Pineapples at El Jardin


Growing pineapples here is so much dang fun.  First, you are taking something that most people throw away,  planting it in the ground and later that same year it will bear the cutest little baby pineapple you have ever seen. Pineapples are the most economically significant plant in the Bromeliaceae family.  And we are so blesed to know […]


Nicole is here for the winter!


We are excited to have Nicole Oakland here at El Jardin and Casas Santa Cruz for the winter season (December through February)!   Check out her bio below… Nicole Oakland moved to Portland, Oregon in 1997 after getting a liberal arts degree in Sociology and Anthropology in Texas. After working in the museum world for […]


Photo by Antonia Arnés

How does your garden grow?

As neighbors, friends and guests of El Jardin “pop-in” for a quick afternoon visit as customary in Yelapa, they tend to ‘ooh’ and ‘ahh’ as they observe the lush tropical garden at the four-casa, 14 person retreat. That’s because the heavy summer rains have facilitated the fast growth of more than 75 plant and flower […]

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What WAS that noise????

Every once in a while, I am shocked from whatever task I’m working on by a screechy, clucky, very LOUD clatter.  My first thought is “the train has arrived”, but alas, there are no trains in Yelapa… but there are Chachalacas.  Chachalacas are large chicken like birds that remind me of a large pheasant but […]

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Full MoonTribute to Isabel

 Those of you who know Yelapa and were fortunate enough to know Isabel Jordan, know that usually a party of some kind naturally formed around her.  Tonight is a full moon and as I walked past Playa Isabel with the brilliant reflection bouncing off the water I couldn’t help but remember many a full moon […]

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Autumn in Yelapa

Autumn in Yelapa… I LOVE this time of year in Yelapa, however, if you know me, I say that about ALL the seasons in Yelapa. I come down every October to get the casas ready for the high season which begins in November. No matter how hard our summer caretakers work at keeping the place […]

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Women’s Circle Retreat

Linda Wolf lead a powerful Women’s Circle retreat with 9 dedicated women joining her this last week. Time was spent in healing dialog, joyful dancing and great feasting.  Linda has been leading these retreats for 9 years in Yelapa and we are thrilled that she is sharing her time in Yelapa at El Jardin. Next […]

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New Roof on the Nest

The Eagle’s Nest or  El Nido, is getting a new top.  A palm thatched hut on the ocean may be romantic, but it does have a down side… it doesn’t last forever,  We started seeing some wear this year and if you stayed there in the summer rains, you may have experienced a bit of […]

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Women’s Art Week-2014

Here is the latest infomation for the 2014 Women’s Art Week conducted by Sierra  Briano.  Sign up early and don’t miss out.  These women have a great time.

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School Work

Thanks to the efforts of many people, the Yelapa schools are getting some renewing. Here are some of the projects being done after the wonderful fundraising events: The library is open and kids are eagerly reading the first of over 1,000 books that will fill the recently built shelves in the newly painted room. Full […]

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