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 Mission

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.


Community Goal

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!

2017 Tour Schedule

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Womens Caribbean Revitalize Retreat
March 25 - April 1, 2017

This 8-day/7-night trip Caribbean Coast Revitalize  Retreat catered to Adult women only. Let go, relax, unwind, reconnect and take in the beauty the Caribbean Coast offers.

DATE: March 25 - April 1, 2017
COST: $1425 ($1282.50 Early Bird)
LENGTH: 8 days/7 nights

*10% Early Bird Ends January 25, 2017

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Costa Rica, Caribbean Coast
August 12-20, 2017

Come to our 4th Annual August Family Caribbean Excursion on the Caribbean Coast!

DATE: Aug. 12-20, 2017
COST: $1545 ($1350 Early Bird)
LENGTH: 9-days/8-nights

*Adult 10% Early Bird Ends May 12, 2017

Want to Go?
Child rates & more here.

Brothers Health As Wealth Retreat
February 25 - March 4, 2017 (DONE)

This 8-day/7-night trip Caribbean Health As Wealth  Retreat catered to Adult men only. Connect and build on diasporic health and wealth communal techniques.

DATE: February 25 - March 4, 2017
COST: $1400 ($1260 Early Bird)
LENGTH: 8 days/7 nights

*10% Early Bird Ends December 25, 2016

Want to Go? Learn more here.

Egypt On the Potomac Fieldtrip
May 20, 2017

See the African imprints standing in broad daylight in the Nation's Capitol, Washington, DC with historian, Anthony Browder.

DATE: May 20, 2017
COST: $125 Adult/$95 children 13 and younger.
LENGTH: One day field trip

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Duende in Costa Rica Pictorial Gallery



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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?


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