Eco Village

Eco Village

Sustainability in PachaMama

PachaMama is committed to co-existing in harmony with nature, protecting the Earth and living an ecologically conscious life. Transformation is a holistic process, and cannot be completed unless it encompasses the way we relate with all that exists.

Reforestation: Formerly a cattle farm, this 500 acre land was comprised mainly of grassland with very few patches of forest. Through the community’s reforestation efforts it has undergone an immense transformation: thousands of trees have been planted, including rare and endangered species. Now that the land is healed, the wildlife, butterflies, insects and birds returned and the eco system is restored.

Building and Responsible Construction Practices: All the hardwood that is used for construction in the Village is from fallen trees. The houses in PachaMama are built below the ridge line, so as not to dominate the peaks but to integrate into the forest.  The evolution of the Village goes hand in hand with the principle of conservation and respect for Nature.

Work Exchange-Eco Village-PachaMama-Costa RicaWaste Reduction: The carbon footprint is also reduced by eliminating one-use packaging such as plastic, tetra packs and aluminum. The jungle shop has minimized the use of plastic by providing only refillable glass and paper containers. In order to protect the water supply, only biodegradable soaps and cleaning agents are sold and used in the community. Visitors are asked NOT to bring non-rechargeable batteries nor plastic waste such as disposable bags and water bottles.

Compost Toilets: Used in the main public areas and many accommodation neighborhoods, these toilets not only drastically reduce water usage but are also alchemy for garden soil.

Soil Regeneration: The Soil Center is in full production transforming organic waste into nutrients for the soil using biochar and vermiculture techniques.  Soil erosion is controlled through planting and swales.

Healthy Cuisine:  The food grown and harvested in Pachamama is 100% Organic. Many types of potent superfoods, leafy greens and fruits are harvested on the land such as turmeric, noni and cacao.  PachaMama is making a supreme effort to bring in only organic produce and is partnering with local farmers, reducing the carbon footprint as well as supporting local agriculture.

PachaMama Greenhouse: The greenhouse produces native trees, a variety of greens and super-foods.

Clean Energy: 100% of Costa Rican electricity is clean and renewable.

Grey-water Recycling and Water Retention Project:  Grey-water systems have been installed in the restaurant, Wild Treats, Colibri neighborhood and some private homes.  These reuse waters from kitchens and showers for irrigation.  Water is also conserved through the use of swales and two retention lagoons. Rainwater is returned to the aquifer by using the natural features of the land to reduce erosion. In addition, millions of liters of water are saved every year through the use of compost toilets.

Native Ecology: Botanists and herbalists from local communities visit and educate PachaMama on planting and restoring native and endangered species of plants and trees. The intention is to create a more hospitable environment for the native wildlife populations (from birds to big cats) to be restored and the forest ecosystem to thrive.

Education: Eco activities are held regularly in the school in order to share the responsibility with our children.

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