Hello! We are Ocean, Rachel, and Andros (age 6). We always enjoy having a helping hand and community fellowship on our homestead in the lush mountains of Central Panamá!
The chocolate and tropical fruit farm is located about 7 km north of the small town of Santa Fe. Right on the Rio Santa Maria, this fertile 1.3 hectares provides us with a consistent and varied supply of food and herbal medicine; from leafy greens, roots/starches, herbs, and spices to a collection of tropical fruit and palms. We have a large harvest of cacao and coffee and are processing it all on the farm. We make a really fine set of chocolate bars and other goodies that we sell locally and do a cacao farm tour for visitors. We are always making delicious treats to sell and eat.
Our vision is for this land to host a healing arts center for community residents, daily visitors, and back to nature camping retreats. We want to be the change we wish to see in world. We want to share this love and enjoyment of natural living. We want to learn from others on similar paths.
On our to do list is to build a massage studio for Rachel's Shiatsu practice and to build a big pavilion classroom space: for yoga classes and all forms of healing arts group experiences, and for classes on ecological agriculture.
The farm is still lacking animals, but is otherwise a thriving ecosystem of garden and food forest production.
We are here to live close to nature, enjoy a healthy low stress life in natural beauty, build community, raise children, and sustain ourselves with causing as little harm in the world system. We want to invite people here to enjoy this life with us! We are here to spread the love, peace, joy, and magic that the nature here has shared with us!
Niñera / cuidado de niños
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Santa Fe is home to a still thriving traditional Panamanian campesino culture. Many neighbors are talented artisans and traditional musicians. The area has a rich history and there is much to learn from visiting with neighbors. Folks love to share their stories, especially since the youth are leaving for the city life and the elders know well that soon there will be noone left to carry on their cultural heritage. We have cultivated positive relationships with the community and feel blessed to have been embraced with warm hospitality by our neighbors.
Our neighbors are mostly subsistance farmers, growing an abundance of food on an abundance of gorgeous fertile land. There is a general reverance for nature here and love of this campo life! We have learned so much about living close to nature from this culture! Bartering and gifting from harvest abundance is a lasting tradition here. There are very few foreigners in the area, but the few nearby have become our friends and are doing really interesting projects, from cheese-making to beekeeping to beer-making.
You will not be able to leave our farm without accidentally or intentionally learning about plants and their uses. Ocean practices herbal medicine, has a degree in horticulture, permaculture design training, and gives tours of the farm and into the jungle.
We make time daily for meditation and yoga and all are welcome to join. Rachel is a trained yoga teacher, Shiatsu practitioner and massage therapist.
We home school Andros (age 6) and invite visitors to teach anything they are especially into (music, crafts, science, history, whatever you know and love) and to do fun projects together. Dancing and free form music making is a common occurrence here.
Help on the land and in the kitchen/ apothecary is always appreciated! Harvesting and caring for the cacao, coffee, vegetable garden, fruit trees, medicinals. Also, the many ways of processing everything into a preserved form... like turning it into edible heavenly coffee and chocolate!
Right now we are especially looking for construction help:
*artistic touches on mud plaster of the new workshop walls and finished mud floor.
*building a new cabaña using materials from the land/river: stone, caña blanca (a locally traditional bamboo-like grass), wood, guadua (strong bamboo), and mud.
We have a few tents in choice camp sites with roof cover. We fit them with an air mattress and comfy bedding. The bathroom in the house has a hot water shower and a washing machine. Most meals will be provided by the host.
The farm borders the Rio Santa Maria, where we have many trails that lead to different swimming holes, each more beautiful than the last! There is also a sacred site of petroglyphs within a five minute walk. A ten minute walk in the other direction leads you to the Parque Nacional de Santa Fe, and endless river and rainforest exploration. From here, the trails into primary forest go all the way to the Caribbean coast in a couple days' hike.
A chiva (pickup with covered bed and bench seats) passes by the property every hour. It costs $1.50 one way to town and is more or less reliable. Taxis are available to go anywhere in the area, as well. For a weekend (or longer) trip to the Caribbean or Pacific beaches, buses leave from town and it only takes a few hours to get to a variety of beaches on either coastline!
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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