210: Surfing, Sustainability & Unmuting the Voices of Women Surfers | Tara Ruttenberg | Jungle Girl Bosses

210: Surfing, Sustainability & Unmuting the Voices of Women Surfers | Tara Ruttenberg | Jungle Girl Bosses

Tara uses the written word & surfing as a metaphor to Identify and discuss a broader experience of women all over felt both in the water and on land… processes that include patriarchy and misogyny, and she uses her experience as a writer and surfer to give voice to women in her own work & in her collaborations with women all over the world (in the book she’s working on, Women's Surf Stories). She’s a well-published author and PhD student who’s specializing in Sustainable Surf Tourism & she travels the world & hosts various events & retreats. In this episode, she talks about putting boundaries in place with her art, the abuse and reactivity she experienced when speaking her voice, being silenced as a woman who’s voice doesn't go along with the mainstream, dating across cultures, coming to Costa Rica in the student abroad program & feeling “home”, being non-attached as an artist & writer, whether to positive or negative feedback, being a program assistant for a study abroad program called Surfing and Sustainability, and more!

209: Authenticity & the Future of Yoga: As a Profession & As a Philosophy | Cristina Kalyani Paes | Jungle Girl Bosses

209: Authenticity & the Future of Yoga: As a Profession & As a Philosophy | Cristina Kalyani Paes | Jungle Girl Bosses

Cristina Kalyani Paes found her path from a very young age & found herself asking primordial questions that weren’t typical of the time. She had paranormal experiences & was given resources to study about yoga & to work with a paranormal psychologist. From there, she deepened her studies for many years by learning about breathwork, hypnotherapy (from Brian Weiss & Dolores Cannon), yoga philosophy and lifestyle at the Bihar School of Yoga & meditation. A pilgrim, she traveled by horseback for a year and a half around South America, introducing fire dancing and yoga choreography to the unprivileged people in the mountains of Peru with Nomads United, before she settled in Costa Rica 16 years ago. Now, she practices the Yoga of Life, without putting labels or trying to market herself in an inauthentic way. Her work is a culmination of her experiences & knowledge. She wants to see yoga remain what it really is & shares the message that we don’t all need to quit everything, become yoga teachers and monks, and live in the jungle in order to be spiritual. “The world needs all professions, not just yoga teachers. We can always transform the work that we do into something beautiful. Anything we can do to go back to nature is they key - not that we have to release or get rid of our lives.” She talks about the need for community gathering centers in big cities where people can connect and experience a tribe, a place where one can LIVE yoga or spirituality. She’s frustrated with centers and studios that give employment to yoga teachers based on their social media followings and not based on their merit and it causes her to question the integrity of these places. She believes we need to find a balance with yoga as a profession and yoga as a philosophy, and always remain in our authenticity.

208: Sunshine Everyday: Using Positivity to Manifest Your Dream Life | Maya DeGabrielle | Jungle Girl Bosses

208:  Sunshine Everyday: Using Positivity to Manifest Your Dream Life | Maya DeGabrielle | Jungle Girl Bosses

Maya DeGabrielle lives her life as a true example for all. Never a bad word to say about anybody, she is constantly smiling and brightening the lives of those around her. She left her parents’ house at 16 & went off into the wild, living in numerous paradise-destinations, including Indonesia, Ibiza, South Africa & more, before deciding to settle in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica, where she has a Standup Paddleboard company - Sundah Surfers. She gets to be a mermaid all day long as she wows her guests with the simplicity of nature, being present & always having a positive mindset. Even when her beautiful car was stolen, I never heard Maya complain once or say anything negative - hear why she lives her life this way and what it’s done for her. She’s trusting the flow & the calling of her life to fulfill her deepest-rooted desires.

207: Ditched Architecture to Design the Life of Her Dreams | Mona Picasso | Jungle Girl Bosses

207: Ditched Architecture to Design the Life of Her Dreams | Mona Picasso | Jungle Girl Bosses

Mona grew up in Argentina where she was pressured to go to university immediately after high school. At 17, she wanted to be a fashion designer but decided, on her first day of university, to switch to studying architecture. Not a small feat, she spent 6 years studying & working to survive. She took a solo trip to Costa Rica and her perspective completely changed. She went home to take her final exams & after graduating, she came back to Santa Teresa & decided to follow her heart. She spent her days surfing & soon became a surf instructor and a little monkey or a “Mona”. She began designing her own personal surf swimwear & her students wanted to buy them. She went from sewing 10 suits at a time to a full-time team of partners and staff in Costa Rica & California growing the brand. She named the brand Mona, and the designs are now made from recycled abandoned fishing nets from the bottom of the ocean, is fully recyclable, & is so smooth & comfortable! So it turns out she became a fashion designer in the end! A true full circle story… Her story is so inspiring to the female entrepreneur chasing her dreams.

206: Using Grief, Nature & Yoga to Bring Us Into the "Now" | Nancy Leigh Goodfellow | Jungle Girl Bosses

206: Using Grief, Nature & Yoga to Bring Us Into the "Now" | Nancy Leigh Goodfellow | Jungle Girl Bosses

Nancy road tripped down the coast of Mexico through Central America over 20 years ago before settling in Costa Rica, where her family had already moved to live a different life. Together, they built, sold & built another successful hotel which they now run together in paradise. Nancy was a devout Ashtangi for many years before becoming a certified yoga teacher by popular demand - she was already teaching classes in town because everyone loved her style and there was a huge demand for yoga! After losing her toddler in a car accident 17 years ago, Nancy has learned countless lessons on grief, transformation, the importance of family, community & a support system, and understanding that “what we have is here and now. The more we can open up and be less attached to what is in the future, there’s a deeper sense of happiness.”

205: Ecstatically Dancing Magic-Making Mermaid | Laurie J. Como | Jungle Girls Bosses

205: Ecstatically Dancing Magic-Making Mermaid | Laurie J. Como  | Jungle Girls Bosses

Laurie figured out at a young age that society is trying to place us into a box and that she didn’t want to be in that box. French Canadian, she came to Costa Rica for the first time with her mother and found her love for surfing, speaking Spanish & being connected to nature. Her heart remained when she went home & after returning to travel around Costa Rica & central America for months, she decided to return to Costa Rica. She’s been here 11 years & describes herself as a mermaid that loves to dance, surf, dive & play. She hosts Ecstatic Dance biweekly in our beach community, creating a safe space for us to dance our hearts away with judgement, drugs or alcohol. She creates magic in many other ways. We talk sunsets, astrology, following your passions & dreams, not settling into what others want for you & more. Listen in for jungle girl boss inspiration!

204: Giulia Traded High Heels & High Rises for High Tides & Quad Adventures | Giulia Vallotto Grace | Jungle Girls Bosses

204: Giulia Traded High Heels & High Rises for High Tides & Quad Adventures | Giulia Vallotto Grace | Jungle Girls Bosses

Originally from Italy, Giulia moved around the US before settling in New York City. She worked for Diesel and was in the fashion industry for many years. She reached a point in her life where she wanted a sense of freedom & fulfillment. She visited Costa Rica with her partner & she fell in love. Soon after, she experienced a devastating earthquake in Nepal & was traumatized. Instead of going back to her life of structure and routine, she was getting ready to get married & move to the jungle. She was worried about healing from her trauma but soon found that nature was her ultimate healer. Here, she’s able to explore her creativity, to let her entrepreneurial side run wild and take risks, and partner with people she loves. She’s one of Rima’s business partners and they share a few anecdotes and stories on making it as a female entrepreneur in the jungle!

203: Ex-Nightclub Owner Turned Jungle Animal Rescuer | Heidi Hansen | Jungle Girl Bosses

203: Ex-Nightclub Owner Turned Jungle Animal Rescuer | Heidi Hansen | Jungle Girl Bosses

Heidi opened a huge nightclub in North Carolina at 24 and ran it successfully for 11 years. The club had it all from a Tiki bar to a mechanical bull; she hosted huge musical acts & raging parties while keeping everything running smoothly. She came to Nicoya on a vacation and immediately felt like she was home. From the monkeys overhead, the waterfalls, the blue butterflies, the weather… before she knew it, she was putting an offer in on a house. She bought the house & five years later, she’s still calling Santa Teresa home. Now, Heidi spends her days rehabilitating animals with Wild Sun Rescue Center in Cabuya & uses her business skills to find ways to make the rescue sustainable. She balances animal rescue will lots of adventure, fun girl time, community & love.

202: Breast-pumping in the Supermarket Wave-Chasing Mindful Mama | Emily Pereira | Jungle Girl Bosses

202: Breast-pumping in the Supermarket Wave-Chasing Mindful Mama | Emily Pereira | Jungle Girl Bosses

When I met Emily, she was a pregnant woman in the jungle. When I heard her story, I was amazed! A double Aquarian like me, she spent 15 years in Venice Beach (where I lived for many years!) and followed the traditional path - working for a fortune 500 and spending 1000s of dollars on clothing and shoes. She had the picturesque life but her heart still yearned for Costa Rica - where she had spent 6 months backpacking out of college. She finally returned to the small surf town she fell in love with before, Santa Teresa, over a decade later, and ended up falling in love with a charming French surfer. Soon she returned, they had a baby & the rest is history. Listen in for more details and epic quotes like this: “It’s like if motherhood is a video game and doing it in the jungle is the hardest level.” Emily is amazing!

201: From Corporate to Kundalini | Tammy Foster | Jungle Girl Bosses

201: From Corporate to Kundalini | Tammy Foster | Jungle Girl Bosses

This bad ass jungle girl boss is an inspiration to Rima & many others. She cracks tourists & locals alike wide open with her famous Kundalini yoga classes in Santa Teresa. Originally from the US, Tammy first touched Costa Rican soil in 2002 & she knew she was home. She was living the daily grind in corporate America but she decided to create a different life for herself. She was introduced to Kundalini yoga, the Mayan calendar, Destiny Cards & western astrology... she delved deeply into these areas & now teaches to thousands of people worldwide. She is birthing a book & is highly revered in the community she’s spent over 10 years growing roots in & shares with us how to go after what you want & why community & self-care are so important.

036: Blocks to Heaven On Earth

036: Blocks to Heaven On Earth

Charlotte talks about identifying the blocks to consciousness & dialoguing about solutions through nature & spirituality as opposed to transcendent belief systems which negate animals, nature, Spirit, embodiment, women & feelings as sources of power. If you want to change "what is" you must have a vision for what you want to create & a deep understanding of the problem. Many today go straight into surface solutions without deep pondering of the problem. We explore the heartsets & mindsets that stand in the way of co-creation of a kinder world for all beings. Charlotte invites us to have deeper conversations about animal liberation, feminism & spirituality that go beyond the realms most are willing to contemplate. 

035: How Women's Liberation will Save the Earth

035: How Women's Liberation will Save the Earth

What are the powers of women? Have we been fed a lie in the form of woman as homemaker & sex object? What is the role of the Goddess? Can we begin to see women as leaders, healers, visionaries & powerhouses as peaceful societies did 1000s of years ago? We explore vegan spiritual ecofeminism & returning the principles associated with women to all humanity - care, compassion, intuition & power. We explore how stories of a male God & male as the norm & priority within theology & philosophy, combined with flesh-eating, have shaped our understanding of reality, self, worldview, paradigm & how to up-level our beliefs to benefit all beings.

034: Embodied Love: The Vegan Path of Transformation

034: Embodied Love: The Vegan Path of Transformation

Charlotte explains her theory of embodied love & disembodied logic & how being kind to animals holds the greatest potential for the flourishing of humanity's potential. Veganism is a way of relating with love & it is connected to the most evolved potential - physically, spiritually, emotionally & culturally. Often, spiritual leaders speak from the dominator paradigm, which justifies the use-abuse of animals. When we relate to animals as spiritual teachers, we shift into an unprecedented consciousness. The time is now to turn this vision into reality.

033: Rescuing an Animal Rescue Center: Wild Sun in Costa Rica

033: Rescuing an Animal Rescue Center: Wild Sun in Costa Rica

Rescuing a defunct rescue center is hard work & expensive. That doesn’t stop Jeremy & his team at Wild Sun Rescue Center in Cabuya, Costa Rica from tackling issues & rescuing, rehabilitating & releasing all day. Volunteers & yoga retreats are hosted at Jungle Resort campus, which contributes to the center while guests enjoy paradise. Wild Sun addresses conservation issues at the legislative level & helps animals in need. Learn about their work with scarlet macaws & monkeys & how you can get involved.

032: Corporate Executive Becomes Lavender Farmer

032: Corporate Executive Becomes Lavender Farmer

Zion believed the lie that we’re all fed - that we have to achieve monetary wealth to be happy and successful. After hitting his milestone of making 6 figures a year, he realized it didn’t fulfill him. He was spending so much time working that he left the house before his daughter was awake and came home after she was asleep. He knew something had to change. When the opportunity arose to partner in a lavender farm and move 2 states north, he and his wife jumped on it. They haven’t looked back since.

031: Do Your Mental Stories Trap You Or Inspire You?

031: Do Your Mental Stories Trap You Or Inspire You?

We come into this world knowing who we are, but somewhere along the way, we become inundated with the voices of others. Parents, teachers, the media… it’s easy to get lost and live a life based on the agendas of others. Katie recognized that she wasn’t living her true to her Self & worked to break free from the stories that bound her. Now she’s a digital nomad, living half the year in Bali. Versus being stuck in a 9-5, she’s creating her own schedule and creating new traditions with her partner.

030: Why a Deck of Cards Is The Only Spiritual Education You Need

030: Why a Deck of Cards Is The Only Spiritual Education You Need

Alexander looked for the meaning of life on a spiritual quest that included climbing mountaintops to meet with gurus & studying with shamans until he found it in a deck of playing cards. In ancient spiritual societies, people knew about the power of the cards. We talk about the difference between destiny cards & Tarot cards & how the cards can be accurate based on our calendar when it is new. His theories are thought-provoking. His book tells us how we can understand our cards to play them right.

029: I’m a Woman Who is Trans, but That Doesn’t Define Me

029: I’m a Woman Who is Trans, but That Doesn’t Define Me

Rima & Isley both left Victorville in search of something more. Isley talks about her creative career in Hollywood, being typecast as transgender & moving forward into a different era - one where she’s seen for her art & as a talented woman vs. as a transwoman. She shared her transition with thousands on YouTube, helping many to find their true self. Now she’s ready to shift focus. We talk about men’s fear of finding transwomen attractive, being trans in the military, & dating as a transwoman.

028: Palestinian Shaman on Being a Modern Shaman

028: Palestinian Shaman on Being a Modern Shaman

What is Shamanism/a shaman? What does it look like to be a shaman from the west versus from indigenous cultures? A Palestinian Shaman living in LA is not the most common person you will meet. Yaz shares how he came to the spiritual path & became a shaman. He was a wealthy, corporate bigshot, numbing with drugs, alcohol & sex, until he had a breakdown. He found reiki the same week & everything changed. Also, how it was growing up in the Middle East in the war, how he’s healed himself & his family.

027: How to Brand Your Business & Your Life & What Branding Is

027: How to Brand Your Business & Your Life & What Branding Is

Meg’s back to talk about WHAT THE F BRANDING IS? and how we can brand our business & our life in a cohesive way that tells the story we want. No business is too small to think about branding & about the message you are conveying to potential clients, family & friends! As wellness entrepreneurs, yoga teachers, whatever, our life is often our business so knowing what to do and how to do it can be a challenge. Meg offers solutions and practical tips for you to brand your business & your life today!