Beach at Nosara, Costa Rica. Like a post card.

Beach at Nosara, Costa Rica. Like a post card.

Last time I told you about the longer than planned journey—or adventure if you will—to get to Costa Rica.

When anyone asks me how Costa Rica was, I never know how to answer. It isn’t because it was ambiguous or a lot of highs and lows. The country, or at least the part I visited, had a strong presence.

I spent the majority of my time in a place called Nosara on the Pacific coast. A place know for its many great yoga retreats, or so I have heard.

Costa Rica is magical. Nature feels extremely close. Heat, humidity, and thunderstorms since I was there during the rain season or possibly partly in the shoulder season going into the rainy season. The point is it rained, and it rained good on some days.

A lot of the houses and hotels looked very isolated because there were trees everywhere. It was like the houses tried to take some space from the jungle, but the jungle was winning.

Considering all the bugs and the howls of the howler monkeys, it was like entering a different world.

Everything felt elemental and close. Powerful in an awesome way.

The lightning was gorgeous.

And so where the sunsets.

Most of the time I spent there, I was in a retreat called Activate Courage, lead by Kate Marolt and Amy Clover. This meant I did daily yoga and bodyweight/bootcamp workouts, and a lot of soul searching, mindset exercises and emotional work.

It was transformational.

My last night in Costa Rica, which I spent in San Jose, I had dinner with one of the people that also went on the unplanned Panama visit I talked about last time. It was a great way to finish off my time there.

I wonder if there are more places where nature feels so close, like it is breathing down your neck, but in a good way.

Using trees as art. Nosara, Costa Rica.

Using trees as art. Nosara, Costa Rica.

Rain in Costa Rica. So beautiful

Rain in Costa Rica. So beautiful

Beach at Nosara, Costa Rica, picture 1

Beach at Nosara, Costa Rica, picture 1

Beach at Nosara, Costa Rica, picture 2

Beach at Nosara, Costa Rica, picture 2

Beach at Nosara, Costa Rica, picture 3

Beach at Nosara, Costa Rica, picture 3

Beach at Nosara, Costa Rica, picture 4

Beach at Nosara, Costa Rica, picture 4

Beach at Nosara, Costa Rica, picture 5

Beach at Nosara, Costa Rica, picture 5

Lizard in Costa Rica

Lizard in Costa Rica

Fabolous ladies on my retreat

Fabolous ladies on my retreat

First meal after a week of vegetarian food

First meal after a week of vegetarian food

Sunset in Nosara, Costa Rica

Sunset in Nosara, Costa Rica

Next time you’ll find me in Boston visiting a friend. See you then!

PS. The anthology Fiction River: No Humans Allowed edited by John Helfers got a review in Tangent Online. This is what they said about my story:

“The story is interesting and well written…”  —Tangent Online