Finca Sagrada. (Sacred land farm)
Finca Sagrada is located in the southern mountains of Ecuador, close to the globally honored eco-village of Vilcabamba. Being close to the Equator yet in the mountains, we experience spring-like weather all year long. Our Biodynamic farm consists of a five hundred hectare mountain (1,200 acres) and about four hectares (10 acres) of lush irrigated pastures, fruit forests and flower and vegetable gardens.
We farm Biodynamically and use permaculture principles. We are very diversified, with milk cows, goats, burros, chickens and bees. We have a food forest with bananas, mandarins, avocados, coffee and more. On the ground we grow traditional crops such as yucca, camote and white carrots plus a variety of vegetables from the Northern hemisphere. We also have a green house and flower gardens. Our aim is to be self- sufficient and sometimes we get pretty close.
Lately we have become very involved with indigenous groups, supporting their traditions. Six years ago, the Kogi shamans (“mamos”) of the Four Nations of La Sierra Nevada of Columbia startled us with new information. They told us that our valley is a sacred energy point of the Earth and that it needed to be reopened. To reactivate the valley, they said we should work with the Palta indigenous people, the original custodians of our area.
As part of this work, the Kogi asked if we would build a traditional Spirit House to connect with theirs, using only natural building materials and no nails. In June of 2018 we started construction with the help of the Kogi and the Palta.
One thing they did not inform us of was that we would need to keep a fire going night and day. Now a key part of our work is to make sure the flame is always safe.
Once this worked out, the Kogi are now organizing to build eleven other Spirit Houses around the world to also connect with theirs. These will also be at sacred sites and will help restore the Earth’s energy grid so that she can function in a healthy way.
Finca Sagrada has an key educational aspect to it. We take in volunteers (see volunteer page) who wish to learn about farming on a small scale and we also help them work out their life destiny path. Farm partner Susan Davis Moora has made that her life’s specialty and is very helpful.
We also hold KINS (see KINS web page) meetings where people from all over the world come and experience living simply, deepening their connection to Earth with indigenous ceremony and strengthening their own life path.
Members of our our community.
The farm was bought in 2009 by Walter and Susan Davis Moora. Over the years, the community has expanded and now includes an Association that makes long-term farm and development decisions.
The main members are:
Susan Davis Moora has organized small innovation networks in solar, organics, social investing, women’s economic empowerment, socially-responsible business, micro-enterprise, life purpose and local living economies over a 35-year period. She teaches groups how to go into their higher selves to create innovations good for all. She also coaches individuals on how to trust their intuition to take risks around their values to find their destiny path of joy.
Susan’s company, www.CapitalMissions.com, recently gifted Green America (GreenAmerica.org) with the sustainability innovation method it developed over 23 years. See http://KINSinnovation.org for those stories and information. Susan’s book, The Trojan Horse of Love, tells her personal story of finding her life’s purpose while also telling the story of her 30 KINS Innovation Networks.
Walter Moora was born in the jungles of Borneo in 1949 of Dutch parents. As a youth, his family lived in Malaysia and England and finally, when he was 9, in New Zealand. By the end of high school, he knew he wanted to be a farmer and began his life’s path. Walter soon realized that conventional farming fought nature instead of working with her so he left New Zealand in 1972 to learn Biodynamic farming, which works intimately with nature. For the next thirty-five years, he lived in the U.S., working on Camphill community farms or his own farms.
In 2001, he met and married Susan and they have been weaving their work together ever since. In 2007, they began living in Vilcabamba, Ecuador, for a substantial part of the year. Here Walter wrote his book, A Farmer’s Love,( available at Amazon) and he and Susan started giving workshops on their beautiful farm in the mountains of Ecuador. To learn more about Walter, you can read his book, “A Farmer’s Love” at http://www.amazon.com/Farmers-Love-Biodynamics-Meaning-Community/dp/0983198411
Cristian Ojeda joined the farm in 2003. and does much of the farm work. He was born in Tumianuma-Vilcabamba and spent his childhood in the valley of Tumianuma. At fourteen, he began to travel extensively around the country of his birth. At twenty-four, he had an opportunity to travel to Ireland to a Camphill community in Glencraig where he apprenticed working on the land. Upon his return, he realized how much he loves his home country and land with pure water and air. Cristian is dedicated to learning and teaching the cultural ways of his family who live with health and happiness. He loves his land dearly.
Jose Calva joined the farm in April of 2018. He has many years of farming and gardening experience and is the president of the Palta people, the indigenous of this area. He is still very active in the work of promoting indigenous ways.
What The Land Is Saying To Us
We are holding the space for an inspirational community to materialize and exemplify consciousness that can sustain this land and our sacred valley. We would love for more individuals or families to join us on a longer-term basis. .
The building of the Spirit House was an important step for Finca Sagrada. To support it, we are finding funding to restore the surrounding mountains through reforestation using traditional Palta methods. We are also helping the indigenous Palta Tribe to revive their traditions in weaving and agriculture and to strengthen their spiritual traditions.
We have a great team working on these ideas and as funding becomes available, we will implement them.
All community and farm decisions are based on the KINS operating principles (KINS signifies that ‘we are all one’). Apprentices and partners invited into Finca Sagrada are those who find, over time, that they enjoy using these time-tested and spirit-based Operating Principles (Also see KINSinnovation.org.)
KINS Operating principles
- Our strategy is generosity
- A deal is a good deal when it is good for all concerned, especially Earth.
- We each do what we love to do and do well and little else.
- We sit at the table of unknowing about manifesting conscious sustainability on Finca Sagrada and we invite Spirit to co-create with us for the highest good of all concerned.
- When we feel triggered, we go within and ask what within us is asking to be healed. We manifest whatever help we need to do the inner work to come back to our community with our story of our transformed relationships with ourselves and others.
- We take responsibility for healthy relations and communications with community members.
Our mission is that we are creating an intercultural biodynamic farm community serving our sacred sites within Chirusco Valley near Vilcabamba.