The Goddess Garden is a yoga retreat center and yoga teacher training center located in Cahuita, Costa Rica.

Meet The Staff

A photo of Jacqueline Bürkler & Marcelo Ruiz in the jungle surrounded by greenery and tropical flowers

Jacqueline Bürkler – Owner

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. The serenity of the rainforest and the pristine beaches of the Caribbean Sea inspired the idea to create an intentional place for transformation: The Goddess Garden Retreat Center.

Marcelo Ruiz – Keeper of the Land – Owner

Marcelo 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 Northwestern University where he obtained a teaching certificate. He taught algebra and geometry in public schools.

Among his interests are spirituality, meditation, shamanism, films, poetry, indigenous tribes, community service, and Argentine tango dancing.


Two yogis practicing in our beautiful round yoga pavilion

The Goddess Garden is a yoga teacher training center and yoga retreat center and most of all, an intentional place for yoga, meditation and transformation in Cahuita, Costa Rica.

This yoga teacher training and retreat center is surrounded by huge jungle trees, which follow the path of a small creek. Just a step away, you will find the oldest and most amazing tree in Cahuita. Its roots, as tall as a man, will leave you breathless… in reality it is a temple. This beautiful setting will invite you to practice yoga and meditation.

The Goddess Garden Retreat’s spiritual center has two floors, where the view of the rainforest expands to almost 360 degrees. It is designed to give you a wonderful feeling, putting you in touch with nature during your yoga and meditation sessions.

A group stands in front of our Goddess Tree in Cahuita Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a peaceful country that disposed of the army many years ago and has a consciousness geared for peace and taking care of the environment, making it perfect for yoga and meditation practice.

So choose to come to our yoga retreat and yoga teacher training resort to practice and learn yoga in Costa Rica, in the midst of awesome natural surroundings.

Room Rates

$155 USD/ night per person
Double Room
  • Shared Room
  • En Suite Bathrooms
  • Air Conditioning
  • 3 Delicious Meals Daily
  • Access To All The Amenities
  • Spacious Porch With Jungle View
  • Yoga classes can be booked for 25 USD per hour (2 persons minimum)
  • Massages can be booked according to our current massage menus
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$190 USD/ night per person
Single Room
  • Private Room
  • Private En Suite Bathroom
  • Air Conditioning
  • 3 Delicious Meals Daily
  • Access To All The Amenities
  • Spacious Porch With Jungle View
  • Yoga classes can be booked for 25 USD per hour (2 persons minimum)
  • Massages can be booked according to our current massage menus
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$115 USD/ night per person
Jungle Dorm
  • Minimum 4 people
  • Dorms
  • En Suite Bathroom
  • Air Conditioning
  • 3 Delicious Meals Daily
  • Access To All The Amenities
  • Spacious Porch With Jungle View
  • Yoga classes can be booked for 25 USD per hour (2 persons minimum)
  • Massages can be booked according to our current massage menus
Book Now!

Amenities & Info

Washer & Dryer Service Available

Family Friendly

Free Parking on Premises

Beach Within Walking Distance

Outdoor Fire Pit

Jungle Pool and Jacuzzi

Open Air & Indoor A/C Yoga Spaces

Newly Installed Air Conditioning in All Rooms

Free Fiber-optic High Speed Internet (WiFi)

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Guest Reviews

Soulful Sanctuary with Holistic Hospitality

"We were at the Goddess Garden for a yoga and meditation retreat and it was absolutely fabulous. The yoga space is large and airy and feels as though it is part of the jungle. The screened-in sides allow one to hear all of the animals whatever time of day we were practicing. The facilities were clean and modern with an old-world feel. Five stars! The suites were airy and cozy. And the pool was wonderful! Although the resort is in the jungle, it is a short walk out to the ocean, where you can see the sunrise over the Caribbean! Everything about our stay was spectacular!"
Jack RussellMassachusetts, USA | January 2024

Jungle Oasis with Nurturing Hosts

"Jacqueline and Marcelo, the owners, were incredibly involved, offering personal attention from meals to arranging excursions. The property is meticulously cared for, with a plethora of wildlife such as sloths, monkeys, and toucans enhancing our stay. The natural beach nearby and the jungle-enclosed pool offered serene places to relax and connect with nature. The food was exceptional, with a variety of homemade and vegan options that rivaled top wellness centers. This charming retreat felt more like a home than a hotel, perfect for those seeking a deep and authentic connection with nature and community."
Amy HaganRhode Island, USA | March 2024

Discovering Peace and Pampering in Tropical Paradise

"This place is stunning, serene and extremely special. The energy is beautiful and is the perfect place to stay when I needed to remove distractions and re-connect with myself and nature. I will never forget the delicious food and amazing massage I received. The room staff kept our room beautiful and the grounds people worked all day to keep up with nature. Jacqueline & Marcelo were warm and kind, generous and accommodating."
Stephanie HoganBoston, USA | March 2023


A cozy and inviting spa room with vibrant yellow walls and warm lighting. A massage table with a dark brown cover is centrally placed, flanked by a wooden stool and a small table with a colorful bouquet. The room features a mosaic tiled washbasin and a bright stained glass window, creating a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere.

In our healing spa, we offer a variety of treatments tailored to your specific needs. Choose from a la carte options, such as a healing massage or Aromatherapy Renewal Facial, or indulge your well-being with our special spa packages. Our wellness therapists offer a variety of massage styles, including Swedish, deep tissue, relaxation, acupressure, or a customized combination.



Our current Spa Specials include:

A vibrant spa corner with a lively contrast of a lime green wall and a turquoise blue tiled feature wall with a built-in sink. The space is brightened by natural light filtering through a draped window, highlighting a stone pedestal with a vase of pink flowers and greenery. The floor is a warm, polished hardwood, and colorful art decorates the space, enhancing the tropical ambiance.

Complete Renewal – A decadent combination of customized massage, aromatherapy facial, and exfoliating foot scrub, with reflexology and herbal steam towels. Two hours of rejuvenation, relaxation, and refreshment!

These services are meant to enhance and enrich your stay, so you can be entirely relaxed while participating in your group retreat or enjoying your personal vacation. Rebalance your body, mind and spirit, finding a blissful state of harmony.


This is a typical menu at The Goddess Garden. Gluten free and vegan options are always available. Our food is served buffet style.

Breakfast Menu

  • Costa Rican coffee and tea
  • Fresh fruit juice
  • Oatmeal (gluten free and vegan)
  • Fresh tropical fruits
  • Eggs & gallo pinto (rice & beans)
  • Fresh homemade bread & gluten free tortillas
  • Homemade jellies and honey
  • Plain yogurt, grains, and nuts
  • Local specialties like patacones, ripe plantains, pejivalle

Lunch Menu

  • Bean burgers with fresh bread
  • Pineapple curry with mango, chayote & heart of palm
  • Mashed roots Caribbean style
  • Cauliflower curry salad
  • String salad
  • Mixed lettuce

Dinner Menu

  • Miso soup with tofu and mushrooms
  • Pad Thai noodles in peanut sauce
  • Vegetable stir fry
  • Watercress salad
  • Mint cucumber salad
  • Mixed lettuce

Our Commitment to Sustainability

Since its inception, The Goddess Garden was planned to preserve nature.

A jungle Oasis, in the lush green jungles of Costa Rica

The buildings are distributed over an area of 14 acres using the natural clearings in the forest to build the resort. The water in the rooms is heated by solar panels to cut down the use of electricity. Our restaurant serves mainly vegetarian dishes with organic vegetables and fruits locally grown. We compost our organic leftovers. This compost is put back as fertilizer in our garden.

Every action to conserve energy helps to minimize the damage that we cause to Mother Earth and we go the old fashion way of drying the clothes in the sun when possible. In our vision for the future is the creation of the Peace Garden. At the Goddess Garden, we would like to have a museum in the forest with sculptures and paintings representing the feminine energy of the Universe. It will be dedicated to honor Mother Earth.


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