Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Origin matters

We choose where our food comes from. Supermarket shopping is convenient, but it's good to also take time to frequent the area farmers' markets, or join a community supported agriculture group, CSA. Learn where your independent farmers and and support their efforts.. organic is good, generally speaking, but sometimes locally produced sustainably farmed produce is even better. We procure our eggs, dairy, and meat from local farmers and the quality is far superior to store bought mass produced..a bit more expensive yes, but a worthy investment in our health and wellbeing.

Reiki life source energy

Learn how to build your life source energy at a Reiki retreat in Costa Rica. Reiki is a Japanese energy healing art formalized by Dr. Usui. 

Tropical fruits

Guayaba is sweet and fragrant, we picked these from the tree in our yard at Casa Bellavista in Costa Rica. Sampling tropical fruits is fun and sometimes surprising...All part of the fun of an exotic vacation..

Home cooking is best

Cooking at home furthers longevity,  taking a cooking course with friends and family can be fun and satisfying especially when paired with a tropical vacation. Come to Costa Rica for a designer course especially for you and your friends and family.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Sunrise meditation

Rising with the wildlife to greet the coming of the day is a wonderful way to relax and be in the moment...The monkeys and birds share their joy at the new day and we can do the same too, mindful of our blessings on planet earth

Monday, April 16, 2018

Sunrise meditation

Rising with the wildlife to greet the coming of the day is a wonderful way to relax and be in the moment...The monkeys and birds share their joy at the new day and we can do the same too, mindful of our blessings on planet earth

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Nature's beauty

Here at Casa Bellavista flowers are always blooming...taking time to enjoy flowers can calm the mind and improve longevity according to Blue Zone experts.

Leaf cutter ants

Watching leaf cutter ants is a meditation in its own right. Come study mindfulness meditation in tropical Costa Rica for fun, information, and relaxation.

The art of doing nothing

Learning how to slow down and relax can take practice. Indulge yourself in a wellness retreat in Costa Rica..come to Casa Bellavista and celebrate siesta time...

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Fertile soil

After several big tropical rainstorms new sprouts are emerging from the red earth, hidden potential, the life cycle continues..we are like the seeds waiting for a rainstorm to emerge anew and find our purpose..meditation helps clear the mind and make way for a fresh new start..come to Casa Bellavista in tropical Costa Rica for a renewing experience.

Thursday, April 12, 2018


The flower of Jamaica, the hibiscus makes a lovely colorful tart tea packed with flavor...

Nance tree flowers in yellow, orange, red...

The perfection of nature..and after the flowers come the nance fruit which all.the birds adore..


A seed holds the potential for future life, a new plant. Here are white beans ready to sprout after a tropical rainstorm, look closely and you will see the new plant emerging...

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Casa Azul Renovations

Rustic style and modern conveniences, best of both worlds..Casa Bellavista Las Delicias Montezuma Costa Rica Pura Vida..

Pretty yellow flowers

Pretty little flowers in the yard..

Siesta time...

Taking a rest in the afternoon furthers stress reduction...siesta time!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The little details

Sometimes slowing down to take in the just what the doctor ordered. In Costa Rica we enjoy plentitude of birds, butterflies, flowers, and colorful surroundings, makes it easy to stop to smell the roses..

Building relationships for longer lives

Blue zones are places in the world where people can live longer happier lives, these people tend to build lifelong relationships with their community and family members, having a lifelong pet can help too. Lucy the Macaw is 27, She came to live with us when she was 5 months old, She can live to be 80 or older..maybe even a 100 if she is very lucky..I hope to be around to share the decades ahead with her my lifelong friend.

Coloring for adults

Coloring is fun and easy to do, alone, with family or friends, coloring is therapeutic relaxation...come for an art therapy retreat in Costa Rica, no skill.required...just desire to relax and be here now.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Wonderful Retreat

Pure Life - Pura Vida - this is about living an authentic life, clean food, clean air, healthy living, time for rest, time for family, a life with meaning, living authentically.
Book a retreat with us to experience this life.

The amazing Paul Bloom, and our retreat guests. It was a Great Qigong's been an honor to facilitate.

Animal.Companions Animal.Reiki

Animal.reiki is easy and intuitive, come for a Reiki retreat in Costa Rica and enjoy a tropical adventure, meet wild animals, and learn how to help your animal companions simply and safely...

Color Therapy in Costa Rica

Ah the flowers, bees, butterflies, and birds of Costa Rica! Colors and sounds and scents nourish us in ways indescribable...tropical locations like Costa Rica, where flowers bloom year round and the air is rich aroma and an ever changing cacophony of songbirds and wildlife excited to be alive..this is pura vida..look, listen, feel the inner peace brought about by even a little time in nature :-) bring that back home and experience more happiness and joy today and everyday....

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Chocolate delicious and nutritious..

Dipping our coconut maduro cupcakes into the chocolate ganache we made from scratch...

Having fun is important

Making coconut chocolate cupcakes today! We celebrate life!

Living longer happier lives

Taking a few minutes to admire the sunset each night allows for a time to reflect on the blessings of the day...

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Perfect sunrise

Pura vida, rising with the sun is uplifting

Be here now

Mindfulness leads to improved quality of stop and enjoy the flowers and simple pleasures...

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Being in the moment

Lucy our Macaw is an excellent model for being in the moment, it is her natural state...

Simple pleasures

It's easy to find everyday simple pleasures, helpful reminders of the beauty of life...

Saturday, March 31, 2018

A healthy breakfast

Makes for a good day...join us for a wellness retreat to experience a life transformational effect..

These little bananas

Are certainly sweet and more flavorful than store bought... pura vida in Costa Rica

Beach adventures in Costa Rica

Horseback riding on the beach with a reward of pineapple at our destination playa cocolito

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Mind, Body, Spirit

Costa Rica is a beautiful, peaceful place to relax and connect your Mind, Body & Spirit. 
Book a Retreat with us for an amazing get away. 

Yoga in the beauty and peace of the Costa Rica sunrise.

Fresh, locally sourced food is another way to rejuvenate during your retreat.

Enjoy the peace and beauty of nature

Book a Retreat with us at Casa Bellavista!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Monday, March 12, 2018

Costa Rica at night

Costa Rica at night is peaceful and beautiful. 
A wonderful time for relaxing healing modalities such as Reiki or meditation.
Reiki is energy healing, benefits include stress reduction, relaxation and  healing.

"The secret art of inviting happiness
The miraculous medicine of all diseases
Just for today, do not anger
Do not worry and be filled with gratitude
Devote yourself to your work. Be kind to people.
Every morning and evening, join your hands in prayer.
Pray these words to your heart
and chant these words with your mouth
Usui Reiki Treatment for the improvement of body and mind"
- The founder , Usui Mikao 

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Monday, February 26, 2018

Whole foods is where its at!

Whole foods is where its at...enjoy nature's bounty with gusto!

Quote from a NY Times article:

"Anyone who has ever been on a diet knows that the standard prescription for weight loss is to reduce the amount of calories you consume.

But a new study, published Tuesday in JAMA, may turn that advice on its head. It found that people who cut back on added sugar, refined grains and highly processed foods while concentrating on eating plenty of vegetables and whole foods — without worrying about counting calories or limiting portion sizes — lost significant amounts of weight over the course of a year."

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Join us in Costa Rica for fresh, local, whole foods every day. 

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Mindfulness Meditation is Easy

Mindful Meditation is easy and simple
 look around you and take in the small details
 observe your thoughts without judgment,
feel the air on your skin
be in the moment

Practicing mindful meditation with a group
Practice mindful meditation alone
Practice mindfulness in your every action
feel the sense of peace and acceptance.
this is Pura Vida.

Come to Costa Rica for a restorative vacation
return home reenergized and rejuvenated.
Join us at Casa Bellavista on the Nicoya Peninsula
we will cook nourishing meals for you
while you take time to rediscover your inner peace.
Pura Vida.