Costa Rica

Puravida Peartree: Connection Through Creativity

Puravida Peartree: Connection Through Creativity

The Puravida Peartree workshop is a week long exploration of movement and creativity spanning a wide range of creative pursuits  including raw desert making with Emily Aumiller of Lael Cakes, floral arranging workshops with myself + Sarah Blasi from Selva Floral, jungle foraging, book making + botanical illustrations with artist Scott Whipkey, alongside Nosara’s core activities of yoga and surfing. Last November, […]

Nosara and the Creative Process

Nosara and the Creative Process

When I originally planned to come here to Nosara for 6 weeks to write, I was really focused and appreciative for the gift of time. I thought that by being here fewer distractions would allow me to be a more intense version of, well, myself. I envisioned myself sequestered in my room, writing for hours on […]

Nosara Local Life

Nosara Local Life

Nosara has a very strong community base. People here enjoy gathering and supporting each other, and there are few social barriers here when it comes to supporting good causes. Here are a few highlights from local life: Sabor de Nosara, which translates to “taste of Nosara,” is a fundraiser for the local firefighting club. Set up outdoors […]


Matambu: Indigenous Territory

Matambu: Indigenous Territory

Matambu is a beautiful community of a modern day indigenous tribe called The Chorotega. In fact, the Nicoyan peninsula is actually named after the last great Chorotegan warrior, Chief Nicoya.Today, the original land of the Chorotegan natives has been returned to their descendants where they live in a lush and thriving protected community 90 minutes […]

Majestic Monteverde

Majestic Monteverde

“Do you want to go meet a bunch of crazy scientists running around?” my friend asked me. The invitation was a bit more seductive than that: there was going to be a meeting of ecologists at the University of Georgia Field Station near Monteverde and it promised to be very interesting. Scientists, farmers, and civilians […]

Pura Vida: The Nicoyan Secret to Long Life 

Pura Vida: The Nicoyan Secret to Long Life 

When people talk about the Nicoya peninsula, something that always gets mentioned is the longevity of its residents. Not only does Nicoya have many people who live past one hundred years of age, but they also have many active octo and nona genarians who behave as if they are much younger! One factor that contributes […]


The Journey to Harmony

The Journey to Harmony

Hola y Bienvenido!  My name is Karen Henson Jones and I am a guest blogger here for the Harmony Hotel. For the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing some snapshots about life here in Nosara. Specifically, I am here in Costa Rica to work on my second book, which touches on themes of how to […]

A Conversation with Jane Fryer

A Conversation with Jane Fryer

If you love restorative yoga at Harmony, you will almost certainly know Jane Fryer. Her Tuesday-afternoon classes are packed to the rafters. Attendees fit their mats into every available square foot of floor space and a devotional silence fills the room. It’s not hard to understand why. Fryer’s gentle practice of moving the body into […]

Creativity and Expression

Creativity and Expression

I love Guiones and the energy that keeps this place alive. The Harmony family received me with so much love and appreciation, and I give my love back… It’s definitely one of my favorite places in the world. A magical week, full of amazing flow in every unexpected way. I did a lot of introspection, […]


An Evening of Exploration w/ Nosara's Healers

An Evening of Exploration w/ Nosara’s Healers

  On Friday March 17, The Harmony hosted a community gathering at the Juice Bar with yoga teachers, therapists and healers of different specialties to discuss “How we work”; an approach led by Harmony Writer in Residence, Jeff Warren. Jeff and his partner Sarah Barmak have spent a month in our unique community, and Jeff […]

Exploring the Forest Through Our Senses

Exploring the Forest Through Our Senses

An abridged audio recording of this walk is available at the end of the post.  “They say that sounds give us the story of the forest,” says Jeff. We all close our eyes and open our ears. We’re standing at the threshold of a path leading into the Costa Rican jungle, listening attentively to the six directions […]

A Nosara State of Mind

A Nosara State of Mind

I love noticing the subtle effects on my consciousness when I arrive in Nosara. Sometimes they’re not the ones I expect. This is the Nicoya Peninsula, after all, one of the world’s five Blue Zones, where life expectancy is longer than anywhere else on earth. Freshly arrived from congestion-filled cities, we want the sea and […]


A Retreat for Creativity and Craft

A Retreat for Creativity and Craft

I’ve admired the Harmony Hotel’s commitment to sustainability and tranquility, and their love affair with this sleepy town since I started coming to Nosara in 2011. One of the things I love so much about Nosara is the way this town provides for the people in it – how the heat forces a balance between […]

The Remarkable Trees of Nosara

The Remarkable Trees of Nosara

I recently wrote a short post about the great bird-watching day we recently had in Nosara—while on a hike with the deeply knowledgeable Felipe, a conservation biologist studying biodiversity in Nosara’s tropical dry forest. But birds weren’t the only fascinating part of our day: we also learned a lot about the plant species, especially trees, […]

Good "Bird Karma" in the Nosara Forest

Good “Bird Karma” in the Nosara Forest

While here in Nosara for three weeks, researching for an interactive, environmentally-engaged art project, we were lucky enough to get to hike though a nearby forest with an extremely knowledgeable conservation biologist.  Felipe López, who’s doing a biodiversity study of the area, took us through the various zones of the diverse tropical dry forest biome, […]


Postcard from Nosara

Postcard from Nosara

  The sun lights up the Pacific as surfers (and their dogs) catch the last waves of the day.  

Restoring Our Watershed

Restoring Our Watershed

Filmmaker Joe Foster of Dapp Design House traveled to Costa Rica to produce short films for One Fund Costa Rica, a nonprofit with the mission to support good people doing good work around the world. Using storytelling, crowdfunding, and networking, One Fund finds genuine organizations within a community and creates videos to secure funding, resources, […]

A Creative Gathering at the Harmony

A Creative Gathering at the Harmony

Earlier this season, a group of musicians and friends traveled to the Harmony to surf, relax, play music, and support local charities. Nosara and the HH provided a beautiful backdrop for a weekend of connection and camaraderie among this creative and fun group of people.  The highlight of the experience was an intimate nighttime beach concert played by […]


Hideaways

Hideaways

Based in Nosara, Gecko Architecture has an emphasis on sustainable design.  The Hacienda Trinidad features green roofs to create habitat for climbing plants and to keep the building cool during the heat of the day.  The home faces prevailing winds, maximizing internal air movement; with high ceilings and openings on opposite ends of the building, […]

Postcard from Costa Rica

Postcard from Costa Rica

You see movement on the ground beneath you, and when you look closer, there is a parade.  Small ants carry bits of green leaves, several times the size of the ants themselves, above their heads.  They are farmers, used to hard work.  They carry their prizes down the trunks of trees, along vines and branches, […]

Hideaways

Hideaways

An icosahedron is a three-dimensional geometrical shape with twenty faces.  Joseph Mikrut, who has a background in architecture, engineering, industrial design, web and print marketing, nutrition, detox/cleansing, herbal medicine, and business development, decided to turn this shape into a treehouse. Twenty feet off the ground, the treehouse is suspended by cables strung between four trees, […]


Video Game Developed in Costa Rica to Protect Pink River Dolphin

Video Game Developed in Costa Rica to Protect Pink River Dolphin

A new video game has been developed in Costa Rica titled Apu, el espiritu del rio, or Apu, the Spirit of the River.  This game is designed to raise awareness about threats to river species in Latin America, including the manatee and the Amazon river dolphin.  These animals are threatened by illegal fishing and habitat […]

Postcard from Costa Rica

Postcard from Costa Rica

The wind was strong when I went kayaking in Lake Arenal’s warm waters beneath the Arenal Volcano.  A large, dreamlike, lone tree with orange blossoms stood on the lakeshore.  With my kayak nestled between the wind and a marshy island, I was surprised to hear the familiar call of the Red-winged Blackbird.  I saw Great […]

Hideaways

Hideaways

A wall completely lined with books may be a dream of mine, but there is more to this house than its perfection as a writer’s hideaway.  The Casa Kiké by Gianni Botsford Architects features locally-sourced timber for the wooden structure as well as locally-sourced corrugated steel sheeting for the roof and siding.  The architects note […]