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 Medicine Garden Tours and Traditional Medicine courses. The Hidden Garden provides individualized attention in a tranquil environment for you to make the best out of your transformational vacation.

Daily Visits

Self-Guided Plant Walk

Use our numbering system and go at your own pace!

Bush Medicine Guided Tour

Explore the Garden with a Local Herbalist

Rainforest Secrets Guided Tour

One Hour Tour

Wellness Consultation

Speak privately with a Traditional Herbalist
One Week Intensive Courses

Women's Wellness Traditions

One Week of Sharing Women's Wisdom

Traditional Latino Medicine

One Week of Intensive Hands-On Learning

Afro-Botany Conference

1 Week of Africana Wellness Traditions

Traditional Latino Herbalism

Immerse Yourself in Latino Herbal Traditions!

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.