Costa Rica

I've been back from Costa Rica for almost two weeks.  It was a wonderful escape from real life.  There was a lot of challenging and inspiring yoga, beautiful surroundings, excellent food, and second-to-none coffee.  I also met many kind, positive, and fun people both as part of the retreat and through my getting here and there.  I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to stretch the limits of my comfort zone.  In doing so, I was able to let go and renew.  The experience was truly a gift.  My Costa Rica Adventure reminded me that there is beauty in places and people that I've yet to discover.  It reminded me that I am capable of navigating the unknown, and finding strength in challenges.  It reminded me what it feels like to relax and to have fun in a simple place.  It reminded me how much I love HOME.....my people, my dog, my life.  

 

The last night (or so I thought, before the Turrielba Volcano had other plans) at Playa Hermona.  Enjoying the sunset after taking in a surfing competition

The last night (or so I thought, before the Turrielba Volcano had other plans) at Playa Hermona.  Enjoying the sunset after taking in a surfing competition

Sunrise knitting with some of that awesome coffee and a friend who spent lots of time on and around my little balcony.

Sunrise knitting with some of that awesome coffee and a friend who spent lots of time on and around my little balcony.

Lovely experience planting a tree in honor of my mom with Costas Verdes, a group that combats deforestation brought on by big resort companies abandoning their plans after chopping down thousands the trees.  Find them on Facebook for more information.  

Lovely experience planting a tree in honor of my mom with Costas Verdes, a group that combats deforestation brought on by big resort companies abandoning their plans after chopping down thousands the trees.  Find them on Facebook for more information.  

The yoga shala at VIda Asana and our canine yoga companion.  Instructor was Candace Moore.  I've followed her blog for awhile and was inspired to join this retreat:  yogabycandace.com

The yoga shala at VIda Asana and our canine yoga companion.  Instructor was Candace Moore.  I've followed her blog for awhile and was inspired to join this retreat:  yogabycandace.com

Yep.  Blurry action shot.  This guy was so uninterested in me and so close on our trek through Manuel Antonio national park with our most awesome guide, Bernie Sanchez.  He found three types of monkeys, two types of sloths, and countless other wildlife for us to see firsthand in the jungle.  We also got to see a couple of raccoon bandits lift a zip-locked bag of passports from a man's backpack, prompting a chase.  Gotta respect the animals when you are in the realm of the wild.  

Yep.  Blurry action shot.  This guy was so uninterested in me and so close on our trek through Manuel Antonio national park with our most awesome guide, Bernie Sanchez.  He found three types of monkeys, two types of sloths, and countless other wildlife for us to see firsthand in the jungle.  We also got to see a couple of raccoon bandits lift a zip-locked bag of passports from a man's backpack, prompting a chase.  Gotta respect the animals when you are in the realm of the wild.  

Sleepy baby hitching a ride

Sleepy baby hitching a ride

Such a view!  After our long hike through the rainforest at Manuel Antonio, we had lunch at El Avion.  Quirky place with a bar made from an old airplane.  Nice cold beer, great fish, excellent companions. 

Such a view!  After our long hike through the rainforest at Manuel Antonio, we had lunch at El Avion.  Quirky place with a bar made from an old airplane.  Nice cold beer, great fish, excellent companions. 

Leaving Manuel Antonio.  I think I'll remember this as the path I've chosen and use this image to keep it alive inside.  

Leaving Manuel Antonio.  I think I'll remember this as the path I've chosen and use this image to keep it alive inside.