In 1997, on their return from seven months in China, Brook and Rose Le Van, affected by their travels and the subsequent culture shock upon their return to the US, initiated an experiment to create a setting in which people could live and learn to create a more sustainable future. The Le Van’s initially founded Sustainable Settings under the nonprofit umbrella of COMPASS, a sponsoring organization devoted to lifelong learning, social justice, responsibility and community.

Key Stats.

Year founded


Size of project site

100 hectares

Languages spoken

  • English

People on site

20 - 50

Dry season

May to August

Wet season

November to February

Living Conditions.


  • shared rooms


  • None: Off the grid

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