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Living in Paradise in our Southern Zone of Costa Rica

Welcome to New Readers ...

New calculation of the dollar exchange rate started on Tuesday .. this is an interesting article explaining that they are lowering the 'spread' the bank makes from about 13 colones per dollar down to 7 colones.. but it is not yet reflected in this sheet today which gives the exchange rate all the banks in Costa Rica. Will be interesting to watch.

The Festival Internacional de las Artes (FIA 2017), that runs to July 9, kicked off Thursday night in downtown San Jose.

On April 7th, thanks to the amazing work of a Team close to Vida Autentica in Tinamastes (Tinamastes feria) ... our Perez Zeledon became the first canton to go herbicide free in public areas. Since then, the Municipalities of Tibás, Santo Domingo, Montes de Oca and Belén de Heredia have followed their strong lead. Let's make this Country Wide!

Here is the official story about the reason for the Big Central American Blackout on Saturday ... there are other theories being tossed around. Also ... if you have your computer or anything fried by ICE here ... if you make a claim in a timely basis (I believe 10 days) and have all the necessary paperwork (receipts etc.) they have been known to pay for the damage.

Our wonderful local chiropractor, Dr. Robert Henderson has moved his offices ... please see our Services page for full information. Highly recommended.

We have Mangostan, Anona and Moringa Trees available ... send message and I can bring to the feria.

Super excited to introduce a new Blog we are maintaining on our Website for Tophur the Science Guy. Many of you will remember his great works published by Raven in her beautiful Montana y Mar magazine ... so welcome Tophur and please click here to read his submission for the week on Sovereignty Tech!

Marguerite sends her love & thanks to all who are helping her thru this difficult time ... she even got a TV donated thanks to loving friends. Here is an update from Sheri.

Response to Jack Ewing's article on Snake bites: Thanks for writing this article. I’m glad to have been in Costa Rica when I received 2 terciapelo bites, one year apart. The most important antidote to the venom everyone must know – is a great immune system. In my case, I was able to neutralize the venom, even after having all the classic symptoms, after my second bite. I went to the hospital in San Isidro in both cases, and they determined the first bite, even when I neutralized the venom with NO symptoms, I had to take the anti-venom due to a small amount of venom detected, but finished treatment in only 8 hours. The second bite I waited 8 hours sleeping off all the classic symptoms, then going to the hospital the next morning where I tested NO venom in my blood, then went right home. I think I’m the first person to report ability to neutralize terciapelo venom with a properly maintained immune system.

I believe the secret to immunity is having a high level of anti-oxidants, oxygen, alkalinity, and anti-parasitic compounds in clean blood from a mostly raw vegan diet. Eating daily green smoothies, with kale, parsley, turmeric, ginger, coconut water, okra, purslane, culantro, fresh organic fruits, all helped. Drinking lots of coconut water to dilute the venom immediately I believe also helped. Dis-ease cannot live in oxygen rich blood, and I recently had my blood tested – 100 out of 100 – highest score possible. All from eating a vegan diet – 90% raw, 10% cooked. Nothing enters my body that diminishes immunity such as acidic, cancer-causing foods such as meats, fish, dairy, cooked oils, salt, wheat flour, and GMO’s. If anyone wants details of how to build such an immunity with a perfect diet designed for humans, you can reach me at I have a recipe book TO LIVE FOR that contains my Save My Life Soup that literally did just that, available soon in Spanish also. Pura Vida! … Eric Rivkin

Private, remote, quiet organic farm and reforestation project in the mountains at 3000 feet near San Vito. Huge biodiversity, 2 greenhouses and lots of fruit trees. Simple but fully functional house (think "glamping") with furniture appliances and WiFi. Internet. Responsibilities are Take care of gardens, one sweet dog and enclosed chickens, and (loosely) supervise worker. Owner pays for animals, and 2 day per week farm worker. Pay for your own electric, water, cooking gas, internet and a house cleaner one day per week. (about $100 /month). Ideal for couple or family with one child. Small community with few English speakers. Preferred applicant will have functional Spanish and their own transportation. Very isolated! Beautiful and serene, but not much around. If you aren't used to that, you won't like it here. Can start as early as 2nd week of August, for a minimum of 6 months. Referencias required.

Thank you and pura vida,

Roni -

House Sitting and Gardening Service + Services Offered

We are a gardening duo looking for opportunities to house sit, start, maintain, or extend your garden while you are away. We will treat your home as if it were our own, routinely cleaning and organizing the spaces for better function and fluidity. Our services include: compost making, construction of gardening beds, care for pets and farm animals, organization and design for better utility of spaces, cleaning, and general maintanence. We are flexible, organized, and come with references. We are available July and onward. For more information about who we are and our past works refer to our or contact us directly

Chloe Russick and Jonathan Camors

We have gorgeous 6 week old Husky / Malamute puppies for sale ... write for photos or call 2770 2884.

So happy that our newest product, Raw Grass Fed Butter, is already a huge success! Pre-orders are welcome ... we sold out again. Available with no salt or with Himalayan Salt.


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.

"Stuff for Sale" ... more on Stuff page

  • Guitars

  • RenaWare

  • Cello

  • Toshiba Laptop

  • Fans

  • Trek mountain bike

  • Insignia brand universal laptop power cord and tips. Brand new. Works for a variety of laptops (various tips). $45

  • Kala brand - high quality, unique 6 string ukelele. "Kala 6 tenor, gloss mahogany ". Soft case and capo included! Retail (ukelele) $325, asking $145

Gorgeous 2 bedroom nearly new home just outside of town with views forever ... plus guest house. Fully furnished. For rent or sale.

Amazing home & setting with pool in the mountains not far from Chirripo ... furnished ... ready to move into.

For a well priced, comfy house in the 'campo' of San Vito, please check out this little beauty, just $50,000 now.

Large Quebradas Cabin for sale .. income opportunities

Fully Self-Sufficient Off-Grid Organic Finca/Farm with 2 Homes

Development on 40 acres $399,000

Wonderful new home for sale .. close to town ... click here. MOTIVATED SELLERS JUST REDUCED PRICE.

Newly in: organic raisins, raw Grass Fed Butter, organic maple syrup, nutritional yeast, organic tobacco, organic neem powder, and good supplies of fluoride free toothpastes!

I'm looking for a piece of land with 200-300 hectares of mostly primary forest, titled if possible, and above 1300 meters. If you know of any details let me know. Thanks have a wonderful day! Kobe Ticon Storay <>

Becca’s Mango Chutney…

Sweet Organic Mangoes and Manzanas Nacionales (Costa Rican Apples) make up the base of this delicious and complex condiment. The addition of Organic Indian Curry Powder, sweet onions, chile dulce, ginger, raisins, apple cider vinegar, organic cane sugar, nutmeg, and cinnamon makes for a chutney you can eat straight from the jar. It’s a perfect condiment for any Indian dishes (vegetarian or meat curries especially), a glaze for meat, tofu, or vegetables, and according to one of my customers, it also makes a great vanilla ice cream topping! Definitely something to try if you’d like to brighten up your meal! 100% AWESOME y siempre hecho con amor!

NEW LISTING: 50 hectare farm ... much privacy & views .. just $7,200/hectare. See Lot & Lands page for photos.

Happy to again have an amazing Arnica salve ... perfect to stop bumps & bruising & swelling ... as well as an all natural Tea Tree Shampoo.

If you haven't tried the best all natural detergent available .. please do. BioSoap is very concentrated and very effective for clothes, floors, walls, whatever! With tropical scent, lemon or no scent. We also carry Bio-Disinfectante ... lemon or natural smell ... excellent product.

Very happy to have amazing, organic turmeric available in many forms ... we have the root and powdered forms and one left in capsules.

Happy to offer now organic Coconut Aminos, large & small, and Teriyaki or Garlic. Healthy & delicious! Also organic Coconut Nectar & Coconut Flour.

Just delicious! Organic Black Kalamata Olives!

Turkey Tail Extract can be magical ... please click here to read of all the benefits. We are so fortunate to have a good supply at this time.

Visit KapiBlu and enjoy cold & hot drinks that are amazing ... great meals & comfy atmosphere too. Open from 11m.

Remember to visit Urban Farm restaurant in town for their delicious breakfast & lunch menus. They are also adding new dishes and have a beautiful consciousness with their food

Happy to have this week: Nutritional Yeast, Grapeseed Extract, Fluoride Free Toothpastes, Blackberry Cobbler, Nag Champa Incense, dental floss ... great repellents ... Sacha Inchi Seeds ... . Also red & red/white quinoa ... delicious protein substitute for rice.

  • Blackberry Vinaigrette ... super on salads & more!

  • Asian take away salads (will be back next week ... pre-orders appreciated)

  • Organic Medjool dates (will be back soon)

  • Organic Eggs

  • Nutritional Yeast

  • Delicious Dates!

  • Organic Extra Virgen Olive Oil

  • Organic Kalamata Black Olives

  • Organic Lemon & Peppermint Extracts

  • Organic Yuca Flour & Banana Flour & Corn Flour

  • Tea Tree Oils

  • Organic Turmeric Extract

  • Patchouli Oil

  • Clove Oil

Sauerkraut is one of the best foods for your tummy ... we are so fortunate to have Rosita's Organic Kraut ... so delicious & great for your digestion and general health.

The shitake mushrooms are extraordinary and quite magical .. click here to read about their many benefits.

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

Come enjoy a sticky yummy Cinnamon Roll made with real butter!

We have mangosteen "matas" & anona matas or baby trees at Colibri's Corner. If you want larger quantities .. let me

At Colibri's Corner this week:

  • Turkey Tail Mushroom Extract

  • Turmeric Extract & Roots & Capsules

  • Organic Coconut Aminos ...Traditional

  • Fresh Trout / Smoked Trout

  • Sacha Inchi Nuts

  • Palo Santo

  • Hombre Grande

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

  • Hot & Sweet Mustard

  • Organic Vanilla Beans

  • All Organic Corn Chips ... yellow

  • Raw Honey

  • Local Organic White Rice

  • Organic Teas

  • Stevia in Powder & Liquid

  • Organic Dried 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

We also have now:

  • Becca's Amazing Hot Hot Sauces

  • Crunchy Spirulina

  • Peppermint Oil

  • Lavender Oil

  • Clove Oil

  • Ylang Ylang Oil

  • Frankincense

  • Organic sauerkraut

  • Goat cheeses

  • Swiss Cheese

  • Mozzarelli Cheese

  • Fresh & Smoked Trout

  • Nutritional Yeast

  • Diatomaceous Earth

  • Epsom Salts

  • 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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