Meet Wall-E

That’s right, guys. It’s true. We have a drone. And because it’s really cute and we’re not that creative, we named it Wall-E. Check out this awesome footage brought to you by Wall-E and the aerial skills of expert digital media producer/rocket scientist Spenser Gabin!

Here’s to another successful PDC

VerdEnergia is proud to announce the conclusion of our third Permaculture Design Course. This PDC was by far our most successful, with 20 inquisitive students adding a wealth of energy to our happy little community. We were so honored to host each of them, and even prouder to certify them as permaculture designers. Check out […]

Numundo Launch

VerdEnergia has donated a few week’s stay and a spot in our upcoming PDC to our good friends at Numundo! Numundo is “an online network that empowers transformation through travel and reconnection to the earth” – great allies for VerdEnergia and other intentional communities across the world. Head over to their crowdfunding campaign page and […]

Monkey Sighting

The Costa Rica that most people imagine is densely forested and brimming with wildlife, with dark green mountain slopes covered in impermeable jungle. And in some lucky areas, this is certainly the case. In some areas of the country, they have a terrible, yet adorable problem: monkeys will come in your house and steal your […]

Mind-Blowing Inequality as America’s 20 Richest Own More Than Bottom Half : by Lauren McCauley Study of Forbes 400 finds nation’s wealthiest own more wealth than the bottom 61 percent of the country, or 194 million people. The divide between the “haves” and the “have-nots” in the United States has never been so vast, with a new report out Tuesday revealing that the

Noam Chomsky & Abby Martin

Chomsky sheds some light on the upcoming US presidential elections and the general mess American citizens find themselves in these days.

Fundraiser for The Permaculture Podcast – PDC Giveaway!

We’re pleased to announce that VerdEnergia is partnering with The Permaculture Podcast for a fundraiser! Anyone who contributes $50 to the podcast between now and November 27, 2015 is eligible to win a spot in our PDC. The PDC is transferable to someone else if you are unable to attend or would like to enter as a […]

Ethan Roland on the Permaculture Podcast

Scott Mann of the Permaculture Podcast talks with Permaculture hero Ethan Roland about the eight forms of capital, and how to create right livelihood through permaculture principles. We’re into it! Thanks for making these revolutionary ideas accessible to more people, Ethan and Scott! Give it a listen here. Check out more of Ethan’s work here.

Palm Oil, Cattle Ranching and Monsanto: What’s Really Eating the Rainforest (And How We Can Stop It)

Joshua talks with Libertarian radio talk show host Scott Horton about our mission and vision in Lanas (and beyond) while identifying key players in the destruction of the rainforest and local communities. Listen to the full interview here. Wanna get involved? Start here.

Where Is Our Jeremy Corbyn? –

Where Is Our Jeremy Corbyn? Posted on Sep 13, 2015 By Chris Hedges The politics of Jeremy Corbyn, elected by a landslide Saturday to lead Britain’s Labour Party after its defeat at the polls last May, are part of the global revolt against corporate tyranny. He had spent his long career as a pariah […]

Visualizing Palestine – Interactive Map

This interactive infographic describes the military, legal and financial tools that have been utilized in the gradual transformation of historic Palestine into ‘Greater’ Israel, mapping the extent of the territory now defined as Israeli ‘state land,’ on which Palestinians — even those holding Israeli citizenship — are now largely excluded from living. Original post and […]

Greece and Global Class War by Rob Urie By 2008 the neoliberal project that had been propelled by bullshit, wishful thinking and copious quantities of bank money freed from any pretense that it could ever be repaid was coming unwound. The same ‘favor’ that American mortgage lenders had done communities of color and exurbs in the U.S. found peripheral Europe’s political ‘leaders’ […]

More Wars – Fascist Saudi Arabia Attacking Yemen

Have any of you been paying attention to what the Saudi regime has been doing to the people of Yemen? If you have not please do. Nearly 100 days of bombings and close to 5,000 dead! US made jets! US made bombs! US made destruction.  Terrorist corporations like Raytheon, Northrup Gruman, Halliburton, Boeing etc. are […]

Permaculture, Music, Fruit, Family & Friends

This dry season is shaping up to be our busiest and most exciting yet.  We are fully in planning and preparation mode for 3 events this year.  We are hosting a Solstice Gathering from December 19th through the 22nd.  is We are going to host a lovely retreat in mid February, detail to follow soon.  […]

Army Ant Raid of the Main House

Last week we were pleasantly surprised when a huge wave of army ants marched right through our kitchen! The rivers of nomadic ants were easy for us to step over and avoid – not so easy for other creatures. 🙁 According to a quick internet search, there are over 200 different species of ants referred […]

The Coming Dry Season

Hello Tribe and friends!  We are starting to gear up for a busy and fun dry season here in Lanas.  So many new people are contacting us right now.  This year is going to be full of music, Permaculture and just rocking out and building our little piece of paradise.  If you are planning on […]

Rob Finely Ted Talk

Debunked: The Mendacious Propaganda Israel is Pushing to Justify Its War On Gaza

Debunked: The Mendacious Propaganda Israel is Pushing to Justify Its War On Gaza July 30, 2014 | It is time to clarify the real facts on the aggression the Israelis started on the Palestinians. Unfortunately, the Israeli narrative has dominated in the global media. It’s very important to uncover the Israeli narrative and bring […]

The Palestinians’ Right to Self-Defense – By Chris Hedges

The Palestinians’ Right to Self-Defense By Chris Hedges July 24, 2014 “ICH” – “Truthdig” — If Israel insists, as the Bosnian Serbs did in Sarajevo, on using the weapons of industrial warfare against a helpless civilian population then that population has an inherent right to self-defense under Article 51 of the United Nations Charter. The […]

Why Do Television Producers Think a Grey Blob Over a Dead Person’s Face Shows Respect? – Robert Fisk

Cruelly obliterating their image kills the child a second time By Robert Fisk July 22, 2014 “ICH” – “The Independent” — – – To die is one thing – to be turned into a blob quite another matter. The blob is the weird, mystical “cloud” which weak-kneed television producers place over the image of a […]

Chomsky: The System We Have Now Is Radically Anti-Democratic

A fascinating, wide-ranging interview on major issues facing the public. Noam Chomsky Photo Credit: The Real News Network July 16, 2014 | All three videos featuring Chris Hedges’ interview with Noam Chomsky are embedded at Alternet,  this link CHRIS HEDGES, INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALIST: Let’s begin with a classic paradigm which is throughout the Industrial Revolution, […]

Those Kids Crossing the Border From Mexico Wouldn’t Be There If Obama Hadn’t Supported a Coup the Media Doesn’t Talk About by Ted Rall

Published on Saturday, July 12, 2014 by Common Dreams Those Kids Crossing the Border From Mexico Wouldn’t Be There If Obama Hadn’t Supported a Coup the Media Doesn’t Talk About by Ted Rall If you’re reading this, you probably follow the news. So you’ve probably heard of the latest iteration of the “crisis at the […]

Israel Is Captive to Its ‘Destructive Process’ – Chris Hedges

Published on Monday, July 14, 2014 by Israel Is Captive to Its ‘Destructive Process’ by Chris Hedges Smoke and flames are seen following what police said was an Israeli air strike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, 8 July. (Eyad Al Baba / APA images) Raul Hilberg in his monumental work “The Destruction […]

Millions of Soldiers and Veterans in Trouble

Millions of Soldiers and Veterans in Trouble By Bill Quigley July 07, 2014 “ICH” –  Despite the July 4 tributes, millions of US soldiers and veterans are in serious trouble. Twenty two veterans kill themselves every day according to the Veterans Administration.   A study by the Los Angeles Times found veterans are more than twice […]

Kneeling in Fenway Park to the Gods of War

Kneeling in Fenway Park to the Gods of War By Chris Hedges July 07, 2014 “ICH” – “Truthdig” – – BOSTON—On Saturday I went to one of the massive temples across the country where we celebrate our state religion. The temple I visited was Boston’s Fenway Park. I was inspired to go by reading Andrew […]

The US Sledgehammer Worldview – Chomsky

By Noam Chomsky July 07, 2014 “ICH” – The front page of The New York Times on June 26 featured a photo of women mourning a murdered Iraqi. He is one of the innumerable victims of the ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) campaign in which the Iraqi army, armed and trained by the […]

Enjoy the World Cup

Also check out this video for a nice break-down And this collection of street-art  And this gallery of photos How is it that we can all agree that, say, eating McDonald’s is bad for our health, the health of our communities, and the health of our planet, and then actually take steps to actively not […]

The Solutions Project

Watch this clip from Democracy NOW!

Watch this extended web-only interview with The Yes Men and indigenous activist Gitz Crazyboy.

In Love and Trouble:

Climate Change and the Power of Honesty – By Emily Johnston, Truthout | Op-Ed “Warrior up!” Even though we know there will be climate change tragedy, no matter what we do now, we can still avert some disasters, save some species that would otherwise be lost and reduce the number of prospective victims – if […]

Stop Treating Capitalists Like They’re Gods

Stop Treating Capitalists Like They’re Gods Wednesday, 23 October 2013 15:29 By The Daily Take, The Thom Hartmann Program | Op-Ed On Tuesday night, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul appeared on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show. During his interview, Senator Paul called out liberals for “having no idea how capitalism works.”  Actually, it’s Senator Paul who has […]

VerdEnergia Video

Check out this blog at Verdenergia: A community dedicated to sustainability that has thrived against all odds. Set amidst lush green mountains in the Puriscal region of Costa Rica lays the community of Verdenergia. This 7 year-old community, initially founded in 2006 by Josh Hughes and his former partner Yemeya, was created with a […]

Heart House Roof

US Military Is A Cancer

Rancho Floor and Roof

Food On The Farm

Squash is coming out of our ears. Greens from dozens of bushes and trees pumping out salads. Yucca by the acre and we are making flour to eat and trade. Tonight we sucked the pulp off of organic cocoa seeds and started to ferment them for next months chocolate yummies. Lychee fruits pour from the […]

Assad and Wal-Mart: Mass Murderers

Published on Sunday, September 8, 2013 by Common Dreams Assad and Wal-Mart: Mass Murderers by Peter Dreier Over 1,000 innocent Syrians were killed by poison gas. (bottom photo).  Over 1,000 innocent Bangladesh garment workers were killed when a huge factory building collapsed in April (top photo of mass grave). The Syrian government is responsible for the first mass killing. […]

Contact Congress Monday – NO WAR ON SYRIA Follow this link to contact your congress person.  Tell them not to allow ANY resolutions that could possibly lead to war against the children of Syria.  Obama is already a war criminal.  IF he thinks he can attack another country that posses NO threat to the USA we need to impeach him and make […]

The Masque of Anarchy

“Stand ye calm and resolute, Like a forest close and mute, With folded arms and looks which are Weapons of unvanquished war.

Listen, really listen to your politicians

Have you all been hearing the way the leaders are talking?  They are sounding like Nazis’.  The threats they are making are illegal.  The way they are talking about their right to start bombing children to protect children is absurd.  CALL YOUR CONGRESS PERSON!  Right now.  Tell them to stop these fascist pigs from marching […]

If the Nuremberg Laws Were Applied…Noam Chomsky

If the Nuremberg laws were applied, then every post-war American president would have been hanged. By violation of the Nuremberg laws I mean the same kind of crimes for which people were hanged in Nuremberg. And Nuremberg means Nuremberg and Tokyo. So first of all you’ve got to think back as to what people were […]

Stop This Madness! No WAR ON SYRIA!

War on Syria: Twenty Pounds of Stupid in a Ten-Pound Bag Tuesday, 27 August 2013 09:16By William Rivers Pitt, Truthout | Op-Ed I’m just going to throw this out on the stoop and see if the cat licks it up: instead of attacking Syria, how about we don’t attack Syria? Crazy, I know; this is America, after all, […]

The Tao Of Cacao Retreat

Sign up soon for this retreat. Blanca is such an amazing teacher and guide. Tribe members need to sign up asap, you will be getting an large discount for signing up early. Space is limited. We will be focusing on making the space and everyone here feel amazing.

Egypt Falls Apart

I do not know what lies are pouring from the corporate media about what is happening in Egypt right now and over the last two years. Living in the jungle disconnected from the mass media hype, I tend to think that others must be seeing some actual truth in their sources of news.  I have […]

Tribe Actions Worldwide Forum

I would like to use this forum to discuss what it is that our tribe has been and is doing wherever they live.  The farm has been teaching and enabling, those who choose, to help evolve our culture into something much more sustainable.  The wonderful people that have spent time at the finca continue to […]

Call Out To Volunteers Of The Past

We are looking for an intern for 3 months.  The farm will do a full work trade for this position.  We would love someone that has been here before to apply.  Please write to to discuss.

What Is A Chemical Weapon?

I have read endlessly about the threats we supposedly face from regimes with chemical weapons.  Pushed into a rush to war when weapons of such horror are unleashed on innocent victims. I have a question.  One that I see no one asking.  What happens inside one of our smart weapons when it is fired from […]

Losing A Friend – Nolus Sunoon

This past weekend and into this week our tribe has had to cope with the loss of a great person and dear friend, Nolus Sunoon.   I write this post without having spent much time with him in person, only a short visit he made to the farm with Jamaica in 2011.  In that short […]

Invest In The Finca This Year

Buenas dias tribu!  We are putting out the call for more capital for this wet season.  If you have been considering buying a share of the farm now is the time.  In the wet season far less people come to help and we need to maintain the local help we have to get the jobs […]

June 2013 Fun

We are bringing in the wet season with only a handful of people here at the finca.  We are finishing so many different projects right now. The new rancho palm roof is complete.  We are finished with the first layer of cob flooring and the benches that surround the space.  It is so beautiful with […]

“Tramp the Dirt Down”

“Tramp the Dirt Down” By George Galloway  April 09, 2013 “Information Clearing House” – The old saw that one shouldn’t speak ill of the recently dead cannot possibly apply to controversial figures in public life. It certainly didn’t apply to President Hugo Chavez who predeceased Margaret Thatcher amidst a blizzard of abuse. The main reason it […]

Casa Corazon

  The second level begins. The roof beams go up next and then a bamboo and cob skin!

Richard Wolff Urges End to Austerity, New Jobs Program, Democratizing Work

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Outrageous: David Cay Johnston Explains How Big Corporations Withhold Your Taxes and Then Pocket Them

Outrageous: David Cay Johnston Explains How Big Corporations Withhold Your Taxes and Then Pocket Them And other tales of legal corporate robbery. Photo Credit: March 22, 2013  | Nobody has done more to expose the infinite ways in which the American economy is rigged to benefit those at the top than Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist […]

March Fun And Friends

The yoga retreat is in full swing.  Fun is being had by all.  From the yoga studio to the new homes being built we are moving right along. We are preparing to plant a couple of new fruit orchards this April.  Anyone that wants to come and help us plant trees is welcome. We will […]

Iraq After Ten Years

By Paul Craig Roberts March 19, 2013 “Information Clearing House“ –  March 19, 2013. Ten years ago today the Bush regime invaded Iraq. It is known that the justification for the invasion was a packet of lies orchestrated by the neoconservative Bush regime in order to deceive the United Nations and the American people. The US […]

New Week Of Work

Wealth Inequality

Preparing for a Post-Chávez Venezuela

Not One Step Backward, Ni Un Paso Atrás Preparing for a Post-Chávez Venezuela by GEORGE CICCARIELLO-MAHER Hugo Chávez is no more, and yet the symbolic importance of the Venezuelan President that exceeded his physical persona in life, providing a condensation point around which popular struggles coalesced, will inevitably continue to function long after his death. […]

Why Obama Should be Impeached

Who Will Step Up to Defend the Constitution? Why Obama Should be Impeached by DAVE LINDORFF If the Constitution is to have any relevance, and if America is to remain a free society, then there is really no alternative: there must be a bill of impeachment drawn up and submitted in the House, and there […]

Newest Tire Project Unfolding

Chris and crew are hard at work building the giant retaining wall in preparation for a house.                              

Emergency Fund Raiser!

Hola Lovies, We are a little more than half way done with the clean drinking water system for Lanas.  However we are in need of $2,000 asap for the labor cost.  Our neighbors have worked very hard and we have been donating the money to pay them, but we are tapped.   Please send what […]

Newly Discovered ‘Plastic Island’ Shows Global Epidemic Worsening

Floating patches of humanity’s garbage have become a permanent feature in the world’s oceans and a new discovery in the South Pacific shows that this woeful trend has worsened, not improved, since the phenomenon was first discovered nearly two decades ago.

Kitchen View

  Around 16:00 hrs, have a beer in good company outside at the bar, overlooking part of the kitchen area.

Shut Down Guantanamo Bay And Bagram NOW!

Please check out this website and try to help bring awareness to what our countries do to innocent people.  Obama just lied, as he does about everything important, about shutting down these illegal detention centers/torture chambers.  If we can not stop this kind of madness, what hope do we have of ever bringing peace and […]

Tribal Gathering and Solstice 2012 was a memorable time at the farm!  

Wall Massage

Kiddos On The Horse


This is the shower in the Bamboo house. Nice view of the whole valley from here. The garden beds are planted with sweet potatos.

Cobbing The Smurfship

Fun with the crew cobbing in between the tires. We are going to put a couple of coats of live calcium to finish it. Lots of work but it pays of quickly.

We Don’t Have the Right to Care by Ted Rall   We Don’t Have the Right to Care December 18th, 2012 U.S. Drone Strikes Equivalent of Dozens of Newtown Massacres We don’t have the right to be sad. We don’t have the right to be angry. We don’t have the right to care about the 20 dead kids, much less the six dead adults or […]

‘Expect Surprises’: Records-Breaking Year Portends Vastly Changing Arctic

Permaculture Design Internship

This amazing learning experience will change your life. During this 3 months period you will learn the theory and practice of Permaculture Design as set up by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren.  The classes will be given by Douwe Wielstra who is an experienced permaculture teacher, Tropical Forestry engineer and has been living and working […]

Yoga Retreat Early Reservation Special

DISCOUNT FOR FAST SIGN UPS If you are thinking about joining this special Yoga Immersion in March, don’t pass our discount! If you sign up by December 1st 2012, you’ll get a $100 off from the total cost. To assure your place, paypal the deposit of $500 to The last day to sign up is […]

Truth and Trauma in Gaza

by KATHY KELLY Dr. T., a medical doctor, is a Palestinian living in Gaza City.  He is still reeling from days of aerial bombardment. When I asked about the children in his community he told me his church would soon be making Christmas preparations to lift the children’s spirits.  Looking at his kindly smile and […]

Sharing Communities Are Spreading Across the World Like Wildfire

How some see sharing as a new paradigm and a means to a more democratic society. November 28, 2012 As the sharing economy picks up momentum, its reach has become global. In cities and towns around the world, people are creating ways to share everything from baby clothes to boats, hardware to vacation homes. There […]

We Still Need Your Help

Hola Tribu, We are still short for the year end pay for the guys.  Please help with what you can asap.

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

I would love to compile a list of our tribes favorite CSA’s around the world.  We are creating a page on this site with local answers to some of our largest challenges.  A map of locations to get yummy organic food will be the centerpiece of this page.  Please comment below with a link to your best […]

Movember News — The Drug Store in American Meat

Instead of just bringing light to the search for cures to cancers let’s use this month as a way to discuss the causes of such things.  Following is a great article from We’re Eating What? The Drug Store in American Meat by MARTHA ROSENBERG Food consumers seldom hear about the drugs oestradiol-17, zeranol, trenbolone […]

Yoga Retreat

Bamboo House Progress

Compost Toilet

New Stuff

Chickens and Cob


Water System For All Of Lanas Is Coming In December!

                    After years of planning and grant writing, our little pueblo of Lanas is building a community drinking water system!  We have all of the materials we need from the grant ($6,000 worth), but Lanas folks need to do the labor and come up with the […]

More Pledges Made For Carlos

Hola Tribe, We have had more money raised over the last few days but lets keep digging.  We have just a few weeks left until we must afford this.  Thank you lovlies!

When Will the Killing War in Iran Begin? It Already Has

“Economic sanctions are, at their core, a war against public health.” –The New England Journal of Medicine [1] By Stephen Gowans November 06, 2012 “Information Clearing House” –  While campaigns are organized to deter the United States and Israel from acting on threats to launch an air war against Iran, both countries, in league with the […]

Good quote for the day

“We stand today at a crossroads: One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other leads to total extinction. Let us hope we have the wisdom to make the right choice.” – Woody Allen

Fund Raising Goal Not Met Yet

Hola Tribe, We are 1/5th of the way to our goal for the year end bonus pay for Carlos and family.  Please rally what you can for the cause.  Any friends or family that have visited and love VE, please help support our amazing employees as well.  We are able to keep this place growing […]

Sealing the Earthship

Green This Election

The November election is not a battle between Republicans and Democrats. It is not a battle between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. It is a battle between the corporate state and us. And if we do not immediately engage in this battle we are finished, as climate scientists have made clear. I will defy corporate […]

Year End Pay For Carlos & Family

Hello Tribu, It is that time of year again.  We need to raise some money to pay the year end pay for Carlos, Homar and Eduardo.  Thanks to their tireless labor we have been able to make huge leaps forward this year in the gardens, orchards and buildings.   Please Paypal what you can to […]

Keystone Pipeline Resistance Follow the link above to the full article. In January 2012, I, like many other people, thought the Keystone XL pipeline controversy was over. We had won a hard-fought victory in suspending the proposed tar sands pipeline from crossing the border from Canada into the USA. It seemed a major win for the environmental […]

Old Trees And History – The Vanishing Groves

No event, however momentous, leaves an everlasting imprint on the world. Take the cosmic background radiation, the faint electromagnetic afterglow of the Big Bang. It hangs, reassuringly, in every corner of our skies, the firmest evidence we have for the giant explosion that created our universe. But it won’t be there forever. In a trillion […]

Offering Tours


Motorcycle Tour

2013 Is Here And We Have a Busy Year Ahead

We are constantly moving forward here at the finca.  This dry season has seen the farm full of lovely people every day.  The food, the games, the work, it is all so fun when done with those we love. We cooked our first pizzas in the cob oven this week! We cobbed the inside of […]

Plans for Yoga Retreat in March 2013

Plans for Yoga Retreat in March All of you Tribe Members; VerdEnergia is planning on hosting a Yoga Retreat from March 22nd to 31st. Please let us know if you have plans to be at the farm some of those dates. You can e-mail me, Maiju directly to Gracias!

Earthship Video

More Photos Again


More Photos


Crew & Chopper

Earthship fun!


Over 250 tires delivered to the finca this week.  We are preparing to build an earthship.  We are also finishing retaining walls everywhere.  We have been begging for tires for months, this week it all comes together.  By the way, bus tires are freaking heavy and huge!

Amazing Changes

Hola Tribe! We have been doing so much everyday it is hard to even keep up.  The gardens have a consistent 6 to 8 people a day building and or maintaining our hill sides.  The construction crew stays busy building the stables, tire walls, moving a new container house into position, putting down road base, […]

Permaculture Design Certification Course

VerdEnergia is hosting a Permaculture Design Course in May/June 2012.  Interns that are interested in starting their internship with the class need to contact us asap.  Below is a link to the details.  This is one of the most affordable PDC in Central America.

Paying The Ecological Bill – Fukushima Meltdown

Little attention is given to events outside of our personal reach. Many of us watch a little news here or there and then go back to our lives. Relatively few people have the desire or time to research what is actually happening in the world outside of the narrow scope of the corporate news.  This […]

Biodigestor & Pond


Feria Was A Blast

Nearly 100 people stopped by over the day and night.  We had locally made products from our farm and a handful of others. Friends from Ranchos Mastatal brought amazing homemade sodas and other yummies.  Iguana Chocolate brought chocolate in a dozen flavors, cacao butter for massage and much more.   We had classes all day, […]

Planting Season Is Here!

We spent the dry season pulling grass out by the roots and building loads of new swales.  We now have dozens of new garden plots, terraces, shade structures full of yummy veggies and ponds flowing nutrient rich water directly into our gardens. We also had another 60 cubic meters of road rock delivered this week […]

Stable Construction

We have begun construction on the horse/goat/rabbit stable.  We are building a tire retaining wall on two sides.  The second floor is going to be for feed storage.  The floor made from bamboo.  

Donations needed in Lanas!

We have spent the past few years establishing a local water board in Lanas.  The purpose of this community organization is to complete the construction of a communal water system that delivers fresh, clean, and inexpensive water to everyone in the town.  The water board’s proposal written to an NGO has been accepted and the organization is […]

Permaculture Design Course May/June 2012

Starting the last week in May we are having a Permaculture design course here at the farm. Two weeks of training followed by an optional practical period at the finca.  We are going to post exact details later today. We are offering the class for $700 US.  That includes the 2 weeks stay at the […]

Please Read – Allow Failure To Fail

Allow Failure To Fail Bank of America teetering on the edge of collapse By Matt Taibbi March 05, 2012   There are two things every American needs to know about Bank of America. The first is that it’s corrupt. This bank has systematically defrauded almost everyone with whom it has a significant business relationship, cheating […]

Feria de Lanas is here again!

We are organizing the second edition of the Lanas Fair 1st of April 2012 in the beginning of Semana Santa. Everybody’s welcome and if we don’t have any more beds, you can always camp or sleep in a hammock.  Some of the things we have lined up already:  -Trade of Farm Products, Art, Jewelry etc. -Permaculture […]

Lots Of Energy

The Finca has been rocking with 15 to 17 people here most days.  Swales are getting extended, ponds dug, compost piles built, barn erected, tent platform built and so much more. We are going to be welcoming loads of tribe back after envision.  Please stay in touch for travel plans to and from the finca.

Tar Sands Info Worth A Watch

Tar Sands Info

New House

Farm Life

Life at the farm has been exciting these last months.  Dozens of new friends.  Hundreds of hours of work done.  Lots of ceremony and fun too.  We have a busy March coming.  Anyone coming here in March might find themselves on one of couches, in the studio, or camping for a night here or there. […]

Fun At The Finca

Article We Wrote Has Been Published


Rancho Mastatal Design This is a how to guide on building a biodigestor.

Back Field Coming Along


ACTA Information

The Farm Is Flowing

Hola lovelies, We have been working hard on the finca.  The gardens look amazing.   The container house now has a completed roof.  We had a Sunday funday ceremony with 14 of us.  The river is amazing this time of year.  Carlos got his firs 4 wheeler last week.  You have never seen anyone drive so […]

Container Home

The container is transforming quickly.  We are raising the roof on Thursday.  We built 5 trusses for this house.  We helped bring hundreds of boards down from Carlos’s finca.  I will get some pictures loaded this weekend.  


After years of trying to figure out how my tribe would free themselves of the bonds of capitalism I found some amazing answers in simple places.  Cooperatives for one.  I know many of us believe we can not get truly local with all of our food.  But we can.  We need not slave away individually […]

Bamboo Flooring

We just made our first bamboo flooring pieces.  Photos later tonight.  We are excited to be able to build with this lovely material.

Biodigestors Coming Soon!

We had a second meeting today to discuss and plan building biodigestors for most of the homes in Lanas. La Zona Biological Paso De Las Lapas is offering a grant for projects to address climate change.  They will be paying for all of the materials for the construction. Below is a photo of the building […]

Weekly Classes

We have so many talented people at the farm always it seems.  We have started weekly workshops.  From gardens to fire spinning teachers are ready and willing to share.


We are hard at work on the farm.  14 people flowing through chores and meals.  Building new spaces, doing yoga, gardening lots, chopping grass and loving it all! Douwe is preparing some fish from one of our 8 ponds.  Amazing fish tacos followed.

New Animal Tribe Members


Solstice Party Was a Blast

We had the band Caca De La Vaca play in the studio.  They were fun.  The whole neighborhood was here jumping around and laughing. Carlos danced the night away.  Even Eduardo cut loose. Arnoldo and family getting ready for the party.

Bamboo cutting`

Sam, Kyle, Maiju, Carlos and Joshua are in Uvita cutting bamboo for construction.  WOW!!!  100 foot tall sticks getting stuck and hung up in others is fun.  Loads of people all day to get 25 cut down and to length.  We have one more morning of cutting and then we load it and get it […]

Decemeber is busy

Lots of us here at the farm right now.  Sara, Kyle, Casper, Anne, Maiju, Joshua, Douwe Angel, Kim and Sam.  More are arriving soon. Casper has rocked out the walls and sills in the studio suites. The container is on its foundation and the first window hole is cut.  We are planing the wood now […]


VerdEnergia is an intentional permaculture community nestled in the mountains of Lanas de Puriscal, Costa Rica.

Containers Placed

Almost in place.  Months of work by dozens of people, FINALLY! [slideshow id=5]

Container house and much more!

We got one of the halves of the container into place today.  After a day of work on the road and the landing we were ready to move.  We also emptied the other half of the GIANT pile of materials we have been storing and moved it all to the back as well. Saturday morning […]

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Container At The Farm & Biodiesel Machine At The Plant!

Cutting the 1 1/2 inch floor boar to start with Sam using a hand grinder to cut the steel on the roof.  We used 5 blades.  It took almost 4 hours to get the cutting done.

November At The Finca

We have been piling up materials for the last month in preparation for a new barn, for our first house in the back village, for finishing the new studio suites and for building furniture.  Loads of photos to follow in the next days. Homar is finishing the tile work in the new suites on Tuesday.  […]

Gardens, Sun and Yogurt

The sun pokes out each morning for 6 hours and we get to weed the fields, move lumber and or construct the new suites attached to the studio.  The afternoon rains give us time to practice making different kinds of cheese or yogurt from our goats or the cow. Sam is hard at work up […]

Rainy Season In Full Swing

It is officially rainy season.  It has just been Douwe, Maiju and Joshua here for the last weeks.  We had a sad event here in Lanas.  A young friend was lost to the river.  It has brought pain to our paradise.  The outpouring of support from the tribe to those here at the farm has […]

Land Restoration Course

LAND RESTORATION COURSE The course consists of 60 hours spread out over three weeks. 15 days with 4 contact hours per day. Weekends off. In the contact hours the theory and practice of Permaculture will be explained and the principles learned, will be put in to practice on the farm itself. A bit of flexibility […]

2012 New Years Festival

Hola Tribu, We are filling up fast for this event.  Contact us pronto if you want space. We are going to have a festival/party to help bring in the new year.  Music, yoga, flow arts, natural building workshops, Permaculture intro classes, local sustainability workshops and so much more.  Starting on Winter Solstice and continuing until […]

Daylight Robbery, Meet Nighttime Robbery : by Naomi Klein

Published on Tuesday, August 16, 2011 by The Nation Daylight Robbery, Meet Nighttime Robbery by Naomi Klein I keep hearing comparisons between the London riots and riots in other European cities—window smashing in Athens, or car bonfires in Paris. And there are parallels, to be sure: a spark set by police violence, a generation that […]

Looting from whom?

John Perkins – Calling All Robin Hoods and Maid Marions

Calling All Robin Hoods and Maid Marions: Gather Your Merry Men and Women by John Perkins Like Robin Hood, we live in a time of turmoil. The feudal lords once again are exploiting We the People, and chaos has ensued. It is time for change. There is no other choice. There is no more option […]

World Economy & What To Do

The first step towards a brighter future is admitting we have a problem and getting active. We have come up with a list of 15 or so things one can do to start changing the world from wherever one lives.

Making Soap

Short Video showing Joshua and Milan making soap.

Rocket Oven

The Rocket Stove/Cob Oven is well underway.  Here is a short video of the process unfolding.  

Shipping Equipment

Hola Tribu Many of us are working this week to get a shipping container shipped out of Portland.  We are finally getting our biodiesel processor here and loads of other tools.  If you are in the NW U.S.A and want to get something down here now is your chance. If you can not make it […]

Permaculture Everywhere Everyday

Let us all expand our activism into our investment lives.  If you are putting money away into 401 K or pension funds, you must look into where that money is going.  Is it invested in alignment with your values or is it cutting down forests and drilling for oil in the arctic?  I urge you […]

Ideology blogs

We talk a lot, here, at the farm. We talk about  revolution, our environment, spiritualism, wars and so much more and how they are all interconnected. This makes describing it all a bit of a complex endeavour, as one thing will be rooted in or related to any number of other things, making it easy […]

July Has Been Busy

We have been processing food, setting up people with cooking stoves, building swales and filtering veggie oil. We made soap and toothpaste this week.  We are on the Permaculture path more each day.  

Pura Vida

Hola Tribu and Friends! We need another group of interns to start in mid-August.  Please contact Joshua for more information. We are getting ready to have a couple of goats a few pigs and a horse. Contact me if you are interested in interning to work with animals.

Food production and processing

Our food production has increase a lot this year.  We eat salads from our garden twice a day.  We eat sweet potatoes and Yucca a few times a week.  We have been eating our own corn, and grinding into flour and making yummy cakes and tortilla from scratch. It is so amazing to be eating […]

Cooking Stoves and so much more!

Hola Tribe and friends! We have not been online with a lot of regularity this last few months. The farm is moving forward in a thousand ways this year. Milan and Gina have been hard at work building super useful farm tools. Gina also finished the mural in the studio.  IT LOOKS GREAT! Michael has […]

Earth Restoration Permaculture Course

So, the first of August I (Douwe) am offering the second Earth Restoration Course. This time the Course will be more cristalized and refined. 3 weekes of theoretical and practical Permaculture and additional workshops with Reforestation, Organic fertilizers and Sprays. Natural Farming (Fukuoku), The Home Garden etc. The maximum amount of students is 5, so […]

Ferria was a hit!

We had our first Lanas Fair on Saturday.  It was great.  Neighbors from all over came a shared. We used out new veggy oil cooking stove all day to fry our sweet papas and yucca fries. We have cooking stoves ready for distribution this week.  We have been saving oil from local sodas and we […]

Beginning Of June

Hola Tribu! We have had a busy June so far.  Loads of chopping grass, planting trees, building bedrooms, organizing and so much more. I would love for all of us to find our favorite photos from our time here and get some new photos galleries added here.  Please email Joshua and he can give you […]


We are progressing on many fronts.  The solar dehydrator is nearing completion.  The garage is almost organized and the new shelving is going up.  The old bodega is becoming two new bedrooms.  These new rooms will be having attached living rooms that overlook the fruit trees and the jungle behind the studio.  Cob and glass […]

Off To The Ark

Przemek and Joshua are off to the Ark Herb Farm to pick up loads of plants!

Medicinal Plants of the area

Cana Agria:  This plant is good for Kidney health.  One uses the leaves for tea making.     Azul de Morta:  This plant is good for allergies and also produces a blue dye.  One boils the leaves and makes tea.    

It’s Volunteer Appreciation Day!!!

I just wanted to take a moment to acknowledge the fact that Verdenergia has had such amazing success BECAUSE of all of the amazing people that have come and volunteered that time and energy to make it all happen! Kudos to all of you…you know who you are! Happy Volunteer Appreciation Day! (It really is […]

Permaculture Comes Alive

How do I describe what Permaculture practices have done for our finca?  Is it a shift in the way we garden, what we eat, how we cook or how we build, yes to all of those things, but that does not even begin to describe what has taken place in our lives.  Becoming present with […]

April 13th Meeting

Today we had a co-op meeting at both ours and Carlos’ farms.  Over thirty people showed up!

April 4th

We started building a new swale in Riverside field today along an erosion point.  Weedwacking away were Carlos and Joshua.  Digging and chopping were Matt, Carrie and Shay.  The heat was intense directly in the suns rays.  We dug until we could not handle it and then we made for the river.  It was beautiful […]

Seasons and faces change

11 people left this morning 🙁   Up to 6 more new faces will be here over the next three days.  Our flow artists all went to a gathering in Montezuma.  Have a great time team!!! The fields are looking amazing.  Every morning has been a tackling of projects in the gardens by 5 to 10 […]

Planting Crazy

We have been planting like crazy for the last few weeks.  We planted corn in Calle Uno and Calle Dos today.  We mixed in more root veggies, chopped and dug up grass in Coral Abajo.   We are already seeing the beans and yucca we planted last week popping up.  We also tended to hundreds […]

Revolutionary Times

The embers of revolutions past have been fanned to flames over the last few decades.  From the Middle East to the Mid West the masses are asking why things have to be organized the way they are.

Spring In The Jungle

We are preparing for 40 new farmers to visit and learn from our farming techniques.  We hope to ad dozens more farms to our co-op this planting season.  We will be needing support from the North.  We need people and money to help lead the Permaculture revolution. Building the infrastructure needed to replace the old […]

Ebbing Moon of March 2011

We have been preparing a long time for this planting season.  Dozens of us working for months to remove grass, brush, build swales, dig drainage ditches, to prune Jatropha, pond digging and so much more. The full moon and the coming of spring was a transition period for VerdEnergia and the crew.  We had a […]


Eugene and Anne’s wedding was an amazing event. The magical lights around the studio and pool made it feel like a dream at night. Check out the wedding blog at

Progress on all fronts

We have gotten a lot done in the last few weeks. The roofing is going up over the new floor space behind the studio. The garage shelving is being built and wood is stacked and beautiful in it’s drying racks. We chopped all of Calle #1 and Calle #2 and we are getting ready to […]


Wow, It is hard to put into words how things are going at Verdenergia! We have recently had a slew of INCREDIBLE peeps come in as volunteers/tribe. Add that to the incredible volunteers/interns/tribe that we already have than you get an the most amazing crew EVER! I spend most of my time preparing fresh, incredibly […]

Cobbing and more

Paradise left.

Just left the farm and back in San Jose. It is so great to see all the progress going on. The building and the gardens look great. Keep up the good work guys and Io and Mowgli, rock the gardens

Cobbing away

Having fun

Cob Garage Monday Feb 7th

We finished wall 1 of 3. Steven sweating mud he is so into it 🙂

Cob Garage

Matt, Przemek, Carlos, IO, Casper and Yemaya worked hard today to finish a few more sections of the first wall. More to come Wednesday.  Lots of new pictures to follow.

Permaculture Practices

Our gardens have taken a huge leap forward over the last 18 months. Permaculture in action. Each day we construct a little more and get closer to sustainability.

Amphitheater swales

We have been digging swales for quite some time already, mostly in the older fields where the trees are planted in lines. In the amphitheater field the trees were planted on level, following the contour of the mountain, and this was done in last year’s planting season. Now, in the past month and a half […]

Cob on the shop, day two

It was time for a new, larger batch of cob. We think we found the right proportions for the mixture, now we’re reconsidering the method of mixing it. The clay has a hard time drying what with all the rain, so sifting it becomes hard and time-consuming work. Instead, today we mixed the clay with […]

Cob construction on the new shop

We are busy, busy, busy getting started on our first cob building right now. We found a large clay deposit on the farm whilst digging a pond. We have been building the test bricks to dial our mix in. Over the last few days we have reconstructed the foundation and roofing of our garage. Now […]

New roofing over new dining area

We built a new roof extension off of the studio over a new dining area. I will follow up with pictures as soon as we get our faster connection back. We are getting ready for 30 plus to be able to eat sitting down at tables under cover.

Boot removal bench

We are building a new bench near the main entrance to the lodge for boot removal.  A Thousand pounds of rocks lugged up from the river and a broken planer later we are almost done.

Biofuels redux

This is a summary of our intentions with the reconstruction of the forest and the creation of the infrastructure needed to support farmers in Puriscal with Jatropha and bio fuels production. The need to reconstruct the jungle in Costa Rica is extreme. Thousands of farms are dissolving into the rivers and oceans. Developing a plan […]

Studio construction redux

This is the original studio construction photo log. Before the studio got built, this shed was in its place. Needless to say, things have greatly improved since.

Main lodge construction redux

When we were looking for a farm this place stood out head and shoulders above the rest. Many people in the tribe wanted quick access to the Costa Rican jungle and this house was a great start. It was about half done when we bought it.