8th Life Panama

The Project

The Community

This is a people-based project — we’re building a Community.

Because it’s something we no longer have a good sense of in our modern society that values consumption over everything else, we’ve looked into what it takes to create a community and what community really means. We’ve been observing and researching Eco-village, community-building, permaculture, human development, and many related topics for over 15 years and we’re learning from the successes & failures of previous projects, from our sister project 8th Life La Palma and from other colleagues.

The definition of community we found here resonates with what we’re creating:

A community is a group of people united through a common struggle with the same stories

To this we’d add …

and who have a common vision of the future.

A common vision helps to hold people together as they work through this common struggle, it paints a picture of the future the group desires and provides much needed motivation.  Our vision will be revisited by the group of founding members and revised if necessary to ensure the community has a shared vision.

Our Vision

An intentional rural community where the values and ideals of community, respect, peace and living “on-purpose” are rediscovered by our residents.  The Eco-village provides a socio-cultural support structure and a healthy living and working environment.  Fair work, cooperation and an abundance mindset prevail among our members.  As an economically viable solution, others begin to collaborate with us and replicate our model.  A stronger, fairer local economy emerges together with increased sense of community and belonging. As part of a worldwide network of such communities, we support a global transition to a more just society.

Other aspects of strong communities include defined leadership and decision making structures, long-term commitments, a shared language (ours revolves around permaculture) and the careful and active selection of members.

During the early phase of the project, we’re forming community at Villa Astoria, our Guest House and co-living, co-working hub. Once the comprehensive study of the land is done and the integral design for the Eco-village proposed, we’ll begin designing permanent interventions on the land.  Of course there are people who want to stay on the land for a spell, and we’ll need for people to stay there to undertake the observation and study of the land needed for the Eco-village design. A campsite and some temporary structures are planned for this.

Our sister project studied the temporary communities of their action-learning programs and confirmed that lasting relationships & solid teams are formed when a series of criteria are met. They made some basic models which help in understanding what’s going on under the surface. Those models are taught in Module 1 (People-Care) of the Integral Permaculture Course (PDC). That’s one reason why it’s a requirement that everyone who joins us takes the PDC.

More information on building strong communities.

More information on who we are.