KAREN SCHACHTER

WASHINGTON D.C / COSTA RICA

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I started paddling about 5 years ago on a whim and after 1 lesson, I was hooked. While I have mostly paddled in the DC area where I live, I now paddle in Costa Rica, where we just bought a home/retreat/vacation property directly on the Caribbean Ocean. Here, I paddle on a river where we see monkeys, sloths, iguanas, and even an occasional caiman, or directly on the ocean in front of our home, when the water is calm.

In my alternate universe, I am a travel writer and a chef. In reality, I was a practicing psychotherapist for 22 years. Having recently given up my license, I now lead retreats, workshops and transformational coaching programs for women, helping them to create a desire-based, rather than fear-based, life. I am a firm believer in the fact that life is NOW and it’s up to each of us to create a life that inspires us and brings us joy, purpose, passion and fulfillment.

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FAVORITE RIDES

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10-7 SKYLAKE GREEN™

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9-6 SKYLAKE GREEN™

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11-0 SKYLAKE GREEN™

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OWNER

Located in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica, in an area called Playa Negra, Villas Serenidad is a gorgeous property that can accommodate small groups (2 people) through larger groups (up to 16), for a retreat, family reunion, or special celebration. Villas Serenidad sits directly on the Caribbean Ocean (separated only by a gorgeous tropical garden), less than one mile from the authentic, funky and fun town of Puerto Viejo. We have several 1-bedroom cottages and a 3-bedroom/2-bath home.

There is SO much to do in this area, from hiking the jungle, to surfing, to chocolate-tasting and, of course, paddleboarding.  Truly unforgettable.  www.villasserenidad.com

VILLAS SERENIDAD FACEBOOK

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RIDING STYLE

River & Lake Flatwater - Beach Or Coastal

PADDLING QUALIFICATIONS

WPA Class II Instructor

INTERESTING FACTS

I followed my own advice last year (2017) when, during a Spring Break vacation with my teen daughter, I fell in-love with, and decided to buy, a property right on the beach in Costa Rica. We sold our home in Washington, DC in order to make it happen, and it’s been quite an adventure. The property encompasses my love of nature + my desire to create spaces for people to gather and re-connect, to themselves and to each other.

THE FUTURE

My desire is to be “location-independent” once my children are off to college in 3 years. While I do plan to follow them (shhh, don’t tell them), especially if they end up somewhere interesting, I also intend to spend a lot of time traveling and exploring the world. I envision living in a variety of places, for a period of 4-6 months at a time, with a specific focus on Costa Rica and Italy. I have always loved all things Italian…the food, the culture, the people, the lifestyle.  
I hope to continue to be of service in my work, supporting women around creating lives that inspire them; writing and speaking, and of course, paddling wherever I go.

BEGINNER SUP LESSONS

INTERMEDIATE SUP LESSONS

 

FAVORITE PADDLING LOCATIONS

FLATWATER – CHEASAPEAKE AND OHIO CANAL – MARYLAND

Extremely peaceful and calm stretch of water.

COASTAL- PUERTO VIEJO – COSTA RICA

In the ocean right outside of my home in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

COASTAL – Punta Uva – COSTA RICA

Picturesque location

CAMP SUP FOR KIDS (AGES 11-17)

 
 

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