2013 - PRESENT

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Deforested land bordering our terrain. Thanks to your contributions, we continue to purchase the land surrounding this operation, keeping the surrounding rainforest in tact.  

Conservation Achievements:
 

- Formal cease and desist orders given to three illegal, informal mining crews operating within our lands.

- The immobilization and seizure of wooden logs illegally obtained from the land. 

 

- Protection and conservation of 32 hectares from cattle farming related clear-cutting.

- Formal cease and desist orders given for illegal logging, where hundreds of hectares of primary forests was turned to land intended for farming activities.

- Prevention of illegal hunting by maintaining our presence in the forest, and being vigilant to trespassers. 

- Diagnosis of solid waste management issues in the Quichua community of Puerto Arturo.

- Selectively managing old-growth trees by running limbs to prevent loss of trees to windfall

- Strategic land purchases to form green-belts to prevent future clearcut-logging and deforestation for cattle farming. 

 

 

 

 

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The late Don Angel; elder & master basket weaver of the Quichua Community of Puerto Arturo. Novalis (in conjunction with Xapiri) were the only organizations to document this precious elder´s traditional craft work.

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Cultural and Community-Based Achievements:

Puerto Arturo


- Hosting and patron of a collective action in community art to revitalize and celebrate Quichua roots in Puerto Arturo, with the community in collaboration with others including: Warmayllu, Rolin Coquinche, Xapiri.

- Hosting of master basket weaver Don Angel Canelos in collaboration with Xapiri to visually document the work
 and process of Don Angel's baskets. 

- Research and Development of baseline ethnography of the Quichua speaking Community in Puerto Arturo and the
first grammatical guide of the Quichua variety of the indigenous, Quechua language. 

- Participation in community meetings in the Quichua community of Puerto Arturo.

- The development of a short film, which aims to show elders Doña Aurora and Don Angel talking with their grand child about the past, and the link between language, culture and conservation.

- Legal advice and counseling to formalize the Producers Association of Brazil Nuts in the Basin of Bajo Piedras.

Novalis visitors take a trip to the Quichua community of Puerto Arturo.

Here we have a 6 year relationship with supporting the people through documentation of culture, introduction of sustainability projects, and economic funding/employment of locals. 

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Cultural-Based Achievements:

Boca Pariamanu

- Produced a short documentary film which aims to show the role of native women in Brazil Nut production in the community of Boca Pariamanu.

Produced a short documentary film featuring Jane Quiro; cacao, platano farmer, and medicine woman on her plantation and home in the community of Boca Pariamanu.

- Developed trademark and handling distribution for Jane Quiro's natural products. 

Mari Luz of Boca Pariamanu harvesting brazil nut 

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Marder, one of our Quichua family who lives on site with us, and a fresh pineapple harvest from our food forest. 

Living Immersed in Nature


- Planning, planting and maintenance of a full hectare food forest.
 

- On-going process of learning & practice of local Amazonian Medicine for medical treatments, balanced health & soulful embodiment.
 

- Creating a variety of plant medicines including tinctures, flower essences, steam preparations, teas, decoctions, salves and more.

- Providing visitors with education in ethnobotany, sustainable living, shamanic culture, indigenous community support, as these things are uniquely explored in the Amazon jungle. 


- Running nature-immersion programs for all ages and backgrounds, providing space for up to 20 people.

- Minimizing our site-based impact through soil stabilization, waste reduction, waste-water treatment, and maintaining forest cover. We use windfall for new building projects, or work with wood partners who use ecological principles for harvesting. We are off the grid!