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Eco-Enthusiast?

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Join us on the journey as we discover pioneering projects dedicated to sustainable land-management, building community, eco-tourism, and creative living in Costa Rica.

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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Observe and Interact

Observe and Interact

The following Principles are those first identified and defined by David Holmgren in his book “Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability.” My own adaptation follows each as to how I feel these Principles may be applied to our lives and business...

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Catch and Store Energy

Catch and Store Energy: “By developing systems that collect resources at peak abundance, we can use them in times of need.” Let’s start with a note about self-care. My friends, human potential is more powerful than we can comprehend. The computing power of our brains...

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Obtain a Yield

Obtain a Yield

Obtain a Yield: "Ensure that you are getting truly useful rewards as part of the work that you are doing." There are many different types of yield that can be collected from the fruits of our efforts. Whether it’s turning last year’s composted kitchen scraps into this...

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Creatively Use and Respond to Change:

Creatively Use and Respond to Change:

 We can have a positive impact on in- evitable change by carefully observing, and then intervening at the right time. Change happens.  It’s up to us to decide how we’re going to respond to it. To remain firmly fixed, in the face of change, can be difficult and...

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Use Edges and Value the Marginal:

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#011 Nico Botefur of Essence Arenal: Permaculture Designed Hotel, Restaurant, and Food Forest

Nico Botefur of Essence Arenal shares how he’s turned a couple of rooms on a denatured piece of property into a thriving business, food forest, and employment opportunity for entrepreneurs in his region. Located at the base of the beautiful Arenal Volcano, his hotel/restaurant/spa is an excellent example of what magic can come with patient and persistent application of the permaculture principles to one’s...

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Observe and Interact

Observe and Interact

The following Principles are those first identified and defined by David Holmgren in his book “Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability.” My own adaptation follows each as to how...

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Catch and Store Energy

Catch and Store Energy

Catch and Store Energy: “By developing systems that collect resources at peak abundance, we can use them in times of need.” Let’s start with a note about self-care. My friends, human potential is...

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Farm to Table Food Forests Feeding a Permaculture Hotel/Restaurant (Nico Botefur: Essence Arenal)

        In this episode, we hear from Nico Botefur of Essence Arenal, an eco-lodge, restaurant, and food forest nestled just across the lake from Volcano Arenal. Nico is another one of those mavericks who’s taken pasture land and turned it into a regenerative food forest and hosting grounds for transformational experiences. In this video, we take a tour of some of the ways that Nico is using cyclical resource systems, channeling waste products back in, to feed future harvests. Between his...

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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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#011 Nico Botefur of Essence Arenal: Permaculture Designed Hotel, Restaurant, and Food Forest

#011 Nico Botefur of Essence Arenal: Permaculture Designed Hotel, Restaurant, and Food Forest

Nico Botefur of Essence Arenal shares how he’s turned a couple of rooms on a denatured piece of property into a thriving business, food forest, and employment opportunity for entrepreneurs in his region. Located at the base of the beautiful Arenal Volcano, his hotel/restaurant/spa is an excellent example of what magic can come with patient and persistent application of the permaculture principles to one’s business.  Nico and I discuss his use of bamboo for a wide variety of projects from glamping tent frames, to greenhouses,...

#010 Meghan Casey of Chilamate Rainforest Eco Retreat: Community Outreach Creating Regional Resilience

#010 Meghan Casey of Chilamate Rainforest Eco Retreat: Community Outreach Creating Regional Resilience

.This interview, with Meghan Casey of the Chilamate Rainforest Eco Retreat, is the kind of conversation that can change the fabric of a project’s relationship with its region and neighbors. We discuss community outreach projects that anyone can do: including teaching English, promoting cooking classes and homestay/farmstay experiences for guests to have authentic cultural experiences with the locals, organizing cacao and coffee tours, raising children in such a work-life situation, and more!     If you’ve wondered...

#009 Estéban Acosta of Sembrando Flores and Viogaz: Biodynamics, Commercial Crops, & Home-Scale Biodigesters

#009 Estéban Acosta of Sembrando Flores and Viogaz: Biodynamics, Commercial Crops, & Home-Scale Biodigesters

Today’s episode is with Estéban Acosta of Sembrando Flores & Viogaz, Costa Rica’s leading manufacturer and installer of bio-digesters for home-scale, as well as commercial, uses.  We discuss the spiritual side of agriculture through the application of biodynamic principles, growing “green manure” (mucuna beans), and the benefits of using a biodigester to process grey water and black water.  Esteban is a consultant and international spokesperson for the biodynamic movement.  This episode is sure to bring you value.I...

#008 Terry Lillian Newton of Kindred Spirits: Raising Horses using Permaculture and Mindfulness

#008 Terry Lillian Newton of Kindred Spirits: Raising Horses using Permaculture and Mindfulness

In today’s episode with Terry Lillian Newton of Kindred Spirits, we explore horse care, equine therapy, using connection with horses to enhance yoga and meditation practices. Permaculture, & natural medicine.  It’s a conversation filled with intriguing stories, practical advice, and inspiration to follow one’s dreams. Terry shares her top tips for horse care in the tropics, as well as things that aspiring owners would do well to consider before solidifying their commitment.  We've created a PDF with some of Terry's top...

#007 Aly Khan & Alnoor Ladha of Brave Earth: Building Community

#007 Aly Khan & Alnoor Ladha of Brave Earth: Building Community

    Building community is a central focus for many back-to-the-land projects.  Most commonly, that community is comprised of internal share-holding members, long-term guests, or the extended community of the surrounding village.  For some projects, that would also include short-term guests and off-site investors.  No matter what community means to you, many agree that a shifted focus toward a healthy sense of community is vital for a sustainable future.Today’s episode dives deep with Aly Khan & Alnoor Ladha of Brave Earth (Tierra Valiente),...

#006 Ancel Mitchell of Finca La Isla: Cacao – Traditional Roots to Cottage Industry

#006 Ancel Mitchell of Finca La Isla: Cacao – Traditional Roots to Cottage Industry

     Welcome to the world of Ancel Mitchell, herbalist, storyteller, chocolatier, and overall quality human being.  In today’s episode we dive into the value of connecting with & supporting local indigenous communities, various ways that one might prepare a cacao bean, and the value of embracing the mythological roots of our plant medicines.    Ancel is one of the key players of Finca La Isla, along with her partner Peter Kring from last week’s episode.  Both of these pioneers have had a lot to share.  Kick back and...

#005 Peter Kring of Finca La Isla: Fruit Forest Maintenance & Farmers Markets

#005 Peter Kring of Finca La Isla: Fruit Forest Maintenance & Farmers Markets

    Meet Peter Kring, a nurseryman and farmer who has 30 years experience in tropical agriculture. Peter has introduced many valuable species into cultivation in Costa Rica and maintains a collection of over 200 species of fruit trees.  His farm, Finca la Isla, on the Caribbean coast, offers a plethora of workshops in horticulture, medicinal plants, chocolate making, fermentation, and farm to table practices.   In today’s episode, Peter shares with us his insights into sustainability through producing goods to sell at the farmers...

#004 Justin Dolan of The Permaculture Country Club: Designing for Resilience

#004 Justin Dolan of The Permaculture Country Club: Designing for Resilience

The conversation continues from last week’s episode with Justin Dolan of St Michael’s Permaculture Country Club, in Central Pacific Costa Rica.   Justin mentions a number of the innovations that he’s been experimenting with, including natural building with bamboo, bioremediation, soil health, natural cooling with living rooftops and vines, waste management, and more. 

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