The Costa Rican Adventure Continues! Baby Sloth Included….

Day 3 and 4 of our great expedition was both educational and rewarding. For Day 3, we traveled to the KSTR or Kids Saving the Rainforest. During a tour of the facility, we learned just how many animals they had at the facility and how they were rescued or rehabilitated and released. Following that tour, we were put to work doing different tasks in ...

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Costa Rica, Here We Are!

Costa Rica is thriving and alive with experience and adventure! This week True Nature Abroad has the privilege of hosting a group of students from The National Society Of Leadership and Success on an educational, service, and adventure trip. On this journey a super awesome Journalism Student and Student President Liaison, Ronnie Marley, will be sha ...

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Celebrating Mother’s Day in Costa Rica

Mother's Day in Costa Rica
Create unforgettable moments... Today is Mother's Day in Costa Rica. This is a very special day in Costa Rica. I am writing this piece of my feelings while the older bus driver goes slow and most of the people get anxious. The lady sitting next to me looks so pretty in her red dress. She seems to be in her twenties. She wants to get back home ...

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Celebrating Friendship Day

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A friend is the one who listens to you when you need it, the one who feels your pain when you are sad, the one that celebrates your sunny days and is also beside you on your rainy or stormy days. If you have a friend, a sincere one, you are blessed. Costa Rican people enjoy hanging out with friends, the normal routine for us is to share a cup ...

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The Real Society and True Nature Service and Adventure Experience

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I became interested in the True Nature’s Costa Rica trip last fall when my Citytech NSLS Chapter advisor, Alice Tucker informed us an opportunity to do service work in another country. At first, I was very excited to go because I like traveling and giving back to the community. In addition, I wanted to treat myself since I was graduating next ye ...

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Why Meditation at Work Can Change Everything

Why Meditation at Work Can Change Everything When you hear the word meditation, what do you picture? If your answer is a monk in orange robes sitting in full lotus position somewhere in the mountains, we need to have a talk. Just because meditation has roots in many spiritual practices doesn’t mean it isn’t relevant today. Meditation has se ...

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It was many years ago, the first time we welcomed a big group of volunteers from CREER All the neighbors were wanting to connect with them, but the language barrier was there, until the moment when we decided to play soccer. It was not visitors versus locals, we all played together, our language barriers were broken for ever, and the first conn ...

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Welcoming Home the National Society of Leadership and Success from Costa Rica

Student Travel to Costa Rica The experiences of a lifetime. Stories continue to come in daily from Costa Rica. Messages of gratitude being shared for the National Society of Leadership and Success and True Nature Education group, that just returned back from their Service, Adventure, and Leadership Trip to Costa Rica. A diverse group of ...

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In Case You Needed Some Convincing…

We know how that feels. That itch we get when we think of the open road, flying above the clouds, and stepping foot into territory we have never explored. Good ole’ wanderlust. Travel is such an amazing opportunity to grow our minds, expand our views, and develop our sense of community. Now, what if you traveled with purpose? A chance to ex ...

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Life Lessons from Costa Rica

True Nature Education is so lucky to work along side with some truly special individuals. Our village leader, Lindsay, has a kind heart and open mind.  Read about her trials and tribulations in Costa Rica, and how these challenges has transformed into learning experiences. Interested in an authentic Costa Rica service adventure? Be sure to sign-up ...

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A Taste of Biodynamic Farming and Just One of the Opportunities of Travel Abroad!

When one travels, a new door is opened. A door that leads into a fresh world; full of growth, experience, and shiny new thoughts. With this expansion of our mind, different opportunities are born. We feel inspired and motivated. Why not expose ourselves to this type of transformation through travel? True Nature Education is dedicated to bri ...

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We Are All One Team! A Note From a Costa Rican Village Leader

Love in details... And I start typing this letter while Costa Rica plays vs Canada. All the family is together in our home, we are eating pejibayes and enjoying the moment. Soccer is part of the most important things for the Costa Rican people, you will discover this very soon.   Inspiration comes even when we pay attention to the game, to ...

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 Student Service Trip in Costa Rica and Overcoming Obstacles True Nature Education had the privilege of partnering with The National Society of Leadership and Success this past month. 25 lovely students with hearts full of compassion and eagerness adventured to Costa Rica to provide service to the local communities, and in the process had a b ...

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Healing Power of Service

Earlier this month we had the privilege of hosting a group from Asheville, North Carolina, which is our U.S. hometown. :) This group, led by Jeff Firewalker and Cat Matlock, took part in a half-day service project in San Rafael, a village many know that True Nature has been working in for many years. The mission of the project was to paint th ...

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#EverydayMindfulness Instagram Challenge October 1-14!

Please join us from October 1-14 for our very first Instagram Challenge! (btw - we are @truenatureeducation on insta) Yes, we are finally jumping on the instagram challenge train - and when our team here at True Nature thought, "What sort of challenge would reflect what is important to us," MINDFULNESS came up right away and how we look to bring pr ...

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Letters from Lindsay: Traditional Costa Rican Corn Cake

Cooking is one of my favorite activities.  I enjoy it more when I am learning how to prepare new dishes from my mother.  She is not a chef, but she cooks with love.  To me, her food is the most delicious food in all the world!  She likes to stick cooking this traditional Costa Rican corn cake recipe that is a part of common tico cuisine. ...

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Mindfulness in 2015: Tips to Begin Your Year

Set Intentions (It is never too late!) Mindfulness is based on awareness in the present moment. This presence can also be utilized as a catalyst to set your trajectory into the future by focusing on mindfulness in 2015. From a space of stillness and clarity we often receive visions, ideas, and realizations. Invite your own intentions to sprout f ...

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Year of Service in Costa Rica: The Society/TNE

We've had an incredible year of service in Costa Rica through our True Nature Costa Rica Service and Adventure Programs in partnership with national leadership organization, The National Society of Leadership and Success. We just wrapped up our 4th outstanding group of students last week representing "The Society" from chapters across the countr ...

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In Costa Rica with The National Society of Leadership and Success

It's not everyday that you can play with monkeys, build a school, eat three delicious meals straight from the farmland you are staying on, take a swim and practice a little yoga. But, on a True Nature Education Service and Adventure Program, this is just one day during an action-packed week of activities.    What is the Service and Adventure P ...

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Photos From-the-Road for December Service & Adventure Program with The Society

December is upon is, which means we're ready to kick off another Costa Rica Service and Adventure Program with members of The National Society of Leadership and Success (aka The Society) from chapters nationwide! Our next amazing group of student leaders touched down on Costa Rica this past Saturday, December 13th, and we could not be more excite ...

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Letters from Lindsay: Traditional Cheese Empanada Recipe

Preparation Time: 45 Min Difficulty: Very Easy This is a traditional cheese empanada (empanada de queso) that we make for family gatherings. For best results share this recipe with all your family members. Do not forget to drink a cup of Costa Rican coffee, you know as prepared in the village of San Rafael! When we made these the last time, we e ...

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Letters from Lindsay: The Tico Life

Before you pack and take a plane to Costa Rica, consider reading this. Sometimes I am jealous of the ones that work in a building, with air conditioning and luxury lamps and decorations… But then I take a step back. Look where I live, look where I work. I just sit on my porch and look at nature's decorations on my floor. There is a butterfly t ...

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How I Found My Value By Shaping My Life Around Service

By: Jessica Durivage-Kerridge, Director of Global Relations for True Nature Education Artwork: Kimberly Dawn Clayton I’ve been accused (more than once) of giving away the farm.  Whether it was business advice, personal time, working for free or less than what I should have been paid - you name it.  It was never my intention to work for fr ...

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Letters From Lindsay: Amazing Moments

Dear True Nature Community, Hi again! This is Lindsay, your friend in Costa Rica who lives amongst the birds and with the sky and who welcomes with an open heart your groups that visit my small community here. Recently we had a beautiful group from True Nature visit our village to offer their gifts and talents. When we came home for lunch, o ...

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Five Reasons Why You Should Travel While You’re Young

Hi.  I am Jessica and I work for True Nature Education.  I help out with blogging and do a little marketing and I like to use fancy words like "high level strategic planning",  yada yada yada.  I've been tasked with writing a blog about why it's important to travel why you are young.  I am extremely passionate about travel - and besides my two ...

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Montessori Adventure in Costa Rica: Farm Tour

On the True Nature Costa Rica Service and Adventure Program this week, we are thrilled to have The New School Montessori returning for another round of adventure with us. Ten students are exploring all that Costa Rica has to offer, and they are blogging from-the-road to keep us posted on their journey.  Here is the first blog they have shared ...

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You Are Not a Tourist – Letters From Lindsay

You are not a tourist... You are an amazing person, traveling so far in order to discover the culture, traditions and history of Costa Rica. Your temporal home is in a rural village, you enjoy eating in the kitchen, close from the woodstove, learning to make tortillas and coffee without an electrical appliance... You are not a tourist; you ...

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Community service is our heart and soul. From the very beginning, True Nature Education has built itself upon core values of Community, Education, and Service. These continue to be the driving force of our operation. At its roots, TNE owners and directors, Joshua Canter and Kristin Luna Ray, first began this great journey by establishing the True ...

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True Nature Fan Appreciation Week! Extending Contest Until Friday!

It's True Nature Fan Appreciation Week and we could not think of a better way to celebrate than to honor all of YOU!  We have decided to extend our "$40 REI Gift Card for 4,000 Fans" until this Friday so if you have not shared your favorite travel quote on our Facebook Page, there is still time! We cannot begin to express our gratitude and apprec ...

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Being Something More – The True Nature Teaching Community

It's not everyday that you think, "Hey, I want to manifest my dream to teach a yoga retreat in another country."  Let's face it, life gets in the way doesn't it?  Finances, families and fears can all stack up to make a pretty good argument why "this may not be the year for your dream."  Well, we are going to challenge you on that this year.  We ...

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Peace Is Always There – Letters From Lindsay

I just went to share a cup of tea with my mother and we found something interesting in her porch. There was a nest and three little birds on it. The baby birds are called yiguirros. They are not as beautiful as the colorful toucans or the scarlet macaws we usually see flying in our rural town, but yiguirro is our national bird and these birds dec ...

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Costa Rica Adventure & Service Trip: Milford School Journals Part II

Being open to discovery can come at any age.   Realizing the true meaning of travel, learning about new cultures, traditions and ways of life are at the core of what we offer our students who participate in our True Nature Adventure and Service experiences. This poem is an excerpt from a recent trip with Milford Middle School and the journals of o ...

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Costa Rica Adventure & Service Trip: Milford School Journals

"It was amazing to see these kids with no technology. Like this is what they do for fun. They don’t watch tv or play video games mainly because they don’t have those things. Yet they still have fun." Some of our favorite Costa Rica Service and Adventure Retreats are the student focused trips.  To be able to witness middle and high school stude ...

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Mindful Travel: The Journey of Awakening

For many of us, international travel has become a homogenized, sterile experience and, for the host country, a consumptive, offensive one. We need a new model for travel -- a model that allows for discovery and mutual interaction with others at a heartful level. This new model of travel could be called, "Mindful Travel." Mindful travel is about bei ...

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The Meaning of Pura Vida: Setting Intentions for the Universe through Service

One of our TNE Village Representatives, Lindsay Padilla About 4 years... About 1460 days... About 35,040 hours... About an amazing person... I still can remember the exact moment (which was four years ago) when we had the pleasure to welcome a group from the True Nature Education Costa Rica Center in our village. They painted two houses for man ...

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Another wonderful week and another wonderful group comes to a close in Costa Rica. Here is our video blog from the week. (Click on the Image to Watch the Video) Wishing everyone a restful final weekend of 2013! ...

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Last night we took part in our TNE “Letting go exercise”. The focus of the exercise is to let go of something and welcome some new energy into our lives. For many in the group, it was the first time taking part in an exercise like this. To let go is the most superior way of telling the Universe... and ourselves: I trust. Is to give up the nee ...

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Cleaning up Costa Rica's beaches. One of the main themes that we practice at True Nature Education is the function and meaning of mindfulness. We have found by subtly utilizing mindfulness in our programs our participants are able to have a more memorable, rewarding, and profound experience while traveling with us. Why is this? Because when we ar ...

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We want to start by wishing everyone a wonderful Happy New Year from all of us at True Nature Education. New Years always brings the end of one cycle and the beginning of another. We just completed our best year yet at TNE and look forward to an incredible 2013! Just in time to wrap up 2012 we completed our Costa Rica Tikkun Olam and Adventure Prog ...

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Day 5 We awoke at Finca Luna Nueva Lodge, a biodynamic farm and ecolodge – quite a different environment than the coastal zone where we had spent our previous days. This is clearly the rainforest. :) After our first morning yoga session of the trip and a great breakfast we were ready to head to the village of Chachagua where we took part in a mo ...

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Click on the image to see a video message from Rabbi Meiri...     ...

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Day 3: Toucan Olam We began our day of Toucan Olam (yes we have renamed it Toucan Olam :) driving through the palm plantations to the Blue Banyan Inn, and the Kids Saving the Rainforest Animal Sanctuary, the site of our day of service. We were met by Tiki, the blue macaw, the first official resident at the sanctuary. Tiki showed off for us by sprea ...

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Today began with a shot in the arm of enthusiasm and inspiration when after breakfast we were introduced to Jennifer, president of Kids Saving the Rainforest, who told us the story of how she encouraged her 9 year old (now 23) to start a non-profit to plant trees, which has now grown into a full operation of a wildlife sanctuary and monkey conserva ...

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Bienvenidos (“Welcome”) to the 2012-13 True Nature Season and our first program of the year, The Costa Rica Tikkun Olam (“Service”) and Adventure Program! Today was Day 1 of our journey through Costa Rica with our group of 12 from Asheville, New York, and California. The theme of the day was “Going with the Flow.” The day began waking ...

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It's hard to believe that the holiday season has surrounded us already and 2012 is coming to a close, which means that our 2012-2013 Retreat Season is just about to begin! To kick things off we will be Costa Rica Service ("Tikkun Olam") Adventure Program beginning this Sunday, December 23, and continuing through New Years Eve on December 31. The r ...

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A note from TNE owner and founder, Joshua Canter, on how the true essence of Thanksgiving lies at the heart of the TNE mission and vision. ...

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When giving orientations and presentations to first-timers, we always emphasize this as the number one key aspect to being safe in Costa Rica. There is so much life in the beautiful land of Pura Vida, Pura Life. With this, there are also many creatures (just to name a few....sloths, monkeys, lizards, alligators) and places to visit where you nee ...

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We were lucky to catch up with Rabbi Batsheva Meiri of the Asheville Jewish Community Center to hear her thoughts and insight about the upcoming Costa Rica Tikkun Olam Adventure Retreat, happening just around the corner in late December that will kick off our 2012-13 retreat season. ...

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If you do not know any Spanish, we recommend learning the basic Costa Rican slang prior to your travel ventures. Even if you do know Spanish, it's important to keep in mind that you may overhear words and sayings that are unfamiliar to Spanish language that you hear in other Spanish-speaking countries. Recall from our earlier Travel Tip blog discus ...

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Take Part in the Pura Vida Lifestyle If you are coming from the high paced culture of the United States or Canada, you will find that, almost immediately, in Costa Rica things move much slower. You have two choices: resist, or go with the flow. Of course, we always recommend going with the flow! Take time to enjoy some serious hammock time, watc ...

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Make it a Point to Dive into the Costa Rican Culture The Costa Rican people, known as ticos, are known as some of the friendliest people in the world. When visiting a foreign country there is no better way to have an authentic travel experience than to connect with the local people. Try out your Spanish speaking and listening with the locals, mo ...

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Another post from The New School Montessori's blog that highlights their travels and service learning projects in Costa Rica! We woke up early, had pastries for breakfast and said goodbye to our friends at the Monkey Sanctuary and Blue Banyan Inn. Bye Bye Tikki!! We headed to the marina for our snorkel/dolphin expedition. We sailed around and fou ...

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The New School Montessori is still in Costa Rica, and having a great time! Here's another except from their blog: We woke up this morning and started the day with a group meditation and some yoga. Following a great breakfast (Jim's famous banana pancakes) we split into three groups for our morning service project. Some people did worm sorting (monk ...

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The New School Montessori created a blog to highlight their travels to and service learning projects in Costa Rica. They are having a blast! Here are some posts from the past few days: Day One: We're finally here!!! We arrived late last night and we were so happy to wake up in such a beautiful place. We woke up and had a Tipico ("Typical") Cost ...

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Dear New Friends, Receive our warm regards from the beautiful and natural village of San Rafael! My name is Lindsay Padilla and I want to let you know that all our kids and community members are counting the days in order to meet you here and I am honored to say thanks on behalf of all your costarrican friends. There are many people visiting ...

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True Nature Education’s experience’s are multifaceted journeys which utilize the natural environment of Costa Rica while nurturing the True Nature which lies within all of our participants. In the final days of the Mind|Body|Fitness|Yoga Costa Rica Experience participants had the opportunity to explore a wide range of activities which helped to ...

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