We are an Italian family of five who came to recognize this land as a place where the pulse of nature is coming through strong. Our role is to hold it pure as it guides permaculture habitat and the self developmental processes of meditation, yoga and dance. The love and joy of our family is the glue that has held our commitment to these principles since our embarkation on this project in 2014.
Because of our inter-generational team, Sattva has bloomed to include insights and wisdom from different ages, state of consciousness and life experiences. The strength in our core team is communication and acceptance... as a family, we simply can't break up.
Sattva is our collective creation, where each of us plays a specific and imperative role to keep it alive and thriving in the many aspects that this project offers.
Through the creation of this center, we have learned to expand our minds and hearts and understand that there simply isn't one specific spiritual practice that is "the answer of it all". Just like we welcome diversity in our gardens, we welcome innovation in our way of being.
In 2013, our creative fire sparked and launched us into motion to seek a new creative home. Gloria was living in Guatemala, whilst the rest of the family was looking to re-locate from Alberta, Canada, where they have been living for 10 years.
After visiting Central America, it became clear that the next destination for them was going to be South! Belize was their decision to say yes. Vibrant and alive, hot and humid, rushing with an abundance of freshwater and home to a mosaic of new and ancient cultures… they found a thriving new beginning. In March 2014, this adventurous family found the land that spoke to them and began to set the foundations of their collective vision.
Sattva started completely from scratch... no infrastructures, no electricity, no running water, no toilets... nothing. With love, devotion, help, and many skills, they started creating and building and have not stopped to this day.
Where Sattva Land is now is an absolute inspiration for many people who have witnessed the majestic sanctuary that this family has manifested in such a small amount of time.
Now six years in development, Sattva Land has various eco-chic infrastructures including a Yoga Shala, stone castle, indoor practice space, woodshop, natural pool, chillatorium, Sattva store, and Cafe! We also offer comfortable and eco-luxurious accommodations for those who wish to visit our project and immerse in the experience for a few nights.
All of this is supported by our maturing forest gardens and large-scale agroforestry systems that weave together our foods, medicine, lumber, shade, and all-around ecosystem resilience.
MAMMA (THE PASSIONATE HEART)
Where would we all be without the mother? Pina has always led this family endeavour forward with focused intent and a passionate heart. Her extensive character has brought knowledge and experience in the office, the garden, the workshop, and especially the kitchen!
Pina has been an incredible cook all her life, specializing in Mediterranean and Ayurvedic cuisine, a student of Raw Food and beyond devotee of good bread. She is also the magic behind Taste of Sattva, a farm to table food business that offers fair and healthy products to the local communities of Belize.
PAPÁ (THE GODFATHER)
Carmine is the father of the project and mastermind behind many of the logistical and practical workings of the overall design. An electrician by trade and carpenter/woodworker by passion, he is responsible for engineering Sattva Land’s alternative energy systems to maximize integrity and efficiency via the electrical and water supplies throughout the land.
Words cannot build half the masterpieces Carmine can create with his own two hands! All major construction is guided by him, a clever man who has brought great stability, patience, and problem solving to this unfolding journey.
Clauco is a construction and woodworking expert who shares his passions for nature, sustainable agriculture systems, green technologies, off-grid living strategies, and socioeconomics at Sattva Land.
His interest in learning more about this revolutionary sustainable lifestyle was sparked after he attended an introduction to permaculture event at Verge Permaculture.
A vivid visionary and avid designer, Clauco obtained his Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) from the Maya Mountain Research Farm in 2014.
Gloria lives on the ecstatic note of life. Her dynamic, attentive, magnetic and willing character has always directed her to say YES to the spontaneous multitude of life opportunities.
Sattva Land has completely transformed her life from the inside out. Deep nature immersion, intentional solitude, focus on spiritual, ecological and metaphysical studies have catalyzed Gloria's understanding of her own purpose here and have guided her to create her work from a place of clarity. Her work as an artist, dancer, facilitator, activist and visionary perfectly exhibits the wholeness of who she is - wild yet particular, sharp yet subtle.
Giulia’s passion for alchemy has been alive since a young age. For the past 5 years, she has applied her studies of Permaculture and Regenerative Food System Design to the ever-growing life of Sattva Land. As a student of Nutrition and Ayurveda, tending the garden and harvesting Food & Medicine for the Sattva Kitchen fills Giulia with life!
Soulfully inspired by music and sound, Giulia has completed a 100HR Sound Ceremony Training and offers Sound Healing and Voice workshops at Sattva Land and beyond.
In 2018, Giulia and her partner Sam started Dragon Chocolate – a craft chocolate venture rooted in the magic and medicine of Cacao. Find their heart-crafted Chocolate in Belize, New York, Portland and Vancouver!
Sam has been part of the Sattva Team since 2018. His experience as a Guide in Wild Spaces prepared him to dive deep into the heart of Sattva. Sam is a Lover of Music, Play, Exploration, and Creativity. As the Assistant Manager of Sattva, Sam helps wherever he can to further the mission of this beautiful place, and focuses on developing community relationships.
He is the Co-Creator of Dragon Chocolate with Giulia and, along with their baby boy Oso, they LOVE spreading the magic of Cacao and Chocolate around the world.