A Caribbean Intentional Community
@ Jolly Hill Estate
Welcome to the site of the SASHA Caribbean Intentional Community, the first phase of our project plan. We are located in the lush rainforest northwestern region of the island in the Caribbean on St. Croix Virgin Islands USA and contribute to the unique feel of the West End of the island, void of the hustle-bustle of modern life and returning to the island’s agricultural roots. SASHA is a very intimate and unique wellness real estate development initiative. Twelve small sustainable architectural designed homes are planned to help outfit the intentional community on this rainforest 3-acre site. Sasha is a dream that comes true for many that seek to etch out a living existence, unlike any other place they have lived.
Sasha is for the adventurous, rustic, nature-lover in you. Sasha offers an opportunity to live in a very-close-to-nature, an off-grid, and self-contained habitat with those you choose.
About St. Croix
St. Croix is located at the easternmost point of the United States.
St. Croix is home to the indigenous Tainos, Caribs, Arawaks.
St. Croix is the larger (84 square miles) of four main islands,
named the Virgin Islands, with a population of 53,000.
They named the island AyAy. St. Croix is two towns,
Frederiksted and Christiansted
Eighty percent are persons of African descent,
brought here as the enslaved.
There are three known rivers and many guts.
There are over 300 estates….
with relics of windmills, sugar mills
and plantation ruins dotted across the island.
Location and History
The property is located on parcels 3B and 3J of Estate Jolly Hill in St. Croix’s ‘Rainforest’, just off of Route 763 in a heavily forested area. The northwest corner of the property has the steepest slopes with no major structures or active roads on the property. The property is accessed via a trail that runs from the road to a cleared area with a fire pit, benches, garden, and a semi-permanent tent structure or from the northernmost roadside portion of the property currently being developed. There are a series of walking trails that provide easy access to most of the property.
One of the main features of this small forested land is an area intended by previous owners to be a water distribution area consisting of a 23,000-gallon water tank and well, indicating a presence of clean, ample groundwater. A small gut abuts the eastern portion of the property, flows into a larger gut, and finally into the Mahogany Road gut. The property is now presently forested with a variety of native and non-native species, especially since Hurricane Irma and Maria. In the description of their assessment of the property, Geographic Consultant, subcontracted by the Department of Agriculture’s Forest Steward Program, determines that the soil is not ideal for agriculture, but native tree species have adapted to St. Croix’s soil types and will grow well on the property.
Flora and Fauna
The intact forest character indicates the potential presence of several locally endangered species, to include the red fig eating bats. White-crowned pigeons and bridled quail doves are also found in intact forests. These species may become less endangered with improvement or enhancement of forest health and will result in an increase in their numbers on the property.
Other wildlife observed is hummingbirds, bananaquits, and deer. We can also spot mongoose, Cuban tree frogs, millipedes, gongolos, and numerous bird species.
An assortment of native and non-native species grow on the property. Avocado, star fruit, neem, sugar apple, mesple, mango, soursop, are some.
Larger trees on the property are locust, licorice, flamboyant, mahogany. Genip, sweet lime and the snake plant, invasive species are also present. The moringa patch is a recent addition, whose leaves, seeds, flowers are used to manufacture natural skincare products-the Caribbeanempress label. The baobab was also planted by the forest steward founders and the flat area is used for larger group activities. From the north fence line to the eastern line abutting the gut, a large number of guavaberry trees are interspersed with the iconic gumbo limbo and hog plum.
Guinea grass, sweet lime, snakeplant , tan-tan are said to be species that are undesirable exotic invasive species in the Virgin Islands. These are considered signs of poor forest health because they provide little to no habitat for wildlife. As forest stewards, the founders are advocates of natural medicine and prevention illness systems and feel that these particular species provide for the creation of products that can remedy many skins and personal health issues.
Crucianbushlovers participating in a moringa workshop