The. Goddess. Garden.

Close your eyes…. Imagine to stand on a quiet rocky road far away from the nearest town with on each side the most beautiful flora you can think of. The road leads you into wilderness and the further you go, the more humid it gets. Your ears catching sounds of singing birds, happy frogs, excited grasshoppers and playing monkeys. You are surrounded by the biggest trees you’ve ever seen with lianas and wild orchids growing on it. Together with banana trees, plants with one meter width leaves these tall boys make it almost impossible to see the sky. You get more calm by the pure air and good vibrations around you. This magical place is called The Goddess Garden, a eco resort in the rainforest of Costa Rica. I am fortunate to follow my yoga teacher training here.

The days are long and intense and usually the hauling monkeys wake me up around 5 AM. I try to snooze a bit longer and an hour later I’m out of bed preparing myself for the morning yoga practice of 7 o’clock. I fill my belly with an amazing breakfast afterwards and make myself ready for the following class about yoga philosophy, meditation and postures. Three hours later it is already lunch time and after eating a little too much ~ but hey it is healthy vegetarian food ~ I cool off with a dip in the swimming pool or shower. Time to study more and prepare for the interesting but difficult lecture in the afternoon: anatomy. Our diner is served at a very Dutch time, 18.30 and again it is delicious. Studying is not over yet as we have a lot of homework to do which contains reading, writing and practicing…

What did I learn so far? Many new poses and techniques, how to help someone else getting into a pose, a little teaching and I know a lot of cool stuff about the human body. Did you know we have 206 bones?! Besides that I learn to listen even more to my own body. At this moment it need sleep.

I am lucky to be in such an inspiring place where there is place for growth…. Sleep well or good morning for the Dutchies!

NAMASTE.

Pura. Vida.

When you wake up at 3 am and it’s not because of your jetlag but of the haul monkeys in the nearby rain forrest it suddenly isn’t that bad. I sneaked out the room as my roommate Cassie was still asleep, and saw the beautiful green garden and hammocks. How could I be cranky waking up this time of hour when your at a location like this!

A few hours later I set foot on the trail of the National Park to discover the forrest by myself. This despite of the rastafaris at the entrance who loved to be my guide…too bad! Along the way I met Marcos, a local painter who stopped working because it was ‘muy calor’. He loves the parks flora & fauna and without asking he turns out to be my guide and showed me sloths, monkeys, birds, lots of antz, crabs and a snake. The scout inside me (for those who don’t know; yes that’s true) is intense happy.

This village is exactly what I needed; nature, slow pace, laidback culture, reggae music and friendly people. My Yoga Teacher Training starts today and I’m so ready for it. But before the meditation, anatomy class, yoga and the vegetarian diet begins…. I enjoy my cheat meal: a chocolate crêpe.

As the Costa Ricans say: PURA VIDA

His. Name. Was. Pablo.

As you could guess this is a story about a small Costa Rican guy. I met him on my first day in San Jose, after I left the hotel with a lovely breakfast in my tummy and after I was dropped off at the wrong bus station. I was told there were no buses today to Cahuita, the place I wanted to go to…. So my new best friend offered me to help out by dropping me off at another bus station so I could still go to Cahuita. That sounded good to me!

As we drove off he told me everything about the coffee and banana plantations, the organic farms and the youth jails we were passing. I was enchated by the beautiful nature of this country ~ we just left the capital city ~ with all the misty mountains and vulcanos. Suddenly I realized we were driving into the rain forrest! Of course I could think of tons of worse places to be, but wasn’t I on my way to the nearest bus station?

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Yes I was, obviously Gualipes was not in or near San Jose but it is a village on 67 km distance! This friendly amigo taught me a good lesson and reminded me not to agree on anything without knowing all the details…

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After sitting in two buses for another 4 hours, around 5 pm I was finally in the tranquilo town of Cahuita where the people are laidback and friendly. The Hakuna Matata hostel helped me to have “no worries” not even after I got scammed for 80.000 Colones ~ that’s 160 euros!

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Follow. Your. Heart.

These three words changed my world…. By listening to my heart I decided to invest in myself in all kind of ways. Not knowing what to do exactly I quitted my job and kept my eyes wide open for every opportunity that crossed my path.

After a while it was clear to me I want to do more things that really makes me happy ~ average is not enough! Getting out my daily routine and open up for new, positive and fresh ideas, people and places. Traveling is the cure!

My journey starts in Costa Rica, I will do my Yoga Teacher Training in a beautiful retreat center surrounded by nature. Curious as I am will I step in the world of yoga, anatomy and meditation…

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