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Welcome to Las Cascadas

 

Come feel the rush of the tallest waterfall in Central America, nestled in one of the most biodiverse food forests on earth. Imagine touring the jungle canopies on an epicurean expedition, getting to taste every type of tropical fruit known to humankind.

Located in a pristine and undiscovered nature preserve, Las Cascadas is committed to protecting the natural environment and serving as thought leaders for the renaturing of humanity. Our raw vegan, permaculture-based ecovillage will offer guests a way to reconnect to each other and to a source of food, as so very often it is the disconnect between people and place that prevents civic progress and optimal health. Ultimately, our community intends to show visitors how easy it can be to live lightly on the land. Las Cascadas is sure to be a transformational work of art that encourages human beings to respect and nurture all the places we call home.

 

Las Cascadas will be located on the Nicoya Peninsula in the Guanacaste province of northwest Costa Rica. The tropical, natural wonderland of Costa Rica has been a major draw for tourists around the world for several decades now. The land is bounding with biodiverse flora and fauna, spectacular natural resources, and friendly people. This small country is well known for its national parks, nature preserves, and stunning beaches, but there are still undiscovered paradises, and if these lands aren’t managed sustainably, they will likely wind up being  developed as most other lands have been - in ways that degrade and pollute the environment.

 

The nature reserve at Las Cascadas is comprised of several mountain peaks with elevations as high as 2500 feet, a densely forested valley full of tropical plants, and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and the Nicoya Peninsula. The site is extremely rich in natural resources, intrinsic beauty, and recreational and educational opportunities. It would be a disservice to our fellow humans to withhold this treasure from the typical tourist, but it would also be detrimental to allow for misuse or disruption. With these ideas in mind, our goal is to establish a model of sustainable tourism that will allow guests to enjoy the land while ensuring minimal environmental impact.

 

Our goal is to help people create a deeper connection with nature through seeing things from more than just the perspective of a visitor or a resident. We will focus on education so that our guests are conscious of the fragility of the ecosystem and feel that they are a part of the system rather than just a casual observer. By teaching guests about our rehabilitation efforts, our vision to provide food and habitats for all forms of life, and concepts like permaculture, natural building, and “leave no trace,” we’ll allow people to experience the beauty of this land while leaving the environment in a better condition than we found it.

 

The first phases of Las Cascadas will be comprised of nearly 2000 acres, featuring a nature preserve with diverse recreational activities, wildlife viewing, botanical gardens, permaculture forests, and as many as 15 waterfalls (including the tallest in Central America). The complex will also feature a commercial village, artisan markets, a residential community, restaurants, food stands, event centers, wedding venues, a variety of schools, canopy tours, and more. The entire project will be organic, raw vegan and every aspect will strive to optimize energy expenditure. We will use renewable energy sources, environmentally-sound building practices, and we will feature extensive education about the impact of development and animal agriculture on the native species.

We are confident that everyone who pays a visit to Las Cascadas will leave feeling empowered to take responsibility for the health of our planet.

VISION

 

RESOURCES

There are no insurance policies in nature. That is to say, nothing natural happens by accident. Nature is no mystery, and it has no self-destructive instincts that would be better off paid by some third party.

 

For every species, there is a species-specific diet. Human food is prepared in its entirety by a wonderful chef named Mother Earth. By reanimating a personal, direct relationship with nature, one can easily observe the optimal diet of humankind. It is only our willingness to uproot ourselves from the wild way of our ancestors that distracts us from our organic origins, causing dis-ease and so-called "natural" disaster. If we are open, we can relearn and remember our true nature and avoid causing unnecessary damage to the body. All we have to do is be at home with the innate intelligence of the body.

 

Do you see our closest primate relatives making smoothies, or tossing a fruit salad? The anatomy and physiology of our species evidently is designed to be fueled by raw, whole, unprocessed fruit. It's a symbiotic relationship, as we stay hydrated, and the fruit gets to propagate its seeds. The fruit literally falls into our lap, ripe and predigested!

 

Human beings, many of whom are now domesticated, are addicted to variety. Within just one meal, we've consumed a laundry list of different ingredients, some from drastically different climates altogether. Therefore, our species thrives not only on a fruit-based diet, but also on a diet of mono-meals. This diet is not for the sake of mere maintenance or survival; it is aimed at achieving optimum health and vitality.

 

We could all use more sweetness in our lives. As a human being, you have the right to enjoy a fruitful life. Why just an apple a day?

COMMUNITY

The Las Cascadas intentional community will be a group of like-minded people who want to live a comfortable, nature-based lifestyle, and who wish to be surrounded by others who see the world in a similar way. The community will be located in close proximity to the nature preserve, commercial village and other major attractions, with ease of access yet separate enough to afford privacy and tranquility.

 

The community will consist of approximately 100 homes, ensuring a small, tight-knit group of people who are able to function together effectively. By sharing the values listed herein, our neighbors will include kind-hearted souls who hold peace, health, honor, sustainability, and sharing in high regard. The community will be open to people of all ages, ethnicities, faiths, and beliefs, as long as everyone holds mutual respect for one another.

 

The homes will be located within a designated tract of land, allowing for each steward to have their own space and privacy, and will include common areas with gardens, food forests, communal eating space, recreational areas, and more. Members will have the opportunity to participate in regular community discussions, physical activities, meditations, readings, and musical jams. Community members will be able to enjoy unlimited access to the nature preserve, waterfalls, and all of the natural resources within the scope of the project, as well as discounted prices for any of the paid tours, activities, facilities, and education.


A self-created and internally-elected board will serve as a guiding body to ensure that the values of the community are respected on an ongoing basis. In order to create a successful and cohesive residential community, Las Cascadas has adopted a set of values that we believe foster an optimal environment for health, wellness, collaboration, sustainability, respect, and tranquility. The members of the community will all agree to embrace the same core values so that everyone sharing the space will feel confident that they are in good company. It is our goal to coexist as we strive for excellence, and we intend to do so by subscribing to the same ethics.

 

Peaceful Living

 

No community would be successful without a general sense of safety, respect, honesty, unity, and pacifism. As humans, we realize that we will always have some differences, but our objective is to minimize our perceptions of any division and strive for common love and appreciation of one another.
 

Some of our core beliefs stem from a few authors who propose several cherished ideas, such as Non-Violent Communication, Radical Honesty, and The Four Agreements. We would strongly encourage all community members to read these publications and agree to embrace the concepts therein when communicating and coexisting with other cohabitants.

 

Health and Wellness

 

As previously mentioned, health and wellness are the core focus of Las Cascadas. This is not to say that every community member need be in prime physical condition, but rather that we all hold the same vision of maximizing our health and supporting others to do the same.

 

In order to achieve optimal health, the food that we nourish our bodies with is of utmost importance. While we will not try to control what people choose to do with their lives, we will set a general standard that the food and drink consumed within the project remain free from any animal products, cooked and processed foods, alcohol and other intoxicants. Although it is not always entirely possible, we will strive to maximize the consumption of organic, local, fresh produce, with the intention of growing much of our own food.

 

We understand that some people may be on medication currently, but we’d endeavor to free all our members from pharmaceuticals and other man-made treatments. Drugs, supplements, and other unnatural substances conflict with the objective of optimal health and would not be appropriate for use within the project.
 

Sustainable Tourism

 

One of the foundational principles of any community is sharing. The land that will encompass this project is extremely rich in natural resources, intrinsic beauty, and recreational and educational opportunities. It would be a disservice to withhold this treasure from fellow humans, but it would also be detrimental to allow for misuse or disruption. With these ideas in mind, our goal is to establish a model of sustainable tourism that will allow guests to enjoy the land while ensuring minimal environmental impact.

 

A significant portion of the land that will be acquired for this project is currently used for animal agriculture, which results in significant environmental degradation due to the compaction of the land and the introduction of recycled chemicals and hormones being fed to the animals. By repurposing this land to become botanical gardens, biodiverse food forests and nature preserves, the carbon footprint of this area will be drastically improved, resulting in massive improvements in wildlife habitat, the reintroduction of native food-bearing plants, and a much more beautiful landscape for people to enjoy, respect, and feel compelled to protect.

 

Economic Development

 

Although our primary objective for this project is to establish a space for peaceful living, optimal health, and sustainable tourism, Las Cascadas will also serve as a tool to promote economic development for the local community, like-minded entrepreneurs, the general region, and beyond.

 

The construction of the project will generate significant revenue for the local surveyors, architects, engineers, contractors, laborers, transporters, inspectors, and vendors providing food, products, and services to those involved. The commercial village will also create many opportunities for people to generate income. Conscious-minded entrepreneurs will be invited to lease space to offer their goods and services to visitors and community members. Each existing business will likely create several new jobs for local residents, allowing for true economic expansion in an area that currently has very little opportunity. The combined aggregate of all the development-related revenue, ongoing business and employment opportunities, and future expansion of the project will lay the groundwork for a monumental economic boom, while maintaining the integrity of the local culture and the natural environment.

 
 

TEAM

Loren Lockman

The founder and director of the Tanglewood Wellness Center in Costa Rica, Loren began studying the relationship between nutrition and health in 1977. Vegan since 1987, raw vegan since 1991, and fasting expert and health coach since 1992, Loren has coached more than 10,000 clients through water fasts, healthy eating, and general health and wellness.

 

Loren's food policy is unlike many, if not all contemporary nutritionists, as he has been living off the land within a permaculture-based community for the past 20 years and advocates only for a fruit-based diet. Nature has shown him time and time again that there are no exceptions to this rule. After a 3-year struggle with medicine, he got himself well within 6 months on a raw vegan, fruitarian diet. Now 58, Loren hasn't been sick a day in 31 years and can teach you simple, effective ways to regenerate and preserve optimum health. Loren is enthusiastic to assist in the renaturing of humanity.

 

Loren is a nature enthusiast, Reiki master, certified permaculture instructor, poet, and author of the unconditionally-guaranteed Creating Perfect Health System. Loren is a frequent guest on podcasts and radio shows, and has given lectures and seminars in more than a dozen countries and all across the United States, including keynote addresses for the North American Vegetarian Society, EarthSave International, Friends of Animals, and a sponsored tour of the Naturopathic College of London. He's an engaging and entertaining speaker with a passion for helping people maximize their health, vitality, and overall level of functioning.

Aligned with our cause and eager to contribute? Apply to join the Las Cascadas team! We’d love to hear from you. Please send all cover letters to: loren@tanglewoodwellnesscenter.com

LOCATION

The founder of Las Cascadas has ample experience creating and operating sustainable real estate projects, and is currently located in close proximity to the development site with an existing team of skilled individuals who are passionate about seeing this project come to fruition.

 

Las Cascadas is located in one of the most pristine nature preserves in all of Costa Rica. The site boasts as many as 15 waterfalls, including El Salto Del Calvo, the highest in Central America. The site will be located in the south-central region of the Nicoya Peninsula along the northwest coast of Costa Rica. The area is predominantly defined by jungle-covered mountains and valleys, cattle ranches, fruit orchards, and the stunning beaches of the country's “Gold Coast.” This land is home to some of the most biodiverse rainforests on earth, some of the most incredible animals, birds, and insects - not to mention countless natural streams, springs, and cascading waterfalls.

 

The nearby town of Hojancha is home to approximately 7000 residents, and the general area includes the nearby smaller villages of Monte Romo, Huacas, and Zapotal. The site is approximately 3.5 hours from the capital city of San José and under 2 hours from Liberia, both of which are home to international airports. In addition to rental cars and private transportation companies, guests can access the area by public bus and local taxi.

 

Costa Rica is a world-famous country known for its vibrant beauty and natural resources, and since the 1990s has been known as the poster-child of ecotourism. More than 25% of the country is dedicated to conservation, with over 20 national parks, 8 biological reserves and animal refuges. Per Costa Rica’s National Institute of Biodiversity, Costa Rica is home to over 4% of the world’s biodiversity.

 

Las Cascadas will be home to one of the earth’s largest and most diverse tropical food forests with every type of fruit, melon, and berry-bearing tree the environment will sustain. With 125 acres of pasture to be planted with up to 50,000 fruiting plants, we will create the largest collection of tropical fruit varieties in one place on the planet. These food sources are among the most optimal for human health and performance, and they will be grown in vast abundance to provide a lifetime of clean energy for humans, animals, birds, insects, and the environment.

 

Aside from being bountiful with astonishing landscapes, natural resources, and wildlife, Las Cascadas will offer one of the widest ranges of recreational opportunities in Costa Rica. The nature preserve will eventually be home to an estimated 20 kilometers of hiking trails, encouraging guests to wind along the streams and enjoy sweeping views of the mountains, valleys, and waterfalls.

In addition to a plethora of hiking trails, Las Cascadas will provide a wide variety of other recreational activities. Visitors and residents would be able to ride mountain bikes through tropical forests, take BMXs out on our exciting tracks, and spend lazy days tubing through jungle rivers. Visitors and residents will have access to rock climbing and bouldering, as well as canopy tours on hot air balloons.

 
 

DONATE

Support Our Cause

 

The first phase of the community will consist of 15 lots. For those of you who resonate with our values and desire the type of lifestyle we wish to share, our team is offering an opportunity to reserve yours.

 

Lots will be approximately 400 square meters in size, and lot owners will be able to build their own custom home or purchase one of several pre-selected model homes. The homes in the community will carry a natural, tropical, jungle-friendly expression of styles, colors and characteristics, and will be sized to ensure minimal impact on the land, maximum privacy, and the most palatable and eco-friendly appearance possible.

 

The cost of the lots, including the membership benefits of the community, will be $50,000 USD. In order to reserve your space, a $10,000 deposit is required, with the balance payable over 10 years. Or, you can save 20% by paying $40,000 now.

 

If you are interested in moving forward with us, please reach out to our team at Info@TanglewoodWellnessCenter.com. We’d love to schedule a time for you to visit the site!

 

If you are not 100% committed to participating in the community, but are still keen on contributing to the cause, we welcome donations in kind. These funds will be directed toward preliminary marketing and outreach efforts.

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