Sharing sustainability and curiosity
November 14, 2011, 9:08 pm
Filed under: Environment, Writing

“You don’t have to be in the high traffic zone. You don’t have to be out there flashing your red lights all the time. You can do things in the middle of nowhere and people will find you if you’re doing something of value.” Juan Sostheim, founder and owner of Rancho Margot, Costa Rica quoted in article by Elisa Birnbaum at

Sostheim and his family purchased 400 acres of land in Costa Rica’s Alajuela province along the shores of Lake Arenal surrounded by volcanic views, primary rainforest, natural springs and a large river, which flows through their property and feeds the lake. Rancho Margot is designated as a teaching community promoting and modeling sustainable rural tourism and conservation. The ranch is definitely off the beaten path, but Sostheim feels the hidden quality of the ranch is at the heart of its teaching.

“I want people to be curious,” Sostheim said in Birnbaum’s article.

I am curious, indeed, and looking forward to writing and blogging about my experience visiting the ranch in January. I am even more curious to see how this adventure blossoms. I’ll be attending a week long yoga retreat at Rancho Margot led by the talented Nicole Smith, who I met during a TEFL course in Costa Rica in 2009. There’s still time to join the journey! You can check out her Web site linked above in her name. After the retreat in La Fortuna I’ll be traveling to see friends and family in Buena Vista, where I taught English in 2009. I feel so blessed that I was able to meet and keep a beautiful extended network of family and friends in Buena Vista. They truly sheltered me and helped me grow when I needed it most!

I’m in contact with former coworkers at the elementary school, arranging a day of art activities and games with my former students. I’m looking forward to seeing how they have grown and changed in two years.

My biggest hope for this trip is to learn more about what it really means to live sustainably and to create a self-sufficient home environment. The idea of self sustainability is very work inducive but the potential benefits it can provide a community and the environment are exponential.


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