We are starting from the ground up, building an eco-retreat/healing center and intentional community. We are passionate about offering natural building experiences through workshops and volunteering. Our center is grounded in the principles of Earthship Biotecture and permaculture, and offer meals and yoga classes to all guests.

So far we have brought a group of people together to build a SuperAdobe Earth dOMe hOMe and gardens. There is rustic camping, cooking, showering, and composting facilities here on the land. 

We are now looking for inspired humans to help co-create this community of light.

Firefly Gardens is a budding seed poking its head out of the ground, seeking the light!

We are ideally situated next to the caldera rim at the southern edge of Bahia de Santiago and Lago de Atitlan. An area that is known for hosting the Cosmic Convergence music festival every New Year's eve.

The top-soil is incredibly rich and productive, and we are planning to expand and grow a diverse food forest while demonstrating the use of simple, shareable technologies like rainwater catchment, solar cooking, renewable energy, composting, fog harvesting, thermal mass, and contained waste treatment.

We are developing partnerships with local community organizations in order to develop in a responsible way and offer educational opportunities for indigenous locals and travellers alike. We hope to offer a peaceful space for spiritual growth and nature retreats. Jolene is an experienced yoga teacher training to become a registered yoga therapist. Kyle is an international adventure guide and interpreter.

Together we are the Fireflies, trained in natural building practices at the Earthship Biotecture Academy in Taos, NM
We have set the intention to build bridges of culture between North & Central America, and transition towards a more sustainable, just, and mindful expression of life.
We aim to do this through creativity and love, by combining the ancient wisdom of indigenous practices with modern technologies of green energy and communication.

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Free / Work-Trade

Work-trade/ Homesteader

Jan 31 - Nov 17, 2017Maximum capacity: 4 people
Food Not Included
We are looking for a wonderful person (or couple) to live in and caretake our SuperAdobe Firefly Dome. This would be a worktrade exchange where you can live in our rustic home at Bahia de Santiago and take care of our gardens and fruit tree orchard.

This is an Earthbag Dome, with a 2nd floor loft and natural interior finishing. There is an outdoor kitchen, solar oven, composting toilet, solar shower, clean running water, and ceramic filter for drinking water.

It is a quiet neighbourhood in the forest, near the caldera rim surrounding Lake Atitlan. Here you are immersed in Tzutujil Mayan Culture. The village of Tzanchaj is 1km away. Santiago Atitlan is a 10min drive away, there are numerous public transportation options to get to town. We are up the hill from the lake, but there is a view of Volcan San Pedro from the property.

This is a homesteader position, to take care of the property and develop the permaculture gardens. We are occupied with school and work in Canada for most of 2017, and are looking to find long-term volunteer(s) to hold the fort down.

No meals are included but you can grow your own vegetables, and the mercado in Santiago has an abundance of affordable food and goods

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Key Stats.

Year founded


Size of project site

0.2 hectares

Dry season

December to April

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

People on site

2 - 10

Wet season

May to November

Living Conditions.


  • tent camping

Vegetarian Food

  • over 80% locally sourced
  • communally cooked meals


  • None: Off the grid


Firefly Gardens is currently offering the following opportunities:

  • Natural builders
  • Gardeners
  • worktrade
  • homesteaders
  • bamboo carpenter
  • videographer

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