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We are Katie, Eddy and Hana Ilana (our 8 year old daughter), we steward a home and property which is blossoming into a small guesthouse, the center for Embodying Herbalism (Katie’s medicinal plant education endeavor), a medicinal plant and flower essence farm and is our new family home in the Arenal region of Costa Rica.
We are approximately 20 km south of La Fortuna in San Isidro de Penas Blancas, steps from the beautiful Rio Chachagua. We are a bi-cultural (Costa Rican/Nicaraguan and American) and bi-lingual (Spanish/English) family that likes to live close to Nature and enjoy life, Pura Vida. Katie is an Herbalist, Flower Essence Practitioner, Earth Centered Ceremonialist and Eddy is a Landscaper, Carpenter and knows everything you can imagine about tropical plants, farming and building as he grew up living off the land here.
During the weekdays Katie and Hana and our animal family - which includes 4 Kitties, and 1 Dwarf Bunny so far- hold down the fort while Eddy works at a project on the Pacific side. On weekends our little family gets to share time together. With all the coming and going, hosting and constant house and land projects going on - we can often use extra hands!
Currently, we are slowly but surely working on fixing up and creating more and better spaces to host students as well as guests. Katie holds many herbal workshops and immersions throughout the year and we also rent our container house and new Glamping tent out to guests. We are constantly working towards better ways to to steward our land to expand to accommodate even bigger dreams!
Types of help and learning opportunitiesArt ProjectsHelp with Eco ProjectsGardeningDIY and building projectsAnimal CareFarmstay helpBabysitting and creative playCreating/ Cooking family mealsHelp around the houseHospitality/TourismGeneral MaintenanceHelp with Computers/ Internet
Cultural exchange and learning opportunities
We live in the beautiful, mountainous Arenal region of Costa Rica and in a mixed Tico/Expat village & farming community. Our house is set away from the tourist center of La Fortuna, yet we are still close enough to visit on day trips. Staying with us you will definitely get to connect closely to Nature, learn about tropical and medicinal plants & herbalism, be immersed in family life, experience life in our small farming community and be able to practice your Spanish or English (we speak mainly English in the house, though Eddy is a native Spanish speaker). You will have a chance to enjoy the tropical beauty of the area and we are steps away from an awesome local swimming hole on the Rio Chachagua. We can also connect you with other incredible farms and projects nearby.
Projects involving children
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*** UPDATE: CURRENT SEPTEMBER 2023 OUR VOLUNTEER PROJECTS ARE GENERALLY FULL THROUGH 2023.
STARTING LATE OCTOBER 2023 I AM LOOKING FOR SPECIFIC HELP AND SOMEONE WITH TECH SKILLSETS FOR MY WEBSITE, SOCIAL MEDIA & SOME ONLINE MARKETING GUIDANCE FOR THE EMBODYING HERBALISM BUSINESS 🌺🌿
We have a multitude of varying projects as we continue building this beautiful dream into manifestation. Depending on your specific skillsets, we will communicate and fill you in on what you may wish to be a part of. We prefer 1-2 (single or couple/friends) volunteers with a week-long commitment (there may be possibilities for longer term if we are a good fit). We are also happy to accept families, as long as we have clear terms. Help is needed for approximately 4 hours day/5 days week. We can arrange these periods based on both of our needs and you will have ample time off as we consider that sacred for all. You will be intricately a part of our day to day family life and you MUST be accepting and good with children. Her life experience and safety is our top priority.
CURRENTLY (May 2023) We always need help with many physical labor projects and gardening. We are currently cleaning out and fixing up many areas to make a Glamping area to host more students, volunteers and overnight guests. We are also replanting our Medicinal garden as rainy season falls upon us!
There is also alot of cleaning, tech, meal prep, childcare, artistic and medicine making projects as well if more physical tasks are not an option for you.
***Cleaning out rancho and preparing for students and groups
***Garden planting, pruning and upkeep.
**Helping to build glamping platforms and create spaces
**House & rancho fixes and renovations - handyperson projects
***Creating signs, artistic botanical name plaques for botanicals
*The List is always unfolding :-)
Kitchen help: Food prep and cooking
CLEANING!-constant in house and yard
Interactive play with our daughter
We have a variety of options for accommodations, it does depend on the time of year you will be staying, the length of your stay and personal needs. We will always try and accommodate you to the best of our ability.
We have tents and air mattresses that can be set up on the property or inside the back of the rancho (best in rainy season) and you can use the rancho bathrooms and shower (cold water only) as well as the kitchen there for any personal meals.
Glamping tent with one full bed and option of extra blow up mattress. When it is not in use by students or guests.
*We also have a private converted shipping container house with one Queen bed, private bathroom, kitchenette and living space that may sometimes be available if we do not have students, guests or family using it
Breakfast: I will provide breakfast daily.
Lunch: You will be responsible for your personal lunch. You will have full use of the rancho kitchen.
Dinner: A collaborative meal that we pitch in making together using our staple foods.
Note: I can accommodate some food sensitivities and allergies, though please note we are not a Vegetarian household (we will be sensitive and keep everything separate if you are). Also, a good time to mention, we are ok with light alcohol use (we like to have a beer after work) but any use or abuse of substances will NOT be tolerated.
What else ...
We want you to understand that we live in a tropical jungle and our house is rustic and open air. We live very close to Nature's and with many creatures like geckos, bats, insects, etc. We deal with the extreme humidity, heat and all that comes with it. Most of our spaces are fan only and cold showers.
The main house has many amenities like an oven, an enormous refrigerator, washer/dryer, and internet that you will have use of. We have decent high speed Wifi as well and you will be able to get online most of the time.
We truly want you to enjoy your stay while you are with us. You will have ample time to rest/relax, play, swim in the river, swing in the hammock, Meditate, practice Yoga/Qigong/Dance/Movement in our rancho space, take walks, and commune with Nature. We are also in close proximity to visit amazing places nearby like: Two Little Monkeys Chocolate farm across the street, the Finca Luna Nueva Lodge, Brave Earth Community, the Children’s Eternal Rainforest, and La Fortuna is the epicenter of adventure based tours in Costa Rica and abound with many epic hot springs and waterfalls! We can potentially help you with transport on your off time if it works within our schedules, or the local bus stop is about 1.5 km walk away.
A little more information
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Can host digital nomads
We just recently obtained high speed internet! There are common spaces that have good service that you can use.
Space for parking camper vans
We have a mostly flat parking space that could potentially be used for a people traveling in a small campervan.
How many Workawayers can stay?
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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