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#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/farm stay experiences for guests to have authentic cultural experiences with the locals. We also talked about organizing cacao and coffee tours, raising children in...

#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...

#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...

#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...

#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...

#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 of 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...

#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. 

Do you own, or work with, a land-based project in Costa Rica that hosts folks?

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