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Frequently Asked Questions

About Us

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. Many of our retreats offer excursions to the beach, National Park, and farmers markets. 

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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 almost 2,600 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.

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Your 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.

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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. 

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We offer tours through our parklands where you will enjoy the beauty of the pristine rainforest, waterfalls, natural swimming holes, rock jumping, tree climbing, fruit harvesting, and animal sightings. These tours are a wonderful way for people to connect to the earth’s wild, untouched, ancient land. We educate on the connection between the rainforest’s bio-diversity, ecosystem, watershed and canopy, while also guiding periods of meditation and silent introspection to establish a deeper connection and harmony with Mother Earth.

 

Excursions through our property on horseback or river rafting can be organized with independent companies. We are also available to advise on tours and excursions for popular sites in our area such as zip-line, waterfall tours, scuba diving and other ocean-related excursions.

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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. 

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Plant Medicine Retreats

Please contact us if you are interested though not sure if it’s a good fit. 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 indigenous healers who are grounded in traditional lineages. We are connected several lineages that have generations and decades of experience working and training with this medicine, such that they are able to safely and effectively hold space for our guests during ceremony.

Apart from our on-site team of adept healers and facilitators, we are supported by a team of psychiatrists 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 mainly work with Amazonian plant medicine plant medicine from the Amazon led by medicine carriers extensively trained in the indigenous Putumayo lineages of Colombia and the indigenous vegetalismo lineages of Peru. We also work with plant medicine from North America led by Native American lineage holders. 

Our plant medicine programs are led renown experts and leaders in their fields. They have deeply immersed and practiced in their tradition of Kamensta, Lakota, and Shipibo for 20+ years. Our medicine work is also supported by a team of psychiatrists whose research and lifework is dedicated to studying the healing effects of these ancient medicines and practices. Our programs at Posada Natura are designed to act as a bridge between the indigenous mind and the western mind so that deeper healing and self-realization can take place.

You can read more about the medicine people we work with on each retreat page. 

No, the retreats are all inclusive programs. The integration piece 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 wellness of each participant. For this reason we are firm in our request that guests experience the entire wellness program.  

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

We offer one on one integration support for every guest, which may include counseling, energy healing, and additional ceremonial work. Our medicine workers 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 western psychiatrists 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, as we are committed to the success of your healing. We give strong priority to offering tools for you to carry your work home with you and ways to integrate healing and self-care into your daily life. 

 Our wellness programs are designed to immerse you in a variety of healing and spiritual practices that you can take home with you and use to cultivate practices that will maintain the healing work done during your retreat. Our loving community embraces you with open hearts to share your process and receive counsel and community support so that you know you are not alone. You will find that the friendships and connections you make at Posada Natura will be of great support to your integration. We encourage participants to regularly meet over Skype or phone calls to support one another’s integration. 

See here for more information on our integration work.

Upon registration, you will receive an information packet which will include our dietary and preparation guidelines to prepare you for your experience. Beyond the specific foods we list to avoid, in general it’s best to approach the diet focusing less on deprivation, and more about creating an environment within your body which gives the medicine the best chance of permeating and illuminating areas that need healing. In general, a clean diet which focuses more on whole foods and less on excess salt, sugar, spiciness, and processed foods, is going to allow the medicine to work with you in the best way possible.

Please see here for a detailed list of dietary and lifestyle preparations.

We value the importance of offering a personalized experience for each guest so that they feel comfortable and safe to immerse fully into their healing process with adequate support. We like to keep our group sizes for plant medicine retreats under 20 people to establish the energy of community and safety. Having a healthy group dynamic is an important aspect of the healing and awakening process. Keeping the groups small also allows for our medicine workers to give greater focus to the needs of each person. 

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 lead medicine women is one of the founders of CSN, and brings retreat groups to Posada Natura several times per year. You can learn more about CSN here. 

Reservations & Logistics

Depending on your desired length of stay, you can click into each retreat page here to read more about each program and see pricing. You will see a brief registration form on each page. To begin the registration process, please fill out this form and click send.  Upon registration, you will be contacted by one of our team members who will guide you through the booking process.

If you are registering for a retreat that includes plant medicine ceremony, you will need to fill out a medical form that will be reviewed by our team of healers and psychiatrists. Once your form has been reviewed you will be contacted by the facilitator of the retreat you are interested in. 

High season,  December – April, are the dry months with more sunshine and less rain. In January and February, there is no rain and it is very hot. This is the season when a lot of tourists come to Costa Rica. 

Low season, May-November, are when the rains start gradually pick up. In late September, October, and early November the rains are extremely heavy, sometimes raining non-stop for days at a time. This is the season with very little tourism.

Costa Rica is one of the safest Central American countries. The people are friendly, talkative, and live by the motto “pura vida”. Like any other place in the world, keep your valuables close, and lock your car. 

No. Our water is supplied by our own spring, which comes from one of the cleanest watersheds left on earth. Our water is alive, vibrant, and cleansing. 

You will fly into Juan SantaMaria International Airport in San Jose (SJO). The airport is a 3 hour drive from our location. Review the “what is the best way to get to Posada Natura from the airport” section on this FAQ page.

 

Depending on which program you are attending, we recommend that you coordinate your arrival time with one of our team members, or your retreat facilitator.

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.  You may also view our recommended packing list here. 

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.

Arrival check-in is at 3pm on the start date of your retreat. Departure check-out is at 11am on the last day of your retreat. 

Yes, let one of our managers know and we will arrange this for you. The cost for laundry is $5. 

Yes. We have high speed wifi in our common areas. 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 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.

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