Partake at a heart-centered Permaculture healing community in Costa Rica (4 weeks minimum)



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  • Description


    Our community is still small, and with your help it will keep growing in to a free of charge hands-on educational retreat for learning, practicing sustainable chemical-free living, homa-organic gardening, natural health and healing, yoga & meditation.

    Honor our sacred place and we offer you the privilege to living, learning, sharing, working, growing and enjoying a natural life.
    We invite open-hearted nature loving kinfolk to co-create our community through part-time* Work Exchange. We welcome you with open arms to participate with your heart, creative energy and experience.

    If you are not feeling committed or truly interested to live a purely natural lifestyle, (at least for the time being here)

    We hope that you will enjoy:
    - simple, almost exclusively raw plant based diet
    - slowing down not late after dinner
    - resting early and getting up early
    - celebrating the new day with the Agnihotra fire ceremony at dawn
    - casual public nudity
    - a chemical free environment
    (only organic insect repellent, natural scented body care, biodegradable soap and shampoo)
    - Sunday in silence

    The Work Exchange is available to responsible individuals committed to becoming a vital part of our community.
    For Workerawayers we require a minimum stay of 4 weeks and to offer 4h of their time (5 days a week) in exchange for living, learning and enjoying a very exciting naturally healing lifestyle.
    We do our utmost to provide an eye opening experience and we wish to receive the utmost in respectful participation in turn for the entire duration of your stay.
    This allows participants to learn a lot about natural health and healing, permaculture, chemical-free farming, sustainable system practices, improve their Spanish and ultimately, share in the joyous and holistic lifestyle.
    Your experience will be what you make of it.

    In addition to providing a peaceful place that facilitates connection with nature, we strive to inspire each visitor to relax, enjoy and explore ways in which they can incorporate the concept of natural food, holistic health, and sustainability in to their own lives.

    After wonderful productive days spent creating and learning, relax and enjoy your afternoons visiting one of the amazing beaches, waterfalls or other attractions.
    Just after sunset we join to create the most delicious and healthy dinner, sharing your thoughts and feelings, take turns playing the guitar or exhibiting other talents.
    Alternately just hangout reading, relaxing, practicing Spanish, studying medicinal herbs or learn something else new about nature and our relationship with her.
    There is always plenty to do, to discover and an abundance of amazing people to share in the fun, the work and the learning.

    We are living in Permaculture inspired gardens between mountain rain forest and the beaches of the National Marine Park Bahia Ballena on the South Pacific coast of Costa Rica.
    Just a few minutes walk uphill from the very open minded and multi cultural village of Uvita, we are located next to the refreshing waterfalls and river pools.
    Uvita and the surrounding area offers lots of tourist attractions and as a travelers you can find everything you want and need.

    *part-time work exchange
    Most participants prefer to work only 4 hours in the heat of the jungle and help with a small contribution for enjoying the freshest, healthiest and most delicious food.
    Since we are unfortunately not a producing farm, we cannot provide food free of charge.
    To provide for food related bills, we ask you to contribute a minimum of $35/week.
    This is not covering other real costs of your stay like to transport the food with our vehicles, monthly bills like electricity, internet, phone, water and candles, laundry, toilet paper, lightbulbs, broken glasses, educational books.
    Therefore we have a donation box.

    We are looking forward working with you for a more happy and healthy planet and people.
    Please keep reading below.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Help


    We are open to people that can wholeheartedly commit to working towards a happier and healthier planet and people.

    We are seeking self-motivated part-time workers* who are flexible, dependable, creative and efficient. Come with the desire to learn and co-create and with a sense of curiosity and an ability to observe, learn, grow and share.

    We ask that you come for at least 4 weeks and prefer that you stay much longer.

    Our work exchange program usually starts on Monday and we ask you to arrive on the weekend before. We encourage you to come a couple of days before to enjoy our place as a guest, discover the region, meet the community and find out how things work here.

    We work on all kinds of tasks in the gardens, in and around the house.

    Please bring your own gloves, organic bug & natural scented sun protection, a flashlight and sturdy shoes or tracking sandals .
    If you are interested in coming, please contact us early since places are limited and very early booked for all dry season and times of vacation.

    Email also again at least 3-4 weeks before you are coming for possible changes and to see if you maybe can help us bringing some books, seeds, or other supplies we might need.
    We will order them online to you or ask you to get them and reimburse you at arrival.

    Thank you for your interest.
    We’re looking forward to meeting you and working with you towards a more sustainable relationship between humans and Mother Earth.

    *Part-time workers stay for free and pay partial costs for their meals and much fun without working all day. For 15hours, without food, food can be covered by a contribution.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Deutsch, Español

  • Accommodation


    We invite you to sleep in one of our many hammocks, one of our fewer mattresses - both in our open house or under one of our large roofs away from the main house for more tranquility.
    You also can bring your own tent for a bit more privacy, which can be put any where in the gardens including under a roof.
    If you require other types of accommodation contact us and maybe we will have something else available for the time you will be here.

    We share a beautiful open house with a nice and simple kitchen, a fridge, a washing machine, electricity 110V/220V, internet, phone, cold and hot showers and a lot more.
    Its very nice living in a nature setting with ponds and fruit trees and an amazing wildlife just everywhere!

    The village of Uvita offers all you need, including big supermarkets, banks, ATMs, restaurants, bars, all kind of stores, pharmacies, medical care centers (including a dentist), beauty and massage salons, tourist information, car rentals, bicycle rentals, adventure tourism, internet cafes, taxis, buses and many other services and facilities.
    Its easy to get here by bus from San Jose's TRACOPA bus station or from the Panama boarder.
    For currently $59 you also can arrange a shared shuttle service direct to Uvita at
    They will pick you up at the airport or your San Jose hotel.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    A taxi from downtown Uvita is $4.
    Walking takes about 20-25 minutes.
    If walking up to us, you need to go straight ahead at the blue water tank towards the waterfalls.
    We are not operating at the Waterfall hostel.
    Our entrance is a gate made out of trees, just before the waterfalls on the left side.

    Please do not enter the hostel if you are not intenting to stay there as their paying guest.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

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    Volunteering hours expected

    Maximum 4 hours, 5 days a week (flexibles days off)

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    This host charges a fee

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    We ask for a contribution to your food: $5 per day


Click images to enlarge

The Bronzy Hermit, one of the many species of birds that reside with us at the lodge. This bird often comes right into the restaurant.
A Humpback whale tail. Within walking distance of the Ballena National Marine Park, one of Costa Rica’s premier marine viewing areas.
The Fiery-billed Aracari, a daily visitor. This one was in the papaya just off the patio.
The Howler monkeys often provide our ‘wake-up call’ at around 5:30. This one was part of a group that we watched in March, just off the patio in the big fig tree.
This amazing waterfall (the drop is even higher behind me) is just a 45-minute walk into the mountains.
This is ‘our’ waterfall, just a 4-minute walk and across the dirt road. It’s about 30 feet (10 meters) high.
The ‘massage’ available in the waterfall — if you can take it!
The couch we sometimes have available for volunteers
Thats our little kitchen.
A view into the basement.
Hammocks at the basement.
Thats where we and our cars hangout.
Hammocks at the second floor.
Thats our breakfast table and where we hang out.
Thats how our breakfast looks sometimes.
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