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  • Writer's picturePura Vida Connections

Healing and Rebuilding and Joining Together in our Beloved Southern Zone of Costa Rica

Love and serve all humanity. Help everyone. Be happy. Be courteous. Be a dynamo of irrepressible joy... Sri Mahavatar Babaji

Dearest Beloved Chayotevine Members of our never boring, Southern Zone of Costa Rica.

How our worlds can change in the blink of an eye! And after communicating with untold numbers of you ... my experience shows me that we have an amazingly loving, sharing, giving, helping community who will survive these latest storms ... and grow stronger from it. There are so many who I call, Humble Heroes, people doing literally everything they can to help their neighbors get back to normalcy.

Three cheers and eternal gratitude too, to ICE ... they have risen to this dire occasion and have gone all out to restore service throughout our damaged area.

And to our Highway Workers ... indefatigable with seemingly impossible challenges, mil millones of gratitude.

To the good news ... our Bailey Bridge arrived yesterday ... we got the first of 8 going around the country to re-connect comfortably the Coast with San Isidro. They are miracles of engineering .. kinda tinker toy prefab temporary bridges that sometimes last for years. They are estimating 2 weeks until it is usable. Meanwhile, the alternative ways are to go through Rosario de Pacquar (coming from Dominical going right down sometimes good, sometimes not) route that comes out near the airport, or going left and making your way through El Roble to San Ramon, west of Pedregoso. Good luck! Be safe!

I imagine most know that the Cerro de la Muerte has many problem areas, and I haven't seen any ETA yet for that re-opening. Could take a while!

Musoc is running once or twice a day from San Jose to PZ via the Costanera. Tracopa is staying on the Costanera and running from SJ south ... not coming into PZ at this time. Here is the official Transito page with road closures ...not necessarily up to the moment.

In the Osa Conservation Area closed parks are: the Corcovado National Park, Isla del Caño Biological Reserve, Piedras Blancas National Park, the Refugio de Vida Silvestre Golfito and the Ballena National Park.

In the last week, we here in the Southern Zone have received 30 tons of food, 18 by land and 12 by air!

We are happy to post for anyone making collections and helping out others here ... feel free to send in any information. The needs are great and not diminishing but growing.

Philip Felipe Marshall has offered this information to us: I'd like to share iwith the Chayotevine readers, this Bank's webpage address who say they will match any donation. Once at this page, just click on the big red box that says "DONÁ AQUÍ PARA LOS DAMNIFICADOS DE LA TORMENTA NATE."

Happy Second Birthday to our Chimerol Feria .. Vyola has been helping so many and sends this message:

Collecting Rivas Flood Victim Donations at the 2nd Anniversary of the Chirripo Feria in Chimirol de Rivas

  • It's time to celebrate what we have and what we can give.

  • We are collecting money and food donations for flood victims in our Rivas pueblos Wed. at the Chirripo Feria in Chimirol de Rivas. There are 22 families who lost their farms and can't get to work with their bridge out above San Gerardo where the trout farms washed away. We also want to buy materials to strengthen their temporary footbridge and repair one in Chacuyo near Chimirol that is needed for emergency evacuation.

  • We plan to do this every Wed. while there is need. The feria is 9-3 but try to come before 10 to donate food (you can buy at the feria) so we can drive up and down the mountain before the rain. The cooked food is fresh and delicious and there are now batidos (smoothies).

  • Proyecto San Gerardo has also been collecting money for local causes.

  • Other needs: Rental homes for 3 displaced families (<70 mil per month), 2 long-term, 1 for 3 months. Volunteers to drive food and supplies up the mountain. Volunteers with technical know-how to build temporary bridges. Please contact Vyola at or text Whatsapp 8529-0301

To help those in Sierpe, click here

Finca Tres Semillas and Buenaventura on the Savegre River have lost their private bridge and so much more .... here is a link to help them rebuild the Soul Bridge.

If you missed last week's Chayotevine .. here is the link.

Casa La Vista - House Rental Localed at Finca Fruition. Offers fresh spring water, hot shower, lightly stocked kitchen, wireless internet and amazing views. 88846218 Jonathan Alvarado

Seeking a person or couple for property caretaking in paradise on the Osa Peninsula. Live rent free in an ocean front private cabin in exchange for basic handyman, cleaning and gardening duties. Monthly food allowance is included. Please write with your skills and needs to

Help Wanted: Creative companion(s) needed for my 90 year old mother, living in Platanillo. Mom has memory issues, but is otherwise alert, aware and in good physical shape. Day shifts, nights shifts and overnight shifts available. I am looking to keep Mom happy and busy with Spanish lessons, art classes, mild exercise, etc. Experience with the elderly a plus. Must speak English. 8390-8319









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there. 506-8655-9555 Bill Floto

Here is a new Youcaring Link for Marguerite that our Sheri Cooke created ... please help when you can. Appreciated more than you will ever know.

New offering at Colibri's Corner! Our organic, grass fed, happy cow Butter (salted or un) has now been joined by Ghee! Best to order ahead but will be keeping some stock at the feria. Incredible and so healthy for our hearts & brains!

Thrilled to have New Kale Chips ... with nutritional yeast & turmeric ... so delicious! This week we are adding a picante version!

Organic take away salads are now available with scrumptious Asian style dressing.

Herbed Goat Cheeses are back this week for limited time too!

Now available Flax & Toasted Sesame Seed Oils ... excellent quality!

BACKHOE EXCAVATION SERVICES – Sebastian is offering excavation services (primarily) to the Rivas side of San Isidro. Introductory sale price of 15,000 Colones/hr + something for transport depending on circumstances. All jobs big and small, 4X4 full size construction backhoe, excavations, building sites, dig and fill, roads, ditches, agricultural terraces, land clearing, stump removal, hauling and lifting, automobile rescue/wrecker service, etc.. Serving Rivas, Miravalles, La Bonita, Canaan, Pueblo nuevo, General Viejo, etc. ENGLISH SPOKEN, Permaculture certified, agro-ecologist, organic producer, soil conservation specialist etc... Also offer welding (GREENHOUSES!), chainsaws, and field rototilling. Thanks! Sebastian: 8407-0394,

FOR SALE: Bulldog babies ... call Wander 6215-5833

Happy to have this week de Blackberry Cobbler, Nag Champa Incense, dental floss ... great repellents ... Sacha Inchi Seeds ... organic tobacco. Also red & red/white quinoa ... delicious protein substitute for rice.

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

  • Delicious Dates!

  • Organic Extra Virgen Olive Oil

  • Kalamata Black Olives

  • Garlic or Teriyaki Coconut Aminos

  • Organic Lemon & Peppermint Extracts

  • Organic Yuca Flour

  • Tea Tree Oils

  • Crunchy Spirulina ... now available at new lower price

  • Matcha Green Tea ... amazing health properties & delicious

  • 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. BACK IN STOCK

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" or baby trees at Colibri's Corner. If you want larger quantities .. let me

At Colibri's Corner this week:

  • Kale Chips

  • Turmeric Powder & Roots & Capsules

  • Organic Coconut Aminos ...Traditional

  • Organic Red or Black Beans

  • Fresh Trout / Smoked Trout

  • Sacha Inchi Nuts

  • Palo Santo

  • Hombre Grande

  • All natural organic tobacco

  • Vegan Cookies

  • Hot & Sweet Mustard

  • Organic Vanilla Beans

  • All Organic Corn Chips ... 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

  • Becca's Amazing Hot Hot Sauces

We also have now:

  • Organic Alfalfa Seeds

  • Crunchy Spirulina

  • Salt shaker grinders

  • 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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