We are now at Flutterby House a few kilometers from Uvita, Costa Rica. Kim and Pam two sisters from California founded Flutterby House.
Together with friends and local workers Kim and Pam have constructed all the buildings and infrastructure in the Flutterby camp.
When butterflies migrate they come together at the end of the day to roost. Flutterby House tries to provide a place for people to come together and ‘rest’ on their journeys, to be inspired by one another’s stories before moving on.
Butterflies are symbols of change as they move from egg, to caterpillar, chrysalis and butterfly. Pam and Kim want visitors to realize that every little positive change we make in our lifestyle can have an impact on the future of the earth.
Caring for the environment and conserving it is at the heart of everything at Flutterby House.
There is no air conditioning on the campus. All roofs are built so the ocean breeze will ventilate the rooms and lots of screens let in the cooler night air.
Solar lights illuminate the pathways and skylights let natural light into buildings.
Laundry is hung outside to dry. Only second-hand sheets and towels are sourced for use at the hostel since they are as comfortable as new ones.
Straws are made of steel and no paper or plastic containers, dishes or cutlery are used. All waste is recycled or composted.
Since all soaps are biodegradable, water from showers and laundry runs through a stone and gravel drainage system and then is used to irrigate plants and trees. Water and solids from toilets goes through a waste system that turns them into fertilizer for the soil.
All the meals in the restaurant are made from locally sourced food suppliers.
There is also a communal kitchen if you want to cook yourself
but we find the food made in the restaurant so good, generously proportioned, healthy and reasonably priced at Flutterby it seems crazy to cook on our own.
You eat at a long table so you can get to know the people from all over the world who are at Flutterby. Last night we had a great visit with a woman from North Carolina who had lived in Shanghai for the last five years and with a couple from Washington state here on a holiday.
If you can’t afford to pay the reasonable rates (our cabin was $40 a night- dorm room space can be reserved for under $10) you can volunteer and work for your food and lodging.
The staff is helpful and cheerful and there are surfboards, bicycles and snorkel equipment available. The other guests are a great source of information about what to do in the area. There is a very strict 10’o’clock quiet rule so everyone can sleep comfortably.