8th Life Panama

El Proyecto

A collaborative work-life initiative forming an intentional community, in rural Panama, based on permaculture, ethics, respect, peace & living on “on-purpose” life.

THE LAND

We’re located in the Coclé Province of Panama, in the District of Anton. The Finca is across the Panamerican highway, heading up the mountains in the community of Las Guabas Arriba. Astoria Guest House, the head quarter of the project for now, is located in the town of Anton proper.

We know that inquiring minds will look up Las Guabas Arriba, but we don’t publish the exact location of the Finca in these pages or give it to people we don’t know yet because this is going to be our home. We do value our privacy.

We live in a very beautiful place. But we don’t live here as consumers of this beauty, rather as stewards & protectors of the land.  We do not want people to ask themselves “Do I want to live there?  Will I like it there?” but rather to ask themselves “Does this land want me here?  Can I be of best service here?” Because the first question supposes that land can belong to us, the second understands that we belong to the land.

The Land

  • 21Ha in Las Guabas Arriba, Anton, Panama
  • Our first priority will be to increase fertility, vegetation, and biodiversity on the land
  • Part of this important work will be reforestation and capturing water, which will be among the first designs needed
  • 2.5 hours from Panama City to the property
  • half an hour from the town of Antón
  • Bordered by a seasonal creek and a year-round river
  • Accessible by public transport and a 10 minute walk
  • Dirt road leads to the stream, then passes through The Finca
  • No electricity or running water – it’s not been inhabited in recent centuries – opportunity to generate what we need
  • Varied topography and soil – ideal for multiple uses
  • Topography with potential for capturing water
  • Climate and location ideal for generating electricity with micro-hydro, wind and/or solar systems
  • Cellular phone signal – need to figure out optimum spots
  • Impressive views

see a video of the Land here

Vegetation

From left to right, how the garden space looked as the guest house was being remodeled, just a few months after construction ended – We started learning to work with the land in small spaces – see how the same garden looked some 18 months later.

The tallest banana tree is the ‘grandchild’ of the first one we had – so it’s the 3rd generation and the 2 small banana trees in front are a dwarf variety of just around 6 months. (Since this photo was posted, both of these have given fruit and the next generation is now growing.) We have full ground cover, herbs, medicinal plants, vegetables, fruits and ornamental plants. This garden is one of the founders first designs and it demonstrates what can be achieved.

If you want to know more about what kinf of vegetation we have on the land, you can see some in our herbarium. Please do not hesitate to help us classified all of them.

Accommodations & Situation

Villa Astoria, where we live now, is about 25 minutes in car from the Finca and is close to various local beaches (Santa Clara & Farallon) and mountains (30min in public transportation).