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Fine Art Winner Barbara Driscoll 2016 Audubon Photography Awards Winners

Species: Green Violetear Savegre Hotel, San Gerardo de Dota, Costa Rica Do yourselves a favor and visit this Audubon Society webpage to see other breath-giving Winners from this year.

Speaking of bird wonderment ... this weekend, Saturday & Sunday May 4th & 5th, will be a celebration at the Alexander Skutch Festival in Quizarra ... check our Events page for details. Our area is so blessed to have Las Nubes and York University and Andrew Skutch's legacy ... here is a little about it all if you don't yet know. On the other hand ... another truly amazing, local, must visit attraction, is Reptiliandia ... between San Isidro & Dominical. The park is a work of love ... here is their website.

Marijuana oil helps Costa Rican child

Original article in Spanish in Diario Extra with photos Published in Diario Extra A 10-year-old girl and her mother from Montezuma were invited to visit the Costa Rican Legislative Assembly as guests of the Libertarian Movement in that party’s battle to get legislators to approve medical marijuana. The girl had been suffering from 15 small seizures a day. According to party deputy José Alberto Alfaro, the girl’s seizures stopped after using cannabis oil for only two months. The Life IS in the Blood. If you would like evidence based suggestions for a better life, then call me for Live Blood Analysis. See your blood magnified 30,000X on a blood research microscope, hear what it all means, and understand your next positive steps towards increased vitality. Ask Jon Chapman: "Cody's LBA service is a God send, I recommend it to everyone, and for their families." I am in Costa Rica for only a short time longer, call 8814-8846 today for more information. Thanks, Cody Dahl <> Free Webinar: The Dilemma of Dairy We were told since childhood that milk is nature’s "perfect" food. Diet gurus say ghee is good. Ayurveda often recommends milk or yogurt. Lord Krishna used to steal butter. Cheeses, irresistible. Today there’s full fat and 2% milk, organic milk and other choices. Dr. Nandita Shah, MD, renowned MD of the health clinic SHARAN in India, recommends zero milk products for many peer-reviewed, scientifically investigated reasons. Learn why dairy products are not necessary, and extremely detrimental to human health, responsible for the majority of diseases including obesity, diabetes, heart disease. Dairy farming creates horrific animal suffering, and combined with the daily slaughter by the millions of short-lived cows and orphaned calves for veal, is the major human contributor to global warming and pollution. Watch Dr. Shah talk about the benefits of plant-based nutrition ...7 min. Why is dairy so popular, if its so bad?...4 min. Register here ( for this 1 hour webinar for the truth about dairy. Date: Thursday 12th May 2016 or Saturday 14th May 2016. Lose weight, gain radiant health deliciously, with raw and hot vegan recipes in TO LIVE FOR! Luscious photos and local / international recipes... Also available at Colibri's Corner in the PZ feria. Saludos, Chef Eric Rivkin

Hi, I am 70 year old single man (Asian origin) living in the States and considering retiring in Southern Pacific part of Costa Rica. Of course I would like to visit there to see how it is like before I decide. But first I would like to get some basic information from someone who has lived long enough. 1. My only income is $1,100 per month in social security. Is it possible to live with this income? I am very frugal person, so I am not expecting fancy life. 2. How much would be for lower rental housing (apartment) for a single person? 3. Can I ship my small passenger car? My hobby is flying model airplanes and for this reason I have to have a car. I have a small passenger car. Is shipping more expensive than buying in local? Is it good idea to buy a motorcycle instead? 4. Which town do you recommend? BTW, I speak, write, read Spanish relatively good. Thank you very much in advance. Best Regards Andrew Kim Phone 919-394-4514 E-mail

Beautiful housing opportunity for a caring considerate person/family in cannan de Rivas 200$ month or work trade? Lease contact Megan and Simon 8792-8940 See photo on Rental page.

  • Angela, Daniel & Kirah Walsh

  • Stable, Experienced Family Looking for Housesitting Opportunity

  • Aloha! We are a calm, grounded & positive family who recently relocated to Costa Rica after 10 years living in Hawaii, where we gained extensive tropical house-keeping experience. Looking now for a long-term house caretaking situation in this beautiful Southern zone. Skilled in jungle landscaping, organic gardening & pest control, animal husbandry of all kinds, and over-the-top cleaning to name a few things. Our adventurous 7yr old daughter is an old soul who is also an animal & plant whisperer;) Looking forward to joining this conscious community to share our aloha spirit, contact us anytime for further info- *Angi Walsh: email or Daniel Walsh: phone/text 506-6041-7884

Long- term female house sitter and/or work trader available! I am 29 years old and living in CR for over one year. I am okay with most animals yet I’m semi-allergic to cats. My preferred location is being close to nature somewhere between Tinamastes and Uvita, but I am open to near Perez as well. I don’t have a car. My skills include: cleaning, cooking, laundry, and light gardening. I have little experience working with children but I am open to the possibility. I love singing and music, and the healing arts. I am currently learning to play guitar. I would like to start some type of small business in CR, and would love to hear from others; maybe we can collaborate. Please contact me at or 8397-9247

Housing Opportunity- minimal rent in exchange for gardening and keeping home site clean and maintained in a 2 bedroom home on a lovely 6+ acre farm located 35 minutes from San Isidro. Owners live offsite. High speed internet and water provided. Partially furnished. Daily bus transport to San Isidro. This is also a great opportunity to work on your Spanish in a friendly, mostly Tico farming community. $150/month for one person and $100/month per person for two persons. Two month minimum. Write to us and tell us about yourself:

Rosita is going to be offering some of her wonderful Life's Joy products at Colibri's Corner this Thursday morning again. Come by to taste her: Hummus, Sauerkraut, Mango Chutney and Papaya Hot Sauce. Beyond delicious!

Moringa: One Of The World’s Most Abundant Sources of Vitamins And Minerals We are fortunate to have local, organic Moringa here in our area now ... I've been learning more about it's benefits and the amazing energy the seeds and leaves give ... and the healing qualities of the Oil. Trees also available ... all @ Colibri's Corner

Now listed with links on our Stuff to Buy & Sell page this week are some new, high quality items available here & now.

Write Let us know what you want and we can bring to Colibri's Corner at the feria.

Most are Amazon “best in class” items brand new in the box selling at cost with no shipping or import costs.

  • Juice Fountain Elite ... new in box

  • Vitamix personal Blender ... new in box

  • Dewalt Premius 5 tool kit

  • Color coded chopping blocks

  • French Presses

  • Nespresso Milk Foaming Machine

  • Omega Juicer 8006 brand new

  • 5 gallon Salad Spinner

  • Oster Dehydrater ... 4 trays ... barely used

  • Magic Bullet brand new in box

Also shipping boxes for sale ... check stuff page. Several new listings too on our Vehicles to sell page.

At Colibri's Corner this week:

  • All natural organic tobacco

  • Mariola Honey ... excellent for eye & ear infections

  • Hot & Sweet Mustard

  • Costa Rican Organic Vanilla Beans

  • All Organic Corn Chips ... purple or yellow

  • Raw Honey

  • Fresh Salsa

  • Local Organic Beans & Rice (Integral & White)

  • Organic Teas

  • Stevia in Powder & Liquid

  • Organic Dried Pineapple / Mangos / Bananas

  • Coconut Secret Amino Acids This sap is very low glycemic, an abundant source of 17 amino acids, minerals, vitamins, and has a nearly neutral pH.

  • Organic Sauerkraut

  • Vegan Pesto & Vegan Raw Cookies

  • Sourdough Bread

  • Becca's Amazing Hot Hot Sauces

  • Organic Pure Grade A Maple Syrup

We also have now:

  • Manuka honey

  • Organic Alfalfa Seeds

  • Crunchy Spirulina

  • Salt shaker grinders

  • Frankinsence Oil

  • Ylang Ylang Oil

  • Organic sauerkraut

  • Goat cheeses

  • Swiss Cheese

  • Mozzarelli Cheese

  • Fresh & Smoked Trout

  • Nutritional Yeast

  • Diatomaceous Earth

  • Epson Salts

  • Lavender Oil

  • Moringa Seeds & Leaves

  • Organic Black Strap Molasses

  • International Phone Cards

  • Cactus Juice & other Natural Bug Repellents

  • Sticky, Yummy Dates

  • Costa Rican Macadamias

  • Integral Oats

For anyone with pain from spots injuries, muscle spasms, fibromyalgia, arthritis, sciatic, please check this link. We are very fortunate to have this high quality Magnesium Oil now available. Also works great as an all natural deodorant!

International Phone Cards available for major savings.

We appreciate pre-orders & can ship throughout Costa Rica.

Pura Vida Blessings to all

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