Centro Espiral Mana

Located a few hours north of San Jose, Costa Rica’s capital, Centro Espiral Mana hosts groups for day or residential visits. While rustic, this full-service retreat offers classrooms, dining, gardens, and accommodations. Host families and hotels are available nearby, as is some of Central America's best eco-tourism. The center contributes to the village economy by collaborating with local residents, businesses, and organizations. These collaborations allow the center to provide a wide variety of meaningful learning experiences that can be customized to meet the needs of different participants and groups.

Located in a secure, private compound, the center welcomes visitors, students, and trainees.

Shared meals, that accommodate dietary restrictions, support community learning.

The center's approaches to learning employ indoor, outdoor, and field experiences that contribute to learners' goals.

The center is located within view of spectacular mountain ranges, not far from highly ranked La Fortuna.


A variety of learning spaces, with flexible floor plans, supports small and large group learning activities.

Thinking with a partner or in a small group enables helpful risk-taking and playful engagement.

Reflecting on experience and testing the theories that emerge from it enhances learning.

Learning spaces can be organized to stimulate meaningful interaction.

Wifi, whiteboards, sound system, projectors as well as other resources are available.

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Center Accommodations

Simple, comfortable rooms house 15 people

Semi-private rooms have garden views.

Floor plans differ and offer a range of options.

Hostel-style rooms are available for the budget minded.

Hosted Housing

Local families generously share their homes and lives with visitors

Most homes are a short walk from the center.

Rooms can be private or shared with another program participant.

Living mixes indoor and outdoor spaces. Homes have running water and electricity. Most have wifi.

Two Hotels and a Hostel

Nearby public lodging is available

15 minutes from Centro Espiral Mana, Finca Luna Nueva is a rainforest lodge and education center that offers peace, adventure, and a little bit of luxury. Delicious farm-to-table meals foster regenerative agriculture, hiking trails through rainforests, farmland, herbal gardens, and relaxation in the spa and pool.

10 minutes from Centro Espiral Mana, Heliconias Nature Lodge is a family owned and operated Eco-Lodge whose mission is to offer an authentic Costa Rican experience with guests while respecting and celebrating the surrounding nature and jungle.

2 minutes from Centro Espiral Mana, Jarbacoa Family Hostel is a rustic, cozy and charismatic hostel with a hospitable and helpful host who strives to make each visitor's time memorable.

Things to Do

Options for day trips and short visits are plentiful

Arenal Volcano National Park offers a lot to do. Take a zip line through the forest canopy. Float through the rainforest while river rafting. Take the gondola for views across the region. Or just sit under a waterfall.

Observe the harvest and production of fine, handmade chocolate from bean to bar. Two Little Monkeys makes chocolate and invites you to learn more about sustainable ingredients and craft production.

Hot Springs

Dozens of options exist for relaxing in tranquil, verdant settings. What cares and tension would you like to wash away?

Hosting 7 climate zones, the Children's Eternal Rainforest in nearby San Ramón welcomes visitors to multiple centers for hiking, workshops, photography, and more. View astounding diversity and number of orchids, butterflies, and birds.