“There is no way to anticipate the outcome of our life decisions. The important thing is that we work through their impact.”
Adam is living testimony to his observation. At age 25, having spent nearly half of his life studying under the cloistered guidance of the Benedictine Monastic Order in Southern Indiana, he packed a bag and journeyed via Louisville to New York City to study interior design. Within two years, he was a lead interior designer for an I. M. Pei-designed 500,000-foot office building.
In the late 1980s, Adam shifted full time to residential interior design. He has been fortunate to have worked with many successful people. But as much as this work fed his career, his former religious life and its focus on people—without respect to their domestic lifestyle—fueled a latent desire to once again direct his energy towards one’s spiritual and energetic life.
Adam admits he also chose “a safe way to develop my career. I never really had to put myself on the line.” With natural talent and a fondness for his clients, the development of his business was successful. But, following a breakup with his partner, Adam’s sister invited him to a yoga retreat in Mexico: “Come with me…. You don’t even need to learn yoga.” He did both.
Upon returning to New York, Adam chose Aaron as his yoga teacher and became “living proof that yoga can change your life if you open yourself to it.” Eventually, the pair began talking about creating a yoga retreat. But “that idea changed a lot, reflecting journeys on both of our parts of what our work is really about.”
Several years later, while visiting Costa Rica, they stumbled upon a gated waterfront site with a rusted Century 21 sign and yelping dogs. With the retreat location found, Blue Osa was born.
Adam applied three decades of experience in nearly two years of planning with Aaron and another year of construction, employing 48 skilled workers, to build Blue Osa. The resulting tropical-style design is based on “local wisdom” using the native woods Teca and Cristobial, passive design elements like sunshades, overhangs, vaulted ceilings and tree shading, and open interior spaces that capture sea breezes.
Five years later, reflecting on his decision to engage in this venture, Adam affirms: “Blue Osa represents the power of the human spirit and what you can do with your life if you let go.”