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Sharing Insights Podcast sets out to share stories, strategies, and insights among operators of ecologically and socially beneficial projects, in Costa Rica. These stories provide landowners everywhere access to unique ideas for how they, too, might design their own business models for greater success and impact.
 
Rima Danielle Jomaa, a licensed psychotherapist, yoga teacher & vegan advocate, living in the beautiful jungle of Costa Rica takes you on a journey through various topics in life. Season 3: Mental Clarity - Rima focuses on all things mental health - balance, family roles, shame, guilt, relationships and love, addiction, depression... no stone goes unturned!
 
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Regenerative Land Management * This blog contains a few links to products on Amazon.com I’ve found useful. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from any purchases you make through these links. It’s a great way to support the show while greening up your lifestyle. Our earned commissions won’t cost you a dime! Hello and welcome to Part 4 of a 6-part recap …
 
Welcome to the third installment of our Season 1 Recap series, where I’ve been reviewing what we’ve learned from a dozen interviews with veteran landowners throughout Costa Rica. In today’s episode, we’re going to take a dive into the concept of ‘Community’, our place in it, and how we can be more harmonious members and effective contributors to ou…
 
Welcome to Volume 2 of my Season 1 recap series. In this episode, we’re going to review some of the advice we’ve been given about hosting guests, volunteers, and students. Hosting is a hot topic for many new landowners as welcoming in volunteers is an enticing way to get much-needed help building foundational infrastructure. For many new landowners…
 
Hello, world! Jason Bliss from the Sharing Insights Podcast here. I’ve been on one heck of a journey. Over the last 9 months, I’ve dived into permaculture, exploring different ways we can develop sustainable homesteads and communities for a better way of life. We’ve interviewed a whole host of amazing people, all with their own unique experiences a…
 
This episode is part 2 of my interview with Brandy Montague from her podcast, For Animals For Earth. In this half of the interview, I shared a bit of advice for travelers looking to visit impact centers as guests, volunteers, digital nomads, or students. In the end, we’re all really students! Brandy asked me to share a description of what it might …
 
Listen in on this conversation that was recorded by Brandy Heyde Montague interviewing me for her podcast “For Animals For Earth”. She was intrigued by the term Ecological Impact Center and asked if I’d be a guest on her show https://foranimalsforearth.com/. I met Brandy thanks to her offer to read through and give feedback on what’s become my firs…
 
Lynx Guimond of Sailcargo Inc. is an adventurous carpenter and shipwright with an inspiring mission. He's created a homestead in Costa Rica, uniting a team of over 20 shipbuilders from around the globe to embark on the quest to create a zero-emissions cargo eco-ship called Ceiba, to cross the Atlantic ocean between Central America and Europe. He sh…
 
Nico Botefur of Essence Arenal shares how he’s turned a couple of rooms on a denatured piece of property into a thriving business, food forest, and employment opportunity for entrepreneurs in his region. Located at the base of the beautiful Arenal Volcano, his hotel/restaurant/spa is an excellent example of what magic can come with patient and pers…
 
This interview, with Meghan Casey of the Chilamate Rainforest Eco Retreat, is the kind of conversation that can change the fabric of a project’s relationship with its region and neighbors. We discuss community outreach projects that anyone can do: including teaching English, promoting cooking classes and homestay/farm stay experiences for guests to…
 
Today’s episode is with Estéban Acosta of Sembrando Flores & Viogaz, Costa Rica’s leading manufacturer and installer of bio-digesters for home-scale, as well as commercial, uses. We discuss the spiritual side of agriculture through the application of biodynamic principles, growing “green manure” (mucuna beans), and the benefits of using a biodigest…
 
In today’s episode with Terry Newton of Kindred Spirits, we explore horse care, equine therapy, using connection with horses to enhance yoga and meditation practices. Permaculture, & natural medicine. It’s a conversation filled with intriguing stories, practical advice, and inspiration to follow one’s dreams. Terry shares her top tips for horse car…
 
Building community is a central focus for many back-to-the-land projects. Most commonly, that community is comprised of internal share-holding members, long-term guests, or the extended community of the surrounding village. For some projects, that would also include short-term guests and off-site investors. No matter what community means to you, ma…
 
Welcome to the world of Ancel Mitchel, herbalist, storyteller, chocolatier, and overall quality human being. In today’s episode, we dive into the value of connecting with & supporting local indigenous communities, various ways that one might prepare a cacao bean, and the value of embracing the mythological roots or our plant medicines. Ancel is one…
 
Meet Peter Kring, a nurseryman & farmer who has more than 30 years of experience in tropical agriculture. Peter has introduced many valuable species into cultivation in Costa Rica and maintains a collection of over 200 species of fruit trees. His farm, Finca la Isla, on the Caribbean coast, offers a plethora of workshops in horticulture, medicinal …
 
The conversation continues from last week’s episode with Justin Dolan of St Michael’s Permaculture Country Club, in Central Pacific Costa Rica. Justin mentions a number of the innovations that he’s been experimenting with, including natural building with bamboo, bioremediation, soil health, natural cooling with living rooftops and vines, waste mana…
 
In today’s episode, we join Justin Dolan at the St Michael's Permaculture Country Club in Central Pacific Costa Rica. Justin shares his passion for seed propagation, medicinal plants, and using bio-ferments for healthy soil as well as animal care. We explore topics such as healthy competition, the value of studying with a mentor, and using plants f…
 
In today’s episode, we visit with Ed Bernhardt at the New Dawn Center/Finca Alba Nueva, in Perez Zeledon, Costa Rica. Ed is a deep ecologist, and author for several newspaper & magazine articles in Costa Rica, including the Tico times. Ed shares with us tips for soil building & supporting your plant’s immune system with a recipe that he calls “komb…
 
In today’s episode, we visit with Suzanna Leff, one of the cofounders of Finca Amrta, a permaculture farm in the South Pacific region of Costa Rica. Suzanna has been running her volunteer program for over 30 years and has been able to keep it full, almost exclusively by word of mouth. We discuss topics like, how to find volunteer managers and admin…
 
This brief episode is a thorough introduction to Sharing Insights Podcast, what I seek to bring to the world through this medium, and exactly how I intend to do it. You will also get to hear my story and journey from traveling to communities around the world to owning my own land-based project here in Costa Rica. The takeaway from this episode is t…
 
As a psychotherapist, Rima has a unique perspective of anxieties & fears being triggered by the global Pandemic. We cover: Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs & getting bumped down as a society; ideas & practical tools that help Rima & her clients; ego death & awareness; what balance & self-care mean now; being our own healers; why living in the moment & f…
 
A lot is changing rapidly in the world as we are being forced to slow down globally. This episode was recorded 02/12/20, before quarantines forced us to slow down anyway in the West, but this content is even more applicable now as we have more time & space to explore our habits & “typical pace” of life. We are sold from a young age: the more you do…
 
Rima’s life as a childless 30-something woman is a provocation for many people & a normal topic of conversation. Convinced that other childless women experience the same, this episode looks at why we should stop shaming women for not wanting children, the true confessions of many clients who admit to wishing they never had kids & why this shame can…
 
They say that it’s best to refrain from blasting your politics & religion at parties to avoid offending people & to get along with everyone. But nowadays, when we have every acquaintance we’ve ever met at our fingertips, it’s easy to blur the line, overshare & not consider the real-world ramifications. Rima has examined this tendency in her life & …
 
Rima & Russell examine the dilemma of using plant medicines in the west while not engaging in cultural appropriation. You’ll hear: a definition of ayahuasca, what it’s used for, and where it comes from; what the term ‘shaman’ means & what it signifies now; what a ceremony might look like & what the role of the leader/facilitator is; what integratio…
 
Rima, a licensed psychotherapist, discusses why movement is so important for mental health and how yoga helps to manage anxiety. Most adults don’t breathe properly and many people also aren’t moving enough. People who are depressed or anxious tend to spend too much indoors and hunched over a computer screen. All of these factors can cause our body …
 
The secret to being happy in life and in love is to know exactly what you want, like, need, desire, whatever. But getting to know yourself can be one of the hardest things for some people. For others, spending time alone and being independent comes naturally. For those that don’t feel this way, being alone can feel like the scariest thing in the wo…
 
Rima & Russ took an epic journey 3 hours deep into the Peruvian Amazon jungle with no expectations & simple plans to sit in silence for 7 days, dieting with various plant medicines. Everything was grown on the grounds they stayed & they got to prepare the various plant teas and brews that they ingested throughout the week. Hear more about what Ayah…
 
Breaking up is hard to do but knowing when it’s time to do so can be even harder. How do you know when that time comes? With Rima’s first long term relationship, breaking up was SO HARD to do - even though it was what she had wanted for longer than she cares to admit. But going through with it and sticking to her boundaries was very challenging! Ov…
 
Relationships are tough and dating an addict is even more challenging. Knowing whether or not to leave is confusing, and we explore considerations to take in this episode. If you choose to stay and work through the relationship with an addict, here are 5 ways to deal with and manage the relationship. We explore how to be supportive, how to maintain…
 
Good mental health, successful relationships & positive life experience all depend on adopting & maintaining self-care practices. The Nicoyan Peninsula is a Blue Zone - a place in the world that is home to one the longest-living cultures. Spending time in Costa Rica these last 5 years or so, I’ve learned a lot about daily priorities, gratitude, and…
 
Shame is one of the most debilitating emotions we can experience. Rima, a licensed psychotherapist, takes a look at what shame really is, what causes it, and how we can move past it. On this episode, we explore: how shame differs from guilt, why shame is destructive, what shame feels like in the body, what shame leads to if not dealt with, Rima’s p…
 
What does “holding space” mean & how do you know if you’re doing it? How many positive exchanges with your lover must you have to cancel out the negative ones? Who do you vent to when your boss is your spouse? Listen in for an explanation of what it means to hold space for your loved ones, how to get ahead by doing “small things often”, and how to …
 
Following a tragic rape & murder of a beautiful, young woman, Maria Trinidad Matus, in the small beach town where Rima lives, the epidemic of femicide and violence against women (VAW) is explored. Violence against women comprises a wide range of acts – from verbal harassment, which basically all women endure regularly, to other forms of emotional a…
 
Rima catches listeners up on her entrepreneurial pursuits, which include low “ebbs” along the way. With all transparency, Rima talks about a lack of motivation, feeling stuck in work & life, & how “ebbs” can be depressing. She shares how she deals with these moments & how it’s actually a good thing to have ups and downs in life. She talks about the…
 
Tara uses the written word & surfing as a metaphor to Identify and discuss a broader experience of women all over felt both in the water and on land… processes that include patriarchy and misogyny, and she uses her experience as a writer and surfer to give voice to women in her own work & in her collaborations with women all over the world (in the …
 
Cristina Kalyani Paes found her path from a very young age & found herself asking primordial questions that weren’t typical of the time. She had paranormal experiences & was given resources to study about yoga & to work with a paranormal psychologist. From there, she deepened her studies for many years by learning about breathwork, hypnotherapy (fr…
 
Maya DeGabrielle lives her life as a true example for all. Never a bad word to say about anybody, she is constantly smiling and brightening the lives of those around her. She left her parents’ house at 16 & went off into the wild, living in numerous paradise-destinations, including Indonesia, Ibiza, South Africa & more, before deciding to settle in…
 
Mona grew up in Argentina where she was pressured to go to university immediately after high school. At 17, she wanted to be a fashion designer but decided, on her first day of university, to switch to studying architecture. Not a small feat, she spent 6 years studying & working to survive. She took a solo trip to Costa Rica and her perspective com…
 
Nancy road tripped down the coast of Mexico through Central America over 20 years ago before settling in Costa Rica, where her family had already moved to live a different life. Together, they built, sold & built another successful hotel which they now run together in paradise. Nancy was a devout Ashtangi for many years before becoming a certified …
 
Laurie figured out at a young age that society is trying to place us into a box and that she didn’t want to be in that box. French Canadian, she came to Costa Rica for the first time with her mother and found her love for surfing, speaking Spanish & being connected to nature. Her heart remained when she went home & after returning to travel around …
 
Originally from Italy, Giulia moved around the US before settling in New York City. She worked for Diesel and was in the fashion industry for many years. She reached a point in her life where she wanted a sense of freedom & fulfillment. She visited Costa Rica with her partner & she fell in love. Soon after, she experienced a devastating earthquake …
 
Heidi opened a huge nightclub in North Carolina at 24 and ran it successfully for 11 years. The club had it all from a Tiki bar to a mechanical bull; she hosted huge musical acts & raging parties while keeping everything running smoothly. She came to Nicoya on a vacation and immediately felt like she was home. From the monkeys overhead, the waterfa…
 
When I met Emily, she was a pregnant woman in the jungle. When I heard her story, I was amazed! A double Aquarian like me, she spent 15 years in Venice Beach (where I lived for many years!) and followed the traditional path - working for a fortune 500 and spending 1000s of dollars on clothing and shoes. She had the picturesque life but her heart st…
 
This bad ass jungle girl boss is an inspiration to Rima & many others. She cracks tourists & locals alike wide open with her famous Kundalini yoga classes in Santa Teresa. Originally from the US, Tammy first touched Costa Rican soil in 2002 & she knew she was home. She was living the daily grind in corporate America but she decided to create a diff…
 
Charlotte talks about identifying the blocks to consciousness & dialoguing about solutions through nature & spirituality as opposed to transcendent belief systems which negate animals, nature, Spirit, embodiment, women & feelings as sources of power. If you want to change "what is" you must have a vision for what you want to create & a deep underst…
 
What are the powers of women? Have we been fed a lie in the form of woman as homemaker & sex object? What is the role of the Goddess? Can we begin to see women as leaders, healers, visionaries & powerhouses as peaceful societies did 1000s of years ago? We explore vegan spiritual ecofeminism & returning the principles associated with women to all hu…
 
Charlotte explains her theory of embodied love & disembodied logic & how being kind to animals holds the greatest potential for the flourishing of humanity's potential. Veganism is a way of relating with love & it is connected to the most evolved potential - physically, spiritually, emotionally & culturally. Often, spiritual leaders speak from the …
 
Rescuing a defunct rescue center is hard work & expensive. That doesn’t stop Jeremy & his team at Wild Sun Rescue Center in Cabuya, Costa Rica from tackling issues & rescuing, rehabilitating & releasing all day. Volunteers & yoga retreats are hosted at Jungle Resort campus, which contributes to the center while guests enjoy paradise. Wild Sun addre…
 
Zion believed the lie that we’re all fed - that we have to achieve monetary wealth to be happy and successful. After hitting his milestone of making 6 figures a year, he realized it didn’t fulfill him. He was spending so much time working that he left the house before his daughter was awake and came home after she was asleep. He knew something had …
 
We come into this world knowing who we are, but somewhere along the way, we become inundated with the voices of others. Parents, teachers, the media… it’s easy to get lost and live a life based on the agendas of others. Katie recognized that she wasn’t living true to her Self & worked to break free from the stories that bound her. Now she’s a digit…
 
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