Harmony Hotel

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 […]

Life Lessons Learned in Nosara

Life Lessons Learned in Nosara

I always remind my students to be clear in their intentions, and even more so in Nosara. I have seen it time and time again here: intentions, desires and future hopes spoken at the sunset gatherings, over the beachside fires, or after Yoga class at the juice bar are first actions in setting the wheels of manifestation into […]


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.  

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 […]


Guiones Surf Photo of the Week

Guiones Surf Photo of the Week

May we always remember and reflect the same simple joy of just “being” in the Surf .  From First Time to Lifetime, all else is kept in perspective when dancing among the Waves.  Stoked !   photo provided by Surfing Nosara  

Guiones Surf Photo of the Week

Guiones Surf Photo of the Week

Howling offshore winds create lumps of chop coming up the wave face, effectively acting like speed bumps and moguls.  Getting a light, short board into this position on such a day is no easy task.  Perfectly poised, he’s about to reconcile all forces at play as wind and wave compete for transitory dominion.   photo […]

Postcard From Nosara

Postcard From Nosara

A turtle hatchling makes its way to the sea at Playa Ostional. A series of moments captured by New York data scientist and friend of the Harmony Hotel, Burton DeWilde, during a week spent in Nosara with his boyfriend Nick.


Guiones Surf Photo of the Week

Guiones Surf Photo of the Week

We often reference “The Glide” throughout our lore and experiences of having board under feet, on the magic carpet ride.  Others too, for no apparent practical reason, celebrate the transcendent joy of riding waves. When performed with grace, the act becomes sublime.  

Postcard From Nosara

Postcard From Nosara

Staredown with a Howler. A series of moments captured by New York data scientist and friend of the Harmony Hotel, Burton DeWilde, during a week spent in Nosara with his boyfriend Nick.

Guiones Surf Photo of the Week

Guiones Surf Photo of the Week

  Whether the wave is large or small, positioning reveals intimate knowledge about any rider’s approach.  Graceful bottom turn around the critical section is the same on a playful longboard day at the beach or triple overhead Pipe.  Leaning hard on the inside rail to project down the line. photo provided by Surfing Nosara


Postcard From Nosara

Postcard From Nosara

Fungus and flowers spotted during a walk through the forest near Lagarta Lodge. A series of moments captured by New York data scientist and friend of the Harmony Hotel, Burton DeWilde, during a week spent in Nosara with his boyfriend Nick.

Postcard From Nosara

Postcard From Nosara

Hanging out for an afternoon nap at the Harmony. A series of moments captured by New York data scientist and friend of the Harmony Hotel, Burton DeWilde, during a week spent in Nosara with his boyfriend Nick.

Guiones Surf Photo of the Week

Guiones Surf Photo of the Week

High speed backhand top-turn aka “slash”.  The arc of spray “out the back” of the wave testifies to both the Surfer’s agility and the forces at play.  He has re-set his edge, ready to turn off the bottom again and traverse the next section of unfolding wave.   photo provided by Surfing Nosara


Postcard From Nosara

Postcard From Nosara

A dramatic sunset lights up the sea and sky at Playa Guiones A series of moments captured by New York data scientist and friend of the Harmony Hotel, Burton DeWilde, during a week spent in Nosara with his boyfriend Nick.  

Guiones Surf Photo of the Week

Guiones Surf Photo of the Week

The Empty Wave as Icon, Totem, Object of Desire.  A Force to both Thrill and Fear.  Could You? Would You?  Where are the Others?  Sleeping In?  Sitting Outside?  Each person, with a singular approach… Worthy through effort, regardless of outcome.   photo provided by Surfing Nosara

Guiones Surf Photo of the Week

Guiones Surf Photo of the Week

We surfers are often so focused on waves, that seeing a bigger picture can elude us.  But once cured of our myopia, we embrace the larger context, often celebrating the overall spectacle and beauty of where land meets sea.  Here, ghosting rain tails along the low tide beach, transforming the seemingly mundane surf zone into […]


Guiones Surf Photo of the Week

Guiones Surf Photo of the Week

  Reduce wave riding to its essence !  Minimalist, Purist, Luddite- call him what you will, but less is more sometimes.  The Body, without the tech, for sheer Joy and Thrill…   photo provided by Surfing Nosara

Guiones Surf Photo of the Week

Guiones Surf Photo of the Week

The simple beauty of fundamentals.  A long, sturdy craft to guide on a clear trajectory in the morning light, through a shifting wave face, doing its best to look like molten fractured glass. Amen.   photo provided by Surfing Nosara

Guiones Surf Photo of the Week

Guiones Surf Photo of the Week

As incongruous as it might initially seem, anyone lucky enough to have enjoyed the thrill of downhill skiing cannot deny the remarkable similarity of this surfer’s scathing cutback on a foamy face to a skier tightly clearing a gate on some well marked course. In both, the forward leg is leading and lifting the edge. […]