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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

Official Release: The Mamoni Valley Preserve Video

Corazones Contentos Plants New Seeds

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

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

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!

Corazones Contentos Meet the GRIT-lings

Another synergistic energy between Earth Train programs has descended upon San José! Corazones Contentos has teamed up with GRIT to build four more raised beds to provide future food security in San José and alleviate the town’s dependence on food donations. This (and all other work on the garden) are the product of hours of work from Earth Train’s co-directors of food production systems and community management, Rachel Worthington and Pablo Tocalini. Way to go, team!

Corazones Contentos hopes to replicate this technique in all four villages of the valley, bringing food security and a big boost in quality of life to everyone in Mamoní.

Happy Children's Day!

Here in Panama, Dia Del Niño(a) is celebrated with gifts, food and a community gathering. Rainforest Capital, Earth Train’s closest partner, celebrated it with the students in El Valle. Our crew provided the piñata, food and gifts, but the children brought the spirit!