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


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  • Description


    { 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! Here we have transformed from a holistic retreat center and rental property into a conscious community!

    Buenos dias! My name is Shlomo and, after leaving the big city in search for a much more basic and natural life, I've been living in the jungle for about 10 years. My home is now on some beautiful land in Guanacaste, Costa Rica and is centered around a holistic retreat and guest center, created by myself as well as many others who have helped along the way. This center is highlighted by a beautiful open-air Yoga deck, a large variety of organic fruit trees and herbs as well as several casitas for hosting guests and occasional group retreats. As I go, I am constantly learning about nature’s unique pace and healing, natural building, permaculture, and myself while living a healthy lifestyle. Maybe you'd like to join me in learning, too!

    This season (2020), we will host a few retreats guided by great leaders. However, most of our time and energy here is directed towards creating great experiences for guests coming for overnight stays. We have 6 casitas and they are offered online to people looking to stay in the area. My intention is to expand and have more guests coming in who would be happy to experience the magic of this space.

    There is also a small vegan/vegetarian "Garden Café" on property where we create meals for guests/retreats as well as products for my Health Food business. I am selling these products to markets and shops in the area, which include nut-butters, organic Elixir teas, hummus, tahini and more. We use as many ingredients from this land as possible.

    There is also a Yoga and Meditation practice that's a part of the daily routine for all volunteers, guests and myself. Please note that DAILY YOGA IS MANDATORY for volunteers (except on your days off). Yoga is a key part of our lifestyle here and it increases the sense of community when we practice 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. For the specific roles I'm looking for, please scroll down to the "HELP" section.
    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Pura Vida!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Animal Care
    Art Projects
    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 magic of simple living. Although you won't have the luxuries of air-conditioning, hot showers, or a fast/reliable Wifi connection, you can enjoy waking up in a vibrant jungle each morning to the calls of howler monkeys and bird songs. In your free time, you are encouraged to connect with the abundance of nature around you and with yourself; this is a perfect place to do so.
    You can also practice your Spanish a bit with the locals in town/on the beach or with our employee(s) who speak only Spanish.
    Another benefit is that you will likely learn different types of Yoga, depending on who is teaching. I personally like to teach Kundalini Yoga.
    Further, you have the opportunity to learn more about living and building in a sustainable forest environment if that's something that interests you.
    There's always something to learn here if you come with curiosity and an open awareness :)

  • Help


    These are the roles I'm looking for; you may need to take on more than one of these roles in order to fulfill your 25 hours per week. For example, if you teach morning yoga, you may also do gardening or work in the Cafe for the rest of your day.
    During retreats, I may require different tasks to be completed or ask you to work more than 25 hours in a week; in that case, you can "bank" those hours and take off days following the retreat to use as you like.
    "Right-Hand" Person or Couple -- this person/couple would be responsible for the majority of customer service needs, volunteer needs, and filling in where needed to make sure everything is running smoothly. There also may be times I leave for a few days or a week and would require someone to do what needs to be done during those times, which may include anything from feeding dogs to working on meeting guest needs to ordering fruits/veggies. During the low season I will have a casita available to stay in; in the meantime, I am working on getting a casita built for that purpose. I will also provide some sort of compensation which we can discuss if over 25 hours per week is needed)

    Cleaner -- someone to help clean casitas and get them ready for guests

    Social Media/Photographer -- someone to help me spread the word about products and casitas as well as take beautiful photos around the property to use for marketing purposes

    Gardener -- someone to work with the fruit trees and herbs, weeding, being responsible for irrigation, perhaps someone with an interest or experience in permaculture, etc. We have hundreds of pineapple plants, fruit trees and more that are hoping to be looked after!

    Yoga Teacher -- someone to teach some morning or afternoon classes

    Electrician -- someone with experience in order to rewire our casitas

    Woodworker -- someone with experience in order to build a casita or other furniture

    Cook for Volunteers -- someone to cook for a team of 4 or more volunteers when applicable, 2 times a day.

    General land maintenance -- someone to build and clear paths, as well as take care of what's needed around the property

    Natural Pool "Enthusiast" -- someone with experience or at least a passion to build a natural pool!

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    Hebrew: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    In exchange for 25 hours of work per week, you will have a bed in a shared rustic bungalow which houses 4 beds
    (2 bunkbeds) that's designated for our volunteers. You are also welcome to camp on this land; I can provide sheets if you able to bring your tent and whatever else you might need to sleep comfortably. If you prefer a hammock you can bring that as well.

    Please note that we fill the beds in the volunteers dorm on a - physical - first come, first serve basis. After the dorm is filled people are welcome to camp on the land, so if you have a tent/ camping gear please bring it. We do have one tent, sleeping mat and a lot of bedding to lend.

    I also offer food for you to prepare (enough for 3 meals a day) that varies week to week but often includes rice, beans, oatmeal, and seasonal fruits and vegetables. You will also be provided with basic cooking items such as oil and salt, and you are welcome to use herbs from the land to flavor your dishes. There is also tap water here which is drinkable and from our well.

    There is a shared kitchen space for cooking inside the bungalow and one bathroom/shower. There is also an outdoor shower and toilet which can be used. We have 2 dogs, 2 cats, and a variety of insects here, but they all are friendly. We need to remember that this is their home and we are the visitors.

    There isn't Wifi available in your bungalow, but it's available and can be used in the Yoga Shala in your free time when no Yoga classes are happening.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Best volunteer match: non-smoker, grounded, health conscious, with an 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 on a regular basis.

    Perks of the area: I am located 3 km from a very special white sand beach, Playa San Juanillo (located about a 40 min's also possible to hitchhike!). You can choose to spend your free time here - it is a really beautiful place for swimming, snorkeling, relaxing, and watching sunsets. There is also a turtle beach that's 6km away, where (depending on time and season) 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

    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. Buses 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 that leaves 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

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    4-5 hours per day 5 days a week

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