In our community farm « The Lavra », we don’t host volunteers (or wwoofers) all year long. We prefer to set up a volunteers’ week and gather a group of people to help us boost the farm’s projects. At the top left of the picture are Steve and Kayou who created this place in 2012.
I’m more convinced than ever that living in a community is made for me. And also for other people who might not know it yet…
For those who have been to Costa Rica, « pura vida » sounds like music to the ears. It is impossible to not come across this expression when you travel there. Everybody says it all the time, all day long. It basically means « life is beautiful man, it’s all good, pure life, don’t worry be happy. »
Sea turtles belong to the reptile group. They have lived in the ocean for 150 million years. They survived all the past climate crises. When early European explorers discovered the Pacific Islands, there were millions of turtles in the sea. Today, the 7 different species are all in danger.
I wanted to thank you deeply for welcoming me in your jungle sanctuary called Intercambiamos near Puerto Jimenez during my stay in Costa Rica. I am so thrilled about your projects and ideas, I can’t wait for more people to learn here about your path, your vision and your philosophy.
On t’écoute 🙂
From Neolithic to Native Americans, tribes around the world were organized into communities in order to get food, shelter, childcare, education and entertainment. The invention of agriculture transformed the nomadic lifestyle of the hunter-gatherers. The tribes started to settle down. They began domesticating plants ; saving the best seeds for the next season ; improving their techniques to pass them on to future generations.
Working, cooking, tidying, eating & living together.
I experienced community living for 6 months in Costa Rica. Helping on fields, I was sharing the everyday life with project coordinators and volunteers on site. Communal living is the cement that holds these places together and the key to their success.
This blog is a fresh new start after many years of busy Parisian life that had exhausted me. It’s a space to observe and immerse yourself. A voluntary slowdown in order to explore alternative lifestyles and imagine how we can combine building and regenerating the environment.
There is a paradox that I can not explain myself… When we were children, we all observed the beings living around us with curiosity, tenderness and amazement. From insects to birds to giraffes. Learning to know about the world is to discover the diversity of living forms.
In Campo Cabuyal, biology students spend 6 months of the year protecting turtles on the northern Pacific coast. While the comfort is pretty minimal, I am grateful for the month I spent there: I learned and experienced a lot with less.