About.

Join us on an educational expedition where you’ll tour sustainable solutions and ecologically harmonious living practices at many amazing projects in Costa Rica. You will learn from a diverse team of regenerative experts, how to increase your personal sustainability and how to share your growth with those around you.

This tropical paradise is home not only to the world’s greatest biodiversity, but also to hundreds of regenerative projects; groups working to build a more beautiful future for themselves and all life. These pioneers, communities, homesteaders, permaculture demonstration sites, ecological preservation projects, and social benefit organizations want to share their successes and what they have learned in the process of becoming more sustainable.

Your customized Expedition can include Natural Building, Permaculture, Renewable Energy Systems, Organic Food Production, Food Forestry, Community Living, Regenerative Business, and Regenerative Community Development in action.

Workshops are woven into your expedition to expand your ability to manage sustainable projects. You will learn from Upward Spirals and our team of experts how to use tools and resources that magnify your ability to co-create sustainability, personally and globally.

You will have the opportunity to connect and network with social benefit organizations and communities looking for members.

You will leave this program with the knowledge, resources, connections, plans, and inspiration to live in greater harmony with nature.

Stay at the beautiful Diamante Center in one of the most breathtaking regions of Costa Rica. This land has been caringly restored and developed with permaculture principles, natural buildings, reforestation and many open spaces. Eat amazing local organic produce and enjoy tropical fruit from the food forest. Connect with nature on 55 acres of lush rainforest.

Center yourself through daily yoga and meditation on the rainforest yoga deck.

This amazing piece of paradise borders the majestic Baru river with pristine natural swimming pools and a jungle island. All nestled right above the Baru waterfalls. Baru is any nature lover’s dream, photograph the incredible views from atop this stunning waterfall, or turn towards the sun-speckled jungle behind you. Among the most spectacular mountains, waterfalls, and beaches in the world, this is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful and magical places in the country.


* Stay at a beautiful 55 acre eco-retreat center in one of the most breathtaking regions of Costa Rica

* Enjoy a pristine river with natural swimming pools and the amazing Baru waterfalls

* Daily excursions to Sustainable Farms, Communities and Impact Centers

* An educational Expedition customized to the interests of the group

* Daily yoga and meditation on the rainforest deck

* Flash drive with massive sustainability learning library, guides, tools, and much more

* Three mostly organic vegetarian meals a day with amazing, diverse tropical fruits

* Transportation from Envision and to the SJO airport, and on all excursions during the Expedition

* 8 days / 7 nights lodging in SHARED cabins at the Diamante Center

See you soon!

Bookings.

$189/night

All-Inclusive in a Shared Cabins

Available: Mar 24 - Mar 31, 2018Minimum stay: 4 nightsMaximum capacity: 16 people
Food included
All-Inclusive Expedition includes:
* Delicious organic vegan and raw food, made with love (3 meals a day)
* Daily yoga and meditation on the rainforest deck
* Unlimited access to the Baru river and waterfall (onsite)
* Daily excursions to Sustainable Farms, Communities and Impact Centers
* Flash drive with massive sustainability learning library, guides, tools, and much more
* Transportation from / to the SJO airport and on all excursions during the Expedition
* Lodging at the incredible Diamante Center

Your Expedition includes a cabin with 2 to 4 people in double beds and single beds. Each cabin is stylish and simple with a short walk to the kitchen, showers and toilets with sink.
$239/night

All-inclusive in a Private Cabin

Available: Mar 24 - Mar 31, 2018Minimum stay: 7 nightsMaximum capacity: 4 people
Food included
All-Inclusive Expedition includes:
* Delicious organic vegan and raw food, made with love (3 meals a day)
* Daily yoga and meditation on the rainforest deck
* Unlimited access to the Baru river and waterfall (onsite)
* Daily excursions to Sustainable Farms, Communities and Impact Centers
* Flash drive with massive sustainability learning library, guides, tools, and much more
* Transportation from / to the SJO airport and on all excursions during the Expedition
* Lodging at the incredible Diamante Center

You have the option to upgrade to a private cabin for yourself or a couple for an additional $350 for the week. These cabins are quaint and quiet, with a short walk to the kitchen and flushable toilets.

Program.

Talks and Discussions
(Sample)


[Planning session] How to get the most out of your Expedition

[Expedition] Organic Farmers Market and lunch at the market

[Discussion] How a regenerative business model is creating multi-level benefits

- With Vida Autentica

[Expedition] Visit local market artisan

[Discussion] Preparing for and selling at the market with vegan cheese and handmade jewelry - With Veganissimo/Artisan - Paulo Parisch

[Expedition] Thriving Costa Rican family organic farm

[Discussion] Simple living and working with your community

- With M & B Organico - Bolivar Gomez

[Expedition] Diamante Solution Center educational tour

[Discussion] Regenerative land development - With Regenesis 2020's Travis Britzke and Tim Johnson

[Expedition] Visit Estrella Azul - Holistic Education in the Diamante Valley

[Discussion] Transition successes and challenges with a family and Holistic Education

- With Estrella Azul

[Discussion] Practical transitioning, holistic education - With Upward Spirals

[Expedition] Visit a completely off-grid sustainable homestead, with food forest, renewable energy and sustainable buildings

[Discussion] Main factors in selecting and developing an off-grid sustainable homestead - With La Joya Del Sol's Eric Rivkin

[Demo] Collaborative raw food demo and meal preparation - With Eric Rivkin

[Discussion] How to find or start an Intentional Community, off-grid homestead design

- With Upward Spirals

[Expedition] Visit Community Carbon Trees, an innovative reforestation project and nursery

[Discussion] How a regenerative business model is creating benefits on multiple levels, locally & globally - With Community Carbon Trees' - Jenny Smith

[Expedition] Eat at a regenerative restaurant for lunch

[Discussion] Rural Entrepreneurship - Nikki Rademacher / Alonso Jimenez organic restaurateurs

[Discussion] Regenerative Business: Creating Upward Spirals of Personal, Community, and Ecological Regeneration - With Upward Spirals

[Expedition] Visit Fuente Verde to tour an established Ecovillage

[Discussion] Ecovillage Tour: Turning Degraded Lands into a Thriving Community

At Fuente Verde - with Regenesis 2020

[Discussion] Ecovillage community living: Successes and challenges - With Fuente Verde Panel

[Discussion] Community living and effective agreements - With Upward Spirals

[Planning session] Practical Transition Planning - With Upward Spirals

[Resource sharing] File sharing, connections, learning resources and guides

[Closing session] Sharing highlights and new transition goals

Highlights.

  • You will learn from Upward Spirals and our team of experts how to use tools and resources that magnify your ability to co-create sustainability, personally and globally.
  • You will have the opportunity to connect and network with social benefit organizations and communities looking for members.
  • You will leave this program with the knowledge, resources, connections, plans, and inspiration to live in greater harmony with nature.

Living Conditions.

Sleeping

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

Vegetarian Food

  • over 80% locally sourced
  • communal kitchen access

Internet

  • slow: emails only

Ongoing classes

  • yoga
    daily

Getting here.

We are located in the Southern region of Costa Rica, between Dominical and San Isidro, near Tinamaste.

Opportunities

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