Aug 21, 2022
Hello, and welcome to the first official episode of Regeneration Nation Costa Rica: Regenerative Agriculture, Business, and Community for Change. We’re exploring the A, B, C’s of co-creating a regenerative culture.
The A's, B's, & C’s of Agriculture, Business, & Community are three of the pillars that we build our societies around. In these fields, some of the most potent innovators are working to create new living paradigms - in harmony with the planet, its inhabitants, and the well-being of future generations.
Costa Rica is recognized as a hot spot for regenerative innovations and attracts millions of visitors each year. While many are simply traveling to soak up a season of pura vida living, a growing number are looking to contribute to and be part of an idealized movement for change.
My name is Jason Thomas. I first arrived to Costa Rica in 2009, bought a farm, raised a family, produced events, hosted hundreds of guests, learned a lot, taught a little, ate some humble pie, took a break, and came back for more.
When the pandemic hit and the flow of Airbnb guests that my permaculture project had depended on plummeted, I decided to use podcasting as a way of exploring better ways to manage my land project, build community, and keep it all financially sustainable.
Ironically, over the course of that journey, I ended up leaving my land project, expanding my sense of community to a more regional focus, and have begun experimenting with new ways to meet my needs by learning how to support the needs of others more effectively.
Along with the many changes I’ve encountered these last couple of years, I’ve decided to change the focus and name of the Sharing Insights Podcast that I’d begun at the dawn of it all. If you’d like to learn more about my background, I’ll invite you to visit Episodes #000 & #013 or check out the About page on our website https://regenerationnationcr.com.
While I still have a passion for serving landowners who invite guests in to have transformative experiences, I’ve come to realize that to serve that audience; we’d all benefit by opening the conversations up to include others who’ve found success in other regenerative fields.
For us to arrive at the future that we’re all working toward, I believe that it’s essential for us to learn from a broader range of change-makers across various fields of influence. As a growing human population living on a warming planet, our needs can only be met, in the time required, if we join forces and expand our awareness beyond our individual pieces of the puzzle.
This podcast is designed to support business owners who dream of using their efforts for ecological and social benefit. This might include new business owners, people actively preparing to begin their entrepreneurial journey or veterans who want to expand their own perspectives on who's doing what and how they might improve on what they’re already doing.
While we’ll continue to share insights from seasoned landowners and communitarians throughout Costa Rica, we’ll also hear from leaders in the green energy and ecotourism movements, crusaders for social equality, cultural bridge-builders, alternative economy pioneers, and more.
I’ve decided to be a bit of a bridge-builder myself in hopes of connecting grassroots movements with more industry-level initiatives, cultivating opportunities for us all to work together.
Transforming the ways that humans interact with each other, the planet, and their consideration for future generations requires a complex weaving of a web, intertwining insights from multiple points of view. We need to know who’s doing what in order to support them and benefit from what they have to offer.
While the show’s guests will continue to be from projects based in Costa Rica, I imagine that regenerative pioneers worldwide will find the insights we share to be a benefit to them as well.
Thousands of people around the globe are poising themselves to either start a regeneratively-focused project or double down on the one they already have. At the same time, hundreds of thousands more are looking to places like this for solutions, experiences, and even refuge.
For most, operating a project like this, at any scale, has no end of challenges, especially for those who are underfunded. I've found that a podcast like this can be a powerful tool to learn what others are doing and how they're doing it.
Whether you’re an owner, patron, or even cheerleader of regenerative enterprises, we’ve got a robust lineup of guests waiting to get on the mic to share what they’re doing and how you can get involved.
If you’re living in Costa Rica and the promise of this being a regenerative nation excites you and is why you’re here, then be sure to subscribe to the podcast to learn more about who you’re already in community with and how to strengthen those bonds.
Whatever your reasons are for being here, I hope the insights we’re sharing offer you some support along your journey.