Serenity Gardens Eco Village. An environmentally friendly old folks home? A chemical free cemetery? A fictional community in an old Seinfeld episode? (“Serenity Now!”) All good guesses, but none correct.
SGEV is a remarkable debt free community in the southern Pacific region of Costa Rica, far away from the hustle, bustle and unmitigated lies of the U.S. (What lies? Great time for a Kool-Aid break!)
It is a place where folks can enjoy the stunning beauty of this corner of the world while growing healthy, nourishing food for the table.
Not interested in tending a garden? SGEV is a place where arranging for home delivery of fresh fruits, veggies and healthy meals is as easy as pie.
It is a place where residents don’t need to discuss the many problems with “modern food”, because we all get it.
SGEV is a community where the air is clean, the water is pure, and the jungle sounds are perpetual.
It is a place where Ticos (Costa Ricans) and gringos work together to make this a great place to live, whether repairing the road, improving the school, or simply going to each other’s fiestas.
It is a place where the community roads are quite literally lined with fruit trees, herbs and medicinal plants.
It is where the local school is a short, beautiful walk down the road.
At SGEV, you can enjoy beautiful rivers and waterfalls that by all rights should require an admission ticket, but don’t.
It is a place where the days year round are warm (~80°F) and the nights comfortably cool (~64°F), making heating and cooling systems unnecessary.
Where safety is a way of life, and everyone on the mountain watches out for everyone else.
It is a place where awesome deep sea fishing trips are just an hour’s drive away.
It is a place where when it rains during the rainy season, it really rains! (Let’s just say we thought we’d seen rain before moving here.)
It is a place where everyone at local parties is expected to dance. Trinidad Ticos love to dance!
It is where beautiful, uncrowded beaches are just 45 minutes down the mountain.
SGEV is a place where people take care of others in need, whether gringo or Tico.
It is a place where internet speeds beat what we had in the states, routinely testing out at over 2 Mbps.
It is a place where a very strong, local credit union offers 10% interest on a 1 year CD in colones. (And the banker apologized for the historically low rate.)
It is a place where you can be a Christian, with no apology.
And that’s a snapshot of what Serenity Gardens Eco Village is to our family. Simply put…it is our home.