Peace Trail International

golfito, Costa Rica

  • Last updated: January 15, 2016 (1 year ago)
  • Listing created on: May 3, 2014

Mission Statement

Logos Academy Inc is a non-profit school with a vision to prepare future generations for world-wide economic, climatic and social change. Through education and community service we equip people of all ages with the skills necessary to provide for themselves and others both food and water security and alternatives to transportation and fuel use. We stress the use of appropriate technologies, a love for the earth, sustainability, and a community spirit.
Logos is the educational arm for Peace Trail International an organization dedicated to set people free from a failing world-wide economic system by re-connecting them to the earth and each other. Peace trail’s main focus is to establish Aldeas (settlements or outposts in Spanish) which are sustainable, food producing community portals created by an army of talented and loving volunteers.

Community Description

-Costa Rica-

Beaches
Piedras Blancas Preserve
Food and Water Secuirty
500 acres of off-the-grid paradise located at the foot of the Piedras Blancas Rainforest Preserve in the Southern Pacific region of Costa Rica. We are a farming community and all residents are “shareholders” in a working farm managed by a non-profit university teaching Sustainable Science. With a goal of food and water security, minimalist living, and international cross cultural experience Huella Pequena (“Small Footprint” pronounced HooWAYya PayKAYnya in Spanish) offers a low-cost, affordable, Earth-friendly alternative to the typical Gringo Western-copy of the dead-end housing development.

Primary Rainforest
The Costa Rican government has bought up all the land in and around the Piedras Blancas National Park in order to protect forever the Rainforest from development and we have one of the few private properties left in the entire region. Surrounding approximately 125 of farmland is our 375 acres of Primary forest, meaning it consists of never-have-been cut forest filled with Jaguars, White faced monkeys, Howler monkeys, Toucans, Amazon parrots and a host of other tropical birds and mammals, super rare!

Rio Esquinas River
The property fronts the Rio Esquinas river, a clean fresh water river that flows from the highlands of the Piedras Blancas preserve and we also have beaches on the Golfo Dulce which National Geographic says is a worldwide phenomena of incredibly deep waters famous for fishing and a only short boat ride from the historic French Banana town of Golfito and the other amazing national parks like Corcovado. see this link https:[email protected],-83.3191136,2459m/data=!3m1!1e3

About

  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability), Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property), Student Housing or Student Co-Op
  • Programs & Activities: Transition Town (post-petroleum and off-grid communities), School, Educational Institute or Experience, Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, Neighborhood, Community Housing, or Homeowner’s Association, Ethical Business, Investment Group, or Alternative Currency, Organization, Resource, or Network, WWOOF’ing, Guest Farming, Festivals, Conferences, Events
  • Location: Rural

Housing

  • Area: 500 acres
  • Current Number of Residences: 1
  • Planned number of residences: 150
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Additional Comments:

    We are a community forming around deep investments in agriculture, manufacturing, energy, transportation, and service. This is for someone who is looking to place to invest as well as live. We plan to have Costa Rica’s first commercial Green Tea Plantation as well as other cash crops/

Membership

  • Adult Members: 8
  • Child Members: 1
  • Non-member Residents: 3
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    http://www.huellapequena.com/contact.html or call 352 617 3673

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    Pay a fee and become a visiting member much like a tourist. After becoming clear on our vision one can join the community by purchasing a share in the corporation and be listed as a shareholder with rights and privileges. Partial shares (Time shares) can be purchased with partial rights and they can be upgraded to full shares and full rights which include a Profit share and a representative seat on the board.

  • Additional Comments:

    Like a co-op there are different levels of membership. For Full membership one has the right to a share in all community profits, opportunities for deeper investments in cash crops and other businesses including tourism and health and fitness concessions. This community is for those who want to invest deeply in producing food and water security and income related to Agriculture, Manufacturing and Tourism.

Government

  • Decision Making: By a board, council, group of elders, or leadership group
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    Balance of powers (proposed and still forming)with a goal of simplicity and solid legal foundation. Government will be based on a board made up of 1) landowner (until paid off) 3) Managing entity Logos Academy Inc 4) President/ Director and 4) Residents representative.

Economics

  • Join Fee: $39000
  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Regular Fee per Month: $100
  • Shared Income: Partial share of income
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 6
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    We provide work exchange opportunities leading to stipend positions and salaried positions. Most include food and housing. All full shares include share of all Grains, Vegetables, Fruit, Milk, Eggs, Meat, Fish and Wood produced on the property and after expenses any extra not consumed by community is sold in the local markets and divided among the Share holders

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are totally off grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 50-75%
  • Energy sources: Solar, Wind, Hydro-Electric
  • Planned renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: From 50-75%
  • Food produced locally: From 50-75%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Vehicle Share, Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Outdoor Kitchen
  • Internet Available: Yes, individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: Approximately all dinners
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers)
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    Clean and conscious, open not dogmatic, respectful and supportive but realistic. This is a community that puts a lot of emphasis on producing as much as possible the things we need to eat and drink.

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices), Christian
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

Additional Comments

As a non profit school we offer internships and memberships of all levels that lead to opportunities for teaching, tour guide, maintenance and administration positions within our school. We are looking for like- minded individuals who can appreciate the power of synergy behind a vision of living creatively and providing solutions for a world craving for working models of sustainability. We have communal heart held also together by sound corporate legal structure that allows us to grow as a practical business. We believe in prosperity, the power of simplicity, thankfulness, respect for the created and Creator and in abundance beyond our imagination.

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Keywords

eco, tourism, sustainable, survival, csa, timeshare, self sufficiency, non profit,costa rica