What’s it all about?

Deep Ecology of Wellness is a unique and special retreat gathering! Join the Yoga Trade family for six days and five nights at PUNTA MONA, Costa Rica: an off-the-grid botanical center where the rainforest meets the Caribbean sea. A space for Yoga Teachers, Wellness Professionals, Permaculturists, and those with a desire to learn from around the world to come together in an intimate and natural conference setting. Enjoy Movement, Yoga, Nature Connection, Community Building, Continuing Education, Storytelling, Permaculture, Regenerative Design, and Joy. An incredible line up of passionate teachers and magic in this land. Let’s share our wisdom and grow together!

This event is for you if…
-You are a Yoga Teacher and/or Wellness Professional interested in Continuing Education, Learning New Skills, and Networking.
-You have an interest to learn about Permaculture, Regenerative Design, Leadership and Community Building.
-Open to ALL LEVELS and it is not necessary to have much experience in yoga or permaculture. All that is required is a desire and curiosity to learn!
This event is limited to 100 participants! Book soon to save your space!


6:30-8am Yoga/Movement/Meditation Classes


9-10:30am Workshops

11-12:30pm Workshops

12:30-1:30pm LUNCH

2:30-5:30pm Keynote Speakers/Networking Hubs/Farm Tours/Hands On Activities/Independent Study/Free Time


7-9pm Music/Restorative/Ceremony

What’s Included?

-6 days/5 nights shared glamping accommodation at Punta Mona

-3 delicious vegetarian farm fresh meals a day 

-All classes, workshops, talks, and activities

-Private beautiful beach access and rainforest property to explore

-Network with global yoga and permaculture community

-Functional knowledge and team building skills 

-Continuing Education hours

-Opportunity to be part of an amazing first time event!

***For travel logistics, transportation, info about what to bring, and other important details, CLICK HERE


$750 Personal Camping/Bring Your Own Tent

$950 Shared Glamping Tent

$1150 Shared Cabina

***Discounts Available to Residentes Centroamericanos  

Featured Teachers & Workshops

Ryan Rising

Ryan Rising

Community Organizer and Permaculture Educator

Ryan Rising is a community organizer and permaculture educator based out of the San Francisco Bay Area, and co-founder of the Permaculture Action Network. After a decade of local organizing around direct action, food justice, ecological design, and community living, Ryan organized the Permaculture Action Tour with music producer The Polish Ambassador in the fall of 2014. Ryan has since co-organized over 84 Permaculture Action Days throughout 26 US states, bringing hundreds of people at a time to take hands-on action building greenhouses, rainwater catchment systems, perennial gardens, and a diversity of regenerative systems at 80 different local community projects including public food forests, urban farms, and ecovillages. Ryan co-founded the Gill Tract Community Farm, which produces tons of organic food annually that is distributed for free all around the Bay Area, and the Omni Commons, an urban commons and community center. The Permaculture Action Network has partnered with touring artists and large cultural events like Rising Appalachia and Lightning in a Bottle to mobilize over 11,000 people to days of action at community spaces and permaculture projects building regenerative systems such as natural buildings, medicinal gardens, & edible schoolyards.

Workshops & Wisdom:

  • Permaculture Design for Healing Ourselves, Communities, and Ecologies
  • Social Permaculture & Community Organizing
  • Action Planning
  • Asset Mapping Our Communities & An Introduction to the Just Transition
Yoga Slackers // Sam & Raquel

Yoga Slackers // Sam & Raquel

Modern-Day Nomads and Lovers of Movement

Yoga Slackers Sam Salwei and Raquel Hernández are lovers of movement. Limitations are a foreign concept to this teaching duo, as they spend their time traveling the world and fulfilling their dreams of being true modern-day nomads. Whether it’s driving coast-to-coast, or hopping on an airplane to travel overseas, the motivation is usually the same: bringing their passion for teaching to students all over the world. What they lack in square footage for living space, they make up for with the wealth of expertise and knowledge they bring with them. Sam Salwei co-founded the YogaSlackers in 2005, and his passion for Slacklining has only grown since then. He typically can be found aweing crowds with his spectacles at every opportunity. Raquel perfectly complements Sam with her extensive training in Yoga, AcroYoga, Slacklining, and Healing Arts. Together, they create a playful, supportive, disciplined, and energetic environment in which learning comes naturally, and show their students that there is no limit to what they can achieve with a positive attitude and dedication.

Workshops & Wisdom:

  • Slackline Yoga: A path to balance body and soul
  • Slackasana: Yoga on a slackline
  • Slacklining and AcroYoga: it all starts in the heart
  • The Conscious Nomad: Small choices for a big sustainable life
Sarah Wu

Sarah Wu

Educational Curator and Herbalist

A passionate educational curator, facilitator and mentor dedicated to adult learners of all backgrounds. A representative for Mother Nature as a writer and teacher of Deep Ecology, Therapeutic Ecology and whole systems design through the lens of Herbalism and Permaculture. Sarah Wu has 18 years studying the science, art and craft of Planetary Eclectic Herbal Medicine, with a foundation in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Wise Woman Tradition. Sarah is the co-founder of Envision Festival, an annual arts, music, education and movement festival in Uvita, Costa Rica where she curates the educational experiences as well as the Village Witches: Herbal Elixir Bar, Sacred Spaces, Healing Sanctuary, Herbal First Aid Clinic. She is the founder and producer of Medicines from the Edge: A Tropical Herbal Convergence, dedicated to bridging the eclectic healing traditions of Latin America, and the educational curator at the Punta Mona Center for Regenerative Design & Botanical Studies.

Workshops & Wisdom:

  • Medicine Plant Walk
  • Plant Energetics and Flavor Dynamics
  • Kitchen Remedies for Natural Medicine
  • Aromatherapeutic Abdominal Massage
Stephen Brooks

Stephen Brooks

Director of Punta Mona and Educator

The founder and primary Director of Punta Mona, Stephen has been living in Costa Rica since 1995. He observed the problems facing small farmers and communities in Central America and Costa Rica due to mega-monoculture agricultural practices and loss of dynamic community. He strives to provide students, landowners, businesses and neighbors regenerative solutions and strategies to increase quality of life. Stephen is an avid and passionate ethnobotanist, plant collector, permaculture designer and educator, operator of education environmental and botanical tours, implements permaculture gardens and food forests on home and many hundred acre scales, and community developer. He is the co-founder of both Medicines from the Edge: a Tropical Herbal Convergence and Envision Festival. He is a fruit fanatic and a Dead Head.

Workshops & Wisdom:

  • History of Punta Mona
  • Tropical Fruit Tree and Plant Tour
  • Permaculture 101
  • Community Resilience
Mary Tilson

Mary Tilson

International Yoga Teacher and Retreat Leader

Mary is an international yoga teacher, retreat leader and passionate world traveler. Her focus on breaking down barriers and making yoga as accessible as possible has led her to teach across a wide spectrum of settings including everything from rustic retreat centers to luxury resorts to corporate studios to slums of Nairobi. She believes the tools of yoga have the ability to awaken us all to the truth of our interdependence and inspire us to act from a place of love and compassion for all beings. Mary’s approach draws upon an extensive training background including Prana Vinyasa with Shiva Rea, Tibetan Buddhist Meditation, trauma-informed yoga therapy with Nikki Myers, Yoga Medicine with Tiffany Cruikshank, and a countless number of workshops and residential ashram stays across Southeast Asia and India. She has been a positive force in the Yoga Trade community, including launching the Mentorship program for new teachers on the path. A teaching she has held closest to her heart is that “you can’t keep what you have without giving it away”. Mary is filled with gratitude for the opportunity to pass along the wisdom of all those before her.

Workshops & Wisdom:

  • People Care: How We Rise by Lifting Others
  • The Issues in our Tissues: Healing Trauma through Yoga
  • Rise Up!: An Energizing Vinyasa Flow to Awaken the Warrior in You
Patrick McMahon & Christie Carr

Patrick McMahon & Christie Carr

Yoga Farm Managers and Yoga Trade Co Founders

Pat and Christie have dedicated their lives to surfing, sustainable living, and creative pursuits. They have managed the Yoga Farm in southern Costa Rica for over 10 years and are the co founders of Yoga Trade. Some of their many passions include permaculture, natural building, surfboard building, music making, gardening, painting, cooking delicious food, and creating community.

Workshops & Wisdom:

  • The Yoga Farm Story
  • Living With Minimal Impact
  • Creating Sustainable Community Space
Tara Ruttenberg

Tara Ruttenberg

Writer and Sustainable Activist

Tara Ruttenberg is a writer by trade, surfer by passion, yogini by maternal ancestry and scholar-activist in sustainable tourism, by dharma. Tara‘s work explores alternatives to development in coastal tourism destinations to promote human wellbeing in harmony with nature. She created Tarantula Surf as a platform for authentic story-sharing and engaging with new social paradigms for a more beautiful world. Tara’s work has been featured in books like the Critical Surf Studies Reader, at gatherings including Envision Festival, ECHO, Surf + Social Good, Yoga Trade’s Sustainable Living Retreat, and the Institute for Women Surfers, as well as in print with Elephant Journal, The Huffington Post, The Inertia, Sunshine Surf Girls, Yoga Trade, 7 Mares, and Desert Jewels. A nomad by nature, Tara lives most of the time in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica.

Workshops & Wisdom:

  • Sustainable Yoga Travel: Privilege + Responsibility
  • Write Yourself Alive: Journaling for Personal Transformation
  • What’s Your Story?: Writing as a Tool to Live Your Best Life in Harmony with People + Planet
Erica Hartnick

Erica Hartnick

Yoga Trade Co Founder and Mindful Adventurer

Erica Hartnick grew up in the Sierra Nevada foothills of California and enjoys all things wild and free. She is grateful for having the opportunity to live a life of adventure and exploration. Life highlights include working at a Heli Ski Operation in Alaska, teaching yoga on a remote island in the Indian Ocean, and solo backpacking the Tahoe Rim Trail. She is the co founder of Yoga Trade, a RYT 500 and a Continuing Education Provider. Her passion lies in sharing the beauty of the world with others and inspiring people to choose health, happiness, and peace.

Workshops & Wisdom:

  • Creating a Regenerative Practice
  • Sustainable Living Yoga
  • Nurturing the Relationship With Your Tap Root
Jess Taing

Jess Taing

Bhakti Yogi and Kirtan Teacher

Jess Taing is a Bhakti Yogi perpetually inspired by mantra, philosophy, and Kirtan. She initially found yoga through her Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practice in 2016. Though she began her practice with the intention of increasing flexibility to better improve her martial arts performance, she discovered much more than originally anticipated. Yoga changed the entire trajectory of her life, continually challenging her to choose the path of love, ease, and grace. Through yoga, she found the permission to dive heart first into her aspirations.Shortly after completing her training, she left her career in technology and began living her life according to her life’s vocation as a yogi. She encourages her students to cultivate their own bhakti (devotion) from within, so that they may begin to follow their heart’s true north with compassion, kindness, and love. She is deeply fascinated by the practice of Kirtan and holds weekly chants with her students in St. Petersburg, FL. Kirtan opens the doors of our hearts and leads us to a greater appreciation of our internal Selves. It is the path of the heart, guiding its devotee gently home to themselves.

Workshops & Wisdom:

  • Shakti Bhakti: A Dive Into the Divine Feminine Through Kirtan
  • The Heart of Love: Kirtan and the Divine Masculine
  • Intrinsic Connection Through Bhakti
Lynn Alexander

Lynn Alexander

Yoga Teacher and Body Worker

Lynn Alexander is a body worker and yoga teacher, specializing in therapeutic style Thai massage, mindful movement and breath work. Her practice and teachings are focused on helping people come into deeper connection with their breath and energy body while releasing old traumas and emotional experiences. Lynn is originally from Ontario Canada, and has traveled and taught yoga and Thai massage internationally. Currently living off grid in Costa Rica, when she‘s not giving bodywork sessions or teaching yoga you’ll find her in the surf, on the beach or in the garden.

Workshops & Wisdom

  • Bodywork & Compassionate Touch
  • The Energy Body
  • Transformational Breath
Kosala Maxey

Kosala Maxey

Entrepreneur and Healer

Brandon began practicing yoga over a decade ago for health reasons. Concerned with both health and environmental sustainability, he founded the organic mattress company Sleeping Organic in 2007 in Charleston, South Carolina. In 2012, he became a certified Jivamukti instructor after completing his yoga training in Nosara, Costa Rica where he currently resides. He has further enhanced his knowledge of yoga by studying Parayoga with Rod Styker in Colorado. Brandon has also studied Naturopathy with Dr. Robert Morse, and is a certified detoxification and regeneration specialist.

Workshops & Wisdom

  • The Path of Yoga and Entrepreneurship
  • Chakra Tuning
  • The Elemental World
Surprise Teachers

Surprise Teachers

Residents and International

Look forward to surprises at Deep Ecology of Wellness! Residentes Centroamericanos, local culture, and the amazing international team that makes up Punta Mona!