from Peter Singfield of Xaibe Village....
Just found this one -- right here in Xaibe -- one I have done much work for - -some of which is mentioned in these two PDF'shttp://thegatewaytrust.org/Sus%20tainability%20Report%20Jan%202011.pdfhttp://thegatewaytrust.org/NL3.PDF
I know of at least 3 other "Doomsteads" here.http://www.thegatewaytrust.org/history.html
HOW IT BEGAN
Back in the 1980's in Zimbabwe a small group of people gathered under the wise guidance of Kantilal Naran to meditate and share Satsangs (literally meaning 'in the company of Truth') and the teachings of the Masters, Saints and Mystics from all the major religions and spiritual paths. For some the attraction of satsang was the urge to answer the questions of "Who am I?" and "What is the purpose of this life?" For others it was a response to the devotion they felt during the Bhajans (devotional singing) held every Thursday by a group of Sai Baba devotees. In the early 1990's the group swelled considerably after the inspiring and uplifting visit to Zimbabwe of the dynamic Sai Baba devotee, Jegga Jagadesan as people recognised the need to seek further for the ultimate Truth and knowledge of the Self, our true Divine Nature.
For many years it had been a dream of the satsangees to find a place somewhere in the world where in the future people could come together to live a simpler life in harmony with nature and try to reduce our dependence on a materialistic lifestyle that has taken us further and further away from our true source.
The focus had always been on Central America given that it would be easier to create this way of life in a third world country and hopefully to be able to comply with their uncomplicated immigration policies and regulations. In 1997 a small party consisting of Kantilal and Neela Naran, Anjay Hira and Henry Elwell went to have a look at Guyana but found its climate too hostile and its politics potentially unstable.
When Rose and Henry left Zimbabwe in 2000 they settled in Herefordshire, UK
and in 2004 met Ann Kenyon at her shop and therapy centre called 'Still Waters'.
There the Worcester Meditation group was established, meeting twice weekly for Satsang.
This Worcester group explored the possibilities of a Retreat in various locations
but the dream of Central America was not allowed to fade and Kantilal patiently continued to email to satsangees information or links to websites about various different countries. Finally in 2008 it was Ann and Andy Kenyon who took up the challenge to go to Belize for an exploratory trip. Belize was chosen because it is English speaking, having been a British colony until 1981, and has a British based legal system. They travelled through the whole country looking at plots for sale and earmarked the 30 acre plot that, a few months later, when they returned with Henry, they managed to secure. Chosen for its layer of fertile topsoil and its beautiful indigenous trees, it offers the potential to fulfil the dream in an area steeped in Mayan culture.
The plot is in the North of the country where the climate, although hot, is not as inhospitable as the jungles in the South due to the lower rainfall and it benefits from the coastal breezes. It is 5 miles from Corozal and about 10 miles from the Mexican border. In addition it is near the Free Trade Zone which may help in the future with enterprises that could support the Retreat Centre economically. The nearest Mexican town of Chetumal has excellent medical and dental facilities.
In January 2010, Henry visited Belize again with Rose Elwell and they decided that Henry would stay on to make a start on developing the Retreat and fulfilling the long held vision.