Communal Pura Vida (Pure Living)
WE ARE DUENDE NATURÁL
The Pure Life
The Duende Community Enterprise Group (DCEG), LLC & Duende Naturál was founded in 2012 by a group of friends from Brooklyn, New York with strong Caribbean roots and a passion for nature and the environment. “Duende” is a Spanish word which means the smallest spark of spiritual essence.
Our aim is to create an ecologically sustainable future for ourselves, our children and our communities. We go by the virtues of living in nature for nature lives within us and natural, organic, and earth-friendly practices is an everyday lifestyle we're excited to share.
Duende Naturál uses earth-based living skills, nature awareness, and indigenous practices to create a partnership between our members, visitors, students and the environment using the tenants of permaculture of which there are three ethics: Care for the earth, Care for people, and Fair share.
We intend to provide members with the competence necessary to help support their health, happiness and overall well-being making sure they are self sufficient, enabling them to take better care of themselves, family, community, and the environment.
At the core of our mission, we are creating both an Eco-lodge and sustainable community starting first on the Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica.
ECO: ECOLOGY, ECONOMICS, AND CULTURE
If we use the principles of Duende as it relates to the authenticity of struggle and cooperative economics when evaluating the impact of environmental and land issues on our communities. Then It forces us to incorporate culture, economy, and ecology into defining what in essence is a base platform for political resiliency. These facets then become the key performance indicators to continuously measure the sustainability, health and wealth of our communities.
Legendary actress, Eartha Kitt once said,
“I've always said to my men friends, If you really care for me, darling, you will give me territory. Give me land, give me land.”
Profound words that echo the sentiment our core. The land development process is continually evolving. We must be prepared to respond to fluctuating markets trends, decreased land availability and economic trends. The successful developer stays abreast of social, economic, legal and design factors.
Our development division acquires Raw Land, for community partnered ecotourism development, and markets portions of the purchased land for eco-village and intentional community development, permaculture redesign and resale to the sustainably conscious marketplace at affordable prices.
These works are done in conjunction with our cooperative offspring, Black Land Matters. For details about our Black Land Matters Real Estate Investment Cooperative, visit blacklandmatters.com. We believe, wherever Blackfolk are, Black Land Matters!
Spaces Available for 2018 Duende Naturál Experiences*
For full schedule details click here
COSTA RICA —
Brother's Health as Wealth Retreat — starting at $1,540*
February 23 - March 3, 2018 (limited spaces available)
February 2019 - TBD
Women's Caribbean Revitalize Retreat — starting at $1,565*
March 23 - 31, 2018 (limited spaces available)
March 2019 - TBD
August Family Caribbean Excursion — starting at $1,650*#
August 12 - 20, 2017 (limited spaces available)
August 11-19, 2018 (limited spaces available)
August 2019 - TBD
Cuban Excursion —
November 2018 - TBD
WASHINGTON, DC —
Egypt On the Potomac Fieldtrip — starting at $137.50*#
with Anthony Browder
July 2018 - TBD
*Dates and rates are tentative until they are available for sale.
**Payment plans available. Click here for more details.
#Child rates available.
VIEW OUR EXPERIENCES
• April 14, 2017 - Duende Natural Announces 2018 Tours to Costa Rica, Cuba, & Washington, DC
• November 29, 2016 - Duende Naturál Announces 2017 Tours to Costa Rica & Washington, DC
• October 5, 2015 - Duende Announce Black Land Matters Pledge Campaign, Membership Opens
• May 28, 2015 - Duende Naturál & SCE Present: Eco-Friendly/Cultural Movie/Powwow
• February 9, 2015 - Duende Naturál Announces 2015 Tours to Costa Rica
• August 1, 2014 - Duende Naturál's African Diaspora Children's Book Drive
• January 6, 2014 - Duende Naturál 2013 Recap/2014 Preview
• August 15, 2013 - Duende Naturál is Going Back to Costa Rica!
The Root of Travel: Travel with Purpose, Plant your flag, and counter gentrification.
by M'Bwebe Aja Ishangi
The internet has enabled a global reach eliminating the illusionary domestic borders. Coupled with entering the “Information Age”, POADUS are gaining interest in international travel — one that leads to greater things! We are seeing the world and spending plenty to do it, but it clearly is not enough to just experience. What do we have to show for it?