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One Way Ticket The Story of YTT Student Dana Brewster
November 12th, 2013 by Mandy Lawson
On the way to Tortuga Island Tell me a little bit about yourself. Did I see that you used to be part of a successful music group? Do you have experience in film-making? It is with great joy and gratitude that I find myself even telling you some of my story. Eight months ago a massive shift took place in my life in which I finally understood... [read more]

Angela Gonzalez – Staff Yoga Writer
May 31st, 2012 by Geoff McCabe
angela-gonzalez Namaste! I’m Angela Gonzalez from the Philippines. I would like to start my introduction by saying that I have been a vegetarian since birth and was brought up practicing the yoga lifestyle. I always give credit to my parents and siblings for without them I would not have a deeper understanding and realization of what yoga is all about. Yoga... [read more]

Interview with Wall Street Journal
July 16th, 2011 by Geoff McCabe
The Wall Street Journal The following is the transcript with an interview with Kathleen Squires, for her article "Eco Dining in Costa Rica" for the Wall Street Journal. Hi Geoff— Thanks so much for your quick response. The Anamaya is the perfect fit for my story. I especially love the "Wall of Salad!” Here are the questions I have for you: 1. You mentioned... [read more]

Interview with former Cirque du Soleil Fire Artist, Srikanta Barefoot
January 11th, 2011 by Geoff McCabe
srikanta-firedancing2 Srikanta Barefoot was hired by Cirque du Soleil in the Summer of 2007 to be the featured fire artist, fire coach and to play the character of the Shaman for what was to become ZAIA, Cirque du Soleil’s first resident show in Asia. Over the course of the next 3 years, Srikanta worked to create, maintain and star in the... [read more]

Interview with Zumba Teachers Cristiane Machado and Leah Short
January 4th, 2011 by Heather
Zumba Retreat When I was at Anamaya in September 2010 I had the great joy of taking my first Zumba class with Anamaya staff Leah Short, and then to participate in Cristiane's exhuberant classes during the Zumba retreat. We all sat down on the rocks in Montezuma's town beach and got to the heart of their passion for teaching Zumba. H: So... [read more]

History and Vision of Anamaya
August 30th, 2010 by Geoff McCabe
anamaya-at-dusk-1 Anamaya started as our dream home, but as fate would have it, our home is now yours. Before coming to Costa Rica, my wife Karen and I traveled extensively throughout Asia for our gift and jewelry design business, searching for beads, trinkets, and ideas to incorporate into our designs, and we had especially fallen in love with Bali, Indonesia. We... [read more]

Sasha Dae – Yoga Teacher – Bio
July 20th, 2010 by Geoff McCabe
yoga-teacher-sasha-dae Sasha Dae October 2-29 Teacher Training Anamaya, Montezuma, Costa Rica Namaste fellow yogis, I'm Canadian, born in Vancouver, from an organic and holistic home, first introduced to yoga at age four, by my grandmother, who began her practice at age twenty. My summers were spent on a forty acre horse farm with lots of other animals. My grandparents and aunt and... [read more]

Meet the Head Gourmet Chef of Anamaya
July 15th, 2010 by JackieSloves
Written by Jackie Sloves for Anamaya Name: Johanne Sancho Favorite Food: Costa Rican food, especially Gallo Pinto. Why do you love cooking? It is about creating what I like. As I said, I look for sparks, and try to spark flavor on the tongue. I love fusion, and mixing, and going against the rules. I was taught the rule don’t... [read more]

Interview with one of Anamaya’s Gourmet Chefs
July 12th, 2010 by JackieSloves
costa-rica-gluten-free-restaurant-300px Written by Jackie Sloves for Anamaya Meet One of Anamaya’s Gourmet Chefs Name: Oscar Lopez Quesada Age: 30 Birthday: November 4, 1979 From: Alajuela, Costa Rica. Hobbies and Interests: Skateboarding, hiking, a little bit of surfing. Favorite Food: A lot of fruits and vegetables all the time. All kinds of food, I can create a simple hummus but with a... [read more]

Meet one of our Anamaya Yogis: Stella Reeder
July 9th, 2010 by JackieSloves
Stella Reeder Written by Jackie Sloves for Anamaya The Anamaya Yogi: Stella Reeder Name: Shannon “Stella” Reeder Birthday: September 5, 1975 Height: 5’1” Weight: 100 lbs Favorite Yoga Pose: Side Angle Least Favorite Pose: Twisted Triangle Favorite Color: Green Favorite Animal: My dog Favorite Food: Creamy Peanut butter Hobbies and interests: I enjoy hiking and running. Though the waves in Montezuma are... [read more]

Hotel Business and the Internet
May 27th, 2010 by Geoff McCabe
Anamaya front entryway Summary: Internet devaluation Name: Peter Warren Media Outlet: Future Intelligence Query: Does the internet devalue everything that it touches? According to some commentators the internet is driving a terrible decline in standards and knowledge and is eroding skills and the knowledge base that they are built upon. As a result there is the inevitable move towards an intellectual shoddiness that... [read more]

Ecotourism Interview with Anamaya CEO, Geoff Mccabe
October 12th, 2009 by Geoff McCabe
anamaya-yoga-deck-with-view Why is being “green” important? Isn’t it just another over-hyped bandwagon everyone jumps on and eventually disappears? "Green" is the future... not a passing fad.  Countries around the world are continually improving their laws and green requirements, so it's smart business to get ahead of the curve rather than retrofitting a business later.  Plus, being energy efficient saves money, and... [read more]