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Rainforest Herbal Getaway

with Holly Bellebuono in El Castillo, Costa Rica

From $1110 Per person

5 nights in El Castillo, Costa Rica
Wed Mar 15 - Mon Mar 20, 2017


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MESSAGE FROM THE AMBASSADOR

Join me on this incredible trip to the heart of the Costa Rican rainforest! Together we'll explore herbal medicine and health while experiencing the best of what Costa Rica has to offer... in March!

- Holly Bellebuono

Highlights

With daily herbal medicine classes, delicious farm-fresh cuisine, and adventure activities that appreciate Mother Nature in all her wild splendor, this is the ultimate trip to relax, energize, and indulge, all on the shores of Lake Arenal in the heart of the Costa Rican rainforest.

  • Daily herbal medicine classes centered on Western herbal formulary and supportive therapies for digestion, energy, and peak mental health
  • Flower and tree ID walks
  • Incredible accommodations at an off-the-grid, world-class eco-lodge overlooking Lake Arenal
  • Kayaking
  • Hiking on or near the local volcano
  • Swimming in delicious cool and hot pools
  • Complete tour of the sustainable activities of this extraordinary 400-acre self-sufficient preserve
  • 3 Fresh, locally sourced meals made every day
  • All transportation from airport and within Costa Rica included

What's Included

Accommodations

6 days 5 nights at Rancho Margot

Meals

Includes daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Yoga

One hour class daily on herbal medicine with herbalist Holly Bellebuono

Airport Transfers

Transport to/from Juan Santamaría International Airport

Flights

Flights not included

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is mandatory and not included
For assistance with travel insurance, contact our partner World Nomads.

Optional Activities

2-Hour Guided Ranch Tour, 2-Hour Kayaking Adventure, Hiking Trail Access, Natural Warm and Cold Pool Access

Good to Know

Not included: flights from Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) and travel insurance. Guests must purchase travel medical insurance and cancellation insurance, which is not included

The Instructor

Holly Bellebuono
Yoga Ambassador

An American medical herbalist of 22 years, Holly Bellebuono is renowned for her work documenting women healers and teaching the formulary and pharmacology of Western herbal medicine. Holly’s 7-year project of interviews and research culminated in the documentary book Women Healers of the World: The Traditions, History & Geography of Herbal Medicine (foreword by Rosemary Gladstar) and was awarded Book of the Year by The International Herb Association and the Gold Award for Women’s Books by the National Nautilus Book Award. Holly directs The Bellebuono School of Herbal Medicine on Martha’s Vineyard, training and certifying in herbal medicine, and she is the founder of Vineyard Herbs Teas & Apothecary. Her work has been published in Parabola, SageWoman, Juno (Britain), Taproot, and more, and her other books include The Essential Herbal for Natural Health, The Authentic Herbal Healer, Goal Setting for Open-Minded Business Owners, The Healing Kitchen, and (in 2017) An Herbalist's Guide to Formulary. As a two-time Small Business Owner of the Year Award recipient, Holly leads empowerment seminars for entrepreneurs, and she facilitates seminars, retreats, and lectures for women’s and business conferences, universities and corporations about herbal medicine, symbolism, and the more profound and meaningful philosophies of healing. Holly lives on Martha’s Vineyard with her family.

About Holly Bellebuono

UPCOMING DEPARTURES

Rancho Margot

Unique, enchanting and beautifully remote, Rancho Margot is a hidden gem near Arenal Volcano. Nestled in the rainforest, Rancho Margot is Costa Rica's premier eco-lodge and is one of the country’s most exclusive getaways. At Rancho Margot, boutique accommodation and farm-to-table dining go hand-in-hand with sustainable and self-sufficient practices to create an unparalleled retreat experience

Resting on the hills and slopes of the Ranch Valley and tucked into the lush landscape, you will find your own deluxe bungalow. Enjoy the six streams and the Cano Negro River coursing through the property along with the diverse calls of hundreds of bird species, the trill of insects, and the call of howler monkeys create an orchestra of peaceful sounds. On each bungalow's wrap-around terrace, you can swing in the hammock to the sounds of the forest while admiring the botanical gardens and Lake Arenal in the distance.

An entire episode of CNN's 'The Next List" with Dr. Sanjay Gupta was devoted to this amazing destination.

Food & Beverage

Includes daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

  • Vegetarian Meals
  • Vegan Meals
  • Gluten-Free Meals
  • Fish & Meat
  • Alcohol is available for purchase
  • Snacks are available for purchase

Pricing Per Person

  • Samantha
  • Verified Guest
  • Aug 21 2017

This was the best trip of my life, by far! Rancho Margot was incredibly welcoming and inviting. Each of the volunteers/staff were accommodating and very friendly. The ranch itself was absolutely beautiful. There are trails leading through the trees/plants to get to yoga, the cold springs, bungalows, the gardens, massage, and so on. Some things to know: bring a raincoat if you have one, you'll get wet! A travel umbrella would also be very useful. The bungalows are a bit of a steep walk away from the reception area so be prepared for that. All of the meals are nearly vegetarian, but super delicious and very fresh. In case you're wondering, the bungalows don't have A/C nor do they have screens; you can open the windows, just no screens to keep out bugs. I highly recommend the massage at Rancho Margot, it was wonderful. My all time favorite activity was zip lining - don't skip that!! Bring American cash, they accept that everywhere here (Rancho Margot, San Jose Airport, activities). I also highly recommend horseback riding and kayaking, as well as the ranch tour and the night hike. The night hike isn't really a "hike", but more of a walk around the ranch at night to see creatures - very interesting. If you're on the fence about booking this trip, DO IT! You won't be dissapointed.


  • Karen
  • Verified Guest
  • Aug 21 2017

Marielle was a fantastic retreat leader! She planned out many thoughtful details and this was one of the best trips I've been on. The staff at Rancho Margot were also great and very helpful and friendly.


  • Kirsten
  • Ambassador
  • Apr 05 2017

Rancho Margot was an absolutely amazing location!! Be prepared for nature! So beautiful -- would definitely go again!


  • Rocco
  • Verified Guest
  • Mar 22 2017

Outstanding


  • Ania
  • Verified Guest
  • Mar 21 2017

Beautiful and inspiring trip! You really get the rainforest experience with rancho Margot's sustainability and Costa Rican culture!


  • Jen
  • Verified Guest
  • Mar 02 2017

This trip was an amazing, once in a lifetime trip. Relentless Jake was an amazing leader and fitness instructor. I will definitely go on another trip with him! Rancho Margot is a beautiful place and the staff is so friendly and knowledgeable about the ranch and the wildlife. It is truly an impressive and relaxing place.


  • Susan
  • Verified Guest
  • Feb 27 2017

I had the best time ever! I highly recommend Rancho Margot! The people are amazing and such hard workers. The food was way better than I expected and by the end of the week I felt so great and healthy!


  • Donna
  • Verified Guest
  • Feb 26 2017

Beautiful location and the people at the ranch were amazing.


  • Brian
  • Verified Guest
  • Feb 26 2017

Costa Rica is one of the most fascinating and awe inspiring places that I have traveled to so far. The amount of thought and hard work that goes into the self-sustaining property at Rancho Margot helps to provide a window into how to create a better world for everyone. The staff were the most friendly and caring people that I have ever met. The accommodations which, may seem to be minimal at first until you realize everything that went into making it possible, actually enhance the experience and help to heighten the senses. This experience may quite possibly change the way I travel forevermore.


  • Stephanie
  • Verified Guest
  • May 11 2016

This trip was fabulous. The location was beautiful and the area was more than we could have expected. Loved it.


  • Club Inhale / Exhale
  • Ambassador
  • May 08 2016

Fantastic and amazing retreat with The Club Inhale/Exhale Tribe! We had such an amazing time and were able to have a space where people grew internally! Rancho Margot is a place where life takes you back a bit where time doesn't exist on a clock but within nature! Definitely going back!


  • Sara
  • Ambassador
  • Apr 26 2016

Rancho Margot definitely lived up to the saying " Where the middle of now where is some where special" I loved the calming and peaceful energy the ranch had. We had so much fun! Activities were close by and when we wanted to do nothing that is exactly what we did! Truly a place to disconnect with negatives and reconnect with yourself! Cannot wait to make it back soon!


  • Jonathan
  • Verified Guest
  • Apr 25 2016

Amazing place! Can't wait to go back.


  • Theresa
  • Verified Guest
  • Feb 11 2016

When I booked this trip I wan unsure of what to expect. I will tell you, I LOVED it. I have booked another trip to Sonoma this June. i did not know, how bad i need the time away and to myself. It was absolutely GREAT Kudos to the Butlers sister!!!


  • Kimberlea
  • Ambassador
  • May 22 2015

Exactly what I expected and more!


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