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New: Kurà Design Villas Stylish And Sustainable: Costa Rica’s Chicest Boutique Hotel Opens Its Doors
A new eco-luxury boutique hotel officially opens in Costa Rica in January 2013. Kurà Design Villas is an exclusive collection of six architect-designed villas, tumbling down a tropical hillside with views of the South Pacific Ocean. With the kind of beach-chic ethos more commonly seen in upmarket Indian Ocean resorts, yet using local Costa Rican styles and materials, […]
Want to have an amazing experience at one of the best health retreats in the world? Are you a Raw Chef with great references? Want to visit Costa Rica? Well, read on!
This 85 acre off-grid education centre is an eco-adventurers dream come true. Reached either by boat from Manzanillo or a 2hour hike through wild jungle trails, Punta Mona is a vision of self sustained jungle living.
Founder Stephen Brooks and wife Sarah have created a fruit forest featuring the most exotic and desired specimens. Weaving paths lead between dripping starfruit, cacao, and papaya trees. Mangosteen, biriba, and zapote fruits are mother natures most delicious treasures when in season. Giant bread fruit trees shade naturally landscaped ponds, and are host to both wild and domesticated farm creatures.
Various gardens and herb spirals feature medicinal herbs and edible greens to create a bounty of tinctures, fermented foods, and natural remedies lovingly prepared by Sarah and her jungle kitchen team. Super foods such as turmeric, moringa, katuk, and coconut are harvested daily and make nutritious additions to each flavorful slow cooked recipe. “Jungle Gourmet” farm to table meals are prepared in the open air kitchen that often serves as classroom, dance party, and festive gathering place.
Outdoor solar heated showers, composting toilets, and rain water catchment designs showcase the ingenuity and natural solutions that are most respectful to the thriving Caribean jungle ecosystem. The rustic and simple dorm style rooms feature colorful art and necessary comforts (mosquito nets over every bed) that help any adventurer get in tune with the wild rhythm of sustainable jungle living.
I can honestly say my time at Punta Mona changed my life. I connected with the land and people I shared my time with more deeply than anywhere else I had ever been. There was a tangible sense of community here. In Punta Monanian tradition we held hands in circle around the kitchen and shared gratitudes before each meal, thanking the chefs and the jungle for providing so much abundance.
Yoga was offered every morning on the beautiful covered deck, made from trees that had fallen around the property. The sound of the ocean and our resident yogi ringing bells was a gentle and sweet way to wake up each day.
Treating ourselves to jungle river mud baths and ocean dips almost daily, I learned this spa was not a place for white clothes and glass jars, it was the elements of the jungle, being breathed in deeply and celebrated. I started leaving even my flip flops behind as my feet wanted to feel the variety of textures that each path had to offer. Though, I was reminded the danger of this when Sarah expertly, and gently removed a spiny palm needle from my toe.
I explored about my own ‘food history’ and that of my new friends. It had never occurred to me before how much our relationship to food, the way it is prepared and where it comes from, is the true shaping of our identity. Most often passed down from our parents, we take for granted the diversity of food histories of the cultures around us. This revelation was the beginning of consciously choosing and redesigning the food history I would pass down to my children, and communities I share meals with. I no longer wanted to ‘buy in’ to packaged and processed products. Seeing the relationship between the nurturing of plants and animals has a direct impact on the quality of nutrition we are able to consume and share.
Stephen and Sarah are living and sharing these practices daily with anyone who is committed to learning. They offer month long Permaculture Design Certifications and intensives a couple of times a year. They also host a variety of educational and well being retreats throughout the year. Experiencing the joy, creativity and satisfaction that comes with living intentionally and in tune with nature has inspired me to pursue ways to deepen this connection in my own day to day living.
A beautiful cliff top retreat, perfectly perched for stunning ocean views and nearby dramatic waterfall access. This eco-conscious resort focuses on healthy body and mind practices. Offering regular yoga classes, teacher trainings, and a variety of luxurious spa services, Anamaya also hosts detox and cleansing retreats.
Fresh, organic fruit & produce is beautifully prepared and served in the open concept kitchen by talented resident chefs, and enjoyed around the welcoming common table.
The covered yoga deck, hot tub, and salt water infinity pool all feature mesmerizing views of the green jungle cascading down to the pacific waves breaking under endless skies.
Eclectic adobe architecture, high ceilings, and balinese furnishings create a peaceful and inviting public space, while the villas and private rooms wander through beautifully maintained organic gardens.
The staff at Anamaya are helpful, welcoming and deeply committed to stewardship of the picturesque landscape and their personal practices.
A serene and inspiring place to relax, reset, and reimagine your daily yoga, nutrition, and recreation rituals.
My hosts at Anamaya were quite busy creating a magical venue for some world-renowned performers to arrive during my stay. Fire dancers, aerial silks, and staff lessons were about to commence for the newly created performance art festival, Montezuma Gathering.
In the mornings we were presented with giant fruit salads, coffee, teas, and tipico costa rican fare. Anamaya understands the importane of conscious eating and we were reminded to start with our fruits and ease into breakfast with leisure. I very much appreciated the small laminated cards on the table reminding some Good Eating Practices. I think of these tips often as I appreciate the creative presentation and exotic abundance of the rainbow on my plate.
Spending time in the hamacas on the deck of the yoga space, reading, writing, and taking in the warm breezes, I felt like a bird perched in a tree. The views are not for the faint of heart, looking down the cliff side of the property made me hold onto my hammock a little tighter. Taking time to lean over the edge of the salt water infinity pool finally motivated me to go explore the beach waves below.
I left Anamaya with an inspired idea of how eco-resorts would change the world. If more travellers chose to experience hosts that tend to every detail of their business in a way that reflects their personal practice, passions and ideals. Beautiful people, events, art, and nourishment is the result, and I am so glad I got to see Anamaya’s take on it.http://www.anamayaresort.com
Hello Friends, Fans and Family of Farm of Life, Registration is still open for the Raw-Habilitation Retreat April 1-9, 2011 with Dr. Samuel Mielcarski. All-Inclusive Retreat includes Invigorating Waterfalls; Pristine Beaches; Off-Grid Living Tour; thrilling Zipline; Delicious Raw Food Meals; Health Empowering Lectures; 8- nights accommodations; 1-1 Bodywork Sessions; Airport Transportation. $1295- 1595 per person, […]
THE COSTA RICA TOURISM BOARD SPONSORS THE GET GOING COSTA RICA FAMILY ECO- ADVENTURE SWEEPSTAKES – USA Residents only
The Costa Rica Tourism Board has partnered with the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens and National Aquarium to offer participants the opportunity to win a family eco-adventure in Costa Rica San Jose, Costa Rica- March 1, 2011- The Costa Rica Tourism Board, together with the Los Angeles Zoo and National Aquarium, is excited to announce the Get Going […]
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I am super excited to tell you about my trip to Costa Rica which is going to be for the entire month of April. I am writing a travel article on Yoga, Health and Wellness in Costa Rica for the August edition of the absolutely fantastic international Yoga Magazine and other articles will be
Farm of Life is a boutique hotel in a mountain setting with a unique focus on natural living,organic farming and living sustainably. We offer personalized attention, peaceful ambience and an environmentally conscious operation. Located in the South Pacific zone of Costa Rica near Dominical Beach and San Isidro. The hotel is situated on 37 pristine […]