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 The fiesta in the rain

 

"Rain! Whose soft architectural hands have power to cut stones,

and chisel to shapes of grandeur the very mountains." Henry Ward Beecher


The rainy season is a special time in Guanacaste, Costa Rica.  The power of this natural force reminds us every year that control is a limiting illusion, and that patient cooperation offers growth.

Those who arrived earliest to the May-June 2010 gathering of Finca Las Brisas friends and family learned this first-hand. The first few days found visitors and owners waiting out the torrential rains.  Heloisa, Eddie, Randi, Brian, Joe, Rich and others got to know each other, settled in and watched for signs that the road was passable. Our amazing crew worked day and night making preparations for the big fiesta up on the finca with contingency plans in case Mother Nature decided to temporarily keep us off of her mountain.

Sure enough the rains cleared just in time for the fiesta, and it was a glorious night.  At least 100 people turned out to enjoy live music from local musicians and fresh food provided by Maria, Lizette and Vinnie at
El Sueno Tropical

Creating A Place to “Be”

Despite the rains, teams have been working hard on construction of two houses and the completion of the community center. The rancho was a warm host and looked terrific with its mud couch, hand- made furniture and earthen floors. It provided a wonderful place to meet. The team spent time there strategizing with permaculture expert Etai, as well as pool designer
Joan Rocca. When the rains or night came, animals and humans alike gathered in the shelter of the magnificent hand-made structure to learn from each other, talk and just “be.”

Maria and Lizette were at the helm in the new interim kitchen and our project manager graciously opened the doors to their adjoining house to many visitors. Our PM’s mother Marsha was right at home on the finca, moving around the land expertly sporting her headlamp in the dark of night and cutting loose a ram tangled in the fencing.

The road continues to evolve and by the end of the teams’ visits it had received new, bigger lastre, had been rolled and was smoother and more passable than ever before.


Eden & finca friends


Randi and Eddie

Finding Our Way
 

Costa Rica changes. We have realized over the years that like no other place we know of, our land tolerates our gentle footprint then eventually covers it over, reclaims and reinvents itself. Place something on the ground on the finca, then try to find it a month or two later – you’ll see how this works. 

The day after the fiesta brought more visitors back to the finca to tour the property and hike to a few of the more spectacular waterfalls. Even partners and owners who have been on these hikes numerous times see it anew each time. The land changes, there are different creatures, and the water rushes differently.  Like so many other times in the course of this project,  during these hikes we sometimes have to put our trust in others, surrender to the dynamic heartbeat of the land and find our way again.

Darlene tells the story of the long hike down Benjamin trail and along the river loop. 12 hearty souls ventured on this hike including Laura and her family from
Intercultura (where several of our community members have attended language school) Darlene, Ben, Dave, S&T and other friends and visitors. The group got as far as the river and it was rushing harder than they’d ever seen. Another change, another chance to surrender and regroup. Dave wisely decided it wasn’t safe to cross, and Ben took the lead along the loop trail back home. Nobody but Ben was familiar with that trail, and at 11 years old, he expertly guided the group along the river to a place where everyone could swim in a pool under a spectacular falls. As they moved along the river trail, Darlene, concerned because she was unfamiliar with the terrain, took Ben aside at one point to ask: “are you sure you know where you’re going?” “100% yes” he said confidently, then brought everyone back to home base safely.  Darlene summed it up this way: “I learned to trust each person’s contribution, to put aside my need for control, and to allow others to help me find my way.”



Ben takes a break on our new couch (mud floor, plaster walls and couch mixed with clay on the finca)


Dave, Keith & Joe


Darlene & Ben (With 35 inches of rain the previous week the rivers and streams running through the finca were a full force)



The Finca Becomes a Farm

We purchased parts of two cattle farms (150 acres) to form Finca Las Brisas, and we have always referred to the project affectionately as "the finca." With the recent addition of sheep, goats, ducks, chickens and turkeys, we are slowly starting to earn that title.

The finca and Costa Rica continue to provide inspiration and opportunities to challenge ourselves to think differently, find our way, and grow in the process.

This trip brought together many new and old friends, partners and owners. It delivered many lessons, tested our mettle and renewed our energy for the country, the land and the vision of Finca Las Brisas.

The Work Goes On

The fiesta came and went, the visitors are all gone and we are back to work. We still are working to complete Phase I of the community center and building Deena, Al, Coleman and Owen's place along with the Quarantello casa del sol (or more appropriately this time of year, casa en la lluvia).

The finca and Costa Rica continue to provide inspiration and opportunities to challenge ourselves to think differently, find our way, and grow in the process.

This trip brought together many new and old friends, partners and owners. It delivered many lessons, tested our mettle and renewed our energy for the country, the land and the vision of Finca Las Brisas.

 
 


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Local entertainment for the fiests
Eddie, Keith and Heloisa

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Located (near Playa Samara, Playa Carrillo, Playa Garza, Playa Buenavista, Playa Guiones, Playa Nosara, Playa Ostional, and Playa San Juanilla) on the Nicoya Peninsula overlooking  the Pacific coast of Costa Rica

 

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