School with No Blackboards, Teachers or Homework

Welcome to Casa Sula, an alternative school in Costa Rica. It was founded by parents in a nearby Ecovillage along with the Orion Group from Ecuador. There are no blackboards, teachers, or homework, yet there are unlimited materials to learn from. The space is designed to work with children’s natural curiosity. 

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Carla Naden- Giving Dignified Lives to Special Needs Dogs

Meet Carla Naden, the woman rescuing special needs dogs. Over 3 million dogs per year end up in shelters in the USA, and over half a million are euthanized. Carla started Animal Synergy to rescue “super seniors,” special needs, and terminally ill dogs. These are the dogs which everyone tends to ignore. She provides them with a respectful, dignified life, and restores their souls for whatever time they have remaining.

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Brian Blum- The Sustainable Daddy

Meet Brian Blum, a busy dad with a full time corporate job, who still makes time to create a sustainable paradise in San Diego. He has a small house on a small lot but manages to do a lot with it. He grows healthy, organic food for his family and has planted close to 20 fruit trees, which are part of his permaculture food forest.

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Punta Mona Center Costa Rica

Welcome to Punta Mona, the land of freedom. It’s a tropical paradise off-the-grid in the Caribbean Jungle of Costa Rica.There are no roads here. You arrive by boat or hike 2 hours through primary rainforest. Stephen Brooks, who left suburban Miami to create a new way of life, founded the community in 1995.

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Permaculture Country Club

Welcome to The Permaculture Country Club in Costa Rica, the model for an environmentally conscious country club. Most country clubs are based around golf courses, which use huge amounts of toxic fertilizers, pesticides, fossil fuels, water, and land. The Permaculture Country Club is out to be an example for a better way of life.

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Hillary Kearney Girl Next Door Honey

Meet Hillary Kearney of Girl Next Door Honey, a local hero for the struggling honeybees across the USA. Bee populations have been on the decline for decades due to pesticides, loss of habitat, and climate change. Hilary is working to raise San Diego’s bee population and spread awareness among her community. After rescuing the bees, she photographs them, teaches her community about them, and manages over 90 honeybee colonies!

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The Woman Growing a Garden to Feed the Elderly

Meet Debbra Arndt, the woman growing a garden to feed the elderly in her neighborhood. At the age of 4 she was abandoned at an orphanage. She remembers going to bed hungry because there wasn’t enough food for all the children. She went through 14 foster homes as a kid, and at the age of 16 she was on her own. She survived through help of total strangers, to find food to eat and places to sleep.
Now, for the last 25 years, she has been growing fresh fruits and vegetables to give to the elderly and homeless in her own neighborhood.

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