Welcome to Savage Lands

We help finance reforestation and the purchase of land
TO EXTEND GREEN AREAS AND CREATE SANCTUARY ZONES.

THIS ALLOWS FOR THE WILDERNESS TO EXIST
IN PEACE AND HARMONY WITH HUMAN SETTLEMENTS.

YOU CAN HELP!

The effective protection of nature depends on the space it is given. It’s essential to sanctuarize lands in order to preserve them and make them untouchable.

We organize initiatives with strong narrative involving brands, personalities and individuals in the financing of reforestation in Costa Rica.

Coming from the world of music, entertainment and action sports, we benefit from a solid active background and continuous, direct contact with the public.

Dirk and Sylvain, initiators of the Savage Lands project

Dirk Verbeuren

Megadeth drummer, session musician, music teacher, wildlife enthusiast and animal rights supporter.

Sylvain Demercastel

Lifelong activist, musician, Costa Rican resident, defender of nature.

Our preservation strategy

Reforest

By building an effective and respected NGO via sponsorships and crowdfunding.

Sanctuarize

By purchasing lands and converting them into sanctuary zones.

Labelize

By creating a local charter to increase forest density and protect threatened ecosystems.

What makes this project special?

Networks

We build inspirational, captivating operations with high added value through events and partnerships.

People

We organize once-in-a-lifetime events featuring personalities, thus creating authentic, legitimate and highly engaging stories.

Leadership

We mobilize communities by enlisting their local leaders. We benefit from the notoriety of personalities and brands to reach their audiences.

Our Initiatives

BLIND GUITARS

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With wood salvaged in Costa Rica from a naturally fallen Guanacaste tree, this renowned French luthier, Virgile Pilon, has manufactured a unique, one-of-a-kind folk guitar.

In the coming months, world-renowned artists will play and this guitar, which will then be put up for raffle in order to finance a reforestation operation.

SUPERBAND

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A group of world-renowned artists from different bands will join forces to embody this project. To create unique musical composition.

All proceeds of the sale of this piece of music will go directly towards reforestation and the purchase of lands.

DUNABLE GUITARS

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A famous Californian Luthier, Sacha Dunable, has made a unique boutique guitar from a naturally fallen Guanacaste tree. This wood was offered by Lola’s owner “Donato” in Avellanas, and prepared by Sergio.

This guitar will be played by famous metal bands on stage… then donated through a raffle, in order to finance reforestation and the creation of green zones in Costa Rica.

SEMINARS

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We will organize a series of week-long stays in Costa Rica for 4 artists or celebrities, to help them understand the logic of preservation, on site. These celebrities will then serve as spokespersons for our cause and help facilitate our fundraising efforts.

Our goals

To create an exemplary green zone. To set a duplicable standard. To show, as Costa Rica has done, that preservation does not hinder a virtuous and flourishing economy.

Deadline

Our experience has taught us that our goals are attainable. Results will be apparent quickly. The first stage- reforestation and land purchase- is estimated to take only 1 to 3 years.

Why Costa Rica?

BECAUSE LOCAL LEGISLATION FAVORS OUR ACTION.
BECAUSE PRESERVATION IS STILL POSSIBLE WITHOUT BATTLING LARGE FINANCIAL GROUPS.
BECAUSE COSTA RICA IS AN EMBLEMATIC PLACE AND A SOURCE OF INSPIRATION FOR MANY.

Savage Lands partners

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About Dirk

Born in Antwerp, Belgium in 1975, started drums in 1991.

He moved to Nancy, study at the Music Academy International. Met with Sylvain Demercastel (Savage lands co-founder) in 1996 and started touring with Artsonic, releasing 2 albums together.

In 2005, Verbeuren joined Soilwork, and became a highly demanded session drummer. Working with artists including Devin Townsend, Fredrik Thordendal, Satyricon, Jeff Loomis and Warrel Dane.

Dave Mustaine officially announced Dirk Verbeuren as the new Megadeth drummer In 2016.

Dirk and Sylvain decided to act for the environment in a new type of way. Creating the first organization fully runned by artists. aiming to sanctify what is left of nature in order to protect it.

SAVAGE LANDS is founded and sustained by beautiful people such as, Stef Buriez of loudblast, Andreas Kisser of Sepultura, Kiko Loureiro of Megadeth, Christian Andreu and Mario Duplantier of Gojira, Blind guitars, Dunable Guitars and a growing legion of partners.

About Sylvain

Sylvain is en environmental activist for more than 25 years. He’s been playing in a band called ARTSONIC with Dirk Verbeuren in the 90’s touring in europe and releasing 2 albums together.

He’s also a PHOTOGRAPHER and MOVIE DIRECTOR.

Established in Costa Rica for 16 years, he started different reforestation initiatives in the Playa Negra area and is now, Co founder of Savage Lands with Dirk Verbeuren.