Principles at the heart of Hidden Valley...
The mission of Hidden Valley Farm / Valle Escondido Preserve is to provide visitors with an experience of nature’s beauty alongside examples of green technology and design.
Working towards being a self-sustainable hotel within a private preserve, Hidden Valley's hotel, Monteverde Inn, offers a unique experience for guests combining nature, accommodation, and ecological balance into one location.
Permaculture is a design system, a sustainable natural resource management methodology that looks at ways to catch, store and use energies in a property and then return those resources back to the natural environment in an enriched state.
A main goal of permaculture is to recharge the earth and provide a surplus both for human use and for nature.
Fundamentally people enjoy experiencing the beauty of natural environments; in fact we are nature. We believe that people, if given the opportunity, will protect natural environments and engage in regenerative practices to support life on earth. As a tourist destination, Valle Escondido inspires visitors to remember we are nature.
The ethics of permaculture are:
Do good to the earth, do good to people, and give back to both.
Jonah Chaffee is ecological educator, nurse, and landscape designer. Working for years in community health education, as a Waldorf Kindergarten teacher, and always in the garden he currently manages Valle Escondido Preserve in Monteverde Costa Rica.
Giving workshops in permaculture design he has studied with the Permaculture Institute and participated in different courses in both the USA and Central America.
Jonah believes integrating with and maintaining an intimate connection to natural surroundings is vital. Currently he is working on creating a farm to table experience for guests that visit Monteverde Inn.
Jonah will be leading the Permaculture Tours at the Preserve.