Date: Sat, 17 Dec 2011
Subject: [Gaviotas] Gaviotas - Invitation to Visit in March 2012
We are organizing a trip to Gaviotas (20 people or so) for March 2012, at the invitation of the villagers and Paolo Lugari. You'll find more info about this at: www.friendsofgaviotas.org (there is a discount for signing up in December). Please spread the word, so we can fill the plane that will take us there :-)
Gaviotas is a village of about 200 people in Colombia, South America. For three decades, Gaviotans - peasants, scientists, artists, and former street kids - have struggled to build an oasis of imagination and sustainability in the remote, barren savannas of eastern Colombia, an area ravaged by political terror. They have planted millions of trees, thus regenerating an indigenous rainforest. They farm organically and use wind and solar power. Every family enjoys free housing, community meals, and schooling. There are no weapons, no police, no jail. There is no mayor.
The United Nations named the village a model of sustainable development.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez has called founder Paolo Lugari the "inventor of the world." ...more