Find your fitness ‘Pura Vida’ in Costa Rica

chefpreparing_square_smallJoin Michele Shorter, founder and owner of The Shorter Approach for a week-long experience in Costa Rica which will include goal-setting, cardio and strength training, and nutrition planning mixed with a myriad of activities at Finca Rosa Blanca; coffee plantation tours, cooking demos and tasting menus, hikes up a nearby volcano and through the Cloud forest, and salsa dancing with locals every day.  The week will be shared between the coffee growing highlands of Costa Rica to the beaches of Arenas Del Mar in Manuel Antonio.

Here at Finca Rosa Blanca, you will get flexible, strong, and energized, set goals and create a focused plan while enjoying:

  • Early morning yoga with the birds.
  • Salsa lessons with Diego our dance instructor who has the most captivating Latin moves.
  • Hike to the Volcano and find the foot prints of a jaguar and a quetzal nesting far above in the Cloud forest.
  • A tour of the organic coffee plantation at Finca Rosa Blanca and a class on Cupping Coffee.
  • Wildlife and Bird-watching with our resident Wildlife Guide.
  • Cooking demonstrations with Chef Gustavo using the fresh local and seasonal ingredients of Costa Rica.

On your first day experiencing the wonders of Finca Rosa Blanca,  we will share with you our  chef Gustavo who will prepare an artesanal salad, with organic ingredients from the Finca Rosa Blanca Farm and Greenhouse.  You will help harvest the ingredients and then watch and learn as the chef prepares your salad at a Cooking Demo in our main dining room  He will prepare his renowned Citrus salad, with organic field greens, fresh herbs, and three different citrus fruit from our gardens and orchards, red onion, crispy garlic croutons, fried leeks, and passion fruit dressing.

Space is limited. People may register or learn more by contacting GreenSpot’s Costa Rica travel expert Irene Edwards at

 The Shorter Approach is based on 18 years of training clients from all fitness levels and backgrounds. Through The Shorter Approach, Michele delivers proven expertise, guidance and support to help you achieve your fitness and wellness goals, nourish yourself and live the life you want.

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Finca Rosa Blanca Earns Prestigious Blue Ecological Flag (Bandera Azul Ecologica)

March 24, 2009
Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation and Inn was awarded the prestigious Blue Ecological Flag by President Oscar Arias Sanchez and the Minister of Tourism, Carlos Ricardo Benavides. The Blue Flag program is an environmental, social and community effort involving the entire community, including schools, municipal security, water and waste management, clinics, scouts, senior centers etc. to achieve the highest sustainable and environmental level.

Finca Rosa Blanca Welcomes Cornell Hospitality School

Dean Michael Johnson and Development Director Meg Keilbach visited Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation & Inn on February 26 to learn firsthand how the hotel and plantation are sustainable. They were invited by Hans Pfister and Andrea Bonilla, both graduates of Cornell Hospitality School and owners of Cayuga Sustainable Hospitality, to travel down to San Jose and to learn more about Responsible Tourism in Costa Rica. Cayuga chose Finca Rosa Blanca for their 5 green leaves and 100%
sustainable rating under the stringent Costa Rican Certification of Sustainable Tourism. The Dean and took a tour of the hotel and grounds visiting the Vermiculture and Composting areas, the organic green house, the solar panels and copper silver ionized pool as well as learning about the many ways in which the hotel works in the community and with its guests and employees to educate them about the environment and responsible tourism. A tour of the organic sustainable coffee farm and a cupping session with Rosa Blanca’s freshly roasted coffee rounded off the day. We hope to see many graduates of the Hospitality School follow in their footsteps, seeking and developing new venues for Responsible Tourism in the world.