Energy Clearing::: For Surfers and Non Surfers


Surfing For me is the best form of Energy Clearing but there are many other techniques you can use as well. We are energetic beings and in order to have optimal energetic, emotional, mental and even physical health, we need to clear our energy every day. We need to let go of what isn´t serving us. Stuck, uncleared energy built up over time can lead to depression, anxiety, and disease (dis ease), physical ailments. In fact, almost every mental emotional and physical issue I have looked at as a certified Energy Healer and Life Coach is in part due to stuck, stagnant energy. I have felt it myself and also helped to clear it in others. Energy cleansing is not something we do just once. It is an ongoing activity. Because most of us are not educated in good energy maintenance, as we walk through our days we are bombarded with other people’s energy in the form of thoughts or emotions.

There are many, many ways to clear negative energy. One is not objectively better than the others. The ones that are best are the ones that work for you. The most important aspects to consider when selecting a clearing method are whether it resonates with your belief system and is something that you will do regularly. ome require the addition of oils, crystals, and salts as well as the use of candles. If you don’t have relationships with the energy (some would say the spirit) of the suggested oils or crystals, have no interest in them, and don’t even like baths, then that practice is certainly not the best choice for you to get rid of negative energy. However, if you love baths and have a wonderful collection of oils and crystals that you’ve worked with, then this technique is perfect for you.

Techniques that you can use to clear you own energy:

  • Surfing or swimming in salt water or fresh water

  • Spending time in nature, running, walking, sitting and meditating or connecting with your breath

  • Meditation

  • Yoga

  • Journaling or creating art (drawing, painting)

  • Dancing and singing

  • Epsom Salt Bath with essential oils and candles

  • Animal Therapy

  • Hammock Therapy

  • Giving back to community

  • Book a yoga, surf or wellness retreat!

Using a certified Energy Healer or Life Coach to guide you can also be beneficial if you still find yourself stuck. Techniques used are:

  • Clearinng and balancing chakras through yoga, reiki or guided meditation

  • Evaluating your life balance plan

  • Smudging your home and aura with sage

  • Sound healing through a practitcioner

Coming soon … Sounds of Santosha, by Tamara Montenegro and Heidi Parker (Audio and Guided Meditation Binary Beats for therapeutic use and meditation)



Seeking Santosha Butterfly Effect by Heidi Parker

The so-called butterfly effect.

The decisions you make and the way you treat others have more impact than you may ever realize. Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly. So don´t count the days, make the days count.

Click on the video below to hear me speak about the butterfly effect. The visuals were captured in the jungle at Casa Santosha, and on the beautiful pacific coastline and beaches of Nicaragua.

Seeking Santosha Butterfly Effect by Heidi Parker


Coming Soon, Santosha Surf Sanctuary & Wellness

Boutique Accommodations with Ocean View and Surf Access within 20 meters walk. Ocean and Nature Therapy. Onsite retail store and private holistic chef, Heidi Parker. Retreats and groups welcome! Surf Guiding, Surf Lessons, Yoga, Nutrition and Wellness Services will be offered.

Thank you to Christy Fever, Thierry Emard, Matt Parker, Anthony Alcalde for starring in this video and inspiring me and others by living a heart-centered purposeful life through your passions! xoxoxo



Stay on your intended path::: Choose the high road!

Living for the salvation of humanity is about bringing the light of consciousness into all areas of life. It fills my heart to serve you in hopes to inspire you, to be a supporter of unity and change and to fill your life with joy and love. Below you will find a few posts I shared on Facebook after removing myself from a difficult situation and some difficult relationships, it was the catalyst to merging back onto the high road. The detour was scenic and where valuable lessons were learned but staying here was not serving my higher self and was very uncomfortable. If you find your life hard pay attention, it is evicting you from the current situation, wake up! Here is what I did to get back on track (the high road), I hope it serves you the same ...

Sunday Vibes::: Circulating Stagnant Energy 💓✈️✈️✈️✈️✈️✈️ NOV. 13, 2016

Normally on Sunday I devote this day to resting and God but over the past several months I found my energy stagnating ---- crying, lashing and acting out to get my attention because I was not staying on my intended path. Circulating energy for awakening and expanding fell to the wayside. When life falls apart it is saying, wake UP, this stagnant energy needs to be broken up and cleared out! Life will start evicting you from these patterns as soon as you get too comfortable. So today, I´m circulating new energy into my life by changing my Sunday routine. Understanding energy can help you live a better life, if you sit back and don´t do anything, life will do it for you and often times it is not pretty or comfortable, I just experienced this. So today I ask you, what are the things you do a lot of and often? Stop doing it, just for a few days to create new energy. It is crucial to circulate new energy into our lives by making the right choices, by making choices that are productive and will bring us to our highest potential and evolution! When we create new energy and new patterns, the old shit slips away. If you do yoga every day, STOP, go running. If you surf everyday, STOP, go for a walk instead, if you meditate every day, STOP, go to a social gathering. Each time you do something often, an ego is created. Speak to people each day as though it is the last time you will see or talk to them, see the shift happen. So for the purpose of creating new energy I booked a flight to Brazil, I changed the way I take my morning coffee from the norm, I was overly kind and nice to the airline customer service agent when I called to redeem my flight credit and unfortunately had to pay a bit more. Every day we need to make ONE BOLD CHOICE! Starve your ego of your current addictions even if they are positive ones, this creates new energy and breaks up stagnant energy. Act on your excitement, look at the opportunities around you and choose the ones that contain the most excitement. To create new and exciting energy for the purpose of indirect manifestation to live a better life I will make make one bold choice each day, every day, for the rest of my life. Now, it is your turn!!!! What bold choice will you make today? What change from your daily routine will you change RIGHT NOW? Tell me!

  1. Circulate new energy into your life by making the right choices. Try new activities that are opposite of what you would normally do. Even healthy habits can cause your energy to stagnate. Circulating energy will help you awaken and expand. If you sit back and don´t do anything, life will do it for you by making it feel uncomfortable.

  2. What are the things you do a lot that are not productive to your higher evolution? Start to create new energy and new patterns and watch the old slip away.

  3. Make one bold choice every day! Illnesses are stagnant blocks of energy so start making some bold choices to circulate new energy into your life!

  4. Starve the ego of it´s addictions whether they are healthy or unhealthy:: do something new and different. If you go to yoga, stop ... go for a run. If you meditate, stop find a new activity that will also bring you peace.

  5. Meet your shadow side. Apologize to yourself and look in the mirror and tell yourself I LOVE YOU! When is the last time you told your self: I LOVE YOU?

Sunday Vibes::: Higher Vibes! 🌴🍉💓 November 27, 2016

Two weeks ago I was determined to circulate stagnant energy to raise my vibration to attract love, harmony and peace by changing my daily routine and habits. Doing things I don't normally do. Saying yes to things I normally said no, saying no to things I typically said yes. Doing little. Doing more. It's been a life changing experience. I discovered, in the space between yes and no there is a whole world, a lifetime. It's the difference between the path you walk and the one you leave behind; it's the difference between what you thought you could be and who you really are. You change your life by opening your mind and leading with your heart.

  1. Continue to bring variety into your life!

  2. Every decision you make is controlled by your values, beliefs and morals so get really clear on what these are. Make a list.

  3. Keep living your life of intention.

  4. Show others respect even when they do not respect you. See this as your opportunity to show your work. This is how we break the cycle of abuse. Respect your own power and the power of others. When someone insults you, they are showing you a time when they were hurt and insulted. Instead of reacting, acknowledging them and their pain will end this abusive pattern as it sits in the energy field and will raise your own vibration.

  5. When someone is nasty to you say ... I´m sorry your journey is so difficult dear soul. Seeing them as a tortured soul allows you to not take things personally. Walk away. Send out love and compassion.

2017· Game Changer::: Staying on the high road! January 2, 2017


Under the New Year´s stars, we danced and danced and danced until my 3am curfew was up!

Graciously excusing myself from the dance floor my wedges carried me not so gracefully down the cobble stone streets as I pushed my way through the dark busy streets of San Juan del Sur to meet my friends. ¨I´m here I yelled, like Cinderella, I made it!¨ as I approached them out of breath at 3:03 am I could see them waiting on the curb patiently in front of my truck as they were making a back up plan to come and drag me from the VIP area where they had last seen me tearing up the dance floor. It was in this moment that I understood that the people who come into our lives are just hypothetical situations to test us to see if we are really on the high road to see if we will continually keep choosing the high road or take a detour from our intended paths. Many new friends and old friends under different circumstances in the course of this evening, on different dance floors, in different areas of the town and on the beach with a background of fireworks crossed my path this evening. Many were surprised to see me out as this was the first time in 6 years I showed myself in the town on New Years Eve. It was fun and interesting interacting with many different characters and blessing each one of them but I don´t intend to spend too much time with a person I don´t want to become. But if you recall, a month ago I was determined to circulate new energy into my life by trying new activities completely opposite from my current habits and routine. Since I have been creating new energy in this way and new patterns the old shit has slipped away! Hooray! I´m currently vibrating at the highest level of love I have ever lived in and my life has become even better. Stepping into the light is where you are reborn. Many people don´t want to be pulled out of the shadows into the light but one day I hope they too will have the courage to join the collective consciousness and co-create with us on this planet. Everything and every situation is an opportunity to grow and evolve. So here´s to anchoring this high vibration and breaking the cycle of abuse in a respectable manner. This is the game changer for 2017! One who is pure in their journey should always stay motivated towards it and inspired towards it. Taking a detour is where you will learn your hardest lessons and where you will grow but just remember that is where suffering and pain resides, be grateful for these lessons as they are gifts. Make the right choices that will keep you on the high road that align with your truth, values, morals and highest self is the journey to be carried forward. The only thing that cannot be taken from you is the love you have in your heart and the high road you insist on walking.


Does circulating your energy raise your vibration? YES :::: ....

Andrea Kehler  Registered Acupuncturist, Certified Angel Card Reader, and Reiki Master.  January 2, 2017 Session Notes with Heidi Parker

Written by Andrea ....
The room became still as I called in the final Archangel to bring healing to Heidi. I began the acupuncture session with pulse diagnosis, a form of diagnosis in Chinese Medicine. The right side represents the masculine and the left side the feminine. I could feel in Heidi’s pulses that she is driven by her masculine side. The side that creates, moves, and sends one into action. Her left pulses showed me that she was also connected to her feminine energy, as I could feel gentle, nurturing energy flowing through her veins. The perfect balance for her at this time of masculine and feminine.  

Gently placing my hands on her feet I initiated Reiki and allowed the Angels to guide me.  The first word I heard was strength, and I could feel how grounded Heidi was in this energy. Her entire vibration radiated this personal power, a power that only someone who has seen and experienced a lot would be able to carry.  Heidi’s auric field was expansive, which told me she had created a lot of space for herself. This space would now allow her to support others through their own healing process, and it would allow her to call in new energy. Heidi did her work, and this takes courage. In order to raise our vibration we must have the courage to face our own inner demons. To clear away all that no longer serves us in order to allow our truth, our light, the divine, to flow through us.

We are being called to stand in our truth in 2017, and to claim our spiritual gifts in order to raise the consciousness of this planet. The time is now and I could see that Heidi was ready. The Angels showed me a vision of her holding a cornucopia filled with vegetables and abundance. I saw her passing around this abundance to others, a metaphor for bringing healing, guidance, and empowerment to those around her. The Angels showed me she has already been doing this through her business running an Air BnB but she was now ready to expand and build an even larger kingdom for herself. She was fully supported by the Universe, and Heidi experienced this knowing as well through a visualization of Archangel Michael passing her the keys. She has arrived! Heidi is now stepping out of her Karma and into her Dharma.



Every experience is an opportunity to grow and evolve. Waiting for others to become Godly only puts your journey on pause. Learning to respond with an opposite vibration to what is being thrown at you will help you eradicate it out of the energy field. If you are in search of guidance by myself or Andrea, be in touch! to schedule a therapy session in person or online. Love love love from the jungle of Nicaragua. XOXOOX Stay in the light, live your truth and be awesome! Love, Heidi





Your Journey, Your Destiny


¨By you this you-niverse is born, by you this world is created, by you this world is loved and protected. If you are driven by a purpose, a cause, a belief you will change your world and thus the world changes.¨ - Heidi Parker

Your soul whispers ...
¨Take the journey, even if it means you have to go it alone.¨
Your ego replies ...
¨I´m scared, no one will go with me.¨
Your heart chimes in ...
¨Go anyway and find your new tribe.¨
.... so you go, despite the uncertainty because feeling vulnerable makes you feel alive and you return home with the energy to redesign your life.


Playa Marbella, Guanacaste Costa Rica ... my second home <3

Playa Marbella, Guanacaste Costa Rica ... my second home <3

A vacation is predictable, planned out and boring but a journey has all kinds of unique discoveries; new insights, new friends, possibly a new you. A journey is life changing, it is a tool to help you redesign your life.

Destiny is a tiny seed that has been planted inside of you from the moment you were born. Moments of grace and a journey can feed and nurture the seed so it will grow. Destiny compels us to take the journey in the first place and since we can´t ignore the whispers of our soul forever we go in search of ¨who we want to become and what we are willing to give in this life to get it,¨which starts to fulfill your destiny.

Are you willing to let go of your familiar world and embark on a journey?

Life is a path of integrating opposites, what we are familiar with and what we are not familiar with and trying to bring these two together to learn a lesson and grow. We are meant to grow so we have something to give. Your inner doubt, self-consciousness and ego must be surrendered in order to reveal the lesson and often you won´t know what the journey meant or what you learned until returning back home and marinating in it for a bit. Don´t go in pursuit of an end result, have faith that the Universe is unfolding perfectly - trust.

Our choices have consequences. They make the world a more dangerous place or they cultivate peace. Completing a journey is completing a life lesson to fulfill your destiny.

Ask yourself, what inspires you? What do you want to become? How do you want to feel? - you are meant to grow, so you have something to give .... now go ... your world needs you.



Here are some photos of a recent journey I set out on in Costa Rica where I purchased a piece of land. Owning my own home and business in Nicaragua for 5 years has been truly rewarding but destiny sent me seeking to feel something different, experience something new, to grow and to birth a new chapter in my life which will ultimately bring me closer to fulfilling my life long purpose, my destiny.

Casa Santosha and your host Heidi, caters to travelers embarking on a journey. If you are inspired by the power of the ocean, the sun rising and setting, nature calling, wind whispering, and spending time with fearless people living their dreams, then Nicaragua and Casa Santosha is the place to begin your journey - leave the guide book at home!

See you soon xoxoxo, love Heidi



Dear Men, Step Up or Step Aside ....


All in a span of about 30 minutes a ¨has she learned from her past mistakes¨ kind-of-test was thrown my way. Not believing that the Universe or God ¨tests¨ us but we do get the opportunity to repeat the lesson if we haven´t learned it the first time. Being a person who works in the industry of healing and guiding others one needs to learn who is here to step up or who needs therapy. People never admit when they are hurting and people who are hurting accidentally hurt others. 

Today, an amazing solo 2-hour surf session enabled me to spot the lesson and gave me the opportunity to stand in my truth and power to be that light you are looking for - speaking my truth without apology to 3 men. *sigh*

Step up or step aside I said. Being single does not equal desperation!

Honestly, I´m looking for a conscious man who can join me on this journey and not just talk bullshit. Actions equate to dreams coming true, you can talk about it all you want but unless you take a step forward into the unknown like a courageous person would, nothing is going to manifest - whether we are talking about our dream job, a new lifestyle or commitment to a partner, it all requires positive action. Let´s get real.

Have you noticed some people speak without consciously understanding that words bleed and they have consequences?  Social Media has become a curtain for people to hide behind like in the Movie The Wizard of Oz and that bastard that tried to intimate Dorothy, the Tin Man and Scarecrow, he was a coward - some people send thoughtless messages out into cyber space because they are simply bored with their life and are looking for attention when they are broken and think it won´t effect anyone, well guess what, it does!

Until your words match your footsteps you won´t be able to keep up because if you want to catch my attention, you´ll need to be at my side, doing the hard work because the self-work is never ending. I don´t have time for meaningless bullshit or men who just ended a relationship and need saving or compassion, deal with it. Only you can save you. You´re broken, I can´t save you unless you believe in energy healing then you are on my path to be guided and healed so then I´ll send you an invoice.

The other night I surfed at sunset on one of the most secluded and dangerous beaches living in the moment and believing that all people are good and when the sun went down, me and a friend sat in our wet surf gear gazing at the stars and talked about the planets, the waves, stories from the bible and what our dreams look like and how we are going to take action in making them come true and before we knew it, it was 10:30pm - this is what I will make time for.

I´ll wait for the man who's consistently consistent, who´s actions match his footsteps or damn close, a man who isn´t perfect but he´s honest, a man who values his own time and mine and see´s that time is the most valuable thing we can give each other because we can´t ever get it back. Let´s not waste each other´s time please. If I don´t respond to your messages it is because::::  1.) I´m bored 2.) I don´t have time because I run my own business and 3.) I´ve gone surfing!

Today´s Lesson:::

  • Think before we speak or send a million text messages (is it kind, necessary and useful) Ask yourself, am I feeling lonely?
  • We are allowed to have high standards and don´t need to feel bad about it, raise them high!
  • Set boundaries for ourselves and others to protect your heart but be open until someone proves otherwise
  • Get real by being honest, direct and concise! No bullshit
  • Celebrate being single and alone and dancing in this sacred space. If you feel lonely then sit with that and learn to enjoy your alone time
  • We are ALL deserving of the most real and authentic love without having to make excuses and apologies for wanting it
  • Ask people to step up or step aside if they are talking in circles and words do not match their footsteps 
  • Listen to your intuition, listen to your heart and respond gracefully

WHY ... so we can continue to create the world around us the way we want to and live happy in love with ourselves and each other - we only get this one chance! We DO need each other, let us never forget that. Let´s take care of each other by having respect and being loyal. For the oneness that connects us all. xoxoxo

----love, Heidi


What does Heidi do?

When I'm in Nicaragua I host people in my very own private home, Casa Santosha, that is operated like a Bed & Breakfast providing: Nutritional Cooking, Surf Guiding, Private Surf & Yoga lessons with Thai Massage Body Work Assists, Energy Medicine & Archetype Readings, Guided Meditation & Pranayama, SUP Paddle Board Guiding/ Lessons and Yoga Play. I'm passionate about work with other Yoga & Fitness Instructors wanting to create a dream retreat in Nicaragua and other countries in the world, having discovered ideal locations suitable for a variety of retreats I have created special packages for offering. When I'm not in Nicaragua I offer Social Marketing Services and help market retreats through social media. I can be contracted for Private Yoga Classes, Workshops, SUP, Thai Massage, Cooking Lessons, Retreats and much much more. Just ask!




Dream and Do::: Happy International Women´s Day!

To all of those bad-ass women in my life who inspire me!

A dream starts with a possibility. Slowly the possibility gains momentum and grows into a wave of energy - a feeling of being aligned with your life´s purpose. Trusting your dreams and intuition takes practice. Day by day. My intuition never lets me down but sometimes I doubt myself. STOP DOING THIS. Successful women rely on their gut feelings to make important decisions, we analyze the facts but we go deep within our own souls and wait patiently for the answers to emerge. Sometimes we find the answers in the middle of a yoga practice, while floating out in the ocean, while cooking, in the bathtub, sharing a meal or drinking a glass of wine after a tough day. Do you sense a rising power within yourself? You must act upon it if you ever want to make a change. Trust yourself and do based on your consciousness, this is how we make our dreams come true! To create a network of authentic relationships we need opens, directness, honestly and vulnerability if we are to succeed in the long term in this current society. We need each other. Our main purpose is to understand we are not separate from one another but we belong to each other.

Now go … the world needs you!



If yoga taught you how to be the best version of yourself possible, would you do it?

Heidi Parker Yoga

If yoga taught you how to be a better surfer or athlete in your favorite sport, would you do it?
If yoga taught you how to love yourself, would you do it?
If yoga taught you how to train your monkey mind from the never ending 24/7 news updates cycling around in your head, would you do it?
If yoga taught you the flexibility required to show up and meet life´s demands, would you do it?
If yoga taught you the grace required to respond to difficult situations, would you do it?
If yoga taught you the patience required to handle stressful situations, would you do it?
If yoga taught you balance on the mat and off the mat, in your daily life, would you do it?
If yoga taught you how to accept yourself and others just the way they are, would you do it?
If yoga taught you how to apply gratitude to each moment that passes by, would you do it?
If yoga made you feel good on the inside, would you do it?
If yoga made you look good on the outside, would you do it?
If yoga opened you up to a loving community, would you do it?
If yoga taught you how to come undone and put yourself back to together, would you do it?
If yoga taught you how to listen, would you sit in silence, would you do it?
If yoga taught you how to feel, would you do it?
If yoga gave you a strong intuition and assisted you in making life altering decisions, would you do it?
If yoga taught you how to overcome self doubt, would you do it?
If yoga taught you how to be free, how to live in the moment more naturally, would you do it?
If yoga gave you wings to fly, would you do it?
If yoga gave you the feeling of being in love even without a partner, would you do it?
If yoga taught you how to honor your pain, honor all living things and beings, would you do it?
If yoga taught you how to respect your body´s limitations, would you do it?
If yoga taught you that the feeling of anxiety is living in the future, would you do yoga to learn how to live in the present?
If yoga taught you that the feeling of depression is living in the past, would you do yoga to learn how to live in the present moment?
If yoga took away all of your body´s aches and pains and allowed you to feel younger and more flexible, would you do it?
If yoga taught you how to stay calm and breathe in a stressful situation, would you do it?
If yoga taught you how to be still and enjoy time, would you do it?
If yoga taught you that happiness can be found even in the most challenging times, would you do it?
If yoga taught you how to care for yourself from the inside out, would you do it?
If yoga taught you how to hold a space that is positive, supportive, and open minded, would you do it?
If yoga taught you a new definition of love, would you do it?
If yoga taught you how to move into activism with compassion, steadiness, and positivity, would you do it?
If yoga allowed a light to shine the way to a healthier path revealing alternatives like raw desserts, gluten free cupcakes, and coconut ice-cream, which are now a great source of joy, would you do it?
If yoga gave you the courage to start living your dreams, would you do it?
If yoga promised to change your life, for the better, would you do it?
If yoga taught you that karma is action with positive intention, would you start living with more awareness, would you do it?
If yoga taught you that it gets harder before it gets easier, but it will be fucking worth it, would you do it?
If yoga taught you that each one of us humans are the same and compassion for yourself and others will make forgiveness easier and your days brighter, would you do it?
If yoga made you sleep better, would you do it?
If yoga taught you to learn to live with less, would you do it?
If yoga taught you how to tap into source energy, would you do it?
If yoga taught you that the standard successes in life aren´t about things but about the amount of joy you feel, would you do it?
If yoga taught you to focus on what could go right, would you do it?
If yoga taught you that living a full life is the purpose of life, would you do it?
If yoga taught you how to see problems as lessons and pathways to your own evolution, would you do it?  
If yoga taught you that life gets better by change, not chance, stop waiting, would you do it?
If yoga taught you to let go of the things that no longer serve you, the things you cannot change, would you do it?
If yoga taught you how to look within yourself for the answers, would you do it?
If yoga taught you that their is no end goal but what you do each day (the journey) is the true reward, would you do it?

If yoga sent you seeking, would you go?


I´ll be here waiting with open arms, when you choose to arrive.

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Goddess to Goddess:: by Zetta Rose::: Radiant tales of light filled journeys of women who were bold enough to follow their inner calling to dig deep and come out shining brightly. (Read about me and my coming undone and back together again and how Seeking Santosha Nicaragua was born::: purchase on Amazon)

Goddess to Goddess:: by Zetta Rose::: Radiant tales of light filled journeys of women who were bold enough to follow their inner calling to dig deep and come out shining brightly. (Read about me and my coming undone and back together again and how Seeking Santosha Nicaragua was born::: purchase on Amazon)



Surfing beats the crap outta you, how to put the love back in!

Chris Madden Photography, South West Nicaragua

Chris Madden Photography, South West Nicaragua

South west Nicaragua delivered one of the largest swells Courtesy of mother nature May 2 - 5, 2015. those of us who paddled out one day or all five at any given surf break got the crap beat out of them!

As I write this, the smell of Tiger Balm and a mix of essential oils fills the air and even though I just woke up, I´m tired. You must be feeling the same after that last swell and here it comes again! My upper and middle trapezius muscles are extremely tight as the whole right side is laden with muscle spasms. During yesterday´s surf session I could barely look over my right shoulder but that did not keep me out of the water. Not to mention, the bruise on my left upper thigh is a reminder of getting smoked by the lip of an unforgivable wave and being nailed by my board on the way over the falls, awe the impression one wave can leave, literally. Not to mention the countless jellyfish stings and shark sightings, but that is just part of the game. Two days ago having comforted a neighbor after she lost her fiancé to the sea a man´s voice over the breaking waves yesterday calling for help could not be ignored. Paddling over to him quickly as possible became urgent. After calming him down, I managed to get him safely to shore, he had exhausted himself trying to escape a strong rip current. If this happens to you, paddle horizontally toward the shore, not straight in until you escape it, try not to panic and call for help.

This morning I drug my sorry ass out of bed, rubbed my injuries down with essential oils, popped an ibuprofen, drank a glass of lime water and laid on my yoga mat with a massage ball. (highly recommend traveling with one of these along with some essential oils which I will mention further down this blog). This is all I could do to ease the pain and hopefully get back out there this afternoon. I mean really, all surfers care about is paddling back out, no matter how severe the consequences are. I´ll be honest, I´ve been lazy on doing my regular yoga practice and I have no excuses, this injury is like nails on a chalkboard reminding me why I need to get back on track and here is how I will do it!

When the waves are firing, you need to be at the top of your a-game !!! 



Here is how to put the love back in ...


1. Sleep 

Sleep is the most important time to recover and adequate sleep provides mental health, hormonal balance, and muscular recovery.


  • Sleep 7 - 10 hours per night! Athletes needing more recovery time require 10.
  • A minimum of 7 hours is necessary but 10 is best for most athletes who surf hard or big waves. Everyone is different but you know what you need, listen to your body.
  • Go to Sleep Before midnight! Hours slept before midnight are the most crucial in recovery.
  • Rise with the Sun! Waking up with the sun, not hard in tropical countries will give you the most energy for the day, setting your rhythm with mother nature´s clock is the most natural and beneficial to recovery and increasing energy levels.
  • Sleep with Fresh Air! Try to avoid air conditioning as it removes the necessary moisture from the air and your body, fresh cool air is best. Sleep with a fan and in the most natural environment as possible without artificial light.


2. Hydration 

Water Water Water! Beer and coffee does NOT count! A surfer cannot drink enough water. Most of the time we are in the sun and salt all day which is very dehydrating. Add the love back in and drink as much water (not beer or coffee) as you possibly can. Alcohol and coffee are dehydrating and should only be consumed after you have had plenty of water.  You should be waking up in the night to pee, this is an indication that you are drinking enough water.

Stay hydrated with fresh juices

Stay hydrated with fresh juices


  • Upon waking, drink 2 large glasses of water before you have your morning coffee. Herbal Tea is better but I´m a coffee drinker so I get it. Try to drink water or fresh fruit juice before you consume coffee. Remember, you have just slept 7-10 hours without anything and your body starts from a dehydrated state.
  • Add lemon or lime to your water for added vitamins and flavor. (Essential oils)
  • Watermelon juice with lime and Himalayan sea salt are very hydrating.
  • Fresh fruit juice made from a juicer or blender, not bought from the store can be consumed in addition to water but not in substitution.
  • Go to sleep with a glass of water by your bed. If you wake up in the middle of the night, drink the whole glass or drink it upon waking.

3. Eat healthy

Nutrition. If you are traveling it is important to select healthy options for yourself. Make sure to eat as many whole fruits and vegetables as possible.


  • If you are in Nicaragua, you can easily buy and prepare fresh fish and seafood. Serve with beans and small portions of rice and avocado without breaking the bank.  In a restaurant ask for beans and rice served separate because in Nicaragua they don´t use the best cooking oil when they mix the beans and rice in a not so healthy dish called gallo pinto. Ask for boiled plantains, not fried.
  • Bring healthy snacks with you from home as most small towns in Nicaragua do not carry healthy options. Although cashews and raisins are available, you may want to bring a variety of nuts, salmon jerkey, dried fruit such as blueberries.  A jar of natural peanut butter and a spoon.  
  • Your diet is key for reducing inflammation. Anti-inflamoatory foods Ginger and turmeric (add to smoothies or to any seafood dish). Avocado, fish, leafy greens, dried blueberries, garlic.
  • Replacing processed foods with whole, ideally organic foods will automatically address most of these factors, especially if you eat a large portion of your food raw.
  • If you are lucky enough to have surf where you live cook for yourself as often as possible so you know what is going into your food. Try to shop organic and the perimeter of the grocery stores and avoid the center isles where all of the processed foods are.

4. Yoga, Stretching, Self -Massage

You need enough flexibility to move well in and out of the surf and remain pain free.

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  • Stretch daily!
  • Attend a daily restorative yoga class or a class with stretches geared toward surfers.
  • Get a weekly or monthly sports therapy massage. If you don´t have the budget for yoga or massage do your own stretching and self care-massage with a massage ball or tennis ball. Learn a few key yoga stretches and do them on your own.
  • Don’t get caught doing the exact same stretches you’ve always done. If you don’t know any new variations ask a yoga teacher friend for tips, look through youtube, read magazine articles while on your flight, attend a yoga class before traveling or seek out a yoga or a massage studio while on the road and always be learning.
  • Self Massage. Self-identify tight areas and work on them.  Travel with a massage ball or tennis ball that you can use on your trigger points, the tight spots in your muscles. You can simply lay on your massage ball, as you use your body for pressure and movement to encourage the ball to get to those deep spots and also encourage your muscles to relax. They are perfect for releasing tensions in the shoulders, back, legs, buttocks and neck. Use them as a massage tool and include them as part of your warm up stretching in the morning and before bed. Tight muscles and trigger points sometimes need assistance to return to healthy normal tissue.
  • Yoga pre-surf stretches can be done on the sand before entering the water or at home before you leave the house. You don´t need an hour, 15 - 20 minutes is better than nothing!
  • Increase your under water time. Sit in a comfortable seated position, start by matching your inhales to your exhales with a 4 - 6 second breath count and then hold it in between each inhale and exhale. Start each morning with 10 reps.  This will also help when surfing big waves. Clear your mind. Make space before you enter the water. This will also eliminate stress and an anxiety you experience through the day.

First Aid Kit

Your First aid kit should also contain the following natural remedies

  • Oregano -an anti-inflamatory spice or essential oil that can be added to food. Consume a few drops of essential oil in a glass of water if you feel a cold coming on. Boost immunity.
  • Garlic pills if fresh garlic isn´t available you can resort to your Garlic pills. Garlic has been treasured for its medicinal properties for centuries. It’s also one of the most heavily researched plant foods around. Over 170 studies5 show it benefiting more than 150 different conditions. Garlic exerts its benefits on multiple levels, offering anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, and antioxidant properties. take daily while traveling to boost your immune system.
  • Purchase a therapy Massage Ball or a tennis ball will do and travel with it.
  • Apply Tiger Balm for sore muscles before using the Massage Ball or getting a massage.
  • Essential Oils (see below for more details on which oils to choose and why).
  • Tumeric powder to add to smoothies or meals at home or on the road.
  • Himalayan Sea Salt for added minerals and hydration at home or on the road.


Health begins from the inside out. Kelly Slater is still wining high level competitions because he takes care of himself. Someone like Kelly has coaches and people on hand that have helped guide him throughout his career. Reach out when you need advice or guidance. Do your own research. Listen to your body. Be good to yourself, feel good and surf good! Have fun out there and be safe.


From one surfer to the next. Love love love from Nicaragua,


Feel free to email me with any questions or concerns you may have. Keep reading for essential oil and ant-inflammatory information. Come stay at Casa Santosha and together let´s practice all of the above. For more photos and information surfing in Nicaragua check out Seeking Santosha Nicaragua.




My favorite oils to travel with and why ...

Deep Blue®
Soothing Blend - According to recent studies, more than half of us are sufferers of ongoing discomfort. Deep Blue® is dōTERRA®'s soothing solution to this challenge. Wintergreen, camphor, peppermint, blue tansy, blue chamomile, helichrysum and osmanthus work together to ease achy joints and sore muscles. Its effects are deep and penetrating with sustained results. Once gently rubbed into the area of discomfort, Deep Blue's cool therapeutic benefits.

Digestive Blend - Many essential oils have been recognized through research as powerful agents to help restore normal balance in the digestive system. DigestZen® takes advantage of these well-established therapeutic compounds in a proprietary blend of pure essential oils. Ginger, peppermint, tarragon, fennel, caraway, coriander and anise each have specific attributes which add to the overall efficacy of this potent blend. When used internally, dōTERRA®'s DigestZen brings soothing digestive relief. For aromatic, topical, or dietary use.


Outdoor Blend - TerraShield® is an all-natural formula of citronella, cedarwood, and a blend of 11 other therapeutic-grade essential oils blended in a base of pure fractionated coconut oil. A primary function of essential oils in plants is protecting against insects and other predators. Unlike other products that contain synthetic and toxic chemicals, TerraShield is a natural approach to managing exposure to biting insects. TerraShield's fresh, light citrus smell is wonderfully invigorating and can be used safely by everyone in the family. One application provides coverage that lasts up to 6 hours. TIPS add to a spray bottle mixed with water and coconut oil to mist the air around you. Be careful, oil may stain clothing if sprayed directly onto self. Mix with pure coconut oil and rub on after getting out of the shower.

Lavandula angustifolia - Our most popular oil, lavender has been cherished for its unmistakable aroma and its therapeutic properties for thousands of years. Lavender is widely used and accepted for its calming and relaxing qualities. For topical, aromatic, or dietary use. TIPS Put on your pillow at night or a small drop under your nostrils. Rub a drop on your hands and over your temples. Add to coconut oil for a relaxing massage. Add to water or lemonade. Add to a spray bottle of water and mist yourself when hot - combine with lemon oil for a refreshing yet calming blend.

Melaleuca | Tea Tree Oil
Melaleuca alternifolia - Recognized by its more common name "tea tree", melaleuca has been revered for its cleansing and regenerative properties, especially for the skin. Composed of more than ninety different compounds, melaleuca has limitless therapeutic applications. For aromatic,  or topical use. TIPS put on pimples, cold sores, bug bites, reduce the size of moles, use a few drops on a dry tampon for yeast infections.

Origanum vulgare - Hippocrates, the father of medicine, used oregano as a cleansing agent as well as for digestive and respiratory support. High in antioxidant activity, oregano contains phenolic acids and flavonoids. For aromatic, topical, or dietary use (dilute when using topically). TIPS add to pastas, or add a few drops into a glass of water to boost immunity daily or when you feel a cold coming on.

Citrus limon - Another favorite, this essential oil powerhouse is cold-pressed from lemon rinds to preserve its delicate nature and potent properties. Lemon is known as a powerful aromatic, topical, and internal cleanser that can be used to complement many other oils. Diffusing lemon in a room can cleanse the air and uplift mood. It can also be used on surfaces throughout the home as a non-toxic cleaning booster. For aromatic, topical or dietary use. TIPS add to flavor water or smoothies, add to seafood dishes when cooking or baking. Add to a spray bottle of water and mist yourself or friends when hot.

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Why use essential oils over prescription drugs?

There is a subtle bio-energy that flows through all organic life. It goes by many names and is sometimes referred to as Chi or life force. This energy is expressed as an electromagnetic vibrational frequency – and pure essential oils have the highest frequencies of any measured natural substance with can assist in healing the body, cells, and tissues faster. Read more

Why avoid Inflammation?
Inflammation is a protective response that involves immune cells, blood vessels, and molecular mediators. The purpose of inflammation is to eliminate the initial cause of cell injury, clear out necrotic cells and tissues damaged from the original insult and the inflammatory process, and to initiate tissue repair.

The classical signs of acute inflammation are pain, heat, redness, swelling, and loss of function. Inflammation is a generic response, and therefore it is considered as a mechanism of innate immunity, as compared to adaptive immunity, which is specific for each pathogen.

Inflammation is tightly regulated by the body. Too little inflammation could lead to progressive tissue destruction by the harmful stimulus (e.g. bacteria) and compromise the survival of the organism. In contrast, chronic inflammation may lead to a host of diseases, such as hay fever, periodontitis, atherosclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and even cancer (e.g., gallbladder carcinoma). Inflammation is therefore normally closely regulated by the body.




Gringos always fuck it up ~ not always ...

Gringos always fuck it up ~ not always ...

After ....

It begins with a dream. An empty space.

A desire to fulfill both... with love, passion, purpose and hope for a sustainable future.

Accepting that we can’t change the world but determined to change ourselves while believing that our actions will become contagious and inspire positive change in others, this is me, this is all I can do, living my purpose and walking my intended path.

Being in Nicaragua for almost four years was not getting away from it all but getting in touch with it all. And over the years I’ve learned how to carry that with me any where I go. Internal peace and acceptance for who I really am, not apologizing for it but owing my imperfections and living for me and not for what others believe me to be.

My intention to live consciously with simplicity and awareness while having love and compassion for all beings requires constant awareness. My daily actions and the way I live is meant to inspire you, not just these words on the page, although they are necessary as well but action is the main requirement in initiating the change.

My life has been an evolutionary process born out of abundant tragedies like a Hollywood Film, a drama based on human suffering that invokes an audience.  Instead of falling into destructive habits, my hardships enabled me to seek inner strength to live a life of health and wellness. Forcing myself out of bed each day wasn’t always easy, it took consistency, self-work, self-love, healing, changing patterns, taking risks, realizing dreams and acting upon them was the only way forward. Step by step, forward, not looking back.

Life is an evolution and a transformation that comes out of burning down to the ground and rising up out of the ashes to rebuild a new and better you. The destination, the ultimate goal is to find peace within. It never gets easier. It has only gotten harder but somehow I get better at rebuilding from a solid foundation. Each time I create something new it’s like birthing a child. It’s not easy but rewarding because this child is essentially you.

I don’t know where you end and I begin. You are the universe and so am I.

Life is a constant flow of energy. This I know. This is all I really know. Because I can feel it. You can’t rush a river. You can’t slow the creative flow, you can only surrender to it.

Not from my ego, but from my heart ...

I’m so very fucking proud and grateful for discovering my life purpose! Over the past four years I have been taking my greatest risks and hurdling some of the hardest life lessons but it has been the most rewarding moments in my life.

This year Santosha OrgaNica & Boutique was born. Through my time in Nicaragua I saw an opportunity to bring something positive to the little touristy beach town of San Juan del Sur.  It was important to me as a foreigner living here to contribute to the growth of a place positively through health and wellness.  In my time here, if anything, this is what I want to be remembered for. What do you want to be remembered for?

My dream to share my passion for a healthy lifestyle through a retail store finally manifested. The concept became a niche and became the first organic store carrying natural products. My childhood friend Melissa joined me and together we brought this dream to life, because two are stronger than one.

After successfully owning and operating Santosha OrgaNica & Boutique for 9 months we realized it wasn’t our passion to stay in the operations of our retail store. Creating and cultivating this store was part of our path and purpose but then the ultimate goal became clear, we must pass the torch and empower someone else who had a similar dream and a determination to keep the dream alive. Like a true artist, you can’t hold onto something beautiful once it’s been created, the artist must pass on their work for someone else to cherish. We listened to the soft whispers of our hearts and allowed (God), the Universe to guide our decisions with positive intention.

We are not only a part of this revolution of change, we are the change. And as all business transactions should be, we negotiated a price that not only involved money but a vehicle as part of the payment. It’s business as usual but not really usual. We shared in joyous tears, compassionate hugs and handed over our baby, our legacy - and the keys!  

I can really only speak for myself ... but I think it’s safe to say that a part of our hearts and souls, mine and Melissa's, will remain in the physical store space - because we meditated there, lived there, prayed there, created there, loved there. The store is a physical reflection of our souls. For those of you who had the opportunity to visit, thank you for sharing in the experience, and thank you for supporting our dream and the world in a conscious way.

Be the revolution, embrace the shift and accept that hugs are replacing handshakes in a business deal!

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Read about the store...

Santosha OrgaNica & Boutique

A store with a purpose, because we are more than just a retail store, this is our life!

Active people who want to share their passion for a natural and healthy lifestyle. In today's' world our retail purchases cast a vote for the kind of world we wish to create and live in.

We enjoy an active lifestyle in Nicaragua and want to extend our knowledge and share our love and passion for surfing, yoga, health, wellness and the beach life by introducing organic natural products that we use on a daily basis.

Everything purchased for the store has been well thought out because we respect the planet and the oneness that connects us all. Believing that the simple life leads to contentment (Santosha). Our store carries natural organic products from Nicaragua. We support artists, creators, dreamers and small businesses alike - people who have had the courage to live our their dreams because your passions become your purpose. Our store has purpose. Think before you consume and live a healthy active life.

Living in an under developed country can have its challenges when it comes time to finding Natural Organic Products necessary to maintain and achieve overall wellness. Throughout the years we have discovered unique products, and have created some of our own. We want to share them with our local community and visitors alike within one unique store.

We hope to improve the overall wellness of the local community, and our universal online family through education and sharing knowledge, while promoting the organic agriculture and developing consciousness about the conservation of the environment.

We believe that food in its pure state, without artificial additives, colors, sweeteners and preservatives, has the best flavor and offers the richest nourishment.

The store will also feature specialty products created by friends within Nicaragua, and some who are currently traveling the world who are true artists in their own field, and share in our dreams, vision and passion for  the surf, beach, yoga, wellness lifestyle.

Thank You's: Thank you to all who believed in us as much as we believed in ourselves.

Desi Swimwear, Pink Puka Beach Wear, Trisa Love Joy Jewelry, Christy Feaver Jewelry & House of Alaia, Pearl Lagoon (Jim), Katie from Bonnie Lassie Spa, Lori Tenant Fine Furnishings, Lola in the Market, Momotombo Chocolate, Matt for bringing the mediation, Sailor Jody - Sailor Jo, Ana the artist, Belkys with the women's co-op, Lorena and the family of Hotel Estrella.