Johanne is a self-taught cook. In 1998, she started working in the kitchen and soon became the main cook at a beautiful hostel in Costa Rica and made a name for herself. That is where she was first introduced to the concept of vegetarian food by its vegetarian guests. Johanne became a vegetarian herself 8 years later. In 2011, Johanne became the cook at Tambo Ilusion Retreat Center where she inspired many to eat more plant-based meals. Johanne holds a vegetarian nutrition certificate and is a mind-body nutrition coach. She has also written a vegetarian cookbook.
Self Taught (Vegetarian)
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 200 (Hatha Yoga)
a traveler Peru
If you are passionate for both nature conservation and yoga, this is probably the best destination in the world for you. Joanne's and Armando's treat is warm and personalized. The food is all super healthy and tasty. You get to see wild monkeys, swim in a pond. And you are still close enough to Tarapoto to enjoy the perks of the city. It was a great experience and I'm willing to get back.
Rebecca T. USA
I had a great and relaxing time at Tambo Ilusion. Johanne and Armando are both giving people that helped me with everything I needed/wanted. Tambo Ilusion provided me with a much needed escape from society, the internet, and social media. I enjoyed doing the trip on my own for some solitude and time for self reflection, but can also imagine this being a great place to go with loved ones. I'm not sure if I would do the culinary immersion with others, as the kitchen is a bit small for several people. I spent the mornings learning healthy and delicious meals that I have already made in the 3 days I have been home! I even had the opportunity to explore the local markets to buy some of the ingredients. Between cooking, gentle yoga, and swimming and the lagoon I had a lot of fun and left feeling restored. Tambo Ilusion provides an amazing experience for a great value. There is also an opportunity to do ayahuasca for a night if you ask in advance.
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