What Is The Osa Mountain Village Sustainable Development?
Osa Mountain Village is a sustainable development with a unique concept for living in paradise. It is a master-planned intentional community which on the surface may first appear to look a little bit like a commune… but it is not a commune. It is a sustainable development that takes the idea of eco-friendly and sustainable building principles based on permaculture design and combines it with a rich and fulfilling lifestyle filled with fun and exciting things to do in one of the most beautiful places on earth. It is an intentional community where the residents can own a home, and a business if they desire, and live a very comfortable life of abundance on as little as $500 per month in one of the most beautiful places on earth. Download a document that explains our sustainable development & intentional community here.
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Where Is This Intentional Community Located?
Osa Mountain Village is located in the southern pacific zone of Costa Rica between Palmar Norte to the south and Puerto Cortez to the north. The property starts at about 1,400 feet and goes to 3,000 feet elevation. The entire property is approximately 780 acres. The community itself sits on about 50 acres at about 2,000 feet elevation. The remaining 730 acres is primary old-growth forest that will remain undeveloped and used by the various businesses that provide adventure tours such as a horseback riding tours, walking, hiking and camping tours, zipline canopy tours, waterfall rappelling tours, a fantastic bird watching tour and more. We are presently looking for individuals and families that want to make a break from the hectic pace of living for a simpler lifestyle that will be full of abundance but not cost an arm and a leg to live.
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What Do We Mean By “Sustainable Development”?
By sustainable development we mean that we plan to be 100% off the grid at some time in the future. Our goal is to produce 80% of our food on-site. This food belongs to the members of the community, which will greatly reduce the monthly food costs of the residents. Couple that with the use of green energy from solar power sources and mini hydro-electric plants along the mile of river that flows through the property for generating our own electricity and you have the beginning of a sustainable development. Each unit owner will pay $150/month (not per person) into the community kitty to support the process. With labor costing us under $500/month per full-time person, we will have over $20,000 per month going towards food production and common-area maintenance.
Water Sustainability Is An Important Consideration
By far one of most crucial elements on the planet and the easiest to pollute. A sustainable development of any kind can not claim to be ecologically conscious if there is no thought to how water is handled. The water systems at Osa Mountain Village are being designed to not only harvest clean pure mountain water, but also recycle it through a treatment system using both biological and technological systems that will allow the waste water to be filtered and used again. There is no reason for the natural water systems to be destroyed or depleted. We believe it is not only possible for humans to live in harmony with the planet, but that it is our obligation and that water sustainability is of prime importance.
A Sustainable Food Supply Is Key
A sustainable development must have a sustainable food supply in order to survive. That’s why thousands of fruit trees, humane animal husbandry, gardens and fish ponds are currently being integrated at the village. We have already planted over 2,000 fruit trees including 5 kinds of oranges and several types of avocados and we will be using a verticle system for growing our veggies, herbs and spices. This system allows us to grow vast quantities of veggies in a relatively small area. Other tree plantings are being scheduled right now as well! We will also be raising our own chickens, pigs and tilapia providing poultry, eggs, pork and fresh water fish on site. We hired Paulo Fearron, a graduate of Earth University, to assist us with this process of food production. Imagine catching your own fish in one of the tilapia ponds, then strolling through the gardens for some fresh rosemary, and then maybe grabbing some plantanos (plantain bananas) to bring to dinner. Food production and food sustainability is part of the infrastructure of the village and is as important as green energy or any aspect of sustainable building.
What About Entertainment & Business Sustainability?
A sustainable development must have sources of entertainment and the biggest cost besides food is exactly that… entertainment. Our intentional community will have a full-time concierge/event coordinator who will constantly be planning for the next community event. Things like Texas Hold-em tourney, along with pool activities and BBQ parties will be weekly events. They will also plan beach trips, shopping trips and excursions for the residents and visitors. By structuring our intentional community in this way we create business sustainability too. We will use our crops to trade for other items that we don’t raise or grow on site and have fun doing it. For instance we will have days where those community members that want to participate can join together and make mango jelly. We will have more mangoes than the community can possibly eat so we will put them to good use. Business sustainability will lead to community profit which will enhance the lives of everyone living at Osa Mountain Village. There will never be shortage of things to do at Osa Mountain Village and our community will be able to profit tremendously through ecotourism… the fastest growing segment of the tourism industry by offering eco tours along with adventure tours while showing a world class model of what it means to live sustainably.
What’s Right For A Sustainable Development Is Right For A Sustainable World
Awareness is growing and those who have studied the topic in depth know how fragile our planet is and that more effort should be made to assure ourselves of a lasting Mother Earth. A sustainable world starts with rethinking how communities are built. During our everyday lives, we are forced to distance ourselves from the reality of our future. It is not set in stone, nor will it come to us naturally. We will force our hand and assure a generation of individuals who desire to take first position and do what it takes to make certain that our children and our grand children have a clean and pure environment in which to live. And, just as important, the mindset to be able to handle the challenges of the required effort to live sustainably. We believe the Osa Mountain Village sustainable development will be a model for intentional communities around the world both immediately and for the future and it already is drawing the attention of the local government and receiving praise.
Phase One Is The Heart Of Our Intentional Community…
Osa Mountain Village announces commencement of construction on Phase I of its unique sustainable development and intentional community concept. The development will consist of 150 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom villas, restaurant, community center, a large grass field for games, ranchos, barbecue areas, gym and other amenities. An 11-line, 15-platform canopy tour, canyoning adventure (rappelling through waterfalls) and Tarzan Swing are already open. Horseback riding as well as wildlife, waterfall and eco hiking and camping tours will be coming to the property soon.
The villas range from 900-1,630 square feet of total living space including patio areas and include eco-friendly construction, granite or bamboo counters and patios with the customary Costa Rican hammock. Prices start at US $124,000 to own a villa. Fractional units are also available starting at US $20,000 for a 4 week share. Fractional units come fully furnished with everything needed to start renting or enjoying immediately.
The President Of The Osa Mountain Village Sustainable Development
“I am so excited the construction phase has begun,” says Jim Gale, President. “People have been enjoying the canopy tour since it opened in May and, while at the property, they ask about our sustainable development. The response has been overwhelming! With our own sustainable food production, fun things to do on-site and quick access to other areas, we envision our residents being able to live comfortably for about $500 per month.”
A former mortgage broker, Mr. Gale’s paradigm changed with the birth of his first daughter, Amelia. It was then that he started questioning the way communities exist and how they relate to creating a sustainable world as a whole. His idea became “Osa Mountain Village”, an intentional community of abundance, fun, security and learning. The World Institute For Sustainability & Ecology, otherwise known as W.I.S.E., is also opened their first classes January 2010. It is located adjacent to Osa Mountain Village.
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