Special programs at Bienestar in Yoga, Meditation, Art and Nature. Taught by local friends, and special guests that are experts in their field.  

Sharing traditional wisdom for health, healing, and a holistic life as well as Inspiration for creativity and daily life.


Traditional Wisdom
Tropical Herbals

Introduction to the Indigenous and panAmerican edible and medicinal plants of the Uvita area.

Plant walks are a fun, informal, and hands-on way to learn about plants in your area from someone that knows them well.  Whether you are just beginning to learn about the green world, are new to the area and ecosystem, or simply delight to hear more stories and perspectives on plants you already know, plant walks are a wonderful way to learn and to meet like-minded folks. For those on or beginning a green path, going on plant walks with as many different instructors as you can is one of the best ways to expand knowledge perspective & learn safe ways to harvest, prepare and use them.
Plant walks are 2 - 3 hours long, and take place entirely outdoors in many kinds of weather, followed by 1 - 2 hours of gathering and discussion.  We will visit various areas and ecosystems in our community.
Please dress accordingly, bring water, a hat, bug repellent,  a notebook, camera, snacks, lunch or anything else you would like to feel comfortable., bring water, and a notebook, camera, snacks, lunch or anything else you would like to feel comfortable.

Our plant walks is a guided educational experience where you can look, smell, taste, feel and discuss the flora in your local landscape. The best way to learn about plants is through observing, sharing stories and resources  and interacting with living examples. At the same time, connecting to your local ecosystem provides an excellent opportunity to meet other plant lovers and build community.  Our plant walks are a great way to to meet 'green allies', other plant lovers and build community

During a plant walk you will learn:

▪  to identify plants using the principles of botany

▪  to distinguish between edible and poisonous look alikes

▪  to distinguish between weeds and native species

▪  recipes and preparation techniques for edible plants

▪  medicinal usage based on traditional knowledge, modern herbal practice and scientific research

▪  sustainable harvesting considerations and conservation issues

Rebecca Wood, MSEd, is a Certified Natural Health Professional, Herbalist/Ethnobotanist, E-RYT 500 Yoga Instructor, MRF & Reiki practitioner. She is a retired Professor from the School of Natural Resource Management at Hocking College where she taught for 22 years.

Her teaching included Field botany, Plant ID, Herbal Studies, Permaculture & Sustainable Design, Woodland Ecology, Soils, Wetland Management and the Central America Study-Abroad. She brought student groups to Costa Rica for 20 years.


Program limited to 12
Price for all 6 classes - $240. ($40. per ) Individual class price - if there is space $50.

Dates - 6 Saturdays -

January 8, 15,  22,  29,  February 5, 12

Families with older children are always welcome.  Dogs and small children are currently not permitted on plant walks since we will be out and away.  We may be standing still for long periods of time in areas that it is not safe to wander off.

COVID-19 Policy:

Social distancing of 2m between participants is mandatory, masks are required, and walks will be limited to a maximum of 10 people.

What to bring:

Please dress appropriately for being outside:  adequate clothing for walking through tall plants, water-resistant walking shoes that cover your feet, a sun hat, mosquito repellent and sunscreen when needed.

Water for the walk and your lunch.

What our day will look like :

A Typical Walk - What to Expect -

Meet at Bienestar Uvita Yoga Shala at 7:30 .   Leave for plant walk return in 2 to 3 hours.   Have a break and enjoy the lunch you brought with you. chat and relax.

Then spend your remaining time, in discussion or cooking and eating wild food, or medicine making (tincture, salve, fomentation, poultice, plaster, tisane or decoction) for your take  home or join in a  plant journey or botanical closer look! (Bring color pencils, sketch pencil and drawing paper. 
Each classes last aprox. 4 hour

We will walk from Bienestar or travel as a group from there to various ecosystems to explore small areas of pasture, riverside, mountain side and jungle for plants. We will pause when we find something of interest to discuss and possibly harvest 

Tropical Treasures - Food as Medicine

Tropical Treasures or Food as Medicine -Rebecca Wood

A primer on why and how to use common tropical plants as food, medicine and natural cosmetics. It’s time to taste, smell and slather your way to a better understanding of local foods. You might want to bring - a notebook, pens, water bottle, camera and a small towel.
Be prepared there will be a lot of snacking going on...

with Rebecca Wood, 2+ hours of tasting and learning about the nutrimental values of the local plants and fruits we have access to and eat locally

Friday,  January 14 at 10:00. 

$15.00 per person... We will be eating, tasting a variety of locally grown fruits, veggies and herbs

Making Hydrosols & Essential Oils

Friday, January 21 at 10:00 . - $80.00
Introduction to Hydrosols & Essential Oil  3 - 4  hours   


You will participate in the steam distillation process with Rebecca Wood and Lura Shopteau. From start to finish. We will discuss the strategies of plant selection,  preparation, still setup, and the  distillation process and products (hydrosol, flora-water and essential oil). And don’t forget your take home hydrosol, made that day. 

Discussion, Demonstration, Handouts, Basic Blending  and Distillation tips. . Fee includes, receiving one spritzer bottle for hydrosol, containing a small amount of oil of essential oil, and handouts.

3+ hours - all materials provided - take home product  $80. - Please bring your lunch

From plant selection to preparation, still setup, and distillation process.

Natural Plant Dyeing

Stephanie Rivera teaches us about the native plants of Costa Rica used for creating dyes.  We will offer 3 sessions each featuring multiple dyes within a color range.  These dyes will be made of local native plant material and kitchen scrapes.

Each class last 3 + hours and is hands on, we will cover every step in the process, from plant preparation, to the dye process using plain white cotton yardage.


Stephanie is a local resident, yoga teacher and naturalist (she has a degree in Forestry management). 

Dates and time to be announced ...

This program will happen in February

& March 2022


Understand and Creating Yantra's -

The meaning and making of Yantra's

for empowering your meditations with Renée Adriaensen, Bienestar Yoga teacher, Artist  and local resident.

Dates and time to be announced ...

This program will happen in February & March 2022

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