“Big things come in little packages,” says Jill Ruttenberg, owner of Ama Tierra, a fabulous Yoga and wellness lodge nestled in the rolling hills of the Central Valley of Costa Rica. We had met the owners, Jill and her husband Bob Ruttenberg, late last year at the Yoga Para Todos festival in San Jose. They’ve been operating AmaTierra for five years, where Jill practices natural healing, Chinese herbal medicine and energetic healing.
Jill and Bob were fabulous hosts as we visited on a beautiful, bright sunny day a couple of weeks ago. AmaTierra i s located on the outskirts of the small pueblo, San Pablo, and the lodge sits in a stunning valley bustling with wildlife.
AmaTierra is first and foremost a Yoga lodge, which shows in the captivating design of the meditation hall. It’s rich wooden floor encircles a large wooden Yin and Yang carved in the center of the room and covered by a natural skylight. The hall looks out into the rainforest and sits just above the healing offices and massage rooms of Jill’s practice.
Jill practices many forms of healing arts here as well as tends to an organic and hydroponic garden where she harvests greens and herbs for the amazing culinary work that takes place in the kitchen and wows guests. The food here is simply fantastic! We were fortunate enough to enjoy lunch with Bob and Jill and to my delight they served a brilliant vegetarian lunch of Soba noodle salad in fresh ginger and sesame dressing with freshly blended papaya juice. Mmmmmmmm….
The lodge is cozy, with a swimming pool and sun deck for divine relaxation while the ambience is peaceful and nurturing. Bob enjoys sharing his intense love of music with his guests and there are plenty of activities like beach trips, horseback riding and perusing the quintessential Costa Rican town of San Pablo, to fill the time between Yoga, meals and massages.
Jill and Bob have created an incredibly serene, peaceful and relaxing hideaway in the hills of Central America. The perfect place to practice Yoga and invite the spirit of healing into your life.