooo Love you Rancho Delicioso family"

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    • Review by Christine Alix

      "Our stay in the river palace was rivaled only by our perma-culture & surf camp. Awesome, immersive experiences & PHENOMENAL food. Great way to get immersed in nature with wonderful people!"

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    • Review by Maria Fatima Ikram

      "Missing this magic place so much! Beautiful energy, beautiful people, beautiful nature! Waking up to meditation,yoga, love-filled food, sustainable living cultivated an open heart to receive sacred lessons on permaculture.. I am truly grateful for this experience as it allowed me to take a step back and connect with our Earth. Everyday I try to remind myself of my higher purpose and my experience at Rancho serves as a beautiful reminder on how to actively participate in the cycle of life and also on ~~feeling free to feel freeee~~, Love you guysss!"

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    • Review by Irmydel Pilar Lugo-Velazquez

      "This experience reinforced my conviction of making a sustainable living. Before, I felt out of place where I live; I knew that there should be another sustainable way to live, but had no direction as to where to start. The internet has so much information, but I found that seeing it in person is the best way to learn. These people live and use earth's resources in the purest way, wasting as little as possible. Everything is done here, from grinding chocolate and coffee, to composting organic waste and paper, to making their own hygiene products and essential oils. "

      "I learned so much about permaculture, and it gave me the direction I was missing on how to put the knowledge into practice. They are also very savvy on yoga and meditation, with techniques that enhanced my experience with it and made me want to dig deeper into it. The fact that the people in the farm are so cool and genuine and the surroundings are so beautiful, only made the experience better. All the people in our group felt that this was a life-changing experience."

      "This is how life should be lived and these people are changing the world little by little. . The world needs more Ranchos Deliciosos."

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    • Review by Mindy Jurgs

      "My husband and I visited this past June and stayed in the tree house. Everything about this place was beautiful and Kathia was amazingly sweet and the best masseuse ever. We also met and spent much time with the volunteer on site. When we come back to Costa Rica, we will stay here again. Thanks again!"

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    • Review by Paul Neal Rohrer

      "My daughter is there now and loves everything and everyone involved. I sincerely hope to have an opportunity to visit. Respect of land, food, water and for each other is critical to a better way of life, love and future."

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    • Review by Silvana Martos

      "Amazing community of conscious beings. Beautiful permaculture gardens, ponds, and farm-animals. Close to Montezuma's beach, waterfalls, and Anamayas yoga retreat."

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    Cobano, PU, Costa Rica

    Rancho Delicioso is a permaculture center, yoga retreat, and surf camp, aiming to create an organic community of eco-minded artists and nature lovers.

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