November 2014

A school for indigenous wisdom

2014-Nov-17   ::   (0 comments)

Elder and spiritual leader
Spiritual leader

The Arhuaco, the Wiwa, the Kogi and the Kankuamo tribes of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta believe that they live in order to care for the world and keep its natural order functioning. They call themselves the "older brothers" and believe that they have a mystical wisdom, which others have no access to.

The others are called the "younger brothers". The older brothers are profoundly frightened by what we, the younger brothers, are doing to the world, but also well aware that we have no understanding of the forces which we are unleashing.

These native people of Colombia believe that the only hope of survival for mankind is if we can learn why they are so scared. They understand that there are critical interconnections within the natural world which by now are out of balance. It is a subtle and hidden network, and interfering with one part has a major impact on other specific parts. These people see it as their purpose in life to use their wisdom to re-establish and maintain balance and share their knowledge with us.

Katharina von Körber and Hernando Villa created a project for the recuperation of this ancestral knowledge with emphasis in healing of the land and restoration practices, health and sustainable agricultural and cultural practices. The objective is to support the Arhuaco by building a school that helps them to preserve and disseminate this knowledge to strengthen their ancient culture, its teachings and its practices. This school is geared to the needs of 50 children, about 15 families, to be educated and assisted.

Here you can read about the project.

New film from Seventh Generation

2014-Nov-4   ::   (0 comments)

The Coral Triangle is the only place on Earth that rivals the biodiversity of the Amazon Rainforest in both species richness and environmental importance. Andrew Miners and a small team of committed people have achieved the establishment of a marine sanctuary, a "no-take-zone", in one of the world's most bio-diverse reefs.

The Marine Protected Area around Misool now is as large as 200.000 football fields and Misool has helped to create the 46,000 km2 Raja Ampat Shark and Manta Sanctuary. Thanks to this the marine life will get a chance to recover and replenish. The project is financed by the income of his eco-resort and donations.

Every time you chose to stay at an Eco Resort, you directly support conservation initiatives and help providing sustainable employment to local people.

Here you can watch the new film about Andrew Miners and the Misool Eco-Resort.