Environmental Wellness

Wellness usually connotes images and thoughts of the connection among the mind, body, and spirit; and while these connotations are indeed at the crux of wellness, being well extends beyond these three realms into the very environment and people that surround us. Our interdependence with others and nature is the dimension of wellness that envelops and sustains the body, mind, and spirit.

The planet is our home and as such it has a direct and intimate relationship with our body, mind, and spirit. The earth gives us all the food and water we need to maintain our bodies healthy. The air we breathe nourishes our every cell, allowing for life itself to unfold, and connects us to a higher more expansive source of life beyond what we know in this existence. The Earth gives us natural beauty, like no other, that lifts our souls and inspires us to great works of art. In the measure that the Earth is well, we are well. Respecting nature and everything in it is environmental wellness. Lead a life that is more sustainable and environmentally responsible, it will allow your mind, body, and spirit to thrive.

A wellness vacation goes beyond the body, mind and spirit. It should be one that at the very least has minimal negative impact on the environment, and at best it could actually enhance the natural integrity of the places visited and could strengthen local conservation efforts.

Suggestions for fostering environmental wellness:
  • Learn about the environment and environmental challenges of the place you will visit ahead of time.
  • Rent fuel efficient or hybrid vehicles if available.
  • Choose to travel by bus rather than plane when possible.
  • Calculate and offset unavoidable carbon dioxide emissions emitted by your travel.
  • Reduce, reuse and recycle when possible, and think about using water and energy efficiently.
  • Avoid products sourced from rare and endangered species.
  • Familiarize yourself and follow all advisories, rules and regulations when visiting protected areas. Whether they're voluntary or required, the fees you pay to enter these areas support local efforts to conserve them.
  • Do not disturb wild animals or their habitat. Keep your distance and use binoculars if necessary. Never chase, harass or feed wildlife. Not only is it dangerous, it can also negatively affect and disrupt feeding and breeding cycles.
  • Volunteer your time and help improve trail conditions, monitor wildlife, restore riparian areas, or plant trees.
  • Costa Rica is a magical country, and its magic will (can) envelop and take you places you’ve never been. It is a country flanked by the healing power of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans; a country energized by a north-south volcanic chain, and a land where the light of the sun comes as if charged with soothing your soul. This is a place of wellness. Why not embark on a quest and live it for yourself?