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#015 Cultivating an Impactful Belief System (Season 1 Recap, Part 6)

#015 Cultivating an Impactful Belief System (Season 1 Recap, Part 6)

Hey, there impactful believers, What you’re about to read are the transcripts from the last of a 6-part recap series that I did for the Regeneration Nation Podcast. When I rebranded the podcast to Regeneration Nation Costa Rica, I pulled most of the episodes from the RSS feed, as the audiobook format of these episodes ended up being different from what I had in mind for the podcast. I’ve left this final installment of that series up for a couple of reasons. For one, I’d intended to offer some kind of recap for the season, and this one turned out to be my favorite of the bunch. It gives a nice overview of some of my guests' finer qualities. Beyond that, it delivers some of the more universally useful truth bombs that I picked up from those interviews. In the end, I wanted to make sure that anyone following me has quick access to this episode's insights. Another reason is that these episodes ended up costing me quite a bit more work and personal growth curves than you might imagine. At...

Recap Alternative Building Techniques (Season 1 Recap, Part 5)

Recap Alternative Building Techniques (Season 1 Recap, Part 5)

Sustainable Building Methods Hello, and welcome back to the Sharing Insights Podcast. My name is Jason Thomas, and the adventure continues. If you’ve been following the first year of the podcast, you’ll have noticed that I disappeared for a while. The last couple of months of 2021 handed me some massive life changes, and these first few months of 2022 have not only been about getting back on my feet but have invited me into a co-creative collective that's giving my life here new purpose.    Here's Why The long and short of it is that I just left my farm and home of 12 years. I was pushing to make things happen in a way my land partners just weren’t available for, and I wasn’t able to go any further without their support.  As difficult a decision as it was, I’ve packed my things and moved on to a more co-creative environment. In the end, I’ve welcomed the change and have already begun enjoying the fruits of being able to expand my spheres of influence in the region. I’m happy to...

Recap Land Management (Season 1 Recap, Part 4)

Recap Land Management (Season 1 Recap, Part 4)

Regenerative Land Management * This blog contains a few links to products on Amazon.com I’ve found useful. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from any purchases you make through these links. It’s a great way to support the show while greening up your lifestyle. Our earned commissions won’t cost you a dime!   Hello and welcome to Part 4 of a 6-part recap series. It’s been a humbling exercise to keep up with all the fun stuff that comes with producing a podcast. Creating new episodes is only one of them. Interviewing a bunch of rebel back-to-the-landers was a pretty attractive introduction to the idea of starting a podcast and getting good ideas out in the open. I’ve loved it and am excited to release the other episodes that I have edited and waiting for you. Doing these recap episodes, however, has been another kind of adventure.   Don’t get me wrong; it’s been an invaluable practice for me to do these reviews.  I feel like I’m getting out of this podcasting adventure the education...

Recap Building Resilient Communities (Season 1 Recap, Part 3)

Recap Building Resilient Communities (Season 1 Recap, Part 3)

Welcome to the third installment of our Season 1 Recap series, where I’ve been reviewing what we’ve learned from a dozen interviews with veteran landowners throughout Costa Rica.   In today’s episode, we’re going to take a dive into the concept of ‘Community’, our place in it, and how we can be more harmonious members and effective contributors to our communities, both within a project and amongst our neighbors. In my twenties, I spent a lot of time visiting communities around North America.  I’ve seen it done a lot of different ways. I’ve seen projects try and fail and I’ve seen the humble groundedness of those who’ve changed with time. There are a lot of things that can make or break a community. Let’s see what’s worked best for our guests.   What is Community? “Community” can mean different things to different people - at different stages of their lives, even.  Within the “back-to-the-land” movement, the term often refers to a group of individuals or families who co-owns the...

Recap Hosting Guests, Volunteers, and Students (Season 1 Recap, Part 2)

Recap Hosting Guests, Volunteers, and Students (Season 1 Recap, Part 2)

Welcome to Volume 2 of my Season 1 recap series. In this episode, we’re going to review some of the advice we’ve been given about hosting guests, volunteers, and students.     Hosting is a hot topic for many new landowners as welcoming in volunteers is an enticing way to get much-needed help building foundational infrastructure. For many new landowners, it also fulfills a desire for social connection and a sense of community. When done well, hosting guests as volunteers, apprentices, students, tourists, farm-stay guests, or curious neighbors can bring an enriching element of cultural interaction, personal growth, and prosperity to your project.   Learn from Guest Hosting Veterans Suzanna Leff, from Finca Amrta, has been hosting volunteers for over 30 years. At first, she was reluctant to host but opened up to it with some experimentation. Suzanna’s personality and love of new experiences have brought her to treasure the interactions that her program has to offer both her...

Recap Enhance Your Project’s Financial Sustainability (Season 1 Recap, Part 1)

Recap Enhance Your Project’s Financial Sustainability (Season 1 Recap, Part 1)

Hello, world!    Jason Thomas from Regeneration Nation Costa Rica here. I’ve been on one heck of a journey.    Over the last 9 months, I’ve dived into permaculture, exploring different ways we can develop sustainable homesteads and communities for a better way of life. We’ve interviewed a whole host of amazing people, all with their own unique experiences and insights to share with the permaculture community.  Last month I decided to assemble a recap episode to look back over the show’s highlights and discuss what I’d learned along the way. When I began, I had one goal in mind: To tell the story of my adventure doing these interviews and my personal takeaways from them. As I started putting it all together, I quickly realized that this approach didn’t capture the essence of what I had intended for this episode. Initially, I wanted to do a bit of studying to see if I could compile a list of best practices and use them to create a guide for new and veteran landowners alike....

What I’ve Learned About Permaculture After a Dozen Interviews and Half a Year of Podcasting: Part 1

What I’ve Learned About Permaculture After a Dozen Interviews and Half a Year of Podcasting: Part 1

“Ask yourself who you want to serve, figure out what they need, and find a way to get it to them.” That was the advice that I first received when I first began my adventures into starting an online business.   Throughout the contemplations that followed, I looked deeply into my life and considered; if all my responsibilities were stripped away, where would I go, and what would I do? The answer that came was that; I’d find some land project in the tropics and find a way to do my part, in benefit of the whole. What kind of part would I play?   One archetype that I’ve always related with is the stay-at-home wizard.  In one dream scenario, I’d be one of the local wellness practitioners.  I’d offer Thai massage and other wellness services and advice.   At the same time, I might find myself at the community round table with other members considering what our next moves might be toward realizing our collective vision.  I’d likely take on some additional organizational responsibilities, as...

What I’ve Learned About Permaculture After a Dozen Interviews and Half a Year of Podcasting: Part 2

What I’ve Learned About Permaculture After a Dozen Interviews and Half a Year of Podcasting: Part 2

Welcome to the second part of my 3-part series, recounting what I’ve learned about Permaculture after a dozen interviews and half a year of podcasting.   In part one, we visited my first 3 guests and the humility of beginning my learning curve.   In this installment, we’re going to visit our trip to the Caribbean coast and some of the players that we met along the way. We picked up tips on: Holistic horse care Pivoting toward our passions Food forest maintenance Establishing cottage industries The ancient roots of cacao and the fine art of chocolate alchemy and more! Before we dive in, though …   A Big Thanks to My Sweetheart for Joining Me on this Journey! At this point, I’d like to express a word of gratitude to my partner, Chela Rie, who accompanied me on the adventure.   In many of the interviews, you might hear me talking with my guests, making references to “we” and “us.” Chela was at my side through that first round of interviews for a show that didn’t exist.   She was my...

What I’ve Learned About Permaculture After a Dozen Interviews and Half a Year of Podcasting: Part 3

What I’ve Learned About Permaculture After a Dozen Interviews and Half a Year of Podcasting: Part 3

This third part of “What I’ve Learned About Permaculture After a Dozen Interviews and Half a Year of Podcasting” recalls a whirlwind of back-to-back interviews along the northern span of the country.   Along this stretch of the journey we learned what our guests had to say about:  Empowering entrepreneurship amidst your neighbors Using human waste as a fuel and fertilizer Growing green manure  Setting up a farm-to-table hospitality business Natural building Community outreach and collaboration And running a worker-owned beach-side homestead   If you haven’t already read the first two parts of this story you can find them at: What I’ve Learned... Part 1 What I’ve Learned… Part 2   A Charming Family Inspiring an Entrepreneurial Spirit The next stop on the tour was the Chilamate Rainforest EcoRetreat, in Sarapiqui. Meghan Casey, her husband Davis, and their two daughters were a charming family to be greeted by.   Davis was born in Sarapiqui and has a lot of family in the...

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Recap Alternative Building Techniques (Season 1 Recap, Part 5)

Recap Alternative Building Techniques (Season 1 Recap, Part 5)

Sustainable Building Methods Hello, and welcome back to the Sharing Insights Podcast. My name is Jason Thomas, and the adventure continues. If you’ve been following the first year of the podcast, you’ll have noticed that I disappeared for a while. The last couple of...

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Recap Land Management (Season 1 Recap, Part 4)

Recap Land Management (Season 1 Recap, Part 4)

Regenerative Land Management * This blog contains a few links to products on Amazon.com I’ve found useful. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from any purchases you make through these links. It’s a great way to support the show while greening up your lifestyle. Our earned...

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Recap Building Resilient Communities (Season 1 Recap, Part 3)

Recap Building Resilient Communities (Season 1 Recap, Part 3)

Welcome to the third installment of our Season 1 Recap series, where I’ve been reviewing what we’ve learned from a dozen interviews with veteran landowners throughout Costa Rica.   In today’s episode, we’re going to take a dive into the concept of ‘Community’, our...

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