A sanctuary for humans & nature
In the Colombian rainforest we are reimagining life beyond ‘normal’, in a wild space of purpose, where humans thrive in symbiosis with nature. Our rainforest sanctuary for innovation and healing holds space for projects, participation, retreats and natural living.
…to nourish the human in nature, to nurture nature in symbiosis
Going beyond the modern-day schism of preserving nature in isolation from people, yet destroying wilderness in the name of urban progress, our project asks, “how can the act of living be an offering?” We want to understand how dwelling can become a space for inner and outer transformation, where humans thrive as part of nature, in synergy with her blossoming.
The vitality and magic of the forest inspire our creations which take place on previously damaged farmland. Here we embark on the adventure of joining nature’s process of re-wilding. In tandem with honouring the vitality of outer nature, re-wilding the inner nature of the human being is essential. Through connection with an inner morality and embracing the fullness of creative collaboration, we are exploring bamboo architecture and imagining afresh the richness of being fully alive.
The Watershed is the heart of the rainforest sanctuary. Here, sixty hectares of previously farmed land, fruit trees and edible gardens surround our sculptural bamboo buildings. Also known as “the Incubator”, this is a space where participants can feel re-connected with the wildness of the earth while in a space of active, creative flow. Surrounding this space of collaboration are homes nestled amongst the forest, for those who live here permanently.
We are guests to the Rainforest; it is our home and our dreamspace.
Please note: We prefer to recieve participants for longer durations (2-3 months or more) and for this reason have three entry moments in the year - March equinox, June solstice and September equinox. We also consider special cases for other entry times.
Pratique d’une langue
Aide avec des éco-projets
Bricolage et projets de construction
Aide dans une ferme
Cuisine/repas pour la famille
Rainforest living is the primary experience within which all our activities are based. Many aspects of our lifestyle facilitate learning about ways of nourishing the self and nourishing the land through everyday actions, such as plant-based foods, composting, movement/yoga (mostly self-practice, shared as part of a group dynamic), craft, organic growing of fruit/veg, and at a fundamental level, living in the outdoors. Our visitors have expressed gratitude for having experienced a heart-felt respect for nature, awareness of our impact on surrounding ecologies and connection with the rainforest's abundant resources in ways that they hadn't felt before.
The creation of a bamboo architecture that is deeply rooted in a sense of place brings about an embodied experience of the organic qualities of building. The hands-on bamboo construction experience includes development of construction skills, learning about the building process and connecting with the poetics of a space that is integrated into the landscape. There is a real joy in the cultural exchange that takes place in our team when local rural Colombian culture comes together with our backgrounds of architectural practice in the UK and with the backgrounds of visitors from overseas.
You are invited to be part of the wholeness of life in the rainforest. Bamboo construction is a big part of what we do here. There are several other activities which are much closer to the soil, such as landscape projects, reforestation and growing of organic produce. As part of a weekly flow, we also need help for the general maintenance of our rainforest haven. As a volunteer, you will get to experience many of these aspects of rainforest living.
While staying here, we encourage participants to explore and develop their own initiatives in the fields of alternative living and connection with nature. The weekly rhythm at includes time for this in the form of creative Wednesdays where participants can focus on a topic of passion and purpose of their choice. Projects that make a big contribution to the Watershed can become the main area of focus for participants during their stay.
Wednesdays are also for group-bonding and idea-development activities. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays are physical days of focused action between 9am and 4pm with a break for lunch.
Skills that are valuable for this experience include taking initiative, creativity, resourcefulness, a sense of adventure, thriving as part of a team, physical crafts, having a self-driven attitude and a love for the outdoors. We welcome all levels of experience with an enthusiasm for learning and adaptability. Be prepared for hot and hilly conditions, and a lot of walking through paths in nature.
If you are interested specifically in volunteering for a bamboo construction project, please let us know because they do not necessarily take place all year round.
Cet hôte propose un échange linguistique
Cet hôte a indiqué qu’il souhaitait faire partager sa propre langue ou en apprendre une nouvelle.
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At this stage in the project, tree-tents facilitate our dwelling. They provided shelter and enable an enlivening period of sleep amongst the rainforest canopies, on the ridge just above the watershed, near to a heritage house in restoration.
Plant-based food fuels us and nourishes our action-based lifestyle. We are in the early stages of creating a rainforest garden and sometimes have the pleasure of eating home-grown vegetables and fruits. It is important to note that we ask participants to organise their own food (buying it in town and preparing meals as desired). Often participants prepare food together and share meals. We ask our visitors to please refrain from bringing meat, cigarettes, alcohol and drugs into the watershed.
Bamboo structures which are part of our everyday life include a Rainforest kitchen, a composting toilet and a rainforest studio which has a satellite internet connection and a collection of books about rainforest living, bamboo architecture and other forms of bio-construction, spirituality and well-being.
Weekends can be as restorative or active as desired, and could include visiting nearby rivers, mountain hikes and other activities outside the Watershed. On rest days, food prep continues to be a space of contribution for/from the volunteering group.
There are many restorative spaces and activities to enjoy here, including rainforest walks, bathing in the streams, catching the sunshine, and getting into a creative flow through bamboo craft, journaling, writing, photography or any other artistic interest of your own.
The lively nearby towns of San Carlos and San Rafael can be reached by tuk-tuks, moto-taxis or chivas (forms of local transport) for some immersion in local culture and visiting other popular sights, for hiking and bathing.
All in all, life here is quite wild! People who have visited our space have often experienced a sense of adventure that is new to them. For many this has been exhilarating and for some it has been a bit too much. Please be mindful of your own boundaries and stay in the flow of enjoying your journey. If you would really like to be part of the adventure of life here we will very much look forward to welcoming you to the rainforest sanctuary!
Accès Internet limité
Nous avons des animaux
Nous sommes fumeurs
Our studio space is located at the top of a hill with inspiring views. There are many interesting books and the environment is very peaceful. We have a satellite internet connection, which isn't the fastest (!) and has its highest speed in the early morning.
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Plus de 2
Max 15 hours a week
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