The River Serpent

An abundance of lemons, pinecones, and nature's herbal treasures are laid upon the back of the river serpent made from nutrient rich compost.

Compost is the new Black Gold. The more we compost our food scraps the more compost we have to add to our Soil. This rich soil takes co2 out of the air and uses it to grow our healthy foods.

Seedpods are symbolic of the essence of life’s cycles, a sacred metaphor for renewal. These small treasures are all around waiting to produce sprouts for our foods, roots for green life, and shade to handle the heat. Pinecones, Bottle tree pods, Jacaranda pods, Moringa pods etc. are foraged seasonly according to the light of the sun.

Regenerative farming is the new way based on the oldest practices. Conventional farming is out dated, unhealthy and costly.

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How & Why did Lia Strell become a Sculptor of Compost?

It began back in 2009 when Lia's extra large public art sculptures were placed into a Hospital and a few Botanical Gardens. This combined with her quest to understand what was happening with our food systems just as her young daughter faced food allergies.

Back then Permaculture was a practice of gardening in harmony with nature  growing nutrient rich foods. The goal was not to use chemicals but to utilize nature’s ecosystems as a foundation. The byproduct was more interest in the creating healthy soil and bringing together community. 

Today with regenerative farming we are finding our way back towards a vital healthier future by composting our green garden waste along with kitchen scraps, using this Black Gold as nutrient rich material for growing food. 

Let's  make nutrient rich soil “Compost" for gardening and farming. Less is best for our landfill!

We are Nature. Nature is Us.

The River Serpent

Nature's Treasures


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Calendula (Calendula officinalis) is a short-lived perennial in warmer climates, but in cooler climate zones it is usually grown as an annual flower in garden beds and containers. Although commonly known as pot marigoldcalendula is different from the common marigold (Tagetes spp.). It is, however, part of the Asteraceae family along with daisies and chrysanthemums, and has a daisy-like appearance. It is planted in spring after the last frost and grows relatively quickly, flowering six to eight weeks from seeding.

The common name of pot marigold originated from the gold flowers that bloomed during the festivals of the Virgin Mary in Renaissance times (mary + gold = marigold). Ancient Greek, Roman, Arabic, and Indian cultures used calendula as a medicinal herb and as a dye for fabrics, food, and cosmetics. Today, gardeners grow these plants for their cheery flowers and profuse blooming habit. Though they most commonly are seen in varieties with yellow, orange, and red flowers, you can also find them in subtle shades of pink and cream.

Lemons contain a high amount of vitamin C, soluble fiber, and plant compounds that give them a number of health benefits. Lemons may aid weight loss and reduce your risk of heart disease, anemia, kidney stones, digestive issues, and cancer.

The herb has been hailed since ancient times for its medicinal properties. Traditional uses of rosemary include helping alleviate muscle pain, improving memory, boosting the immune and circulatory system, and promoting hair growth

  1. Tranquility and Serenity: The sound of waves crashing and the sight of the sea can induce a sense of tranquility and serenity. The rhythmic sound of waves can have a meditative effect, calming the mind and reducing stress levels.
  2. Stress Reduction: Being close to the sea has been shown to reduce the production of stress hormones such as cortisol. The SeaPod natural environment and the soothing atmosphere can help alleviate feelings of anxiety and tension.
  3. Connection with Nature: Being surrounded by the sea and natural beauty can foster a sense of connection with nature. We feel it every day in the Linton Bay here in Panama.This connection is known to have positive effects on mental health, promoting feelings of happiness and well-being.
  4. Improved Sleep: The combination of fresh sea air and the calming ambiance of the SeaPod can lead to better sleep quality. The sound of waves can also help some individuals fall asleep faster and enjoy a more restful slumber.
  5. Vitamin D: Spending time by the sea allows you to soak up the sun, which is a natural source of Vitamin D. Adequate Vitamin D levels are associated with improved mood and mental health.
  6. Reduced Digital Distractions: Staying in a SeaPod provides an opportunity to disconnect from the digital world and immerse oneself in the natural environment. This break from constant technology use can be beneficial for mental well-being.
  7. Mindfulness and Meditation: The seaside environment encourages mindfulness and being present in the moment. Engaging in activities like beach walks or simply sitting by the shore can promote a sense of mindfulness and relaxation.
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  9. Physical Activity: SeaPods often offer easy access to outdoor activities like swimming, surfing, or beachcombing. Engaging in physical activity has well-documented benefits for mental health, including reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety.
  10. Social Connection: Staying in a SeaPod with friends or family can provide opportunities for meaningful social interactions and bonding. Social connections are vital for overall mental health and well-being.
OR an elongated dry fruit that develops from one or more carpels of a flower, splits open along a seam, and contains seeds that may be attached to the wall of the pod : seedpod especially : the pod of a plant (such as a pea or bean) of the legume family