Pachamama Alliance

Rating: 4.95 stars   78 reviews

Address:

The Presidio Bldg. 1009, 2nd floor P.O. Box 29191 San Francisco CA 94129 USA

Mission:

To empower indigenous people of the Amazon rainforest to preserve their lands and culture and, using insights gained from that work, to educate and inspire individuals everywhere to bring forth a thriving, just and sustainable world.

Results:

For nearly 20 years, we have worked with the indigenous people of the South-Central region of the Ecuadorian Amazon Basin. During this time, our indigenous partners have successfully resisted all attempts to drill oil in their territory. However, our indigenous partners have requested that we change the "dream of the modern world," shift our relationship to the Earth and its resources, so that the threat of oil exploitation in the Amazon disappears. So, for the past 10 years, we have delivered educational programs to thousands of participants, helping them awaken to the needs of our time, and become inspired to take action for a just and sustainable future.

Target demographics:

Indigenous people of the Amazon rainforest, and pro-activist leaders from all over the world

Geographic areas served:

Ecuador and all over the World

Programs:

We provide funding for numerous workshops and assemblies so that indigenous communities of the Ecuadorian Amazon are fully informed about plans for oil development in their lands, and so that their voices calling for territorial preservation are clearly heard. Our program Jungle Mamas improves maternal & family health in Achuar communities by providing Clean Birth Kits and educational workshops on birthing practices, and neonatal health. Jungle Mamas also builds composting toilets to maintain healthy water for communities. Our Awakening the Dreamer Symposium wakes up individuals everywhere to how the way we live impacts the whole world around us, including the Amazon rainforest, towards bringing forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling and socially just human presence on this planet. Our Up to Us engagement pathway provides opportunities for Symposium participants to continue to take action to create a world where our indigenous partners no longer have to struggle to keep their rainforest home safe.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Six years ago I attended a Pachamama "Awakening The Dreamer Changing The Dream Symposium", which changed my life. When I heard the question, "Does anyone want to learn to facilitate a Symposium?" I swiftly raised my arm, am now a Facilitator of many Symposia, have visited the Rainforest twice, and joyfully contribute financially on a monthly basis to the Pachamama Alliance. My money is invested in all ways that support, protect and benefit all life on Earth. No exceptions. I give the Pachamama Alliance the highest rating possible.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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1 person found this review helpful

This organization has inspired me to get more active on the critical issues of environmental sustainability and social justice. They rock!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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I would recommend this organization to everyone who would like to make a significant impact! Pachamama Alliance educates, inspires then empowers each person to be a part of their commendable vision, "... a world that works for everyone: a socially just, environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilled human presence on this planet ..." My first experience was in July 2011 at an "Awakening the Dreamer" Symposium. I learned more than I knew and wanted to become more involved. Soon, I will be attending a Facilitator Training. Next, perhaps, an eco-friendly trip to Ecuador. I love to be surrounded by a community of well-meaning, heart-driven, and action-oriented individuals. There is no greater need than our planet and there is no greater time than now! Join the Pachamama Alliance as a participant or volunteer. You will be glad you did!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I was a volunteer for nearly four years and now am working in a paid role at Pachamama Alliance. I am passionate about their work and am proud to have worked with them for so long.

The organization and all its' programs are the most grounded, committed, courageous, inspiring, bold, beautiful efforts I have ever worked with.

Activism work is often as the agitated activist which is not often effective at waking people up to where we are in the world and where we need to go. It also creates stress on the activist. And life is stressful enough! Pachamama Alliance brings a sacred foundation to this work. They make no one wrong or evil. And they do this while also creating a sense of urgency.

Their mission of a sustainable, just and fulfilling human presence is now a guiding principle for my life.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I meet people all the time who are shifting their values and taking action from the local to global level. I work with ATD communities around the world and I see what it has shifted in their lives as well as their communities. Changing the dream of the modern world is a big task. It is difficult to measure, but the organizations that are coming together, the changes people are making in their own lives and in their communities are all demonstrations of what this works calls forth.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help it grow its staff. Too few people are doing too much. It is growing rapidly around the world and has done a great job maintaining a simple office and small staff. But expanding to have teams around the world would support efforts on more local levels.

 
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The Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream symposium developed by the Pachamama Alliance is being experienced all over the planet inspiring people to create an ecologically sustainable, socially just, and spiritually fulfilling human presence on the planet. The experience is incredible and such high quality!

Their work with the Achuar in Ecuador (and Peru) to save their piece of the rainforest is incredible...and a real partnership!

Great organization!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Personal responsibility, paying better attention to my actions in many ways. I was also blessed to experience their trip to the Amazon...which was incredible!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

do nothing except hope it gets more money!

 
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2 people found this review helpful

During the event I learned more about The Pachamama Alliance and The Awakening the Dreamer Symposium. While I watched the stunningly beautiful and moving videos and listened to the presenters, I was moved by the inclusiveness of this organization for all groups and communities. It brought together the environment, the human spirit and social justice for all peoples. BAM! Right into my heart.... This is what I wanted for the world. It woke me up to begin discovering what I more I could do in the world. That feeling is still glowing in my heart today....with hope, communities....committed in action in creating a sustainable world.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my awareness of how my daily actions impact my neighbors, my city and other parts of the world.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The growth and development of including global diversity in the Symposium.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

eager, committed people who were learning to balance their passion for the earth, her animals, her flora and her people....with the demands of their everyday lives.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

1) Empower more indigenous peoples of the world to be more effective in saving their rainforests and land from 'Big Oil' in the US (2) Educate and empower more communities to discover what sustainable actions are appropriate to take locally.

Ways to make it better...

......Ummm, it continues to be a wonderful, inspiring experience.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Keeping the message of the Symposium consistent and discovering how to reach more diverse audiences.

One thing I'd also say is that...

This organization has given me more hope for our planet.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

 
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My attendance at a single Symposium changed my sense of the possibility for the human race to live a sustainable, fulfilling and social just life in the near future. It lifted decades of growing gloom in my heart and inspired me to throw myself into action to make a big difference every day. I've seen firsthand the acutely important work the Pachamama Alliance is doing in the Amazon basin and the world-changing impacts of their efforts to support self-empowerment of indigenous peoples, including helping draft elements of the new Ecuadorian Constitution to establish a priori rights of the natural world. Through the Pachamama Alliance, I've met extraordinary people from around the world who are committing their lives to changing the course of society in the most productive and harmonious ways possible. My personal community of friends and colleagues has been joyously invigorated by my work with the Pachamama Alliance, and it has changed my work, my family and my life in wonderful ways.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my life, my family, my community, my professional associations, in national campaigns and in international affairs.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the opportunity to actively leverage my commitment, enthusiasm and skills for rapid change in the world around me.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

extraordinarily committed, skilled, inspired, authentic and conscientious. The staff are astoundingly effective and leverage themselves beautifully for maximum effect across the board.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

exponentially increase the number of people, organizations, and institutions who are actively engaged in bringing forth environmental sustainability, healthy human spirit and social justice.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

 
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As Paul Hawkens recently said, the Pachamama Alliance may well be the most important NGO in the world today for its work in enlisting people by the tens of thousands in changing their lives, their communities, and their social systems to become environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling and socially just. More than 40,000 people have already participated in Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream symposia in at least 28 countries, and the numbers of trained facilitators leading these activism-generating events are multiplying at an ever-increasing rate. The core of the work of this initiative of the Pachamama Alliance is bringing a grounded hopefulness and powerful blessed unrest to community members who are inspired to go out and address the environmental and social needs of their communities in whatever ways they feel they can have the greatest impact. The result is, arguably, the fastest-growing movement generating action for environmental sustainability and social justice in the world today.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

communities across the globe where people are energized to tackle environmental sustainability and social justice, with steadfast will and heartfelt compassion.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

enlist organizations like the national associations of cities, counties and state governments to draw on the commitment and intiative of the Pachamama volunteers to lead community forums on the environment and it's relationship to social justice.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the opportunity to apply my skills and expertise exactly as I wish to support, serve and expand this initiative through working with wonderful people from across the globe.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

the most ground, committed, and visionary people in my life.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach into communities that are waiting for hope and vision to really tackle the challenges of environmental degradation and social injustice.

Ways to make it better...

even more national environmental and social justice organizations had learned about the work of the Pachamama Alliance.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

expanding fast enough to inspire millions of people in the next three years.

One thing I'd also say is that...

This is the new model of responsive and responsible society in action.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-4-01

 
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1 person found this review helpful

Working with Pacha Mama is deeply inspiring. There is a spirit of joy, commitment, hope and commitment to excellence which permeates their work and which moves me to grow to my full potential in serving the great shift in consciousness currently taking place on the planet. Thank you, Pacha Mama Alliance, for being such an inspiration!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

collaboration.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the inspiration I received both for my personal and for my professional life.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated, joyful, passionate and committed to serve in an authentic way.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach even more people with its powerful message, inspiring tens of millions to change their dream and start making new choices. This would radically change the direction in which our world is developing.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

 
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26 people found this review helpful

Pachamama Alliance is changing the dream of the modern world through through their Awakenng The Dreamer Changing The Dream Symposium. http://www.awakeningthedreamer.org Symposium participants come to realize the possibility they have to create the environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling and socially just world we want.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My own improved life, the lives of the people of the Amazon Rain Forest of Ecuador, the inclusion of the rights of Nature in the new constitution of Ecuador, and the Awakening The Dreamer Changing The Dream Symposium participants.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Continue to run it as it is being run, always growing and changing to meet the social, environmental and spiritual needs of our times.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The voice I now have as a catalyst for change,and the high quality friends I have in the Pachamama community.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Individuals highly committed to bringing forth an environmentally stable, peaceful and just world.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Reach more people and empower them to make the personal lifestyle changes needed to reduce the debilitating impacts on our planet's life support systems.

Ways to make it better...

My experience is great.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Financial donor reduction because of our tumultuous economic times.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Because of the commitment level of the global community associated with the Pachamama Alliance, the world is a better place.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

 
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25 people found this review helpful

I've been involved with the Pachamama Alliance as a volunteer for over 3 years. I love the cause: to create an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling and socially just human presence on the planet as the guiding principle of our time. I honored to be a part!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Going to the Amazon rain forest in Ecuador and being with the Achuar people. Being in their community and seeing how they relate to the rain forest is amazing. I experienced how important this area is for all life. Beautiful!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated and tireless!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-11-01

 
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