Mandala Eco-Villas was designed with well-being in mind. Well-being not only for ourselves or our guests, but rather for everything that surrounds and sustains us. It is our intention to guide ourselves and our business with the natural processes found throughout nature, creating a more sustainable and resilient model both for business and day to day living.

We have implied several tactics to minimize our negative impact on our environment and turn those negative impacts into positive ones. This includes the regeneration of waste into resources, interdependent food systems, natural and local resource building, and the creation of productive guilds between animals, plants and humans.

Care for the Earth

 

At Mandala Eco Villas we are constantly improving our impacts on earth. Whether it is grey water restoration, natural and organic gardening or the creation of microclimates designed to foster local flora and fauna; we intend to create a dynamic interaction between ourselves and our host environment. We believe we can create a stable business model that encompasses the basic principles of well being of all sentient beings whilst remaining an economically viable enterprise.

 

Care for the People

“No man is an Island, entire of itself.” -John Donne\

Mandala Eco Villas is a product of teamwork; codependent on all of it’s supporters and advocates, neighbors and community.

From the beginning, Mandala’s intention was to create bonds with the host community to promote and share knowledge and skill. We believe ancient and cultural knowledge is embedded in the human psyche, available to all who peer within and share their visions with their community. Through this sharing of knowledge, we can contribute to a more complete and fulfilled understanding of our role and purpose here on Earth, enriching our lives whilst creating resilience against the challenges to come. We advocate the sharing of this wisdom.
At Mandala we have re-ignited the art of natural building and shared it with our host community, while they share their knowledge of their land and culture with us. We believe no man is an island, no man stands alone. Through this vision and thought process, we can all move forward together to overcome the struggles of our modern world.

 

Return of Surplus

“One man’s waste is another man’s treasure” -Unknown

Mandala Eco Villas promotes the ability to reduce all or most waste products by converting them into a useful resource. This practice goes beyond the usual reduce, reuse, recycle triangle we are mostly familiar with, and introduces the aspect of regeneration. Most organic waste products as well as non organic waste products can be converted into a useful resource; limiting our dependence on outer inputs and creating a more resilient system. This can be accomplished by integrating different systems and treating these as a single system; making the whole greater than the sum of each individual system. For example, from our garden comes a lot of useful goods like papayas, coconuts, bananas, etc. Taken into the kitchen, these products produce waste; peels, seeds, stalks and the likes. Rather than throwing this into a waste bin, we can introduce them into our chicken coop, where the chickens pick thru all the edible parts and the not so edible parts break down into compost. To this compost, chickens produce their waste as droppings, which over a short period of time becomes compost as well. This yields a nutrient dense compost which can later be used as organic fertilizer for our papayas, coconuts and bananas. This in turn creates a nutrient and resource cycle that does not leave our system, ultimately decreasing the amount of outside input and energy that needs to be brought in from an outside source.

It is Mandala’s intention to discover and explore these cycles and systems, and apply it not only to our in house agricultural systems, but also to our social and even political realms of existence.

If you would like to learn more about our journey into sustainability, please join us for our complementary permaculture tours and demonstrations.

“Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless labor; and of looking at plants and animals in all their functions, rather than treating any area as a single product system.”
Bill Mollison