Locals & Expats: Join Our Workshop!

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Are there any expat writers working in the Grecia, Atenas, Alajuela area in Costa Rica? Join our writer workshop from 10-1 pm July 16, 17, 18, 20 and 21!

The full writer workshop, for those coming from out of town, includes meals and a place to stay. But if you’re already in town and want to pop in for just the workshop portion, join us next week at Norma’s Villas! All 10 hours of classes for $200. Pay via Eventbrite or Paypal. Ariana Seigel will be helping us overcome writer’s block and any other creative blocks getting in our way.

Hope to see you there. Email lisaatnormas@gmail.com to pay via PayPal, and avoid the EB fee. Pura Vida!

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Bonnie Guest Post: From Cubicle to Farm

 

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Our fledgling farm

How does someone go from a cubicle dweller to a farmer in Latin America? I never expected to find out—But In October 2015, my husband Rick was introduced to Moringa oleifera by a friend who had just finished reading a book, Miracle Tree, by Dr. Monica Marcu. Within weeks, Rick was so inspired that he decided to use the undeveloped land at Norma’s to start growing Moringa at Norma’s Villas.

It just so happens that Norma’s in La Garita, in Costa Rica, is ideal for this plant. Rick had never farmed before—In fact, he spent most of his adult life working office jobs in the United States. Since he started planting, he’s down about thirty pounds!

In the weeks ahead, I will share more about how we started growing Moringa at Norma’s, Rick’s metamorphosis into a farmer, Moringa recipes, and the progress of the thousands of plants now sharing space with the mango trees.

Pura Vida!

NaNoWriMo Discount!

If you're gonna write a book, why not do it here?
If you’re gonna write a book, why not do it here?

 

Writers have been getting ready for NaNoWriMo, which can be an exciting and productive time! But have you planned on what you’re going to do after?

Maybe some editing or rewriting…in Costa Rica?

Norma’s is giving 10% off weekly and monthly rates for writers who book during March-August of 2015! There’s one catch . . . you must send the request during NaNoWriMo (November). You do not need to make any payments, but we need all requests by November 30.

Drop me a line at lisaatnormas@gmail.com with the following information:

1. The dates you’re looking to stay and the room you want (furnished room with access to community kitchen, studio with its own kitchen, one bedroom, or two bedroom house)
2. Your Twitter handle
3. A bit about your project!

Is that it?

Space is limited, but we will try to accommodate as many as we can! Drop us a line to reserve your spot!

Normal rates for these months are:

$600/month, $360/week for a studio
$800/month, $480/week for a one-bedroom
$1000/month, $600/week for a two-bedroom

Why Norma’s?

Norma’s is in the quiet town of La Garita. We are close enough to San Jose and Alajuela that you have major conveniences, but far enough and secluded enough that you can buckle down!

By offering this discount specifically for writers between March and August of 2015, we hope to cultivate a bigger creative community.

**You must send a message before November 30 to receive this discount! You do not need to make a payment, but must send the initial request.**

 

So drop us a line before November 30 with any questions, let us know you’re a writer, and if you eventually decide to stay with us, you’ll get 10% off your stay!

Still not sure? Check out this video to see what Norma’s is all about:

Still not enough? ***AND*** If you visit our Twitter @normasvillas and RT (retweet) our discount, you’ll receive an extra 5% off!

What are you waiting for? Email me at lisaatnormas@gmail.com before November 30!

It’s a beautiful day…

The mangoes are no longer in season, but a few are hanging around. Manzanas de agua and cas are in season. Jennifer and I picked a whole bunch!

Coconuts are also aplenty. Sergio, our gardener, was nice enough to pick some for me and my cousin Arianna.

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Mini is nesting and we expect to have 21 baby chicks in two weeks. Phew. That’s a lot of chickens! If you have chicken name ideas, please let us know…!

Welcome to Norma’s!

Norma’s retreat in Costa Rica has over 10 acres of property to lounge and relax. If you’re looking for a calm, quiet community while you’re in Costa Rica, Norma’s is the place for you!

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We have five studios, 3 1-bedroom houses, and 2 2-bedroom deluxe spaces.

Who stays at Norma’s? Norma’s is a community—some folks work in Costa Rica, some come to write a book or learn to paint, and some stay for months while looking for a permanent place to live. If you’re looking to stay in a quiet town and have plenty of space to roam around, Norma’s is the place for you! We provide a relaxing space where you can swim, meditate, or pick mangoes!

Norma’s is right on the way to Jaco, and near the Poas Volcano and Braulio Carrillo National Park. We are a fifteen-minute drive away from SJO international airport, and the Coca-Cola and Caribe bus depots in San Jose are one bus ride away.

Folks staying for a couple of weeks, a month or more enjoy Norma’s. If you’re looking for a “home” while you explore Costa Rica, we are centrally located in a quiet Costa Rican town. We’re a good place to get away from it all!