BioDynamic Breathwork & Trauma Release Institute: Breathwork and Shamanic Medicine Journey in Costa Rica

About This Event

The lush Costa Rican rainforest environment, teaming with spectacular animal and bird wildlife, provides an unforgettable setting for our next BioDynamic Breathwork & Trauma Release Retreat.

In this retreat you will be immersed into a Shamanic healing journey and experience the gifts of ancient healing traditions through a unique combination of working with the BioDynamic Breathwork & Trauma Release System (BBTRS) and rainforest plant medicines. Beyond just a holiday, prepare yourself for the journey of a lifetime in one of this planet’s most stunning and pristine rainforest and ocean eco-sysytems! Our dream and mission is to pass on the wisdom and age old practices of these world cultures which we at the BioDynamic Breathwork & Trauma Release Institute have been so lucky to harness for ourselves. We believe that the vital and important relationship between these ancient traditions and the primacy of nature can truly enliven, heal and rejuvenate mind, body and spirit! With our team of experienced trauma therapists and Shamanic healers who have hosted this retreat many times in the past, you’ll be safely guided on a truly life-changing journey to healing and expansion.

The highlights of this retreat and price will include

BioDynamic Breathwork & Trauma Release sessions

Daily meditations

2 Sunrise Renewal Ceremonies with rainforest plant medicine to cleanse and prepare our bodies for 1 full night journey

Full night Shamanic Medicine Journey facilitated by our host professor ethnobotanist and author Jonathan Miller (Ecuador, USA)

Daily group exercises & self awareness processes

Group sharings

Cacao Ceremony

Trance Dance Journey

Guided nature tours and experiences to enhance your program. These include: Rio Claro canoe trip; an interpreted tour of Guaria De Osa’s Ethnobotanical Gardens; a presentation on cultural and biological diversity; and a transfer route via the river town of Sierpe to experience the most intact mangrove reserve in tropical America.

Daily free time for personal integration & resourcing with the surrounding pristine nature

Three daily delicious meals with vegetarian options

11 nights stay at Guaria De Osa Eco-Lodge

Domestic group round trip bus transportation between San Jose & Osa Peninsula

Osa Peninsula round trip marine transfer to/from the venue

Proceeds from your fees channeled to non-profit Fundación OSA rainforest conservation in the Ecuadorian Andes & Amazon and our marine turtle rescue project on the Osa Peninsula In addition Guaria de Osa is located in “The Little Amazon by the Sea” – home of one of the great stands of Central American Tropical Rainforests, where wilderness coast and paradise beaches borders a sparkling and pristine Pacific Ocean. Our retreat location is in the heart of the Osa Peninsula endorsed by National Geographic as the most biologically intense place on Earth!

“Our front yard” – 1 1/4 mile long secluded coconut laden tropical beach

“Our back yard” – pristine rainforest

Important Scarlet Macaw nesting site

Exuberant Ethnobotanical Gardens

Abundant Wildlife

Pristine Pacific Ocean

Neighboring Corcovado National Park and Caño Island Oceanic Reserve

Beach rainforest trekking

On site birding, monkey viewing and nature adoration

Ocean swim, snorkel, boogie board and surf

Marine turtle nesting site

Rest, Relax and recharge!

Other activities available at extra cost

Guaria de Osa offers a multitude of nature tours with expert naturalist guides to amazing locations

SCUBA or snorkel at Caño Island Oceanic Reserve

Canopy Zipline

Corcovado National Park Tour

Horseback riding

Dolphin and Whale Encounters

Ocean and River Kayak and Canoeing

Deep Jungle Explorations

The Osa Peninsula remains Costa Rica’s last wild frontier even twenty-five years after its first national park – Corcovado – was created in the peninsula. The Osa Peninsula is also called “The Little Amazon” of Costa Rica. With pristine beaches and virgin forest, the Osa Peninsula is described by National Geographic as “The most biologically intense place on Earth.” This description is a reference to the incredible abundance of wildlife on the Osa Peninsula – not only in it’s rainforests, but in it’s surrounding marine environment as well. Without a doubt, the most unique area in all of Costa Rica, the Osa is a place where Jaguars still roam the jungle and Scarlet Macaws fly around in the towns and campesinos from the mountains still ride a horse – something you will rarely see anywhere else in the country.

Total Cost includes: Biodynamic Breathwork and Trauma release sessions, 3 Shamanic Medicine ceremonies, one nature outing, accommodations & meals, Costa Rican hotel tax for Guaria de Osa plus all Domestic roundtrip transportation.

Additional expenses: International Airfare, one night stay in hotel in San Jose (approximately $50 based on double occupancy), two optional nature outings = $140.

Please book early. Spaces are very limited!

The BioDynamic Breathwork and Trauma Release System:

The BioDynamic Breathwork and Trauma Release System® is built on a new revolutionary approach to trauma healing therapy. It skilfully combines breathwork, trauma release exercises, conscious movement, touch, non-cathartic emotional release, bodywork, energetic expression, somatic experiencing, myofascial unwinding and meditation to release stuck patterns in the body, emotions, mind and spirit. This trauma healing modality is recognized and accredited by:

The American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP)

The National Ministry of Education in Poland

The International Breathwork Foundation

The Global Professional Breathwork Alliance

National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork

For more information on the BioDynamic Breathwork and Trauma Release Institute, our trainings and events, please visit (contact info blocked)

Thank you to the amazing staff of Ocean Forest for serving in the highest way! – Abby Tucker, Yoga Instructor, Berkeley, California

Venue Highlights

Where the Majesty of Rainforest meets the Sparkling Pacific Ocean

Enjoy this spectacular retreat with friendly staff, double and triple bungalow accommodations, and all natural, scrumptious cuisine – the perfect place to relax and renew!

Experience Exhilarating Adventures:

Unique Retreats
Snorkel & Scuba
Surf & Kayak
Horse Back Riding
Caño Island
Canopy Zip Line
Corcovado National Park
Rainforest, Wildlife & Birding Tours
Rainforest Night Tour
Whale & Dolphin Watching
Marine Turtle Conservation
Pre-Colombian Spheres


Ocean Forest Ecolodge has 10 guest rooms in the following categories:

• Three Ocean View Suites, each has two beds, one double and one twin bed
The Ocean Suites are our most spacious and elegantly rustic rooms, double occupancy or triple occupancy with a child. These bedroom suites open to a balcony surrounded by an exuberant tropical setting, and beautiful views of the sparkling Pacific Ocean. Private balconies have a sitting area, hammock, chairs, writing desk and indoor spacious en suite bathroom. They hold up to three guests and are an ideal space for visiting couples who want a more comfortable option, ocean view and private bathroom.

• Three Bungalow Rooms have, each room has three beds, one double and two twin beds
The Bungalow Rooms are our largest rooms accommodating up to four guests, triple or quadruple occupancy for a couple with two children, These rooms open to a balcony surrounded by an exuberant tropical setting, and beautiful views of the ethnobotanical gardens and tropical scenery. All in close proximity to an amazing beach and ocean. Large windows, sitting areas, hammock, writing desk private porch, and en suite bathrooms make them an ideal space for retreat guests, as well as families, couples or friends.

• Three Beach Cabañas with either one double or two twin beds
Our most private and secluded option with double occupancy. These cabañas are are plum on the beach, with a breathtaking view of the sparkling Pacific Ocean right from the cabaña's balcony. They each have a private indoor bathroom, with toilet, sink and shower.

* a Dorm room that hold up to 5 guests in two rooms that share a private bathroom.

Toiletries and towels are provided for all rooms.


  • Free Wifi
  • Towels
  • Tour Assistance
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Yoga Studio
  • House-Keeping

Menu Types

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


Scrumptious natural and wholesome cuisine. Meals are prepared by our kitchen staff using fresh local produce.


Arriving ~ The Adventure Begins!

Ocean Forest Ecolodge (aka Guaria de Osa) is situated on a roadless people friendly paradise beach called Playa Rincón de San Josecito. We are situated in southern Costa Rica, on the westernmost cove of the Osa Peninsula, just South of Drake Bay and just North of Corcovado National Park! See you soon and enjoy the ride!

Our address: Finca Guaria de Osa, 800 meters north of the San Josecito School house, Playa Rincón de San Josecito, postal code 60502, Puntarenas Province, Osa County, Costa Rica

The absolute beauty of our location is our pristine and remote setting. Being that the last leg of the journey is by foot, we suggest you pack light and bring a backpack. We are also happy to help you with your bags if you’ve packed with a suitcase. Please review the “What to Bring” list to ensure you don’t overpack.

There are two points of entry, from Drake Bay or the river town of Sierpe.

DRAKE BAY: The nearest point of entry is Drake Bay, a small bay town on the Pacific Ocean. From the airport arrival to our beach is by a jeep ride through the beautiful southern Costa Rica country side, where locals still get around by horseback! Arrival is also possible from Drake Bay by a 25-minute boat ride to San Josecito Beach. This option is only available for groups of 6 or more guests.

The Route from Drake Bay to the Ecolodge
40 min. - San Jose to Drake Bay by plane

45 min. - Airstrip to San Josecito Beach school house by taxi
15 min. - Casual beach walk north to the Ecolodge

SIERPE: A sleepy river town, 15-minute drive from Palmar Sur airstrip or 20-minute drive from the Palmar Norte bus station. From Sierpe arrival to the ecolodge is by a one-hour boat ride down the meandering Sierpe River mangrove estuary; then out onto the sparkling Pacific Ocean to San Josecito Beach. Passing the river mouth is an experience to be had in and of itself!

The Route from Sierpe to the Ecolodge
40 min. San Jose to Palmar Sur by plane,
or 4 ½ hours via land through Palmar Norte/Sur
20 min. Taxi drive to boat docks at “Donde Jorge Restaurant” in Sierpe
90 min. Sierpe to San Josecito beach by boat (past Drake Bay) via river and ocean
20 min. Casual walk south to the Ecolodge

* The boat ride from Sierpe
Community boats called “el colectivo” depart daily from Sierpe at 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. from Donde Jorge Restaurant. Private chartered boats can leave at any time between 7 a.m. 1 p.m. We recommend entering in the morning, and if chartering a boat by 1 p.m. being that the ocean is calmer in the morning. The afternoon ride can sometimes be bumpy, but there is the 4 p.m. community boat available for those coming in late.

* Palmar Norte and Palmar Sur
Palmar Norte and Palmar Sur are the same town, called Palmar. Palmar Norte is the part of town on the north side of the Terraba River where the bus station is located; Palmar Sur is the part of town on the south side of the river where the domestic airport is located.

* Drake Bay to Ocean Forest Ecolodge
Entry is mainly by an adventurous 40 min. safari style jeep transport. You drive through rainforest country side and cross several creeks and rivers. Your flight should arrive at Drake Bay airstrip by 3 pm latest. Best to arrive on the early flight! A jeep will pick you up at the airstrip and take you all the way San Josecito’s beach school house. Our staff will meet you there help with luggage, a 15-minute beach walk and your there, unless you get side tracked by the epic beauty!

From Drake Bay it is a 20-minute boat ride along the cost to San Josecito Beach. For groups, boat transfers can be arranged. Boat entry from Drake Bay is best in the morning while afternoon arrival from Drake Bay is only by quad or jeep.

* San Josecito School House and San Josecito Beach
It is important to note that San Josecito School House and San Josecito Beach are two different locations.

San Josecito School (Escuela San Josecito) is located on Rincón de San Josecito beach and is where the road from Drake Bay ends. The school house is located just south of the ecolodge, arrival from the school house one walks about 800 meters to the north, approx. 15 minutes, with the ocean to your left.

San Josecito Beach (Playa San Josecito) is a protected cove that offers safe boat arrival, it is located just to the north of the ecolodge. It is also a great spot for snorkeling and wildlife observation! All boats arriving from Sierpe, pass Drake Bay, and leave passengers at San Josecito Beach. From San Josecito Beach walk south about 15-20 minutes, with the ocean on your right. Follow the coast trail, through a coconut grove the next beach over, called Playa Rincón de San Josecito. This is a mile-long paradise beach, our beach that we love so much! 500 meters down the beach you’ll see our boats and a boardwalk in to the property. You’ve arrived!!!

Cancellation Policy

100% deposit refund for cancellation 30+ days before event.
50% deposit refund for cancellation 15-29 days before event.
0% deposit refund for cancellation 0-14 days before event.
The remaining balance (total price minus deposit) is due upon arrival.
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  • mericos rhodes   February 21, 2019

      A spirit journey of inner and outer renewal, in nature's most fabulous place.

    I've been to many, many beautiful places on this planet, and perhaps none is as peaceful and enchanting as Ocean Forest Ecolodge. The beach is gorgeous and calm. The forest is vibrant with delightful species that carry messages of vitality. The ocean is gentle, colorful, fragrant, and abundant. Above all, the people here carry a calm, lighthearted, welcoming spirit. Jonathon has a tremendous capacity for knowledge, compassion, and entertainment. Leave your expectations behind, for good, and experience the spiritual process of decompression and rejuvenation. You will feel and act younger, kinder, and wiser, when you return home!

  • Sylvia Gibson   January 08, 2019

      Immersion in Nature’s Beauty

    I visited Ocean Forest Ecoldge with my 6 year old son and we had a wonderful time playing in Nature. Getting to the place is part of the adventure— a small plane ride from San Jose and then a boat ride through an amazing mangrove forest to the sea. Some of Jonathon’s staff met us on the beach and led us to our comfortable bungalow. The meals were simple and tasty and we drank coconut water straight from coconuts that grew on the land. Every day we discovered new wonders: monkeys, toucans, blue butterflies 🦋, scarlet macaws🦜 . The air was fragrant with blossoms and the night was full of stars and fireflies. Truly magical. We were there in June, and i’d like to go back sometime in the fall when the sea turtles are nesting.

  • Scott Crawford   December 25, 2018

      Wonderful retreat center

    I have visited Ocean Forest Ecolodge twice for retreats and had an absolutely awesome experience both times. The remote setting is absolutely stunning, with ocean sunsets on one side and lush rainforest on the other side, there is so much diverse beauty to explore within a close area, with wildlife and flowers abound. The retreat center itself is great, with nice facilities and accommodations, friendly capable staff, delicious local cuisine, and really interesting ethnobotanical garden. One remarkable fact is that the buildings were all built from fallen hardwood rainforest trees in the nearby area--part of the overall green vision of the center. I highly recommend Ocean Forest Ecolodge for retreat leaders and participants, as well as independent travelers!

  • Brian   December 25, 2018

      Paradise found

    Jonathan's place is a genuine eco-lodge : a botanical garden with spacious bungalows scattered sparingly around; delicious food; right on the beach; away from all the tourists; a hillside to watch the sun go down over the ocean.

  • Justin Peterson   December 25, 2018

      Love this place

    I’ve been down here twice and I can’t wait to make it thrice. If I could I’d go every year. Jonathan is a stellar guy, full of knowledge and good spirit. I love the accommodations and the location really couldn’t be more ideal. Great food, everything you could ask for. I love the surrounding area too.

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