A young Colorado ski racer falls in love with the freedom and sensuality of a remote Costa Rican rainforest. However, unlike most of us who return home from our tropical vacations, she sets out to make this sensation her life, and to help others experience it. With her own hands, and the help of a sexy Costa Rican boyfriend, she builds an ecolodge in the remote rainforest of Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula.
During her journey, a tractor trailer rolls over on her, breaking her leg in four places, her house burns to the ground, and she completely runs out of money. These calamities only strengthen her resolve. In the end, she succeeds in building a lodge praised by media ranging from Travel + Leisure to CNN, and in helping people from all over the world experience one of the most biologically diverse places on earth. She also creates the nonprofit Whitehawk Foundation to save the Osa rainforest.
ISBN 978-1-60808-216-2 (Paperback)
Memoir / Women’s Nonfiction
6×9, 280 pages
Publication date: August 1, 2020
Lana Wedmore is a conservationist, women’s empowerment advocate, yoga instructor, and Reiki master whose compassion, dedication, and determination have all earned her the reputation as service-centered thought leader. As a transformation-driven humanitarian, her lifelong vision is to empower people to heal not only themselves, but our home and all of her beautiful inhabitants.
Nearly four decades ago, Lana felt an unwavering pull to Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula. Ultimately, the unparalleled beauty of the wildlife and landscapes combined inspired her to establish Luna Lodge in 2000, which is an innovative rainforest eco-lodge that attained the highest sustainability ranking. Her deep-rooted devotion for the country also drove her to give back in other profound ways, including currently serving as the Vice President of the Wellness Costa Rica Association. For 10 years, she was also the President of the Association for Integral Development of Corcovado. Her strategic heart-centered leadership was paramount in the development of the first sustainable solar-powered bamboo school in the Osa Peninsula.
Throughout the span of several years, Lana was also the President of the Chamber of Tourism of Corcovado, where she assisted in uniting the different communities to advocate for sustainable tourism. Continuing her conservation legacy, she founded The White Hawk Foundation back in 2008, in the name of protecting the sacred land surrounding Corcovado National Park.
However, Lana Wedmore’s conservation efforts don’t stop there. Presently, she is facilitating empowerment retreats at Luna Lodge, speaking at prominent wellness and conservation events, and fundraising for and facilitating White Hawk Foundation conservation initiatives. Mostly recently, she also authored a book, which will be available to purchase in the near future.
Lesley S. King has traveled the world writing for The New York Times, Audubon magazine, United Airlines Hemispheres magazine and the Frommer’s and Dummies guides. She is the author of more than a dozen books.