Mawun Mud Village has a very strong community spirit and, as some of the first foreigners in the area, we have tried our best to foster a harmonious relationship with the local community. The retreat was constructed by the local villagers in an attempt to find common ground between local skills and resources, permaculture concepts and modern, high-end design. More than 80% of materials are also from the local village or nearby areas. We collaborate with the locals in producing the majority of our products for sale in the shop, and purchase additional fruit and vegetables from the area. We also have a workshop space on site where we teach local children art and English, as well as brainstorming other economic ventures.