Our purpose: Yupaichani means “thank you Pachamama, which includes Earth, Sky and all the beings” in the Quechua language. Our purpose is to create a replicable sustainable model of preserving corridors of land that integrate human settlement and organic regenerative agriculture. To enhance mutual respect and interconnection between the people, the land and all the living beings on the land within the framework of a productive farm. To create a model of humans and nature living in symbiosis. To create a living demonstration of a balanced agro-ecosystem.
Forming a small land-based cooperative with consensus decision-making, with these goals:
Dedicating 70-80% of the land to growing food organically with Permaculture and Biodynamic principles. A minimum of twenty percent of this agricultural land will function as a native-forest preserve integrated with edible forest gardens which provides multiple functions of wild-life habitat for microbial, fungal, bird & native butterfly populations, vermiculture, bees, beneficial insects, as well as support of natural water cycles, shade, and nitrogen fixation.
Making ongoing choices to help heal ourselves and heal the land.
Supporting local and organic argriculture and Permaculture as an education center and place where people can come and learn in many different ways such as workshops, internships and volunteer positions.
Practicing social structures of mutual respect.
Seeking new economic models that do not involve exploitation of land and/or people.
Making choices to enhance ecological balance, social justice and spiritual fulfillment for those directly involved in our project, and beyond.
Recognizing and respecting mutiple forms of assets, such as: social assets, living assets, experiential assets, cultural assets, spiritual assets, and financial assets.
Encouraging profit-sharing, employee-owned business, employee-initiated businesses, and diverse forms of collaboration as found in cottage industry.
Finding ways to move away from labor being bought and sold.
Working with KINS Innovation Networking to evolve the goals and purpose of the project, and to serve as a communication model http://www.kinsinnovation.org/ .
For our first model project adjacent to Finca Vida Verde in San Jose de Vilcabamba, we envision:
Bio-construction model housing for three bioconstruction dwellings suitable for long-term residence.
A Community House for short term occupancy on a time-share or rental basis
All buildings not to exceed 20-30% of the square meters of the property.
Integrating this model into our vision for reforestation for Vilcabamba Valley, and beyond. (Water Security meets Reforestation.5.15)
The organizational structure will support us in these ways:
· Now that we have realized the purchase of the property, we plan to form a business as an Ecological Education Center, which will hold the deed to the property. This will make it possible for people to join the project at differing levels of investment as business share-holders. As a share-holder company, we will have the fluidity to allow people to join the project as homeowners or investors, and also to sell their “parcel”, whether it be a home, or shares, at current market value, if they choose. New homeowners would join upon consensual agreement with all other current land partners .
· Our association with existing foundations will help us qualify for grant funding.
Some possible Options for involvement:
Activation Founding Member--$20,000. provides rights to build a house, four houses maximum
Community Time Share Member—1 week/year for one year $140
2 weeks/year for one year $280
1 month/year for one year $540
3 month/year for one year $1570
For example, an investment of $10,000. would provide a second home for one month per year for 18 years. Or, you may just want to contribute as a way to support the creation of models of sustainability, for Vilcabamba valley and beyond.See our vision of how to support growing models of water security and its relationship to reforestation in this link: