Visiting Us

Come Visit

We are open to visits -- whether you're seriously interested in joining the EcoCommunity as a member or you're still figuring things out.  As a matter of fact, we require that applicants visit us as part of the two-way evaluation and mutual agreement.

This is the basic procedure for everyone. You can begin this process before or after visiting us, whatever works best for you.

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> 1) decide on a Visit Option

> 2) Book with us

> 3) fill out our Application Form (can be done at 
any point in time during this)

Visit Options

There are three basic visit options for people interested in
  • getting to know us and the project
  • contributing in some manner to the project
  • taking a permaculture course with us
  • exploring this beautiful country

A) Stay with us as a guest

(minimum 7 days, reserve at least 1 week prior)
With your reservation of at least 7 days as a guest at Villa Astoria Guest House we can coordinate so that you can experience different aspects of the forming EcoVillage. Of course, the exact activities depend on our progress and what we're working on at the moment.  As a guest, your time is yours to spend relaxing at will or visiting local attractions such as beaches, other fincas, the town of Antón, the mountains of Coclé and the Antón Valley, among others. We will offer you the chance to join us at the finca at least once during your stay and one of the founders will spend at least two hours with you during your stay to talk about your interests.

If you want to talk in more detail about how we're designing this project, what the options are for new people, etc, we invite you to organize a festive lunch or dinner one day (this means preparing a dish and getting everyone else to contribute a dish, and afterwards cleaning up the kitchen) as a means of helping us with household chores.
We also invite you to join our  evening study groups if we're doing one during your visit, since we love learning new things together, like studying different types of dance or exercise, singing, exploring the works of interesting experts, etc. 

B) Do a study/internship

(minimum 30 days, enroll at least 3 weeks prior)

The most useful (multi-functional) way you can visit is to enroll in one
of the iPDC courses offered by the Integral Permaculture Acadamy that we're part of, which includes visits to the Eco Community site and dialogue with the founders, same as Option A) but with more frequency since you'll be staying with us for longer.

This will:
  • provide you with a full-immersion experience which includes getting to know the 8thLife Panama Initiative well, doing real on-site designs with us, and also having time to visit the area
  • enable you to understand more in depth what we do here and why -- so giving you an optimal base from which to explore whether to join the project,
  • also give you invaluable tools for joining any eco-village project, since the iPDC is not like a regular PDC - it includes a lot more precisely about models for living in community.
  • give you a good base for starting your permaculture diploma pathway, if you have already taken a PDC and wish to continue your action-learning studies (we can talk about possible internships on site during the course also, if interested).
We offer various options to do work exchange and reduce the accommodation costs, as well as providing you with the experience of living in community and working on a farm.   
All Internships include the iPDC course as standard, as it is the minimum required for understanding the base of our work here.  

C) Be a volunteer

(minimum 15 days, reserve at least 1 week prior)

Volunteering here is a good way to -

i) get to know the place physically,

ii) and also to enjoy some of the free Integral Permaculture classes if you happen to be here during one of the iPDC courses (volunteers are invited to one class per day, and the courses happen monthly but only if we have at least 2 people enrolled).   

iii) plus all the usual benefits of volunteering in any permaculture project of course.

Once in a while we'll have small projects that don't require a ton of permaculture knowledge but which are nonetheless important.  Most likely the designs will be done but we've needed someone to implement them.  Some current examples are the compost system and the solar hot water system - both for the guest house.  Staying with us and doing a volunteer project, on top of the experience you gain, we'll make a written agreement the value of your contribution either in alternative currency or trade.

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