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8th Life Panama is an ecovillage project, impact hub, maker space -- learning laboratory in creating community, building green businesses, innovating solutions for sustainable living, and sharing these innovations and learnings with the local community. In addition to creating our living spaces and the requisite water catchments, garden plots, chickens and other small animal areas, and food forests, we envision implementing initiatives such as shared workspaces for artisans and craftspeople, shared storefronts, local products, produce, crafts markets to strengthen local economies, and an eco-business incubator. 

Casa Ubuntu, is our 9-room co-working co-living space that is transitioning from a commercially run a guest house. It's our center of operations and our co-living space. Our 21 Ha of gorgeous land where we will be creating the ecovillage is about 10 km up the hill from Astoria. The land is bordered by a river and a seasonal stream.

It's time to transition from a destructive society to a sustainable world.

Starting locally, we need to stop the destruction, build soil, restore ecosystems, heal our addictions, change organizational and power structures, and learn to live in community. We need to move all the resources we can as quickly as possible towards the most effective solutions if we are to halt & reverse the current destructive trends, and create a new, saner economy.

If it's clear to you that supporting the transition of our destructive society to a sustainable world is your first priority, you will love this & we are looking for you!

8th Life Panama is a Collaborative Work-Life Initiative forming an Intentional Community in the mountains of Anton, Panama. Our guest house, Casa Ubuntu serves as our center of operations and lodging while we develop our 21 hectare (52 acre) permaculture project on Finca Astoria, just 10Km away. 

We offer you a unique opportunity to design your future in a healthy and supportive environment. Casa Ubuntu provides comfortable living space while we co-create the permaculture based intentional community on our 21Ha Finca. This opportunity is for pioneers. Are you ready to come create?

We're looking for visionaries; people with an entrepreneurial spirit who believe, like we do, that it's time to transition from a destructive society to a sustainable world.

For more information: http://www.8thlifepanama.org/

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Have a big impact - help out for 3 months (or more)

Minimum stay: 90 nightsMaximum capacity: 6 people
Food Not Included
Our EcoVillage Project has available several opportunities for long-term (preferably 3+ month) volunteers. The learning potential here is enormous, as we are building an intentional community from scratch!

This is an EcoVillage in formation. Our center of operations is at Casa Ubuntu - our shared living and working space, which is open to travelers and digital nomads as one of our means of support. In addition, we have our Finca, 21ha of land in its natural state – a mix of rolling grasslands, highly eroded areas and forested gullies, escarpments and galleries along the river and stream. In the past year we built an access bridge, planted a 1/2Ha food forest garden, established a couple of swales, and built the Rainbow Bunkhouse in our pioneer camp area with dry compost toilet, rainwater capture for shower and sinks. We're working on dams & other water catchment systems and will shortly be building an outdoor kitchen. Casa Ubuntu is in the town of Antón, Panama and the Finca is about 30 minutes away by car.

For the technology positions (see below), we hope that you're eco-conscious and interested in Permaculture. We also hope that if you're here while we're running a Permaculture course you'll participate in it. For the Finca Projects prior experience designing Permaculture interventions in one or more of our areas of need is extremely helpful, and preferably also interest in participating in a PDC while you're here (we tend to hold them quarterly). These courses are quite affordable and when there are several people here studying, we hold live discussion groups and practical hands-on exercises to complement the online curriculum.

In addition to the key needs which require long-term commitments, there are some smaller projects & a special project listed below.


*️Technology: Website, Positioning, Marketing*️ (Max 2 positions)
These positions are housed at the Guest House and require knowledge and experience in Word Press website design and maintenance, SEO, digital/online marketing including social media outlets such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (and other emerging outlets). Tasks include updating and improving the website, improving and implementing marketing plans, creating/editing content, interacting on social media platforms to increase engagement and followers, troubleshooting technology issues. Ideally also includes taking photographs and videos, and administrative support (e.g., replying to emails, replying and creating engagements on social media platforms).
3-5 hrs per day – 5 days/week – live at the guest house. Number of hours and meals to be agreed together with scope of work.

*️Finca Projects; food forest gardens, water systems, power systems*️ (Max 4 positions)
We need to tend the existing food forest, work on water systems and start to look at options for generating electricity at our Rainbow camp. We’re also planning some structures like a ‘rancho’ or ‘gazebo’ type shelter for meetings and training events, swales, dams made of recycled materials, clay, rocks, etc. with spillways, ponds and irrigation channels. We also need detailed topographical maps showing contours, vegetation, paths/trails and roads, and other features of note such as streams, springs (if any), gullies/run-off ditches, changes in elevation, etc. We expect that those working at the finca will each take primary responsibility for one area and will collaborate with one another as needed. The four main areas we see at the moment are mapping (so we can develop a comprehensive site plan), water systems/swales, etc, buildings, and electricity.

3-5 hrs per day, 5 days/week. Number of hours and meals to be agreed together with scope of work. Live on the land in the bunkhouse or a tent - project provides a food allowance for volunteers if working more than 3 hours per day. *️bonus*️ includes up to 2 days per week at the guest house. Rotate time away from the finca so that there’s always someone on the land.


1) compost system - I tried once to implement a system but I think I was missing something. This needs to be small scale as I only have two small courtyard gardens and one of them is in the Guest House (needs to be ornamental as well). Currently I carry food waste to a compost pile at the Rainbow camp. Maybe you can figure out a better system.

2) cooking & cleaning - especially if there are multiple volunteers here, it would be great to have someone support with this

Casa Ubuntu - Cooperative Living Space (1mo)

Combining the wisdom and ways of the past with a vision of an abundant and peaceful future, Casa Ubuntu is a shared living space in Antón, a small town in Panama. The property includes 9 bedrooms, courtyard gardens, two kitchens and multiple living and common areas suitable for many creative and productive activities. Fast internet also allows for online/digital pursuits, research, education and entertainment. There is an almost constant breeze and every room has ceiling fans for ample ventilation. Public transportation is readily accessible for travel to nearby towns, beaches, and mountains. Panama City is just 2.5 hours away.

Casa Ubuntu is now accepting applications from amazing people who want to share this remarkable space on a cooperative cost & talent share basis. This is done in the spirit of Ubuntu – Contrubutionism and to align the use of the house (formerly a family hostel) more closely with the vision of the larger ecovillage project, 8th Life Panama. Because of the cost and talent share aspect, the monthly contribution for living expenses is kept at a maximum of $225.00/person (for 1 – 4 residents) plus an estimated $75/month for groceries for shared meals. After 4 people, the monthly contribution will decrease as more people are welcomed to the Casa Ubuntu community. Talent share refers to equitably sharing everyday tasks, supporting on projects and providing your unique talent to community members.

This is an ideal living space for anyone looking to spend at least 3 months in a beautiful tropical location, whether a snowbird, digital nomad, gap-year, eco-traveler, permaculture practitioner, or someone seeking new experiences or who simply wants to enjoy a cooperative and supportive lifestyle. There is ample room at the house to create studios, office areas, and other work/life spaces, allowing many micro-enterprises to be run right from here. At Casa Ubuntu everyone benefits from the 8th Life Panama EcoVillage Project as well, such as fresh food harvested from the food forest, educational opportunities and outdoor activities such as hiking, swimming and camping on the land.

To apply, please email CasaUbuntuPty@gmail.com describing your interest in this living arrangement and why you’d like to live here. Let us know your primary skills, talents, and areas of interest, provide us with your Skype and/or WhatsApp contact, and let us know several good dates/times for a call. We’ll email you back to set up the call & take it from there.

Key Stats.

Year founded


Size of project site

21 hectares

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese

People on site

3 - 34

Dry season

Wet season

Living Conditions.


  • private room
  • tent camping
  • shared rooms

Omnivore Food

  • communal kitchen access
  • communally cooked meals


  • fast: streaming video

Ongoing classes

  • permaculture


8th Life Panama is currently offering the following opportunities:

  • Co-founders
  • Composting
  • website design
  • solar water heating
  • reiki, massage, meditation, yoga, bodywork
  • permaculture design
  • eco-entrepreneurship
  • food forest design
  • building, handywork

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