In 2016 the co-founders of EcoMaste Amanda Marsh and Jose Bermudez visited the Diamante Valley and fell in-love with the majestic mountain. A few years later, after many travels to and from Costa Rica, they decided to root down in the area to share their passion and skills with other brothers and sisters. At the beginning of 2020, Jose felt a call to learn about natural building, specifically bamboo and timber framing. After his courses, he returned to the Tinamaste area. While admiring the Diamante Waterfalls, he reached out to his indigenous brother Kandymaku from the Arhuacos people which are descendants of the Teyuna from the Sierra Nevada in Colombia (spirit of the heart of the world).
Calling in Our Big Brothers
Their conversation led Jose, to bring Kandymaku and Mamo (shaman) Hatilio to Costa Rica. Jose had a vision to bring the Mamos to CR, so he began to reach out to the Dominical Feria to ask for support. This gave birth to a strong core group who became the sponsors for this journey to become reality. The sponsors, Kandymaku, Mamo Hatilio, along with representatives from the Bribri and Guaymi tribes, traveled a major area in the south Pacific coast of Costa Rica visiting local indigenous tribes (Boruca and Cabecar). They offered pagamentos which are healing offerings to the land.
Acknowledgment of Sickness
Their journey eventually led them to Las Tumbas / Tinamaste, Fuente Verde where EcoMaste is located. As our indigenous brothers arrived, we noticed them becoming more solemn. They told us that the land in this area was very sick. The sickness was on an energetic level. They spoke of
looting, violence, death and abuse of women. Amanda and Jose, newly weds, were then named the guardians of the land. Their hearts were heavy but also felt a sense of relief because the
darkness had been felt and now they understood where it was coming from. For three months they took a deep pause with the land as they had been advised. This gave them an opportunity together with the land to process the sickness and give it space for transformation.
Our Collective Mistake
Our indigenous brothers reminded us that many people have great intentions but they do not follow an order that supports their projects. The major mistake people make is not
acknowledging the Earth as a conscious sentient being. Each land has specific gifts and talents as all beings do. Human beings have a habit of projecting their ideas onto land without ever considering to first build a relationship with the land, and then asking permission if the project they have in mind is in alignment with the land's wishes.
Mamo Hatilio spoke of the overuse and transactional business of plant medicine. He spoke of all the ceremonies of the Valley. Also how the land was not in a proper condition to hold all of these ceremonies. How she needs time to rest, process the trauma she has held, and to heal. He expressed the importance of giving the land time to regenerate after these ceremonies, just as the facilitators need time to process after holding space for such deep healing. This perspective opened our eyes to the error we and so many others have made.
Covid 19 as a Blessing
This has been challenging for many, as it has felt very strongly across the globe. However, the virus gave us and the collective time to reflect, listen, and space for Mother Earth to rest. At EcoMaste, days were spent being, meditating, coming back to Self and building an organic relationship with the land. Through listening and asking for guidance from the land, how can we serve it, what is it feeling, what does it need? Slowly the land started to transform and so did we. The land has given us signs and messages of what she would like to hold as far as projects and initiatives. We promised to work in collaboration with her. Together we are calling for individuals that can help us support her wishes.
Healing the Divine Feminine and Masculine
We have learned that the land that hosts EcoMaste was once used for sacred rituals between the divine feminine and masculine. From our inner guidance we felt the need to hold space and facilitate events to heal both the feminine and masculine. We plan on doing this through a series of gatherings, events, workshops, and eventually retreats. This is our opportunity to transmute the darkness and pain that has occurred into the highest light. Our intent is not to banish the darkness but to build a relationship with our shadow sides so we can evolve. To completely reap love we must also acknowledge and release traumas so we can appreciate the spectrum of existence.
EcoMaste a Sanctuary of Expression
The land that is hosting EcoMaste has an incredible power with a capacity for profound transformation. We will nurtured it in a way to co-create safe sacred spaces, for dreaming, healing, ecological learning, honoring the polarities life offers, to embody and be a sanctuary of expression.