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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.

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