Our ecovillage is comprised of members who own ½ hectare (~1.25 acre) private lots within the 150-hectare (~370 acre) sustainability focused SEED Corporation property. SEED is an acronym for Society for Ecological Education and Development. The five SEED Corporation partners all have ecological education and development backgrounds, and each owns or co-owns a residential property in the ecovillage.
The Ecovillage at SEED is one of the corporation’s primary projects. Another is the ongoing operation of the self-sustaining SEED integrated farm, which is adjacent to the ecovillage. These two projects together effectively create an agrocommunity. The growing ecovillage community is independent from the corporation.
Individuals, couples and families that are interested in living a potentially carbon-neutral, sustainable lifestyle are eligible for membership in the community. Ecovillage at SEED community members have the opportunity of benefitting from the experience and knowledge of fellow ecovillage members. All SEED ecovillage residential property owners are invited to join the community as fellow members and share their skills with the group.
The Ecovillage at SEED is located in the foothills of the Talamanca Mountain Range, in Cahuita District, Talamanca Canton, Limón Province, Costa Rica. The topography of SEED is a mix of valleys, hills and rivers, at 70 to 120 meters above sea level. The Carbon II River, Cañajira River, Hone Creek and Cane Creek form the boarders of the SEED Corporation property. It’s a bit remote, but being removed from the tourist oriented beach area was one of the founding SEED partner’s objectives.
Currently the seventeen families that own or co-own lots make up the Ecovillage at SEED community membership. Most members are from North American, with the majority of those being Canadian. There are also members who are citizens of Columbia, Costa Rica and Germany.
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Membership & Visitors
- Open to new members
- Open to visitors
The Ecovillage at SEED Community Member’s Organization is a property owners association created to encourage interaction and development within the community, and to promote the ecovillage and sustainable ways of living in Costa Rica.
"A seed is a unit of consciousness that has body, charge and intelligence and tends to develop from potential into the actual under proper conditions. Seeds are created, transmitted and earthed in order to achieve change –change in one’s world, life or identity." Jan Fries
Presently bamboo homes have been constructed on three private lots, with one of them being used as an educational center, and the fourth, fifth and sixth private residences are under construction or in an advanced planning stage by community members. In addition, there are about a dozen bamboo SEED Corporation farm buildings.
At this time Ecovillage at SEED residents are mostly weekend and seasonal. One SEED Corporation partner and his wife live year-round in their large bamboo home. In addition, usually SEED Corporation farm employees, sometimes with families, are also living on the farm in SEED Corporation buildings.
As of this date, four of the 20 lots plotted and offered by the SEED Corporation are still available, plus several of the first lots purchased are available for resale. The original sale of these first lots provided the corporation with then much needed cash for development start-up.
Puerto Viejo is the largest village in the canton. The website https://www.puertoviejosatellite.com/index.php has a lot of general information about the region, ranging from how best to get there to what schools are in the area.
Please contact [email protected] with any questions, and I or another community member will respond.
Ecovillage at SEED Community Member's Organization