Guacimal sits amidst mountains and rivers at an altitude of 508.00m/1666.67ft, according to elevationmap.net. This elevation gives us wonderful weather. Not as hot as the beaches, nor as windy and rainy as the cloud forests in Monteverde. We get sunshine almost every day of the year; great for birders or sun worshipers like me! During the rainy season which starts in mid-May and extends until mid-November, we get less sun; but almost it comes out almost every day, for at least a couple of hours in the morning. The rains begin in the afternoon and it rains most every day, with heavier rains during the months of October and September. I love the rains as everything comes so alive. It just makes it a little challenging to go to the nearby river, an activity that I enjoy very much.
It only takes 25 mins by car to Santa Elena, Monteverde, and the road is fully paved now! Santa Elena is the heart of the Monteverde district. It is a busy town. You can find a myriad of restaurants, shops, banks/ATM’s, churches, entertainment, etc. The actual town of Monteverde is another 5 mins past Santa Elena and it features two bilingual schools K-12 grade and it is the heart of the Quaker ex-pat settlement.
Guacimal also has Spanish only public schools, which give an authentic cultural and language immersion experience. There are two small grocery stores well-stocked with the typical items Costaricans consume daily. You can request specialty items if needed. Many of us consume products that people produce around here such as eggs, milk, cheese, fruits and veggies (though this is limited at times), beans, root vegetables, etc. There are three restaurants/eateries, a soccer field, the Guacimal and Veracruz rivers to swim in, and many smaller streams to hike along and bathe in. People can also enjoy the nearby hot springs. Biking is also a favorite sport as the roads are in good condition and the scenery quite beautiful. We are part of the Bell Bird Biological Corridor and of the Pacific Hiking Trail which extends from Monteverde to the coast. Our town is at the base and neighbors the reserves of the Monteverde Cloud Forest, which is why we have abundant water sources. There are several churches of various denominations.
We are close to the two main airports. It is 151 km to the Juan Santa Maria airport in Alajuela, and driving time according to Google Maps is a little less than 2 hours, but this depends on traffic. I make it in two hours if I leave really early in the morning. To the Liberia airport is 120 Km with an approximate driving time 1 hour and 45 mins. Both airports are reached via paved roads which are in good condition. To the Puntarenas Ferry, it is 49 km and it takes one hour. And to the closest beach, Playa Dona Ana, it is 40 km and it takes 46 mins. To the city of Puntarenas where you can conduct most business activities such as banking, legals, post office, etc, it is 48 km, and it takes a little over 1 hr.
Here are a few blog clippings to help you understand more of our philosphy and reasons for creating this intentional community
My definition of health is to have peace and joy that run deep, deeper than the world we normally pay attention to. It does not necessarily mean to have a perfect body, or perfect mind, nor a spirit that has achieved enlightenment, but simply a positive attitude towards life and a will to continue to grow and learn and improve... an inner knowledge of my place in the whole, the understanding that I am the drop in the ocean and I am the ocean, to have a clear sense of the inter-connectedness of all beings, as if we were all cells in an organ which then belongs to the body of our Mother Earth. So that I am very aware that what I do matters, what I think matters, what I feel matters... and that I am then careful as I walk on the planet.
Connected to personal health is collective health. As what I do affects others, what others do clearly affects me. Therefore, it behooves me to help create the conditions, not just out of love and compassion, but out of common sense, to ensure every person on the planet, every sentient being is healthy at all levels because we truly are ONE. It is in this spirit of love, compassion and common sense that my partner and I are moving into the next phase of our lives. For a very long time, we have tried to be supportive of the community we live in facilitating education and self-employment opportunities, environmental protection, etc. But the planet has put a new spin on things... probably as IT watched us go straight to our demise, it decided to help us by placing a break on our activities and allowing us to re-set, to re-examine the course we were on as humanity. We have taken the opportunity, this break, this complete re-alignment to establish our new course of action... perhaps not that it is entirely new, but that we have renewed energy/time-space to switch to it, thanks to the new socio-economics of the entire planet. This is a time to realize our ONENESS and co-create the conditions that allow HEALTH to flourish as a prime directive for our lives and for our Mother Earth.
The idea of drawing more people to our community from other communities around the globe has always been present. It makes sense to balance the scales. Our community has what many others don't: clean air, clean water, fresh food, healthy soil, forests, rivers, wildlife, peaceful and healthy people- i.e. an environment already conducive to good health. Now with the new world situation and what is coming due to the COVID19, more than ever, our community needs people with good intentions that can inject their own energy into the system to help co-create an intentional community based on the value of personal and planetary health. It is like building a home, or a body; we need different parts, different organs. We can't build an entire system with the same type of energy. We realize that each country, each town,has its own type of energy, its own strengths and skills to develop, and in this co-creating, we can all help one another balance the scales.
We invite you to take a look at our community, and if you think you have something to learn and something to teach, something to contribute and something to take, and your main life directive is collective health based on personal health, then living in our community is worth exploring... to live a life worth living and at the same time to collaborate in the healing of our planet and elevating the vibration of our collective human consciousness. It is a win-all!