Experience the best of Costa Rica while learning more about yoga, the rainforest, organic farming, medicinal herbs, nutrition, and healthy lifestyles during this 6 Night Organic Living Tour Retreat.
The Organic Living Retreat begins at AmaTierra. Relax and renew your energy during your first 3 nights here, nestled on 8 luscious acres in the Costa Rican mountains, 1 hour west of the capital city of San Jose and 1 hour north of the Central Pacific Beaches. Offering yoga for all levels, massage and body treatments, herbal and nutritional counseling from AHG Herbalist and owner Jill Ruttenberg, and (edible!) lessons in the organic greenhouse.
A Retreat for the Whole Person. AmaTierra’s goal is to create a sanctuary, an escape from the rigors of daily life and a place to truly rejuvenate in a beautiful rainforest setting. Wellness therapies, healthy food shared with others on the balcony incorporating produce from our organic garden, and a cared for and carefree atmosphere allow our guests to leave here with renewed energy and a glimpse of traditional Costa Rican culture.
Next you will head to Finca Luna Nueva Lodge. Finca Luna Nueva is an organic-biodynamic herbal estate and rainforest lodge that preserves natural resources while farming organic ginger, turmeric, and other tropical fruits and vegetables.
Here you can hike with eco-guides and botanists through pristine rainforest where monkeys, sloths, and hundreds of species of birds and butterflies make their home. You will also learn about and view the working certified organic biodynamic herbal farm & estate. And of course, you will enjoy the natural Costa Rican cuisine – farm raised and chef prepared on-site.
At Finca Luna Nueva Lodge, the goal is to integrate local sustainable practices in agriculture, conservation, community, education and tourism in order to create a world-class experience for visitors.
You have the opportunity to add a seventh night at the fabulous Ark Herb Farm in Heredia – only 15 minutes from the airport. The owner runs a culinary herb business and has over 1000 species of rare plants on his facility. The Treehouse, equipped with a hot shower and luxurious king size bed, overlooks the Central Valley and is an amazing overnight experience. View a satellite map of The Treehouse location.
AmaTierra offers daily gentle Hatha yoga classes for every body, no matter the age or ability level.
Check our ongoing Yoga and Wellness Packages. Yoga retreats and other special events are offered frequently at AmaTierra. AmaTierra hosts group retreats for yoga , self-help, spirituality and creativity seminars. Bring your friends for group rates, or, if you are a teacher looking for one of the most inspiring places on the planet to bring your students, please call us for details.
WE PROVIDE A LIGHT LUNCH BEFORE YOUR PERSONALIZED MASSAGE
FEEL COMPLETELY RELAXED AFTER ENJOYING AN AMAZING MASSAGE AND AN SPECTACULAR VIEW
- Single: $995 USD
- Two persons: $1990 USD.
All hotel taxes included (13%). Rates good through 2013.
* Optional transportation fees include transfers from the airport to AmaTierra Retreat Hotel and Wellness Center and AmaTierra to Finca Luna Nueva and back to the airport. Single: $400 USD Two persons: $350 USD
- 3 nights accommodation in a private mini-suite.
- All meals including organic produce grown on the property.
- Daily yoga classes.
- A one-hour wellness treatment.
- Organic greenhouse and medicinal herbs tour.
At Finca Luna Nueva:
- 3 nights accommodation.
- All meals while on the property.
- Guided tour of organic estate including farm animals, vegetable and fruit trees, sustainable agriculture methods, ginger turmeric crops, rainforest medicinal plants and more!
- Tour of Arenal Volcano.
- Ecotermales hot mineral baths.
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AmaTierra is a life-enhancing guest facility nestled on 8 acres in the Costa Rican mountains 1 hour west of the capital city of San Jose and 1 hour north of the Central Pacific Beaches.
Make AmaTierra your home base as you venture on day trips to a variety of area attractions. AmaTierra's, elevation, at 2000 feet, creates an ideal climate which stays between 62-84 degrees year round.
This special eco-resort features an infinity-edge pool, dining/activity room, a balcony with breathtaking views and 10 private casitas, each with an outdoor patio. Versatility is our motto, and AmaTierra, offers basic lodging and breakfast as well as all-inclusive vacation packages such as our Wellness & Adventure Packages which include healthful meals, and activities and wellness services.
Feel at home cradled by nature amidst the mango trees and sounds of the living forest in your simple, elegant suite. Allow yourself to truly relax in the comfort and peace of the mountains that Costa Rica is famous for.
Tastefully designed with unique decor to allow you to enjoy the serenity of your surroundings, each Suite comes with its own bath tub, private terrace and garden with outdoor seating. Hardwood furniture and a ceiling made of teak brings the ambiance of the forest into your room.
JUST LAY BACK AND RELAX. ENJOY THE BEST MASSAGES IN AMATIERRA'S FULLY EQUIPPED MASSAGE ROOM.COMFY QUEEN-SIZED BED IN ONE OF OUR PRIVATE SUITES
The sleeping area has a comfy queen-sized bed, and an additional double bed can be arranged in the living room if needed. Ceiling fans, a refrigerator, coffee/tea maker, phone, complementary snacks and TV/DVD player.
Choose a movie, free from over 250 in our collection, make your stay even more inviting.
Settle in to a cool evening with a bottle of Chilean Cabernet and watch the sunset from your private terrace. In the morning, awaken to the sounds of nature. Take a walk to the stream or hike to where you can see the Nicoya Peninsula in the distance. Meditation is an extra special experience here in Costa Rica.
AmaTierra is a NON smoking property
At Finca Luna Nueva
The Lodge offers rustic yet luxurious rainforest lodge accommodations near Arenal Volcano, as well as educational experiences, designed to shape future generations.
At Finca Luna Nueva Lodge you will:
- Enjoy rustic yet luxurious accommodations, an ozonated swimming pool and solar heated Jacuzzi, laundry service and transportation.
- Hike with our bilingual eco-guides through pristine rainforests where monkeys, sloths, and hundreds of species of birds and butterflies make their home.
- Be just ten miles from Arenal Volcano, hot springs, canopy tours, rafting and other excitingadventure activities.
- Visit our Luna Nueva Rainforest Spa for traditional massage or holistic wellness services.
- Enjoy fine dining — A unique Costa Rican Asian fusion cuisine, farm raised and chef prepared on site.
- View working certified organic biodynamic herbal farm and estate on our farm tours.
- Explore the Sacred Seeds Sanctuary, our rare collection of traditional medicinal plants and herbs.
- Be adjacent to the 50,000 acre Children’s Eternal Rainforest conservation area.
Fly into San Jose (SJO) airport.
Private transportation from the airport to Amatierra and back is available upon request. Amatierra is located 50min from the airport.
Check for potential vaccination and visa requirements:
Bob and Jill, the owners of AmaTierra, are from Tucson Arizona and live on the premises.
Jill is a registered herbalist (AHG) who specializes in Chinese and western herbal medicine. Jill is a colleague of Dr. Andrew Weil and participated in weekly patient conferences at the program in Integrative Medicine, University of Arizona Medical Center. She has also had the good fortune to study with some of the best herbalists and OMD's in the world, including Dr. Michael Tierra and Dr. Joel Penner. Jill is also a certified massage therapist who practices many modalities, a Hatha Yoga instructor, and writer of articles for U.S. alternative health publications. Nutritional consulting, massage and yoga classes are all available on the premises at AmaTierra.
Bob Ruttenberg comes from a career of 40 years in the music business which began the day he returned to Chicago from the Woodstock Festival of 1969. He owned two record stores in the mountains of Colorado in the 70's & 80s and since then has helped hundreds of artists become known and respected, especially in the world of jazz music. Bob's friendly and enthusiastic nature and his passion for music will ignite your love of the arts. Ask Bob to turn you on to a special CD of your favorite kind of music. You will like it.
The Ruttenbergs have two grown daughters, Amanda, a visual artist currently living in Connecticut, and Tara, a recent graduate of the Master’s program at University for Peace in Costa Rica.
“A wonderful, off the beaten path retreat”
BUTTERFLYHOLLOW, TENNESSEE. REVIEW FROM TRIPADVISOR. JUNE 2010.
We shared our 20 year wedding anniversary at AmaTierra and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We filled our time with a few excursions, but mostly just soaking in the forest, the rhythm of its people, and the sounds of nature. Each day was started with a gentle yoga workout in their amazing studio and we pampered ourselves a few times with massages, which were some of the best we have ever had. The meals were phenomenal, the grounds were well maintained and the staff went above and beyond to make you feel comfortable and at home.
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"Home away from home!"
A TRIPADVISOR MEMBER, ASHLAND, OREGON
"I must say the one thing that is so memorable, besides the wonderful managers, is the delicious food they serve. All natural and organic from the local area markets. My partner and I stayed in a private, very clean casita that was surrounded by the magnificent rain forest and the many wild birds and small animals indigenous to the area. You're truly in mother-nature land !! On the property there is a hiking trail that leads to a meandering creek if you're adventurous. Your camera will not stop clicking, trust me on this one.
Our hosts (Bob & Jill) were amazing. Always around if you had a question or just wanted to chat..... Be Ready To Enjoy A Good Time.... !!
We're planning our next Costa Rican Adventure soon !! "
About Finca Lodge:
" How do I begin to describe this place? For a plant-lover like myself, this was paradise. Very impressed with how much of the food served at meals was grown on the property. And the care that goes into sustainably farming the ginger and turmeric is incredible.
But that's not even mentioning the freshly juiced fruits every morning, eating bananas off the tree, walking through the jungle, or the observation tower where we watched sloths climbing.
This was the first place I saw in Costa Rica and it just blew me away. I would also recommend checking out the volcano, Volcan Arenal, nearby and the hot springs at the base."
"I‘ll use the comparison to Avalon in folklore as to how I felt about my visit to Luna Nueva; it was like I passed through a veil of mist into Paradise…what a magical landscape!
The grounds and luscious gardens were meticulously landscaped with waterfalls, fountains and stonework walkways. All the furniture was crafted from local woods. The accommodations were beautiful and luxurious in simplicity: firm beds, hot showers, fresh linens and towels were provided. Ceiling fans and screened windows helped keep the climate comfortable.
Meals were delicious, fresh and healthy - all that I would ever want and really need to sustain my culinary happiness. Black beans and rice, choices of fish and chicken, fried yucca seasoned with tumeric and ginger (organic and bio-dynamically homegrown, I might add), homemade tortillas, papayas, mangoes, white pineapple, homemade yogurt and cheese. Hmmm….the morning coffee…
The rainforest hikes were rigorous given the inclines, heat and humidity; yet glorious in all their detail, after which the pools offered a cool down.
At sunset we relaxed with friends on the commons (open air patio), some of us in hammocks, and watched monkeys and toucans settle among the trees. A 360 degree view of the horizon allowed such visual pleasures as the full moon rising and illuminating the clouds strewn over the distant volcanic mountains.
After dinner we sipped wine and observed a menagerie of moths, toads and lizards joining us on the patio, all to the music of tree frogs."
"The farm (Finca) Luna Nueva Lodge is a place tucked away in the tropical rain forest, with all of the comforts of home. My husband and I celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary at the farm, and we will always remember the kind hospitality, great food and lovely accommodations, and of course the many sights and sounds of nature. You can wake up early and see many birds, monkeys and other signs of the tropical rain forest natives. Have a cup of Costa Rican coffee or Yerba Matte tea and enjoy the fresh local delicious fruits and foods. I have never tasted fruit so fresh! Then there’s the fresh squeezed Ginger and Turmeric, wow that is great. There’s a sense of tranquility and yet there are many activities available to you. Living an organic lifestyle my husband and I were also impressed with the fact that because the farm is an organic, bio-dynamic- self-sustaining one, there was soap and shampoo/conditioner free of chemicals to use in the room. All of the farm’s lovely chairs, tables and other furniture pieces are all made of local re-claimed timber (no trees were cut). You will also get the best sleep EVER! (Think about it…if 70% of the world’s O2 comes from the rainforest…then you get the picture-you are in it!)
If you want to enjoy a slice of heaven here on earth, I recommend visiting La Finca Nueva Lodge.
Steven and Silvia,