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New! Casa Ceiba @ Samanea Nature Sanctuary + Farm

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 15 reviews.SuperhostMonteverde, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica
Farm stay
hosted by Karen
8 guests3 bedrooms5 beds3 baths
Farm stay hosted by Karen
8 guests3 bedrooms5 beds3 baths
Entire home
You’ll have the farm stay to yourself.
Sparkling clean
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Casa Ceiba has long been described by local and international guests as a sanctuary. Situated on 40 acres of forested farmland and bordered by a small river, Casa Ceiba is the perfect retreat spot for a couple, families, or friends /colleagues traveling together in a meaningful way. This is prime habitat to unplug, in order to get more connected! Writers, artists + academics have used the space for month-long sabbaticals. Great for families, nomadic homeschoolers + small groups.

The space
Spacious, simple and bright farmhouse on a 40-acre tropical nature sanctuary of deep peace and quiet. We are about 25 minutes driving distance from Monteverde but right in the center of what counts - your connection to yourself, your friends and loved ones, or perhaps your creative / sabbatical project and of course, true nature itself.

Our small village of San Luis is our mountaintop's forerunner in sustainable rural tourism. We invite you to experience the "real" pace and flavor of Costa Rican life here, away from the bustle of the main tourist town. The average stay of our guests is 3-5 nights (many request to stay longer) and some end up staying for weeks! We have been informally hosting people and small groups for years though our own networks, but are new to Air BnB.

Most of our visitors are looking to purposefully downshift, get back to nature, relax and reconnect with each other during their Costa Rica adventures. To ease your landing at Casa Ceiba, we are able to coordinate with a local neighbor (with advance notice) to prepare a delicious, traditional Costa Rican meal of your choice to be ready and waiting upon your arrival.

A 5-minute walk on a well-maintained trail from Casa Ceiba brings you to another neighbor's farm which has a small, family-run restaurant (and pool!) should you like to enjoy an easy meal out. And, if you would like to do a bit of exploring while you at Casa Ceiba, within 15 minutes you can wander trails through the cloud forest at a local reserve, take a coffee tour (the best coffee on our mountain is grown here!), enjoy horseback riding and explore the pure San Luis river.

If this sounds like the right habitat for your Costa Rica sojourn, we welcome your stay. Month-long rentals may be available, please inquire. Discounts available for week-long and month-long visits.

* * Your stay at Casa Ceiba helps to directly support the Samanea Nature Sanctuary and Farm's regenerative forestry and agriculture projects, and our participation in local and national climate change, agroforestry, biological corridor and nature conservation initiatives. We are passionate about our work and love our land. Learn more below! * *

The Samanea Nature Sanctuary and Farm is a family-owned ecological / agroforestry restoration initiative that was started in 2004 by Karen Gordon and Fabricio Camacho, with a vision to breathe life back into a 40-acre piece of land that had been mostly deforested and overgrazed for close to 100 years. Situated at 700-900m above sea level and spanning a transitional tropical montane life zone (between the cloud forest and dry forest) Samanea plays a critical role as a natural land bridge within the regional Bellbird Biological Corridor, which sweeps from the continental divide to the sea. Our average temperature year-round is in the 70s.

Samanea Nature Sanctuary and Farm is a member of the Costa Rica Private Reserve Network and the Pacific Organic Farm Alliance. As thousands of native trees have been actively or passively reforested, soil restored and spring water sources protected, life has indeed returned to our land! Monkeys swing through the forest next to Casa Ceiba, and toucans perch on trees. Flocks of parakeets swoop through the forest patches and raptors soar overhead. As evening draws close, howler monkeys can be heard across the valley, and owl hoot as the stars stretch out across the sky. Sometimes you will receive a coyote serenade!

Depending upon the season, there may be fruit trees near the house ready to harvest - we'll be happy to let you know what's available for your picking pleasure.

Karen is a restoration ecologist, environmental educator and nature therapist, with a master's degree in Educational Leadership. With post-graduate certificates in Spiritual Direction, Ecotherapy and Wilderness Rites of Passage, Karen also offers and guides private retreats which include deep nature experiences, mindfulness education and meditation, forest bathing, therapeutic sauna, sacred cacao ceremony, and therapeutic embodiment practices. Should you have interest to weave any elements of the above during your stay, please inquire.

Fabricio's life work is steeped in research for solutions for regenerative forestry and agriculture. With a PhD in Agroforestry with a specialty in soil science, he is an author and consultant for national-level initiatives. Fabricio is also a gifted naturalist and educator - should you have interest to learn more about Finca Samanea's landscape and ecology, restoration projects and research initiatives via tour, please inquire.

Guest access
You will have access to all of the common areas of Casa Ceiba during your stay. We also have a spacious front yard, and a gorgeous grandmother Guanacaste tree (national tree of Costa Rica) with a ladder for climbing and rope/tire swing. Our land is bordered by a clean creek that runs year-round, wonderful to visit / sit and splash in. We typically have at least one trail open during our guest visitation times.

Access to our "back 40" acres of land is not guaranteed to be available during your stay - dependent upon weather, trail conditions and current conservation and research initiatives - Please Inquire before your arrival! However, should you be interested in our approach to regenerative forestry and agriculture. with advance notice Karen or Fabricio may be able to provide you with a tour to some of our project areas.

A 5-minute walk on a trail through the woods brings you to our next-door neighbor's property, which has a family-run restaurant (so you don't have to cook all of your meals!). With the purchase of meals you are able to swim in their pool and play on their soccer field.

Other things to note
1.) It is important to note that our farm entrance REQUIRES a 4x4 vehicle with low gear to enter - not due to a particularly rough road, but because part of our natural entrance is steep. If you will not have a car during your stay, we can arrange a trusted 4x4 taxi with bilingual driver to bring you to/from the main town of Santa Elena / Monteverde (about $20 each way).

2.) Being in a remote part of Costa Rica, we would like to remind you that celular coverage can vacillate depending upon your service and our weather. Our wifi connection is cellular-based is NOT high-speed. We are able to use it for emails, internet browsing and texts - the basic services most of our guests desire. However, our service does not always support video calling and/or streaming, especially from multiple guests at a time. Sometimes electricity goes out in our mountain town, so you may lose cellular wifi connection for a short while.

3.) Please keep in mind that Casa Ceiba sits upon a 40-acre nature sanctuary and as such we share our space as harmoniously as possible with wildlife! Small flying or crawling insects sometimes enter the house (even with screens) - butterflies are the most common. We keep the grass cut in the guest-access areas, but we request that you not walk through tall pasture grass.

4.) While you are at Casa Ceiba, sometimes there may be other activity happening at the Samanea Nature Sanctuary. During the rainy season (May - October) we welcome volunteer groups who help with reforesation projects. We also welcome local, national and international scientists to our land for research purposes. Throughout the year, Karen guides nature therapy and rewilding and experiences at Finca Samanea. These activities do not tend to impact Casa Ceiba, but If any of the above are scheduled during your stay, we will let you know at the time of your visit. Perhaps you would like to join in!
Casa Ceiba has long been described by local and international guests as a sanctuary. Situated on 40 acres of forested fa…
Casa Ceiba has long been described by local and international guests as a sanctuary. Situated on 40 acres of forested farmland and bordered by a small river, Casa Ceiba is the perfect retreat spot for a couple, families, or friends /colleagues traveling together in a meaningful way. This is prime habitat to unplug, in order to get more connected! Writers, artists + academics have used the space for month-long sabbaticals. Great for families, nomadic homeschoolers + small groups.

The space
Spacious, simple and bright farmhouse on a 40-acre tropical nature sanctuary of deep peace and quiet. We are about 25 minutes driving distance from Monteverde but right in the center of what counts - your connection to yourself, your friends and loved ones, or perhaps your creative / sabbatical project and of course, true nature itself.

Our small village of San Luis is our mountaintop's forerunner in sustainable rural tourism. We invite you to experience the "real" pace and flavor of Costa Rican life here, away from the bustle of the main tourist town. The average stay of our guests is 3-5 nights (many request to stay longer) and some end up staying for weeks! We have been informally hosting people and small groups for years though our own networks, but are new to Air BnB.

Most of our visitors are looking to purposefully downshift, get back to nature, relax and reconnect with each other during their Costa Rica adventures. To ease your landing at Casa Ceiba, we are able to coordinate with a local neighbor (with advance notice) to prepare a delicious, traditional Costa Rican meal of your choice to be ready and waiting upon your arrival.

A 5-minute walk on a well-maintained trail from Casa Ceiba brings you to another neighbor's farm which has a small, family-run restaurant (and pool!) should you like to enjoy an easy meal out. And, if you would like to do a bit of exploring while you at Casa Ceiba, within 15 minutes you can wander trails through the cloud forest at a local reserve, take a coffee tour (the best coffee on our mountain is grown here!), enjoy horseback riding and explore the pure San Luis river.

If this sounds like the right habitat for your Costa Rica sojourn, we welcome your stay. Month-long rentals may be available, please inquire. Discounts available for week-long and month-long visits.

* * Your stay at Casa Ceiba helps to directly support the Samanea Nature Sanctuary and Farm's regenerative forestry and agriculture projects, and our participation in local and national climate change, agroforestry, biological corridor and nature conservation initiatives. We are passionate about our work and love our land. Learn more below! * *

The Samanea Nature Sanctuary and Farm is a family-owned ecological / agroforestry restoration initiative that was started in 2004 by Karen Gordon and Fabricio Camacho, with a vision to breathe life back into a 40-acre piece of land that had been mostly deforested and overgrazed for close to 100 years. Situated at 700-900m above sea level and spanning a transitional tropical montane life zone (between the cloud forest and dry forest) Samanea plays a critical role as a natural land bridge within the regional Bellbird Biological Corridor, which sweeps from the continental divide to the sea. Our average temperature year-round is in the 70s.

Samanea Nature Sanctuary and Farm is a member of the Costa Rica Private Reserve Network and the Pacific Organic Farm Alliance. As thousands of native trees have been actively or passively reforested, soil restored and spring water sources protected, life has indeed returned to our land! Monkeys swing through the forest next to Casa Ceiba, and toucans perch on trees. Flocks of parakeets swoop through the forest patches and raptors soar overhead. As evening draws close, howler monkeys can be heard across the valley, and owl hoot as the stars stretch out across the sky. Sometimes you will receive a coyote serenade!

Depending upon the season, there may be fruit trees near the house ready to harvest - we'll be happy to let you know what's available for your picking pleasure.

Karen is a restoration ecologist, environmental educator and nature therapist, with a master's degree in Educational Leadership. With post-graduate certificates in Spiritual Direction, Ecotherapy and Wilderness Rites of Passage, Karen also offers and guides private retreats which include deep nature experiences, mindfulness education and meditation, forest bathing, therapeutic sauna, sacred cacao ceremony, and therapeutic embodiment practices. Should you have interest to weave any elements of the above during your stay, please inquire.

Fabricio's life work is steeped in research for solutions for regenerative forestry and agriculture. With a PhD in Agroforestry with a specialty in soil science, he is an author and consultant for national-level initiatives. Fabricio is also a gifted naturalist and educator - should you have interest to learn more about Finca Samanea's landscape and ecology, restoration projects and research initiatives via tour, please inquire.

Guest access
You will have access to all of the common areas of Casa Ceiba during your stay. We also have a spacious front yard, and a gorgeous grandmother Guanacaste tree (national tree of Costa Rica) with a ladder for climbing and rope/tire swing. Our land is bordered by a clean creek that runs year-round, wonderful to visit / sit and splash in. We typically have at least one trail open during our guest visitation times.

Access to our "back 40" acres of land is not guaranteed to be available during your stay - dependent upon weather, trail conditions and current conservation and research initiatives - Please Inquire before your arrival! However, should you be interested in our approach to regenerative forestry and agriculture. with advance notice Karen or Fabricio may be able to provide you with a tour to some of our project areas.

A 5-minute walk on a trail through the woods brings you to our next-door neighbor's property, which has a family-run restaurant (so you don't have to cook all of your meals!). With the purchase of meals you are able to swim in their pool and play on their soccer field.

Other things to note
1.) It is important to note that our farm entrance REQUIRES a 4x4 vehicle with low gear to enter - not due to a particularly rough road, but because part of our natural entrance is steep. If you will not have a car during your stay, we can arrange a trusted 4x4 taxi with bilingual driver to bring you to/from the main town of Santa Elena / Monteverde (about $20 each way).

2.) Being in a remote part of Costa Rica, we would like to remind you that celular coverage can vacillate depending upon your service and our weather. Our wifi connection is cellular-based is NOT high-speed. We are able to use it for emails, internet browsing and texts - the basic services most of our guests desire. However, our service does not always support video calling and/or streaming, especially from multiple guests at a time. Sometimes electricity goes out in our mountain town, so you may lose cellular wifi connection for a short while.

3.) Please keep in mind that Casa Ceiba sits upon a 40-acre nature sanctuary and as such we share our space as harmoniously as possible with wildlife! Small flying or crawling insects sometimes enter the house (even with screens) - butterflies are the most common. We keep the grass cut in the guest-access areas, but we request that you not walk through tall pasture grass.

4.) While you are at Casa Ceiba, sometimes there may be other activity happening at the Samanea Nature Sanctuary. During the rainy season (May - October) we welcome volunteer groups who help with reforesation projects. We also welcome local, national and international scientists to our land for research purposes. Throughout the year, Karen guides nature therapy and rewilding and experiences at Finca Samanea. These activities do not tend to impact Casa Ceiba, but If any of the above are scheduled during your stay, we will let you know at the time of your visit. Perhaps you would like to join in!
Casa Ceiba has long been described by local and international guests as a sanctuary. Situated on 40 acres of forested farmland and bordered by a small river, Casa Ceiba is the perfect retreat spot for a couple,…

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Bedroom 1
1 double bed
Bedroom 2
1 queen bed, 1 single bed
Bedroom 3
1 double bed, 1 single bed

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Monteverde, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica

The San Luis valley is tucked directly below the world-famous Monteverde Cloud Forest preserve, with a gorgeous river running through it.

Casa Ceiba's neighborhood in lower San Luis is pastoral and peaceful, historically used for dairy, coffee and tropical fruit production, about 25 minutes driving time from the center of the Monteverde village.

At the Samanea Nature Sanctuary and Farm, you are steps away from beautiful trees and a serene small river, Quebrada Soccoro, which borders our property. Your eyes will drink in the rolling mountains and ever-changing sky, and your ears will delight in birdsong by day and forest symphony by night.

A 5 to 10 min drive or 15-20min walk from Casa Ceiba will bring you to various entrance points along the pristine San Luis river (perfect for exploring and dipping into cool pools + safe for kids to splash around in) and likewise, a 10-15 min drive will bring you to various trail heads for our regional Sendero Pacifico trail system.

The next door neighboring farm (5 min walk from Casa Ceiba on a maintained trail through the woods) has one our town's few family-run restaurants (so you don't have to cook all of your meals!). With the purchase of meals you are able to swim in their pool and play on their soccer field - great for families! They are able to book local tours should that interest you, too. The closest small grocery store is a 15 min drive away.

Within the San Luis valley, coffee and horseback tours are offered as well as locally guided day and night walks on various trails and nature reserves.

Interested in learning how to make tortillas or cook other "Tico" fare, or particpate in an art day at a studio on a neighboring farm? We can offer you that, too! The San Luis valley is a rich site for sustainable, rural tourism should you choose to sink in and get to know our community.
The San Luis valley is tucked directly below the world-famous Monteverde Cloud Forest preserve, with a gorgeous river running through it.

Casa Ceiba's neighborhood in lower San Luis is pastoral and…

Hosted by Karen

Joined in December 2015
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For close to 20 years, my life in the mountains of Costa Rica has been dedicated to the ecological restoration of landscapes and the human heart. My professional practice at Revive Healing Arts and Finca Samanea interweaves biophilia, spiritual ecology, ceremony, sacred sabbatical guidance and professional development coursework.
For close to 20 years, my life in the mountains of Costa Rica has been dedicated to the ecological restoration of landscapes and the human heart. My professional practice at Revive…
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  • Fabricio
During your stay
Karen or Fabricio may check you in, or one of our trusted neighbors and nature sanctuary stewards will do so. We do not live on site, but will be available via text during your stay should you require assistance. The next-door neighbors (who own a little family-run restaurant) are very helpful and knowledgeable.

That said, sometimes Karen or Fabricio will be on the property engaging in our multiple land projects such as planting trees, maintaining our irrigation systems, or working on one of our restoration / research projects. We will let you know if we will be there during your stay, and you are welcome to join us!
Karen or Fabricio may check you in, or one of our trusted neighbors and nature sanctuary stewards will do so. We do not live on site, but will be available via text during your sta…
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