We have very near-future plans for an intentional community in the deep Amazon rainforest of Peru, and a few friends and I will be heading down at the end of March, 2015 to Puerto Maldonado, in SE Peru. We are hoping to lease a beautiful, remote river-front already established jungle lodge to get things rolling. In the very near future we will be picking up some land much more accessible for permaculture.
This will be a highly spiritual community and the idea has been developing over a two year period. The land the lodge occupies is 1,250 acres and is surrounded by old growth rain forest with a huge amount of wildlife, from jaguars, anacondas, tapirs, to the beloved scarlet macaw and toucan. The community will be focused on continuous self growth, sustainability and we will be working with the shamanic visionary medicine, Ayahuasca. The project is called the Amazon Sustainability and Awareness Project(ASAP). The plan is to have a school of higher learning, involving survivalism, permaculture, self-sustainability and our spiritual side of Ayahuasca, meditation, yoga and Reiki. All of our projects will be heavily filmed and placed on our website(won't be officially up and running until the lodge is ready April, May?), showing "how tos" in detail)
Eventually we will have a rain forest research center, as well as a center for natural healing.
If you are on Facebook, we have an active group called by the same name; the Amazon Sustainability and Awareness Project(ASAP) that you can join. It is a closed group, but join the group and I will authorize.
Permaculture will play a huge part of our project.
PS. When I say spiritual, I am not talking religious. Think respect for Mother Nature, shamanism and interest in making this world a much better place. My story getting me to this point is intense and involves an attempted murder on me, leading up to my spiritual awakening. If you are curious about who I am, and where my original vision for this potentially very important project came from; please read my story.
Sounds exciting, and I understand that the Amazon's genetic diversity of plants dwarfs by 100-fold what is found in temperate regions like New England, here, where there's only been 10,000 years since ice covered this land. You may find potentially useful plants that the rest of us know nothing about.
This sounds like an amazing idea. I have always wanted to visit Peru and the Amazon rainforest. I think food forests are the most sustainable way to farm. I am very interested in permaculture. I went to school for sustainable agriculture in the states, and I was on the garden crew there. I worked over 500 hours growing food for the school. I have been growing plants since I was a kid. I really want to join a community of likeminded people who care as much as I do about permaculture, biodiversity, and respect for the land and people. I am also interested in shamanism, but I haven't had much direct exposure to it. I also like to do meditation and yoga. Could you tell me a little bit about who is involved and what the goals are for this community? Also, do you want or need help with this project before March? Thanks in advance.
Location: Iquitos, Peru
posted 4 years ago
Hello guys. Most of your questions can be answered in my various posts in my Facebook group The Amazon Sustainability and Awareness Project(ASAP). Let me grab the link: