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Retreat Center Category: Master Plants
GUARIA de OSA Ecolodge, is a rainforest, ocean and cultural heritage discovery center — immersed in a timeless setting amidst a people-friendly tropical nature-sanctuary on COSTA RICAS Osa Peninsula. The Ecolodge was named after the magnificent purple Cattleya Orchid, it being, a symbol of the newness of nature, and natures renewing attributes, and it is just this, that we earnestly aspire to share with our visiting guests!
Guaria de Osa shares a remote one and a quarter mile-long coconut laden paradise beach, called Playa San Josecito, home to Costa Rica’s must abundant Scarlet Macaw population. The Osa Peninsula is home of one of the last great stands of Central American Tropical Rainforests. Where a wilderness coast and paradise beaches borders a sparkling and pristine Pacific Ocean. For which reason it is also known as “the Little Amazon by the Ocean.”
Within walking distance of Corcovado National Park, and just south of Drake Bay on the westernmost cove of the Osa Peninsula, Guaria is embedded in a “biological treasure trove” a “true terrestrial emerald”. Within a private and secluded ethnobotanical garden, abundant with palms of many kinds, exuberant ornamentals, medicinal plants and vines, fruit trees and food plants, our lodges are a strolls pace from the sparkling Pacific Ocean - a gigantic marine ecosystem and protected nautical zone - a sea temple and fish heaven!
NOTE: There are no roads here and access is primarily by a one hour motorboat ride from the river town of Sierpe or twenty minutes by boat from Drake Bay.
About the Ecolodge
Guaria de Osa is a place for people who adore Nature and wish to bask in its splendor. It is also a place for cultural discovery and where natural healing and renewal can take place. The various healing modalities we offer alongside the vibrant bird life that fills the air with song and the clean fresh ocean breezes, all harmoniously intertwine to effectively create an unforgettable and timeless place.
Our multistoried traditional main lodge, pagoda like yoga shala, the Lapa Lapa lodge, offers breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean offers glimpses into ancient traditions, with a vast yoga floor, and observatory cupola. Our interdisciplinary approach to nature discovery with specialized staff and guides, opens tyne word of biological diversity and the rainforest in ways maybe you have never dreamed of experiencing. We lead unique rainforest and oceanic tours as well as all inclusive retreats with healers and cultural masters, that rejuvenates and enriches participants long after returning home.
With lots of stories to tell and a whole lot to share, alongside everything else that is original and unique, Guaria de Osa one of a kind, In a peaceful and warm country that will leave every cell in your body singing “Pura Vida” – Pure life!
“Saving the Rainforest one vacation at a time.”
By visiting Guaria de Osa you are directly supporting Rainforest Conservation Projects in remote rainforest regions of Central and South America. Percentages of all funds generated are channeled ground level efforts of the Council for Cultural and Biological Diversity.
Most auspicious events we offer are the biannual Council Gatherings, these are Rainforest Plant Medicine Ceremonials. Here is the link for more info: http://www.guariadeosa.com/events/council-gathering-2016.html
Medicine information (content and method of preparation)Type of Medicine: AyahuascaMedicine content :
Yage / Ayahuasca (Banisteriopsis caapi) heirloom variety called Sëñoyage "Yellow Yage" and Yage-ocó (Diplopterys cabrerana) heirloom variety called Yají, originally from the Wambiza tribe.Medicine preparation:
The medicine is made on site in a remote jungle setting, in strict obedience to ancestral methods as passed down from the Ñañë Siekopaiby (God's Multicolored People) to the Secoya (Siekopai) people of the upper Amazon.
Ceremony detailsMaximum number of participants in a ceremony: 30Place of ceremony: The ceremonial maloca (yage wu'é - yage house) is located on secluded and completely private hill overlooking the pacific ocean and right up next to the primary rainforest, were bird and wildlife abound.Props etc. used during the ceremony: Hammocks (Yage hanë), Hookasayepë (leafy broom rattle), Matipë (Ceremonial feathered heaven people scepter), healing herbal waters to invoke celestial divinities, ceremonially prepared Yage
Accomodation detailsType of Accomodation:
More about the accomodation and food:
On non-fasting days, three wholesome daily meals with vegetarian options. Guayusa tea, herbal teas from the garden, homegrown cacao and organic coffee, and real butter
SustainabilityHow we ensure sustainability:
Besides taking great care in all aspects of work to recycle, use biodegradable materials, and treat our staff as well as guests really good! We also donate considerable proceeds from visitors tuitions to rainforest and wildlife conservation projects as well as cultural heritage vivification initiatives. for more info visit: http://www.4biodiversity.org
LocalsDo you welcome locals?: YesPrice range locals: Locals can receive price discounts, they must write us a letter of intention first.
Local CommunitiesOur engagement in local communities:
We have been actively involved in a marine turtle conservation program on our beach, since 2003. Our staff are locals as well, and we have offered solid work for years to various families. Also we have been active in supporting beach clean ups, and other acts of solidarity to our local school.
We offer referral discounts and generous group rates for group leaders.