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“Natural Hygiene holds that everyone has an inalienable right to have a pure and uncontaminated body, a pure and uncontaminated environment in which to live, to be free of abnormal compulsions and restraints, and to be free to meet his/her needs as a responsible [citizen of the earth]”
T.C. Fry

In 2005, we began searching for a place to live a pure, simple way of life. We traveled to a number of tropical countries, weighing various factors, such purity of air, water and soil fertility, language, security and ease of travel from the US. We were fortunate to find a pristine spot in Belize, Central America. Our 40 acres has lush jungle, clean air, abundant pure water, and fertile soil to grow our own food and to live a more natural life.

We began development in November 2007. We built a bridge to enter the property, three cabins, a storage room for tools and solar power equipment and satellite. Robert has enjoyed making almost all of our furniture with the local hardwoods. The solar system supplies power for computer, lights, washing machine, tools and small appliances. A Hughes satellite system provides internet access.

Our water supply comes from a pure, natural spring on a mountainside. We have set up a gravity piping system to run the the spring water down to the living area and orchard, which provides year-round excellent water.We have a large water storage tank holding 3600 gallons.

See Orchard photo viewer here.

 

We have planted over 150 fruit trees including 10 varieties of mangoes, avocado, mamey, velvet apple, citrus, rambutan, chocolate pudding fruit, coconut, breadfruit, golden plum, starfruit, akee, ice cream bean, jakfruit, egg fruit, star apple, custard apple, soursop, sugar apple, sapodilla, malay apple, cashew, rose apple, rollinia, loquat, and noni fruit. Bananas and papayas are too numerous to count and are producing lots of delicious fruit. We have vegetable gardens in raised beds and have planted numerous flowers and ornamental plants all around.

We live a simple Natural Hygiene-oriented lifestyle, and follow permaculture principles on our organic farm. Our intention is to work with nature in a sustainable way. Most of the property remains as untouched jungle and forest. Over time, we will become as self-sufficient as possible.

We enjoy our various projects and feel highly invigorated through our work in the orchard and gardens. Living the simple life in nature is glorious and full of rewards, but it is also hard work!

Now that we've put in most of the initial effort to get the orchard and buildings to this point of completion, it is mostly maintenance that is necessary from now on.

 

"To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter; to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird's nest or a wildflower in spring - these are some of the rewards of the simple life."  ~John Burroughs

"If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive."  ~Eleonora Duse

"I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright."
~Henry David Thoreau

"And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything."  ~William Shakespeare