Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Alternative Health Forum - Grecia Costa Rica

Sunday July 23 marked the 1st alternative health forum held in San Roque de Grecia and hosted by Jeanetta Owens.

In general, the term “alternative therapy” refers to any health treatment not standard in Western medical practice.

Technically, “alternative” treatments are used in place of conventional medicine; when used alongside standard medical practices, alternative approaches are referred to as “complementary” medicine.

The field of alternative therapies is diverse: It encompasses practices spanning diet and exercise changes, hypnosis, chiropractic adjustment, and acupuncture.

For more alternative health info you can also follow my page Awakening to Wellness on Facebook

Grecia Alternative Health Forum

Purpose - The forum (which will be held on a monthly basis  - subject to change based on participation) is an opportunity for expats and the local community to connect with others and share knowledge, experience and products to help improve overall health through alternative practices. As we get older we instinctively begin to pay more attention to our health, but why put it off ?

Begin today no matter what your age and live a healthy happy life -- 40, 50, 60, 70 and beyond!

July 23 Invited speakers

Dr. Lazaro Gonzales - Ozone Therapy San Roque Abajo
Gil Monge - Owner Ruta Sana Natural Market  (Organic fruits, vegetable, products)
Ser La Luz Retreat Center - Owners Michael & Ed 
Lavanson Coffey - Applied Kinesiology 
Melaney Phillips - Earth Matters - Owners Melaney & Catharine Phillips (natural predominantly organic wonderful goodies for the body and home)
Don Baker - Anti Aging
Logan Thompson - Holistic Solutions ( Consultations, Alternative Therapies, Seminars, Training, High Potency Supplements, Chemical Free Beauty Products)
Lucy Watler - Attorney at Law
Johnny Walker - Liposomal Vitamin C
Dr Sherman Thomas - Forum Interpreter - a graduate of the University of Costa Rica, PhD in the Philosophy of Chemistry 

If you are interested in attending one of our forums or would like to be a speaker or have products, services or advice to share please leave me a comment or email me at urbandoggs@ or for questions and/or reservations please call Jeanetta at 506 2494 0970 CR or 786 363 9036 US.

Hope to see you at the next forum!

Below is a video of the 1st forum

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Looking for organic fruits and veggies in Grecia? - Our Life in Costa Rica Yr #2

If so, sorry -- you will find it very difficult to do.

The local feria has 2 stalls that sell organic but not quite the array you might expect coming from the states. Contrary to popular belief, Costa Rica doesn't have as many organic fruits and vegetables as you might think. The country is GMO free ( más o menos - more or less) but the use of pesticides such as Round Up is very high. (we will discuss this more in detail in our upcoming video)

So, we have been on a quest to find an organic farmers market to supply us with the foods and other items we need to live a truly healthy lifestyle. 

Our New Find!

Totally DE-Lighted to find this ORGANIC Farmers Market last Saturday in San Jose.
Three of us took the bus from Grecia at 6:00 am (feria hours are 7-noon)

It did not disappoint. Lots of yummy, healthy cooked food available to eat -- plus veggies, fruits, herbs, plants, cacao, bread, rice, household products, make up, jewelry and more. There are quite a few stalls there. 

We also bought some very tasty pesto sauces and cheese made from cashew nuts.

It's our new favorite spot!

If any of you are planning to move/or visit long term in Grecia and are interested in eating organic, we plan to make a trip at least once a month. Just let me know and we can add you to the list (and hire a driver to take us there probably cost us about $10/ea)

It is a beautiful setting. They even had a yoga class going on.

(the brief slideshow below may or may not show up. If not, no worries - it is just a few photos of the feria)

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

My First time - Our Life in Costa Rica Yr #2

It might not seem like a BIG deal, but I have only gone to San Jose for specific reasons and so have always gone directly to my destination and then back to Grecia.
In the heart of San Jose the National Theatre is one of the capital city’s most popular tourist attractions and I have been wanting to go there for sometime.
They have special performances on Tuesday at around noon. The cost is $4.
Yesterday 6 of us journeyed by bus to San Jose to catch the Tues performance. The ride from my house on the ridge in San Luis takes about 30 minutes by bus and the trip from Grecia to San Jose is about 1 hr 15 minutes. My other friends came from the neighboring ridge of El Cajon and we met in town at the Grecia Bus Station. (BTW - Grecia has 2 bus stations - one for local buses and the other for destinations outside of Grecia) I absolutely LOVE taking the buses here.  On the bus to San Jose, we all sat in the back of the bus and chatted the entire way. It was a wonderful Day!!!

The National Theatre of Costa Rica -- Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica
is the national theatre of Costa Rica. It is located in the central section of the city.

In the late 1890’s when San Jose's population was only around 19,000 people, the ruling coffee barons decided they needed an important cultural building like the ones in Europe. So they put an export tax on coffee and raised the funds to build a magnificent theater (copied after the famous Paris Opera House). Construction began in 1891. They hired artists to decorate, and the result was quite stunning.  Teatro Nacional opened to the public on October 21, 1897 ( the first performance was Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's Faust.

The National Theatre stood as a cultural asset of the country during a time when coffee exports were a source of its success. The theater was one of the first buildings in Central America with electric lightingThe building is considered the finest historic building in the capital, and it is known for its exquisite interior which includes its lavish furnishings (in fact one of the theatre’s main ceiling murals, was named one of the “10 great ceilings around the world,” according to an article in USA Today). 

One of the most famous paintings is an oil on canvas entitled the “Allegory of Coffee and Bananas” (Alegoría al Café y al Banano) by Italian artist J. Vila, and used to grace the back of the five colón bill that is no longer in circulation.

Alegoría al Café y al Banano by Italian artist J. Vila

An interesting side note is that the painter had never been in Costa Rica. Instead, he had to imagine what the landscape would look like with the little information he possessed. (i.e coffee does not grow at sea level)

The theater offers a full program of concerts, opera, and plays including frequent lunch hour concerts that are complimentary.

There is also a cafe off the entrance lobby offering delicious coffee drinks and light meals where we stopped before the show.

After the performance we took a short 5 minute taxi ride to a trendy little restaurant called Café Mundo. The food was FANTASTIC! Then we made the return trip home to Grecia.

From left to right  - Shirley, me, Marilyn, Paul, Irina, Rick

Here are some more pics from my trip

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

A Smile Says It ALL - Our Life in Costa Rica Yr #2

For those of you who may not be familiar --
In 2010 I had my African Ancestry DNA traced back to a tiny little country in West Africa, called Guinea Bissau (the 4th poorest country in the world). In 2012 I made a visit to to my ancestral homeland. While I was there, I had the pleasure of meeting a very talented young artist named Du Pintor (translated "the painter"). Du does not have access to resources or the funds to buy traditional art supplies and/or paints -- so he paints on a gauze-like material using house paint.

He painted several beautiful paintings of his life in Guinea Bissau for me and I had several of them custom framed.

In my move to Costa Rica I was not able to bring the ones I had framed but instead wanted to pass them along to my good friend Shelly (who helped me with my project in Guinea Bissau called "It Takes a Village"). She also has a daughter, Nia, who was born in Guinea Bissau (I call Nia my niece). At any rate, we were so busy when we were back in the states that I was not able to deliver the paintings to them in person as planned, before we had to return to Costa Rica.

Have no fear!
Our dear friends Gerald & Tamara from Northern California (who we met here in Grecia last year -- and who are seriously considering relocating here in the near future) stopped by to visit with us while we were deep in packing. Turns out they live very close to Shelly and volunteered to deliver the paintings to the family for me.

Yesterday I received a couple of photos of Gerald, Tamara and Shelly & Matt's 4 children as they visited together and they did the "painting exchange". Du's paintings will have a good home here!

I also sent along a doll for Nia. Well, her smile says it all!!
Thank you guys for being such good friends! 
I hope the Earnshaw family will enjoy the paintings as much as I have.

If anyone is interested in tracing their African Ancestry check them out
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