Come co-create a new skillshare sanctuary outside of capitalism - Costa Rica


Costa Rica

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 Min stay requested: at least 3 weeks

  • Description


    Hello! We are a collective farm/jungle sanctuary space in Costa Rica working to merge the wisdom of the spiritual and social justice communities. We work on farm projects, and do the hard work of moving towards collectivism, both in our space and in the surrounding community. Visitors come to stay in exchange for helping to co-create the space, and share their skills with the other visitors. You can join one of our ongoing projects or start your own. We are only a year old, and still forming and un-forming and figuring it all out. Everyone who comes is part of the decision-making and envisioning process, and plays a large role in shaping the farm.

    A typical day might be like this: we wake when we wake, and after our various stretching/movement/meditation personal routines, we all meet in the communal kitchen to plan out our day. Some people are working on various planting/building/art projects in the garden or the jungle, others are spending the day working with the animals or hiking to the creek. We discuss what support we'll all need for our ongoing projects, make offerings of bodywork or afternoon snacks, etc, and bounce ideas off of each other. Throughout the day we share projects, errands and cooking, and meet again all together in the evening for dinner, and circling or an activity. We go on regular outings, including beach bonfires and dancing, and facilitate our own regular healing activities. Every day looks a bit different and change is constant. New routines and offerings form based on each group of visitors. The primary resident offers energetic healing work, and participants are encouraged to make their own offerings of group or individual activities. There is a strong focus on communicating boundaries, needs, and desires, and the connection between internal and external work. Each group that comes creates their own structures and routines that work for them, and we co-create as we go.

    Right now we have dogs, cats, goats, and tilapia, and are building hutches for meat rabbits to feed the dogs. We grow a variety of fruits, vegetables and herbs, and are looking to plant more. We have two spaces for movement and small ceremonies and will be building another larger ceremonial platform in the near future. Everyone helps care for the plants and animals on the land.

    General projects include woodwork, building and maintenance, farming including preparing new garden beds and spaces, painting and artwork, and generally making cool things out of natural materials. Projects also include working out a transformative justice framework for conflicts that arise on the farm, facilitating a weekly English/Spanish language exchange, and supporting the development of a local fruit and vegetable market. We currently could also use some website help. Those with permaculture, building, maintenance, or mural painting experience are always needed!

    Please note that the sanctuary is a substance-free space outside of group ceremony. In addition, visitors are asked to help hold the safety of the space both in terms of spiritual ideas and practices (we talk to the trees here, among other entities!) and in terms of some of the heavier collective traumas we're moving through (being willing to go into the details of how we do anti-racism, etc.)

    Come as a visitor or a long-term volunteer with potential to be a partner in the project.

    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️Visitors*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ are welcome to come and stay and find their own balance of rest and contribution. Your internal work, slowing, sitting, is as important to the collective as your building a bench! The space is open to finding how you can contribute, even if farming/building is completely new to you. Pick up a gourd, figure out how to make something of it. Experiment, play, learn something new. It is a space for healing, learning and creation. The recommended stay is 3-8 weeks.
    Visitors have access to the communal kitchen but food is not provided (other than the fruits and herbs that grow on the farm). All visitors contribute a small amount towards shared cooking/cleaning/gas expenses.

    We are also seeking a *️️️️️️️️️️️️long term volunteer*️️️️️️️️️️️️ (4+ months) who can get to know the farm and help guide and orient visitors. Volunteers participate in everything that visitors do and find their own working flow, but help to pick up the pieces and hold everything together for visitors who stay for shorter periods of time. The ideal volunteer is proactive, organized, able to hold large healing space for whatever comes up for visitors, and should have some familiarity with radical social justice principles. Volunteers can take on larger long-term projects relating to their interests.

    We look forward to meeting you!

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Language practice
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Volunteers will be able to take charge of their own project, or join one that is already ongoing. The space is new and looking for bright eyes with good ideas. Come make it your own!

  • Help


    Current projects include:
    planting fruit trees,
    building garden beds and planting vegetables,
    beautifying and decorating two cabins,
    woodwork to create small furniture,
    landscaping and garden design,
    jungle trail creation and maintenance,
    feeding and care for goats,
    weaving and other art projects
    trail work.

    There is lots to do and volunteers can choose their projects based on interests and skills.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Spanish

  • Accommodation


    Indoor or outdoor cabins or camping, with communal kitchen.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are in the jungle with full view of amazing Costa Rican wildlife. You can see monkeys, anteaters, sloths, macaws, tucans, hummingbirds, butterflies, etc. all over the property. There are trails to hike and many places to sit and meditate.

    The surrounding area is beautiful, and there are many activities such as kayaking in the mangroves, horseback riding in the mountains, or taking a boat tour to see dolphins. We are located a 10 minute drive outside of a town where you can find whatever you need, and surrounded by many beaches, also a 10 minute drive away.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    3 hours/5 days

Host ref number: 332978134845