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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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Recent Activities in Serra Grande and region!

Posted on December, 14 2017

It’s been a while since our last update, so we wanted to share some of our recent activities locally. Let’s start with one of our favorite and most common offerings from our 6 years on the road, a Común Tierra film-screening!  It was great to share a few stories and videos from Común Tierra’s 6 years on the road, and since we only had time to watch 5 videos, we’ll be repeating again soon with more.   Presenting CASA, GEN and Transition Towns A couple weeks after our film-screening, we helped to produce an event to present some of the results of the ECCO gathering in October 2017, and to present the Global Ecovillage Network, ...

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ECCO 2017: The Call to Planetary Resilience

Posted on October, 18 2017

From October 6 to 11, 2017, 250 activists from communities, ecovillages, and the permaculture movement met along with leaders of indigenous communities and representatives from more than 20 countries, at the IBC in Alto Paraíso de Goiás. It was time for the ECCO 2017.   This was the second International Meeting of the CASA Network since it's founding in 2012, and the first with the support and participation of the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN), who brought representatives from 4 of their 5 member-regions around the world (Africa, Europe, Latin America, and Asia). Visolela, from Namibia, representing GEN Africa.   CASA LATINA CASA (aka CASA Latina) used the gathering to facilitate important activities for the network, perhaps the ...

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International Day of Peace! And new video: Make your own toothpaste!

Posted on September, 25 2017

Dances of Universal Peace on the Spring Equinox   Did you know that September 21 is International Peace Day? Falling on the spring equinox in the southern hemisphere and the fall equinox in the north, it's a great day to set aside for community actions to celebrate and build peace, and reflect on the natural cycle of seasons every year.  The international Dances of Universal Peace community has decided to embrace the opportunity to arrange DUP sessions throughout the Americas, and we decided to participate by hosting a session here in Serra Grande, Bahia!  It was a beautiful time, thanks to all who were present!    New Video: How to make your own Natural Toothpaste And below we ...

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Floresta Viva: Promoting a Regenerative Forest Economy in Serra Grande, Bahia

Posted on August, 02 2017

Over the past 6 months we’ve been settling into our new territory of Serra Grande, Bahia, making friends, building community, and getting to know the area as we work on our book and edit other materials from Común Tierra. As we explore the area, we want to share some of our experiences with you, so over the next few weeks we’ll be publishing a series of profiles of some of the ecological projects and communities in the area.   Floresta Viva To tell the story of Floresta Viva (Living Forest), we have to start with a little bit of (modern) history and geography of the region. Serra Grande is just about halfway between ...

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New video shows Lessons Learned from 30 Years in Community

Posted on May, 08 2017

Greetings!  We're excited to share with you the latest Común Tierra video: Lessons Learned from 30 Years in Community, documenting the experience of Ecovila São José in Florianopolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil (ecovila.org.br). The video was a collaboration with CASABE, a project of CASA Latina to document knowledge within the ecovillage movement of Latin America.  Update: English and Spanish subtitles are now available!  More soon, Ryan + Leti   ...

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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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Time Bank in Florianopolis: First communal gathering

Posted on October, 14 2016

Friends, Have you heard about time banks? There's a new one sprouting up in Florianopolis! Sound strange? It's actually a simple and radical alternative economic strategy for building community and decreasing dependency on money. Basically a Time Bank is a platform for the trading of services (and in some cases products, although the primary product is Time and therefore the Time Bank is more service oriented). A key tenet of the Time Bank is that everyone's time is valued equally, so one hour of a doctor's visit is the same as one hour of massage, which is the same as an hour of help in your garden or kitchen. Another key tenet ...

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Común Tierra on the Regenerative Route in Uruguay!

Posted on September, 30 2016

After almost a year in Argentina between comings and goings, we crossed the Uruguay River to arrive in one of Latin America's smallest countries: Uruguay!  The country presents visitors and travelers with a low-key territory and population, one or two gears below the rhythm of it's giant neighbors Argentina and Brasil. Our time in Uruguay was really enjoyable, meeting new friends and allies while documenting local experiences in Permaculture and Ecovillages that are sprouting up organically around the country.  We crossed the border in Paysandú, where on that very day we hosted a Film Screening session (accompanied by lots of yerba mate, of course) with Camino al Sol, an alternative school that we ...

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