HIDDEN GARDEN is located in the majestic rainforest behind the Caribbean beach town of Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica. It is home to a unique collection of plants that represent the ethnobotany of the area and a research library to promote the academic documentation of local wellness traditions.

We offer wellness services such as health counseling, therapeutic bodywork and botanical therapies, as well as educational activities such as Yoga, Medicine Garden Tour and Traditional Latino Medicine courses. The Hidden Garden provides individualized attention in a tranquil environment for you to make the best out of your transformational vacation.

Rachel Thomas Workshops

A Message from Rachel

I left New York with the intention of connecting with nature and living a more organic lifestyle. Although I had studied herbalism in the U.S, it was living 17 years in Costa Rica that taught me the miracles of Traditional Latino Medicine. Seeing the lack of formal education on this important topic, I dreamed of a wellness center offering research and personal experiences with cultural healing. I want Hidden Garden to be part of a growing movement worldwide to preserve the ancestral knowledge of nature, plants and healthy living.

  • Since doing your Traditional Latino Herbalism certification last October, I’ve completed courses for my MA degree in materia medica and herbal pharmacy— but I still reflect on my experience at Hidden Garden as the most formative and the one which provided the greatest depth and learning for me.

    Vicky Goodale, New York City
  • “During my stay at Hidden Garden I was able to restore balance to my life and gained a stronger sense of clarity.”

    – Joy, New York
  • “Working with Rachel was the beginning of a journey towards nourishing myself and my family with food as medicine. She supported me with recipe and ingredient ideas that met the specific needs of each family member. She gave me the confidence to shift my mindset around food, now I am cooking for my family with love, not guilt.”

    Local Herbal Medicine
    – Jen, Colorado