8thLife Panama EcoVillage / Collaborative Work-Life Initiative

Antón, Panama

  • Last updated: August 6, 2017 (2 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: August 6, 2017

Mission Statement

We promote the values and ideals of community, respect, peace, and living an “on-purpose” life and help these to be rediscovered by people who decide to join us. The Eco-Community will provide a socio-cultural support structure as well as a healthy atmosphere for living and working. For community members, fair work, cooperation, and an abundance mentality replace the materialism, competition and scarcity mentality prevalent in today’s world.

Community Description

The 8thLife Panama EcoVillage / Collaborative Work-Life Initiative is forming an intentional community to provide a social support structure and a low impact lifestyle for its members, residents, and volunteers. To achieve this we are integrating aspects of ecological design, permaculture, ecological construction, green production, alternative energies, community building practices, among others.

The Initiative has two physical components, Astoria Guest House – the operations center, & The Finca – 21Ha of land for developing the Eco-Community. We envision the initiative incorporating a number of elements such as:

*intentional community eco-village based on integral permaculture design principles (on The Finca)
*eco-enterprise incubator, shared workspace for eco-community members & volunteers (at Astoria Guest House)
*artisan & craftspeople’s incubator, shared workspace, & storefront for eco-community members and local residents
*promoting and strengthening the local economy of Las Guabas Arriba and Anton through example
*training/workshops in eco-economics, the circular economy, ‘buy local’, and local economic development
*community gardens and local produce and artisan markets
*permaculture courses and other practical, hands-on learning experiences such as eco-building

  • Status: Forming
  • Started Planning: 2012
  • Start Living Together: 2017
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community. Send Message
  • Website address: http://8thLifePanama.org
  • Contact Name: Rebecca
  • Community Address:
    Avenida Tercera, Edificio Villa Astoria
  • Location


  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability), Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property), Shared Housing, Cohouseholding, or Coliving (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling)
  • Programs & Activities: 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
  • Location: Rural


  • Status: We have undeveloped land
  • Area: 21 hectares
  • Current Residence Types: Room(s) in a house or building
  • Current Number of Residences: 9
  • Planned Residence Types: Single-family homes, Multi-family homes, Room(s) in a house or building, Tiny house, Yurt, tee-pee, dome, treehouse, or tent, Natural built structues, Lots to build on
  • Housing Provided: Purchase, Rental, Work-exchange, Included in Membership
  • Land owned by: Currently held by the founder, to be transferred to the community via an appropriate structure.
  • Additional Comments:

    We have a 9-room guest house located 11km from the 21Ha finca. Pioneer members will stay at the guest house while we develop the land plans and begin project activities.


  • Adult Members: 3
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Please visit our website http://8thLifePanama.org and click on the ‘Visiting Us’ tab http://www.8thlifepanama.org/when. Visit options are listed there.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    Please see: http://www.8thlifepanama.org/joining-us

    If you are seriously interested in joining the EcoVillage as a member, this is the basic procedure for everyone. You an begin this process before or after visiting us, whatever works best for you.

    > 1) fill out our Application Form

    > 2) Enroll in the online Integral Permaculture Certificate action learning program, where we will formally start your induction into the project as well as designing together your transition to the eco-village (including any eco-business you might need to organize). This training is a basic requirements for all resident members.

    > 3) Visit us — this can be done at any time during the application process

    > 4) Schedule Skype calls, communicate with us by email, etc.

    > 5) Mutual decision made


  • Decision Making: Distributed leadership & Meritocracy,
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    Each person here is expected to take a leadership roles in some area, and to be proactive in making sure that whatever needs to happen gets done. At the same time, we all are also expected to ask for help whenever we need it and to take decisions together in the most rational way possible, always having Integral Permaculture as the common basis.


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: Partial share of income
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes (some debt)
  • Additional Comments:

    We expect everyone to contribute to the living expenses from their EcoBusinesses, and expect to be on equal footing by all of us having invested in the land with shares, so we can have as equal responsibilities as possible instead of having some people parenting the others.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
  • Planned renewable energy generation: Almost All, around 90%
  • Planned food produced: Almost All, around 90%


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Vehicle Share, Library, Waterfront access, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Shared meals: Approximately all dinners
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Paleo (no grains, dairy, processed foods, or legumes), Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms), Mostly Vegetarian, Mostly Vegan, Raw or Mostly Raw, Kosher, Halal, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, We aim to craft a healthy human diet from what this land can offer us sustainably, and also learn how to make edible and palatable whatever is abundant locally
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices), Eclectic (integrates multiple religious or spiritual beliefs), We are happy to embrace different spiritual beliefs as long as these promote peace, tolerance of differences, and help us to leave the world a better place.
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Private School off the property, Public Schooling, Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Integral Permaculture Academy, EcoEscuelas Network

Community Affiliations

8th Life EcoVillage Project, La Palma, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain


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