There are four basic requisites to human life:
Shelter, Food, Clothing, and Medicine.

Vihara Collective applies these requisites to a culture in the same manner as an individual human being.
When these requisites are present in a universal manner, a culture will thrive, both in its traditional values and its modern development.

Mission Statement: Vihara Collective is committed to cultural sustainability in the context of the modern world.

Our innovative consulting and development systems are rooted in a wide variety of human experience, including: architecture, hospitality and tourism, business development, agriculture, marketing and design, and the arts.

This holistic approach ensures that Vihara Collective can engage a place on all levels, refining and preserving the traditional values of a culture while turning these traits into valuable resources on the modern global stage.

Ethical Business Development: Vihara Collective offers a new method of sustainable development for emergent places and cultures that focuses on the value already present in a community.

When a culture is nurtured in the same way as an individual, it can move into the modern world without sacrificing its traditional wisdom.

Ethical business development proves that cultural preservation and economic opportunity can be mutually beneficial—the ancient and the modern coexisting in holistic balance.

Vihara Collective Team
For general inquiries,please contact: info@viharacollective.com
Damon Zumbroegel - Vihara Founder
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Damon Zumbroegel is the visionary and driving force behind Vihara Collective. His expertise in the world of architecture, coupled with pragmatic business acumen and an innate respect for traditional wisdom and values, makes him the ideal mediator between ancient tradition and modern development.

Damon received his architecture degree from the University of Colorado School of Environmental Design. Over the past twenty years, he has designed and built world-class projects throughout Asia and the Americas, focusing on sustainable developments and high-end hospitality.

Upon first visiting Myanmar in 2003, Damon immediately fell in love with the country, culture, and people. He ordained for a time as a monk, and resides fulltime in Yangon and Bagan. He is actively involved in cultural preservation, as well as assisting Myanmar's entrance into the global market.

Damon's approach maximizes the potential of a project while successfully managing the impact on its surroundings. Capably supported by a Vihara staff of Myanmar locals and Westerners, he forges the best possible solutions from their shared creative process.

The fields of architecture, development and consulting, and humanitarian ventures do not often share space, although they can indeed flow from a common source. Damon firmly believes in the sustainability of a place and its culture; this belief informs all aspects of his work.

Juli Mitchell - Director of Designs
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Juli earned a Master of Interior Design from the University of Florida College of Design, Construction, and Planning in 2006. With a focus on evidence-based and sustainable design, her work has ranged from large-scale regional hospitals to mixed-use retail and apartment buildings. Her designs reflect her belief that the built environment can nurture and heal through beauty, comfort and simplicity.

Conor Mitchell - Director of Operations
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With a background in music, visual art, and creative writing, Conor has an abiding interest in the creative process and how it relates to cultural interaction as a whole. Combining his interests in creativity, world religion, group dynamics, and the power of human belief, he earned a degree in English and Comparative Religion from the University of Florida. His empathetic attention to the intricacies of perception, creative expression, and intuitive problem-solving contribute to his role as Director of Operations in Vihara Collective.

Spencer Nielsen - Director of Agriculture and Sustainability
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Growing up in the relative wilderness of California led Spencer to earn a degree in Ecology from the University of California, San Diego. His studies were augmented with regular international travel to learn how other cultures lived sustainably, and included work in New Zealand, Costa Rica, and Thailand. He is also involved in Environmental Education and is committed to creating sustainable food systems using Permaculture Design. Spencer believes that traditional methods of agriculture are a keystone of culture itself.

Jason Atwood- Structural Engineer
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Jason is a licensed Civil/Structural engineer with more than 20 years of experience in the A/E/C industry. Jason has spent the majority of his career designing and building in areas of high seismicity, including industrial, commercial, and residential structures. These structures have ranged from small and simple to large and complex, and have been constructed with a variety of materials including wood, concrete, steel, and masonry. Jason has a General Contractors License, and holds degrees from the University of Colorado, Boulder and the University of Nevada, Reno.

Food:the agricultural and educational environment how the natural world supports humanity on the whole. This requisite focuses on sustainability and stewardship of nature, from organic farming to safe drinking water to closed-loop sewage treatment. Also includes nourishment in the form of education.

Vihara Farms embodies an integrated ecological approach to farming, using traditional practices as well as modern systems of organic agriculture and permaculture to design sustainable food systems.

Vihara Farms cultivates the soil of the land to grow resilient agriculture; it cultivates the soul of the culture to grow a flourishing and sustainable community.

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Shelter: the built environment that houses the life of a human, including homes, hotels, industrial buildings, and physical infrastructure. Architecture in particular is a cultural foundation that outlasts a single lifetime; buildings carry the stability that "futureproofs" a community as it evolves.

The Viharas are environmentally and economically self-sustaining, high-end boutique hotels, where luxury involves human contact and creative exchange.

This luxury takes root in giving our guests a world-class experience, and continues by donating 30% of profits to fund and sustain humanitarian projects.

The Viharas are a cultural library for architecture, agriculture, and the arts. As such, they become an inspiration for learning and growth in both community and visitor.

This approach to hospitality reimagines tourism for the 21st century, bringing guest and local to an equal level while preserving the true value of a place—its culture.

imagine VIHARA is an award-winning, culturally inspired design company dedicated to the preservation of place.

Our intent follows the lineage of ancient traditional architecture, where spaces are valued because of the daily human life inhabiting them.

The power of architecture is in creating buildings that outlast a single lifetime—environments that carry belief into a sustainable future.

Imagine Vihara designs and builds structures that give generations to come the gift of hope.

Clothing: the manufacturing and trade environment, including business and economic development, microfinancing and cottage industry, and sustainable harvesting of natural resources.
This requisite highlights that ethical business practices can result in both economic and cultural gains.

Vihara Cotton Company is a true partnership between East and West, with the simple belief that a culture is sustained by protecting the environment that surrounds it.

Utilizing the textile weaving tradition of the Chin people and transforming it into an industry that can keep its indigenous culture alive, the Vihara Cotton Company generates healthy profits while sheltering what remains pristine in Chin State.

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Medicine: the healing environment that fosters the overall health of the community. This includes holistic healthcare, where the greatest agent of healing is hope. Medicine also takes form in artistic expression and aesthetics—cultural elements that nourish the stability of a place and people. Development of human value as economic value is emphasized.

The Vihara Platform is a launching pad for ideas—a catalyst in the community to perpetually support projects that sustain the culture.

It is said that "a small deed is better than a great thought," and the Platform is the place to plant that deed.

Every Vihara Collective project immediately initiates programs emphasizing primary areas of need (shelter, food, clothing, medicine).

The Platform is the metaphorical hardware of Vihara, and it comes pre-loaded with programs focusing on the four requisites, just as a cell phone comes standard with voicemail, email, and a clock.

In addition, the Vihara "APPs" program allows everyone to engage the Vihara Platform, and it also customizes the Platform to the specific needs of a location.

The basis for the idea is similar to how people imagine and construct "apps" (applications) for smart phones. Designers are inspired to make programs that fulfill a need, and users can then incorporate the apps into their own hardware.

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