Hey there! Thanks for stopping by. My name is Harriet and my husband Adam and I have a yoga lifestyle space AND community here in Playa Potrero, Guanacaste, Costa Rica. We've been doing Work Away for a little over 2 years and we've loved all the different types of help we've received over the years.
Help over the years has included helping us cook, teach yoga classes, help me get fit, help me get organized, help doing our logos, help with our daughter, help keeping our spaces clean, help caring for our 6 dogs, 3 cats and space, help moving into a new home, help fixing random stuff and a ton more.
There's ALWAYS something we'd love help with, so it's up to us to find the best way for our exchange to be powerful and mutually beneficial.
And as of August 2019 we're in our new home we built on a mountain! And it was Work Away volunteers that supported our family in preparing for that move, and the actual process. It's like you sync up with our family during your time with us, so it's not a clock in/clock out sort of volunteer experience, which makes it unique and why Work Aways often stay longer than expected and stay connected with us after they depart.
Our ideal Workaway'er is kind, thoughtful, respectful, in tune with themselves & others, loves both dogs & cats, is intentional, follows through on his/her commitments, can take constructive feedback as a positive, listens well, is a morning person, mindfully communicates his/her needs, and does his/her best and is self-motivated. This means after receiving directions, he/she can manage their time effectively in order to accomplish all that needs to be done, and if there’s not much to be done, create ways to add to the space.
We love it when it's a clear and easy fit with our Work Aways, and that's happened about 90% of the time. But for that 10% when it's not a good fit, we tell everyone that we have a trial period that's around the 10 day-2 week mark, where we both feel each other out, and ensure it's a win win exchange for us both. We have had some work away volunteers here for upwards to 4 months and it was awesome. But we’ve also had some leave at the two week mark or sooner, which is totally fine and all part of the learning process. Sometimes it’s just not a good fit; sorta like a blind date where you don’t feel much chemistry if that makes sense.
We called our previous space the Sanctuary, but we're now living in the Lanktuary. So all Work Aways before August 8th, 2019 were in the Sanctuary. Our new space the Lanktuary is different in that we're on the top of a mountain with an ocean view and a dirt road access. It takes a little more energy to get to the store or to the beach,so it takes more organization and planning, which is part of life at the Lanktuary. We prefer a Work Away who does his/her best to go with the flow of life, and know how different and equally fulfilling life in Costa Rica can be.
The town of Potrero is located about an hour outside of Liberia, Costa Rica, and that's the closest airport as well. The town of Potrero is quiet, small and has a local vibe. And did I say quiet? I mean quiet. We're about a 6 minute bike ride from the beach and a 20 min run, or 30 min slow walk.
Before we go any further, here's a little bit about us to help you get to know us a bit. Harriet is 42 years young, a yoga instructor, massage therapist and avid visionary entrepreneur. She founded a day spa/wellness center in Park City, Utah, where she's from back in 2003, and it's still a thriving business today. Adam is a 33 year young wizard, scientist, shaman and master of the Now from North Carolina. He moved to Costa Rica to teach physics and math in 2007 after attending Duke College in North Carolina. Together we created a baby girl named Aurora May and she was born on March 8th, 2018 in Costa Rica. She's our focus and a part of the reason we love having help here. We enjoy keeping our energy focused on her, and we also love keeping the flow, vibe and clean factor high around the space, so that’s where you as a Work Away come in.
On site at the Lanktuary there are 3 private studio apartments on the first floor of the Lanktuary, we live in a 3 bedroom house on the second floor, and we have a third floor play room, that is a backup apartment. There's also a yoga studio with a private treatment room, a pool rancho that is the strongest wifi connection. But each apartment has its own plug in for a computer, We like to keep wireless at a minimum, just for health and wellness.
We have 6 dogs, 4 cats, and a yoga community that's small but intimate, so a typical day is helping tend to the animals, the yard, the yoga space, cooking or who knows what. Everyday is an adventure up here, so we like personalities that are fluid, relaxed and enjoy being of service, whether that be picking up dog dog poop, playing with our daughter for 30 min or cooking.
Over the years help with stuff has included but is not limited to: doing laundry, helping with the animals, helping us with our daughter for small chunks of time, helping prepare and cook some meals, tidying up during the day, helping care for the yoga space, helping prepare space for yoga class, upkeep of the yoga space and help walking, feeding and hanging out with our animals, especially if we leave town for a few days. There are some days when there's little help needed and some days feel a little busy if there's a project or an event, so balance always works itself out.
We have a high standard of cleanliness, so we have a housekeeper who comes 4 days a week to help, so we ask Work Aways to keep their own spaces tidy, common space looking and feeling good, and helping us with a morning and evening tidy, because life is quite busy right now. Finding Work Away has been a blessing, and gives some lucky Work Awayers a great space to call home for a bit.
We particularly love work aways who teach yoga because having a baby means Harriet just teaches 2 classes a week. Teaching yoga helps you integrate into the community here and there is room to make a little cash from teaching, so that's a fun bonus.
In exchange for your time helping us, you'll get a private small studio apartment and the spaces have a lot you need to cook, a furnished bedroom, a stocked bathroom and a loungey open-air porch with free wifi to pass your time in. You'll also have access to the pool, laundry and free yoga. When you check-in, the apartment is ready to use with toilet paper, soaps, paper towels, clean sheets & towels, and you're welcome to draw from our inventory of cleaning supplies, toilet paper and paper towels during your stay.
NOTE: This is a quiet, self reflective opportunity, best for someone who knows how to be alone, can make the most of their moment, loves to serve, doesn't mind hitchhiking, is a problem solver and can entertain themselves.
A summary of our DREAM LIST of qualities:
Loves dogs and cats
Enjoys cooking and sharing the art
Likes to clean, or doesn't mind it
Is great with babies and is cool with hanging with Aurora here n there
Is a PROBLEM SOLVER
Is good moving around computers & technology (Harriet would love help with a website/blog project)
Knows graphic design
Is social but not a partier
Is a little tech savvy with cameras and gadgets
Our typical Work Away stays are 6 weeks- 2 months, and we have a TON of inquiries so if I don't respond immediately, just be patient or send me a reminder. But please know that we typically do NOT plan more than 3 months out, as we like existing Work Aways to be able to stay longer if they so desire.
Thanks for taking the time to read this far, and we look forward to connecting.
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
Helping with Tourists
Help with Computers / internet
You'd be living in a high vibrational healing space
Hang out with us, and I think we're pretty wise and fun
Our animals are awesome
Our yoga community is fun & funny
Access to the BEST quiet beaches in Costa Rica (Playa Penca & Playa Prieta)
1. House help (laundry & tidying up)
2. Keeping your own space tidy and caring for and cleaning the common spaces.
3. Help walking and feeding the dogs & cats
4. Cleaning and preparing the yoga space before and after every class
5. Help with projects that come up
6. 2-3 times per week, help us prepare a meal for just Adam and I, that you're welcome to share at no nost.
7. Hopefully teaching yoga if you're a yoga teacher.
English & some Spanish
You'll get a private bedroom in a shared apartment with 1 other Work Away or Work Away couple. The space has a bathroom, kitchen and outdoor deck. After June or so, we'll be in our new space and will have private spaces available again.
Internet access available in the rancho, but it's weaker in the apartment
Nice hiking in the area
Fun restaurants within 10 min drive or hitch hike
Cute coffee shop 5 min walk away
Quiet beaches nearby to calm the spirit
Surfing a 10 minute drive away
Tamarindo is 30 min and it's a popular tourist town
Lucky you ;-)
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
18 hours per week
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