I am a Canadian and Costa Rican citizen living full time in costa rica for about 10 years now. I live with my partner and our son and we run a small spiritual retreat center on our property. we live in a beautiful area surrounded by rainforest and rivers on the foot of a Volcano (miravalles) in close proximity to the town of Bijagua and near the well known national park (tenorio/ rio celeste). The weather here is mild (not too hot or too cold) and can be quite rainy at times seeing as we live in a tropical rainforest area. we own 5000 square meters of beautiful property with a small river, organic gardens, fruit trees etc. we have two super friendly dogs, some chickens and a couple or turkeys.
DIY and building projects
Babysitting and creative play
Help with Eco Projects
Help around the house
there is a lot we can offer in terms of exchange and learning opportunities. my partner is from mexico and he builds and runs sweatlodges (temazcal) and i work in the area or ceremonial healing with sacred plants, crystals... there is the opportunity to learn spanish as well.
We are looking for help which can be either for child care (our son is 1 and a half years old) i can also always use help cleaning the house) or garden work (we do organic gardening with a permaculture design in mind) we often need help mowing the lawn, raking and taking care of the composting system as well or general maintenance (my partner often has construction projects going on and can always use some help assisting him with that type of work (experience with natural construction is a plus) and or animal care (feeding the animals, taking walks with the dogs etc.) .
The person that comes does not need to do all these things, they can choose to do one or two things depending on their skills and interest. Please let us know what your skills and interests are when you apply. we are looking for someone who is willing to help 15 hours per week (3 hours per day monday to friday) weekends are off with opportunities to take day trips to the beach or other nice places on saturdays. Sundays we offer sweat lodge here at our place so volunteers are also welcome to participate.
we provide tents in a roof covered area in our yard, with mattress and bedding included. we have outdoor showers, bathrooms, kitchen, hammocks and chill out areas that are accessible for visitors (check out the gallery on our retreat center website to see pictures of the facilities at echoesoflightretreats.com) we have a washer and dryer you can use for a small fee and free access to wifi. we provide a kitchen and all cooking ustensils as well as a fridge for guests however it is your respondibility to purchase and prepare your own food.
We can provide transportation to and from town for 5 dollars each way at any time or for free if we are going into town to run errands (we go about 2-3 times per week). otherwise there are taxis that take people to town for 7 dollars each way. in town there are a couple super markets, bank, stores... and bus stops for buses going to upala, liberia, cañas, or san jose. we lead a quiet life as natural and wholesome as posible and are looking for someone who likes to live their life similarly... no partying or drugs allowed on the property, noise levels should be kept low and just in general as clean and tidy as possible.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
maximum 3 hours per day, 5 days a week