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Last updated: July 22, 2009 (5 years ago)
Listing created on: December 31, 1999

The Yoga Farm

(Punta Banco, Costa Rica)

  • Status: Established
  • Formed: 2002  Established: 2002
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address: http://www.yogafarmcostarica.org/
  • Contact Name: Gabriel Schmerler
  • Address:
    06-8255
    Pasa Canoas
    Punta Banco,
    Costa Rica
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    Contact us by email or just show up as a guest.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes

Mission Statement:

service and yoga practice

Community Description:

The Yoga Farm’s mission is to create a conscious spiritual community based on the practice of yogic lifestyle. The community will be open to all who want to visit even if they are unfamiliar with yogic lifestyle or do not practice it. There is neither specific dogma nor any specific spiritual teacher at The Yoga Farm. Rather, the path of community will be co-created by the people who come to the farm. The highest vision that the community will work towards will be to co-create a space where people can feel welcome, well received, a part of, contributing to, appreciated, and loved. In essence, the vision is to create community. The ultimate vision of the community will be to do meaningful work in the world that makes a contribution and a positive difference! This can be as simple as creating a sacred space within the community that people can be supported by. The ultimate vision can also extend outwards to work with the greater community of the immediate surrounding area, and to the world. The possibilities are endless; the power of intentional community working together can open all sorts of opportunities.

The Yoga Farm offers visitors a truly unique traveling experience. We are a simple, quiet, peaceful retreat facility with basic comforts; we are not a spa. We are a destination for those who want to visit a location that offers pristine virgin rainforest and clean beaches with few people on it, except for the occasional local Costa Rican fishing and a few visitors. One advantage of the area is that it has little nightlife and shopping. Rather, it offers the opportunity to go for hikes in the rainforest, on horseback trips, and to participate in cultural visits with indigenous families where they can learn traditional indigenous crafts and see beautiful wildlife. You will find our facility to be simple, clean and comfortable. The Yoga Farm is ideal for people who want to spend some quality time with themselves, while surrounded by nature.

Visitors interested in becoming part of our community are welcome to visit at any time. We first ask people come as a guest for two weeks (at our usual low rates), and then we can co-create a volunteer agreement and eventually a long-term agreement for people interested in living with us. Please read our website thoroughly for more information. Peace.

Population

  • Adult Members: 7
  • Child Members: 2
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: open to all paths

    pen to all paths

    variety of options

Social Factors

Government

  • Decision Making: By a council, group of Elders, or leadership group
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Rural, Rural
  • Area: 4 acres
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Current number of residences: 3

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Shared Expenses: Little or no share of expenses
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Required Labor contribution: 0
  • Join Fee: No
  • Regular Fee: No
  • Additional Comments: must be financialy independant while with us though

Diet

  • Shared meals: Approximately all meals
  • Current food produced: From 50-75%
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
  • Alcohol Use: No, this community does not permit alcohol use.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Additional comments: mostly vegetarien

    moderate drinking off the property is fine

    deignated smoking areas

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

Federation of Egalitarian Communities (FEC), Ecovillage Network of the Americas, The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Global Ecovillage Network (GEN), Utopian EcoVillage Network Federation

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We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network
Special thanks to the sponsors of our Art of Community Events.
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