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Ama Tierra Retreat and Wellness Center

About This Center

AmaTierra, a ten room holistic retreat center, nestled in the mountains of Costa Rica, offers your group everything you need to host a retreat, workshop, or seminar in a truly inspirational, natural setting. We also provide the space and amenities for ceremonies, weddings and group or family reunions. We handle outside activities and transportation, and make it easy for everyone, including the group leader, to have a relaxing experience in Costa Rica!

Our mission is to serve the whole person and provide an oasis of tranquility and rejuvenation through yoga, meditation, mind/body awareness, healthful food, fresh spring water, herbal medicine and bodywork.

We wish our guests to relax and have fun in a friendly atmosphere, to let nature be the primary healer, and to touch in with the local culture of rural Costa Rica. Please join us at AmaTierra and experience a truly unique retreat. With great attention to detail and fresh organic foods, Ama Tierra has won the Travel award for excellence on Trip advisor 3 years running.

"Visiting Amatierra was a magical and profoundly healing experience for me and the small group of yogis I brought for a yoga retreat in January of 2014. I have been leading yoga retreats in beautiful places on the planet since 1994, but I found Amatierra to be uniquely supportive to the healing and spiritual focus of my yoga teachings.
 The outcome of this synchronicity was a magnified unfolding and blossoming in the personal experience of my students. The owners and hosts of Amaterra, Jill and Bob Ruttenberg were warm and welcoming. We felt like family, understood and loved. The cuisine was nourishing to the heart and the body, as well as superbly prepared and presented. The staff was part of the family, obviously honored and respected. They beamed with happiness and were always willing to help. The ground itself vibrated with healing energy and beauty in a tangible way. The healing work given by Jill and other visiting therapists was deep, restorative and truly transformational. I personally experienced a life changing breakthrough. Every aspect of Amatierra supported healing. I will be back. Thank you Bob and Jill and all of your staff. Thank you Amatierra! " -Kari  Sacamento, California 2015

AmaTierra is one of those magical places so rare in our world today - where pure Nature embraces you with unforgettable Beauty and Life Spirit.

Venue Highlights

AmaTierra offers daily gentle Hatha Yoga classes for all ability levels and Free Meditation Classes for all. Experience AmaTierra’s jungle setting with inspiration views from our open-air teak wood Yoga Shala.

Because of AmaTierra’s unique reputation as a wellness center, you have the opportunity to consult with a professional nutritionist/herbalist about a diet that is best for you and begin implementing that protocol while you are here at the Retreat. This session also opens a door to self-discovery and new possibilities for helping health issues. You will be seen not just as a person whose symptoms need soothing, but as a unique individual with underlying causes for imbalances which are unique to YOUR body. A session with owner Jill Ruttenberg, registered AHG (American Herbalist Guild) herbalist will help create a dietary regimen and lifestyle shift, as well as addressing your health problems by using herbal and homeopathic remedies.


All-inclusive, affordable vacation packages for yoga, wellness and adventure, designed to help you relax, rejuvenate and experience the Real Costa Rica.

Feel at home and alive in your Costa Rica yoga retreat in our simple, tastefully designed private casitas with 2 comfy queen sized beds and everything you to enjoy the serenity of the jungle. We have 3, 5, & 7 night options available.


  • Free Wifi
  • Spa
  • Pool
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Tour Assistance
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga Studio
  • House Keeping

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Pescetarian
  • Meat
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free


At AmaTierra, guests can enjoy some of the freshest foods in all of Costa Rica. Our Cuisine is International, with an emphasis on fresh fruits and vegetables, some home-grown in our organic gardens. Meals are accented by delicious spices such as fresh turmeric, ginger, basil and lemongrass grown on our permaculture farm.

Guests enjoy family-style meals served on the balcony. Our dishes are either vegetarian or include fresh fish or hormone-free chicken. We do our best to honor individual dietary concerns and we can adapt our menu for vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free diets.


AmaTierra is located along the winding and wonderfully pothole-free Highway 137, 19 kilometers west of Puriscal, on the old road toward Orotina, about an hour’s drive southwest from San José. We can also be accessed from Highway 27, 15 minutes off the Escobal exit.

AmaTierra Address: 2 Km Este de la Iglesia Católica de San Pablo, Turrubares, San José, Costa Rica.

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  • Kenny Kolter   September 08, 2015

      5 stars because the people are wonderful !

    I have had the pleasure to facilitate two retreats at AmaTierra Retreat Center in Costa Rica. Both of my experiences were amazing. Bob Ruttenberg & Jill Ruttenberg are experienced, caring and thoughtful proprietors. The staff ( many of which I've learned have been with them for years and years ) are tremendous. The food, the tranquil location, the excursions they coordinate and the wellness services are all top notch. As a facilitator I felt supported & respected by Bob & Jill - they have the needs of the guests and the teachers paramount in their focus. I highly recommend this facility for anyone looking for a relaxing exotic adventure. The pleasant natured staff and the pristine mountainous jungle environment combine for a nature filled nurturing experience Kenny Kolter sacred sound practitioner United States May 2015

Why Retreat?

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To drop deep into the practices and connect with my true nature. Rubin

Retreat Guru's Vision

We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.