Yoga & Life-enhancing Therapies at AmaTierra

“A Person is much more than a collection of bones, tissues and cells. We contain the Life force, and our aim is to keep it radiant by balancing the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual elements of a Human Being”
Jill Ruttenberg

Reconnect with your peaceful inner self through yoga and bodywork.

Yoga Classes

AmaTierra offers daily gentle Hatha yoga classes tailored to suit every body, no matter the age or ability level. If you are new to yoga and would like to learn what type of yoga might be best for YOU, please read this article written by AmaTierra’s yoga and wellness director, Jill Ruttenberg.
Check our ongoing Yoga and Wellness Packages.  Yoga retreats and other special events are offered frequently at AmaTierra. AmaTierra hosts group retreats for yoga , self-help,detoxing, spirituality and creativity seminars. Bring your friends for group rates, or, if you are a teacher looking for one of the most inspiring places on the planet to bring your students, please call us for details.

enjoy the view at the new open-air studio
“I find this gentle Hatha style with an emphasis on breathing and deep stretching does the most good for the majority of people,” instructor Jill Ruttenberg says. “It certainly has helped me overcome chronic neck and low back pain. Someone who is experiencing yoga for the first time realizes, ‘wow! I can DO this…and it feels really GOOD!’ Practicing yoga is about more than being fit—it’s about tuning in to your true self, getting quiet, practicing being fully present in your moments and breathing into all the corners of your Being with focus and intention.”

At AmaTierra you can Get Into Practice and relax deeply into your body as you breathe and stretch with Gentle Hatha Yoga. Many interesting forms of yoga are being taught these days, and all have their merits, but the basic Hatha style taught at AmaTierra is the foundation for physical yoga practice and has stood the test of time —a few thousand years! With the addition of our new studio, we will be offering more varieties of classes very soon.


Jill’s method of teaching is closely aligned with one of her teachers, Jean-Pierre Marques from North Africa who was a pioneer in bringing Eastern traditions to the U.S. in 1971, and who later initiated the Spiritual Awareness Center at Canyon Ranch Spa in Tucson, Arizona.


“Peace Temple”

“I was looking for a special place in the nature to celebrate my 40th birthday. Finding AmaTierra was just a blessing as it was all I was looking for: being surrounded by green, relaxation with the opportunity to do some activity. Well, this place offers it all. You will be absorbed by the sound of the beautiful jungle re-connecting with yourself through the power of this vigorous green nature. Practicing yoga in the breathtaking studio will present you the healing power of mother hearth and gratitude will be the only thought in your mind. Massages done by the expert hands of the practitioners will just add a perfect hint to the relaxation it is found as soon as you step into this Peace Temple. The local waterfalls are very closed and really worth to be seen as well as the Park and the beach which are just 1 h far away. Should you look for a life-change experience go for the horses therapy which is one of those experience which will stay forever in my memory and deeply touched my heart. ”

“Special note for the owners, Jill and Bob, who will make you feel like you are hosted by relatives and part of a wonderful family. Jill is a gifted healer and can offer various ways to improve your physical condition and enlightenment for your spiritual path, may you wish so. All the staff of AmaTierra from cook, waiters, drivers, gardeners are very carying and kind people (Papo is the funniest driver ever!).”

“I couldn’t wish any better for my staying and recommend this place if the above resonates with you, it would be the perfect place to be!”

“Thank you AmaTierra for giving me the best birthday present I could ever wish.”

Marilena Capobianco
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“Peace. Tranquility. AmaTierra.”

REVIEWED February 2017
“I spent 6 days at AmaTierra on a yoga/wellness retreat and it was far beyond my expectations. I decided to go on this trip alone because I wanted to quiet my mind and free myself from every day distractions. I went to explore within and find a connection to my spiritual or higher self, and maybe have a few conversations with God. AmaTierra provided the facilities to do just that and more. ”

“The beautiful yoga studio with its stunning view of the Costa Rican mountains is breath-taking. There is a hammock in the corner, which is perfect for a nice cool-down after a swim in the pool or a walk on the trails. Meditation is after sunset, so the studio is subtly illuminated with candlelight. ”

“The cabinas are quaint and comfortable. They each have their own private porch and entry-way. I really appreciated the space and privacy between cabinas, because I was able to practice my guitar out on the porch without feeling like I might be disturbing someone.”

“Jill and Bob were very warm and welcoming, as was the rest of the team. Their staff prepared the most healthy and delicious meals. They served fresh organic fruits and vegetables, delicious soups and salads, and delectable dinners. I always left the table feeling full and satisfied. ”

“What I didn’t expect was to find such a peaceful flow of energy that was constantly changing at AmaTierra. This was particularly due to the different dynamics of guests coming and going. What I loved about this experience was that I was on my own retreat. I did not start with a group of people that arrived on the same day to participate in the same retreat. It was very much an individual journey in which you would collide with others’ journey every now and then, most often at meal times. Everyone would come together to break bread and one evening we sang songs while Jill sang and played the piano. It was lovely. ”

“My only disappointment is that I had to leave. I could have easily stayed another week, if not longer. Needless to say, I will definitely be back! ”

Dayna D
New York City, New York
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“The peace I needed, the trip I never thought possible”
“After a long couple of years, I was due for a yoga retreat style vacation. I had heard good things about Ama Tierra and decided to book. Bob and Jill are the perfect hosts for the week and make sure that your stay is everything you expect. From day trips, spa treatments and food, all taken care of with great thoughts and perfect planning. The food, I have never eaten so well, ever, such great fresh fish, fruit,vegetables and desserts. I had 2 massages and facial with Issabella, a food sensitivity test and chakra / stomach massage with Jill which were relaxing, therapeutic and Jill’s food test, extremely close to right on the mark. In my stay at AT, there was a yoga instructor named Chase who was staying there for a while and split the teaching schedule with Jill. They were great classes all around. I am not a great review writer, but I felt that I neede to express my experience at Ama Tierra. It was the trip I needed at the time I needed it.”
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Relax and enjoy yoga in AmaTierra’s inspiring new open-air studio where the views will inspire profound transformation in your whole Self.