After Rancho Margot, I made my way North to the wild and raw land of Nicaragua. I knew I wanted to go deeper into permaculture and further my connection with nature, but I didn’t know how or where. In a very fortunate series of events (i.e. synchronicity), I landed in Balgue on Ometepe Island in the middle of nowhere Nicaragua. I lived in an open air structure, slept under a mosquito net, wore 1 pair of shorts (no shoes, no shirt), bathed in the lake and lived closer to nature than I ever had. Although very different from the city life I was accustomed to, it felt weirdly natural. I studied permaculture by: reading books, asking questions and getting my hands and feet very dirty. I had innumerable fresh ideas about how permaculture principles could be applied to building a business and making the world a better place. I was also conscious that I was an infant in this world of ‘back to naturebusiness and I was eager to continue learning.

You can see a few posts from my time at Finca Bona Fide here.


  • When: 2013
  • Where: Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua
  • Skills Sharpened: Permaculture, Gardening, Composting, Farming, Ecological Design, Earth Building
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