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
Sofiah Thom

Sofiah Thom

Embodiment Coach and Sacred Movement Artist

Sofiah is an embodiment coach, author, sacred movement artist, tantrika and entrepreneur committed to guiding people to connect with their brilliance. She is the creator of The Temple Body Arts™ School of Sacred Sensuality and Dance, offering in-depth immersions and certifications, online and in person to help people access their creative potential and Live their YES. Alongside her husband Brendan, Sofiah co-founded the Envision Festival in Costa Rica, a conscious festival celebrating music, art and yoga. Together, they co-founded Danyasa Eco-Retreat, a sanctuary for Living Artfully in the beautiful beach town of Dominical, Costa Rica.

Workshops & Wisdom:

  • Unlock Your Magnetic Power
  • Activate Your Temple Body
  • Embody Your Graceful Warrior
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
Kelly Golden

Kelly Golden

Yoga Teacher Trainer and Social Entrepreneur

Kelly is the Founder and Director of Vira Bhava Yoga, and a lifetime practitioner of Yoga. She began practicing Yoga in 1994 and continues to practice today. She started teaching yoga in 2002, and now leads teacher trainings all over the United States. She studies the ParaYoga Style with Yogarupa Rod Stryker (in which she is a Level I Certified Teacher since 2012), and also studies with Angela Farmer and Victor Van Kooten.

Workshops & Wisdom:

  • Asana as an Invitation to Arrive
  • Prana Empowers Your Purpose
  • Tantra and Seva: The Cosmology of Contribution
  • Pushing the Revolution Forward: Living with Integrity
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
Matthew Thomason

Matthew Thomason

Musical Director and Community Leader

Matthew Thomason is a Music Director currently living with his wife Stephanie in Cornwall, England. After completing his musical training at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, he spent some years performing across the country as a solo artist and songwriter. This was followed by several years travelling the world teaching in China and volunteering on organic farms across North and Central America. In 2015, he completed his BAST Vocal Teacher training and Intermediate Conducting with Sing For Pleasure. His most recent projects include delivering vocal workshops and leading Sing Choirs with fellow Music Director Giles Woolley. These choirs now boast over 140 singers and follow a firm ethos of inclusion, community and wellbeing, with a strong focus on improving mental health.

Workshops & Wisdom:

  • Scratch Choir
  • Open Mic/Talent Share
  • Body Percussion/Human Orchestra/Singing Sound Bath
Meg Jamison

Meg Jamison

Spiritual Business Coach and Embodiment Facilitator

Meg Jamison is a spiritual business coach, branding specialist and embodiment facilitator at SoulWork. Meg infuses freedom into every crevice of life and work. She is passionate about transformation through storytelling and uses deep listening, the vehicle of the body, your unique experience of life along with a structured framework to create expansion. Living semi-nomadically for the past four years, you can find Meg in the cold creeks of Colorado, the beaches of central America, and cruising through cities like LA, SFO, NYC, Denver, and Nashville. Meg is the co-founder of FLUX Retreat.

Workshops & Wisdom:

  • Storytelling With SoulWork: Your Purpose & Your Journey
  • Yoga + Creativity: Using your personal practice as movement therapy
  • Branding for Creatives
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!