We see the current state of the world as unbalanced, both with nature and with ourselves, it’s easy to see when looking at all the obvious economic, politic, humanitarian and environmental crises.
We believe it is possible to rediscover a new way of living, one that helps maintain ecosystems and human happiness and development in a balanced way. Our mission is to become a central hub for the development and application of this new concepts of community and economic structures, always striving to improve the state of the environment and of human life in the process. We believe in a more humane future developing in a sustainable way without disrupting the ecosystem we depend on for survival.
This is a global movement already happening, many feel the increasing need for it, and we are part of it, we will keep supporting it’s growth and discovering new solutions for it, our mission is rather simply, to make sure life, both non-human and human, arrives to the future in the best possible way and under the best possible conditions, and we believe community, sustainability, and caring for others and the ecosystem is the best way, if not the only way, of doing so.
AT OUR CORE
EL NAGUAL sees that in order to truly discover a new way of living that is gonna be sustainable and contribute to the flourishment of people and nature alike we need to focus on 5 key aspects
The key is Permaculture, and it is all about working with nature rather than against it or through it, adjusting our behavior patterns and production processes to its natural cycles and symbiotic relationships. And through the study and application of our current understanding of the natural world and through the responsable use of different technologies, both ancient and new. It is possible to be Sustainable and help people and ecosystems, grow and flourish.
New systems of values, behavioral patterns and directions for life must be develop, this include spiritual, cultural, personal and political orientations. But we believe this must be ever evolving, and always respect the freedom of people to choose or believe as they see fit in a personal level.
We encourage an ever open and ever ongoing philosophical discussion, where all ideas can be presented and confronted with rationality and their usefulness, we do not believe in forcing people down through any path, no one has the absolute truth, but we all might carry bits of it. And by having an open and respectful constant dialogue we will all grow within our personal truths and understanding without the need for being radical.
Art is the voice of culture, is the pictorial representation of an Era’s attitude, is the sculpture of our most internal being materialized. At EL NAGUAL we see art as a fundamental part of healthy human and cultural development, regardless of the medium or the style, art has always been there to shape all that we are that cannot be seen, all that we can be and is yet to come, and all wrong that is happening an is in desperate need for attention. Art is not only a fun little side project of culture, art turns shelter into a home, a person into an individual, art is a way of thinking, of connecting with others, art is a language for everything that scapes the constraining limits of simple words.
It is obvious that the environment is in crisis, being sustainable at this point is not enough given the number of ecosystems facing destruction, a massive effort must be done in order to preserve the ecosystems both near and far, it’s animals, plants, resources and cycles. We all depend on a global natural cycle that goes beyond national or political imaginary borders, from the nutrient rich sand carried by the wind from the Sahara desert that feeds the Amazon rain forest, to the water and CO2 cycles that depend on stable temperature and chemical processes. We must all make an effort to maintain and preserve as many natural ecosystems as possible, for people to secure our presence in the future of this planet we must make sure key ecosystems and biomes preserved and taken care for.
This is global, nothing can be truly accomplished if we just care about our own corner of the world and nothing else. We believe this knowledge and this experiences need to be shared, people need to know about this possibility and this new way of doing things. We want to contribute to the Permaculture and Eco Village movements by empowering people, teaching them the necessary skills for them to build their own communities and Eco projects and become contributors out in the world.
We also strive to Educate ourselves, through trial and error experience, through research and mostly by keeping an open mind and attitude, allowing us to be exposed to all new ideas, concepts and arguments that might come our way from new volunteers, friends or any other source.