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Hello! We're Allison and Vanessa, who live in this beautiful jungle/farm playspace where we co-create post-capitalism by living it. We invite others who are interested in putting radical new worlds on the ground to come learn and explore with us. We look for people who are committed to anti-oppression, wanting to move from exploitation to collaboration on all levels, people who are excited to get their hands dirty, take on new projects and let their passion and curiosity lead. We especially love people who are queer, trans and polyamorous! Allison holds sanctuary, offering individual & collective healing work (energetic body work combined with narrative) and the space for deep inner exploration. Vanessa is an agroecologist activist sharing skills around organic farming and sustainable living. We both make sure that questioning of power structures, colonialism, all the isms, are front and center for everything we do. We live in small community, usually between 3 and 8 people on the farm and surrounded by many neighbors and community projects. We work and live and play together, sharing our gifts, taking care of the farm and its plants and animals and each other, and co-creating the futures we want through trial and error.
We spend our days on farmcare, self time, together time, and projects. Everyone who comes is encouraged to explore and pick up things that interest them. Who would you be without capitalism? Would you make crafts out of bamboo? Try your hand at building furniture? Spend your time singing to plants? Help neighborhood organizing efforts to start a fruit stand? Lead a dance workshop?
The space is new and rustic, and everyone who comes plays a role in forming it. There are indoor and outdoor spaces to sleep, a communal kitchen, and a platform for movement or meeting. We have dogs, cats, rabbits and goats, who are all delightful parts of the family. We have neighbors nearby who are like parents to us, and we are very involved in the collective organizing and other happenings in our small town nearby.
-The space is substance-free. We don't consume drugs or alcohol at the project or come home intoxicated.
-It is rustic and very outdoors! There are lots of bugs and lots of dirt, and sometimes a tree will fall or so on our off-grid systems and we're without running water or electricity for a few days (though we can always go to our neighbor's house).
-We ask for a commitment to working with and through anti-oppression concepts while in the space, with the understanding that inequity affects all of us differently as we come from many different backgrounds.
Economy: Developing an economy for the farm that builds long-term flexible trading relationships with our neighbors and local community, based on trust and intimacy. Favoring customized structures that allows each person’s needs and gifts to be seen over standardized, arms-length transactions.
Community structure: Exploring the roles, forms, and organizational structures that support a diversity of needs, interests, gifts and voices.
Intimacy & sexuality: Decoupling intimacy and sexuality from capitalist values by developing a culture of deep care regardless of relationship structure or status. Developing love, care, relationship and eroticism as practice rather than product.
Relationship with the Earth, plants, animals: Fostering relationships of trust, communication and mutual respect. Allowing the Earth to lead us in our efforts towards sustainability, health and harmony. Approaching farming from a place of relationship.
Healing: Involving spiritual practice that heals the connection between the “individual” and the collective. Remaining responsive to trauma, and encouraging what the trauma obscures. Prioritizing the body.
*Work-trades*- We are open to work traders who stay at the farm in exchange for mornings of farmwork. Work-traders buy their own food and contribute 2-3 small things off our communal consumables shopping list (ex. spices or sponges for the communal kitchen). Previous experience is great, but so is a desire to research and learn by doing. Everyone must be willing to get their hands dirty, and self-direct their days. Please let us know if you have experience in general maintenance or woodwork, gardening, tinctures or other natural processing, etc. Or if you can teach Hebrew to Allison! We welcome work-traders for a month, with the option to extend if it feels right for everyone.
*Hebrew instructor*- any length of stay, exchange TBD on individual basis.
*Playground time*- for those who are not necessarily ready to do 4 hours of farmwork everyday, we open the farm as a post-capitalist playground to explore what excites you, what draws you in, how your body wants you to structure your days, what roles you would play in a small community. It is structured as a customized retreat, with space held for self-reflection and activities that inspire getting to know ourselves in new ways. We can customize an exchange on an individual basis, based on interests and skills.
The space is also open to new residents who want to do their own projects in the space and live and love and build with us.
We look forward to hearing what liberation looks like to you, and putting it all together to make beautiful community!
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
The founding resident of the farm is a healer who holds a very nurturing space for self-exploration. We do many group activities ranging from the silly to the spiritual (not mutually exclusive) and the farm is overall a space for major personal growth. It is also in a beautiful location, surrounded by serene nature and world-class jungle biodiversity.
Everyone who comes is able to play a large role in the development of the space. The farm is looking for bright eyes with good ideas. Come make it your own!
Plant and animal care includes caring for the farm’s goats, rabbits and food garden. Maintenance includes weeding and mulching, tending to mold, termites, fallen trees, water leaks, cleaning common spaces, etc.
Work-traders can take on their own projects as they see fit on the farm. Previous visitors have built compost toilets, re-invented our goat feeding system, created an organizational structure for workflow, painted murals, etc. The idea is to get creative and leave the space better than you found it!
Indoor or outdoor cabins or camping, with communal kitchen.
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.
More than two
4 hours/5 days
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