A Personal Choice
In today’s world eco living has become a popular concept. Driven by high oil prices and a population which is stressing all natural resources, it is a natural step for man to begin to minimize his effect upon the world. However, eco living is at its very root, a personal choice. Here at Zimbali Retreats we have embraced the concept of eco living 100%, deriving essentially all of our needs from nature. Being located in the tropics allows us to benefit from Mother Nature year round.
For over 5 years we have been living 100% from solar electricity. Utilizing 24 GE solar panels, 24 Rolls solar batteries and the quality of an Outback inverter, this system was designed to “get through the cloudy times” of a tropical rainy season.
Solar Hot Water
Although considered a convenience in a tropical climate, there is nothing sweeter then feeling the sun warm your shoulders, on a cool December night.
Rain Water Harvesting
Although not as sexy as solar power, this is by far the most important aspect of living off-grid. Man cannot live more than a few days without this precious gift. We employ seamless aluminum guttering to catch the rain from all roofs on property and PVC pipes to deliver it to over 7000 gallons worth of storage. We run both properties from rain water and have not had to buy water for over 3 years. Rain water is naturally soft and your skin retains its natural moisture and softness when you bathe in it. We employ the latest in carbon nanotechnology filtration at the sink in to provide pure living drinking water.
7 1/2 Acre Farm
Located in a tropical mountain valley, complete with river and spring, this farm is the greatest of all Mother Nature’s gifts. And it is this gift that allows Zimbali Retreats to achieve almost 100% off grid status. In this paradise we have planted over 500 fruit trees of all varieties and over 700 pieces of fruit from pineapple to banana and plantain. This farm is 100% organic, and only organic fertilizers and compost are used; this leaves us cutting a lot of grass and pulling a lot of weeds by hand; we perform this work in thanks, as a labor of love. As vegetarians, we derive as much as 75% of our food and spices from “our back yard”. We believe that in the future, people are going to want to know more directly where their food comes from.
We welcome you to come and experience this dedication to a most natural lifestyle. There are very few places on earth where this opportunity even exists. Whether up in the mountains or down by the sea, come and live by the rhythm of nature and discover the peace within.