Casa Antorcha

About This Center

The house is held with the deep intention to reconnect us to our nature as humans on this earth. In Casa Antorcha we host guests, intimate retreats and gatherings to open up to our personal and collective well-being. The house is made with local and natural materials and the water we use is collected from the clean tropical rains. It’s a pleasure for us to receive you here.

I came to visit the jungle and I leave having healed myself and my heart

Venue Highlights

Casa Antorcha (Spanish for Torch House) is a space held by the lush Caribbean jungle. The house is surrounded by toucans, cacao trees, monkeys, flowers, bananas and butterflies. A peaceful place where the sounds of the forest create a symphony for the senses.


Casa Antorcha has intimate shared and private rooms for you to rest during your retreat. All four rooms are entirely made of local wood and have windows with views of the surrounding jungle providing a rustic while elegant natural environment for your intimacy. In each room you will find small original artworks that we've created and collected, giving the rooms touches of color and love. There are two shared bathrooms with clean rainwater showers inside the house and one delicious outside shower to cleanse in as well.

The beds have colorful mandala covers, comforting blankets and a mosquito net so you can dream in peace. There is also a drying rack and shelves to store your belongings.


  • Free Wifi
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Yoga Studio

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free


All meals use local, gluten free and all plant based ingredients. Lots of fruit, vegan cheeses, sprouted lentil patties, fermented kefir drinks, big salads, cacao deserts and more.


From San Jose International Airport (Juan Santamaría) there are several options. You can take a direct shuttle using (contact info blocked). You can also take a taxi to the center of San José and take a local bus (bus company name is Mepe). For this option, take a taxi to the Transportes Mepe Terminal (also called "parada de San Carlos") and take the bus to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. Buses leave at: 6am, 8am, 10am, 12md, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm. This bus costs approximately $12. Once you get to Puerto Viejo you will take a taxi to: calle olé caribe, Casa Antorcha. The taxi ride is around $10. From San José, it should take you 5-7 hours to get here. You can also look at possible local flights from San Jose to Limon which would leave you with a 1hr bus ride to get here.

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Why Retreat?

We asked people why they go on retreat, here's what they said:

To find peace and renewal while going through a huge change in my life. Empty nest and the end of a 27 year marriage all at once. Susan

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.

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