Have you always dreamed of spending your days where the jungle meets the sea, immersing yourself in tropical rhythms, exploring plants and learning from indigenous and traditional Costa Rican plant people? Join us at Centro Ashé in Costa Rica!
The incredible Talamancan Coast of the South Caribbean of Costa Rica is where everything got started for Centro Ashé. Here our home is our community education center is in the heart of Manzanillo, a small village on the Caribbean Sea located at the end of the road on the South Caribbean. At our center we host workshops, groups, apprentices, plant walks and more! Our programming runs from November through April each year. We have been facilitating incredible cross cultural and educational programming for many years in this region home to Indigenous communities such as the BriBri, Kekoldi, and Cabecar, Chinese and Afro-Costa Rican communities, as well as immigrant communities from North American and Canada. Our programs highlight the local plant people, farmers, herbalists, healers, seedsavers, the keepers of this knowledge and culture, those who are helping it to continue on and to thrive into the future. Our tours support first and foremost the local economy, our teachers, hosts, and tours are all Costa Rican owned and operated.
Donations Needed: We are truly appreciative when those who visit us can bring donations of HERBAL BOOKS, plant clippers, tea tree essential oil, beeswax, lavender essential oil, activated charcoal tablets, cranberry tablets, wide mouth quart size or half gallon mason jars with lids (plastic lids are best so they don't rust in the tropics), first aid supplies, bandaids of all sizes, gauze, ace bandages, gauze, brown tincture bottles 1/2 oz, 1oz, 2oz, and 4oz, yoga mats, towels, books, sketchbooks, art supplies, sheets (single or double), tapestries, massage table, good cookware (hard to get around here!) Bulk organic teas by the pound are super appreciated especially red raspberry leaf, oatstraw, and nettles.
At Centro Ashé Herbs & Education we are grateful to build cooperatively to keep the knowledge of our food, herbal medicine, seeds, and our healing traditions alive and vital within our communities. Our belief is that plant medicine is the people's medicine, everyone of us comes from a lineage of plant people, and this knowledge is our birthright.
We are a community rooted educational center based outside Washington DC and the Caribe Sur of Costa Rica. Our goal is to keep our classes inspiring, useful, affordable & accessible while honoring the time, energy, and knowledge our teachers come to share. Centro Ashé programs act as catalysts to build community, land-based, and traditional knowledge. We celebrate the richness and diversity of folk herbalism across cultures while providing supportive and practical knowledge. We honor the incredible knowledge present within our communities and our teachers are all local herbalists, farmers, and plant people in the communities we work, the knowledge is right here!
Centro Ashé programs are a reflection of and supported by our community, and so it is with true gratitude we thank you for your interest and support. We look forward to building with you!