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Farm of Life (Finca de Vida)
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Los Angeles, California
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“I feel nourished and happy!”
Reviewed March 19, 2013

Spending a week in the paradise that is Finca de Vida truly was a life saving and life changing experience. I feel completely clean and refreshed and am already incorporating many of the conscious living choices I learned there. Jody & Brian and their incredible staff made us all feel so welcome. The word I kept thinking was "home." They taught us about raw and vegetarian eating, making alkaline choices and showed us some alternative meditation practices that were nurturing and awakening. I highly recommend this Farm of Life when you want a life changing jolt. I'll never forget it and will definitely return with many friends. It's a perfect locale for a group retreat of some much needed me time. Thank you!!!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Oslo, Norway
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Reviewed February 6, 2013

Our blogpost from the stay at Farm of life/Finca de Vida: http://rawcostarica.blogspot.no/2013/01/farm-of-life.html

We are a family of four who had planned a 1 month trip to Costa Rica dec/jan 2012/2013. Through Youtube and an interest in healthier eating we found Finca de Vida and decided to book 5 days there over the Christmas holidays. We should have booked at least a week or two!

To get there: we travelled from Quepos by taxi to Dominical (we could probably easily have taken a bus). Through recommendations from Jody (at Farm of life) we had a new taxi waiting for us in Dominical (this taxi driver knew the way to the farm). Brian picked us up a few km from the farm (the last bit of road was too bumpy for the taxi).

We were met by friendly people and friendly dogs and shown to our beautiful, clean room with a fantastic view of the valley and jungle!

The "Harvest house" with all you can eat fruits and vegetables was perfect - we loved our Banana-Mango smoothies.

The raw food demos were inspiring (and tasty) and the hikes were refreshing and beautiful.

The people that stayed there at the same time as us were great, the people who work there are fantastic, the nature and location is beautiful and refreshing, the fruit you get is perfect and the atmosphere is like being at summer camp :)

When we had to go our daughters (9 and 12 yrs) begged us to stay longer and my husband and I didn´t want to leave either. So, when we go back we will stay longer!

Room Tip: Toucan, Butterfly and Macaw all have a lovely view :)
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Halifax, Canada
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Reviewed February 5, 2013

Farm of Life is a choice you make that will be an experience of a lifetime, like no other! The location is clean, comfortable and very relaxing! You will be nourished with delicious food from the farm focused on eating healthy, feeling lighter and healing, if so desired. Brian & Jody are incredible to extend care & generousity to their guests! I just attended the Animar Retreat (http://www.animar.ca) here, and these hosts sure rock a "life changing" experience. Pura Vida! Take a break, recharge your batteries, and come back home feeling inspired to eat healthy and embrace change and life with a fresh perspective! Immerse yourself into yoga, massage, hikes, surfing, etc. Get ready to fall in love with the earth, and all of the lovely gifts it offers! You might just find a hidden part of you while you are here. I'll see you again Finca de Vida!! Thank you!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed January 21, 2013

Finca de Vida is a great place and definitely a highlight of Costa Rica! The owners Jody and Brian are so nice and really care and what a difference that makes! We met great guests and enjoyed getting to know the volunteers as well. And...to have bowls of fruit everywhere, quiet time in nature, a trip to the local waterfall and a chance to check out the weekly organic market...all bonuses that added up to a 5-star experience. I highly recommend!

Room Tip: Plan to be away from internet....it's very slow and perhaps a sign that some time offline will b...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 21, 2013

I spent a week at Farm of Life with my wife and seven year old son in December 2012. It is truly a one of a kind place. The location is deeply beautiful, the bountiful produce is delicious, and the people and vibe of the place are amazing. It's a place for deep healing if that's what you're seeking but also just fun and relaxation. Jody and Brian and their wonderful volunteers create an incredibly warm, open atmosphere and share their knowledge generously. It also seems to attract great guests and the shared kitchen/hang out space creates the opportunity to meet folks if you're interested. We made fantastic new friends during our time there. Though there aren't lots of young kids there usually, our son absolutely loved it there. And, by the way, whether you're raw or not is no big deal, there's no judgment/pressure and each guest is supported in pursuing their own path. I can't wait to go back!

Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Reviewed January 9, 2013

Everything you need to be comfortable yet stripped of things that weigh you down. Wonderful all the way around. If you really want to relax take a taxi! It is very remote and the road is seriously challenging. Brian and Jody have a great place with wonderful volunteers, guests, and staff. Exotic fruits magically appear in bowls throughout the day. You can use a machete and drink fresh coconut water. Nearby waterfalls are within walking distance. Be barefoot all day long. You may find you want to set your alarm for the sunrise. The scent of Llang Llang is everywhere. The kitchen is hub of activity and the best place to meet everyone. Brian is eager to share his knowledge and ideas and he loves you where you are. No judgement.

Room Tip: All the rooms are great.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 4, 2013

Finca de Vida is THE ultimate place to heal. I spent a month on the farm in Dec 2012 in order to rehabilitate and heal from ulcerative colitis. Brian and Jodie were the most knowledgeable, supportive and generous hosts and looked out for me during my whole stay.Following a raw food diet healing plan as i was, was very easy here as all the fresh, organic fruits and veggies i required were available 24/7. I also learnt so much whilst i was at the farm, not just about diet and nutrition, but about how to get well and stay well wherever i might be in the world.

The farm is a sanctuary and is perfect for anyone looking to get away from the noise and hustle of city life and be immersed in the true sounds of nature. The setup is very inclusive and communal and the atmosphere is relaxed. There is plenty to keep you occupied for days without leaving the farm yet when you feel like action there is an array of affordable escursions on offer to keep you satisfied.

I liked that there was no formal structure for each day. I was always in control of my own time and could arrange to do things as i pleased. The staff were always accomodating and were very flexible. Health and life coaching is on offer if you seek it yet nothing is ever pushed onto you since there is no 'programme' to sign up to.

There really is a family atmosphere at Finca de Vida and I had a lot of fun at the same time as making great strides in healing from chronic disease. I had the most unforgetable experience and i am already thinking about how and when to go back there.

Room Tip: Tucan lodge has stunning views of the valley and is pretty spacious - good for a small family. The L...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
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Property: Farm of Life (Finca de Vida)
Address: 3 km East of San Salvador | Diamante Valley, Dominical 10101, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Dominical
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 27 Specialty Lodging in Dominical
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Costa Rica Vacation for the Healthy Lifestyle. Thrive on delicious raw food, vegan and vegetarian food. Prepare your meals in our beautiful communal kitchen, using fresh, organic food and the harvest from our organic farm. Or, opt for Chef-prepared meals. Revive your body and spirit with detox, health coaching, yoga, spa services and eco-tours. Enjoy waterfalls, wildlife, beaches, jungle & mountain hikes. Affordable accommodations with modern amenities. A serene setting atop a lush green valley with spectacular views, pleasant temperatures and stunning Pacific sunsets. ... more   less 
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Farm Of Life (Finca De Vida) Hotel Dominical
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