Frequently Asked Questions

Posada Natura is located in a rural town called Londres consisting of 200 people. The closest major town to us is Quepos/Manuel Antonio, home to one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, Manuel Antonio National Park, delicious cuisine, farmers markets, and shops.

In 1991, our founders bought 1,000 acres of rainforest to protect against deforestation. This project became a 501(c) (3) called Eco Era. Since that time we have expanded our wildlife refuge to over 2,000 acres and engage in ongoing reforestation efforts. Our retreats and programs directly support our rainforest conservation efforts. Our profits go to maintaining our wildlife refuge, paying our caretakers, and giving educational tours throughout these lands. 

You can learn more about our rainforest conservation efforts here.

Participation in our wellness programs directly supports our ability to conserve the rainforest. A portion of our profits go to providing caretakers for our lands, supplies, and educational tours.

We are honored to be guardians of the rainforest and wildlife, and it is a great deal of work! We gratefully accept and appreciate donations to aid our conservation efforts. Please contact us at info@posadanatura.com if you are interested in making a donation to our 501(c)(3), Eco Era. 

Yes. We are a family owned business. Posada Natura has always been a place where children have enjoyed the beauty of the natural world, playing in the river, climbing trees and harvesting fruit. We welcome children and families to enjoy this space with us, and are honored to be a place where families can come into deeper connection to one another. 

We use alcohol, tobacco, and other plant medicine ceremonially as a form of ritual prayer and sacred offering. We do not support the recreational use of these substances, and request that they are not used in such way within our sanctuary. 

Please contact us if you are interested, yet still unsure if plant medicine the right fit for you. We are happy to put you in touch with one of our facilitators that can talk with you more about it.

At Posada Natura, safety, well-being, and healing is of utmost importance to us, and our main goal is to ensure each person gets the most out of an experience with us. Our aim is to create a safe and supportive environment encompassing all aspects of the healing process. We only work with highly experienced healers who are grounded in traditional lineages. We are connected with lineages that have generations and decades of experience working with plant medicine, such that they are able to safely and effectively hold space for people during ceremony.

Apart from our on-site team of adept healers and facilitators, we are supported by a team of mental health professionals throughout the screening process, as well as during and after your journey with us. Our screening and preparation procedures include a thorough medical protocol and intake process that provides each person with a safe and fulfilling experience and mitigates the risk of contraindications with the plant medicine. 

Our focus on integration is paramount to the work we do with plant medicine. Plant medicine ceremonies are a powerful catalyst for healing that may initiate a person into a much longer healing journey. Our team is equipped with tools and skills to assist you through each step of this process before, during and after the ceremonies.

We work facilitators who are extensively trained in traditional indigenous linages. Our programs are led by renown experts and leaders in the field of plant medicine work. They have deeply immersed and practiced in their traditions for 20+ years. Our work is supported by a team of mental health professionals, who have contributed to our method of facilitation. Our programs at Posada Natura are designed to act as a bridge between the indigenous mind and the western mind so that deeper, informed healing can take place.

You can learn more about the facilitators we work with on each retreat page.

No, the length and practices of our programs are designed by highly experienced facilitators to ensure your safety and success. The integration portion of plant medicine work is essential to the healing process. Our programs are specifically designed in this way to ensure the emotional and psychological safety and well being of each participant. For this reason we are firm in our request that guests participate in the entire program.  

If special circumstances warrant that you attend just a portion of a retreat, you may discuss it with the facilitator.

We offer 1:1 integration support for every guest, which includes counseling, energy healing, and sometimes additional ceremonial work. Our medicine facilitators are highly skilled healers who draw upon the knowledge and wisdom of their lineages to support your integration process. Our work is also supported by a team of mental health professionals who are researchers on the curative properties and psychological effects of the plant medicines we work with. 

Our integration support extends beyond just our wellness retreats. We will continue to support and guide you as needed when you go home. We are committed to the success of your healing. We equip you with tools to carry home with you so you can better integrate healing and self-care into your daily life. 

Our community embraces you with open hearts to share your process and receive counsel and support. Our network of facilitators and counselors are available after your retreat for continued support online and in person at our United States locations.

In some cases, facilitators request that participants undergo dietary preparations 1-2 weeks prior to their retreat. When you register for a retreat, specific dietary guidelines for that retreat will be sent to you.

Circle of Sacred Nature (CSN) is a 501c3, multi-faith spiritual church based in Northern California. We work closely with CSN in the design and execution of our plant medicine programs. We are working together to maintain connections to a global network of healers, researchers, and medical professionals to support our mission of providing safe, integral healing to humanity. Our plant medicine director, Celina De Leon, is also the founder of CSN.

Costa Rica is one of the safest Central American countries. The people are friendly, talkative, and live by the motto “pura vida”. However, as you would at home, keep your valuables close, and lock your car. 

No. Our water is supplied by the springs from our own rainforest conservation lands, which is one of the cleanest watersheds left on earth. Our water is alive, vibrant, and healing. 

You will fly into Juan SantaMaria International Airport in San Jose (SJO).  

You can get to Posada Natura by ground or by air. 

Taxi: A taxi will cost $150. If you like, we can arrange for one of our trusted Taxi drivers to pick you up. The drive will take anywhere from 2.5-4 hours depending on traffic. 

Rental Car:  If you choose to rent a car, we recommend that you do it online ahead of time. Also it’s a good idea to call your credit card company and have them send you a copy of the Damage & Collision waiver. This will wave the extra insurance fee that car rental companies charge in Costa Rica. Making your reservation online in advance will also save you a large expense. There is plenty of space for you to park on our property. 

Travel by Air: From San Jose International Airport you can fly to Quepos on Sansa Airlines. These flights usually cost $60-$100. You will need to coordinate your main international flight separately from the Sansa flight through their website.  Sansa only flies a few times per day so make sure to coordinate your international and local flight accordingly to ensure that they will work together. 

Upon registering for your retreat we will e-mail you a registration packet that includes a packing list.

We recommend taking out $200 in cash before entering the country to avoid international fees. In Costa Rica, you can pay for almost everything in US dollars and it might not be necessary to convert to CR colones. We have a shop of hand-made artisan goods and we accept credit card, cash, or PayPal for payment.

Yes. We have high speed wifi in our common areas. Our sleeping areas do not have internet access. We ask our guests to use electronics for important matters only. Part of the healing energy we encourage is to reconnect to nature, quiet the mind, and listen to the heart. We ask you please keep use of electronics to a minimum to support the temple energy of our sanctuary, and to only use electronics in areas designated for their use. 

We live in a very safe town. We seldom lock our doors, and are friends with our neighbors. However, if you would like to secure your valuables, you can leave them with one of the managers to secure in the office. 

All deposits are non-refundable except in the case of a documented emergency. 

Deposits will be subtracted from final payment.

We are unable to refund any and all payments after the start date of the retreat, except in the case of a documented emergency.