Learn hands-on about how to build a sustainable and regenerative world.
We are Ashley and Patrick, a couple of Chicagoans turned Uruguayans. We have moved our family to Uruguay to learn how to practice a form a regenerative agriculture and sustainable living. We want to share our lives and networks here in order to expose others to resilient ways of living that exist here in Uruguay.
South America is at the cutting edge of envisioning a sustainable future from the landless peasants movement of Brazil (MST) to being home to the former ‘poorest president in the world’ Jose Mujica. Uruguay is an ideal place to consider a future that is not only sustainable, but regenerative. We want to consider how to find a way for humans to live well while making the Earth healthier and more habitable, both socially and ecologically.
In our courses and projects, we consider how to take on this task by melding classroom learning with international field experience. How do you set up a cyclical waste system and why is it important? How does social equality contribute to a resilient society? How do economic systems impact how we interact with nature? What are the ways in which our micro decisions scale-up and how do we consider those decisions in daily life? We will contemplate these questions through the lens of history, philosophy, literature, cinema, art, agriculture, sociology, and environmental studies. We want to teach you both the philosophy and practice so that you may bring these principles to your corner of the world.
Consider some of the words of students who have been through our program:
“I learned how important sustainable living is not just because of the environmental impact is has but also because it is also very economical. Hearing that Martin and Paola were going to make a mud house blew me away. Before meeting them I did not know anyone that lived a more sustainable life than them.”
“Active citizenship and direct service can have deep impacts that help improve other people’s lives or makes their lives a bit easier. I was able to experience this first hand and it really drives in the idea of what you are doing. Once you see it in person you will only want to do more to help.”
“On this trip, I learned that service is more easily accessible than I thought. If I see a problem or want to help a cause, I realize that I can find the people that can get me involved. I will also actively promote good and sustainable ideas since I got to learn about them in Uruguay and want to share with my friends and family.”
“The world that we live in seems as if it is growing smaller and smaller and the way people notice this is through cultural diversity. People notice different mannerisms, customs, foods, language, clothing etc. These things are very interesting to me and I love learning about them and how they came about.”
“I just wish I could do another one next year but there’s that whole graduation thing in May! Overall, this was an amazing and eye-opening experience.”
“I wanted to tell you guys just how much I appreciated this opportunity and all I have learned from your family and way of life. I raved to my parents and all my friends about how much I loved Uruguay and all the people we got to help. I feel so lucky to have gotten to go on this trip and meet all of you. Currently in the process of setting up a recycling initiative in my sorority (baby steps) and composting all our left over food to the back yard area, to hopefully start a small garden! Moscow is cold, windy and I have yet to see the sun. I could really use an afternoon at the beach and eating some of Pablo Jordan’s delicious food. I am so grateful for your hospitality and wish you guys all the best!”