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Do you believe in a Regenerative Future?

Welcome aboard!

Escaping the rat race to live off-grid in the countryside isn’t the only way to live a regenerative lifestyle.
(Although we can help you with that too!)

Regeneration Nation CR helps you shorten the learning curve, as you move forward with your sustainability dreams and path of positive impact.

Save yourself time and money by learning best practices from
veteran change-makers,  instead of reinventing the wheel.

Regenerative Agriculture, Business,
& Communities in Costa Rica

Regeneration Nation CR’s Mission

We share stories, strategies, and insights from ecologically & socially beneficial projects, in Costa Rica. These stories provide businesses and landowners everywhere access to unique ideas for how they, too, might design their own business models for regenerative success and impact.

In the end, we hope to see more people succeed in their dreams to live & work in ways that are beneficial to the environment, living beings, and future generations.  

It’s great to have you along!

If you dream of directing your entrepreneurial efforts for ecological and social benefit, we have some empowering stories lined up for you.
No matter if you’re a new business owner, actively preparing to launch your entrepreneurial journey, or a veteran who wants to expand your own perspectives for who’s doing what and how you might improve your model, you’ve come to the right place.

Join us as we explore an array of organizations seeding regional resilience, from permaculture farms, retreat centers, alternative economic models, international communities, green energy providers, and certification agencies, to NGOs and government initiatives committed to reshaping the options their citizens have to live a low-impact regenerative lifestyle.

The one common golden thread amidst the stories you’ll find here is a commitment to developing lifestyles, businesses, and cultures that operate in harmony with nature and the common good.

Jason Thomas

For me, it all started with the Back-To-The-Landers!

If you review any of our first dozen or so episodes, you’ll see that I began the Sharing Insights Podcast with a strict focus on land-based projects.  There are thousands of people around the globe who are passionate about living a sustainable lifestyle and who either have or want to start an eco-friendly land-based project.

While recording the first season, I began to realize that for these landowners to significantly improve the impact they’re able to make, we’d do well to open the conversations and perspectives up to understand what change-makers are doing to cultivate success at various levels of industry and ingenuity.  I saw usefulness in building bridges between the grass-roots movements and those focused on larger-scale impact.

We’re all in this together.

 

Regeneration Nation Costa Rica is the evolution of that vision.

Recognizing that these projects were only a part of what’s needed to help Costa Rica achieve its goals toward carbon neutrality and cultural evolution, I’ve decided to widen the scope and include other regenerative initiatives that aren’t exclusively land-based. 

By sharing insights among leaders of an array of regenerative organizations, it’s my goal to expand perspectives of how sustainability can be practiced, not only through responsible land management but also through social dynamics, cultural exchange, commerce, and finance as well. 

I like to believe that beneficial relationships are likely to grow here.

 

 Join us as we:

  • Discover exciting programs designed to create regional resilience
  • Explore advice for how to most effectively lower your carbon footprint
  • Highlight and support this new generation of impact-driven pioneers
  • And dig deeper into what it really takes to lead the way for the millions of people who are searching for a place where they too can learn, change, and grow.

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#026 Katya Deluisa: Cultivating a Dementia-Friendly Society (The Infinite Mind)

#026 Katya Deluisa: Cultivating a Dementia-Friendly Society (The Infinite Mind)

In this episode, we dive into the fascinating world of dementia care with our guest, Katya Deluisa, of The Infinite Mind. Katya shares her journey and how she became involved in working with individuals with dementia after observing the loneliness and lack of connection experienced by individuals with dementia, even when surrounded by family. Katya’s grown a passion for educating families on how to better understand and communicate with their loved ones.   The conversation delves into the nature of dementia and the physiological changes that occur in the brain. Katya explains that dementia is a symptom rather than a specific disease, encompassing a range of...

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Permaculture Design for Business and Beyond

Permaculture Design for Business and Beyond

Author: Jason Thomas Isn't permaculture all about growing food and saving the planet?   What do you know about permaculture? Some people think it's a sophisticated approach to organic gardening and, in many respects, it's commonly used that way. But what else?...

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“Regeneration” – A Buzzword or A Movement

“Regeneration” – A Buzzword or A Movement

Author: Jason Thomas Regeneration isn’t a trend; it’s an imperative!     After my first podcasting season, I renamed the show ‘Regeneration Nation Costa Rica.’  Why? Well, for one, the original name, ‘Sharing Insights Podcast,’ didn’t really say much. I chose it as a...

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What Does It Take For A Regenerative Enterprise To Thrive?

What Does It Take For A Regenerative Enterprise To Thrive?

Author: Jason Thomas Regenerative entrepreneurs carry hope for our future   Thanks to the advancements of the communication age, the world is finding more good-intending people than ever starting businesses meant to make a positive difference in the world. The...

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You can’t teach what you can’t sell

You can’t teach what you can’t sell

If you can figure out how to get people to consume your content for free, you are 80% of the way there to being able to sell it. Attention is far more scarce than money.  — Tiago Forte   Making Our Dreams Come True   The topic of money has become an...

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Cultural Bridging as a Remedy for Neocolonialism

Cultural Bridging as a Remedy for Neocolonialism

Cultural Bridging as a Remedy for NeocolonialismPart 2 On June 4th, 2023, individuals from around the world got together on a bilingual Zoom call to discuss solutions for the division created when good-intending people occupy land in a foreign country and isolate themselves from their neighbors. The result is a phenomenon known as neo-colonialism. While most of these people and projects have the exact opposite at heart when they begin their efforts, the trap of occupying land to build an eco-project without sufficient investigation and integration with the local population and their culture can result in resistance, resentment, and further economic and cultural alienation. As you watch...

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I really appreciate what Jason is doing to make a difference on our planet, right now.  Thank you for the wonderful time that we shared in making the podcast.

Suzanna Leff

Finca Amrta

It is really encouraging and inspiring to see like-minded people coming together and Regeneration Nation Costa Rica being a key driver in connecting these people. It was a great pleasure to meet Jason and I am looking forward to hearing more.

Lynx Guimond

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Jason Thomas is an incredible guy! Right now, he is collecting information on how to make the world a better place, and whether you have information to give or want to receive this information, I highly recommend Jason and Regeneration Nation Costa Rica. 

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#026 Katya Deluisa: Cultivating a Dementia-Friendly Society (The Infinite Mind)

#026 Katya Deluisa: Cultivating a Dementia-Friendly Society (The Infinite Mind)

In this episode, we dive into the fascinating world of dementia care with our guest, Katya Deluisa, of The Infinite Mind. Katya shares her journey and how she became involved in working with individuals with dementia after observing the loneliness and lack of connection experienced by individuals with dementia, even when surrounded by family. Katya’s grown a passion for educating families on how to better understand and communicate with their loved ones.   The conversation delves into the nature of dementia and the physiological changes that occur in the brain. Katya explains that dementia is a symptom rather than a specific disease, encompassing a range of conditions that affect cognitive function. She discusses how dementia impacts memory, imagination, and the ability to plan for...

#025 Ian-Michael Hébert: Ecovillage Design with Reciprocity at Heart (HOLOS)

#025 Ian-Michael Hébert: Ecovillage Design with Reciprocity at Heart (HOLOS)

Would you like to see more of this gorgeous bamboo architecture and their glamping tents? Click here to watch the farm tour video we recorded!In this episode, we speak with Ian-Michael Hebert, one of the founders of Holos, a private retreat center and community specializing in holistic living and transformational experiences.  In our conversation, he discusses the genesis of Holos, their vision for a sustainable and resilient community, and the importance of focusing on reciprocity and honoring the indigenous people of the land. Ian-Michael also emphasizes the importance of preserving the natural beauty of the Diamante Valley and their commitment to stewardship.   Conservation & Cultural Bridge Building are Key   Among other details of the community’s infrastructure, he...

#024 Sarah Wu: Cultivating a Regenerative Envision Festival (Village Witches)

#024 Sarah Wu: Cultivating a Regenerative Envision Festival (Village Witches)

In today’s episode, we hear from Sarah Wu, a highly respected permaculturist & herbalist living and teaching in Costa Rica. I sat down with Sarah at the Envision Festival earlier this year to learn about some of the regenerative initiatives the festival has implemented as part of its mission. Envision is a multi-day music festival with several stages and thousands of participants. By day, the focus is characterized by consciousness-raising workshops and presentations on permaculture, community-building, yoga, wellness, the embodiment of the divine masculine and feminine, and honor of indigenous ways. All this is presented with an overall theme of mindfulness and play. By night, the arena becomes flooded by a secondary population of party-goers enjoying the many talented DJs and...

#023 Scott Gallant: Permaculture Development within a Holistic Context (Porvenir Designs)

#023 Scott Gallant: Permaculture Development within a Holistic Context (Porvenir Designs)

In this episode, we meet with Scott Gallant, a permaculture consultant at Porvenir Design. I took advantage of the pragmatism he’s developed through his many years here to explore some of the pitfalls he’s seen with foreigners building large-scale developments. We also explore ways he guides his clients toward transmuting those potential problems into solutions. Through his design and consultation work, Scott often finds himself inviting his clients to slow down and simplify their visions. Scott practices what he preaches, and we get into some of the ways he applies the Holistic Context approach to his own business. He also describes his experiences starting and operating a business in Costa Rica, along with the advantages and disadvantages of doing things by the books. The second half...

#022 Tricia Stapleton: Cultivating Community Resilience through Cultural Connection, Mutual Aid Work, & Trust (Cooperativa Higuerones)

#022 Tricia Stapleton: Cultivating Community Resilience through Cultural Connection, Mutual Aid Work, & Trust (Cooperativa Higuerones)

This episode is with a dedicated community organizer living in the Osa Peninsula, Tricia Stapleton. Tricia shares her embodied wisdom with each question she answers. Relistening to this episode to prepare it for publication was a treat! I had difficulty selecting which portions of this interview to use for the 3-4 highlight reels I produce with every episode because there was SO MUCH amazing content.  You’re lucky to be listening to this episode right now.   One of the many things that Tricia and I have in common is the responsibility we share as regenerative projects of not ignoring the socio-economic context we find ourselves in. Socio-cultural diversity as a vehicle for mutual aid and the bridging of analog and digital solutions to community building are other topics that I enjoyed...

#021 Rodo Saenz: Natural Building Tools, Tricks, and Sage Advice (Bamboo School Costa Rica)

#021 Rodo Saenz: Natural Building Tools, Tricks, and Sage Advice (Bamboo School Costa Rica)

Rodo is a master natural building teacher from Costa Rica who’s been studying & teaching bamboo construction around the world for over 40 years.   I’ve released Rodo’s full-length interview on YouTube, complete with a visual tour of his handmade tools and a demonstration of a few bamboo building techniques he shows us. Still, I decided to release this shortened version of it for my podcast listeners, cutting out the parts that were primarily visual.    Firstly we start this interview in front of one of his most recent compost toilet & shower installments he’d made. We talk a bit about the bamboo and cob techniques that he used, as well as the series of week-long workshops that he taught, using these structures as the workstation.   From there, we move into his bamboo...

#020 Jean Pullen & Alan Cacao: Living Seed Banks & the Breadfruit Revival (Regenerate Your Reality)

#020 Jean Pullen & Alan Cacao: Living Seed Banks & the Breadfruit Revival (Regenerate Your Reality)

Would you like to see their bio-diverse syntropic food forests? Click here to watch the farm tour video we recorded!In today’s episode, we get the privilege of visiting with not one but two leaders in the regenerative space, Jean Pullen & Alan Cacao. Through their project Regenerate Your Reality, Jean & Alan have been tirelessly promoting permaculture education, seed propagation, food sovereignty, & community-building projects throughout the country.      Regenerate Your Reality is a permaculture, agroforestry, and education project working to bring sovereignty and happiness to our communities. ⁣It’s their mission to restore the relationship between humans and the earth to build a regenerative present.   They start the conversation by describing their work educating people at...

#019 Jonathon Conant: Crafting Guests’ Experiences, Cultivating Transformational Opportunities (Airborne Arts)

#019 Jonathon Conant: Crafting Guests’ Experiences, Cultivating Transformational Opportunities (Airborne Arts)

Would you like to see their bio-diverse syntropic food forests? Click here to watch the farm tour video we recorded!In today’s episode, I meet with Jonathon Conant. (Airborne Arts Teacher) Jonathon is a seasoned performer, and coach of the airborne arts. He teaches trapeze and aerial silk skills in one of the most enriching environments a student could hope to learn them in. We talk at length about Jonathan's practice of guiding students to explore flow state as a tool for unlocking unrealized potentials and enriched self-awareness. We also talk about a number of the small touches that Jonathon places along his guests’ experience, from his first contacts with them by email down to getting them involved in cleaning up each other’s dishes after sharing a meal. Jonathan uses the word Milieu...

#018 Norman Brooks: Experiments in Community Development and Lessons Learned Along the Way (Punta Mona, Alegria, Ecovilla)

#018 Norman Brooks: Experiments in Community Development and Lessons Learned Along the Way (Punta Mona, Alegria, Ecovilla)

The episode you’re about to hear is with Norman Brooks, Norman is a veteran pioneer in community development here in Costa Rica. Norman found his way to the jungle in a different manner than most of our guests. He followed and supported his children's passions. He’s commonly known by many around these parts as the father of Stephen Brooks, a well-known permaculturist and community leader in the country.    While his backstory gives an impression that Norman has been following in the footsteps of his son’s relentless passion and inspiration, the rest of the interview, as well as most of the other conversations I’ve had with Norman before setting a date to record, reveal him to actually be one of the pillars of practicality and fountains of wisdom that have been instrumental in his...

#017 Ed Zaydelman: Producing Community & Events With Glamping & Other Temporary Infrastructure (Live the Possibility)

#017 Ed Zaydelman: Producing Community & Events With Glamping & Other Temporary Infrastructure (Live the Possibility)

The episode you’re about to hear is with Edward Zaydelman, founder of Live the Possibility, providing guidance for those looking to take the leap into regenerative communities, sustainable neighborhoods, and revolutionary towns that are shaping the way we now live in the world.   While Edward’s story of developing his first land project, Vida, is one that was riddled with challenges and an ending that was very different than what was hoped for, upon inception, the interview is speckled with silver linings and an evolution of approaches that’s brought Edward to be the respected consultant that he is today.   Edward shares how he's taken what he learned from his years creating space at Burning Man and how he's applied that to his retreats in the tropics.    Edward advises...

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