Adrian Fischer

Permaculture and Yoga Program (PYP)

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Permaculture and Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica

Spend a week with us 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. We believe it’s 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.

Introduction

Yoga Retreat Costa Rica Our week-long adventure includes the following:

      7 Days / 6 Nights at Rancho Delicioso
      3 Meals per day that showcase healthy fresh cooking from the farm or local providers
      Introduction to Permaculture – 8 Workshops
      Daily Yoga Class
      2 Beach Trips (Surfing Lessons Optional)
      Aerial Silk Beginner’s Class
      Archery Class
      Raw Chocolate Making Class
      Montezuma Waterfalls Excursion
      Anamaya Yoga Excursion
      Pool Party

Introduction to Permaculture Daily Workshops:

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:

      1. Definition, Ethics and Principles: Participative discussion that includes the Web of Life Activity.
      2. Composting: Making a “lasagna-style” compost pile and bio-fertilizers.
      3. Biointensive Gardening: Hands on mulching, seeding, transplanting, making beds, moon cycles, pest and disease control, plant propagation, seed saving.
      4. Agrofitness: “Double Digging” garden-bed making technique.
      5. Sustainable building: Discussion about various methods of natural construction techniques, natural cooling, energy, and green building. Hands on with Cob building.
      6. Food Forests: Tree planting and maintenance, layers of the forest, guilds, observation exercise in a native forest with jungle hike to Zone 5.
      7. Medicinal Plants and Medicine Making: Native plant walk, tinctures, honey cough syrup and ointments made with local herbs.
      8. Permaculture Site Analysis: Using patterns and the edge effect – design and hands-on making an herb spiral or mandala garden.

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Activity Details

Aerial Silk Dancer in our Dome - Photo by Livio Macchia

Aerial Silk dance class in Rancho Delicioso’s passion fruit dome.

     

    Daily Yoga Classes

    You don’t have to be a ballerina doing split handstand to be able to practice yoga. Whether you’re a beginner just wanting to stretch, or an advanced level yogi, our daily classes will allow you to connect with your body.

    Aerial Silk Basics

    Ever wonder what it’s like to dance in the air? Our workshop teaches how to move with the silks, and is geared for the absolute beginner. This is a fun way to activate all muscle groups, while learning a few tricks to show your family and friends back home!

    Archery Basics

    Perhaps after seeing “The Hunger Games” you have wanted to try shooting a bow and arrow? Now is your chance to let fly a few shots into some hay bales on the farm. It’s surprisingly addictive and cathartic.

    Yoga at Anamaya Resort

    The yoga decks at our 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.

    Yoga at Anamaya

    Excursion to do yoga at Anamaya’s new yoga shala

    Waterfall Adventure

    Montezuma’s famous waterfall will be our destination. We take a set of hanging bridges and jungle trail to visit this amazing spot, with warm clean water for swimming and huge trees overlooking. There are a series of spots to jump from, and the bravest among us may take the 35-ft plunge off the second waterfall into the deep pool below. We eat a picnic lunch at this spot, prepared by our chef, and this event happens right after yoga at Anamaya.

    Beach and Surfing Trip

    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 trip to enjoy the beach are included. Click here to read about some of the area’s best surf spots: Surf Spots Near Rancho Delicioso.

    Montezuma Nightlife

    On Thursday night, those of us who are up for it head down to experience “Reggae Night” in town. Although they don’t always play any reggae, we dance at Chico’s bar, watch the fire dancers on the street, mingle with the locals, and enjoy the unique scene that’s part of what Montezuma’s famous for.

    Last Night Pool Party

    An opportunity to chill with your new-found family beside a cozy bonfire. Enjoy our salt-water swimming pool to cool off from the tropical heat. Stargazing included! It will all have gone so fast, so this is a moment to reflect and enjoy the last night of the PYP.

Adriana Pál

Adriana Pal, our permaculture instructor

Retreat Leader

    Meet Adriana Pál. Adriana is a native Costa Rican, and our area’s leading permaculture expert. She is the founder of La Escuela de la Jungla (The School of the Jungle) and has been teaching various courses in the area for several years.

    Originally with a background in tourism and hospitality, Adriana became enamored with permaculture and sustainability, and has been educating herself in all things “green.” With a delightful personality, a love of teaching, and a natural ability to connect with people, you will fall in love with her passion for the earth and her drive to help protect it.

Where are we?

Montezuma is perhaps only the coolest little beach town in Costa Rica, or maybe the planet. A remote and still secret spot on the tip of the Nicoya Peninsula, travelers seeking something unique and away from the tourist crowds come here to explore one of the few last unspoiled places on earth. A have for artists, hippies, fire dancers, jungle lovers, yogis, and all kinds of fun and freaky people, Montezuma has a unique vibe that has won the hearts of so many people who have been lucky enough to discover it.

For lots of cool photos and videos about Montezuma, click here: Montezuma

Santa Teresa and Malpais are only 5 minutes farther away than Montezuma, but in the opposite direction. ST is a surfer’s dream town, with miles of white sand beaches, year-round waves, over 100 restaurants, and a lot going on. A couple years back, Santa Teresa won an award on Trip Advisor for being the travelers pick for best beach town in all of Central and South America! Complete info here: www.malpaisbeach.com

Many of our guests head to Santa Teresa or Montezuma for a few days after their retreat at Rancho Delicioso.

Dates Offered:

      July 3 – 9, 2016
      July 17 – 23, 2016
      August 7 – 13, 2016
      August 21 – 27, 2016

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      November 13-19 , 2016
      November 27 – Dec 3 , 2016
      January 8-14, 2017
      January 22-28, 2017
      February 5-11, 2017
      February 16-22, 2017 (Starts Thursday)
      February 27 – March 5, 2017 (Starts Monday)
      March 12-18, 2017
      March 26 – April 1, 2017
      April 8-14, 2017 – Easter Week
      April 22-28, 2017
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Yoga Retreat at Rancho Delicioso – Teacher Josephine shown

      May Dates TBA
      June 5-10 , 2017
      June 18-24, 2017
      July 2-18, 2017
      July 16-22, 2017
      July 30 – Aug 5, 2017
      August 13-19, 2017
      August 27 – Sept 5, 2017
      More Dates TBA

 

All programs begin on Sunday and end on a Saturday. This gives a generous window of time if you leave your home country on a Friday night or Saturday, and return to work/school on a Monday.

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Video of the farm

 

 

Week Schedule

Treehouse in Costa Rica

This is a general week schedule, which may shift a bit depending on various things like the availability of teachers. We try to fit all this in here, and more. Sometimes if someone amazing is in town and offering something unique we’ll bring them to the farm and offer it to the guests, such as a unique style of yoga or something that fits with our vibe. Some guests find there’s too much to do and want to relax more… that’s fine too, you’re not obligated to do any of these activities.

    Sunday – Orientation

      Opening Circle and Dinner

    Monday – The Fun Begins

      Morning Yoga
      Permaculture: Introduction to Permaculture
      Beach Trip to Montezuma Town Beaches
      Permaculture: Composting
      Open Mic Night at Cafe Organico in Montezuma

    Tuesday – Anamaya and Waterfall

      Waterfall Hike and Lunch
      Ocean View Yoga at Anamaya Resort
      Archery Class
      Permaculture: Bio-intensive Gardening
Aquaponics Greenhouse

Our Hydroponics Growing House

    Wednesday – Beach & Surf Day

      Morning Yoga
      Permaculture: Agrofitness
      Beach Trip – Surfing Optional

    Thursday – Aerial Silk Day

      Morning Yoga
      Permaculture: Greenbuilding and/or Aquaponics
      Aerial Silk Dance Class
      Permaculture: Food Forests
      Dance and Street Party Night in Montezuma

    Friday – Chocolate Day

      Morning Yoga
      Permaculture: Natural Medicine Making
      Raw Chocolate Making Class
      Permaculture: Site Analysis Class

    Saturday – Goodbye Day

      Morning Yoga
      Closing Circle, group hugs, tears, and goodbyes

 

Lots More Photos

Many more photo here: PYP Photo Gallery

 

A Typical Day’s Schedule

    6:30-7:45am – Yoga
    8:00-8:30am – Breakfast
    9:15-10:00am – Fitness Class (optional)
    10:00-12:00pm – Permaculture Class
    12:00-1:00pm – Lunch
    1:00-4:00pm – Siesta, Free Time, Swimming Pool, or Various Activities
    4:00-6:00pm – Permaculture Class
    6:00-7:00pm – Dinner
    7:00-9:00pm – Free Time. Movies, bonfire, various extra activities
    9:00pm+ – Sleepy Time…

 
For more detail, click here: Detailed Schedule of Activities

 

Our Food

Vegan Lasagna Like at Anamaya, we don’t serve red meat. It’s mostly going to be vegetarian and a lot of vegan dishes. Mostly gluten-free also, although sometimes an Italian friend of ours drops by some amazing fresh-baked whole wheat bread. We sometimes have organic chicken or local fish dishes. Our chef Laura was trained in the kitchen at Anamaya, which is super healthy and gourmet, so most of our guests here at the farm are really impressed because pretty much it’s the same food for half the price. Any guests who love to cook should let us know because you can help Laura out as your “farm chores.”

Typical dishes we serve, in no particular order, are: flax seed vegan pancakes, gallo pinto, vegan lasagna, felafel and hummus, yucca pie, veggie burgers, phad thai, veggie curry, gluten-free yucca pizza.

Not all the ingredients are from the farm, but we use as much as we can of what we’re producing. It’s not ALL organic either. We try our best to get 100% organic produce, but the veggie truck doesn’t always bring what we want so in those cases we buy from the local supermarket, which isn’t organic. This will improve over time since Costa Rica’s organic food production is rapidly growing and distribution improving.

 

Prices & Payment

River Palace - Yoga and Surf Camp

Dates: Nov 2016 through April 2017

    The PYP Program price depends on your accommodations. We have a few options below:

    Check out photos and details about our new accommodations here: The River Palace

      Tent: $445
      Single Bed: $595
      Nest Bed: $595 each for double
      Nest Bed: $695 for single
      Private Loft Room: $695 each for double
      Private Loft Room: $1095 for single
      Private Treehouse: $495 + Treehouse Rental Fee (See AirBnB Page to book this separately with owner Joseph. This can be shared by two people in one queen sized bed.)

      50% of this price is for Food and Accommodations. 50% is for Courses and Excursions
      Tax is 13%, only on Food and Accommodations

      Single Night Stays (1-4 nights): Includes food and all of that day’s activities.
      Beds: $120 per person for whatever bed is available.
      Tent: $90 per person

      Max: 16 people per retreat

      Discounts:

      Book 3 months early: 6% off
      Book 6 months early: 12% off
      Green Season Discount (May-Nov): 12% off

 
Payment and Deposit:

When you’re ready to book, we’ll send you a PayPal money request for 50% of the price of the program, as a non-refundable deposit. The balance is due two weeks before your arrival, and we’ll send you a PayPal money request for that as well. If you prefer to pay the balance in cash when you arrive, that can sometimes be arranged too.

Liability Release Form: Upon arrival you must sign our standard liability release. Please read it before booking: RD Liability Release Form

 

Additional Notes

    Why not add a week? If you’d like to add a second week, after your program ends to practice what you have learned, the cost is $200 for the week (7 additional nights). Limited space for 4 people so let us know asap if you want to stay on as a farm volunteer. PYP students who add the extra week will work on the farm with the regular volunteers. We ask for 6 hours per day for this extra week. It’s not a vacation week, it’s for those who like to work, sweat, contribute, and learn.

    Join a like-minded community to gain the tools to empower our humanity and live to the fullest. Let’s create an abundant future together!

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