Real-Time Costa Rica Updates for our First Retreat of the Season


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

On Thanksgiving and the True Nature Education Mission


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.

Travel Tip Thursday: Mindful Awareness in New Surroundings


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

True Nature Interview with Rabbi Batsheva Meiri of Synagogue Beth Ha Tephila


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.

Travel Tip Tuesday: Learn Costa Rican Spanish Slang


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 discussing the reference of the Costa Rican locals as ticos.

Travel Tip Tuesday: Slow Down and Enjoy the Pura Vida


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

Travel Tip Tuesday: Immersing into the Costa Rican Culture with the Locals


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

Dolphins, Monkeys, and Crocodiles…Oh My!


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

Catch a Wave


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

News from The New School Montessori in Costa Rica


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