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Común Tierra at the World Social Forum in Salvador, BA - March 2018

Posted on April, 06 2018

Even as we settle more and more into life in Serra Grande, we were happy for the chance to get on the road a little bit and travel to Salvador for the World Social Forum! To Resist is to Create, to Resist is to Transform The World Social Forum is a massive event that in the 2018 edition brought together over 80,000 students, activists and actors from 120 countries and different areas of society to dialogue, share their stories and network towards new models alternatives to capitalism. Over 2000 workshops and activities took place in just 5 days, ranging from huge marches and protests to intimate talks and strategy sessions. Opening march ...

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Natural Building and Murals from Peru to Brazil!

Posted on March, 08 2018

Over the last few days we have had the privilege of hosting 2 dear friends visiting from Peru: Javier Bonifaz, arquitect and natural builder with many years of experience, founder of Tikabamba, and Filipa Falcão, originally from Portugal, current resident of Tikabamba and natural cosmetics specialist. 
 Presentation on Natural Building and Architecture in Peru 
 We organized a free session with Javier for Serra Grande locals to see some of his work. His presentation included some tips on designing and building with natural materials, especially adobes, the ancestral buliding material of the Sacred Valley of Peru. We also watched short films about Permaculture and Natural 3D Murals. Needless to say, the community loved ...

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News from Común Tierra!

Posted on January, 21 2017

Hola familia! We've got some news to share! After a more internal period of our lives, living in Florianópolis, becoming parents, etc, we've organized the next course for our lives: we are going to live in Bahia, Brazil !! With the growth of our nuclear family, we are feeling the need to settle down and start a fixed project in a local territory, something we always envisioned doing. After weighing our options, we decided to move to Serra Grande, Bahia, a fertile region with a history of activists and ecologists acting in the area. (more about this later!) Minhoca getting ready for the move... While our new projects materialize there, we are entering a new ...

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Our Nomadic Pregnancy and Home Birth Story (part 2)

Posted on August, 16 2016

Read part 1 of this post here. To choose home birth, you have to prepare for it, physically, emotionally and spiritually. We studied by reading, watching films, and going to talks and support groups for expecting parents. We talked about our desires, expectations, fears and concerns to build confidence in each other. We practiced yoga and took walks on the beach. And we meditated and prayed for a smooth birth and healthy baby. One of the biggest decisions to make in a home birth is who will accompany you during labor. We chose to work with two midwives, Mayra Calvette and Naoli Vinaver, who are both part of a group called Ama Nascer ...

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Our Nomadic Pregnancy and Home Birth Story (part 1)

Posted on July, 27 2016

When we found out we were expecting a baby, lots of different emotions came - a rush of excitement, a taste of disbelief (was it real?), and immediately thinking about how our lives would change. What would it be like to be pregnant while traveling full-time? In which country/area would our baby be born? Would we keep living in Minhoca? Could we give birth in our motorhome? How about medical assistance on the road? Nomadic Pregnancy Our experience of pregnancy was different from most, in that we spent 7 of the 9 months traveling full-time. Anahí was born into a nomadic family, and spent time (in the womb) in 3 different countries: Argentina, ...

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Celebrating 6 Years of Común Tierra with our daughter!

Posted on May, 15 2016

Dear friends of Común Tierra! Today we are celebrating 6 years since we set off on the Común Tierra journey!  On May 15, 2010, we began our trip in Northern Mexico, documenting EcoVillages and sustainable projects in Latin America. Now we find ourselves in Brasil, country #20 of this journey, remembering all of the lessons learned and experiences shared with so many people, families, communities and projects on this route.  We're marking this important date during a pause in our nomadic life, a pause we decided to take for a very special reason: the birth of our daughter Anahí! Now we're beginning a new journey, that of being mother and father, which is already ...

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Celebrating 2015, bring on 2016!

Posted on December, 29 2015

It's time to celebrate 2015 with Común Tierra, and embrace the arrival of 2016! 2015 was a year of challenges, hard work and big accomplishments for Común Tierra! Here are some of the highlights from our route through 6 countries this past year:   We made it to the most extreme point of the continent, Tierra del Fuego! We received training in Facilitation in Chile at the Eco Escuela El Manzano: We organized the International CASA Ecovillage Gathering in Colombia and while there gave a talk at the Latin America Permaculture Convergence (CLAP): We traveled to Scotland for the Global Ecovillage Network Conference, representing CASA and offering activities. During the conference we received the biggest prize of ...

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Thank you Bodega Cecchin for another year of support of Común Tierra!

Posted on October, 13 2015

Bodega Cecchin is a family-owned organic and biodynamic winery in Mendoza, Argentina, cultivating organically for more than 50 years. the Bodega produces many varieties of wines, grape juices and olive oil. In 2014, after visiting the bodega, we made a sponsorship agreement to support Común Tierra, and are happy to annouce that we have renewed for another year!  We very much appreciate the support, which will help us carry out the project in Argentina, Uruguay and Brasil during the year 2015-2016! If you are or represent an organic producer or a conscious company interested in partnering with Común Tierra, get in touch with Ryan: ryan@comuntierra.org to discuss details.  More news coming soon! Saludos - Ryan ...

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Común Tierra and CASA at the GEN+20 Conference in Scotland!

Posted on August, 06 2015

Dear friends - hot off the presses, a new report sharing some of our experiences during our recent trip to Scotland:   Común Tierra and CASA at the 2015                                    GEN+20 Conference in Scotland!     Fresh from the 2015 CASA Gathering in Colombia (from June 23-26), we boarded another plane – this time to cross the Atlantic – on our way to another international event: the GEN+20 Conference in Findhorn, northern Scotland. GEN, the Global Ecovillage Network, is celebrating 20 years since it’s founding in 1995. During these two decades, the concept and implementation of ecovillages has spread around the world ...

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Común Tierra received the 2015 Gaia Excellence Award!

Posted on August, 03 2015

It's with great joy that we announce that the Común Tierra Project has received the Gaia Excellence Award! The award was determined and announced during the 2015 Global Ecovillage Network Conference! We are very grateful for this recognition, and inspired to continue our work!  The Gaia Excellence Award was created in 2002 as a collaboration between the Gaia Trust and the Global Ecovillage Network to recognize, celebrate and support innovative projects in the network. This year 3 awards were given: one for a project in Africa, one for a project in Europe, and one for a Global project. Better World Cameroon was recognized from Africa, Arterra from Spain was recognized in Europe, and Común Tierra was ...

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