AmaTierra Foundation

Yoga retreat in costa rica with organic gardens and meals

The AmaTierra StaffDuring these Covid-19 Times AmaTierra has had to suspend most of our staff. We have created a “GoFundMe” page

to ensure that our employees and the more disadvantaged members of the community can put food on their tables.

Donations of any size are most appreciated, and you can also make a monthly donation and “Adopt a Family.”  Read on below to Adopt one of our Families for 3-6 months OR    Follow this link to contribute


If you would like to make a big difference in the lives of AmaTierra’s staff members, please consider making a monthly donation for 3 to 6 months to our GoFundMe for one of our families.

When you donate, you can specify which family you’d like to support and for how many months going forward.

You can also let us know if you would like contact with that family via email or social media,

or by sending us notes to that we can then pass on to them.

While GoFundMe does not have a recurring donation option, we will simply remind you each month.

At this time, August 2020 we have had to terminate 2 employees but are still helping them with bi-weekly supplies of food. The other 4 employees pictured here have been suspended but we are supporting them with donated funds and groceries. The Costa Rica government had promised around $230 per month to people who’d lost their jobs or were suspended. We went through all the hoops that the country set up, paid the lawyers to help us, but when we checked on the status of this relief money our hearts sank: We were number 5,000 on the list. We worried how these gentle, hard-working people would survive.

But you partnered with us, gave us all hope and donated to help put food on their tables and pay their rent. We are so very grateful.

Thank you for making our promise to them: “While we are with you, NOBODY will go hungry” a true statement.

Blessings to you. May you stay well, safe, happy and peaceful.     –Jill and Bob Ruttenberg, owners of AmaTierra

About the AmaTierra Foundation: With the support of local residents and international volunteers, the Amatierra Foundation was created in 2007 to help empower the people of Turrubares through a number of new opportunities and cooperative community programs. In its initial stage, local community members, foreign residents and municipal government officials have come together to strategize ways to engage the community and develop projects to best serve the people of the Turrubares county.

AmaTierra Foundation projects include:

  • Recycling and Sustainable Practices
  • Environmental Education
  • Artisanship and Handicrafts
  • Purchasing Uniforms and School Supplies for Community Children

We are continuously grateful to community members and former AmaTierra guests for their generous contributions to the Foundation. Thank you for helping make a difference in the local community.
Muchas gracias!

Donate to the AmaTierra Foundation! We need your support and are grateful for your generosity in order to ensure the success of these essential programs. Purchases in our gift shop or from Amanda Rose Design Studio are also good ways to support the foundation. Please write us at to inquire about donation options.