Adam’s Song: Potrero Community

Another exceedingly hot day in the desert is the current story of the town of Playa Potrero.  The sun beats down, unrelentingly casting its warm glow upon plant, animal, and land alike.  Even with the thermometers peaking, as I walk by the Potrero Salon Comunal I see some Abriendo Mentes volunteers painting, working to improve the facilities to better serve the Potrero Community.

In the short time of its existence, Abriendo Mentes has molded the community of Potrero into an open, giving group of people who are connected and care about each other.  The constant presence of AM in town provides such a positive energy and vibration, and also fosters the desire for service.  The English classes for children and adults is a wonderful opportunity for people of all ages.  The women’s empowerment class provides a previously absent forum for women to express themselves and discuss issues affecting women in Costa Rica today.

But aside from the community service that the organization itself provides, the energy of Abriendo Mentes fuels the ongoing awareness of the interconnection between everyone in our society.  One great example is enough to encourage others to take similar action, and share the love.  Finally, it seems many of the service groups of the Guanacaste area are coming together to pool their resources to accomplish even more.  AM will we be working closely with CEPIA, another service organization based out of Huacas.  In addition, they inspired beach clean-ups with another non-profit organization Advocates 4 Change.  Besides other major organizations, individuals have been inspired and Potrero recently boasted a garage sale to support a spay-and-neuter program of stray dogs.

Every day, it becomes more and more apparent that community and the world does not function as multiple individual cells that operate independently of the rest of the world.  Our community is living proof that everything is connected, and as awareness and energy increases, more and more community service events and activities will develop.  These are great opportunities to help another person out, but also to see how people and a community live together, give together, and love together.  Thanks Abriendo Mentes for setting a great example!

Adam Lanka is a freelance writer living in Potrero, Costa Rica. He volunteers his time to write for Abriendo Mentes. Contact Adam at or follow his blog The Wanderlust.

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