Pieces of Advice

sunset-costa-ballenaIf you are looking for a real change in pace, a better quality of life and like minded indi-viduals, chances are, Costa Ballena may be the place for you. It has its challenges, and it holds its rewards. Opportunities are waiting to be created, for you, by you. Now is the time to live your best life, your most empowered life, the life that until now, you’ve only ever dreamt of. Here are our recommendations on how to do so in Costa Rica: Continue reading

A Generous Community is a Prosperous One

Foodbank-ojochalThe Ojochal Community Food Bank was formed in November 2014 after a group of neighbours became aware of a family who was struggling to make ends meet and to put food on the table for their children. Wanting to make a difference and learning that others may also need temporary assistance, a six-person committee was created to assess the needs of families to ensure they “Don’t let their neighbours go hungry tonight”. The Ojochal Food Bank provides food and other related services to families who find themselves in need of basic necessities while striving to help people in the community become, and remain self-sufficient. Continue reading

Resilience, A Healthy Response to Change

Resilience-Lura-ShopteauCharles Darwin once said that it is not the strongest of the species that will survive, rather it is the species that learns to adapt and change that will thrive. And as Nature tends to do, I received this valuable lesson, served right to my doorstep. Continue reading

8 Quirky Ways You Know You Are in Costa Rica

pinapple-costa-rica-fruitMore often than not what makes a place special and memorable are the ‘je ne sais quoi’ qualities that you won’t find in the guidebooks. For instance, everyone knows that Costa Rica is renowned for its pristine beaches and relaxed ‘Pura vida’ lifestyle, but you can’t really appreciate it until the local ‘mercado’ (market) tells you to come back tomorrow to pay for your groceries because their credit card machine isn’t working today. Continue reading

Empowerment is to Empower – Me

IMG_4133When I moved to Costa Rica in November of 2006, I remember feeling like my life was out of my control. I had lived in the United States my entire life and had become accustomed to other people telling me what my life should be like. Continue reading

Stillness Speaks

whales-tale-costa-ballenaWhen I first moved to Costa Rica, my intent was to indulge in some “me” time, and to peel back yet another layer of myself. I was going to find a group to meditate with every week, maybe do some drumming circles and get really connected to who I was on a deeper level. I was going to deep dive into what I could do, be, and offer! Continue reading

Creating a Zen Space

costa-ballena-beachesCreating a space to recharge and unwind is essential when trying to maintain peace and balance, whether living in Costa Rica or not. Zen holds within it a wealth of universal “everyday” wisdom. Anyone can use these principles to improve the quality of their lives. Zen teaches us that we experience our environment via the senses – sight, smell, sound, taste and touch. It is by delighting these senses that we can begin to achieve a Zen inspired, relaxing haven to call our own. Continue reading