The Vastivity Experiment started out as a documentary project that we have decided to write as a script based on true events about a small village in Ecuador of a group of diverse people working together through cultural, economic & philosophical differences in order to create a self sustaining, organic community where every person and family thrives.
Our story begins with Deborah, a remarkable North American woman, who at the age of 43 attempted suicide. Soon after this she accepted an invitation from her father to flee to Ecuador where he had recently retired to take over a dead piece of land he had purchased. Feeling she had nothing left to live for, she set off to Ecuador abandoning all of the modern conveniences of American living. Fearlessly, she sought to start over in an impoverished foreign land with a native language she didn’t speak and immerse herself in an unfamiliar culture where women are still greatly suppressed. She went to Ecuador to reinvent herself and rekindle her relationship with her father. She had no idea what she was getting into and how deeply involved with saving a way of life she would entangle herself.
After arriving in La Calera (a suburb of Cotacachi), Ecuador, she set to work transforming the finca (farm) that her father had purchased. He wanted her to share in his dream of turning it into a thriving sustainable community farm.
Now 3 years later, she is fluent in spanish and she has become a beloved member of her community. However, her father passed away last year without fully realizing his dream to completion. Now she is even more determined to make her father’s dream a reality.