Members of our our community
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 greenhouse 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.
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
Susan 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
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 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”
Cristian joined the farm in 2003 and does much of the farm work. He was born in Tumianuma near Vilcabamba and spent his childhood in that valley.
At fourteen, he began to travel extensively around the country of his birth and taught himself English by watching movies and studying.
At twenty-four, he had an opportunity to travel to Ireland to a Camphill community in Glencraig where he apprenticed working on the land and with the disabled people there. Upon his return, he realized how much he loves his home country and land with pure water and air.
Cristian is dedicated to teaching us all the cultural ways of his family and tribe, who live with health and happiness. He has created many innovations on the farm, including the Inca herbal garden, the food forest we could live off of, and he was invaluable in building our Spirit House.
He's now been able to manifest a non-profit to serve the disabled in 3 different nearby communities and that is his life purpose, in addition to always also working on the farm two days a week. He loves this land dearly.
Jose Calva and Carmen Chamba Solano
José Calva joined the farm in April of 2018. He comes from the family of “Comuneros” from his grand-parents, from the Comuna Sasaco. He is from the indigenous identity named Palta, the indigenous of this area.
Carmen Chamba Solano also comes from “Comuneros” grand-parents, from the Comuna Panduana, in the canton Sozoranga.José has a long experience in agriculture, organic farming and permaculture. He has also been very active organizing and leading his comuna and being President of the Palta people. He is still very active in the work of promoting indigenous ways. Nowadays José is working at the farm with Carmen, following the traditional ways from his ancestors, while teaching and sharing knowledge with our volunteers coming from all over the world.Thanks to them, we now have a farm that is multi-diverse and productive, almost self-sustainable. They also try to preserve the seeds that we produce at the farm, to keep on sowing and planting with our own organic and biodynamic seeds.
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 the story of our transformed relationships with ourselves and others.
- We take responsibility for healthy relations and communications with community members.