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The Dances of Universal Peace: Creating Unity through Dance

Posted on March, 13 2013

One of the keys to building a sustainable culture lies in the realm of human relationships. To live in a permanent culture of peace, it’s not enough to use ecology to create an ecological external environment… it’s also necessary to develop an inner-ecology, unlearning the culture of individualism that society has taught us and relearning to feel connected to the whole. In almost three years of Común Tierra, traveling through the world of sustainable communities, we have observed how the theme of human relationships, personal work and spiritual practices are given as much attention and energy as the ecological aspects of these projects. One of the stand-out practices that we have found to ...

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Agro-Phonic Music from Colombia!

Posted on March, 05 2013

Greetings Común Tierra community! We just uploaded our first music video recorded on the trip, with a group called 'Campo y Sabor' from Colombia. Campo y Sabor (Field and Flavor) is made up of campesinos, organic farmers who are also musicians! The group plays traditional colombian rhythms, but with a unique twist: the songs are all about organic farming and traditional Colombian crops, hence the name 'Agro-phonic' music! The video below was filmed at the group's home base, the Villa Maga EcoVillage close to Cali, Colombia. For more information about Villa Maga, click HERE. What, you've never heard of the Arracacha? The Arracacha (see photo above) is a delicious root vegetable native to South ...

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RENACE presents CASA Colombia: Weaving Sustainable Networks

Posted on September, 29 2012

(For the video about CASA Colombia, scroll down to the end of the post or watch on YouTube) One of the fundamental issues within EcoVillages is how to create relationships with other projects and the wider society. Many people who think about changing their life to live in the countryside or in an EcoVillage may think they will get bored, feel too isolated from society, or simply that it too difficult to live within a non-capitalistic framework. This is why it is so important to build connections between projects, to inspire, support, learn and teach, and create a sense of a movement that expands the meaning of the work of each individual ...

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Goodbye Dear Colombia, on to Ecuador we go!

Posted on April, 28 2012

Que tal parces? As the Colombians say, divino! (translation: everything's divine!) After 5 full months here in Colombia, we are getting ready to move on! We've done so much in the last weeks it's hard to tell it all... hosting events, workshops, visiting lots of projects and sharing with communities and friends. Back in March we hosted a regional event, Canto al Agua, or Sing to the Water, together with our friends in the Biciclando. Our group of 25 synchronized with other groups around the world to pray for reconciliation and healing of the planet's waters... learn more in this post and check out this short video of the event: We also produced an ...

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Presenting an album of music from the Llamado de la Montaña 2012!

Posted on April, 25 2012

Friends! What's happening? All is well with Común Tierra! We are at the end of our visit here in Colombia, this country full of beautiful and interesting projects! We write to share Común Tierra's first musical production, an album of music from the Llamado de la Montaña 2012, the Call of the Mountain 2012! The album has 17 songs, all recorded live during this beautiful gathering, and then edited by Ryan ... We are printing some copies to sell on our journey, complete with beautiful cover art drawn by Leticia ... but in case we won't be seeing you soon, below you can listen and download the entire album for free! And start to ...

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News from Colombia!

Posted on March, 23 2012

How's it going friends? We are very well, feeling inspired by Colombia, this beautiful and intense country! We have been involved with so many things since the last post, it doesn’t all fit here, but here’s a quick summary: A couple of weeks of negotiation with the DIAN (Colombian Customs) for a renewed permission for Minhoca to travel in the country A visit with our friend Felipe, who we met living at the Esalen community (www.esalen.org) in California. We also hung out with Natalia Abelo, another dear friend from there also.     We visited the Caribbean Coast and the Sierra Nevada, and soaked in the ancestral knowledge of two indigenous groups, the Arhuacos and the Kogis Above: ...

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Común Tierra and Canto al Água!

Posted on March, 15 2012

Water, source of life, the mother who gives us everything and teaches so much, we need you so much, and care for you so little... Water, symbol of receptivity and life, is perhaps the element that most needs our love and support in a world of so much devastation, pollution and waste. We want to share with you a beautiful movement happening in Colombia to honor and resonate with Water, every year on March 22. On World Water Day, for the third year, Canto al Agua or Sing to the Waters (www.cantoalagua.com) will be taking place. Canto al Agua is a movement of spiritual and environmental activism, aiming to connect to and ...

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Caravana Común Tierra: Biodigestor in La Virgínia, Barter Market in Pachamama, and Varsana the Hare Krishna EcoVillage!

Posted on February, 23 2012

Hello beautiful people! Here's part 2 of our report from the Común Tierra caravan! La Virginia After saying goodbye to our friends Blitz and Katie, we were 5: Ryan, Leti, Lucile, Carol, and Xuan, and we headed up to La Virginia to stay a few days at the site of our new friend Gustavo. Gustavo lives on a farm up the hill and greeted us with open arms (and a box of ranch eggs! Hehehe)   Gustavo had planned to make a biodigester on the family farm, and as we have learned a bit about this, we decided to make an effort to help. First we all watched the Común Tierra video that explains how to ...

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The Común Tierra Caravan: Cali, Salento and Anthakarana

Posted on February, 13 2012

Hello friends! We are back with another blog, full of cheerful news coming from these Columbian lands. We write with full hearts to share one of the sweetest experiences we have had on this trip, the Común Tierra Caravan! During these almost two years (!) traveling, we always had a dream to create a caravan, sharing a part of our trip with friends, creating group experiences, expressing music and art collectively, and living the day-to-day communal life on the road. Through all of our experiences, we have come to understand that one of the most important conditions for a sustainable life is to expand our spirit of the collective, learning to share, to share ...

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Llamado de la Montaña 2012: The First IberoAmerican EcoVillage Gathering!

Posted on January, 29 2012

A Visionary Gathering, a Living Laboratory From the moment we found out about the Consejo de Visiones: Llamado de la Montaña 2012 (Vision Council: Call of the Mountain 2012), we knew we would be there. Even thousands of miles away from the host of the event, Atlantida EcoVillage in the south of Colombia, we heard the call, and marked it on our calendar, a source of inspiration waiting for us in Colombia. We did everything to get there. Of course it wasn’t easy, as the nomadic life is full of surprises and challenges… we were in Mexico at the time, and had to cross half the continent, through Central America and the Panama ...

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