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The Camino Institute's campus is located in the village of El Faro, situated on two beautiful acres of hilltop property in the foothills of the Cordillera Central, the highest mountain range in the Caribbean. This quiet settlement sits astride the Rio Camu and is home to approximately twenty-five families. The surrounding land is used for ranching and agriculture. The landscape is a pastel palette of lush green fields dotted with palm, mango, and citrus trees. Dense pockets of subtropical forest make for shady groves below vivid blue skies, and frequent breezes provide a respite from the sun.
Our campus is under gradual development. The Camino campus is not about five-star luxury. We invite our guests to enjoy a safe, secure experience that encourages simplicity and minimalism. The feel is one of rustic, quiet comfort. Fresh breezes, sunlight, cool water, comfortable chairs in shady spaces combine to provide a wonderful respite after a challenging day of meaningful work. We utilize natural decor and landscaping that embraces the environment. Eventually, we look forward to the added beauty that will come with tropical flowering plants lining stone paths among our buildings.
Currently, we have two buildings: our "Centro" and one guest cabin. The Centro houses our kitchen, office, storage, utility, and staff quarters, and can be configured for limited guest accommodations. The second level comprises a covered terrace that offers incredible panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. The Centro is the heart of the Camino seminar; it is here that we share our meals, reflections, and discussions.
Our first guest cabin provides a simple but comfortable living space, typically housing four clients during their stay but with space for up to six. It has a well-appointed bathroom, including a tiled shower with an oversized window overlooking the valley. It is equipped with bunkbeds to maximize capacity without feeling cramped. Its back porch boasts incredible views over the valley. Plenty of outlets and a ceiling fan keep things convenient and comfortable. Additional guest cabins are in the works, with construction on at least one more to be completed by Christmas 2021, in time for the arrival of our first seminar cohort. Our next cabin will likely be a larger design to accommodate between eight and twelve guests in multiple sleeping spaces and bathrooms.
We envision gradual campus developments over the years, including walking trails, outdoor showers, and additional covered terraces that provide more secluded spaces for private reflection, prayer, meditation, and conversation.