What does Ecología mean?

Ecología is a Greek word and concept meaning "knowledge of the home". It Encompasses family, community, the natural environment, culture, ancestry and past, present and future time being in constant and interdependent relationship with each other.

Principles, Philosophy & Approach:

Socio-Political Context

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Ecología Rising is rooted Community Education philosophy which views each community as an interdependent organism that is able to rise up collectively to realize self-actualization. For a community to achieve its fullest potential, every member contributes to its overall functioning. The Community Education philosophy believes that collective wisdom already exists in every community, but often lies dormant like seeds under ground. We work to germinate these seeds.

The philosophy of Ecolgía Rising is one of healing fractillic levels. Borrowing from The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, we acknowledge racism as the ‘big foot’ that permeates and affects every level and sector of society. Relying upon capitalism and patriarchy, white supremacy and racism must be actively addressed, called out, interrupted and dismantled on individual, family, community and societal levels. We are an aspiring anti-racist organization that examines, analyzes, trains and unlearns how we have been conditioned to think, and question what we have been taught to understand as true.

The ecología philosophy, like social ecology, strives to heal the divide between humanity and nature. To first be in right relation to either our own humanity, or to be connected with nature, we must un-learn the systems of oppression that keep us relating to ourselves and each other in a way that is disconnecting and violent. How can we start with ourselves and work on decolonizing our own thoughts in order to reconfigure systems of connection that heal our relationships to ourselves, each other and the nature? It is with this lense that all of our work in relationship stems- this is the socio-political lense and context through which we work.

The Role of Imagination

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We believe unlocking people's uninhibited imaginations is the key to accessing and creating a new paradigm and way of being in the future. If we are to create an innovative, sustainable, ecologically, economically and socially just world of today and tomorrow, we need to radically change our past and current mindsets to create new visions of the present and future.

“The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination” -Albert Einstein


Primary Facilitator:

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Sophia Maravell started facilitating groups as a community and political organizer in 2012. She began holding individual and collective visioning sessions during and after her Master's thesis work in Community Education at Goddard College. She believes having a clear vision is the first step toward transformative change in individuals, communities and society. She has worked with individuals, communities and non-profits in the United States and Guatemala as a facilitator. Sophia is passionate about creating beloved communities where both the natural world and people can creatively grow together in a way that is rejuvenative, inspiring and land connected. Sophia has attended Miki Kashtan's workshop on convergent facilitation as well as The People's Institute training on ‘Undoing Institutionalized Racism’, and Training For Change’s workshop on ‘White People Confronting Racism’ and The Liberatory Leadership Project’s ‘Anti-racist Spirituality for White People’ series.

Influences on Sophia's personal philosophy include Joanna Macy, bell hooks, Wendell Berry, adrienne maree brown, Myles Horton, Winona LaDuke, Paulo Freire, Leah Penniman, Linda Stout, Martin Luther King Jr., Vandana Shiva, Miki Kashtan, Martín Prechtel and Jon Young.