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Terra Nova de Corazón is a sacred space where people can come to teach, learn, and heal; a sanctuary for those among us tired of participating in industrial civilization and all its culpability. We are an outdoor schoolhouse where one can learn indigenous living skills, such as growing organic food, tending to animals for milk and eggs, and building solar ovens; a spiritual retreat for yoga, meditation, music, writing and deep personal development.
The world is rapidly changing, for better or worse, and we all have a choice to make - whether to be engaged at the frontlines of this transition, or to simply be a passive witness. As I mature, I increasingly feel a calling - to be in service to my fellow humans, the environment, the world itself. And so I sit, turn inward, and listen - to that calm, inner voice. My intuition has been calling me to Ecuador, to create a sacred space where people can come to teach, learn, heal, and thrive.
A few months ago, I withdrew my life savings and bought a one-way ticket to Ecuador (having never been there before, and speaking very basic Spanish), intending to purchase a suitable property to carry out my vision. I had heard stories of how difficult and lengthy a process this could be, so I was prepared to stay as long as was needed. Miraculously, within days I was shown the land that was calling me to her. A week later, she was mine.
Terra Nova de Corazón is our sanctuary. It is for those among us tired of participating in industrial civilization and all its culpability. We are an outdoor schoolhouse where one can learn indigenous & practical living skills, such as growing organic food, tending to animals for milk and eggs, and building solar ovens; a spiritual retreat for yoga, meditation, music, writing and deep personal development; a home for those who wish to live a deeper and more meaningful existence than one of a piling up inbox and incessant texting - far from the madding crowd.
This vision is supported by my longtime affiliation with the Vedic yoga tradition, through which, I have come to realize our innate and deep interconnectedness - thus my devotion to a life of service, personal responsibility and growth. If what we are doing at Terra Nova intrigues you, moves you, inspires you - please join me in birthing this sacred vision. I look forward to meeting you soon.
$3,000 Installing solar panels, graywater system and solar oven; basic updates/repairs.
$780 Animal rescue: goats ($70 x 6 = $420); chickens ($30 x 12 = $360)
$400 Create organic garden, to feed a dozen humans
$264 fencing around the perimeter, to keep our animals safe
Stretch goal ($$44,444):
Building dormitory-style housing (sustainably, with our own bamboo), with several rooms, for longterm guests; acquiring adjacent land. I am in the process of becoming a certified Death Midwife - serving in hospice, home funerals and green burials. The adjacent land could be used for burial under fruit-bearing tress, continuing the natural circle of life. It also contains more fertile land, for gardening, and an additional building, to house more visitors to Terra Nova.