8th Life Panama

The Project

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


We’re located in the Coclé Province of Panama, in the District of Anton. The Finca is off the Panamerican highway on the way up the mountains in the community of Las Guabas Arriba. Our Astoria Guest House, the current head quarters for the project, is located in the center of the historic town of Anton.

We know that curious minds will want to look up Las Guabas Arriba and locate the land but we don’t publish the exact location of the Finca on these pages or give it to people we don’t know yet because this is going to be our home and we value our privacy.

We live in a very beautiful place though not as consumers of this beauty but 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 “Does this land want me here?  Can I be of best service here?” Because the first question supposes that land can belong to us while 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


The historic renovation of Villa Astoria gave us the opportunity to learn more about how to work the land within small spaces.

Here is a picture of the courtyard during the remodeling:

And this is the same garden 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 just 6 months old. (Since this photo was posted, both of these have given fruit and the next generation is now growing.) We have fully covered the ground using herbs, medicinal plants, vegetables, fruits and ornamental plants. This garden is one of the founders first designs and demonstrates what can be achieved.


If you would like to know more about what kind of vegetation we have on the land, you can check out our herbarium and please do not hesitate to help us classify them.

Location & Accomodation

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 just a short ride away from the mountains (30min in public transportation).