Welcome! I'm Rima.
I'm a licensed marriage and family therapist (in the state of California), a yoga teacher, vegan advocate & retreat leader/host. I help people live full, inspired lives through my retreats and programs. I practice what I preach! I dedicate my life full-time to my true passions and to living my dreams.
I work on-line or in person as a psychotherapist, I run exclusive, private couples retreat in Costa Rica, I host plant medicine ceremonies & retreat (and help clients integrate their experiences), and I host “The Rima the Jungle Girl Podcast”.
I have a pretty interesting story! Since 2012, I've been traveling to and living in Costa Rica. From 2014 - 16, I brokered the $1.8 million deal for the sale of a boutique hotel and then became the manager of that hotel. I managed the hotel, the vegan/vegetarian on-site restaurant and I oversaw the yoga program until the end of 2018. That's how I ended up full-time in Costa Rica! Before that, I was working as a marriage and family therapist in California, as I am back to doing now, but with so many more skills and new experiences to add.
I'm back to doing what I love, which is working with clients as a therapist, healer and retreat leader. Check my various retreats and offerings throughout the website! You can also be my guest in my home in Mal Pais, Costa Rica!
Who I am in a nutshell.
I believe in positivity, education, activism, and above all, wildness. When we remove ourself from the distraction and chaos of modern technology and culture, we become clear channels and forces of change in this world. I use this lifestyle to educate my work with my clients.
I'm a licensed marriage and family therapist, using therapy & coaching to inspire and activate.
I'm a yoga teacher, informing my life with movement, meditation, and breath.
I'm an entrepreneur, leveraging the potential of businesses to do good in this world.
I'm an advocate for all things vegan, natural & herbal. I inspire others to live in alignment with ethics, morals, and nature.
I LIVE in Santa Teresa/Mal Pais, Costa Rica with my black cat, Zuko.
I don't take myself too seriously, and I love people that can laugh at themselves as well!
You can follow my journey of how I'm actualizing my dreams on my podcast!
Why "Rima The Jungle Girl"?
Often times in life, we ask for a "sign" from the Universe that let's use know we are on the right path. Although I've had many different "signs", one in particular changed my outlook on what was to come. That sign came back in 2012 while I was living in Venice Beach. A neighbor bought me a gift, a comic book, from a local pawn shop in his hometown in Ohio.
This comic book changed my life forever.
The story of "Rima the Jungle Girl" began long before I inhabited the role. Rima is a fictional character, originally introduced as the heroine of W. H. Hudson's novel Green Mansions: A Romance of the Tropical Forest in 1904. She lived in the tropical jungle of South America. She was a vegan in the true sense of the word before the term vegan was even coined.
She protected the animals of the jungle from poachers, hunters, and environmental destruction through her ability to use song and sounds to communicate with animals, which the natives described as "magic". The natives of the land that hunted the animals were afraid of her because they feared her ability to cause them destruction, and even her grandfather had to hide if he wanted to eat meat, which she scolded him for. For Hudson, the character of Rima epitomized the "natural man", a philosophical idea that humans raised independent from the corruption and brainwashing of civilization would have pure hearts and would be attuned to nature, animals, and their surroundings.
A movie was made after the book in 1959, and the character of Rima was played by Audrey Hepurn. The character became "Rima the Jungle Girl" when she was published by DC Comics as a comic book adaptation in 1974 (the 1st issue being the comic book my neighbor brought to me). It's a 7-part comic book series where Rima takes on more of a warrior goddess vibe in her pursuit to protect jungle animals - a modern-day vegan superhero. In the Classics Illustrated comic book adaptation of the book in the 1950s, the editor says, "We also feel that Hudson wants to tell us in this story that, long before this present meat-eating and destructive race took over all the world, there was a race of beings on the earth - beautiful, innocent, and bird-like, who lived in peace with nature and themselves, and of whom Rima... [was] the last".
This passionate, vegan jungle girl is just getting started.
The lands and winds of Costa Rica called to me for years (a place I fondly call Costa Rima) and I answered the call to the wild. My dream of living in the jungle helping the animals existed far before I became aware of "Rima the Jungle Girl", but once I learned of her, it was affirmation from the Universe that I was on the right path. I now use magic, energy, and cooperation with different species to protect the animals and jungle - my work looks different, but in essence, the goals are the same.
We have the ability within us to return to a play of co-existence and co-creation with our human and non-human brethren.
When I tell the story of the striking similarities between my life as Rima and the character of Rima, people often ask me to show them my ID to prove Rima is my real name (and it is!). Upon discovering the layers of parallelism, I felt that my life's purpose is to continue her message and way of life, meant to lead humans back in line with nature and to living in harmony with our environments.