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Area (ha): 8
Persons: 1-10
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 5099
Country: Costa Rica

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Last Updated: January 29, 2019

Finca Sylvatica is a reforestation and ecological research center in the southern mountains of Costa Rica. It was founded by Scott Bernadino Elliott in 2005. Scott is currently studying Forest Resource Management in the Peace Corps Masters International program at the University Washington’s School of Environmental and Forest Sciences. Scott is a certified permaculture teacher, certified Greenmap maker, dual certified ESL teacher, WWOOFing host, biodynamics practitioner, and has successfully began the process to turn what was old cow pastures into an abundant edible forest. The vision is to keep growing organically with the help of all who are wishing to participate in sustainable practices and want to live healthy lifestyles.

In addition to all of this, four hectares of land adjacent to Finca Sylvatica were donated to the Rainbow Family by Scott to create the first ever Rainbow Crystal Land. For more info on the Rainbow Crystal Land movement please visit: While Scott has been away, the Rainbow Community have been the guardians of Finca Sylvatica. We are an open and free community aiming at creating a sustainable land which is free of ownership and/or monetary transactions. Here we offer a unique experience to live in community where all are truly equal. We aim at attaining autonomy, sustainability, and harmony. The staple foods we currently have growing in abundance are banana, plantain, orange, lemon, guava, cassava, air potato, turmeric, spinach, katuk, gotu-kola, basil, hibiscus, and more. Hundreds of baby fruit trees are well on their way including cacao, coconut, jackfruit, sour sop, pejibaye, avocado, water apple, breadfruit, and more. Many natural buildings and structures have been made including a cob house, and other structures made using bamboo and caña india. Our structures have been built organically by the hands of land stewards who have passed by. We have had no volunteers or land stewards on site for the past four months and so many of our structures are now in a state of disrepair. We need help to rebuilding our natural constructions! A tent or hammock is highly recommended at this time. Be ready for pioneer conditions!

If you’d like to come and join us in cultivating fruit forests, building structures, participating in workshops, teaching or learning any of the above and more then as we say here, “Welcome Home!” Here we are all both teachers and students as we organically co-create abundance for all of life to share. We ask no specific hours or tasks from you. Only that you have love in your heart and are willing to contribute with us in sharing and duties. We have some simple rules aimed at maintaining a healthy and harmonious environment. Here is a link to our Rainbow Crystal Land Records where you can access them: We hope to meet you soon and co-create together! Pura Vida!

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