PachaMama is a natural sanctuary for the soul. It’s a place to dive into a transformative spiritual journey. An opportunity to rejuvenate the body, connect with nature and celebrate life. Located on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica in a forested valley, PachaMama was founded in 1999 by Tyohar and fellow travelers who responded to the invitation to manifest together an alternative community that embraces a new way of life. Ever since its foundation, the village has become an international gathering place, creating a colorful and unique energy field of diverse personal and cultural backgrounds.
It is organized as both a commune for the residents who have made it their home and as a nonprofit center of transformation that offers retreats and workshops to hundreds of visitors every year. All income is reinvested to support the operation, maintenance and growth of the village. The community also has a pre-school, kindergarten and primary years program to service the growing new generation and many families that continue to join us.
What unites the village is the shared journey in awareness. It is a meeting beyond personalities and ideas. Living and being in PachaMama is to look into the mirror of ones true self, through togetherness and aloneness, in silence and celebration. Living an alternative holistic lifestyle, meditation, yoga and sacred native healing ceremonies are key to the soul of PachaMama. This is manifested living in reverence and harmony with nature and co existing with the elements and the spirit of the forest.
The restaurant is in the PachaMama village center. It is surrounded by a lush forest and is nourished three times a day by a team of creative chefs. It is a vital part of the transformation process and is in tune with the needs of the meditations, workshops and cleansing groups. The kitchen has combined the philosophy of cutting edge of nutritional knowledge: raw food, vegan, macrobiotic, the flavors of different cultures living together and the influence of a tropical climate. Most of the food is 100% organic and local and reflects the understanding that freshness, simplicity, awareness and love are in fact crucial ingredients in each meal. The Wild Treats Cacao Bar is also located in the village center. It is a unique vibe, offering fresh organic juices, smoothies, raw chocolates and desserts, as well as other goodies. All food at PachaMama promotes a healthy and high-vibe lifestyle.
Children are a natural part of the commune and have been so almost since the commune’s beginning. The population is ever-growing and currently counts 22 kids with more on the way. The communal environment is naturally supportive towards their growth, learning, experience, and they are an integrated part of the village. Longer term resident children, or visitor children who plan to stay for an extended period attend the School or Kindergarten in the mornings. The educational system of both the School and Kindergarten is inspired in part by the principles of Waldorf Education developed by Rudolf Steiner. Through a holistic approach to the different phases of childhood, education is to be experienced, through the heart and hands, as well as the head. Music, dance, theatre, writing and arts are not simply subjects to be studied mentally, but rather experienced actively. The emphasis is on rhythm and the richness of direct experience and creativity to naturally cultivate inspiration and a love of learning. Children are encouraged to grow and develop physically, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually.
The Work Exchange Program is an opportunity to experience PachaMama and become an integral part of the community through service. It allows the participants of the program to cover a substantial part of the costs through working. The Work Exchange has been successfully active for some years, continually evolving and allowing people to melt into the ways of PachaMama and become a part of the tribe. The contribution of each person who is welcomed into the program is honored. Equally, joining the work exchange program is a commitment to the community. PachaMama has the intention to hold the balance between work, meditation and personal growth. Aside from the practical duties, there are opportunities to go deeper into learning hands on skills within the various branches of work, to enjoy the social intimacy of the work exchange circle, and to be part of PachaMama through workshops, events and gatherings. Work will be designated according to each one’s interest, skills and the needs of the community.