PERMACULTURE & LEADERSHIP FACILITATION
Stephen Brooks is the founder, primary Director and has been living at Punta Mona, Costa Rica since 1995. Stephen was inspired to make a positive impact on the planet started Costa Rican Adventures, an educational eco-tour company striving to raise environmental awareness. Brooks identified the problems facing small farmers and communities in Central America and Costa Rica and wanted to present possible solutions. Punta Mona, founded in 1997 grows over 200 varieties of tropical fruits, nuts and spices, produces all its electrical needs from solar panels and obtains methane gas from the septic system to fuel the kitchen. Thousands of students, interns and guests have been educated at Punta Mona over the past 18 years, and the site has become known as a world leader in tropical, sustainable agriculture and sustainable living techniques.
Stephen founded the Sustainable Solutions Caravan, a mission-driven, nonprofit organization promoting sustainable living through the use of alternative fuels. Caravaning through Central America, Brooks and his team touched millions of lives through personal contact, front-page newspaper articles and countless international news programs. He also co-founded Kopali Organics, a company, which sources and develops sustainable, organic products from small farms and small farm cooperatives around the world and is distributed through out the United States. Translating his knowledge of alternative fuel into action, Stephen was the cofounder of the Conscious Goods Alliance, which traveled the country as an eco showroom featuring coconut floors, bamboo paneling, natural latex cushions covered in hemp, recycled paper countertops, an alcohol fueled stove and solar panels providing electricity. The bus brought together fourteen conscious companies as sponsors, working together to promote “Conscious Capitalism.” Stephen envisioned and co-founded Kopali Communities, an ultra ecological developer and builder of planned communities in Costa Rica. The first project, La Ecovilla, is a 45-acre community featuring a slow sand filtered water supply system, “Living Systems” waste disposal, alternative energies and permaculture and organic food supplies. Stephen also founded the Tacotal Eco-Village, a Permaculture based community of 33 families, homesteading their way to a more sustainable future. The inhabitants feature artists, healers, builders, activists and farmers from 5 different countries. Stephen is an entertainer and has done numerous TV shows including: Edible Adventures for the Travel Channel, G Word for Discovery’s Planet Green and Save My Planet for ABC’s Livewell HD. He has done two TedX Talks, one in San Miguel de Illenda, one of Mexico’s World Heritage sites and at the Playa Skool, an educational camp of Burning Man, Black Rock City Nevada. Stephen is a co-producer and founder of Envision Festival, Uvita Costa Rica, he manages the Village, curates educational events and the the official Mayor of the gathering. Stephen’s passion lies in seeking more sustainable ways to live our daily lives without compromising quality of life. He is also passionate about cooking and eating unusual and exotic foods and he specializes in tropical fruit trees.