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VIDEO: “Voices of Amerikua” presents Berito Kuwaruwa of U’Wa people, Colombia

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First Episode of “Voices of Amerikua” featuring different indigenous voices from the americas in defense of their culture, territory and mother nature. Thank you to Uplift ConnectUnity is Change (Unidad es Cambio), World Concious PactSokaVision and to Jeniffer Kumiko Hayashi for her amazing work !

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Igniting regeneration: a Latin American Permaculture Convergence in Colombia

The recent Latin American Permaculture Convergence (or CLAP ) was held from the 15th to the 21st of June in Varsana Ecovillage south of Bogota Colombia. For 5 consecutive days the different open air and indoor spaces of the host community hosted a buzzing 140 people from over 16 countries, which shared tools and strategies in the process incubating and birthing the Latin American Permaculture Network. Some of the countries present included Mexico, Cuba, Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Chile, Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Uruguay, Argentina, Germany, United States, and even Russia!

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ALBUM: Faces of India

These pictures are part of the work entitled “Faces of India” taken during a journey to the heart of this facinating country during the months of December 2009 to March 2010. It was in this period that I participated various religious and cultural festivals and in order to portray the color and spirit of its people and culture. Among other I participated in the Kartikai Deepam Festival in Tiruvanamalai in the state of Tamil Nadu; in the Desert Festival in Jaisalmer in Rajasthan and the Shivaratri festival in Varanasi, the Holy City of Shiva.

Greening the Sacred Desert: Permaculture workshop and hands on learning experience in Wirikuta, San Luis Potosi, Mexico

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Huichol pilgramage to Wirikuta. Photo: desinformemonos.org

Wirikuta is a region in the desert of San Luis Potosí, Mexico that is considered by the Wixarika or Huichol indigenous people in Mexico one of their most important sacred sites. The Wixarika people are known worldwide for their unique visionary art and for proudly preserving their spiritual identity despite a destructive civilizing process of over 500 years. Each year, for probably thousands of years, the Huichol people make ​​a pilgrimage that has, as its starting point, the Sierra Madre Occidental (specifically the states of Jalisco, Nayarit and Durango) where they live permanently. The pilgrimage culminates in the desert of Wirikuta and recreates what they consider to be the path of their ancestors. In the desert, the Huichol greet the sun, leave offerings and perform ceremonies that are designed to maintain harmony and balance on Planet Earth.

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Huichol woman and child. Photo: Yvonne Negrín

Located in the plains and mountains of the Sierra de Catorce, in the state of San Luis Potosi, Wirikuta is a place of extraordinary cultural, spiritual and natural wealth. In 1999 UNESCO declared it one of the 14 sacred natural sites in the world to be protected. It is also one of the Natural Protected Areas of semi-arid climate with the highest biodiversity in the world. However, the Mexican government has conceded a large part of this region to companies that seek to exploit the mineral wealth of the area. This threatens not only the permanence of the semi-arid eco-system and biodiversity, but also the cultural heritage of the Huichol people. Recently Project Nuevo Mundo along with several Mexican environmental organizations such as Manos a La TierraOrgani-K A.C. and the local team ‘Colectivo Patas Verdes’, organized a 3-day hands-on permaculture workshop that took place in ‘La Flor del Desierto’, a community ecotourism project located precisely in the region of Wirikuta.

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La Flor del Desierto. Photo: Ivan Sawyer

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PROJECT NUEVO MUNDO – EARTH ODYSSEY 2014

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During the spring of 2014 I participated, along with 20 other people as an “Econaut”, as part of the “Earth Odyssey”, a journey through different eco-centers and community projects in Central America. For 3 months we lived and traveled in two different buses thru Califorina,  Mexico and Guatemala.  The  Earth Odyssey was an experiment in co-creating a mobile Ecovillage documenting sustainable project in Central America and also bringing eco-solutions to communities in the places we visited. The result of the journey was a series of experiments focused on implementing ecological solutions with our team and within the communities we visited and a series of 5  showing the results.

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