Hello! I'm Allison, the founder of our beautiful jungle/farm playspace where we co-create post-capitalism by living it. I started this project in 2018 to be able to do my healing work outside of a capitalist setting: to offer my offerings as part of a small community, and receive what I need in return, surrounded by people equally in their element doing what they love. For me healing works on both the "individual" and collective level at the same time, and getting rid of capitalism's mental strongholds of scarcity, fear, consumption, and extremist independence is of the utmost priority. Here we live in small community, usually between 3 and 8 people, work and live and play together, sharing our gifts, taking care of the farm and its plants and animals and each other, and co-envisioning what the future will be like 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? Work on organizing our neighbors to start a fruit stand? Lead a dance workshop?
Our structures are flexible. We meet in the morning and have dinner together in the evening, and have a talking circle every other night. The rest is filled in by what the community members are excited about. We make time to talk about what we're learning about ourselves: how much time we need alone vs. in a group, doing physical work vs. thinking work, etc. There is a strong emphasis on self-exploration with group support.
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 are very involved in the 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 monetary 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.
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.
*3+ month maintenance volunteer* This person will respond to maintenance needs, and delegate gardening and animal care tasks. We are seeking someone who has basic maintenance skills: can work with wood, lift moderately heavy things, do basic electrical troubleshooting. Training will be provided. The volunteer will support the farm by learning its systems and tending to the daily division of farm tasks. The right person will be able to guide, orient and assist shorter term visitors with less experience. For this position, food can be provided.
*Hebrew instructor*- any length of stay.
The farm also hosts visitors and residents, even though they aren't strict work-trades, so if you're looking for a shorter or longer stay and feel called by the project, please get in touch!
*Visitors* stay for around a month, and spend quality time living at the farm, helping out with plant care, animal care, and farm maintenance. Visitors take on projects of their choosing and direct their own schedules. Everyone is encouraged to teach, share and facilitate what they know!
*Residents* start out as visitors, and if there is a good mutual fit, stay for 3+ months, becoming a more fixed member of the farm. Residents help hold space for short-term visitors, and can lead more in-depth projects.
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. We could always use people who want to play with:
-basic building and off-grid systems
-gardening and food production
-landscaping, art and design
-animal care and communication
-teaching English to some of our exchange neighbors and/or in town
-teaching Hebrew to Allison!
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.
Visitors 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 the apartment, 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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