Getting to know our Roots and Ourselves – Continuing to plant seeds of change with the youth of Paoyhan

This September 2018, after a very successful Hip Hop workshop, we continued our youth work in the community of Paoyhan. This time, we had fun by engaging in confidence-building exercises, and made an exciting excursion to the new “Farmacia Viva” project site, to connect them to their traditional medicine knowledge. After an incredibly successful Hip Hop workshop with three special guests from Lima, a beautiful spark was lit in Paoyhan. A clear moment of “before and after” happened, where after 3 intense days of songwriting, performance, instrument-playing, an evening show, movie nights, stencil-making, and screenprinting, the children and youth of … Continue reading Getting to know our Roots and Ourselves – Continuing to plant seeds of change with the youth of Paoyhan

Working with indigenous communities

Working with indigenous communities is a wonderful experience. Whether you go as an NGO or a Social Enterprise, you are called to blend in a totally different culture and contribute with your own knowledge and with your own view of the world. Although it is a life changing experience, it’s full of challenges driven by the clash of cultures, the amount of interconnected problems that these communities face and the inherited poor social and environmental work done by others. Working in Amazon Rainforest In this article I want to share an inspiring project, I had the opportunity to film, with … Continue reading Working with indigenous communities

Musical Liberation: Collaborative Cultural Convergence in the Amazon

“One of our greatest challenges and greatest opportunities, remains bridging worlds. Cross-cultural interfaces are paramount for accessing indigenous knowledge through a modern lens, or in this case the musical experience of Liberation Movement. I’m pleased to be collaborating with Liberation … Continue reading Musical Liberation: Collaborative Cultural Convergence in the Amazon

New Forest News: Catalyzing Regeneration on Shipibo Permaculture Sites

  This is the first of a series of blogs showcasing the permaculture demonstration sites Alianza Arkana is supporting. The aim is to cultivate a regenerative eco-social movement for Shipibo communities in Yarinacocha as part of the project “Bena Nii” – meaning ‘New Forest’. They were already working when we arrived at 8:30 in the morning, sweating before the sun broke through the clouds. Looking around me, the Amazonian community of San Francisco was one dominated by tall grass. Amazon? Where are the trees? There is a general belief regarding the Amazon that the profit-driven interests of businesses and governments … Continue reading New Forest News: Catalyzing Regeneration on Shipibo Permaculture Sites