“One final paragraph of advice: do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am – a reluctant enthusiast….a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; you also need to enjoy it. While you can. While it’s still here. So get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, the lovely, mysterious, and awesome space. Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to the body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much; I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those desk-bound men and women with their hearts in a safe deposit box, and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this; You will outlive the bastards.” – Edward Abbey
In keeping with Edward Abbey’s advice, the schedule allows you plenty of time for work, classes, fun and relaxation.
Everything is vibration and plants respond to vibration. Monday through Friday we will send music to the plants, creating a one hour playlist to be played in the medicine wheel garden from 7 to 8 during breakfast. This is a way to honor the plants and ourselves, sending love, joy as harmonic vibrations to the plants that will nourish us. Singing and dancing is an expression of love, laughing with existence and a praying with gratitude. This is how we will start the work day.
Work commences at 8:30 a.m., with one hour for lunch Monday-Friday.
Fourteen hours per week of primary core work. For Builders, this will involve working side-by-side with our Nicaraguan engineers, architects and construction team to build accommodations and classroom structures and install solar systems. The Earth team will create a landscape and irrigation plan for the structures and the one-acre medicine wheel garden. The Art team will create the aesthetics for the buildings, from sewing curtains to creating murals and mosaics, creating altars and art for the gardens and trails, and researching indigenous traditions for an outdoor encyclopedia on the posted along the trails.
Seven hours per week of team projects to include building outdoor art installations, sweat lodge, kiln, labyrinth, hot tub, and meditation spaces.
Six to eight hours of general class instruction per week for all participants. Topics will coincide to the phase of development.
A weekly four-hour forest walk for all participants.
Every Monday morning there will be a quick business meeting to go over organization, finance, and community, local and/or government-related items. Attendance is not mandatory but all are welcome.
Wednesday evenings after dinner we will have a community update, sharing circle and short exercises in conflict resolution, personal development, communication, and meditation.
We will offer two hours of basic Spanish instruction twice a week (Tuesday and Thursday). Class is not mandatory. We will offer beginning and intermediate levels, depending upon the needs of the participants.
Silent sitting from 6 to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Dinner is served from 6:45 to 8.
Participants will volunteer two hours each week by teaching a yoga class, working in the kitchen, DJing a party, collecting firewood for the sweat lodge, leading tours, updating the web site, marketing, and helping with the general maintenance of the property. We encourage everyone to share their passions and skills with the other participants for demonstrations, talks, and classes as part of their volunteer activities.
We will hold periodic plant-based shamanic journeys honoring ancient traditions and cultures. Ceremonies are optional; fees are not included in the tuition.
The schedule is designed to have time for hiking, mountain biking, swimming, horseback riding, exploring and laying in a hammock under a tree. We encourage everyone to connect with the land and all of its inhabitants. Jungle life is not always easy. If you are not feeling up for working, hiking or ceremonies, please honor your needs. There is no judgment if you do not want to participate in a project, workshop or class and need a day or two of solitude, reflection and/or relaxation. If you need a week or two off to attend a festival or return home for an event, no worries. You have full control over your experience. This is an opportunity to leave your imprint with Harmonia in whatever fashion you wish and we are grateful for your presence. We ask only ask that you show up on time for group activities out of respect for the workers, instructors and your fellow jungle adventurers. The week ends on Friday at lunch, in time to clean up and catch a bus to San Juan del Sur or Granada, arriving before sunset.
January/February participants will start the program in tents, moving into the casitas/tipis/domes/villas as they are constructed. Those who have committed and paid for the annual program will have first choice of private accommodations that they help design, build, landscape and decorate. Showers, potable water, compost toilets and flush toilets (on the lakeside), and electricity are already onsite.
Tuition includes breakfast, lunch and dinner, Sunday evening through Friday afternoon. Meals are vegetarian-based and include raw, gluten free and vegan items. Friday and Saturday nights will be Pizza Night at the soon-to-be constructed Jungle Love Cafe, which will serve as the kitchen until Harmonia is officially open for business in January 2021.