Come and help us in our holistic center and organic farm in rural paradise in San Juanillo, Costa Rica


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    • We are very thankful to get so many messages from interested volunteers. In order to manage the communication more easily, please make sure to READ OUR PROFILE FULLY and describe in your potential request which projects and tasks would be the most suitable for you. You can find what kind of support we are looking for under “HELP” down below. Thank you 

    Buenos dias! My name is Shlomo and I am expanding the programs at my holistic center which is situated on a beautiful land in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. I love this land. My team and I have built a beautiful Yoga deck, a large organic farm and several casitas for hosting guests and occasional group retreats.

    I've been living in the forest for about 10 years now, leaving the big city for a much more basic and natural life. As I go, I am constantly learning about nature’s unique pace and healing, natural building, permaculture, and myself while living a healthy lifestyle.

    This season (2019/2020), I will host several retreats guided by great leaders. I also offer my casitas online. I am looking to expand and have more guests who would be happy to experience the magic of natural and healthy living in the jungle. (We have about 400 Pineapple plants on this land , 500 fruit trees and more..)

    In addition to the retreat activities, I have a small vegan/vegetarian "Garden Café" and Health Food Business. I am selling the products to markets and shops in my area, products like nut-butters, Organic Elixir teas, Hummus, Tahini and more. We use as many ingredients from my farm as possible. Help needed in preparing, organizing and packing these items.

    We are adding Yoga and Meditation practice to our daily routine for all volunteers, guests and myself. So we are also looking for an advanced yoga practitioner or teacher who would be happy to guide through some Yoga Sessions. Please notice that DAILY YOGA IS MANDATORY for Volunteers (not on your days off). Yoga is a key indicator for our life-style here and it increases the sense of community when practicing all together. It does not matter if you are an advanced Yogi/Yogini or a beginner who never has done Yoga before! The important thing is that you would like to be part of this. 

    Over all, I am looking for strong and creative volunteers to help with various projects around the farm and the retreat center.
    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Pura Vida!

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Babysitting / child care
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Helping with Tourists
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    I think that what past volunteers have appreciated most is the magical simplicity living. Waking up in the jungle each morning. Reconnecting with themselves and with nature. Past volunteers have also learned about holistic health, clean eating, living and building in a sustainable forest environment. But most importantly, I make good Hummus!! I can teach you!! I often teach Kundalini yoga as well if you would like to join me. I am encouraging everyone to participate in our morning yoga.

  • Help


    Here are my major projects right now:
    - social media and photographer.
    - an Electrician with experience is needed for rewiring a bungalow.
    - we plan to build a new bungalow, anyone with experience in woodwork!
    - yoga teacher.
    - someone to help prepare meals for team (up to 2x a day)
    - building projects with wood from my land
    - working with short term rental guests/yoga and retreats
    - cleaning and preparing bungalows for guests.
    - general land maintenance, path building and clearing
    - anyone with experience or at least passion to build a natural pool!
    - permaculture.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Spanish, Hebrew

  • Accommodation


    we have only 4 beds in one bungalow designated for helpers. You are also welcome to camp on my land, and I will provide a tent and sheets. Bring whatever else you might need to sleep comfortably, or if you prefer a hammock you can bring that as well. There will be a shared kitchen space for cooking, outdoor bathrooms and showers. We have 2 dogs, 2 cats, some bugs, and spiders here, but they all are friendly. We have to remember, this is their home and we are the visitors.

    I offer food for you to prepare.
    Rice, beans, oatmeal, flax seed, seasonal fruits and vegetables, cooking oil and a plethora of fun cooking gadgets.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Best volunteer match: non-smoker, grounded, health conscious, interest in yoga. We like to have a good time here, but this is not a good fit for someone who likes to party/stay up late.

    At the moment we are looking for a yoga teacher or an experienced practitioner to give morning and/or afternoon season for the volunteers, staff and guests.

    Perks of the area: I am located 3 km from a very special beach, Playa San Juanillo (35 min - 45min walk).. it is also possible to hitch hike! In your free time you can walk to the beach - it is a really beautiful place for swimming, snorkeling, relaxing, and watching sunsets. Turtle beach is 6km away, where you can experience watching turtles laying eggs or the little ones hatching and rushing to the ocean. The closest town of San Juanillo is a small (140 adults) and friendly community that has a few tasty restaurants, a small market, and a tattoo shop.

    Note: I recommend bringing the following items with you, as they are very expensive to buy here: Bug repellent, shampoo/conditioner, vitamins/supplements, flashlight, sunscreen, and anti-itch creams for bug bites. Also, internet here is not reliable, so keep this in mind when deciding if this is a good fit.

    GETTING HERE/TRANSPORT: Please arrive during the day, before sundown. If you are coming from San Jose, you will take buses from San Jose --> Santa Cruz --> San Juanillo. Busses leave from San Jose at Station 7/10, but I do not have the schedule so confirm it with the station. Monday - Saturday, there is a bus from Santa Cruz to San Juanillo at 4am, 12:30pm, and 4pm. (Sundays only one bus at 12:30 pm), so plan accordingly.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours per day 5 days a week

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