Stage-One Tulum

Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico

  • Last updated: June 23, 2018 (1 second ago)
  • Listing created on: June 23, 2018

Mission Statement

We put our heart into raising life from the ashes of another’s past. We put our backs into making the experience as holistic and real as possible. We put our hope in other people’s love for Tulum and the Future. We invite you to come and grow with us!

Community Description

Birth of the Stage-One Concept

With long-term hopes of becoming a 200 unit mixed lodging that offers activities and is supported by its own autonomous village comprised of resident and non-resident members;

The initial build out zone is tucked 330 meters west of the federal highway near the front of the land parcel. The land offers 230 acres of lush flora and active fauna with a rough and varied geography including a small wetland area and an unimproved cenote at the base of a large cave mouth near the back of the property. The land stands largely unexplored.The Stage-one concept is located on a family owned parcel of land at the southern border of Tulum County, Quintana Roo Mexico.

The land was acquired over 18 years ago along with a slither of beach land and other jungle lots. Very different market conditions existed then than what exist today. Lands in the Tulum area at that time were mostly “ejido property” that couldn’t be owned outright and did not guarantee that the property could ever be “owned” as most people would consider property ownership.

None of these obstacles ever deterred the man who risked aggressively to obtain and maintain possession of the lands. We call him The Founder as that’s what he is. He essentially founded every project that will ever be executed on the lands that he fought for and labored on for a decade.

The Founder went right to work; rustling up a truck and three able hands and immediately began creating Cabanas La Zebra. Within two years he had raised 4 cabins and Small Kitchen Palapa out of jungle lumber and grass for the roofs. The road then was so bad from Tulum to sian ka an that potholes 8 meters in diameter and 70cm deep would form in rainy season to drown vehicles like our little red Volkswagen bug and many others. We would have to wade in and force it out to a dryer patch of road and let the thing set for a while to dry. Days were filled with the delays of everyday paradise and seclusion.

A few years after taking on partners in 2003, The Founder liquidated his share in La Zebra and other Hotel Zone Lands. From that point he became more and more focused on creating a network of ecological communal villages in the jungles near Tulum, Oaxaca and Calakmul.

By 2008 he had developed a manual, build-out plans, created a board of directors and had reclaimed over 1300 tons of structural and architectural materials from historical demolitions in the US. He was preparing to import the material into Mexico for use in the construction of his hallmark undertaking that he rightly named “The Preserved Life Project.” While gearing up for the importation process, the founder established a small homestead on the far west border of some jungle land behind Tulum that consisted of two palapas and a shower tower with a hand dug well.

One week after completing homestead #1, The Founder died tragically in an automobile accident while visiting the material holding yard in the US. Life has a way of throwing us curve balls when we think we have reached a season of perpetual assent. The Founder’s life had become ashes; family and friends were left uncomforted and confused, Homestead #1 was lost in the woods along with the founder’s dreams.

Only 4 months after the tragedy, news came over the wire that the lands had reached a middle-way status in their legal battle to a point where the federal government recognized that the property had the possibility of ownership or the issuance of a formal title deed. An important milestone had been reached but the task was far from finished.

In 2015 after 17 years of legal struggle and just under a million dollars, the lands were issued their title deed with respective registrations and became legal, marketable property. Land Tax Valuations of titled land located in the southern most point of Mexico’s most important tourism zone provided the successors with a new set of actions to decide on and undertake. The feeling of a massive victory to end a battle that raged for nearly two decades was over in an instant. WE had a choice:

1.Sell the land to the owner of the rest of the land in our vicinity, recover expenses and close the chapter.
2. Make the land meet critical mass so that it can sustain compliance and maintenance cost without additional external injections. We do this by sharing the property with other people.

After a careful consideration of the task and adventure at hand, we chose both! So stage-One Camping was born in late 2016, we started cutting our way into the thick jungle from the highway until we made it to the first hill. We created our work camp there and slowly progressed to the initial build-out area. The Founder’s Homestead #1 was located in January 2017 and the site is now known as “The Founder’s Ruins.’

  • Status: Forming
  • Started Planning: 1998
  • Start Living Together: 2017
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
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  • Website address:
  • Contact Name: Stage One
  • Phone: +52 984 247 4754
  • Community Address:
    km 212 carretera federal #307
    Tulum, Quintana Roo, 77780
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  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability), Transition Town or Eco-Neighborhood (focused on energy/resource resiliency)
  • Programs & Activities: Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, Neighborhood, Community Housing, or Homeowner’s Association, Organization, Resource, or Network, Festivals, Conferences, Events
  • Location: Rural


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 55 hectares
  • Current Residence Types: Lots to build on
  • Current Number of Residences: 1
  • Planned number of residences: 58
  • 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, Included in Membership
  • Land owned by: Multiple stakeholders


  • Adult Members: 2
  • Child Members: 1
  • Non-member Residents: 2
  • Percent Women: 41-49%
  • Percent Men: 51-60%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes


  • Decision Making: By a board, council, group of elders, or leadership group
  • Identified Leader: Yes, multiple identified leaders


  • Join Fee: $3499
  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Regular Fee per Month: $35
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution: Encouraged or suggested
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are totally off grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: Almost All, around 90%
  • Energy sources: Solar
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 100%
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: From 50-75%
  • Food produced locally: Almost All, around 90%


  • Common Facilities: Common House
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: No, it is slow.
  • Cell Phone Service: Not good for most people.
  • Shared meals: Rarely
  • 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), Vegetarian Only (no animal meat; dairy and eggs okay) – Please check this only if you are 100% Vegetarian, Mostly Vegetarian, Vegan Only (plants only, no animal products) – Please check this only if you are 100% Vegan., Mostly Vegan, Opportunivore (dumpster diving, nature harvesting, etc.), Raw or Mostly Raw, Kosher, Halal, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: No
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Education Style(s): Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

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