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PachaMama is a natural sanctuary for the soul; a spiritual community united in the intention to live a life of reverence, meditation, and harmony with nature and the elements. Located on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica in a forested valley, PachaMama was founded in 1999 by Tyohar and a cluster of fellow travelers, following a vision to manifest an intentional community and embrace alternative living. Since it was founded as a spiritual commune and intentional community, the village has become an international gathering place, a colorful and unique energy field comprised of diverse personal and cultural backgrounds.

PachaMama is both a spiritual community for residents who have made it their home, and a nonprofit center of transformation that offers retreats and workshops to hundreds of visitors each year. All income is reinvested to support the operation, maintenance, and growth of the village. The community also has a Waldorf inspired School to serve the growing number of children born in the village as well as the families that have joined it. The school also welcomes visiting children.

As an eco-village, PachaMama continuously creates projects to increase biodiversity and sustainability, and to minimize its carbon footprint. The principles of permaculture, waste reduction, soil regeneration, water retention, and recycling (to name a few) are explored and applied in the village.  PachaMama is wholly committed to providing nourishing, healthy food that is kind not only to the body but to the Earth as well. Superfoods, fruits, and leafy greens grown in the village are 100% organic and the community works in partnership with and supports local farmers using responsible growing practices.

The community of PachaMama is unique amongst communities in Costa Rica and throughout the world. It allows each and every one to experience spiritual community living with authenticity, close to nature, and in harmony with the cycles of silence, meditation, and celebration. What unites the village is the shared journey of awareness: a meeting of individuals beyond personalities and ideas. The intention to live a conscious life, looking into the mirror of one’s true self, is what binds the community together. Yoga, meditation, and sacred Native healing ceremonies are key to the soul of PachaMama, much more than mere lifestyle choices but rather deep-rooted commitments to the nature of this unique place.

About Our Community


PachaMama is committed to coexisting in harmony with nature, protecting the Earth, and living an ecologically conscious life. Transformation is a holistic process, and cannot be completed unless it encompasses the way of relating with all that exists.

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Worktrade / Apprentice Details

Participation in the PachaMama Work Exchange program entails a responsibility and commitment to adhere to the community’s ecological guidelines and support its efforts at sustainability. Work Exchangers will take a radical pledge: to become part of the Solution, not part of the Problem. The guiding principle of this pledge is to Leave No Trace, making conscious changes to consumption habits and shifting into a zero-waste lifestyle.

This means not bringing outside packaging, including: tetra packs, plastic bags, straws, plastic water bottles, plastic wraps, aluminum foil, metal cans, one-time-use items and non-biodegradable hygiene products (shampoo, conditioner, soaps), etc. for the entire stay in PachaMama.

The village’s Jungle Shop sells food and hygiene products that are safe for the earth and this ecosystem – biodegradable and free from harmful, disposable packaging.

In addition, PachaMama is a vegetarian community and does not allow meat or fish products to be brought in from outside, including canned or dried items.


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Guanacaste province of Costa Rica, about 15 km north of Nosara
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