About.

Sueño de Vida (dream of life) is located just a few hours away from the bustling capitol of Quito, nestled in a green valley of cloud forest in the blue Andean foothills. Sueño de Vida is a secluded nature lodge where visitors can wake up each day feeling rested, energized, and at peace. Our project spans over 12 hectares of land encompassing gardens, pasture, forest, springs, and lagoons where visitors are free to walk, explore, and swim. Toucans, parakeets, eagles, hummingbirds, multi-colored butterflies, electric blue lizards, silver frogs, and bright fireflies abound here. But even more astonishing natural beauty, Sueño de Vida is a very special place where people can see and feel what it's really like to live simply, sustainably, and in stewardship to the land.


Juan and I built our dream of life over the past year from the ground up relying mainly on our own perseverance, resourcefulness, and ingenuity. We are practical people living by a basic grounded principle: take care of the land and it will take care of you. We aren't out to alter anyone's conscience or elevate anyone's ideals. We figure if you're reading this, you're probably already there. So if you'd like to learn off-grid skills or just chill out with some regular folks who left the rat race to follow their dream, welcome to Sueño de Vida!

What do we do here? We construct comfortable buildings in harmony with our surroundings, using natural and recycled materials like bamboo, mud, stones, pallets, and bottles. We plant trees, grow food, collect rainwater, compost, and enrich the soil. We tend to our animals and enjoy their companionship. We have a volunteer program and host workshops where you can learn how to do these things too. If you're looking more for some R&R, we also offer a "Relax and Chill" experience including yoga, swimming under cascades, nature hikes, and lots of hammock-time. Volunteers are also welcome to these activities in their free time. And all are invited to enjoy wholesome tasty meals, savor hot chocolate made from local cacao beans), play some music, sleep soundly, and wake to the sounds of birds. 

Experiences

$650/person
November 17 - 23, 2018
  • permaculture
  • Soil Science
  • natural building
  • Water Systems
  • yoga
  • food
This ground-breaking seven-day intensive course is designed especially to show you how to take the plunge into the more natural sustainable life you dream of—but don’t know how to begin. Get the whole picture of how to turn a faraway dream into reality from two regular people who did it themselves every step of the way. Juan and Kristen...

Bookings.

$24/night

Relax 'n Chill/Bambú Guesthouse

Minimum stay: 2 nightsMaximum capacity: 6 people
Food included
Rustic, comfy accommodations including:
Lovely bamboo, wood, and clay constructed community kitchen and cafe with gas stove, earthen baking oven, manual juice press and coffee/cocoa bean grinder. Features large screened windows with carved wood frames and fresh herbs on the sills, clay-sculpted artwork, colored glass accents, and a view of the flower gardens. Our favorite place to chill, chat, play cards, and watch the colorful birds and butterflies flying patterns just a few feet away.
Simple sleeping rooms in our guesthouse constructed of native and natural materials such as bamboo, wood, stone, clay plaster, and palm leaves. We also use recycled and repurposed materials like grain and rice bags, wood pallets, crates, and glass bottles. All rooms are single occupancy and outfitted with a twin bed, nightstand, LED lamp, and large screened windows. Sheets, pillow, and blanket are provided.
Outdoor showers with filtered rainwater and a view of the palm trees. Soap and shampoo provided.
Cute, clean, creative bathroom constructed completely from natural and recycled materials with sink/running water and composting toilets The compost is mixed with carbon-rich organic material, aged, and used to fertilize trees.
Plant-filled bamboo gazebo-style yoga practice/meditation/workshop space.
Hammocks for relaxing/napping in during the day.
Tasty, nourishing meals and snacks made with lots of home-grown and local foods.
Excursions to secluded cascades, the Manglanoma Nature Reserve, and the Mashpi Artesenal Chocolate Farm are also available at additional cost (range $20-40).
$12/night

Camping on the land

Minimum stay: 2 nightsMaximum capacity: 4 people
Food included
Be close to nature and still enjoy access to our amenities:
Lovely bamboo, wood, and clay constructed community kitchen and cafe with gas stove, earthen baking oven, manual juice press and coffee/cocoa bean grinder. Features large screened windows with carved wood frames and fresh herbs on the sills, clay-sculpted artwork, colored glass accents, and a view of the flower gardens. Our favorite place to chill, chat, play cards, and watch the colorful birds and butterflies flying patterns just a few feet away.
Outdoor showers with filtered rainwater and a view of the palm trees. Soap and shampoo provided.
Cute, clean, creative bathroom constructed completely from natural and recycled materials with sink/running water and composting toilets The compost is mixed with sawdust, shredded palm leaves, and other carbon-rich organic material, allowed to age for a year, and then used to fertilize trees and plants.
Plant-filled bamboo yoga/meditation/workshop space.
Hammocks for relaxing/napping in during the day.
Tasty, nourishing meals and snacks made with lots of home-grown and local foods.

Key Stats.

Year founded

2016

Size of project site

12 hectares

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

People on site

2 - 8

Dry season

May to November

Wet season

December to April

Living Conditions.

Sleeping

  • tent camping
  • private room

Omnivore Food

  • communal kitchen access
  • restaurant on site
  • over 80% locally sourced

Internet

  • medium: voice calls (no video)

Ongoing classes

  • yoga
    1-2 times per week

Opportunities

Sueño de Vida is currently offering the following opportunities:

  • Gardener
  • Carpenter
  • MEchanic
  • Horse Trainer
  • anyone Willing to learn and work!

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