For years Costa Rica has been applauded for its environmental efforts, producing and storing renewable energy, and hosting events and festivals to celebrate and educate about these efforts and success.
Now, the Valhalla Movement Foundation, a grass roots organization, is looking to Costa Rica to continue its work focusing on permaculture, eco-construction, and community building efforts. The Montreal based organization sees Costa Rica as an opportunity to do year round work, helping to spread their vision of Freedom Culture, in which individuals are encouraged to share their unique gifts, talents, and knowledge with other like-minded individuals.
Valhalla Movement Foundation is partnering up with ECHO, and event to be hosted at Puerta A La Vida, a sustainable wellness retreat center. ECHO will bring together 150 people from around the world who are making a difference in the planet through revolutionary workshops and life-changing conversations.
The philosophy behind both the Valhalla Movement Foundation and ECHO is simple; the world won’t change unless we take action to change it. Costa Rica has always been a beacon for environmentalists and sustainability and thanks to events such as ECHO and organizations such as the Valhalla Movement Foundation, more and more like-minded individuals are coming together to share their knowledge, their experience, their visions and their dreams.
Puerta A La Vida, a sustainable wellness retreat center located in Miramar, Puntarenas, just one hour from San Jose, is an ideal location to host ECHO and bring together entrepreneurs, innovators, dreamers and thinkers. While this event will take place at Puerta A La Vida, Costa Rica hosts many other sustainability events throughout the country and this is just one of many that draws innovators from all over the world.
In May of this year, Costa Rica hosted the third International Sustainable Building Congress, with the events theme “Building Sustainable Cities and Lifestyles in Latin America and the Caribbean”. The event was designed to promote the exchange of ideas between policy makers, entrepreneurs, students, researchers, and everyday citizens about how to make cities function better their residents. This event brought together high-level partners such as the United Nations and the non-profit World Resources Forum. Events like the International Sustainable Building Congress and ECHO are just two examples of sustainability gatherings taking place throughout Costa Rica in which people from all walks of live come together to brainstorm on how to make the world function better and more in accord with nature.
With Costa Rica operating on almost 100% renewable energy sources and over 25% of the country dedicated to national parks and conservation, Costa Rica stands as a pioneer country in the world of eco-tourism, sustainability, green living, and conservation.
For those who are interested in participating in the ECHO event to be held in July at Puerta A La Vida, visit weareecho.org for sign up information. This 72 hour events features speakers from all over the world and workshops in which participants will learn more about living a sustainable lifestyle.