LEAVE THE RAT RACE
LEAVE THE RAT RACE
We envision a family-friendly intentional community of kind people of all ages, abilities, faith systems, and who want to step away from the insanity of the world by reconnecting with themselves, their neighbors, Mother Nature and God. We’ll create a positive impact by living a healthy, balanced life.
Located along the eastern coast of Central America on the Caribbean Sea, Belize is a unique blend of pristine nature, diverse geography, and endless adventure.
Roughly the size of Massachusetts, this relatively small country with only 419,199 residents is 176 miles long and 88 miles wide and boasting rainforest-covered mountains, hundreds of cayes, and the largest barrier reef in the Western hemisphere.
With over 40% of its land mass enjoying a level of ‘protected area’ status, these diverse natural areas lush with flora and fauna form the basis of Belize’s strong appeal to tourists, expats, and retirees.
Formerly known British Honduras, Belize gained independence in 1981, but still remains a part of the British Commonwealth. English is the national language and Belizean currency is tied to the U.S. dollar, exchanging at a steady 2:1 rate.
It’s these ties to Great Britain that make Belize an easy destination for visitors to enjoy.
Corozal Town is located 88 miles N of Belize City, 31 miles N of Orange Walk Town, and 7 miles S of the Mexican-Belizean border.
A sleepy, seaside town in the norther Corozal District, it is located just south of the Rio Hondo (Hondo River) that forms a natural border between Mexico and Belize.
Set on the crystal-clear Corozal Bay, Corozal Town was an important center in the early Mayan trade routes. Evidence of ancient structures remain in the ruins of Cerros, Santa Rita, and the old English trading hub of Fort Barley.
Our modern day Corozal Town was settled by a large population of Mexico’s Caste War in the mid-1800s.
With access to basic amenities and close proximity to the Corozal Bay, we’ve chosen this unique location to establish a living community with intention.
I’ve always had a natural athleticism for sports and trained intensively on football fields across Virginia. It also contributed to my early injuries as a player which led me down a path to understanding the connection between sports and sports injuries, specifically in injury recovery and healing.
Years later, as a member of the United States Navy S.E.A.L. program, I suffered a shoulder dislocation during a routine aquatic training that earned me an honorable discharge.
In my ‘spare’ time during recovery, I became a mentor and teacher at First Tee, teaching inner city kids the sport of golf. This led to my creative efforts in inventing the Aquaclub sporting equipment that allowed me to play golf left-handed during my rehabilitation.
In addition to staying physically active, I complemented my education by focusing on alternative therapies including massage techniques, acupuncture, nutrition, and food as medicines.
Continuing my passion for growing my own food and community outreach, I volunteer my time with Community Restore (Corozal) and Smarts In Arts, and work directly with Belizean kids and parents to improve reading, math, and Bible studies.
Itaxah Village (pronounced ‘It Takes A Village’) is the manifestation of decades of dreaming of a healthier way of life and I’m devoted to developing and maintaining my orchards to sustain a village community in Corozal, Belize.
Growing up dancing in waters across the country as a nationally competitive synchronized swimmer and coached by a renowned physical therapist, I learned the mechanics of the human body in water which helped improve my techniques and aid in rehabilitating my athletic injuries.
Out of the water, I grew my passion for music and dance and performed in musical theatre productions all across the United States. This led me to become a producer, writer, and actor for the Russian American Theater Companny in St. Petersburg (Russia), an MFA for the DePaul Theater (Goodman School of Drama), and then to Los Angeles to save the world in bad sci-fi movies.
When my father became terminally ill, I returned to Virginia to care for him while starting a syncrhonized swim team for kids while competing internationally with a masters team and became a gold medalist many times over.
I earned a good living as an actor, substitute teacher, public speaker for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and an adjunct professor at the business school of VCU.
When I’m not training or coaching, I love to read literature based on human history and science fiction to learn about past and present trends in order to understand future stability.
This personal undertaking led me to the Caribbean waters of Belize where I can create a safe haven for my family and for those actively seeking an aquatic, dynamic, and healing community.
As a founder of Itaxah Village – a dream I’ve had for many years now – I look forward to sharing Corozal Bay’s sparkling water with like–minded adventurers for whom the siren song calls…