La Villa, which is our project’s hub, offers comfortable accommodations and is open to the public. We do value sharing our day to day lives with people who are interested in actually getting to know us more in-depth, as people. So, even if you’re staying with us for just a short while, we might invite you to accompany us as we work on a project, and chat with you as we do. But we can’t guarantee it. It all depends on your interest and our availability.
Also we are open to visits – whether you’re seriously interested in joining the EcoCommunity as a member or you’re still figuring things out. As a matter of fact, we require that applicants visit us as part of the two-way evaluation and mutual agreement.
3 ways to visit us
There are three basic visit options for people interested in getting to know us and the project, contributing in some manner to the project, taking a permaculture course with us and exploring this beautiful country.
- Stay with us as a guest / visitor
- Stay with us for a study or an internship
- Be a volunteer
Get to know you first
In any case, we would like to get to know you (by Skype, email or What’s app) to agree the details of your visit, what is the best option for you, etc… so we can agree on dates + cost for your stay.
So preferably you can send an email to [email protected] with the names of the people coming and why are you (each person) interested and what do you want to learn, what can you offer – tell us about yourself, your life and the experiences that have brought you to this point. Please also give us informations on your estimated arrival and departure dates.
Then you can give us your skype name (if you have one) or home/mobile phone numbers where you can be reached so we can organisez to talk by Skype, Zoom, or What’s App.
If you’re interested in volunteering or an intership you may have to follow the instructions here to sign up for the CDPi course. Be sure to indicate that you’ll be taking the course here in Panama. (Skip this step if you’re just coming as a guest.)
When we talk, we’ll provide information on how to pay for your stay at Villa Astoria and once you’ve paid your accommodations and course, we ask that you send us an email providing the following:
- Dates (and if possible time) of your arrival and departure
- Detail of payment made to the Academy (date, payment method, copy of the email sent to the Academy)
- Detail of payment made to Villa Astoria (date, payment).
Remember that you need to send this information to complete your reservation because even if Astoria has an online reservation system, if you don’t follow these steps we won’t know you’re interested the 8thLife Initiative and won’t be prepared for you.
Cost for Guests
Your lodging at Villa Astoria runs between $150 and $250 per week depending on your room choice. This represents a 40% discount off of nightly rates.
Please book at least 1 week in advance, and payment is required in advance. You can book online at Astoria Guest House, and be sure to follow the above steps so we know that you’re interested in 8thLife Panama.
Cost of Internships
Keep in mind that internships need to be reserved at least 3 weeks prior and preferably longer, since you’ll begin to prepare with the Integral Permaculture Academy online once you enroll and the more prepared you are, the better use you’ll make of your time here. You also have to reserve your accommodations with us here in Panama and enroll in the CDPi Course (Option B as a minimum) with the Integral Permaculture Academy
| Shared Room*
|1st month room only||USD $400||USD $600|
|CDPi Course||USD $336||USD $336|
(USD 1.1 = EUR 1)
* Subject to room availability and the preferences of other participants.
** You can earn ‘alternative monies’ (equivalent to the dollar) for work you do for the project during your stay. You can later exchange them for discounts on accommodations or additional workshops.
NOTE: When paying in advance for at least 3 months, discounts apply.
Cost for Volunteers
This all depends on how long you’ll be with us, what you bring to the table, how much time you’ll spend supporting the 8thLife Panama Initiative and how much time you’ll be off doing your own things.
We will be setting up some formal volunteer opportunities. Some will be at no cost – for instance to come stay with us for 3-4 days while you develop a short film of the Guest House. But most will have a cost component, since all ventures need to be financially viable.