Today’s Expat Spotlight interview is Wendy Green, self described as a stylin’first world drop-out, living the dream in Eden! Or, more plainly, a yoga/rawfood/eco retreat owner in Rio Cangrejal, Honduras
- Name: Wendy Green
- Occupation: Yoga/rawfood/eco retreat owner
- Current Location: Rio Cangrejal, Honduras
- Originally From: USA
- Expat Locations: Guatemala, Honduras
- Website: wendygreenyoga.com
How did you become an expat, and why?
Living in NJ for a half a century, I just had to fulfill my life long dream of living like EVE in tropical home with fruit trees and flowers year round. I had a 2-year escape plan. Meanwhile I sold my house, my car, most of my possessions, searched properties on line and in the field. I had a list of “must haves” while looking and was annoyingly obstinate about adhering to them. Finally…about a year and a half into my search, I found my new home in Honduras, on a raging white water river; adjacent to a magnificent 500-mile rain forested national park with peaks up to 7000, all with a 200 ft waterfall view from my deck! This amazing 2 acre~ 3 house property is only 15 miles from an international airport. Incredible! SCORE!
Where else have you been an expat?
I lived in Guatemala for 2 years, back in the 70’s. I was a young woman fulfilling a wonderlust and enjoyed my interactions with the indigenous culture.
Best piece of expat advice you’ve received?
I can not recall anyone giving me expat advice…in fact all my friends and family thought I was crazy.
Best piece of expat advice you’d give?
My advice would be to follow your dream…be patient and persistent. Take baby steps, one after another, and before you know it, you are there! This has been my motto through the whole move “If life isn’t a great adventure, what is it?”
Favorite expat related web sites?
I spend quite a bit of time of Face Book. It keeps me connected to my friends and family back in the states and helps me market my retreat center.
Are you planning or dreaming of a move? Are you going home instead? Where to and why?
My vision is to become completely off-grid and sustainable with food production. We already have dozens of producing fruit trees and have planted veggie gardens. Hopefully solar will be installed in 2010!
Tell us more about what you do in your location?
I live in eden.Fruit dangles from the trees, toucans caw and gardenias the size of my hand bloom in abundance. I offer yoga/cleansing diet/jungle retreats in paradise. Many of my guests come from large cities in the US, who are looking for a place to relax, reboot, redirect and revive. Guests return to their homes brighter, lighter, leaner, clearer, cleaner and generally more enthused about life! This make me feel great!
Would you recommend your current location to other expats? Does it rock or does it suck?
If you are interested in the GREAT outdoors and adventurous living, then this area of Honduras is the perfect place for you. We enjoy clean air, pure water, dark skies at night and peace and serenity. We are only 5 miles from the Carribean ocean and an “all amenities” town…but still enjoy a rather remote and pristine environment here in the mountains. It is perhaps the most beautiful area I have ever been too.
What is the expat community like where you are?
The expat community is broad in it’s range. We have German, Canadian, English and American folks of different ages and intent. A common thread is a love of nature and wildness.
Anything you’d like to add?
My life is a lot simpler here than in the states, less rush and stress, and i like it. I have learned the zen art of patience and acceptance since living in a third world country requires both. Here, you can not have it “now” and it will not be “perfect”. Moving here has been one of the best life decisions I have made so far.
Thank you, Wendy for participating in our Expat Spotlight! We wish you success and happiness in your current location, and wherever your dreams and business endeavors take you.