Drilling for Water at Siva Ashram
March 1, 2016 • Costa Rica Spiritual Sanctuary
We’ve spent the last 9 days in Nosara, Costa Rica, where our spiritual sanctuary Siva Ashram is located. My wife and I make about 2 to 3 trips down to Nosara a year and on each trip we work on developing the land we’ve acquired a little further in efforts to manifest the vision that we have for it.
The dry season in this part of Costa Rica lasts a few months and water can become an issue. Our goal on this trip was to drill a well so that we have an abundant water supply for our spiritual botanical gardens and future retreat center.
Over the 9 days we were there we had a 28.5 meter (93.5 feet) deep well drilled by a local contractor. We also had a 1,000 feet of trench dug to lay out pipes for irrigation of our gardens. It was a massive undertaking and we were grateful to our dear friend Joe, owner of Villa Mango, who jumped in and led the pipe laying for the irrigation.
Endless hard work, frustration, mistakes, support from friends and joy to see water spring out of the land were only some of the emotions we went through. It has been the second most challenging endeavor in developing the land. But well worth it. No pun intended. Our growing spiritual botanical garden will be happy.
Most people will have no idea what it takes to create a 16.5 acre botanical garden from a piece of land that has nothing on it. We worked most days from 6am to 5:30pm, the span of daylight here, out on the grounds measuring, designing, shoveling, and directing backhoes and trucks under an intense Costa Rican sun. Exhausting. A vision is slowly manifesting. Trees are thriving and a spiritual sanctuary is in the making. In a few years this will be quite a special place to walk in.
If you have expertise that you would like to share with us as we develop this retreat center please feel free to email us. If you’d like to Gift a Tree to our spiritual botanical gardens you may do so here.
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