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!
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.
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!
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.
Cristina hustled in the corporate world till she was fired. She was depressed but realized she had a CHOICE. She sought healing & went to Costa Rica to pursue surfing. Back home, she chose a job that allowed her work-life balance over taking a promotion.