The Goddess Garden

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The Goddess Garden Eco Resort located in the Caribbean coastline of Cost Rica is a Yoga Retreat and Paradise, this eco-resort is an intentional place for transformation.  The Goddess Garden is located in the town of Cahuita, a small community in the south of Costa Rica, 40 km south of Puerto Limon. Cahuita National Park is the main attraction here, where you can watch White Faced Monkeys, Howler monkeys, Iguanas and more, just a few steps away from its white sand beach.

JaquelineFounded by Jacqueline Burkler and Marcelo Ruiz and in conjunction with John Jairo Ocampo, this Yoga Retreat astounds all your senses. Jacqueline was born in Switzerland where she grew up and achieved a PH. D. in natural sciences from the prestigious Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich. She always liked to travel and in early years traveled through Europe, Asia and the continent of America. She lived 13 years in Colombia before changing her home to Costa Rica in 1999.


marcelobirdwebFounder Marcelo Ruiz was born in Ecuador and at the age of nineteen went to live in Chicago where he got a degree in Art. He also attended North-western University where he obtained a teaching certificate. He taught algebra and geometry.  Among his interests are spirituality, meditation, shamanism, films, poetry, indigenous tribes, community service and Argentine tango dancing. The serenity of the rain forest and the pristine beaches of the Caribbean Sea inspired the idea to create an intentional place for transformation.


JohnJohn Jairo Ocampo made a point of helping others and sharing his healing gift with the people around him.  He moved to Switzerland at the age of 19 where he joined the First-Aid Association, eventually becoming president of the local branch.  He also enrolled in the volunteer fire fighters in his village at the age of 23.  During a short stay in the Indian sub-continent in 2002, he contacted the Ayurveda and decided to dedicate the rest of his life to this philosophy. Locals and visitors may now enjoy the great benefits of his Ayurvedic treatments.

The Goddess Garden Eco Resort is a magical place in the Rain forest and very close to the beautiful Caribbean Sea, the right environment to feel in touch with paradise and the essence of pure nature.   Their grandfather trees are the home of monkeys and sloths, iguanas, turtles, frogs, butterflies and hundreds of species of birds.

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They are 20km away from Puerto Viejo, where you may find boutiques filled with local handicrafts, its black beach or the famous Salsa Brava is 5 minutes away, the white beach of Cocles, and a surfer paradise.  10km further south you will enjoy the beautiful bay of Punta Uva and where the roads ends, starts Gandoca with the little fisher town of Manzanillo and its breath taking white beaches.

Cahuita’s ethnic base is of Jamaican origin but you can find Italians, Germans, Swiss, and North-Americans. As a result of this mélange, there is a great variety of good restaurants along the small unpaved streets of what seems more like a village than a town in the eye of a tourist.

The Goddess Garden is where the rain forest meets the Caribbean Sea.  The Goddess Garden is designed to help us to remember our true nature, our essence and the doors are open for people who want to feel in harmony with all that nature has to offer.

The yoga and meditation center is a spiritual center surrounded by huge jungle trees that follow the path of a small creek. Just a step away, you will find the oldest and most amazing tree in Cahuita, Costa Rica. Its roots, as tall as a man, will leave you breathless…in reality it is a temple and a perfect place to truly experience the force of Grounding Meditation.

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The Spiritual Center has two floors where the view of the rain forest expands to almost 360 degrees, designed to give you a wonderful feeling and putting you in a direct connection with nature during your sessions.

The conference room is designed for a 100 souls to enjoy the spectacular view of the rainforest. It has a stage for artists or speakers to perform. They offer the newest audio and video system. For your comfort, it is also equipped with air conditioning. In the back of the room you will find a built in waterfall with tropical plants that will delight your eyes.

In the healing spa they offer a variety of treatments tailored to your specific needs. They offer massages and therapies Ayurvedic, Shiatsu, Reiki, Deep Issue, Hot Stone and Shaman cures using local healing plants.

The purpose of this work is to bring a re-balancing of your body and mind, bringing to you the ecstatic feeling, the “aha” moment of harmony.

Some of the amazing features of this beautiful resort include two Yoga centers that are used perfectly suited for retreats and Yoga teachings, a beautiful and elegant conference center where anyone can host spiritual seminars and unique gatherings dedicated to the world of healing and meditation.

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An Ayurvedic healing spa offering the most profound relaxation therapies for sore and aching bodies is located on site.  The guest rooms are rustically appointed with all your basic retreat needs where you can rest and relax to the natural sounds of the gardens that surround you. On their property you will also find a restaurant, a lovely bar and of course no influential Central American retreat would be complete without a Palapa.

There are swimming pools surrounded by lush natural gardens filled with a variety of plants and fauna, fruits and wildlife. Situated within the rain forest it is just a 2km walk to the beautiful Caribbean Sea where you can bask in the sunlight and sink your toes in warm, soft coral sand.


Eco-Tours are available directly from the resort and gives your naturalist craving a sight to see with visits to the Bribri Indigenous Group lead by women for women.

The Goddess Eco Garden Resort, a favorite venue for weddings and special events.

For more illustrious information visit their website at The Goddess Garden Eco-Resort or you can simply call and dial direct to 506-2755-0055 or 506-2755-0541.

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