A Vegan Community
Welcome to the next dimension. Phase II of Serenity Retreats Belize and the Serene Life. Imagine owning your own tiny, or not-so-tiny home in the Maya mountains of Belize among other like-minded, nature loving vegans. Imagine your home is in a holistic eco-village on 40 acres of pristine jungle, food forest, swimming pools, vegan restaurants, yoga classes, tiki tattoo shop and vegan eco-shops! Imagine crossing over your own bridge to your very own house among the tree tops, overlooking this beautiful energetic tropical paradise.
Whatever your Serenity, we got you covered...
Serenity Village is our upcoming expansion of
Serenity Retreats Belize - A Vegan Resort. We are buying Mariposa Jungle Lodge in Cayo, Belize and transforming it into a fully funded vegan eco-community, while maintaining it as the luxury jungle resort that it already runs as!
Imagine owning your own affordable home in paradise, away from the rat race, without all the added expenses that come with home ownership. No maintenance fees, no internet fees, no utility fees. Shared food grown on the premises and use of community amenities!
We are redefining life by re-creating sustainability. Returning to our roots. Creating our happiness from within and becoming one with nature on a grander scale. Let's change the world together. This is only the beginning....
Invest now. Over 30% pre-sold!
Housing is limited!
What does Serenity mean to us?
Serenity means a calm and harmonious way of life surrounded by nature, animals and like-minded people. It means listening to the birds sing, monkey's play & hearing the whispers of palm trees swaying in the breeze. Freedom like we've never known possible.
Exit the matrix and enter the vortex.
Elevated single storey tree-house including personal bridge to boardwalk
Icosahedron single storey grounded home suitable for 1-2 people
With single loft suitable for
With double loft suitable for
Luxury Cabin - TURN KEY READY & FULLY FURNISHED
2 Bedroom House with private yard TURN KEY READY & FULLY FURNISHED
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Serenity Village?
Serenity Village is the new Phase to our flagship vegan resort-community called Serenity Retreats Belize. It is a larger scale resort-community on 40 acres in the Maya Mountains of Cayo, Belize. It currently functions under the name Mariposa Jungle Lodge, with 6 luxury cabanas, restaurant, pool, spa, yoga deck, bird watching tower, family size house and many hiking trails through hilly terrain on a gentle mountain slope.
What is Serenity Retreats Belize?
Serenity Retreats Belize is an intimate vegan retreat resort & eco-community in Corozal, Belize. It consists of 5 rental cabanas, 4 privately owned two-storey tree-houses, a vegan bistro, yoga studio and fresh water eco-pool with a created small-scale river/pond system. It is the original vegan community-resort and the blueprint to our latest expansion.
What are the details / purpose of this project?
Life in the matrix is no longer sustainable. It’s shelf-life is expiring rapidly and we need sustainable communities now more than ever. More and more people are feeling the pull to nature and the disconnect to the everyday stresses that come with living in the material world.
This project allows for an opportunity of a lifetime for vegans looking to reconnect with nature and take part in this revolution for sustainable living. For happiness and a natural way of life.
The waitlist that has generated for a treehouse at Serenity Retreats Belize has shown us just how ready the world is for positive change, reconnection and spirituality. So now we are expanding to accommodate many more vegans and to offer an even bigger opportunity of a lifetime.
We are buying Mariposa Jungle Lodge in Cayo, Belize and transforming it into a resort-funded vegan eco-community with tiny homes. The way it works is you join the Serenity Community, you choose your house type, as costs and options vary. Once you purchase your home and it is erected on the premises, you can live in it and have access to all the amenities of a vegan resort and freedom in the Maya Mountains and share in the resort earnings, as the profits made from lodging and food at the resort/lodge will fund the rest! All you need to do is purchase your home!
No maintenance fess. No utility fees. No internet fees. You can sell your tiny home at any time to an approved vegan buyer, or take it with you if it is transferrable. No commitments, however all home owners are protected under a 99 year lease term that can be terminated at their discretion any time.
Do home owners have to work there?
No owners do not have to work at the community, however everyone is responsible to take part in maintaining the food forest that is in their section of living area. There will be food growing workshops and sustainability tutorials available to all residents.
What exists there already?
Currently at the location is a fully functioning luxury jungle lodge with 6 rental cabanas. 3 of which will be available for purchase as private residences and more tiny homes will be available for guest rentals. There is also a fully functioning restaurant/bar, pool, defined hiking trails, small library and TV room, spa and an abundance of tropical trees and exotic plants. A move-in ready, two bedroom family size house with mountain views and fenced in private yard, is also available for purchase. There is an elevated yoga deck overlooking the beautiful rainforest that surrounds it and a tall bird watching tower nestled in the forest. Everything is set up for us. All we need to do is go in and start adding tiny homes.
How are profits shared and divided?
All earnings generated from the resort will be used to cover the general cost associated with the property and resort itself. For example; staff salaries, property taxes, agriculture, onsite rescue sanctuary, maintenance, utilities and internet. Any profits will be placed in a community reserve fund and used for improvements and community developments.
What will be added to the property?
Approximately 144 tiny homes will be added to the property along the trails and a created river system.
What is the water access there?
The resort is connected to Municipal water. However the tiny homes will be on their own rain catchments. There will be a dug well which will be used to create a water channel through the property and natural pools throughout. This will be the back up system in the event that rain catchments run dry in the hotter season.
Can foreigners buy a tiny home?
Yes, foreigners can buy homes and property in Belize.
Can foreigners work there?
Foreigners can work in Belize under a work permit, or after acquiring permanent residency. Foreigners under the QRP program (Qualified Retirement Program) can not work in Belize.
Can residents work at the lodge?
Residents can offer ethical, sustainable merchandise, artwork, food for sale, but can not directly work at the resort as lodging staff. The resort already functions well with the Belizean staff that are running it. However, because this is a community, residents can still showcase their products and have the option to open/create their own private businesses on the premises.
Can foreigners live in Belize and what are the steps?
Most foreigners can reside in Belize and even become permanent residents. You can renew your visa monthly by going to the immigration office in your district and paying a visa fee of $25us per month for the first 6 months and then $50us for each month after. You can apply for residency after one year of living in Belize without leaving the country for more than 14 days total during that year. However, you will be required to apply for a work permit in order to get your residency.
How secluded is the property?
The property is located in the Maya Mountains about a 15-20 minute drive to the nearest town. There are a few other lodges and establishments/homes nearby, but it is quite a ways off the beaten path. The roads are rocky and a deterrent for coming and going frequently.
Are there wild animals there?
Yes. There are monkeys, jaguars, snakes and many other types of wildlife. This is the jungle.
Do you have to be vegan to own a home there?
Do you have to be vegan to visit or rent a place there?
No, but everyone entering is required to keep to a vegan lifestyle while on the premises. No animal products/meat/dairy allowed onsite.
What are the restrictions?
No cigarette smoking onsite. No animal products onsite. Be a respectful neighbour and don’t infringe on anyone’s quality of life.
Is alcohol permitted?
Yes. Please drink responsibility and keep in mind that alcohol is meant to lower your vibration and desensitize you. We do not endorse it, however there is a functioning restaurant/bar onsite that will be kept as such based on popular demand. It will be all vegan of course.
Who oversees the community?
The HOA (Home Owner’s Association) will be led by a team of 10 members. For the first 3 years, the team will stay the same as a majority of the initial start of the project will be community set up. The two Founders will remain on the board of members each term and 4 will step down while 4 new members take over. At 6 months in, the other 4 members will step down and the new 4 members will take their place. This will allow everyone a fair opportunity to help oversee community developments. Board members will change approximately every 2 years thereafter.
How do I purchase a tiny home?
Email us at email@example.com to sign up for yours.
Upon approval, an agreement will be sent to you at which time upon signing, you will be required to put a deposit of 35% down on or before May 30th, 2020. The balance would be due before move in date, or building start date for new builds.
Can I rent out my tiny home?
Yes. All residents who choose to rent out their homes, can have them rented through the resort under a communal booking system with a resort percentage paid to the community fund. All rentals must go through BTB (Belize Tourism Board) approval prior to being rented.
Does ownership of a house include ownership of the land?
You would own your tiny home, but the land is privately owned by the Founders. All owners will be under a 99 year land lease, however home owners can sell their tiny home at any time to an approved vegan buyer, or remove their home from the premises at their expense, should they decide to move out of the community.
What if I decide to not be vegan anymore?
Well frankly my dear, you never were... But really, anyone who decides to no longer adhere to a vegan lifestyle agrees as stated in their agreements, to sell their tiny home to an approved vegan buyer at fair market value. Home purchasers must be vegan. Renters don't have to be, but agree to committing to a vegan lifestyle while on the premises.
Will it be off-grid?
Yes. All homes except for the current ones that already exist, will be on rain catchments, compost toilets and solar power.
How far is the nearest town?
Approximately 15-20 minutes by motorized vehicle.
What is the climate like?
It is in the mountains, so it is cooler at night but warm during the day.