THE PROJECT

THE MYSTIC BANANA PROJECT

A NON-PROFIT TO DEVELOP CREATIVITY

Dream - Explore - Create

A blog/Vlog to practice writing skills on:

  • Travel, off the beaten path travel tips
  • Growing a food forest, we share what we learn here and you can share what you do back home
  • Cooking
  • Eco living
  • Recycle Repurpose
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Outside the box ideas
  • Creative pool

Meditation Retreats  for beginners on a cacao farm in Colombia.

  • Guided Meditations
  • Gaining clarity about your goals
  •  Our thoughts create our reality. Tapping into the Law of Attraction
  • Communal home-cooking
  • Craft workshops
  • Glamping
  • Reconnecting with nature

Mystic Banana’s goal is to become completely self sustainable.

To build with recycled materials and bamboo

  • Rain water collection
  • Grey waters recycling
  • Growing a food forest
  • Wood-fired oven
  • Bicycle washing machine
  • Beer can solar panels
  • Spring water collection system
  • Fairy garden

A place to come back to basics, reconnect with nature, enjoy the simple life

A cacao farm near Armenia, Quindio, Colombia

A learning experience, a place to share knowledge

Glamping in bamboo huts

Meditation retreats to develop your imagination, learn to trust your intuition,

Manifest your dreams

A blog to practice writing skills

Building a yoga platform

The structure is already in place but needs some work.
The bottom part built in bricks is the area where farmers gather the collected coffee to be processed.
The top floor needs to be reinforced as well as building a new roof structure and floors.
The final product will give an open air platform with spectacular views of the valley below and surrounding banana farms.
Underneath, we will have room for bamboo huts overlooking the valley, next to the hot tub and sweat lodge, to be built as well.
An eco spa retreat in the jungle.
For now, we do our meditation practice in the inside lounge as well as some basic yoga stretch.

outdoor cinema

For now we watch documentaries on a laptop in the lounge.
Outside there is already the outline of the cinema dug in the earth, about 5 meters long.
Benches will need to be coated with waterproof clay and cushions.
We will then buy a video projector.

Rain water collection

Rain gutters and natural pond
A bicycle washing machine
A poulie system to get the fresh spring water into the kitchen
A beer can solar panel for the showers
A grey water recycling system

Extensive Library

More than 20 000 PDFs to print.
Books on Meditation, Yoga, Chakras, Aromatherapy, essential oils, Reiki, Vegetarian Cookng, Arts and Crafts.

Sweat lodge-Spa cabana

A wood fired sweat lodge
A wood fired hot tub
The spa cabana is already up but needs some work as well as its surroundings.
We can then have massages and facial treatments with lotions made with our own herbs growing on the land. Next to it is a very large basin to be used as a pool.

Growing a food forest

There are already about 100 cacao trees on the land.
I stopped collecting and maintaining the coffee trees as paying local workers to pick it up was more costly than what I could sell it in town for.
I would like to maintain some coffee trees for our own consumption as well as for use in the spa.
There was a worldwide decease on banana trees so now I have to replant new ones
I am learning to grow garlic, parsley, basil, cilantro, mint, onions, ginger, bellpepper, tomatoes, cucumbers, pumpkin, zucchini, broccoli, salads, spinach, cauliflower, passion fruits, pineapples, papayas.
Then I want to plant thyme, rosemary, lavender, cumin, turmeric, aloe vera.

material to explore creativity

Music instruments like guitars, drums, flute, harmonica, bongos are already available.
Looking to get more tools and materials so we can experiment with painting, drawing, pottery, ceramic, clay, video editing, wood working, knitting, sawing, making jewelry with beads and macramé

Cooking Equipment

The wood fire burner is now just a few rocks on the ground
Plans are being made to build a rocket mass/pizza oven
A kitchen extension to hold workshops to learn how to make cheese, butter, yogurt, bread.
We will build a machine to process sugar cane we have on the land and extract its juice, a machine to extract cacao oil and make cacao butter so we can make homemade chocolate, a butter churn, an underground cellar function as a natural fridge.

Chicken co op

Build an enclosure for chickens so we can get fresh organic eggs

Goats

Get a couple of goats so we can make our own goat cheese

off the beaten path on a cacao farm

Surrounded by lush nature in the coffee region of Colombia

12KM/8 Miles from Armenia, Quindio

The Setting

Mystic Banana is located amongst coffee
and banana plantations.
Far enough from the city to feel we are in
the middle of nowhere, yet close enough
to enjoy the view of city lights in the night sky.
We are located in the middle of a hill,
surrounded by bamboo forests, cacao
trees, birds, fresh air.
With a year-long temperature of
22-25 degrees...
we take full advantage of the outdoors.

The Retreats

Once in a while it is good to disconnect with
civilization, reconnect with ourselves, each other,
nature and a slower pace.
Modern society emphasizes left-brain thinking,
logic, analysis, details, the intellect.
In doing so, the right part of our brain gets atrophied.
This is the part that connects us to our imagination, intuition, compassion, outside-the-box thinking.
When we create, anything, write, cook, dance, play
music, draw, paint, make arts and crafts, dig our
hands in the Earth to plant,
we reconnect to that part of our brain, we develop
and get to trust our intuition.
We create with our thoughts, we visualize what we
want to manifest and we put into motion the Law
of attraction, to create the life and future
we envision, to bring our dreams into reality.
We tap into that power during the retreats.

Guided Meditations

Basic yoga stretch
Clear your mind
Gain focus and clarity
Ground yourself
Cleanse and align
Assess your goals
your dreams
Set new priorities
Gain a fresh perspective on your objectives

Grounding workshops


Pick cacao directly from the
trees and experience the process
Explore your creativity
Draw mandalas
Cut bamboo directly in the bamboo forest and paint them
Experiment with macramé
Plant a seed, a pineapple...
We prep and cook our meals together from scratch

Intermittent Fasting

11 AM - Large brunch with fresh fruits, oatmeal,
eggs, hash-browns,
lemon ginger drink
5 PM Family style dinner cooked over a wood fire burner with fresh
veggies, salads,
guacamole,
veggie burger ...

Glamping in
Bamboo huts

Simple and down to earth
setting
Shared Jungle showers
Outdoor kitchen
Hammocks, Vista, Hikes
Private bamboo hut with
queen size bed
Private bamboo with
2 single beds
5 bed dorm bamboo hut

Day 1

From anywhere in Armenia,
you will need to take a bus to CALARCA-LA GALERIA
(about 15-20 minutes)

4PM - A communal old Navy
jeep called Willyz will take you
to the top of the hill.
You will then need to walk down about 300 meters on a downhill dirt path to make it here.
We're in the middle of the hill

5PM-Arrival/Settling in

5:30PM-Introduction and Meditation

7PM-Family style dinner

Day 2

9:30AM-Ginger Lemon drink

10AM-Guided meditation

11AM - Brunch

12-2PM- An exercise will allow
you to reflect upon certain
aspects of your life.
We will then walk through
it together

2-4PM-Free time

4PM-Plant your own pineapple
or papaya tree or...

5PM-Family style dinner

Documentary

Day 3

9:30AM-Ginger Lemon drink

10AM-Guided meditation

11AM - Brunch

12-2PM- An exercise will allow
you to reflect upon certain
aspects of your life.
We will then walk through
it together

2-4PM-Free time

4PM-Pick cacao pods directly
from the tree and see the process

5PM-Family style dinner

Documentary

Day 4

9:30AM-Ginger Lemon drink

10AM-Guided meditation

11AM - Brunch

12-2PM-We will draw
conclusions from what you
have experienced, answer questions you may still have

4PM-You will catch the
communal jeep to take you
back to Calarca

At any time, you also have the possibility to catch an hourly communal jeep with a
1.5km/1 mile downhill hike

Contribution

Retreats include:
- Brunch and dinner.
- Lodging.
- Guided meditations.
- Workshops.
- Some supplies
(paint, bamboo, macrame strings).

Not included:
- Transportation to and from the retreat.
- Snacks and extra food.
- Personal notebook and pencil to take notes during workshops.

Contribution

Contribution per person for 3 nights/4 days
- 5 Bed bamboo dorm -
- Bamboo hut with 2 single beds -
- Bamboo hut for 2 with queen bed -

Not included:
- Transportation to and from the retreat.
- Snacks and extra food.
- Personal notebook and pencil to take notes during workshops.

Donations

Whether you wish to help the project
with a few Dollars, Euros, gift certificate, make a larger donation, anything will
help and your donations will be deeply appreciated and you will get to see
where your money goes.

Donate discarded items

We will gladly give a new life to items
you no longer have use for:
- Electronics
- Tools
- Books
- Clothing (we can use them for painting)
- Anything you can think of, we can
recycle into arts and crafts

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