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Escaping the rat race to live a grounded and sustainable life in the country isn't a crazy daydream anymore. Sharing Insights Podcast helps you shorten the learning curve and gain confidence to move forward. Learn best practices from veterans living the dream full-time, without spending your time and money reinventing the wheel.

Exploring Sustainability & Advice from Intentional Communities, Retreat Centers, and Permaculture Projects throughout Costa Rica.

Sharing Insights MISSION

To share stories, strategies, and insights from ecologically & socially beneficial projects, in Costa Rica. These stories provide landowners everywhere access to unique ideas for how they, too, might design their own business models for greater success and impact.

In the end, we hope to see more people succeed in their dreams to live off the land, make it sustainable, and share it with others.  

It's great to have you along!

Whether you're planning to steward land soon, or a veteran who wants to broaden their perspectives. Tune in! We have some captivating guests and insightful conversations lined up for you.

Join us as we explore an array of permaculture farms, retreat centers, homesteads, eco-lodges, and international communities that are all pursuing one common, golden thread – a lifestyle and culture that is in harmony with nature and to do business in an ecologically beneficial way.

To let this culture spread and grow, these unique places have opened their doors for ambitious eco-enthusiasts to learn and co-create with them. Numundo.org calls these places Impact Centers

Back-To-The-Landers Unite!

There are thousands of people around the globe who are passionate about living a sustainable lifestyle, and who either have or want to start an eco-friendly land-based project. At the same time, there are many more who prefer to dip their toes in and explore already established projects to find solutions, experience, adventure, or even refuge.

 

For most, operating a project like this is no small feat, especially if budgets are tight. My motive behind this podcast is to offer people a place to find inspiration, ideas, solutions, and get to know some of the veterans in the game.

By sharing insights among owners of these unique places, it’s our goal to expand perspectives of how sustainability can be practiced, not only through responsible land management, also through to social dynamics, cultural exchange, and finances as well.  I like to believe that beneficial relationships are likely to grow here.

 

 

Join us as we:

  • Discover exciting and appropriate technologies,
  • Explore advice for interacting with students, guests, and volunteers,
  • Highlight and support this new generation of leaders,
  • And dig deeper into what it really takes to keep the doors open for the millions of people who are searching for a place where they too can learn, change, and grow.

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I really appreciate what Jason is doing to make a difference on our planet, right now.  Thank you for the wonderful time that we shared in making the podcast.

Suzanna Leff

Finca Amrta

It is really encouraging and inspiring to see like-minded people coming together and Sharing Insights being a key driver in connecting these people. It was a great pleasure to meet Jason and I am looking forward to hearing more.

Lynx Guimond

Sail Cargo

Jason Bliss is an incredible guy! Right now, he is collecting information on how to make the world a better place, and whether you have information to give or want to receive this information, I highly recommend Jason and Sharing Insights. 

Justin Dolan

The Permaculture Country Club

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