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032: Into the Wild

Ed Zaydel
Ed Zaydel
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032: Into the Wild

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Hola Amigos,

I'd like to discuss re-wilding with y'all this edition of the newsletter and immersing ourselves back into greater contact with nature and with ourselves. We do a lot of spiritual work, personal growth and business growth but if we needed to live without water, food, shelter, or Amazon Prime, could we? I am also thinking about that myself as I've spent 18 years or so in Costa Rica, yet still have so much to learn when it comes to living in nature. So lets explore together shall we?

We had an amazing time this week on Safari with my buddy Nawaz, seeing unique regenerative farms and projects from Nosara to Orotina down to Uvita and Dominical. We saw eco villages, incredible projects being built, took deep walks in nature connecting with the land, and a lot of surfing! Was an epic adventure, and inspiring to feel the future of whats coming in alternative living, wellness, retreats, and communities. Excited to share the highlights.

On Safari in Uvita & The Southern Zone
Village Gardens @ La Ecovilla in Orotina
Mountains of Saragoza, Nosara

Really also enjoyed giving an epic talk at Re:Build this weekend. Love what they're up to - check it out via the following LINK. It will be posted soon and I'll share here.

Here's What I Want to Share This Week:

1. Adventures in the Mountains with Ceibo - Nosara Area

Walking land with my friend Ceibo is special. We set out as a group of 4 to explore his 200 acre preserve that he has been stewarding above the town of Nosara in the highlands. His land stretches from the tallest mountain area of the region down to the Nosara River. He has been carefully studying it, walking it, planning it and mostly listening to the land to see what it wants. We got to taste his version of off-grid alternative living and it was super peaceful!

Pointing out over the land he stewards.- Don Ceibo
Casa Ceibo & The Shala
Looking at the Pacific from up avoce
Natural Refrigerator & Root Cellar
Natural Building from Local Materials
O.L.I. - Optimal Living
A little evening bonfire on the beach in Nosara to close out

What I felt after this trip, watching Ceibo plant his food, build his house out of wood and his life on and with the land, still live with tons of comforts but in greater harmony, all of these cool things that I admire... So I want to learn more, try more, play more, experiment more with living in nature and being in the wild more frequently.

2. Land Safari - Ecovillages and Travel to Uvita

We drove south to Uvita, stopping on the way in San Mateo de Orotina to see La Ecovilla and eco-village founded by my friend Stephen Brooks and his partners at the time. It neighbors his new project Alegria Village and was cool to see a living, working community - albeit with its issues and shmutz but it exists :)

Community Yoga Shala & Workshop Space
Gardens for days
Eco-Pool :)

Uvita and the South - Adventures Continue

Nothing like Uvita & the Osa Peninsula, the most biologically diverse place in the world (per square foot). This land is rich in water, biodiversity, and amazing humans looking to keep it that way...

Riding on a site visit with Maya
What a blessed part of Costa Rica & Blessed Life

3. Designs that caught my eye this week!

Insanely Awesome Interiors
A-frames always light me up!
Well some of Ceibo's Designs for sure stood out! Like the Shala...

Some other goodies

@Void CR
@Void CR

Catch past webinars and workshops on Zaydeltube.

Exploring Alternative living, Sustainability, Community and more -

This Week's Curiosities

First Curiosity: Sky Diving over the Gulf of Nicoya (LINK)

Yep I did it. I asked my friend Ica if she wanted a coffee on my way north to Nosara and she said, "Sure. After we jump!". So I followed suit to see what life had in store for me this epic day. Thanks to Clem and the team at Sky Dive Pura Vida - we were safe and stoked!

Made it down safely with Clem - my man!

Second Curiosity: Naming a House or Property

What's in a name? Well, a lot! It carries an energy. Have you ever put thought to this for a current or future property? Would you keep an existing name of a house or property and honor the heritage or would you rename it something fresh with clean energy? Tough Questions to ponder. The point is, ponder.

Third Curiosity: Weekly love from a man's best friend.

Who We Are Celebrating This Week: Nawaz Lakhani

This week excited to celebrate my dear bro Nawaz. We met while surfing and boogie boarding in Nosara and then headed to Japan to snowboard, so the adventure go epic! He decided to dedicate some time to a deep dive into Costa Rica, the new paradigm of projects, alternative living, towns, neighborhoods, eco-villages - all of it! So we went on an epic Land Safari as you saw above. We basically did what I do over a few months with people in one amazing week while always making a sunrise or sunset surf (OLI). What I'd like to celebrate this week is Nawaz's spirit of curiosity, learning, adventure and always asking the right questions (then listening). No buddy knows the answers to this stuff people! We are trying to prototype better ways of living of being for ourselves and others, and its an exploration. So curiosity is a great quality when humanity is in a major moment of transition. And humility. Nawaz has both :) Cheers to you mi amigo!

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Much Love Amigos!

Getting the next edition ready!