I'm always attempting to come up with new ways to describe my vision for a sustainable world. While I believe that I have in the past compared my concept to that of Mountain Trek, it may well be that traction for the idea will be gained due to the coming recession/depression. While David Brooks thinks (see this article) that a more simple life is not something people want to live, the times they may be changing. When we make the shift away from a complicated life to a more simple one, Americans will do it in a big way. It's our "style."
On their website, Mountain Trek indicates that their concept of a "fit farm" is based on The Ashram. While I envision healthy food, exercise, and yoga, I am talking about the potential for longer stays -- and more calories per day. I'm talking about a lifestyle (and engagement), rather than a retreat.
In summary, the concept is a club that builds quality properties that combine 500 s.f. or so living quarters with a restaurant that serves healthy food. Activities such as yoga, hiking and biking are a part of daily life. To the extent that it is possible, food will be grown on site. Staff will live on site. Club members deposit capital into an account that is secured by the assets of the club. The account is drawn down as they access the property or properties.