8thLife Panama EcoVillage / Collaborative Work-Life Initiative

Antón, Panama

  • Last updated: August 7, 2018 (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

*SEEKING CO-FOUNDERS*
A collaborative work-life initiative forming an intentional community in rural Panama based on permaculture ethics, respect, peace & living an “on-purpose” life.

THE PROJECT – Come create community. 8th Life Panama is a permaculture-based Eco-village Project in the early stages of formation. We’re designing our intentional community to provide a social support structure and a low impact lifestyle for our members, residents, volunteers and guests. We envision an intentional rural community where the values and ideals of community, respect, peace, and living an “on-purpose” life will be rediscovered by the diverse, multigenerational group of people who’ve joined us. We are currently seeking founding members and experienced permaculture volunteers.

THE REASONS – We can live more lightly. As human beings we weren’t designed to live disconnected from nature and each other. As a society we’ve gone astray and as a result we’re damaging our mother earth and soon she won’t be able to sustain human life. We seem to have also lost the ability to relate with one another as human beings. It’s time to transition from a destructive society to a sustainable world. We need to stop the destruction, build soil, restore ecosystems, heal our addictions, change organizational structures of the global economy, & learn to live in community.

THE LAND – Be a steward and protector. Our Eco-village land, Finca Astoria, is 21Ha of grasslands and forests bordered by a river and stream. When we bought the land, it was in its natural state apart from 1Ha that’s been farmed on occasion. The finca is located 11 km from the town of Antón Panama, where we have our operations center. Villa Astoria is our co-working, co-living center in the town of Antón. It is an operational guest house, receiving travelers, digital nomads and volunteers and other project participants. We work and live here while designing the Eco-village.

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

*intentional community eco-village based on integral permaculture design principles (on Finca Astoria)
*eco-enterprise incubator, shared workspace for eco-community members & volunteers (at Villa Astoria)
*artisan & craftspeople’s incubator, shared workspace, & storefront for eco-community members and local residents
*promoting and strengthening the local economy of our neighborhood and the town 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

About

  • 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, WWOOF’ing, Guest Farming, Festivals, Conferences, Events
  • Location: Rural

Housing

  • 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, Mobile homes, RV’s, converted buses, 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.

Membership

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

    Please visit our website https://8thlifepanama.org/support-us/ where it describes other ways to support our community by visiting us. You can reserve your stay at Villa Astoria here: http://VillaAstoria.org.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    JOINING:
    1. Visit our website and study the project, please. We’ve included a TON of information there.

    2. If after reading through the site you’re interested in becoming a founding member of this project, we’d appreciate if you could send us the application form filled out in as much detail as possible. (it’s on the website)

    3. Once we receive your application, we’ll reach out to schedule a time to talk by Skype, Zoom, What’s App or some other VOIP / internet calling system. This will give us a chance to get to know one another just a bit and answer any initial questions. After this, if we both think it’s a good idea for you to proceed, we will be in touch with you while you’re planning your transition and studying permaculture (which we hope you’ll do here here with us).

    4. Integral Permaculture Training – enroll in the online Integral Permaculture Certificate action learning program, (details on our site) 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).

    5. Become a Resident – Once you’ve planned your transition, you become a resident at the project (this can be the same period of time that you are taking your PDC). The first 6 months of residence is part of our mutual evaluation period. Following this time, you apply to become a member. Acceptance is based on following the community agreements and being an active, productive and positive participant in the daily goings-on of the community. Your share ($20,000) is paid at this point, less 70% of your paid rent. Keep in mind that this is a start-up initiative. Your share will be used two ways – 1 – reimbursing the value of the land and 2 – community infrastructure fund.

Government

  • Decision Making: To be defined by the founding members. Most likely modified consensus transitioning into sociocracy.
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    Right now, the founder is the leader as we are forming the core group. Nevertheless, everyone is expected to take a leadership role 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 make decisions together in the most rational way possible.

Economics

  • 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:

    The founding members will more specifically define the economics of the project. As we are still in early stages, we can’t say how much monthly fees will be or whether we’ll do income sharing (tend to think not or small amount as % instead of set fee?). 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%
  • Food produced locally: From 50-75%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Vehicle Share, Library, Workshop, Waterfront access, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, exceptionally.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • 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), Global Ecovillage Network (GEN), Integral Permaculture Academy, EcoEscuelas Network

Community Affiliations

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

Keywords

EcoVillage, Permaculture, Integral Permaculture, Social Permaculture, Activism, Food Forest,