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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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Urban Agriculture in Florianópolis

Posted on March, 21 2016

Happy Equinox everyone! We're writing from Florianopolis, where we've been getting to know some of the local activists, organic markets, seed savers and other projects in the area. This past Sunday we visited one of the local Community Gardens, called the Pacuca Garden. The island of Florianopolis has an awesome Group for Community Gardens in different areas around the island, which is growing quickly, organizers told us. You can see a work-in-progress map of some of these initiaves here: http://novash.com.br/agricultura-urbana-em-florianopolis/ Here are a couple of photos from our visit (see more in gallery above): This flyer has the names of different gardens with the community work day schedule for the public to get involved: Happy ...

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On the Road in Rio Grande do Sul, south of Brazil!

Posted on February, 21 2016

After a couple weeks full of activities in the Porto Alegre area, Común Tierra headed off to explore a bit of Rio Grande do Sul, and some of the sustainable communities in the region. There are a lot of projects in this region, and because of our pregnancy, we had to be selective and decided to visit 3 projects:   Nova Santa Rita: Landless Peasant’s Movement Settlement Our first stop was to visit our friends Olair and Gorete and their family farm in Nova Santa Rita. After spending many years as organizers with the MST (Movimento Sem Terra or Landless Peasant’s Movement), Olair and Gorete decided it was time to live off of the land themselves, ...

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Común Tierra getting out in Porto Alegre!

Posted on January, 27 2016

Dear friends, Since our arrival in Brasil, Común Tierra has been busy with lots of activities in the capital city of Rio Grande do Sul: Porto Alegre, which is the city Leticia grew up in. We hosted multiple events in the Agroecological and Organic Market, with Minhoca and several exhibits, then workshops and activities at the Vila Flores cultural center, and also giving a talk at the World Social Forum!   AGRO-ECOLOGICAL MARKET We've had a friendship with the Menino Deus organic market for several years, trading seeds, sharing talks and activities with the farmers, in what is of the oldest organic markets of Brasil. Now for the first time, we arrived with Minhoca and ...

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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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We’re celebrating: Común Tierra arrived in Brasil!

Posted on December, 04 2015

After 5 and a half years traveling through Mexico, Central America and South America, after touching down at the continent's most southern point and then turning back north, we have arrived in the 14th country of our project: Brasil! We found this tiny Brazilian flag abandoned on a rural highway in Patagonia, Argentina.... now we can finally put it to use!  Since the beginning of this journey, we said we were going from Mexico to Brasil, even though we thought it would take a maximum of 2 years to get there. You make the road by walking, they say, but Brasil was the closest things we had to a final destination. And after ...

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Building Living Roofs in the Permaculture School of Uruguay!

Posted on November, 24 2015

Just one week after the Uruguayan National Communities Gathering, we made our way up through the mini-mountains of Rocha (even visiting the highest peak of the country at just under 1700 feet above sea level) towards La Escuela de Vida en Permacultura (The School of Life in Permaculture). Elda Villalba, founder of the project and a friend we first met in June 2015 during CLAP and ECCO in Colombia, is known as one of the pioneer Permaculture practitioners and instructors in Uruguay. And as an added bonus, our visit coincided with a workshop on Living Roofs and Roof Tiles led by Bioconstrucción Zunandi.   Over the course of just two days, we installed a ...

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The 2nd Annual Uruguayan Communities Gathering!

Posted on November, 12 2015

Dear friends -  Común Tierra continues en route in Uruguay with lots of activities and visiting several local projects. One of the interesting events we have participated in was the National Uruguayan Communities Gathering which took place Nov. 7 - 8 in a community called (for now) 'La 23' in the foothills of Rocha.  This gathering had happened regularly many years ago, but was put on pause for several years, and in 2014 was picked up again. That makes 2015 the second edition, which brought together about 60 adults and many children.  The purpose of the event was to be more internal (the invitation was not shared openly for example) to have a space ...

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