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 decided to make their nest in my mother's home!
How amazing and what a real honor to host the birds at home! We talked about this blessing from Heaven and took some pictures and the birds continued there, in peace.
That makes me think of life. We can feel peace if we create peace inside us; when we start to see the positive things, when we take a minute to see the colors of nature and when we listen to the wind, to the silence, peace is all around, peace is always there.
Sometimes I get presents and I love to open presents, that is why I want to share this with you guys, because the way I am opening this present is sharing this amazing moment with you.
The baby yiguirros are going to leave their nest soon and they will be always free... But they will always have a place to visit and to stay if they want to come again.
May you have an amazing week...
Lindsay Padilla is a nature lover and mom of two boys. She has been teaching Spanish since 2006 and working for the development of rural communities in Costa Rica. She enjoys writing, reading and swimming.
Are you interested in learning more about the Costa Rican way of life, called Pura Vida? Our service programs which can be added on during any of our retreats include opportunities to stay with Lindsay and her family and support our efforts in their village. Learn more here.
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 group is incredible... they have open minds and open hearts. Love every single one of them... such a joyous adventure Peace!
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!
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.
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.
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.
My True Nature Education retreat was a self and life transformational experience...
Best word for the trip is: AMAZING! Surfing was the best. Freakin´ awesome...
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-
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!
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-
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.”
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.
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!
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.