Crossing over the Threshold

We are on our way!!! With the light of the Moon waxing into fullness on the 10th, and the beginning of eclipse season upon us, it is time to revel in our own magic making here on planet Earth. How are you using your creative powers to transform your world? What are you celebrating, honoring, and giving thanks for in your life?

Our journey continues to unravel now as we venture into the portals of our own creations….

Last month we took our first steps over an imaginary line, literally crossing the threshold beyond the ordinary into the mystical. Stepping over the line, crossing the threshold, symbolized a release of hidden blocks, a clearing away of inner barriers and anything else that got in the way of us realizing our essential truth and innate ability to perceive Nature’s intelligence and the infinite ways the world communicates with us and through us.

We asked you to contemplate how you experienced your journey, by distinguishing the unique way(s) you converse with the Divine via intuitive thoughts, feelings, sounds, symbolic imagery, or an inner knowing. Now, we dive deeper into the meaning of all this.

The idea of “Crossing over the Threshold”, in it’s most simple meaning, is a change from one state of being to another. The “threshold” can be anything from a change in your state of mind, to money in the bank, or conquering false beliefs and limitations. When we decide what the ‘threshold’ is for us, be it lasting fortune and fame, ideal love, radiant health, or ecstatic experience, we have a better understanding of how it might be experienced for us depending on where we’re at in this moment and where we want to be in the next. This brings us back to the importance of knowing your intentions for your journey. You must have a good sense of where you’re headed in order to actually get there.

Crossing over the threshold can happen in several ways and be experienced in various forms. Crossing the threshold can happen through a process we endure, a practice we commit to, a portal we journey through, or a combination of all of these. For example, one endures the process of pregnancy and passes through the portal of giving birth into the state of motherhood. Another may commit to a daily yoga practice to help shift their body-mind consciousness from a place of limiting beliefs and negative thinking to a state of gratitude and complete trust in the Universe. Or, one simply draws a line in the sand and crosses the threshold through a portal of their own creation, as we have done through our previous journey experience. Whatever the case, something has changed and we are thus transformed.

This is the Art of Transformation, Crossing the threshold from sickness to health, from lack to abundance, from doubt to belief, from weakness to strength, from worry to wonder, from stress to comfort, from anger to forgiveness, from fear to love, and from dreams to reality. You get to decide where you want to go and how you want to get there. You get to choose…. Who you want to be. What you want to feel. How you want to change the world and your place within it.

It’s not always as easy as stepping over an imaginary line! Often, we must go through the process and commit to the practice to even discover another way. Or worse, we have a series of unfortunate events such as ill health, major losses, serious accidents, or the like, that painfully push us over the threshold without us consciously choosing. The portals of transformation are infinitely varied and unique to each of our paths. However, we do have the choice to create our own portals, crossing the thresholds of our own choosing, using the gifts of the imaginal realm where anything is possible.

It starts here. It starts now. You choose the way. You are the way.

Your mind is intricately connected to the world around you. Your thoughts and ideas hold their own subtle energetic vibrations, not just within your head, but within the universe. Everything is energy, as they say, and thoughts create things. So, if we imagine ourselves crossing the threshold from where we are to where we want to be, and then take those actual steps in the world, consciously releasing the blocks and barriers between ourselves and Divinity, then…..we create our own portal into the realm where magic is made and miracles abound. And we too become a portal for the Divine to be embodied and expressed through us!

We are all co-creators in collaboration with the Universe on this journey called Life. Each one of us serves as a portal into a unique existence, a creative soul, a child of the Earth. NATURA Journeys offer the opportunity to dive deep into the exploration of ancient shamanic and yogic arts as powerful tools for transformation, both for ourselves and our world while enjoying legendary, exotic destinations and awesome travel adventures.  We invite you to venture with us into the wild realms of spirit and beyond.

We would love to hear your experience! You are invited to be a part of our brand new NATURA Journeys Facebook Group, a place to share, explore, celebrate, and co-create a supportive community for all!

What threshold are you currently aware of crossing over towards your own transformation?

How will you use the process, practice, or portal to creatively cross this threshold with grace and ease?

Have you been pushed through the portals of transformation without your choosing? If so, what wisdom was gained thru this experience?

Welcome! Join the Journey, introduce yourself, share your story….. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1859573850993930/

Crossing the Line, NATURA

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New Moon. New Beginnings. New World.

It’s a new day. A New Moon. A new cycle beginning.

From the dark stillness our world is dreamt into being and to the dark stillness we return, to release, to rebirth, to remember, to renew…..

The dark moon, the new moon, is a time for inner reflection. From the dark stillness, the unknown rises into consciousness. It is felt and sensed from the inside out, tip-toeing through our dreams, rippling in our fears, taking it’s seat beside our shadow. Be with it and let it be. Ride the currents down to the depths of your soul, where the source of your will waits to be recognized and replenished.

For most of us, this is the real work. Being still. Listening to the deep within. Facing the dark aspects of ourselves with complete devotion, and letting go. What layers have been worked through? What layers have left you stumped? What layers are peeling? What layers are healing?

What I love most about the New Moon is the energy of new beginnings, fresh starts. This is an invitation to shed off the old, release the past, compost what you can and consciously start over. From the dark stillness we become….thoughts, dreams, beliefs, words, and actions….the energy paves the way through our hearts and hands, we create the world anew.

Be wise with your ways. Learn from your mistakes. And be grateful to start again. Create consciously.

If you journeyed with us through this last lunar cycle, Congratulations on giving yourself the time and space to go beyond, to experience divine consciousness for yourself and the creative potentials both within us and around us. We are the only ones responsible for giving ourselves the gifts beyond ego’s grasp, to question our reality, to “crossover the threshold,” to deepen our relationship with Spirit, our connection to Nature, and our deeper self.

Our Journey continues now with the intention to both explore and experience the meaning of “Crossing over the threshold.” What does this mean to you? Have you had a successful experience of “Crossing over the Threshold?”

 Also, we have some deepening inquiry for those of you who initiated yourself during this last lunar cycle giving yourself your own journey experience….

-What journey were your more drawn towards? Were you more inclined to journey inward towards your inner self or take the journey out into the wild world? Why do you think that is?

-How did you experience your journey? Did you feel your way through the body? See the way in your mind’s eye? Hear guidance from within?  How did you experience your intuition?

– Has your intention changed? Why? Is your intention clear now? What is it?

We would love to hear about your experience! You are invited to be a part of our brand new NATURA Journeys Facebook Group, a place to share, explore, celebrate, and co-create a supportive community for your journey! Welcome! Join the Journey, introduce yourself, share your story…..

See You on the Otherside, NATURA

Your Inner Wild

Welcome the growing stillness of this waning moon. With January’s first New Moon just ahead of us on the 26th, this is the time to go inward and honor a sacred pause. Give yourself the gift of retreat as we ceremoniously bring this lunar cycle to a close in gratitude for all we’ve shared, all we’ve received, all we’ve dreamed, and all we’ve worked towards throughout this powerful start to 2017. You are invited to surrender, breathe and just be.
We ended 2016 honoring December’s New Moon on the 28th, diving into the topic of Love as a Force of Nature” exploring the five ways you can open your heart and keep it open to be a conduit of Love and “a force of nature” yourself.  By Full Moon we journeyed out into the world, with the solid intention to begin our Sacred conversation with Nature as an intelligent awareness capable of communicating with us in infinitely creative ways. Now, with the waning of the Moon, we journey inward.
Life is a constant balance of outward expression and inward reflection, wax and wane, give and take, ups and downs, open and close, stop and go, fast and slow……. It is on these inward journeys that we integrate, balance and discover ourselves anew. It is on these inward journeys we discover our own limitless depth, wild intelligence, and creative expansion. It is on these inner journeys we cultivate our own sixth sense, our intuitive guidance, and the powers of the imaginal realm. As above so below. As within so without.
Now, we venture inward to explore the wildness within. Are you ready? Let’s do it!
Here are the five steps towards taking your unique inner journey. Notice, the 5 steps posted here are also a reflection of the outer journey steps we went through in our last post. Only this time, the voice of Nature is within you….
1. Prepare Yourself.
Create a personal ritual of preparation. This could be as simple as taking three conscious deep breaths, setting up an altar space, honoring the elements and invoking the directions. Whatever helps you relax, ground and center. Make it personal. Write in your journal to clear some space. Light a candle and smudge, or anoint yourself with a soothing essential oil. Intentionally pour, bless and drink a tall glass of water!
Prepare for your inner journey with the same reverence and receptivity as you would an outer journey. Cleanse your body, mind, and spirit in preparation for communion with your inner divinity. Cultivate a sense of honor and reverence towards yourself as an aspect of Nature, capable of the extraordinary. Be grateful for the blessings within your inner world. The spirit within is waiting, sometimes we just need to clear the space in our hearts and heads to be receptive to what is already there.
2. Set an intention.
Get clear on your intention for this journey inward.  Your intention could be to journey for guidance with a current issue, connect with and receive wisdom from your higher self, take lessons from your ancestors, receive blessings for healing, meet your spirit guides, discover your inner wild, release past hurts and resentments, or what have you. Be creative and purposeful with your intention. The stronger your intention, the more potent your experience. Setting your intention is like setting your inner compass towards that which you seek, wish to experience, know, or cultivate within.
3. Create Space
Choose a time and space where you won’t be interrupted. Turn off any potential distractions. Put on some relaxing music, or even use a shamanic drum journey soundtrack. Grab a blanket and pillow if it helps you feel supported into going deeper. Treat this experience as a sacred pilgrimage into your inner realms. Whether you are journeying for five minutes, or an hour, honor this time and space as sacred in an of itself.
4. Crossover the threshold.
With your journey just before you, repeat your intention three times. Close your eyes. Deepen your breathing. Relax your body. Still your mind. Use your breath to deepen into your experience. Use your focus to ignite your intention. Use your imagination as the doorway into your unfolding self. Go inward. Journey through your heart. Discover the world waiting for you there. You may find yourself journeying to your own magical place, high above the Mountains, deep below the Sea, or lying in stillness along a sunny seashore. You may find yourself walking through your own enchanted forest, or flowery meadow. You might fly with an eagle, swim with a great whale, or ride a wild stallion. You might rest in the arms of the Great Mother, or float down a winding river in the velvety bloom of a lotus. Let your journey take you where it will. Surrender to the unknown within and experience the power of your divinity on this inner journey through your wild realms.
5. Honor your experience.
Give thanks to yourself and what you experienced on your inner journey. Journal about your discovery, write down any nuggets of truth and wisdom received, or simply bask in the bliss of your own relaxed state. Know that we hold the capacity to seek and answer our own questions, create our own healing, and journey far into the wild realms of our spirit and beyond. Honor your inner space as you would a Nature reserve full of wildlife, beauty, and mystical surprises. The sanctuary of the wild exists within us. We are one!
Enjoy the stillness. Take the pause. Experience the Journey.
Wild and Free, Natural Mystic

Speaks with the Wild

 

Would you be guided by the bending wood, the whipping wind, the buzz of the bees? Would you follow the bird’s song, the wolf’s howl, the gurgling brook? Would you let nature guide you into the unknown? Would you sit and listen to the wisdom of the wild?

Nature has always had its messengers, teachers, guides, oracles, and magicians. They were all wild things. Those who could read the signs and learn to speak with and for the wild would be the way showers for the others. To find food and water, shelter, hope, and learn new ways of being, Nature was and always will be the greatest of guides. Wisdom would come to us in the night, through dreams, or on sacred journeys to find and commune with Nature’s guides, be they trees, stones, seeds, rivers, winged ones, finned ones, hoofed ones or shining ones above and beyond.

The Gods of the Mountains and Forests were the Great Bears and Wild Cats, Birds of prey and beasts of burden, (as they’re called today.) Nature would speak to us through the animals. Nature would teach us through the powers they possessed. Nature would give us all that we needed, from sustenance to spirit medicine, beauty, art and music…..and still does.

Tragically, our world’s greatest teachers and guides are locked and caged in zoos and theme parks, unable to reveal the secrets of the wild, unable to express their unique power in the world. Others are threatened by extinction, while our own species has lost the ability to communicate beyond words. We have been taught to fear and conquer the wild, losing our trust towards one another along the way. For most, the reverence, honor, respect, and love for Nature has been replaced by mere entertainment. Instead of turning to Nature, we turn to sports, cinema, goal attainment, religion, and material wealth. And we wonder why society has left us struggling with drug addictions, violence and abuse, disease, and depression.

Yet, Nature is still there, just as beautiful, and creative as ever. Do not be fooled into thinking that we know it all. There is still much to be discovered, if it’s not destroyed first. We must recognize Nature as a powerful force capable of creating anything with the potential to surprise us all. Nature holds many secrets and is not bound by logic or reason. Nature can communicate in infinite ways and does so every day. Are you listening?

If you’re ready to restore your relationship with Nature, to learn the language of the wild, and to let Nature be a teacher and guide for you on your journey, let’s get started. Here are 5 steps towards communing with the powers of Nature around you…..

  1. Prepare Yourself.

Cleanse your body, mind, and spirit in preparation for communion with the divine. Cultivate a sense of honor and reverence towards Nature. Be grateful for the blessings of the natural world. The spirit of Nature exists in everything, including yourself, sometimes we just need to clear the space in our hearts and heads to be receptive to what is already there. Traditional methods of cleansing include smudging with sage, palo santo, or anointing one’s self with essential oils or consecrated water. Going deeper, be mindful of your diet, choosing healthy fruits and vegetables as an alternative to processed foods, and of course drinking plenty of water vs. sugary or caffeinated drinks. Alternatively, you could intentionally shower or bathe to purify, washing away any toxic residues in thoughts, feelings or beliefs that might interfere with you being an open, receptive channel.

  1. Set an intention.

Cultivate a strong intention to speak with Nature for guidance, wisdom, teachings, blessings, healing, or the like. The stronger your intention, your desire, the more potent your experience. Your intention will serve as a lens in which you perceive and interact with the world. Setting your intention is like setting your inner compass towards that which you seek, wish to experience, know, or cultivate within.

  1. Plan your Journey.

Choose a time and place. Treat this experience as a sacred pilgrimage into the unknown, however, do set some parameters for time and distance. The parameters work as boundaries for your experience to unfold in a set time and place. Your journey could be a half hour walk in the local park, a half-day hike in the woods, or a weekend camping trip. Plan it out. Tell a friend where you’re going and when you plan to be back. Pack a lunch. Turn off your cell phone and set to it with your intention strong and an open heart.

  1. Crossover the threshold.

After preparing in mind, body and spirit, with your journey just before you, repeat your intention three times aloud, and the mindfully step over an imaginary line. You can draw the line with a stick in the dirt if you like. This line represents you stepping over any barriers between you and Nature. As you crossover the threshold, know that Nature sees you, hears you, and is now sending you messages. Stay present to everything within your experience. Notice what grabs your attention. Perhaps there’s a bird calling, a solitary fluttering leaf, or a sparkling rain drop signaling you closer.  Look for the signs and follow them. Feel your way forward, back, or around. Trust the cues and see what you discover.

  1. Honor your experience.

Everyone has a different way of conversing with the wild. Some might find release and healing beside a flowing river, another may have found inspiration from a tiny seed, others might find insight from a spider’s web, a bird’s song, or a gentle breeze. You never know what you’re going to get, so don’t compare your experience with others. Do your best to interpret your unique experience for yourself as it relates to your life now. If you’re still left with questions, ask Nature rather than seek the opinions of others, and create more space and time for listening. Remember to always be grateful for whatever shows up for you, even the smallest grain of sand holds its own wisdom. Be reverent with the natural world and thank Nature for the experience.

The more we show up for Nature, ready and willing to listen to the wild and follow Nature’s lead, the more we will discover the miraculous, beautiful, and enchanting phenomenon surrounding us at every level. We are part of this magic, as the power and intelligence of Nature is who we are.

In Essence, NATURA

 

 

 

 

Love: the Force of Nature

Love is a Force of Nature.

“If you find yourself struggling against the tides of transformation, meet and match the resistance from the heart. An open heart keeps the wisdom within flowing, giving us access to our greatest strength and resource: Love.”

Happy New Moon and Blessings on your New Beginnings as we Journey into 2017! The above quote is from a NATURA Journey blog post Into the Dark with an Open Heart, emphasizing release and the waning moon energies. So, why is Love our greatest resource?

If we think of the many facets of life as different and diverse threads, Love is the force that weaves each individual strand into one great tapestry. Love is the mystery glue that binds and holds us all together. It is Love that unites two lovers. It is Love that births Mother and Child simultaneously. It is Love that keeps the family coming home. The love between fathers and mothers, sisters and brothers, and friends of all kinds, keeps our world turning. It is the love we have for ourselves that keeps us moving forward, taking care, giving life our best.

Love is not limited to the human experience. Love encompasses all of life in ways we cannot imagine. You can see it in a dog’s smile. You can hear it in a cat’s purr. You can feel it in a welcoming embrace. All creatures, great and small, have their own ways of loving. Love is a force of nature. It is the force that creates life and feeds the world. It the force that gives us strength when we have none. It the source that guides our hearts back home. Love is the resource we cannot live without.

Anyone who has ever suffered a broken heart learns the hard lessons of Love. When we have it, life is a glorious dream. When we don’t, it can feel as though we’re dying inside. You can see the glow and radiance beaming from those in love. Love is vitality. Love is life force. Love is our greatest resource! It is love that will transform our world from fear, control, and greed, back to love, freedom, and generosity.

How? Through our open hearts!

Here are 5 ways you can begin to open your heart, keep it open, and let Love as a force of Nature flow through you.

  1. Recognize when your heart is closed.

Some sure signs of a closed heart start with your attitude towards yourself and others. Are you blaming, critical, and pessimistic about life in general? How do you react towards other people’s happiness and successes? Feelings such as anger, jealousy, resentment, guilt, and greed are all destructive to the heart and health, blocking the flow of love from going in or out liked a damned-up river going dry. Be mindful of your self-talk and whether it falls into the “hurts” or “heals” category. Also, notice your posture. A closed heart can often be indicated physically by slumped over shoulders and a caved in chest as if carrying a heavy burden. If your heart is closed, don’t worry, it’s a natural part of life and learning.

  1. Learn and Discern.

Try to discern what feelings or experiences may have caused your heart to close. This could be anything from major losses to minor disappointments. Don’t judge or demean your feelings or the reasons behind them. Listen closely and honor your heart no matter how trivial any heart-wounds might be. It’s important to determine the cause of the closure so we can learn how to protect our hearts in the future. Ask your heart how it can heal to open? Be patient. Let the heart be heard and when you have your heart’s answer for healing act upon this wisdom. You may find yourself needing to release your burdens, forgive, or discover new ways to nurture your heart. This can be anything from allowing yourself to mourn, calling a good friend to hear you out, journaling, going into sacred space for ritual, taking time off to nurture your heart’s needs, dancing, creating art, or the like.

  1. Gently coax your heart open.

Create a sacred space and healing environment for yourself. Let your heart know it’s safe to open. It’s said that one of the best ways to receive love is by offering it first. Practice giving from an open heart. You can start by giving to yourself. Talk yourself up, take yourself out, treat yourself right. Then, start giving to others. Give a smile, a compliment, or a helping hand. Give patience, kindness, and understanding. As we give, we receive. You can also begin to gently stretch you heart center open physically. Open your heart to the heavens, roll your shoulders back and down, free your heart from a caved in chest. Let yourself breathe into an open heart and notice the fullness of life. You can also practice heart-opening yoga postures such a cobra, sphinx, camel, bow, wheel, wild thing, and dancer!

  1. Notice when….

Once your heart is open, or opening, notice your heart’s reactions to life. Be mindful of the good feelings and experiences that keep your heart blossoming open, feeling safe, nurtured, and in the flow of love. Celebrate and cherish these times with love and gratitude. Also, notice those that shut you down, turn you off, or create those harmful feelings that close the heart. When you feel destructive feelings such as anger, rage, fear, jealousy, self-doubt, or pity, remember what these emotions do to your heart and health and work on releasing these energies with care. Honor whatever triggers and challenges arise as teachers giving you lessons you still need to learn.  Value each lesson as a way for you to discover the medicine and healing your heart yearns for.

  1. Be a Force of Nature

When we recognize the heart as the portal for love to flow in and out of our lives, opening the way for us to both give and receive love, keeping our heart open in today’s world is no small feat. It takes practice, deep listening, surrender to our emotions, inner awareness, and consistent self-care. It takes trust in the universe, faith in one another, and forgiveness beyond reason. However, when we recognize that love is a force of nature and one of the greatest resources we have, we should be more up for the challenge. As you live with an open heart you access the love that permeates our world, you begin to see and feel it, not as romantic love, but as a force of nature that keeps the sun shining, the rivers flowing, the flowers blooming, the bees buzzing, and the birds singing. It is this Love that keeps our hearts beating and breath flowing, it is the life force within us and around us, and the more we open to it the more we become it. Be a force of nature!

Love, Natural Mystic

 

Winged Flame

From the Flames of a thousand colors,

From Ancient Ashes carried far and wide,

By the power of the Great Word,

On Wings of Enchantment I Rise and Glide.

Long Live the Free Bird.

Long Live Ecstasy.

Long Live the Magic threads Weaving Destiny.

Long Live the Phoenix and the Wild Realms She Reigns.

Long Live Her Dance of Rainbow Sparks and Flames.

I’m shaking off the ashes.

I’m Rising Fierce with glee.

I’m shooting Love in all directions.

I’m a Wildfire, Phoenix,

Flying High,

Burning Free.

I lift the old curse,

I burn what’s in my way.

I put the fears to good use as I transform the night to day.

I Rise up from the ashes on a Journey of bright array,

I Color all around me.

I am Love in Full display.

Ecstasy here to stay.

Piece of the Eternal Ray.

I’m the Free Bird, come what may.

A Phoenix Rising,

I am the way.

-HANNAH

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spirit Within

Spirit Within contained in me,

Flowing like electricity.

Spirit Within so vast and Free,

Forever Boundless,

Both Full and Empty.

Spirit Within that guides my Way,

Riding the currents of every Day.

Spirit Within that’s shinning Now,

A Light that says I do know how.

I close my eyes and feel you there,

In a Timeless Dance,  We’re Fire and Air.

Somehow we have came to Be,

Walking through Eternity.

Upon this Earth We Dance and Run,

The Spirit Within Shines in Everyone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wildness Within

“Wildness is often viewed as a bad thing, a state of being out of control. But this is not so, for it represents the primal state of natural things, beyond the reach of human interference. The Wild is a place of eternal elemental powers, which those who enter may contact. If we return to the wild periodically, either in reality or through an inner journey, we are offered the chance of deep inner psychic renewal. In the Wild, we can contact the ‘Wild Wo/Man’ within us, reconnecting ourselves with our inner instincts. Within the elemental powers of the Wild, the artificiality of the everyday world of human competition and banality is replaced by the possibility of communion with Nature, and the promise of fulllfillment of our true natural selves.”

-Nigel Pennick, Natural Magic
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This Wildness Within NATURA Journey is threaded with core shamanic practices to guide us towards a deeper merging with universal spirit. Discover the many teachers within nature, the infinite voice of spirit and the messages they have for us through the ancient teaching of Core Shamanic Practices. United in ritual and diving deep into our own personal experiences, we learn to see, hear, feel, and know our world in a new way.
Our transformational experience takes us back to the practices of ancient spiritual traditions including ceremony, ritual, interpreting lessons from nature, the shamanic journey, song, dance and story. Prepare to meet and greet the spirit of the Osa Peninsula and her unbounded power while we take an inner journey to reveal our own wildness within. Discover the many teachers within nature, the infinite voice of spirit and the messages they have for us.

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Our practice begins rooted in the eternal present uniting mind, body, and spiritual awareness. We explore myth and archetype, symbols and synchronicities, along with ancient beliefs and traditions. We walk an old path in a wild world, developing witness consciousness as we rekindle all our senses and learn to observe and feel through the lens of the sacred.

We learn to sing our soul song and dance ourselves into empowered ways of being. We interpret the teachings of Nature, guided from within, and explore the many ways she reveals herself to us. We open the faculties of the mind and explore the portals in between. We become the bridge, grounding powers unique to our own wildness within, and embodying them into the here and now.

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Our journey takes us to the secluded nature wonderland of the untouched Osa Peninsula. This is where wildlife rules and we’ll be learning from it every step of the way. The Osa Peninsula is home to at least half of all the species that live in Costa Rica and declared “one of the most biologically intense places on earth” by the National Geographic Magazine! It is home to many of the country’s rare and endangered species including the puma, jaguar, Harpy Eagle and Scarlet Macaw.

The Osa Peninsula is a marine mammal mecca, being home to 24 different species of dolphins and whales, both migratory and residential. It is celebrated as the world’s best, both for whale watching and wildlife viewing. It is here that we begin our Wildness Within Journey, along the tranquil warm waters of Golfo Dulce. We will be diving into a flow of new insights, expanding perceptions and wild discovery as we come to know and experience the essence of the Osa.

Joining a team of local marine-life researchers who have studied the area for years, we journey into the heart and soul of experience itself. Imagine dolphins at play just beside the boat. Feel the swell and blow from whales breeching, surfacing, and swimming with their young. This is where magic is born and bred. This is where the wildness within rises up to breath.

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To the humpback whales of the world, the Golfo Dulce serves as the legendary birthing bowl and protective nursing pool for whales from both Southern and Northern Hemispheres. Whales from the South journey up to 11,500 miles, some of them coming all the way from Antarctica, and can be seen in the Osa from late July to early November. Northern Hemisphere humpbacks arrive in Costa Rica waters around late October and stay until late April, making the Pacific and gulf waters of the Osa Peninusla one of the only places in the world where Northern and Southern Humpback whales co-exist.

With a large chunk of the peninsula forming Corcovado National Park, this area has the single largest expanse of a lowland tropical rainforest in Central America and is one of the tallest rainforests in the world. During our stay on the Osa Penninusla we’ll be joining a research team at El Chontal along the shores of Rincón de Osa to participate and gain insight with their study of the bottle nose dolphins that frequent the warm waters of the Golfito. Besides dolphins at play, we’re likely see the blow of humpback whales surfacing with young since the Gulf’s Caldera has been the birthing grounds and nursery for these gentle sea-giants for centuries.
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After our initial stay at El Chontal Research Center diving into the Colfo Dulce’s whale and dolphin discoveries, we journey onward into the wild to Finca Exotica Eco-Lodge. Finca Exotica is the only beachfront property in this pristine area of Costa Rica, and the closest place to Corcovado National Park accessible by car. Corcovado is Costa Rica’s emerald gem. It is the pristine wild, abundant with a diversity of life, protected and preserved. Corcovado is alive in all ways. She is a land vast and varied, both pristine and rich beyond measure. Corcovado is home to some of the great mysteries of the wild like the Jaguar, Harpy Eagle, Tapir, Ant Eater, many wild cats, various monkeys, incredible bird life, and an array of insects that will blow your mind.

Check out NATURA Journeys for more information and stay connected with our Wildness Within Facebook Event Page. 

Keep it Wild!

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