This project is a materialization of various dreams, disciplines, perspectives, and collaborators. It is a living memory of efforts, missteps, pivots, challenges, and lessons learned along the way. Ultimately, it is the incarnation of the spirit of Zūnya, a project that is slowly but surely becoming a beacon of regenerative and connected living.
With coral-reef degradation, rise in sea-levels, and the threat of more often and more intense natural disasters, destinations dependent on tourism, and our future generations, will find it extremely difficult to adapt to the loss of ecosystems that our livelihoods depend upon. Today, CO2-neutral alternatives and lifestyles are more than ever necessary in order to offset the environmental damage we’ve already done to our planet.
Charlie showed up every day, camera in hand, to accompany 13 brave humans as they embarked on their Warrior’s Journey. With the guidance of Diego Dosal, they joined with the purpose of uncovering their shadows and cultivating the tools and awareness necessary to become the best versions of themselves. Carlos’ testimony captures his reflections as an outside witness, the intimate connections that emerged, and the lessons he learned along the way.
Anna Gadalen creative residency project, “The universes we create”, fundamentally consisted in showcasing the connectedness to oneself, nature, and each other through a series of photographs featuring couples and families at Zūnya, their daily routines, or the activities they enjoy.
Regeneration requires attention in several areas, yet in August 2021 we chose to start with waste due to the undeniable and painful problem that it represents in the region—the southernmost tip of the Nicoya Peninsula. Six months down the road, and having dug into the issue, I realize that the garbage crisis is a reflection (or an accurate metaphor) of how we deal with our own personal shadows: hiding them where nobody sees them, especially from ourselves.
This article aims to shine a light on the existing possibilities to recycle in Santa Teresa, Malpaís, and the region. Whether you own or work for a business or institution, or reside in the area, the solution—and the responsibility to care for our waste—applies to all of us.
Through her photography, Ana Paula explores the workings of the natural universe, the nourishing powers of creativity and memory, and our ever-evolving quest to break away from our linear understanding of life and find a sense of wholeness. In this interview, she shares with us the beginning of her journey, her sources of inspiration, and the new directions she is currently exploring through her work.
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