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IMILOA SEPTEMBER UPDATE

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A NOTE FROM OUR CO-FOUNDER

 

“Jake, this is it, this is where I was when I had the vision, it was never Indonesia, it was here in Costa Rica.” 

I can remember that day so clearly: I was in the pool with Jake at the Bali Master house, one of our 200 year old homes imported from Bali on the Imiloa Institute Campus,  and it hit me.

The rainy season of 2018 was heavier than usual, and it just so happened to be when we decided to start construction at Imiloa. Six bungalows down to our waterfall, six Geodesic Domes imported from Warsaw, Poland. A social space, a remodel and a dream that human beings would come here and hang their hat for a while.

Imiloa was being birthed in front of our eyes and nothing and no one seemed to be able to stop it.

Fast forward 14 months later, an impossible construction project built, and a dream well on it’s way to being realized. It was spoken and it was now beyond our hands. The Hawaiian word “Imiloa”, Jake has told me, translates to: “creativity expressed through the sense of wonder and imagination.” More than a name, it’s a way of life, and it was truly taking place in this magical land of Costa Rica.

My personal journey has been of growth at Imiloa. What I thought would be a place to heal others and provide them with a transformative journey has turned into a healing sanctuary for me, for every team member I hire and for all those who visit.

Imiloa has taught me about removing my mental and spiritual limitations. It has reminded me, as it has for so many, the power we have as creators. I’m understanding and learning about the perfect in everything as it is.

The land is so magical and the power we have as humans in it is incomprehensible, indescribable. Waking up to the sounds of nature, connecting to the animal kingdom and walking barefoot in this land has brought my inner awareness to another level. It truly shows you what needs to be addressed within, it challenges you in ways I never imagined, very subtle yet profound.

And what about my realization in the 200 year old home from Bali? Well, you see, a year prior, I thought I was moving to Bali. I was living in Toronto at the time, with strong visions of a cliffside retreat center, with old homes and pools and people from around the world coming to visit. I impulsively bought a ticket to Bali and stayed for two weeks. I didn’t find what I envisioned. It’s because it wasn’t meant to be.

A few months later, Jake and Nadav’s assistant found me in Toronto. And the cliffside views over the ocean and the world showing up at our front door, complete with the 200 year old Indonesian homes, found me, too.

Imiloa has been a place for my own personal transformation. The seed is well planted so that this place can show up as a beacon of light in the lives of so many. So that, just maybe, they can go out and touch families, communities, and cultures they return to after their time at Imiloa has come to a close.

Aho.

India Mayorga
Co-Founder, Imiloa Institute
Member of the Bri-Bri Tribe of indigenious Costa Ricans
Fashion, surf and vegan enthusiast

UNA CARTA DE NUESTRO COFUNDADOR EN ESPANOL

Puedo recordar el día tan claramente: estaba en la piscina con Jake en la casa principal de Bali (una de nuestras casas de 200 años de Bali en el campus de Imiloa) y me golpeó,

“Jake, esto es, aquí es donde estaba cuando tuve la visión, nunca fue Indonesia, fue aquí en Costa Rica”.

La temporada de lluvias de 2018 fue más intensa de lo habitual, y resultó ser cuando decidimos comenzar la construcción en Imiloa. Seis bungalows hasta nuestra cascada, seis cúpulas geodésicas importadas de Varsovia, Polonia.

Imiloa estaba naciendo frente a nuestros ojos y nada ni nadie parecía ser capaz de detenerlo. Avance rápido 14 meses después, se construyó un proyecto de construcción imposible, y un sueño bien en camino de hacerse realidad. Se habló y ahora estaba más allá de nuestras manos. La palabra hawaiana “Imiloa”, me ha dicho Jake, se traduce como: “creatividad expresada a través del sentido de la maravilla y la imaginación”. Más que un nombre, es una forma de vida, y realmente estaba teniendo lugar en esta tierra mágica de Costa Rica

Mi viaje personal ha sido de crecimiento en Imiloa. Lo que pensé que sería un lugar para sanar a otros y proporcionarles un viaje transformador se ha convertido en un santuario de curación para mí, para cada miembro del equipo que contrato y para todos los que visitan.

Imiloa me ha enseñado a eliminar mis limitaciones mentales y espirituales. Me ha recordado, como lo ha hecho para muchos, el poder que tenemos como creadores. Estoy entendiendo y aprendiendo sobre lo perfecto en todo como es.

La tierra es tan mágica y el poder que tenemos como humanos en él es incomprensible, indescriptible. Despertar con los sonidos de la naturaleza, conectarme con el reino animal y caminar descalzo en esta tierra ha llevado mi conciencia interior a otro nivel. Realmente te muestra lo que hay que abordar, te desafía de formas que nunca imaginé, muy sutiles pero profundas.

¿Y qué hay de mi realización en la casa de 200 años de Bali? Bueno, ya ves, un año antes, pensé que me mudaría a Bali. En ese momento vivía en Toronto, con fuertes visiones de un centro de retiro junto al acantilado, con casas y piscinas antiguas y personas de todo el mundo que venían a visitarme. Impulsivamente compré un boleto a Bali y me quedé por dos semanas. No encontré lo que imaginé. Es porque no estaba destinado a ser.

Unos meses después, el asistente de Jake y Nadav me encontró en Toronto. Y las vistas del acantilado sobre el océano y el mundo que aparecen en nuestra puerta principal, completa con las casas indonesias de 200 años, también me encontraron.

Imiloa ha sido un lugar para mi propia transformación personal. La semilla está bien plantada para que este lugar pueda aparecer como un faro de luz en la vida de muchos. Para que, tal vez, puedan salir y tocar familias, comunidades y culturas a las que regresan después de que su tiempo en Imiloa haya llegado a su fin.

Aho.

India Mayorga
Cofundador, Instituto Imiloa
Miembro de la tribu Bri Bri, indígena costarricense
Entusiasta de la moda, el surf y el vegano.

 

UPCOMING PROGRAMS

Light Leadership

Join us in November for a week-long experience in community as healing medicine. This retreat focuses on working through the next steps to take after healing has begun to continue to grow and learn in your own consciousness and leadership among your tribe. We will focus on creating the expansion possibility within you as an individual to bring your personal gifts to the world as a healer and in creating the container within your neighborhood. 

LEARN MORE + JOIN THIS POWERFUL RETREAT EXPERIENCE

RECIPE FROM OUR KITCHEN

Pedro, our Imiloa Institute plant-based chef, has overcome personal difficulties to be able to offer his gift to the world – the gift of nourishing, life-giving food. Food is medicine. At Imiloa Institute the way we nourish our retreat guests is important to us. 

You can bring the nourishing cuisine home with you: cook our delicious new plant-based recipe from in-house chef Pedro : Moussaka, complete with Tzatziki Curry and Caramel Onions. Pedro specializes in imaginative vegan cuisine, made from ingredients grown on-site and locally in the Dominical area of Costa Rica. This dish is sure to nourish your body & soul and demonstrate how delectable and easy to prepare plant-based eating can be. 

Moussaka

A Greek lasagna made from layers of roasted vegetables, coconut cheese, and quinoa tomato sauce. 

Sauce

2 cups of red quinoa
160 g Organic tomato paste
5 red tomatoes
3 red bell peppers, roasted and diced
1 big white onion, diced
2 rosemary sprigs
1 head of garlic
Bunch of basil
3 cloves
2 bay leaves
2 spoons of nutmeg
4 spoons of cinnamon
2 spoons of paprika
Pinch of coconut sugar

Lasagna pasta

4 potatoes, sliced
4 zucchini, sliced
4  eggplant, sliced

Preparation

Heat 3 cups of water in a pot and add the quinoa. Cover and cook for 10 minutes.
Into the pot add olive oil, onions, garlic, bell pepper, tomatoes, tomato paste, and all the herbs. Cook for 15 minutes.
Cover the eggplant with salt and let sit for 10 minutes, then wash salt off.
In warm pan, saute slices of eggplant, zucchini, and potatoes in olive oil until golden brown.
Assemble by laying eggplant as the first layer, cover with quinoa sauce and coconut cheese. Zucchini is the next layer, cover with quinoa sauce and coconut cheese. Final layer is potato slices. Top with remainder of coconut cheese.
Bake for 15 minutes until golden brown. Let cool and serve with caramel onions and tzatziki curry sauce.

Tzatziki Curry

1⁄2 cup of fresh young coconut meat
1 lemon
3 spoons of curry madras
1 tablespoon sesame oil

Preparation 

Blend all ingredients together.

Caramel balsamic

1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
1⁄4 cup raw brown sugar
1 spoon of water 

Preparation

Cook until sugar caramelizes and turns black. 

Imiloa has recently hit 14 incredible months of bringing light to this world. Our passion for changing the game for cultural conversations is reaching new heights with so many powerful masters and leaders bringing their expertise to share in our sacred space. With so many upcoming programs to choose from, we are sure you will find something that calls to your soul here in our lush jungle home. 

We are ready to open you with open arms. 

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