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lucy mcknight
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Hello all, we are (or I should say hopefully will be) a budding community here in Costa Rica. We own a little more than 350 acres here in the beautiful area of Dos Bocas. If you care to look up the area you might be more successful looking for Hatillo or Dominical as Dos Bocas isn't on all the maps. We are not quite ready to get started with the community portion of things as we don't have enough housing just yet and have had a few bad experiences with volunteers that have passed through. We also have not established a farm income yet and I know that is one of the biggest complaints about communes. Having an income, even if its small is so important. We do have plans for this and more structures but will need the next year or 2 to get to a point where we are comfortable enough with the idea that the farm can support more than just us. We have had about 16 volunteers pass through and have learned a lot about small group dynamics through that. This is another reason for the wait. We have actually loved most of them and been tempted to beg many to stay but in the end realized how many improvement would be needed before the farm can give anyone a real and well-rounded life. However one of the things we learned from the less great experiences was how important it is to get to know someone for quite a while before you invite them into your home. So this is in some way an invitation for those who could potentially be interested to go ahead and get in touch now so that we can get to know each other a good bit beforehand. We would also like to ask anyone with a good bit of experience with communities to chime in a bit and let us know if they can think of any potential pitfalls that are rarely mentioned. Of course we have read many of the discussions on here about the same but even if its repetitive we would love to hear about it. We are particularly looking for advice on what can go wrong..I think the hippie world is plenty full enough with intoxicating images of how right the whole thing could be. Also another thing to note is that we are very off grid. We have no electricity though plan on going for a mix of micro renewable systems, maybe a larger emphasis on solar despite our amazing water sources. The government here has a monopoly on electric and for whatever reason they are fussier about hydro. We are also about an hour from the closest proper town, 45 mins on a nice dry day and the road is dirt and problem prone since it rains a lot here. Hopefully we get a few responses here, please also look through our page on facebook (well once I add some more photos) as our properties are veritable water and jungle playgrounds with tons of falls. If nothing else its pretty awesome eye candy. Look forward to hearing from people soon!
 
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Howdy Lucy , welcome to permies!  Some of us here don't do facebook so I was wondering if you might have time to post a few of those pictures here as well?
 
lucy mcknight
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oh absolutely..honestly I was a bit mystified by how to add photos to my profile otherwise it would be full of em. I totally understand too, i don't really like fb too much either and my bf who is my partner on the farm project also doesn't have one. I will do my best here
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lucy mcknight
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ok going again...technology baffles me guys sorry for only posting these here...if anyone has advice for posting to my profile please have mercy and let me know haha
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lucy mcknight
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ok now for some non waterfall pics (though I do have more of those if anyone wants to see) Btw we also have a cute little peek of the Pacific ocean from here with a lovely view of the Osa peninsula. Also there are good tracts of land available in my area if anyone is interested just let me know.
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Miles Flansburg
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Thanks Lucy ! That looks wonderful.
So there are other properties for sale near you too? How does ownership work if you are not a native/citizen ?
 
lucy mcknight
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Hey Miles (and others of course) i am so happy to let you guys know about land opportunities here. We live in this perfect, walled in valley and I cant imagine anything better than gaining allies in the area
.its like the hidden valley. I don't want to answer too many questions about land ownership on my own but I have an awesome lawyer and friend who I can ask any question free of charge so just get in touch either by forum or purple mooseage with specific questions and I will get back in a few days with answers. I am also happy to refer anyone to him so they can ask their questions personally, he speaks beautiful English. Also within my valley I will gain a commission from the sale, just saying in the interest of full disclosure, if its any consolation I charge way less than the CR norm. Also my email is humanhaven@gmail.com if you are looking for details on our project or land or even details about CR or residency etc
 
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Oh and as far as I know ownership is equally valid for non citizens and citizens alike and there are a reasonable number of residency options. Cr also allows dual citizenship. I dont think there are mineral rights here but the country is insanely green, does no mining, and just went 113 days of 100% renewable energy. The main game here is green tourism
 
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Looks really amazing! I have a friend who recently got back from Costa Rica, he spent some time in Guatemala and Mexico as well. He has been on a mission to find some existing communities that seem sustainable enough to become invested in and possibly start bringing out other folks who are serious about stewarding the Earth and being part of a community (like my family and I for example). I'll show him your thread and stay up to date with it as well. Best of luck out there!
 
lucy mcknight
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Hey there, thank you guys for the responses. As I see a lot of similarities between communities cropping up around here I would like to make myself a bit clearer on certain issues, sorry I didn't before but it is important, we are a bit unique to this area which is one full of startup communities like ours. We want to see a community full of strong and varied individuals. Many here start on the basis of veganism, vegetarianism, yoga, or spirituality. I would like to make sure that everyone knows that we do none of this. We are also not opposed to the inclusion of individuals who are vegans or vegetarians, yoga enthusiasts or members of a faith, have no problem with energy healers or any of the rest. The main point I want to make though is we hope to never have any of these things be the binder of our community. I would hate for someone looking for an all vegan yoga center to mistake us for one as many are after that when thinking to come down here. If you are into that still let me know, I have plenty of suggestions with some very nice people. We have a bit more of a survivalist streak, are very new at what we do, and live very primitively and have no interest in these other concepts becoming central to our project. Btw I love yoga, think it feels great, eat very little meat, and am no atheist, just that I don't think pushing people to conform in these ways is very condusive. Hopefully I haven't deterred anyone but if I have I'm sure it was right to do so
 
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