About.

Firefly Gardens is a small, spiritual, educational, experimental, natural-building, off-grid permaculture homestead and community in Bahia de Santiago. We are located just outside the Tzutujil Maya communities of Tzanchaj, Panabaj, and Santiago Atitlan.

We are passionate about offering hands-on earth-focused building experiences through workshops and volunteering. We help to facilitate cultural exchange between international backpackers and indigenous Tzutujil families. Our center is a home for learning and inspiration, where we can unplug and share natural building techniques and land-based ecological practices.

We are travellers and yogis, musicians and farmers, foodies and healers, dreamers and believers! Our aim is to build space for spiritual holistic healing and intimate educational retreats, through yoga therapy, cultural exchange, meditation, plant-based medicines. We are now looking for inspired humans to help co-create this community of light <3


Our home is 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.

Located on an old coffee/avocado farm, the top-soil is incredibly rich and productive and well-suited for sustainable Agroforestry. We are planning to expand a diverse food forest while demonstrating the use of simple, shareable technologies like rainwater catchment, solar cooking, renewable energy, composting, thermal mass, fog harvesting, 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 travelers alike. We hope to offer a peaceful space for spiritual growth and nature retreats. 

Jolene is an experienced yoga teacher and registered yoga therapist. Mateo is an international adventure guide and wildland firefighter. Joel Eliseu is the local Tz'utujil manager of the center and gardens.

Together we are the Fireflies, trained in natural building practices at the Earthship Biotecture Academy in Taos, New Mexico.
We are living 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 audiovisual arts.

It's a place of magic. Come and see for yourself!

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Bookings.

$120/night

Cosmic Cob Cabaña VIP Festival Retreat

Available: Dec 27 - Jan 03, 2020Minimum stay: 4 nightsMaximum capacity: 3 people
Food Not Included
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¡Una experiencia de festival alojamiento unico para 2-3 personas!
Alquiler una eco-cabaña completa

Ubicado en el exuberante bosque de aguacate colina arriba, con Ducha Calientes Solar ya solo 5 minutos a pie del Festival de Convergencia Cósmica ... vea esta oportunidad increible de hospedarse en "Casa Bela" en Firefly Gardens.

Experimente el "glamping" privado VIP en nuestra cómoda casa de tierra y en el jardín fuera de la red, a pocos pasos de los terrenos del festival.

-Quédate en Casa Bela, una hermosa casa pequeña de adobe y madera
-Puerta con cerradura, hamaca y espacio interior privado.
-2 piso loft con cama doble de alta calidad perfecta para una pareja.
-También hay una cama individual para un tercer huésped en la planta baja.
-Incluye ropa de cama, mantas, toallas y
-Sistema de iluminación solar simple para cargar sus dispositivos.

-En la propiedad a la que ha compartido acceso
-Cocina con estufa y elementos básicos.
-Ducha de invernadero solar a presión caliente,
-Agua potable filtrada,
-Compuestos de inodoros,
-Área de chimenea,
-Yoga shala

-Un espacio seguro con seguridad local en el sitio 24/7.

Disfruta de nuestras increíbles áreas comunes y tu propio espacio interior privado para relajarte entre sets en el festival. La opción perfecta para tener su pequeña escapada durante la reunión, a poca distancia :)
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An ideal festival accommodation experience for 2-3 people!
Eco-Tiny Home at off-grid permaculture healing sanctuary :)

Located in the lush avocado forest up the hill, with Solar Hot shower & only a 5 minute walk from Cosmic Convergence Festival.....check out this totally unique opportunity to stay in "Casa Bela" at Firefly Gardens.

Experience private VIP "glamping" in our comfortable earthen home a short walk from the festival grounds.

-Stay in Casa Bela, a beautiful cob & timber frame tiny house.
-Lockable door, hammock and private indoor space
-2nd floor loft with high quality double bed perfect for a couple.
-There is also a single bed for a 3rd guest on the ground floor.
-Includes all bedding, blankets, towels, and
-Simple solar lighting system & inverter for charging your devices.

-On the property you have shared access to
-Outdoor kitchen with stove and basics,
-Pressurized hot solar greenhouse shower,
-Filtered drinking water,
-Composting toilets,
-Firepit chill zone
-Yoga Shala

-A Safe Space with local security on-site 24/7.

Enjoy our awesome communal areas and have your own private indoor space to relax in between sets at the festival. The perfect option to have your own little getaway during the gathering, within easy walking distance :)
$10/night

Firefly Gardens Camping beside Cosmic Convergence

Available: Dec 27 - Jan 02, 2020Minimum stay: 4 nightsMaximum capacity: 7 people
Food Not Included
ESPAÑOL
¡Bonitas lugars para alquilar en el campamento de jardín durante la convergencia cósmica!
$ 10 / persona por noche
o
Q75 / persona por noche

No incluye:
-Tienda para acampar
-Equipo de campamento (colchón, poncho y almohada).

-Área de camping proporcionada
-Debe suministrar su propia tienda de campaña y equipo de campamento.
-tranquillo propiadad 300m de convergencia cósmica

Ubicado en el exuberante bosque de aguacate colina arriba, con una ducha caliente y a solo 5 minutos a pie del Festival de Convergencia Cósmica ... aquí hay una experiencia de campamento de festival como ninguna otra.

Disfrutar un campamento tranquillo y seguro en nuestra jardins permacultura y escuela de construcción natural, a pocos pasos de los terrenos del festival.

-En la propiedad a la que ha compartido acceso
-cocina con estufa y elementos básicos,
-Ducha de invernadero solar a presión caliente,
-Agua potable filtrada,
-Compuestos de inodoros,
-Área de chimenea,
-Cubierta de yoga de coco / bambú.
-seguridad local en el sitio 24/7.

Disfruta de nuestras increíbles áreas comunes para relajarte entre sets en el festival. La opción perfecta para tener su pequeña escapada durante la reunión, a poca distancia :)
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Awesome Garden Camp Spots for rent during Cosmic Convergence!
$10/person per night
or
Q75/person per night

Located in the lush avocado forest up the hill, with a hot shower and only a 5 minute walk from Cosmic Convergence Festival..... here is a festival camping experience like no other.

Not included:
-Tent
-Camping gear (mattress, sleeping bag, pillow)

Experience secluded and secure camping at our off-grid natural building school a short walk from the festival grounds.

-Camping area provided
-You must supply your own tent and camping gear
-300m from Cosmic Convergence

-On the property you have shared access to
-kitchen with stove and basics,
-Pressurized hot solar greenhouse shower,
-Filtered drinking water,
-Composting toilets,
-Firepit area,
-Cob/Bamboo yoga deck.
-local security on-site 24/7.

Enjoy our awesome communal areas to relax in between sets at the festival. The perfect option to have your own little getaway during the gathering, within easy walking distance :)
$70/person

TENT RENTAL- Tienda de acampar por festival

** Cantidades limitadas disponibles **

Para aquellos que necesitan el equipo de alquiler para acampar en Firefly Gardens durante la CÓSMIC CONVERGENCE.

-Incluye 1 carpa (espacio para 2 personas)
-colchones y mantas básica para dormir.
-Su uso para 4 noches del festival.
-Configuración para usted a su llegada

Tarifa de alquiler de tienda de $ 70 USD
Sin depósito necesario
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**Limited Quantities Available**
For those who need the rent camping gear for camping at Firefly Gardens during COSMIC CONVERGENCE.

-Includes 1 tent (space for 2 people)
-Basic foam mattress and blankets for sleeping
-Yours to use for 4 nights of the festival
-Setup for you upon arrival

$70 USD Tent rental fee
No deposit necessary

Key Stats.

Year founded

2016

Size of project site

0.6 hectares

Languages spoken

  • Tzʼutujil
  • English
  • Español

People on site

2 - 11

Dry season

November to April

Wet season

May to October

Living Conditions.

Sleeping

  • tent camping
  • private room
  • shared rooms
  • entire house
  • hammocks

Vegetarian Food

  • over 80% locally sourced
  • communally cooked meals
  • communal kitchen access

Internet

  • None: Off the grid

Opportunities

Firefly Gardens is currently offering the following opportunities:

  • Natural builder
  • carpenter
  • bamboo builder
  • permaculture
  • gardeners
  • treehouse builder
  • homesteaders
  • arborist
  • musician
  • Stone builder

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