Acquired 2 coastal properties in Ecuador seeking co-creators for collaboration

Considering Ecuador? Interested in being a co-creator?
The idea is to take the momentum, and interest that exists, and collaboratively create a welcoming, respectful, inclusive, inviting, thriving, learning and growing community. Envisioning artisan and renewable energy workshops, local cooperative cultural events, community garden and healthy lifestyles.

Some of the heavy lifting has already been done. I’m a retired Air Force Veteran with a civilian career in alternative construction, renewable energy and electronics. I acquired 2 properties on the Pacific coast of Ecuador in 2019 as the location for a small collaborative intentional community spanning two unique locations. One property is ocean view, located within a larger planned community. The vision is to construct 4 independent suites there. That site has beach access, a completed community pool, sports court and covered patio/bar-b-que area.

The other property located in a planned green space development of several hundred acres is best suited for 4 suites and a community event building, integrating bamboo in each of the designs. There’s a completed community pool, covered patio and bar-b-que area on that site as well.

I’m looking forward to open conversations with considering Ecuador as a destination to live affordably, thrive, retire and grow. Here is a link to my website, Kerawa Works..

Let’s open a collaborative conversation and discuss the ways to grow an inviting, affordable, safe place we can call home.

I am looking for 13 communities to engage in my micro-community network project. Working slides can be viewed at link below. Seems we should have a conversation to see if we have any synergies.
Vic D
Vic Desotelle
Social Architecture, Community Design
+1 (612) 449-9098 (cell whatsapp signal)
MicroCom.World (community project)

Ok. I’m USA but on the move in Europe right now, looking into older communities like Findhorn, Damanhur. As well as new ones in Latin America like, and almost started a community in Costa Rica. My unique bioArc (the future of architecture) home design from there is on the slides … worth a look. My background is silicon valley engineering and also collaborative group facilitation. The world has changed, so our communities have to change with it. Let’s talk or do zoom early next week (7/8 hr difference from Ecuador)?
My best,
Vic D

Hola Vic, you might want to visit our mostly latino eco-community in Vilcabamba, Ecuador, founded in 2012.


I’ve been thinking about this question lately and since you have 2 different properties which you are going to have function as one community you seem like a good person to ask this question. It seems like the big thing that distinguishes an intentional community from other types of communities in life is the close physical proximity, everyone living on the same property. So if there are two properties how will that work? Wouldn’t it be more like 2 communities that do things together? How will you create a cohesion between them to feel like one big entity even though they’re not geographically next to each other? I’m not asking this question to be sarcastic, I really want to learn how to combine multiple properties into one concept of intentional community, because in some cases that could be an easier/more achievable goal for some folks depending on their situation.

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What is the address?

Have you built relationships with local indigenous people?


This is straight up imperialism. The reason Ecuadorian people have not developed that land to the benefit of their people is because their wealth and resources have been robbed by imperialists under threat of economic and military terrorism. The imperialists then gave a part of what they’ve robbed to you in the form of higher wages, social programs, infrastructure, social peace, opportunities, etc…

The only role people from imperialist countries have in “buying” land in Ecuador (or any other non-imperialist country), is to help develop that land under the leadership of Ecuadorian people. You should have no say whatsoever in how that land is developed. You have just given back a tiny portion of what was stole from the Ecuadorian people and given to you.

People in non-imperialist countries are increasingly waking up to how imperialism works. You can’t and shouldn’t expect a peaceful place on stolen land. The locals deserve leadership that would have them organized to take and develop that land to benefit the Ecuadorian people, but unfortunately drug gangs have been empowered by imperialism (drug purchases) and those are currently the forces you’d encounter. Without heavy armed security, you’d never find yourself safe or at peace on the coast of Ecuador (currently the most dangerous place in the world that’s not under amerikan/USrael bombs). I was in Ecuador just a few months ago and regularly heard automatic gunfire coming from the drug gangs about to take over the country and I was in the mountains.

Just finding a few Ecuadorian people who’re nice to you and want/need to try to get in on the action there isn’t indictive of how all Ecuadorian people feel about foreigners buying up their land, taking advantage of their “cheap” services, and generally coming into their country with an elevated $tatus and bossing them around/developing their land to your liking. You will rely on the US-funded Ecuadorian police and military to protect you from how the people really feel about you being there with your current tone and capacity.

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