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Happy Summer Solstice ... enjoying the longest day of the year in Sunny, Rainy, Southern Costa Rica

Divine Bottlenosed Dolphin by Sierra Goodman ​of Divine Dolphin

Welcome to many new subscribers this week! Happy Solstice to all!

Let’s Go Out and Plant 500 Trees in Quebradas

New U.S. Ambassador is Nominated

Savegre River was Recognized by Unesco as Costa Rica’s Fourth Biosphere Reserve

Costa Rica’s Southernmost Airfield Is All Spiffed Up

Costa Rica President Swallows a Wasp .. this incident has gotten lots of airplay!

Germany to give 15 million euros to Costa Rica to mitigate climate change

So happy that our newest product, Raw Grass Fed Butter, is already a huge success! Sold out by 7:30 last week and have orders from just about everyone for more! Let me know. Available with no salt or with Himalayan Salt.

For the Friends of our dear, now departed, Kathleen Sirotkin. Please join us at a gathering at the home of her family, Mark & Samantha, this Sunday 10-2, and a book sale / fund raiser for DAWG ... who Kathleen held near & dear. See our events page for details.

There are many great events coming up ... Community Days in the Tinamastes area plus a Seed Festival in August ... July 1st is the Lifeguard Party at Roca Verde, and the 4th of July and Canada's 150th birthday will be celebrated with Chef Memo ... see Events page for all.

Marguerite sends her love & gratitude for those helping her out ... here is an update from Sheri.

Another good friend who has been through it lately, Russ Giles, has written a Father's Day/Week update .. check it out here.

May have to spend some time at the Paso Canoas border ... can anyone recommend a GOOD restaurant? Write

SEEKING MACROBIOTIC VEGETARIAN CHEF CONTACT Roommate wanted to share my two bedroom 2 bath house in Uvita. Located on a small gated farm with tons of fruiting trees and a jaw dropping view of the Whale's tail from the top end of the property. Situated against 100 acres of conservation land, monkeys and stunningly beautiful birds are everywhere. From a hammock on the porch, you can hear the rhythmic pounding of the sea, keeping time to the babbling brook that dances past the house. Full, stocked kitchen, cozy furnished living room and a large front and back yard. Walk to beach and downtown Uvita. Very accessible, but still very private. Long term or short. One small dog or cat allowed. This place is a must see. Rent is $360 per month, all utilities are included: wifi, a/c, trash, water and lawn maintenance Move in July 1st

San Gerardo de Rivas Cottage with a large covered porch for bird watching: $400 per month. Available July 1, 2017, a cute wooden cottage, furnished, with 2 bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms. On the bus line, but set back about one block, so not on the main road. Has on demand hot water tank for bathrooms and kitchen, also you can flush your paper in the toilet. Located in the Secret Gardens of beautiful San Gerardo de Rivas at the base of Chirripo mountain about 11 KM up from Rivas at around 1,300 meters altitude (4,000 feet). You can read about San Gerardo de Rivas and see pictures of the gardens at - click activities and then gardens. Contact Bernan 2742-5086 (home) 8451 3001 (Cell) Spanish only.

From Ben Rode: I have some friends moving here on the first of the month. Does anybody know anybody who knows anybody who can introduce us to someone who has the following home for rent and vehicle for sale?

"We are looking to rent a nice 3-4 bedroom, 2+ bath home in the mountains above San Isidro. Safe area for kids and solid internet service necessary.

We are also looking to purchase a used reliable SUV style vehicle for which we can make a payment contract. If anyone has either of these available or knows someone who does, please contact us at with details.

Thank you in advance for any assistance! Freyja and Michael"

Looking for partner to share special land off grid, buy half. 18K Kali Ma

I'm looking for one of those contraptions that hangs you upside down by your ankles to decompress your spine. Anyone have one or know where to get one? Ben Rode

Join us October 19-22 for Medicines from the Edge: a tropical herbal convergence for our 4th year and our first time hosting it at Punta Mona! Medicines from the Edge is an herbal gathering to celebrate the diverse abundance of medicines from the tropics gathers herbalists from the Americas to celebrate our diversity and learn about the abundant medicines from the Neo-Tropics. It's going to be epic!!!! Tickets are on sale now at