“It is possible that the next Buddha will not take the form of an individual. The next Buddha may take the form of a community—a community practicing understanding and loving kindness, a community practicing mindful living. This may be the most important thing we can do for the survival of the Earth.”
— Thich Nhat Hahn
Many of us share a deep belief that we are meant to do something on this Earth – something deep, powerful and spiritual – but we do not know what it is. We yearn for something more, even when we have everything because there is still something missing. Often that is the sense of community.
The purpose of creating a residential community within Harmonia is to bring the art of life and work within reach of people, especially those interested in discovering inner fulfillment from living a simpler, natural lifestyle. We envision the community as a cross-section of teachers, students, and supporters from around the world. It is a group of people who intentionally come together to support each other’s creativity and growth and live in harmony with the earth.
The residential phase of Harmonia will start in 2018. Those wishing to live and build homes need to work, study, support or volunteer at Harmonia for six months prior and be approved by a membership committee.
The property is a school, commune and nature reserve and will not be lotted nor can the land be purchased. It is not a real estate development. Those constructing houses can register the house with the government and get an escritura (deed) for the structure, but not the land.
Areas not designated for classrooms, offices, agriculture, trails and other structures will be open for building. It is first come, first served. Building fees will be based upon the size, style and materials of the home as well as the views. A simple treehouse with a minimal environmental impact and a jungle view will have a lower fee than a two-story luxury home with a view of the lake. Some buy-in fees will be reduced or eliminated to bring in certain specialists essential to the community.
Houses may not be flipped. Owners may not sell the house for more than it cost to construct or purchase. Buyers must be approved by the membership circle.
Houses can be put into the rental pool. For house rentals, Harmonia will switch out the beds, sheets, dishes, pots and pans for guests. Harmonia will set the rental rates and take 50 percent of the rental fees.
All residents will volunteer ten hours a month for Harmonia and pay a varying annual fee that will cover the taxes, utilities and maintenance fees for the property at large. Homeowners will be responsible for property taxes on said structures. Residents will also receive discounts on classes and events.