Joy officially made the move to Costa Rica in July 2012 after spending most of her life in southern California, most recently in San Diego. She also lived for a time in Colorado and spent 2 years on the island of Antigua in the Eastern Caribbean while serving as an ICT Volunteer in the US Peace Corps. Joy graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in Electrical Engineering and worked for roughly 35 years in various capacities in the electrical manufacturing industry.
Her interests lie primarily in outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, rock climbing, and scuba diving, as well as yoga. She has studied aromatherapy, is a Reiki Master and a vegetarian with a particular interest in natural health remedies. She is planning to attend a month long course in Holistic Health with Medicinal Plants in April.
After too many years working indoors staring at “baby puke green” cubicle walls and surrounded by entirely too much concrete, and too many hours wasted sitting in big city traffic, she came to the realization that life was not meant to be lived only in the few moments she could steal when she wasn’t too tired or too busy, and so the decision to simplify her life came quite easily. It took about a year and a half to put her plan into place, but she sold her house, her car and most of her belongings, quit her job, and bought a small plot of land in the hills above the beach town of Montezuma with the intention to build her home there.
She spent her first 6 months in Costa Rica at Rancho Mastatal, a sustainable living/educational center in the mountains south of San José, studying Permaculture and learning about sustainable living and farming in the tropics. She had stayed at Anamaya Resort during one of her previous visits and heard about their farm and search for volunteers through posts sent out by Geoff and Joseph, two of the owners, and thought it would be a perfect opportunity to continue the learning, stay involved with a farm and contribute to her new community in a meaningful way. She is currently assisting with setting up the volunteer program on the farm and helping to design and create an herb garden adjacent to the volunteer house. She is also studying Spanish, working on the plan for her new home and spending most of her time outdoors.