Costa Verdes is a non-profit organization that is reforesting Costa Rica’s beaches. Costas Verdes’s purpose is to bring together those who love nature and to harness the movement of restoring and enhancing deforested/degraded beaches in Costa Rica.
They are gathering together nature lovers and those who harness the movement of restoration, and have been bringing wildlife back to newly rejuvenating beaches since 2009. By planting over 45,000 trees into the sand, with the help of Envision, there is a visible difference throughout the stretches of beaches that cover Costa Rica. Restoring the environment, creating biodiversity, and working with future generations is what makes up Costa Verdes.
Costas Verdes currently has 7 beaches under reforestation, over 6,000 volunteers and 25 local schools involved. Their team has dove deep into the community; local government, firefighters, yoga studios, policemen and even the Costa Rican president has been to sites for volunteering and reforestation efforts. Their underlying principles and passions are rooted to community efforts, and the concept of the underlying awareness to provoke like-hearted, proactive actions.
Federico Gutiérrez, has constructed and regenerated Costas Verdes into what it truly is today. His devotion to the project is beyond admirable and the project is expanding as his vision furthers. He explained the three elements to what makes up Costa Verdes:
First is the environmental impact. Costas Verdes uses of 100% native trees, to restore local Costa Rica ecosystem. Bringing back the animals (squirrels, turtles, monkey and macaws have already began making their way back to the beach), is a key element of this principal. The trees planted and that have matured over the years have brought shade, to bring down temperature of sand that is crucial for turtle life cycles and comfort among residents.
Secondly is the social impact involved. “From the community to the community”. Bringing schools and children (private and public) to plant trees, some students even four years in a row, has had a lasting effect on the community. Starting to understand how life comes out of nowhere and watching the trees grow into a coastal jungle, is a huge part of student’s education and an observation that sticks with them. The students then go back to their houses and being to educate their household members, creating a ripple impact.
Lastly, the economical impact involved helps tourist and visitors enjoy themselves on the beaches that they love. The exposure to the reforestation is high and it creates a trust from the community to be able to see the project transform. The tools are provided for volunteers to come and plant trees, provide maintenance throughout the projects and for acknowledgement that this project is for them. All Costas Verdes projects are on public land.
Federico walked into the gates of Envision 2012, and from that point he says his life was changed and furthermore escalated to a bigger picture. Throughout the years his involvement with the Envision team grew, and the epic partnership between Envision and Costas Verdes cultivated into something remarkable and revolutionary.
Federico exclaimed his love for the depths of Envision. “We are really changing lives here. We are trying to inspire people to live a different life with a different mindset. I’m saying all this from my personal experience and what I have gone through. What we are doing here requires education and knowledge, and Envision is really the platform for that. We are making things happen,” he said.
For the past two Envision has partnered with Costas Verdes grassroots nonprofit to carry out the Planting Ceremony on Sunday afternoon. We plant and honor nature during the ceremony – you can expect trees, dirt, shovels and great vibes.
The Planting Ceremony is led by Federico Gutiérrez who will spread his amazing energy and passion for reforestation and nature. A diverse set of trees are planted strategically throughout the hacienda where Envision takes place from Nazareno (almost extinct due to its beautiful purple wood) to Guayabas and Guavas which will feed the monkeys, birds and few of the Envisionites in years to come.
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The tree planting ceremony that takes place every Sunday at 4 p.m. at Envision is a special project of Federico’s vision at Envision. This ceremony has touched hearts and allowed for attendees to physically put their hands into the land and create a lasting part of nature on the grounds of Envision. In the past, artists on the Envision lineup have come to the tree-planting ceremony to rejoice in song and gratitude. This ceremony is humbling and all are welcome.
Long-term goals are to work with the Utiva community all year around and for them to help to further integrate permaculture into the Envision site. With the help of Costas Verdes and Envision we want to create that sense of permanence throughout the Utiva community. There is still room to build and integrate with the surrounding community to make the area a unique worldly destination where the whole community has the “green mindset” necessary for an all inclusive, green community.
Federico gave inspiring advice for future and past Envision attendees:
“Come with an open heart, come with no expectations, come loaded with love and wanting to grow and share. Come with passion, and come with respect for the local community and grounds. Come with purpose, fullness and that you are aware that every action has an equal reaction. Bring your positive impact and a heart full of love. Learn with humbleness, and your life with soon integrate with the experience of Envision.”
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