Costa Rica Mermaid

Donors 2014


Donors 2014

A big thank you to the manager Gustavo Aguirre of the wonderful hotel  for 7 wonderful nights of accommodation from November 3rd to November 9th,  2014, as well as all my meals! And the wonderful shared conversations about education and Recycling! And I so loved having a whole suite to myself with the
possibility of cooking!

Thank you, Jason Revuelta, for 5 nights of accommodation, from October 29th to November 2, in your spacious apartment in Cabo San Lucas! And it was so much fun going diving with you! Especially since it was your certification dive!

Thank you so much, Gerardo Martinez, for picking me up at the Cabo San Lucas Airport and accommodating me for my first two nights on this year’s swim expedition! And thank you so much for introducing me to your friend and colleague Jason Revuelta, who became my very kind second host!

A very big thank you from the bottom of my heart to Dr. Joaquin Beltran Quibrera, who for the third year in a row has allowed me an unlimited stay at his lovely little house in Fidepaz, La Paz, Baja California Sur, which is enormously helpful given that my swims come in stops and gos. This season, I first arrived here on November 22nd, 2014, and I’m finally leaving on January 9th, 2015. It is just so wonderful to be able to come and go as I please, doing different sectors of the swim and then coming back here and being able to teach so many classes in La Paz Mexico! Having the refuge of a little house all to myself that even includes the use of an outdoor swimming pool is most appreciated indeed!

Renate Herberger MA

Thank you, Nidia Lobo, for providing me with a home in San Jose while I prepared for my swim. Having a home I can stay at as long as I need to really helps! Thank you also for the lovely day trip to Cartago and Orotina! Thank you also to Beto Lobo, Nidia’s son, for receiving me at arrival.

Thank you, Ana and Luuc Van Wezel owners of Villas Gaia hotel – – for hosting me for four nights at your wonderful hotel and including all my meals! I was especially pleased that you coordinated some of my school workshops since teaching is a major part of my projects.

Thank you, Stefano, owner of Hotel La Dolce Vita – – https://ladolce.vita.5015 – for eight nights in apartment number 2, a true refuge with the sound of  pounding surf to lull me to sleep! It was wonderful having a little apartment to myself where i could cook and actually invite friends for dinner that I myself have prepared!

Thank you Patricia, owner of Sano Banano in Montezuma – – for hosting me for four nights in one of my favorite locations in Costa Rica! And thank you so much for organizing a film night and talk by me, to help distribute the message!

Thank you, Ninoska Gomez owner of Estudio Los Almendros – –  for hosting me for five nights in one of your wondrous and magical  bungalows!

Thank you, Sarah, owner of Sugar Beach Hotel – – for hosting me for five nights. I am especially thankful since this is the third time you have hosted me. Thank you so much for including all the meals! You have one of the most beautiful locations of any hotel in Costa Rica!

Thank you, Simon Preston, owner of Conchal Hotel – – for hosting me for five nights in your cute little hotel and thank you for the absolutely splendid meals also! I really appreciated you driving me to some of the schools I taught in! Thank you for your enthusiasm in my work and the wonderful dinner conversations!

Thank you, to the staff of Area De Conservacion Guanacaste – – for allowing me to stay at the Isla San Jose field station for a week! The island archipelago of Murcielagos is a fairy tale landscape for me and I am so pleased that I have been able to include swimming this Island chain due to having the possibility of camping in your beautiful field station during the last four expeditions!

Thank you, Thomas Nagel, owner of Cuna De Angel – – for hosting me for a week at your lovely hotel and including all the meals! And thank you for hosting me during three expeditions!

Thank you, Finca Fruicion, ,

for three wonderful days while I assisted my dear friend Vyola Myst at her wedding to Kuli! I have rarely in my life felt so surrounded by community and pure unconditional love!

Thank you, Playa Nicuesa Lodge, ,

for four days in heaven! Your meals were absolutely exceptional and your lodge is one of the most beautiful in the country!

Thank you, Golfo Ducle Lodge, ,

owner Esther Margrith Greter, for 2 beautiful nights at your enchanting eco-lodge! It was wonderful getting to know you and I appreciated so much your last minute acceptance of sponsoring me.

Thank you, Bradd Johnson, ,

for 4 nights of accommodation at your spectacular lodge. I will never forget room number 6! The food was equally spectacular! and thank you for sponsoring me for the third time!

Thank you, Martina , ,

for three nights accommodation at your lovely hostel! I enjoyed taking some of your guests swimming in the bio-luminescence on that beautiful dark night of the moon! I also really enjoyed our daily chats.

Thank you, Adrian and Marleni, ,

for three beautiful days and nights at one of my favourite places in the world. This was the third time that you sponsored me and I deeply appreciate your generosity. I got to stay in my very favorite cabin! I also appreciate your willingness to accept a commemorative plaque in honor of my son Silvan Skye Valeska Herberger. I received the news of the tragedy while staying in cabin number 7 on January 10th, 2012. So I have a very special attachment to all your staff who treated me so very kindly on that very worst day of my life. I will never forget you.


Renate Herberger  MA
In Costa Rica 011 506 8554 8266
Home: 001 250 656 1312
Cell:    001 250 858 6511
11120 Rosborough Road
North Saanich, BC
V8L 5M3

Swimming for Marine Sanctuaries


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