Julia Butterfly Hill First Visit to Playa Viva

Posted by odysys_admin on February 23, 2009

Julia with Odin at Playa Viva

Last week we had a very special visitor, Julia Butterfly Hill (here pictured with Odin Ruz, Permaculture Team Leader).  It was a great treat to have Julia join us for the week where she enjoyed a tour of Playa Viva, turtle release and lots of swimming in the ocean. 

We had met Julia breifly and were aware of her commitment to sustainability, regeneration and knew that we shared many of the same values; yet Julia is more than we could have ever hoped. While she demonstrates a commitment to living an exemplary life of minimal footprint, she combines living by example with excellent people skills, great business knowledge and realism about how to accomplish sustainable goals, not to mention a great sense of humor. 

As a result of the great working sessions between Julia and many of the members of our team, Julia has agreed to be a Strategic Advisor to Playa Viva. She has already starting working with both Michel, Odin and myself. With Michel, they reviewed the source of materials in construction, how we selected which woods to use, what is the status of “certified” wood in Mexico and our ability to get sustainably forested woods, choice of local and sustainable woods that are plentiful for construction (such as palm, bamboo, guapinol, etc.) and discussing various points of sustainable construction in Playa Viva.  I wish you all could be there to join that conversation, very lively and informative to all parties. Julia also went on a tour with Odin of his teams work in regeneration and restoration of the reserve and was pleased with the work in progress.  She also is working with me on issues of design, business models, community engagement and much more.

Julia is a great asset to the team and we are glad to have her commitment to the project.  We look forward to providing you more updates on her various contributions and hope you will join us in supporting Julia and the causes she promotes.