Discover Nature’s Genius in Costa Rica

Discover Nature’s Genius in Costa Rica
Uvita, Costa Rica

The global pandemic has clearly taken a toll. 2021 brings glimpses of hope of a world post-COVID. With full regard to the challenges of our times, we are nonetheless itching to get back to nature. After careful consideration and discussions with our instructors, our favorite venue and their trusted service providers, and the participants whose 2020 trip was postponed, we have decided to offer our immersion workshop this Spring. Should the timing and this type of adventure fall within your comfort zone, we invite you to consider joining us.

Experience biomimicry in one of our most popular workshop destinations as you explore rainforests and reefs of Costa Rica for a hands-on introduction to nature’s genius. This cutting-edge professional training is designed to inspire you to discover better ways to innovate via the methodology that change-makers around the world are using to create sustainable, disruptive innovations that help solve some of Earth’s most pressing challenges.

This seven-day exploration with our world-class instructors through these interlinking ecosystems provides a phenomenally diverse and fascinating backdrop to help introduce you to the biomimicry methodology, allowing you to discover, unpack, and be inspired by the power of biological intelligence.

What To Expect

Every immersion workshop is tailored to the local ecosystem, setting up each day to be brimming with content and exploration. You should plan to clear your agenda and fully immerse yourself in the biomimicry experience. In Costa Rica, we’ll explore mangroves by kayak, snorkel among parrotfish in the coral reef, and discover the wonders of the rainforest with a local expert.

Upon completing this immersion workshop, you will be able to begin to integrate the practice of biomimicry in your work and life. The workshop experience will prepare you to:

  • Identify sustainable innovation strategies in nature
  • Understand functional objectives being achieved by forms, processes, and systems in nature
  • Translate biological intelligence into relevant and applicable solutions and strategies
  • Recognize and use Life’s Principlesdesign lessons from naturethat can be modeled to create innovative strategies and be used as sustainability benchmarks

It makes for a jam-packed seven days of full-on, biomimicry-based exploration.



What can you expect to experience while you Discover Nature’s Genius in Costa Rica? Here’s a preview of what each day will include:

1st day: Meet the group in the morning, jump on a regional plane, and head to La Cusinga Lodge on the southern coast—enjoy the spectacular view of mountains and sea! Settle in at the lodge and spend the afternoon getting oriented to biological wonders of the tropical rainforest or wander down to the private beach to see what organisms are thriving there.

2nd day: Begin honing your observation skills of the Costa Rican flora and fauna and while diving into the world of biomimicry. Explore the intertidal zone and life’s resilience strategies while connecting with Life’s Principles—a Biomimicry 3.8 tool that summarizes the designs lessons from nature for how life on Earth survives and thrives—and the biomimicry methodology.

3rd day: Deepen your understanding of Life’s Principles on a mangrove kayaking tour. Regroup back at the lodge and discuss the experience of abstracting Life’s Principles in the field.

4th day: Dive into the Biomimicry Thinking methodology using biology you observed during an intertidal walk. After dinner, put on your headlamp and head out for an entirely new perspective of the rainforest during a guided night walk.

5th day: After an early morning bird walk, assemble into small discovery teams to go deep into understanding the unique adaptations of a tropical organism of your choice. Spend the afternoon getting inspired while snorkeling over a nearby coral reef.

6th day: Spend the day with your team on a continued journey of discovery into your selected tropical organism and share with the group what you’ve learned and what ideas it’s inspired. Dedicate some time to giving thanks to the wisdom found in the tropics and then get ready to celebrate the closing of the workshop with the group!

7th day: After breakfast, load up your gear onto the bus and head for the Cerro Cloud Forest for an afternoon of exploring a completely different side of Costa Rica and adaptations at high altitudes—don’t forget your jacket! End the day back in San Jose—head home the next day, or stay in Costa Rica to continue traveling—either way, the next biomimicry adventure awaits!


Dr. Dayna Baumeister   Co-founder, Biomimicry 3.8

Dr. Dayna Baumeister is the co-founder of Biomimicry 3.8. With a devotion to applied natural history and a passion for sharing the genius of nature, Dayna has worked in the field of biomimicry with business partner Janine Benyus since 1998, traveling the world as a biomimicry thought-leader, business consultant, and professor. Together they founded the Biomimicry Guild consulting practice, The Biomimicry Institute 501c3, and most recently, Biomimicry 3.8, a B-Corp social enterprise that helps clients find innovation inspired by nature and offers the highest level of biomimicry training to professionals worldwide.

Dayna’s foundational work has been critical to the biomimicry movement, establishing it as a fresh and innovative practice, as well as a philosophy to meet the world’s sustainability challenges. As an educator, researcher, and design consultant, Dayna has helped more than 100 companies consult the natural world for elegant and sustainable design solutions, including Nike, Interface, General Mills, Boeing, Herman-Miller, Kohler, Seventh Generation and Procter & Gamble.

Dayna is known for her engaging presentations and her ability to empower others to use biomimicry in every aspect of their work. She has been a featured speaker at the National Science Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, SXSW Eco 2015, GreenBuild Mexico City 2019, and countless other events.

Karen Allen  Certified Biomimicry Professional, Restoration Ecologist

Karen Allen is a Certified Biomimicry Professional, biologist, and facilitator who is passionate about sharing the secrets of the natural world to inform sustainable innovations. She is a seasoned biomimicry educator, researcher, and consultant who has been practicing biomimicry on a variety of projects since 2000. An interdisciplinary science background and love of natural history help Karen translate nature’s strategies for architects, engineers, and designers. She co-instructs the Biomimicry Professional Certification Program, teaches the Biology Taught Functionally course through ASU Online, and protects and restores ecosystems, bringing a systems perspective to the practice of biomimicry.



Total cost = workshop fee ($2000 USD) + room & board ($2250, $2450, or $2800 USD depending on room choice)

Workshop fee of $2000, includes:
  • Tuition
  • Course Materials
  • Kayak field trip to mangroves
  • Snorkeling field trip, plus Corcavado National Park visit
  • Parámo field trip
  • Completion certificate
  • Post-course resources and materials
  • Biomimicry Foundational Course
  • Biomimicry Resource Handbook digital copy
Inclusive logistics package includes:
  • Delicious, organic, and often, locally harvested breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks, and non-alcoholic beverages. Alcohol is available for purchase.
  • Flight, plus ground transportation from San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO) airport to La Cusinga lodge
  • Ground transportation from La Cusinga lodge back to San Jose
  • Access to wellness facilities at La Cusinga, including a yoga studio and optional massage services.
  • Overnight accommodations for six nights. All rooming types are limited and first-come, first-served. See photos of the rooms on La Cusinga’s website. All of La Cusinga’s rooms are built from sustainable reforested wood and designed for your comfort. Each room has a stunning view of the Pacific Ocean, the Balleña Marine National Park, and the rainforest.

Shared group room | $2,250    These large rooms have twin bunk beds, a private bathroom with two sinks and two showers, and an ocean view porch. The group room will have 4-6 people of the same gender; each person will have a full bunk to themselves (i.e. we don’t put someone on top and another on the bottom bed).

Shared double room en suite | $2,450   These shared rooms have two queen beds, a private en suite bathroom, and a balcony, porch or patio, often with a hammock. You may request a specific roommate or we will assign you a roommate of the same gender. One room is handicap accessible.

Private room en suite | $2,800   These rooms provide a comfortable queen or king-size bed, your own en suite bathroom, and either a balcony or patio.


All discounts have limited availability, are offered on a first-come, first serve basis, and may not be combined.

  • Student discount – Enrolled university students save $250. Must upload copy of current student ID upon registration.
  • Biomimicry Global Network member discount – Members of a local Biomimicry Global Network save $250. Must upload brief, written endorsement from local network leader upon registration.
  • Group Discounts – Groups of 3 or more receive a tuition discount. Email to receive a discount code.
  • Arizona State University student discount  Students currently rolled in a biomimicry program at ASU save $400. Must upload a copy of current student ID upon registration.
  • B Corporation employee discount Full-time employees of B corporations receive a $250 discount. Must upload an employee ID or proof of employment.

Covid Details

  • Click here to read about specific policies and procedures.
  • We recommend travel insurance give the unpredictable nature of the world right now. The venue has recommended this provider: INS
  • Currently, the US requires a negative COVID test result taken less than 3 days prior to arriving in the US from an international destination. We will be arranging for a doctor to come to La Cusinga to administer the test should that policy still be in place or any participant need it for another country. Please contact us directly if you have further questions.
  • See registration page 4 for details on our generous cancellation policy.

Three-toes Sloth

Three-toes Sloth

The three-toed sloth is a slow-moving mammal that lives in the trees of Costa Rica’s rainforests. The sloth recycles nutrients for its ecosystem by descending a tree, digging a hole, defecating and burying its waste at the base of the tree. Another way it helps the other organisms in its ecosystem? Grooved hair hosts symbiotic blue-green algae that fixes nitrogen.



Boxfish live among intertidal zones on Costa Rica’s coasts. The vibrant fish with a unique shape have served as inspiration for an agile, lightweight, and energy-efficient, luxury car thanks to its boxy shape, which reduces drag. Edges of the “box” inspired by the boxfish act as a keel, creating stability while minimizing energy output.

Red Mangrove

Red Mangrove

Mangroves help create immensely diverse ecosystems in Costa Rica. The red mangroves are excellent engineers, providing structural support using extensive prop roots. The trees adapt to water inundation with multiple strategies to oxygenate roots, including spongy tissue (aerenchyma) and tiny holes in prop roots (lenticels). Photo: | James St. John

If you're interested in biomimicry and how you might integrate this practice into your life and career, there's no better place to learn about and from nature than through the Costa Rica Immersion Workshop! The daily experiences and natural beauty of the tropics cannot be matched and will leave your inspired, with a (re)new-ed passion for the infinite wisdom that resides at our fingertips, should you only tap into your curiosity.

— Danielle Trofe, Danielle Trofe Design, New York
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