AT A GLANCE:
• We have no income. Please donate.
• Let us know in advance when you are coming and how long you intend to stay.
• This is a VEGAN place.
• We practice the non-harming principle of ahimsa in every aspect of life.
• Drug use is not permitted.
• There are insects, spiders, scorpions, snakes, rain showers, and all manner of environmental hazards, but in general it is a very safe place.
• The region at large is not just a pristine tropical paradise. There are neighbours and other farms nearby.
• The farm in Serena is not primary jungle. Secondary vegetation devours the small fruit trees if we don't chop it down.
• We also protect 23 hectares of untouched primary rainforest connected to Parque Nacional Llanganates and Bosque Protector Colonso.
• We grow "strange" fruit trees from all over the world. Permaculture skills are welcome, but this is not a classic "permaculture" project.
• We work daily to maintain the farm. Expect no social community festival gatherings unless you organise them.
• Keep it simple, try to learn something new, and enjoy the nature while it lasts.
• We do -NOT- have fruiting durian trees at this time.
We are a non-profit project, and we do not sell anything, but we still pay property taxes. Many of our trees are still not producing, so we are still buying a lot of food and supplies, and unfortunately we still depend on the system of a profoundly sick society... but we are trying hard.
We offer 3+ good-quality vegan meals per day, clean jungle stream water for swimming, hands-on experience in tropical agroforestry, local products, native and exotic fruits, activities, yoga space, a growing library of books, intellectual conversation (sometimes), sun, shade, rain, wind, the miracle of life, and so much more...
In order to sustain and further develop the project and provide the amenities listed above, we ask those staying here to provide some form of contribution. We also welcome and encourage any donations, both from those staying here and from anyone who wishes to support the project from afar. This way we can improve conditions of living here for all and keep protecting our rainforest reserve, which is home to many species of plants and animals and produces pristine air and water...
Ask us for more details about fees and benefits of longer stays and how/what to donate.
• We ask you to let us know at least 1-2 weeks before you plan to come so that we can guarantee you a bed and comfortable space to enjoy the place...
• We ask you to let us know in advance (on arrival day) to let us know more or less how long you are about to stay.
• We try to get better... so no animal products, alcohol, or drugs on the farm please (except for medicinal plants of course...)
• We respect each other as one energy.
• As a natural extension of veganism, and in return to our true nature, we practice the non-harming principle of ahimsa in every aspect of life.
• KEEP IT SIMPLE - USE COMMON SENSE - ACT CONSCIOUSLY.
• and more rules coming soon... ha... if necessary...
What To Bring:
• rubber boots and some light clothes with long sleeves if you wish to work
• all-natural cosmetics and repellents as there are only chemical products here for sale
• light, quick-drying clothes, and light rubber shoes (such as crocs)
• a wide-brim hat or visor for the sunny days
• power adapters for electric devices that you bring (Ecuador's outlets are 120V/127V and U.S. / Canada style.)
• useful books on agroforestry, veganism, nutrition, philosophy, Amazon plants and animals, neuroscience...
• pocket knife, flashlight/headlamp, other supplies that you would want to have on your person in an emergency
• strong, reusable shopping bags if you plan to buy food in town
• a mind that is open to a more tranquil, rustic, and independent way of life
• If you are coming here directly from a warm climate and wish to bring seeds, cuttings, or live plants of wet-tropical fruit trees, contact us for more information.
What NOT To Bring:
• drugs, animal products, captive animals, synthetic soaps/creams/pills/potions, and so on
• heavy polyester or rayon clothing (It does not dry here.)
• any man-made item that you expect to fix or replace locally (electronics, prosthetic limbs, size 46 shoes...)
• seeds of anything that has a chill or daylength requirement (apple, lettuce...)
• We provide all beds, tools, and mosquitieras.
• You do NOT need vaccinations to come here. We are in an area with NO malaria/dengue/yellow fever.