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Atenas expats went kayaking in the Nicoya Peninsula

by Isabelle Jones

Atenas expats went kayaking in the Nicoya Peninsula​I like to keep my Atenas real estate blog with a variety of articles and this time I want to tell you about this great adventure we had. Howard and I won a 2 night kayak weekend via the Atenas Chili Cook-off raffle last February which benefits the Hogar de Vida, an orphanage in Atenas.  

We, two of our great friends as well as 3 other wonderful folks spent 2 nights camping and kayaking last weekend with Vicky and Vigdis of Bahia Rica Adventures in Paquera on the Nicoya Peninsula. It was pura vida as we say in Costa Rica, or truly the "Pure Life". The beaches we camped on were gorgeous. The kayaking was also amazing as well as the sunrises and sunsets.

Vicky adapts easily to everyone and makes it all work so smoothly. The birds, howlers and scenery were hard to beat. We live in Atenas and have been blessed to be able to visit and experience so much in this beautiful country but this was one of our most fantastic adventure trips ever!  That says a lot about this recent adventure.

Yoga in Atenas

by Isabelle Jones 

Leah's magical Yoga Retreat15 friends, a beautiful resort, Lake Arenal and a snake bite…  Yes, you read that right a snake bite!

Leah, has been yoga-certified for over 8 years, has a yoga studio in Atenas and she loves sharing her passion for yoga.  In her classes, everyone is welcomed, nurtured and inspired.  Leah hosts annual retreats and she works hard to provide amazing locales at incredible prices.  They include everything – lodging, transportation, meals and of course most importantly several fabulous yoga sessions. This year’s yoga weekend was August 1st – 3rd at the Mystica Lodge at Lake Arenal

This small, mysterious lodge is surrounded by beautiful fruit trees and exotic flowers which lead you to the organic garden, the natural pool, the tree-house healing space, and the sanctuary by the river. Our theme for the weekend was “Relax and Renew”.  Mystica lets stresses dissolve as you receive a massage, unwind in the hammocks, walk the trails, swim in the pool and wake up to the powerful practice of Yoga. 

Su Espacio - a Community Center in Atenas

by guest blogger Carole Connolly

Su Espacio - the Atenas Activity CenterSu Espacio, which means your space in Spanish, is a non-profit organization founded by Tina Newton, native Oklahoman, moved to Atenas in January of 2000. This adorable bundle of energy saw a need in her newly adopted town and put her extensive knowledge and expertise to work. And yours it is! There is something for everybody.

I clearly remember the first time I stumbled upon Su Espacio in July 2012. I saw a sign in the window advertising Zumba. I popped in to inquire, and there was Tina with an infectious smile, a warm welcome, and an invitation to join the class! She handed me a schedule of activities available at the community center. As I left the place, I felt invigorated as though I had just come from the fountain of youth. Her effervescence inspired me to make good on my promise to take the class.