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.


Yoga Retreat Costa Rica Our week-long course 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 – Daily Workshops
      Daily Yoga Class
      Aerial Silk Beginner’s Class
      Archery Class
      Beach Trip To Playa Hermosa (Surfing Lessons Optional)
      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 eight courses will be:

      1. Definition, Ethics and Principles: Participative discussion that includes the Web of Life Activity.
      2. Soil Science: Know your soil types, micro-organisms, textures, Ph, simple tests to do at home.
      3. Composting: Making a “lasagna-style” compost pile and bio-fertilizers.
      4. Biointensive Gardening: Hands on mulching, seeding, transplanting, making beds, moon cycles, pest and disease control, plant propagation, seed saving.
      5. Garden Design: Using patterns and the edge effect – design and hands-on making an herb spiral or mandala garden.
      6. Medicinal Plants and Medicine Making: Native plant walk, tinctures, honey cough syrup and ointments made with local herbs.
      7. Food Forests: Tree planting and maintenance, layers of the forest, guilds, observation exercise in a native forest.
      8. Sustainable building: Discussion about various methods of natural construction techniques, natural cooling, energy, and green building.


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Many more photo here: PYP Photo Gallery


Activity Details

Aerial Silk Dancer in our Dome - Photo by Livio Macchia

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

    Aerial Silk Basics

    Ever wonder what it’s like to dance in the air? Our 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!

    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.

    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, our workshops will leave your mouth watering and your body craving more!

    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.

    Yoga at Anamaya

    Excursion to do yoga at Anamaya’s new yoga shala

    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.

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

    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! Afterwards, those who want more can head down to Montezuma for the famous “Reggae Night” street party every Thursday.

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.

Dates Offered:

      July 3 – 9, 2016
      July 17 – 23, 2016
      August 7 – 13, 2016
      August 21 – 27, 2016
      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
      February 27 – March 5, 2017
      March 12-18, 2017
      March 26 – April 1, 2017
      April 8-14, 2017
      April 22-28, 2017
      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 20 – 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
      Introduction to Permaculture

    Monday – The Fun Begins

      Morning Yoga
      Permaculture: Soil Science
      Archery Class
      Permaculture: Composting
      Open Mic Night at Cafe Organico in Montezuma ($4 addl pp for transport)

    Tuesday – Anamaya and Waterfall

      Healthy Cooking Class
      Waterfall Hike and Lunch
      Ocean View Yoga at Anamaya Resort
      Permaculture: Garden Design
Aquaponics Greenhouse

Our Aquaponics Growing House

    Wednesday – Beach & Surf Day

      Morning Yoga
      Permaculture: Biointensive Gardening
      Beach Trip – Surfing Optional

    Thursday – Anamaya Dinner Night

      Morning Yoga
      Permaculture: Aquaponics or Greenbuilding
      Permaculture: Medicinal Plant Walk
      Dinner at Anamaya Resort
      Dance and Street Party Night in Montezuma ($4 addl pp for transport)

    Friday – Free Day and/or Aerial Silks

      Morning Yoga
      Permaculture: Food Forests
      Aerial Silk Class
      Raw Chocolate Making 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

Dorms and Volunteer Housing

Dates: February through June 2016

    The PYP Program price depends on your accommodations. We currently have three options:

      1. Bring Your Own Tent: – $450
      2. Dorms: – $500 – Check this out here: Volunteer House/Dorm
      3. Joseph’s Treehouse: $450 base price + $79/nt or $59/nt May-Nov (Please check Joseph’s prices in case of changes.) It has a queen-sized bed, private bathroom and full kitchen. Can be shared by couples who book together. The treehouse is booked directly with Joseph from his AirBnB page:

Dates: July through August 2016

    The price is higher for June-August because our new accommodations will be ready with much more space for everyone.

      1. Bring Your Own Tent: – $450
      2. Dorms: – $600
      3. Joseph’s Treehouse: $450 base price + $79/nt or $59/nt May-Nov (Please check Joseph’s prices in case of changes.) It has a queen-sized bed, private bathroom and full kitchen. Can be shared by couples who book together. The treehouse is booked directly with Joseph from his AirBnB page:

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, but less work is required. We ask for 3 hours per day for this extra week (compared with 6 hours per day for regular volunteers.)

    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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