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Special Update

Geoversity

Over the last year, Earth Train has been coordinating the planning of Geoversity

Geoversity is a newly formed alliance of entities that share a commitment to “learning from and partnering with nature”.

Evolving as an ecosystem blending science, business and the arts, Geoversity is dedicated to modeling ways whereby human design, enterprise and creative expression can evolve and thrive inspired by nature and in harmony with nature. Among the institutional founders of Geoversity are Earth Train Foundation; Rainforest Capital; Forest Finance; the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard University (TECH); the Center for Spatial Studies at the University of Redlands; and Fundación Ciudad del Saber.

Earth Train is currently hosting Geoversity.org, that is the secretariat of the alliance that will ultimately become a separate not-for-profit corporation.

Coming soon: Growing the Geoversity Ecosystem edited by Dr. David S. Ricketts of the Center for Technology and Innovation at Harvard University, a report on the Geoversity planning session held in Panama in February, 2016.

Visit geoversity.org for more details.

Our Mission and Vision

Earth Train envisions a world where human values, enterprise and habitat are in harmony with nature. Our mission is to promote biocultural renewal—that is the practice of creating sustainable communities and institutions in harmony with nature and enriched with biological and cultural diversity.

We work toward our mission through:

  • Peer-to-peer teaching
  • Peer-to-peer networking
  • Cross-cultural and cross-generational coaching and mentoring
  • Experiential learning
  • Creating learning organizations
  • Cultivating biocultural business

Recent News

Launch of JIBE. Environmental Youth Conference

By Atala Beckford 18 August, 2016

Launch of Jóvenes Innovando para la Biodiversidad y la Ecología (JIBE).

The workshops and conferences that we will be organizing in town, together with secundaria school's students, will be based on the importance and protection of the environment and its main goal will be to train youth students about the proccess of planing, conservation and creation of innovative eco-friendly projects. Frame of reference:

  • Teaching and learning about environment and biodiversity protection.
  • Student will be multiplier agents in the initiaves for a greener and healthier Panama.
  • Creation of youth-led and youth-oriented projects.
  • We will count on renowned lecturers from the ACP, Biomuseo, GIN, Caminando Panamá, Roba Morena, Ignacio Zea and Lider Sucre.
  • Welcome speech by the Vice Mayor of Panama, Raisa Banfield

Date: August, 20th 2016

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Location: Ateneo at City of Knowledge

Price: B/. 10.00 per participant (including lunch)

Book your ticket: info@earthtrain.org

We look forward to meeting you!

Come to our Music Awareness Workshop with Yomira John!

By Atala Beckford 15 January, 2016

Yomira John Music Sensibilization Workshop Flier

Official Release: The Mamoni Valley Preserve Video

By Kael Shipman 15 August, 2015

Corazones Contentos Plants New Seeds

By Elliot Blumberg 28 July, 2015

Pablo and Rachel prepare to bring the donated food down in Centro Mamoní’s workshop. Talks with Isabel, El Valle’s teacher, were productive and positive. Pablo unwraps the food donations for the town. The students enthusiastically participate in storing food donations. Soon, this town will be nutritionally independent! Marcelino explains the success and productivity of his garden to Rachel and Pablo.

Today, in the ongoing effort to promote food security in the Mamoní Valley, co-directors of food production and community management - Pablo Tocalini and Rachel Worthington - ventured out to El Valle to start talks with the local teacher about building community gardens there in the future. The plan is to replicate the success of San José’s community gardens in every community. They also spoke to locals about their own agricultural ventures and to get the town buzzing about the prospect of a public garden. Finally, the duo distributed food donated from the International School of Panama. We hope to find contented hearts in El Valle soon enough!

GRIT Graduation

By Elliot Blumberg 23 July, 2015

Greetings from GRIT! The participants for GRIT’s pilot program graduated to the city this evening after a four-day, three-night hiking and kayaking adventure that took them through the rainforest, into Guna Yala and out onto the region’s islands.

The journey commenced with a four-hour hike from Centro Mamoní to the Mamoní River. After practicing for a bit, GRIT dove in and spent the rest of the day on the river paddling to the campsite, where we got our tarps, hammocks and tents set up.

The next morning, after a hearty breakfast of oats and peanut butter, the GRIT squad stepped back onto the ultra lightweight kayaks and set off for Cangandí. After a light lunch at Cangandí Falls, the group surged on to the town, where the village kids met them to play in the river. The playing and dancing laster long into the night.

The final day and night were spent on the Guna Islands, where GRIT got an insider’s look into one of the Guna traditions of communal creation and imbibing of chicha fuerte - or fermented sugarcane (sorry, no photos were allowed!). And finally, the crew snorkeled, showered, relaxed and bedded down on Isla Aroma.

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Contented Hearts on Children's Day

By Elliot Blumberg 22 July, 2015

Shoutout to all the moms that make Children’s Day possible! Thanks for all the hard work! Devon and Kirsten color with the kids of San José The boys coloring on the comedor floor Pablo, co-director of food production and community outreach, premieres Tarzan to an excited crowd of young ones Rachel, co-director of food production and community outreach, helps prepare the day’s lunch Pool party! We inflated the kayaks and brought out the wind-surfer for everyone to enjoy And to top off the day, breaking the piñata

Despite an enormous rainstorm that made complicated transport, Children’s Day at Centro Mamoní went off without a hitch. We picked up the students, parents and teacher from San José and returned for a day of coloring, cartoons, piñatas, food and playing in the pool.

Kael, Rachel and our awesome volunteers - Bonnie, Devon and Kirsten - colored with the kids while the parents prepped lunch. Afterwards, Pablo premiered the animated film Tarzan for the kids - a visual delicacy for people in the valley, many of whom don’t have access to TV or the internet. Everyone took special care while playing in the pool, but that didn’t stop us having fun, which continued with breaking the piñata.

Overall, it was a positive day and we can’t wait for the next excuse to bring up San José’s students!