eco warrior retreats

COSTA RICA

ec·o-war·ri·or

/ˈēkōˌwôrēər/

noun

  1. a person actively involved in preventing damage to the environment.

What does it mean to live authentically? During this 7 day retreat, we will explore living in community and regenerative living. Connecting back to our humanity, within ourselves and with each other and how to live in a way that regenerates this beautiful home that we have abused for so long. Healing ourselves and the planet. An inspiring magical week of learning, connecting, healing, and demonstrating sustainable living through our actions. You will leave feeling empowered with tools to effectively change the world, unforgettable memories, and lifelong friends. We can't wait to see you there! Pura Vida. 

For more on how this retreat came to be and my intent for this experience, read my blog post here

  • ​​Empowerment to take action on issues that matter to you

  • Tools to create social change

  • Experience in true sustainable & regenerative living

  • Introduction to rewilding and unconditioning 

What will you gain from this retreat? 

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Topics will include:

  • Immersion in nature

  • Holistic health (mind-body-soul) healing

  • Lessons from sustainability & health experts 

  • Lifelong friends 

Activities:

  • Alternative living

  • Regeneration

  • Community building

  • Permaculture

  • Farm to table food systems

  • Off grid living

  • Ecopsychology

  • Social change

  • Privilege, oppression, & social justice

  • Sense of Place

  • Plant based nutrition & healing with food

  • Yoga & mind-body connection

  • How to incorporate into the real world 

  • Daily yoga

  • Growing and harvesting food

  • Cooking large group plant based meals

  • Community building exercises 

  • Workshops & lessons in sustainable and regenerative living

  • Creating art/ self expression (painting, photos, dance)

  • Sacred Cacao Ceremony

Excursions:

  • Hiking in La Cangreja National Park

  • Access to 5+ waterfalls

  • Tour of sustainability education center Rancho Mastatal 

The Location: About Villas Mastatal

Villas Mastatal is a permaculture farm and ecolodge located in the small community of Mastatal in the beautiful Central Valley of Costa Rica. The 50 hectare property has been owned and managed by the same Costa Rican family for over 50 years. In that time, they have planted thousands of trees, established a thriving food forest from which they can sustain themselves and guests of the farm, and hosted hundreds of groups of international students. You can read more about the family below. 

The property features beautiful and varying accommodations for guests, a well equppied kitchen and long dining table for community gatherings, a large yoga deck with a stunning view, a wood fire oven, a waterfall on the property, and plenty of hammocks for everyone to to relax and unwind. 

There is so much to do in Mastatal and we are going to take advantage of it all. Mastatal lies at the foot of La Cangreja National Park, a stunning protected landscape boasting 1,000 species of flora, of which 44 are endemic, and 56 species of birds. The many trails of la cangreja pass by dozens of waterfalls, with the hike to the top of the mountain giving an incredible view of Mastatal, the Central Valley, and the Pacific Coast. 

In this small town of about 200 people, a beautiful community exists. Mastatal is a very close knit community with 5 dominant families residing in the area. In the past couple of decades, it has become an epicenter for sustainable and regenerative living, with 4 sustainability hubs: Villas Mastatal, Rancho Mastatal, Finca Siempre Verde, and La Iguana Chocolate all thriving in the town. 

Waterfall on Villas Mastatal Property- 10 minute walk from the dorms

Private Bungalows (swipe to see more photos)

Accommodation

The majority of guests will stay in Dormitorio El Atardeser (the sunset dorm) in a shared bunk room. This structure is open air and receives a beautiful view of the sunset each night. It is two stories with a large yoga space on the top floor as well as hammocks. There are private bathrooms and showers as well as beautiful outdoor showers and a compost toilet. 

There are two private wooden bungalow rooms available at a first come first serve basis. More detailed information about accommodation options can be found on the registration page. 

El Atardeser Dormitorio

Bathrooms & Showers

Food

Guests will be well fed and fueled. 3 organic whole food plant based meals per day as well as access to fresh fruit whenever wanted. Meals will be Costa Rican inspired and enjoyed in community. Gluten free diets can be easily accommodated. We believe in food in abundance and meals will be colorful, balanced, and nourishing. Retreat participants will have the opportunity to help prepare meals with several of the meals made entirely by us. 

 

 

Retreat Includes​​

  • Lodging in a shared dorm

  • Sheets, pillows, blankets, & mosquito nets

  • Three organic whole food vegan meals daily, snacks, and desserts

  • Excursions

  • Workshops

  • Activities & materials

  • Daily yoga classes

Additional Add Ons

  • Private bungalow (limited availability)

  • Transportation to/from San Jose

Not Included

  • Flight

Retreat Information, Cost, & Enrollment

Dates

All participants need to arrive at Villas Mastatal by 6pm on the first day of the retreat (check in will start at noon) and checkout will be at 11am on the last day of the retreat. You can book a direct ride from San Jose to the farm with us ($50USD one way), take the bus (directions here), or drive (directions here). Regardless of your mode of transportation, please let us know how you will be arriving and at what time. 

 

Cost 

The cost of this all inclusive retreat (locally grown organic plant based meals, accommodation, lessons, workshops, activities, and excursions) is $2,000 ($1,500 for under 18). To reserve your spot, we require a nonrefundable deposit of $400 USD and the full amount is due one month before the start of the retreat. We offer a 10% discount for groups of 3 or more enrolling together! Email ecowarriorretreats@gmail.com to apply the discount. . 

Refund Policy

If you notify us at least 30 days before the course commencement, we will refund your course without reservation deposit but will deduct an administration fee of 10%. If you notify us less than 30 days before the course commencement, we cannot provide a refund, but you can send someone else in your place.

 

Transparency 

Most retreats of this kind are $3,000-$6,000. Typically most of the profit from retreats goes to the instructors (usually paid $200-$500 per day). We are able to keep costs so low because I (Elizabeth) am making no profit from this (my compensation is simply food and accommodation during the retreat) and over half of the profits are going directly to Javier and Raquelle (the Costa Rican family who owns the farm), with the rest going to different families in the Mastatal community (for field trips and excursions), supplies for activities, and transportation and a small compensation for the other facilitators. The retreat cost is as low as we could keep it while still including worthwhile experiences and activities. I want this retreat to be about genuine community connection, social change, learning, and fun. It's not at all about the money. 

limited spots available      |       all people are welcome!

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The retreat will be in English with translation at times when necessary.

If you have any questions about the retreat, please don't hesitate to reach out ecowarriorretreats@gmail.com

Partial scholarships available for Costa Rican residents. Please email ecowarriorretreats@gmail.com for more information. 

 

 

 

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Most people want to be good people—they want to make the world a better place but feel disempowered. It is our hope that people come here and leave with a sense of inspiration and feel empowered to make their dreams possible in relation to sustainable agriculture, permaculture and in relation to making the world a better place.”

Orin Hardy, KulKul Farm

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Any Questions?

 

If you have any questions about the retreat, please don't hesitate to contact us at ecowarriorretreats@gmail.com

Thank you to past volunteers and friends for so many beautiful photos of Mastatal! For more photos, videos, and an inside look into the retreat, you can check out the Eco Warrior Retreat Facebook and Instagram as well as the story highlight "retreat" on Elizabeth's Instagram.

We can't wait to see you in Costa Rica!

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