Huicholi Ceremony Saturday September 13th, 2014 at 10pm

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Marakame Antonino, 90, a medicine man from the Wixarkuta Nation in Mexico’s Sierra Madre Occidental, will be leading a Houcholi Ceremony at Nosara Retreat on Saturday night, September 13. He is fighting to preserve an ancestral pilgrimage to the Wirikuta Desert, under threat by a Canadian mining company supported by the Mexican government.
Antonino has been visiting Costa Rica since 2012 creating “a brotherhood of all people of all nations to protect the sacred lands.” Antonino’s ceremonies are authentic and heartfelt. His simplicity, unassuming natural joy and ease are infectious. He is dearly beloved by his people and all who come in contact with him. He travels and leads ceremonies with his extended family in service to the cause of protecting the sacred land of Wirikuta.

A helpful description of the tradition of the Huicholi people is offered ….
Long before nations like Mexico, the United States, and Canada existed, my people, the Wixárika Nation (known as Huicholi), were the original inhabitants of this land. And long before we were here, our creators, Grandfather Fire, Grandmother Growth, Father Sun, the Rain Mothers, Elder Brother Deer, Brother Wind and other universal spiritual forces created the Wixárika universe. Our marakames (medicine men) and legends tell us that the creators made many races of people, but the Wixárika were specially appointed to be the intermediaries between the spirit realm and the human world. This sacred appointment has been passed from generation to generation for centuries, and is the guiding principle of our past, present, and future lives.Marakame pg 2
The Wixárika people believe that it is our sacred obligation to be the caretakers of our creators. After our harvest ceremonies, we embark on pilgrimages to far off sacred places, the most important of which is Wirikuta, 500 kilometers away, located in Real de Catorce, San Luis Potosi.
The history of the Wixárika people is an oral one so the most important factor in our art is that we can keep our stories that have been passed down from generations for thousands of years. Through our artwork we are able to express a visual aspect of our stories, since our stories are told in our native language and people are not able to understand them unless we put them in visual forms. We have the yarn paintings, the beaded sculptures, and embroidery. Many of the people I work with, when they are creating artwork, they go into a meditative state. They channel the songs of the gods and then they manifest the songs of the gods through art. Our creativity and the techniques we use are special and unique to the Wixárika.”
You may be familiar with some of the exquisite pieces of art, both beaded paintings, sculptures, and yarn paintings done by Huicholi artists. These are the more widely known expression of a deep abiding sacred connection that continues through their unbroken lineage of centuries. The ceremonies are a central source of their simple yet inspired way of life that can teach us much in this age of consumerism, modernization and disconnection from our own deeper beings and interconnectedness with each other and to all of nature.
The ceremonies are profoundly healing, transformative and heart opening, a gift of awakening to our path and deeper calling. We invite you to participate in this unique and precious offering. The ceremonies are very relaxed, informal events. You are free to express your body and mind. There will be singing and chanting and possibly dancing.


A  Costa Rica Morning……

Nothing exceptionally magic about this morningCarolyn
except to me.

Clear sky and sun
illuminating the great, booming surf
with the coming high tide
at light-sanded Playa Pelada, glorious.

I am urged to gather up
shells and smooth stones.
Some smile and sing,
the ones for me to see and hear.

Each one unique in color and design;
Each one naturally beautiful;
Though aged and spent,
cast upon the shore.

Each one now
finding a new home in my pocket,
and in my heart, personal,
keepsakes, each one.

Reminders in days to come
of smiles and song, remnants on the beach,
as today’s sky, sun, and surf.

Ah! The magical transfer of
one unique and beautiful morning,
shaping me, smoothing me
as I age
in my shell

That mourning
before my final urge,
that great, booming
cast upon the shore, glorious.

Carolyn Trimmer

Carolyn entered our lives here at Nosara Retreat a few short weeks ago and has been a wonderful help to us in many ways.  Her insight and generous heart add a special sunshine to our day!  Thank you Carolyn, may you always find joy in your adventures!

Pura Earthship Costa Rica – July 25, 2014 7pm-8:30pm

at Nosara Retreat with Jonah Reynolds

Jonah Reynolds, the guest speaker for the evening, is part of a dedicated group focused on sustaining people through affordable and appropriate buildings and systems.

An “earthship” is a sustainable building method with integrated systems supporting total off-grid living.  These construction methods and systems can be applied to existing conventional buildings to retrofit or upgrade them.  Imagine…….a structure made from recycled and/or local area materials that maintains a comfortable indoor temperature year round and allows you to live totally off the grid!!

Earthship structures are built with recycled or indigenous materials occurring naturally in the local area.  Along with this, systems are either built in or put in place to allow total off-grid living.  For example, water is captured from the sky and used four times, such as using grey water to flush toilets.  Electricity is produced with a prepackaged photovoltaic / wind power system.  This energy is stored in batteries and supplied to electrical outlets.  Heating and cooling is achieved from the thermal mass in the structure of the building.  Cooling tubes can deliver cooled air with no electricity as needed.  All household sewage is contained, used and reused via indoor and/or outdoor treatment cells which allow for food production and landscaping with no pollution of aquifers.  Sewage treatment cells are also wetlands.  These planters hold hundreds of gallons of water from sinks and the shower and are great places to grow healthy foods.

For more details and information check out   
RSVP at this website or contact Nosara Retreat at 2682-0209 or

Come and be part of this exciting learning adventure!!

For those driving, please park at our side entrance which is on the right side of the road going to the beach.







We are excited to welcome Esteban Acosta Pereira (facebook: Biodinamica Esteban Acosta Costa Rica) to teach a two-day workshop, Organic Biodynamic farming and gardeningDeveloping Skills for your Garden or Farm, an introductory course based on the principles of biodynamic farming.  The workshop will be held here at Nosara Retreat, Playa Pelada Sunday June 15, 2014 8am to 4pm and Monday June 16th 8am to 5pm.

Biodynamics - Esteban

Esteban is a native Costa Rican. He has been learning Biodynamics since 2007 when he began his training in Argentina and Brazil. He graduated from EARTH University in 2008. (

Passionate about learning, teaching and practicing Biodynamics, Esteban’s teaching style is profound, humorous and practical. While fluent in presenting the deep spiritual concepts of Biodynamics, Esteban shares the material in a way that makes it easily accessible. The learning is down to earth, experiential and hands on. In this way it becomes part of one’s daily life, encouraging the conscious connection with the earth and the elements of nature.

Esteban has regularly attended and presented at the yearly Central American Biodynamics Conference, and was instrumental in organizing the first one in Costa Rica in 2012. He travels to Switzerland every year to participate in the International Biodynamic Conference at Goetheanum. ( )

A Biodynamic advisor who has worked on various projects around Central America, Esteban also works with Demeter certified farms. ( )

Biodynamic farming, is a profound organic agriculture system based on principles formulated by Rudolf Steiner, an innovative thinker who’s lifetime of accomplishments include the inception of Waldorf Education and Biodynamic Farming, the founding of a world-wide Society to further the practice of the spiritual science called Anthroposophy, and innovations in curative education, medicine, natural and social sciences, the arts, and economics.

Biodynamics ( ) (taken from the website)

“Biodynamics is a spiritual-ethical-ecological approach to agriculture, food production and nutrition. Biodynamics was first developed in the early 1920s based on the spiritual insights and practical suggestions of the Austrian writer, educator and social activist Dr. Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925), whose philosophy is called “anthroposophy.” Today, the Biodynamic movement encompasses thousands of successful gardens, farms, vineyards and agricultural operations of all kinds and sizes on all continents, in a wide variety of ecological and economic settings.

Biodynamic farmers strive to create a diversified, balanced farm ecosystem that generates health and fertility as much as possible from within the farm itself.   Preparations made from fermented manure, minerals and herbs are used to help restore and harmonize the vital life forces of the farm and to enhance the nutrition, quality and flavor of the food being raised. Biodynamic practitioners also recognize and strive to work in cooperation with the subtle influences of the wider cosmos on soil, plant and animal health.

Most biodynamic initiatives seek to embody triple bottom line approaches (ecological, social and economic sustainability), taking inspiration from Steiner’s insights into social and economic life as well as agriculture. Community supported agriculture (CSA), for example, was pioneered by Biodynamic farmers, and many Biodynamic practitioners work in creative partnerships with other farms and with schools, medical and wellness facilities, restaurants, hotels, homes for social therapy and other organizations. Biodynamics is thus not just a holistic agricultural system but also a potent movement for new thinking and practices in all aspects of life connected to food and agriculture.”

Based in the development of a farms as an integrated self-sufficient organism, Biodynamics takes into consideration all natural living energies, as well as cosmic and terrestrial influences to build a healthy farm organism. It works with special homeopathic remedies to promote soil fertility and health. The goal is: healthy soil healthy plants, and healthy people.

Today, the Biodynamic movement, on its 90th anniversary, is an impressive organized force for organic farming. It exists in every climate and culture and has been established to work with almost every crop. Here in Costa Rica, every year more and more farms are converting to Biodynamics in order to improve their harvests by promoting healthy living ecosystems. Esteban has been co-creating a network of Biodynamic farmers around Costa Rica. We are excited about this first course he is offering here and look forward to being part of this growing movement and to continuing to learn with him on into the future.



Ceremony with Juanito, The Taita

Taita - Genna Marie (1)I was in full swing with preparations for the coming healing ceremony when the delicate, nimble figure of Juan Guillermo, the Taita, dressed in hand woven blue striped trousers appeared on the patio. “Hola, hola!” he exclaimed and gave me a warm hug. His familiar broad smile and sparkling eyes touched me to the core. By the evening our pavilion, the site for the ceremonies, radiated with the soft glow of candles. The altar, decked with sacred objects, glistened with crystals. Fellow travelers sat around the periphery on cushions and mats in their chosen spots. There was an air of anticipation.

Juanito, as he is affectionately called, aided by his helpers arranged his corner spot, placing his hammock, the various cups, pitchers and batch of musical instruments Then he donned regalia. As he put on his ritual attire, the tiger tooth necklace and colorful plume headgear with feathers trailing all the way down his back, one tangibly felt his transformation into the power of his role as a leader and healer, the carrier of a living lineage of generations of his native ancestors of the Inga and Siona tribes from the Putamayo region of Colombia.

As we sat before him, the Taita explained the importance of having a clear intention for the ceremony and of being open to the sacred medicine. He suggested sitting upright as much as possible, trusting in the process. The ceremony underway, through timeless hours we sat, each of us absorbed in our indvidual processes, sharing sacred space. Towards dawn I was called for a healing. Brushing vigorously with a fan of leaves around my head and body, the Taita chanted in his native language and sprayed me with fragrant perfume.
I felt the rough edges of issues encountered during my journey melt into an other-worldly calm and well being as I sat before him. I felt his love and healing energy envelop me for timeless moments. “Dios le Bendiga,” I heard him enunciate in his familiar resonant bass voice. I gazed up into his compassionate eyes and felt at peace.

From that point I looked out at the assembled figures as the Taita moved out with his helpers among the participants dispensing hands on healing, the rustle of fans, a mist of spray, the music peaked while he worked as if in a frenzy, moving from person to person in a blur of healing activity. The image of the hundred-armed Bodhi Satva of compassion sprang to mind as I witnessed the scene.

Then his exquisite music began, “Sana me; sana me, cons su presencia sana me con su amor, il espiritu de dios!” (Heal me with your presence with your love, spirit of God!). His ankle bells clanking as he thumped his feet, Juanito picked up his guitar, then pan flute, then harmonica. He sang while his helpers Mitra and Leonardo, created a rhythmic trance background with their drumming.
As he sang Ninjo Salvaje, I focused on the words of this song which I have listened to over and over…
“Soy un nino salvaje inocente, libre, silvestre Tengo todas las edades, mis abuelos viven en mi. Soy hermano de las nubes, solo se compartir. Se que todo es de todos y que todo esta vivo en mi. Mi corazon es una estrella y soy hijo de la tierra viajo a bordo de mi espiritu y camino a la eternidad”.

(I’m a wild child, innocent, free, savage. I contain all the ages, my ancestors live in me. I’m a child of the clouds and I only know to share. I know that every thing is in everything and that everything is alive in me. My heart is a star and I’m a child of the earth. I travel aboard my spirit on the path to eternity).

May we all be wild and innocent children and join in coming back to our original nature, one with the earth!

Photo of Taita is by Genna Marie.

Francisco Gabriel Palomo Barrantes and the Tonalamat

Screen Shot 2014-05-29 at 4.14.26 PMFran, Francisco Gabriel Palomoo Barrantes, an engaging and sincere individual has been at Nosara Retreat offering readings from the Tonalamatl, an ancient Codex of the Mesoamerican, Toltec tradition. He is available to return when there is more interest in his readings and eventually wants to teach others here to do readings from this profound source by offering an extended intensive course.
Born and raised in San Jose, Costa Rica in a working class family, Fran’s ethnic mix includes Mexican, Polish, possibly Jewish, Panamanian and Bribri (an indigenous tribe from the Atlantic side of Costa Rica). Fran has a passion for uncovering aspects of Costa Rican history that appear in unusual ways on his journey, for instance he has uncovered various pieces of ancient pottery with designs that indicate the tribes that lived in unexpected areas of the country.

As a child, Fran was quiet and introspective. From an early age he became fascinated by metaphysics and devoured whatever literature he could find from various traditions. In the year 2000, he experienced his first Temazcal or sweat lodge conducted by Mario Mikestly, an indigenous Mexican shaman. This Temascal took place on a farm outside San Jose where Fran now lives, works and is guided by visions of future stages of his unfolding life and plans. The experience of the sweat lodge made a strong impression on Fran.  Guided by the spirits, Mario advised him to travel.

Following this prompting, Fran journeyed the following year to Guatemala.There he got a job with the government teaching music and theater to kids. This work led him to a spiritual hospital, Chinique in El Quiche where he met a Mayan priest Don Antonio who introduced Fran to the practice and study of the Mayan Calendar. There he experienced doing readings for people and began to understand the manifestation of the different cosmic energies as they were embodied by the signs and positions of the calendar as well as his own gift in this type of study.

In 2006 and 2007 Fran traveled to Mexico and met Tonalmitl, a Grandmother of the native tradition who had a school in her house for studying Nahuatl, an indigenous language of Mesoamerica which includes parts of Mexico and Costa Rica. She brought Fran a copy of the Tonalamatl, an ancient Toltec “Misteca” or Mesoamerican astrological system and had him copy it by hand. After studying with her for six months, Fran returned to Costa Rica and continued his study of the ancient symbols and energies of each day.  Fran continued to return every year to continue his study with Tonalmitl.

In 2012 Tonalmitl gave Fran his spiritual name, “Itztlotzin” which means “Obsidian Falcon” and encouraged him to give readings to others. Since that time, Fran has been offering readings. He shares information from the Tonalamat as his medicine and his service. People come to him for different reasons. For example, when a child is born, using the ancient wisdom of the Tonalamatl, Fran is able to give heartfelt information to help guide the parents with the child’s tendencies, gifts and challenges. This illumination offers the parents a spiritual path and perspective of the unique individual in order to guide and encourage their particular gifts, abilities and mission in life.  Couples may come to see more deeply into issues or patterns they are facing.  Fran attempts to tune in to what each person needs.  Fran ensures that money is not a barrier to his serving those drawn to the reading. He may find creative exchanges for those who are not able to pay or simply offer the reading as a gift when that feels appropriate.
“The readings are medicine as much for me as for those who come,” Fran shares with his characteristic warmth and sincerity. “I identify with the word temachtiani”, he explains. “One who learns by sharing”. “I walk with the blessings of the grandmother.  That gives me the trust and confidence to offer the gift of the Tonalamatl”.


Please join us for an


When:  Friday March 7th    5pm until morning

Where:  Nosara Retreat (formerly Nosara B&B)

Exchange:  $180.00

Please bring food to share for the morning meal.  Register now as space is limited. 

You must RSVP to register for this event and to receive necessary preparation material. 

Phone us at 2682-0209 or email for more information or to register.Image

(Please park on the beach road access and use beach entrance gate when attending ceremony)