8th Life Panama

The Project

The Work

What?  Work?  YEP!

Our initiative doesn’t exist in a bubble. It has to work within the current system and its less-than-ideal reality. As community members, however, we can create better lifestyles for ourselves while working to transform that reality through the creative use of resources. We already have the land at Finca Astoria. We already have our co-working co-living hub at Villa Astoria with reliable internet. Putting on our thinking caps, there are tons of opportunities for eco-employment – using our resources to their best advantage while generating useful products and income from our existing assets.

Community work

In addition to income generating work, we all work for the community a few hours each day as part of our commitment.  This will be specified in the community statutes and is a fundamental principle of intentional communities. Members of some well-established communities don’t need to do ‘outside’ work, they work only for the community and receive a stipend.  We’re not at that stage of community building yet — we’re in the “roll up your sleeves and get down to it” stage.  So, we need to work in order to pay for normal daily expenses and we need to work to build the community.

Income generating work

There are many ways to earn income doing something you love and many of these can quite easily be done here.  We welcome people with ‘location-independent’ jobs that are compatible with our ethics, vision and mission, especially if they can be creatively combined with or can help enhance the necessary work of the community.  This is the perfect place for someone who already has (or wants to develop) an online business or is a writer. The peace & quiet of the Finca, combined with the great beauty of the place & the comfortable accommodations and fast internet connection at the Guest House is very supportive of this kind of work.

  • Self-employed or Digital Nomads: If you already do internet work or have a job that travels well, this is a great place to be. If you’re not location-independent yet, you can always start here! The guest house offers a comfortable co-working environment.
  • Writers, Researchers, etc.: The very tranquil environment is ideal for any profession where a great deal of quiet time is required. And there are plenty of potential research topics – from natural ecosystems to transition communities.
  • Healing Modalities: We could offer special detox and food transition holidays, yoga, meditation, reiki or other modalities that serve to heal and bring us back into balance with ourselves and nature. If you’re trained in healing modalities – we offer an ideal place to establish your healing business.

See more examples of income-generating work here.