Prana del Mar Excellence at its Best

Have you thought that eco and luxury couldn’t happen in the same place?

At Prana del Mar they have done both. Incredible eco credentials and certainly their 5 star quality is magnificent. Here is more from The Cultureist and Silvia Mordini guest author
http://www.thecultureist.com/2013/07/30/prana-del-mar-yoga-retreat-cabo/

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Our next time there is Gratitude and Manifestation Retreat Nov 30 – Dec 7, 2013

Our Favorite Surfing Instructors in Costa Rica and Worldwide!

We adore our fun surf instructors, Richard Guy and his son Elijah Guy on our Costa Rica trip!

They truly are the best of the best. Remarkable human beings, great instructors, patient and kind. Even if you are new to surfing you will be supported to embracing your greatness! We believe in them so much that we include a surfing lesson with them as part of our January 5-11, 2013 retreat. Surfing is yoga, Yoga is surfing. Embrace the OM that is both.

ABOUT RICHARD GUY:
Richard has been living in Costa Rica for 20 years and has over 15 years experience as a surf instructor. Prior to that, growing up in Canada, he was an all-around athlete, accelerating as a competitive swimmer, becoming a lifeguard trained in CPR as well as open water rescue.

As a young adult, Richard traveled the world as a professional model. It was in 1990 on a short vacation between his work travels in Europe, Asia, and the US that he discovered the Jungle and the waves of Costa Rica and has been blessed to live and raise a family here on the Nicoya Peninsula ever since. Richard and his son Elijah take to the waves and surf together as their daily ritual.

ABOUT ELIJAH GUY:
Elijah has been surfing since he was 3 years old, now at 17 and 6’4″, he was recently selected to represent Costa Rica at the 2012 DaKine ISA World Junior Games held in Panama and helped Costa Rica place 11th overall while individually placing 31st in the world for the under 18 competition.

Green Your Vacation: Featuring Prana del Mar

In our on-going effort to help provide resources for how to Green Your Vacation today we are featuring Prana del Mar, located at the Southern most tip of the Baja peninsula. Here is a youtube clip of this incredible place.

You should know at Prana del Mar stewardship for the environment is a primary concern, and this is not just lip service, they really do tread as lightly as possible. Here are some of the ways that they are reducing the impact on the local environment and the planet:

-All of their electricity comes from solar panels installed throughout the property.

-The pool is solar heated.

-All waste water is treated on-site and reused to irrigate the gardens. They also have their own well.

-Skylights were incorporated in the design to increase natural lighting and so they can almost eliminate the need to use lights during the day.

-All appliance and light fixtures were selected with energy efficiency as a criteria.

-Organic sheets, bath towels and bath mats are used in all of the rooms.

-In order to reduce water use guests have the option to reuse linens and towels.

-Cloth hand towels are used rather than papers towels.

-The garden is completely organic. No pesticides or herbicides are used and compost is made on-site from food waste and organic materials and then used as fertilizer.

-Only green cleaning products are used….and I saw them so this is really the case.

-Organic personal care products -shampoo, conditioner, soaps and lotions -are available for guests, and they are supplied in dispensers to reduce single use plastic containers.

-Aerated shower heads are in all of the bathrooms, which create great water pressure but at low flow rates, and toilets are low-flow.

-Wherever possible they recycle and they use only rechargeable batteries.

-Purified drinking water is available for guests, and every guest receives a refillable bottle to eliminate single use plastic bottles.

-The floor of the yoga studio is strand bamboo.

-Even the servers that host their website are 100% powered by wind energy.

-If guests purchase carbon offsets for their plane flights Prana del Mar will credit you that amount toward any massage, spa service, surf lesson or any other excursion that you organize through the hotel….Now that is really encouraging everyone who visits to take responsibility in every way that they can, and they will pick up the tab.