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Sustainable communities and projects in Ecuador!

Posted on January, 25 2013
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The Woman and Environment Association The Woman and Environment Association
Saraswati Saraswati
Sacred Sueños Sacred Sueños
Seed Savers Network (Red de Guardianes de Semillas) Seed Savers Network (Red de Guardianes de Semillas)
Bioflora Seed Garden Bioflora Seed Garden
Comuna Tola Chica Comuna Tola Chica
Tinku Permaculture Center Tinku Permaculture Center

Hello Family! We are writing to let you know we have published the projects we visited in Ecuador on our Map of Ecovillages and Ecological Projects in Latin America! Ecuador, this beautiful little country, is home to a surprisingly diverse ecological movement with some very interesting and peculiar projects. When we first arrived to the country, we participated in the 'Call of the Ilaló Peace Village.' During the gathering, we learned that the ecovillage movement in Ecuador is in an initial stage, and is not yet as organized and developed as the EcoVillage Network of neighboring Colombia. The gathering took place in Tumbaco, a city close to Quito that is home to several alternative ...

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Común Tierra visits the Ecuadorian Amazon!

Posted on November, 20 2012

The Amazon has a mystique, famous for its abundant rivers and giant trees, full of wildlife and Indigenous peoples. "The world's largest rainforest," say ... "The lungs of the Earth", they say ... But it also has another fame, the sad image of deforestation, mining and petroleum extraction, and huge burnt areas to make room for cattle or GMO soybeans. With all this and more in our minds and hearts, in late August we descended from the Ecuadorian Andes down to the Amazon, to seek our first contact of the trip with this great Madre Selva (Mother Jungle), to feel her pulse and breath her fresh wet air... Looking for a more ...

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Ecuador: Adventures around Tumbaco and Snow for the first time!

Posted on September, 07 2012

Hola friends! We are here sitting with the question: how to describe a whole month? When we started this post we wanted to share with you a bit of news from the last month and a half in Ecuador, but so much happens in one month, how can we fit it all into a post? Well, we’re going to give it a shot… In early August, energized after the Llamado del Ilalo gathering, we stayed a few weeks in the Tumbaco area (near Quito) at the home of our dear friend Alfredo, from which we visited several projects and held maaaany seed exchanges. Tumbaco is the headquarters of the Network of Seed Guardians of ...

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The Ilalo Peace Village

Posted on August, 09 2012

Prayers over sacred fire and palo santo, workshops on clowning, permaculture and the Andean cosmovision, Afro-Ecuadorian food, and countless smiles and hugs. Welcome to the Ilalo Peace Village, which from August 3 to 5 brought together 70 people to share experiences and knowledge, and live together for 3 days. The gathering was the first of it’s kind in Ecuador, with the intention of establishing itself as an annual gathering to foster the culture of peace and sustainable communities in Ecuador. We offered several activities during the event, including a workshop on bike-machines with live demonstrations, and a talk about what we have found and learned during our trip. We also gave a report on ...

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Ecuador Begins: Seed Exchange, Crafts, Fair Trade and Community-based Tourism

Posted on May, 11 2012

Welcome to Ecuador! After a long drive through the Sugarcane fields of the Cauca Valley, Colombia, and then passing through beautiful mountainous desert landscapes, we passed through the Colombia-Ecuador border with ease... what a pleasant surprise! Before we knew it we were driving an impressively well-maintained highway into Ecuador, just as night fell around us. The next day we drove down to Otavalo, hailed as the crafts center of Ecuador, famous for it's animal and artesania markets, where by chance we found a nice campsite designed for campers and RV's! This is Kichwa (or Quechua) territory, a diverse people spanning the entire range of the Andes from Colombia down to Argentina. The Kichwa ...

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