CALL OF THE MOUNTAIN 2012, Iberoamerican Ecovillage Gathering in Colombia

The municipality of Cajibio, department of Cauca, Colombia, was the site of Call of the Mountain 2012, the largest global gathering of sustainable ecological initiatives and projects in Latin America.  Participating were 421 persons from 26 countries, of whom 126 were able to participate with the gathering’s economic support agreements.  A festive and efficient convergence of mutually supportive work, community living and respect that brought together people from Germany, Ecuador, Chile, Japan, Spain, Argentina, United States, Mexico, Venezuela and Brazil among other countries, bringing proposals and activities in the areas of ecology, social action and the arts.

Cauca, a zone that once was named a center of conflict, is today the scene of transformation; from the 7th to the 14th of January, the brilliant green of its mountains was the backdrop for the Council of Visions, an autonomous movement organized around themes of the earth, peace and good living—Sumak Kawsay.

This process resulted in the creation of the Council of Sustainable Settlements of the Americas—CASA, where permaculture, diversity, unity and collective intelligence are the strengths for social change, practiced by a network of persons, organizations, collectives, artists, ecovillages, eco-neighborhoods, craftspeople, agriculturalists and eco-communities.


The center for meetings was the Maloka Pambasa, meaning “house of everyone”, located in the Atlantida ecovillage and constructed of guadua (bamboo), reintroducing the ancestral practice of the minga (work exchange), and expressing the highest artistic values of sustainable architecture.  In the words of Hector Buitrago of the group Aterciopelados “with this event we are preparing ourselves for facing the transformations of 2012 and to fortify the network of conscious artists of Colombia”.

Other notable participants and their most significant contributions were:


  • Alberto Ruz of the Rainbow Caravan “this is a gathering of tribes, a council of cultures.  It points towards the apex of global cultural integration”.
  • Pedro Medina, Colombian businessman and cofounder of Yo creo en Colombia (I believe in Colombia) “these have been 5 days of the greatest learning of my life; it’s necessary that this movement reach the different circles of Colombian society”.
  • Holger Hieronimi, expert in permaculture and founder of Tierramor “today it’s not enough to be sustainable, we can’t sustain the form of life that we’re presently      living, we need to develop a regenerative culture”.
  • Emilio Fiel Miyo, recognized globally in the area of planetary change “machismo (male chauvinism) negatively affects men and women, therefore feminine liberation takes place in both by means of awakening creative energy.This gathering is a call to all the warriors who make up humanity, accept us as we are,      integrating our light and our shadow”.
  • Bruno de Sacha Wasi, an Amazonian Andean farmer with more than 45 years experience in developing technical knowledge of permaculture that gathers Latin American ancestral wisdom, brought us present to the fact that “the earth knows what it needs, and the indigenous people who have known how to listen to      it are key players in the sowing of the new humanity”.
  • Diana Leafe, member of the council of the Ecovillage Network of the Americas and ambassador of GEN Europe, explained the fundamental aspects of Holocracy, a system of harmonic and horizontal organization that appears in her book “Creating A Life Together”.
  • Barbara Stützel of ZEGG forum, shared her experience as an ecovillage member, a mature process that transformed a women’s prison into an ecovillage and that has been in development for 20 years.
  • Rikki Nitzkin, weaver of networks and founder of the Straw Construction Network “we have the right and the responsibility to create the world that we want to live in”.


Pictures (Ivan Swayer)

Pachamama, Antakarana, Red Cunagua and Aldeafeliz were the locations of former gatherings of the Call of the Mountain which have been realized during the past six years in various ecovillages of the country.  This has been possible thanks to the constant work of the organizing team of Renace formed by Beatriz Arjona, Jorge Calero, and headed by Carlos Rojas, ecological architect and founder of Aldefeliz, located in San Francisco, Cundinamarca department.

This year the Council of Visions was integrated as a mandala whose center is planetary unity, and whose petals are the different councils: art and culture, ecology, economic solidarity, networks and social movements, spirituality, healing, young people, education, new time and ecovillages.

In synthesis, a gathering that bore witness to the relevance of change and reaffirmed the global agreement towards unity, solidarity, transformation and sustainability; a gathering for the new humanity that practices a form of living that’s in harmony with the earth, both in the country and in the city.

For 2013, four simultaneous regional gatherings will be held: in Valle del Cauca, Cundinamarca, Quindío and Antioquia.  And open to the possibility of including other regions as well.

If you dream, spread the word, disseminate it as one note or how you prefer to, notice in whom what you do resonates.

January 16, 2012