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 my three years old who is kicking a ball in my porch, to the rain that sometimes makes the tv signal become so poor... When there is not a good way to watch the game, we start talking, we imagine how interesting it could be to be there, doing our best in the soccer field...
Almost all the Costa Ricans are getting together tonight... Almost all the Costa Rican are asking God to protect the goalkeeper... I am join them!!!
Life is like a soccer game. We need to work together, we need to protect our team, we need to do our best... There are many people around, many people that are just watching, many people that are expecting to do the job in a better way, however they are just expecting to do it...They are not in the soccer field!
I feel passion for the colors of my flag. I am this kind of person who feels emotion when listening the national anthem, I am this kind of person who is proud about her country, about her planet, about the universe...
Tonight I am wearing my t'shirt...
Small details are the best! I just imagine how amazing it could be if I could have the courage to wear the t'shirt not only for the soccer game, but for life, for a better world. I'd like to have a team, my team, your team, our team...
It is clear we can make our best, we can make a difference if we all forget about the limits, about the borders. If we play for a reason. If we play with love.
Seriously, life may not be like a game sometimes, however we can try to enjoy, we can try to play and have fun.
Having too many reasons to be happy, it is a waste of time to be sad...to be angry... to be indifferent.
A new volunteer team is coming soon, We are ready to start playing, enjoying, living the moment, experiencing love in the small details...
I love my family, I love to share with them, I am sure we all will love to share what we are, how we live, with you...
This is the second time and I am not sure if Costa Rica will win the game, however I am happy, I won... I spent the night in a happy way, I am still celebrating to have too many amazing people around and more people amazing people coming, like you.
See you soon, team!
Lindsay Padilla has been a dedicated True Nature Village Leader the past 8 years. She is committed to serving her community and supporting True Nature's groups that visit her village. She is also a wonderful mother of two.
I am forever grateful and forever changed. I truly found myself here...who I want to be. I am happy, content, and a completely new person. Thank you so much True Nature and the Society! I could have never felt this way without you and for that I am forever indebted.
Best word for the trip is: AMAZING! Surfing was the best. Freakin´ awesome...
The trip was truly amazing. A life changing experience for me that I will always remember...It was really special to connect with the youth in foreign country...not speaking the same language by understanding the common language of service and play.
It is so easy to get caught up in the same routine every day. Thank you for this trip, True Nature Education, and the re-start I needed in my life.
So much time to experience Costa Rica’s Nature and and abundance of activities through True Nature Education’s programs. An experience to escape the “Real World” to Climb on a cloud and drift away, swim in the ocean and ride a wave.”
I have never felt so empowered in my life. This trip has cleared my mind and opened my hear to receive more love, joy, and energy in my life. I feel so revived and so renewed. I plan on taking this momentum and energy back to the states to improve my wellbeing, my relationships, and my community. I have loved the people I have met here and the memories I have made here which I will cherish forever.
“Dream big, live bigger, and never stop exploring!”
There are no words to describe how beautiful everything is. Costa Rica takes my breath away. I was surrounded by life and felt closer to the Earth than I have ever felt before. More than that True Nature and everyone has been so supportive. I have never felt so unselfconscious.
It was really incredible to bring our community from Asheville to Costa Rica, blending with rural communities in a such a drastically different environment. We learned so much about ourselves, our community, and the world.
-Linda Siegall, Coordinator of the Young Adults Program (YAP) at Jubilee-
This is the best and most relaxing week I've ever had. I loved the whole thing and I feel like I´m making a difference when doing service work.
-Theresa Van Cauwenbergh-
The program exceeded my expectations. I was just hoping to chill in a beautiful place with some cool people and take some yoga, but what I experienced instead was transformation and deep, deep connection. I have never felt so connected to myself and my surroundings. Your leaders created such a safe and sacred space. I can’t thank True Nature Education enough!
The True Nature community of such beautiful souls, supporting one another in times of great joy and moments of need, is a great departure from many of my day-to-day experiences and encourages me to give more and to also allow myself to receive.
The Society / True Nature Education program was a great experience, especially for someone for the first time out of the country and on your own. In this program you really get to experience the culture while giving back too. I truly enjoyed my time in the program and would love to do it again!
The La Fortuna Waterfall was one of the most amazing things I have ever seen.
Seeing something so powerful makes you appreciate everything we touch, smell, feel, and taste. I loved this trip and would have not done anything differently!
My True Nature Education retreat was a self and life transformational experience...
I believe coming on this trip took me out of my comfort zone, no actually, it expanded my comfort zone. I feel I am a changed person now and that I am able to to see and experience the beauty of Planet Earth. I will take the memories or Costa Rica with me as I keep on with my journey of life.
When I signed up for this trip I had no idea how life changing it would be. I have pushed myself, met amazing people, made strong connections, and found some answers within myself I wasn’t expecting to address on this trip. I can’t put a price on this experience. No matter where I go, I will continue to nurture state of mind from this trip so I can be at peace anywhere.
-Sean MacLennan, Illinois, 2013-
The culture here is amazing. I feel so welcomed here I am so fortunate to be here. I could wish everyone could experience what I´m experiencing right now. Not only is the food amazing here, the people I´m with are amazing too! I miss my family, though...Oh well Pura vida!
The group is incredible... they have open minds and open hearts. Love every single one of them... such a joyous adventure Peace!