Mar 17, 2021
Building community is a central focus for many back-to-the-land
projects. Most commonly, that community is comprised of
internal share-holding members, long-term guests, or the extended
community of the surrounding village. For some projects, that
would also include short-term guests and off-site investors.
No matter what community means to you, many agree that a shifted
focus toward a healthy sense of community is vital
for a sustainable future.
Today’s episode dives deep with Aly Khan & Alnoor Ladha of Brave Earth (Tierra Valiente), one of Costa Rica’s newest intentional communities. Topics covered include creating an onsite school & communally-owned economic engine as a tactic to keep members on-site year-round. We also hear about their 50/25/25 model for profit sharing and the value of weekly community councils. One of my favorite moments is the description of their community solidarity network called “Fuerza del Amor” and what they’re doing to integrate their local neighbors into the profit pool.
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To follow more of Brave Earth’s adventures in community
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Website - https://www.braveearth.com
If you’re into alternative
building techniques, be sure to check out the video that we made of
their beautiful retreat center and guest accommodations
Our Youtube Channel: https://youtu.be/9J6FvVLMFjU
Other recommendations from Aly Khan & Alnoor:
Brave Earth’s Welcome Guide &
Mystical Anarchist Etiquette:
Upcoming Permaculture Design
Some of the established Intentional Communities / Ecovillages mentioned in the interview:
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Special thanks to Peter Mukuru for editing this episode!
Music: Rite of Passage by Kevin MacLeod
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