Tashigar Norte is a project linked to the International Dzogchen Community founded by Namkhai Norbu who teaches Tibetan Buddhist courses, along with Yoga and Dance courses. We have a vision of sustainable development that incorporates agricultural projects and tourist activiites. We also offer Permaculture courses and workshops and facilitate local schools educational visits.
Located on the tropical Caribbean Island of Margarita, in the Valley of Pedro Gonzalez, Tashigar Norte is a natural haven of varied fruit and vegetable plantations set amongst local flora on 30 hectares of land.
Originally developed in 2002 as a 15 acre plantation for organic Aloe Vera we have been consistently diversifying our activities and currently produce commercial quantities of Mango, Lime, Coconuts, Tamarind, Papaya and other crops.
In 2005 we established a large camping area located in an upper part of the farm to facilitate visitors to our Buddhist programs and Yoga and Dance courses that we regularly organize. Here we also planted extensive ornamental gardens incorporating Swale designs. A nursery for fruit and date trees and varied plants was also developed.
With the success of this we started to transform the 3 hectares area of fruit plantation from traditional methods to incorporate more Permaculture design considerations and plant diversification in 2010.
In 2012 we ran a Introduction to Permaculture Course and undertook to implement a totally new approach to our 25 house residential area. We have planted extensive communal kitchen gardens producing Pumpkin, Aubergine / Eggplants, Bananas, Spinach, Sweet Peppers, Beans and others.
We also intend to introduce greater diversification within the Aloe plantation and to develop our infrastructure according to Bioarchitectural Design principles.
This year we have plans to construct 2 Mountain retreat cabins with composting toilets, a 1000m2 Therapeutic Wellbeing & Yoga Centre, a new 50 M2 classroom, a new raised nursery as well as developing walking trails, rainwater collection systems and further re-cycling facilities. We aim to develop a work-exchange program where we will provide food and accommodation in exchange for assisting us in the remodeling of old infrastructure and new construction using ecologically sensitive building techniques.
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