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

Feb 14, 2023

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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 their biodiversity sanctuary in the mountains, near Platanillo, up the hill from Dominical. If you schedule a visit to their 1-hectare food forest, you’ll be welcomed to a tour of more than 300 species of food they have planted there. All of which is a living seed bank.

We discuss their partnerships with Kiss the Ground & Jungle Project and how they’ve been empowering local farmers with a regenerative livelihood, growing syntropic food forests with a focus on the abundantly producing breadfruit tree.


With the help of Earth University, INA (Costa Rica’s National Institute for Learning), and Kiss the Ground, these two life advocates and the rest of their friends at The Jungle Project provide ongoing, multi-year technical assistance to small-scale farmers on a variety of organic regenerative practices.

The organization’s mission is Trees, Training & Trade. The farming families learn to restore and maintain the ecological health of their farmland in ways that improve their nutrition and their income. 


This crew is actively seeding a regenerative nation. 


As Alan put it, connecting with the earth is our first medicine and one worth practicing daily. Participating in a world where the color green is ever out your window, and the sounds of birds and insects are perpetually punctuating the periphery of your awareness –  for me, that’s a life I want to live. It’s the one I want to participate in preserving and passing on to my grandchildren.  


I loved the moment when all three of us were relating to the transformative power we’re gifted with when we embody the experience of volunteering or interning at a permaculture center. You become a product of that project. It changes your life forever.


I was impressed to learn that the Jungle Project is rewarding partner farms by buying 80% of the fruit they produce. 


Their mission is to substitute grains in people’s diets with breadfruit. Changing people’s habits can be a long road, but it doesn’t stop them from walking it. After the interview, I had the pleasure of trying Alan’s handmade breadfruit tortillas with the abundant garden salad we all shared. The tortillas were delicious and had a very agreeable texture! I think they have a shot.


If you’d like to learn more from Jean and Alan, check out Regenerate Your Reality’s website and the permaculture webinars they’ve created. You can find Jean’s book there, as well.


Jean was kind enough to contribute an insightful article to our Blog, called
Diversify Your Flow of Abundance, and Become Financially Free.



That’s what I’ve got for you this time. If you like the episode, pass it on to a friend. If you’re hearing the show for the first time, subscribe to Regeneration Nation Costa Rica wherever you find podcasts. We’re on YouTube, Spotify, Apple, and most other players.


Have a fantastic day, and the next time you have a friend over to visit, consider gifting them some seeds!



To follow more of Jean & Alan’s contributions toward a regenerative world, check out:
Regenerate Your Reality – https://www.regenerateyourreality.com

Jean’s Book – https://youtu.be/1hpulzhRNTM 

Jungle Project – https://jungleproject.com 

Kiss The Ground – https://kisstheground.com 

FB – https://www.facebook.com/RegenerateYourReality 

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/regenerateyourreality 


Order Breadfruit Flour by contacting team@jungleproject.com 


Other recommendations from our discussion:


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Special thanks to Albán Corrales for editing this episode!

Music: Rite of Passage by Kevin MacLeod

Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4291-rite-of-passage 

License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/




They’ve planted over 300 species in this 1-hectare syntropic food forest!


Join us as we tour this food forest paradise in south-central Costa Rica called Finca de las Hadas (Fairy Farm.) Jean Pullen and Alan Cacao are the founders of Regenerate Your Reality, an organization on a mission to restore the relationship between humans and the earth. They use permaculture principles and techniques to bring sovereignty and happiness to their surrounding communities.

In episode #020 of the podcast, I talk at length with Jean and Alan about their work helping local farmers nationwide to establish regenerative enterprises focused on syntropic forest designs. In this video, you can catch a glimpse of how they’re practicing what they preach as they regenerate a retired cow pasture into the food forest it is today.

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Special thanks to Albán Corrales for editing this video!

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