Our team includes people from different parts of the world and different cultures. Our passion is working to improve the state of nature and the living conditions of local people through the principles of Permaculture. Our goal is to support Caimito so it becomes a model of community-driven sustainable development, working together and in harmony with Mother Earth.
To realize our objectives of ecological sustainability and social development, it is very important to share our way of living and our knowledge. We seek to raise awareness about the importance of living in connection and equilibrium with nature as opposed to following the fractured and unbalanced system that current consumer society demands. Therefore, we welcome people from everywhere and from all fields to enrich each other and to help us to achieve our goal.
The team in charge of carrying out this program is formed by the following ecologically-minded individuals:
George Fletcher was born in Peru. He is a biologist and an expert in Tropical Permaculture. He is in charge of all tasks related to agroecology in the area and is the coordinator of the Regenerative Agriculture Project. He also works as an adviser for different farmers’ organizations, local associations and Non-profits. He speaks perfect English, serves as the director of some of the practices, and is in charge of the theoretical lessons of this program.
Diego Tejedor was born in Spain and received his Sociology degree at the University of Madrid. He first came to Caimito as a volunteer, then fell in love with the place and is now an active member of the community. Given his background in sociology, he is highly committed to the development of the local population, but he is also an avid supporter of environmental conservation and the ethical principles of Permaculture. Like George, Diego also speaks very fluent English. He is the volunteer coordinator of this program.
Rogelio Simbaña is a native Ecuadorian of indigenous descent. In 2005, he obtained his diploma in Design and Consulting in Permaculture at the prestigious IPEC in Brazil. Since then, he has worked with indigenous people, nationally and internationally, in matters such as sustainable building, technical management of water, renewable energy, etc. He is a founding member of the Seed Guardian’s Network of Ecuador, which works for the recovery and conservation of ancestral seeds.
Fabiola Mosquera was born in Caimito and is the current President of the Asociación Caimito Sustentable. She is an expert in ecological agriculture, especially in the cultivation of cacao and other fruits. Her role in this program is to teach the practical portions by leading the mingas (collective work) in the agroecological farms.
Isidro Suárez has worked as a farmer for his entire life. A decade ago he had his first contact with Permaculture and since then has become an expert on various topics within the broad field of Permaculture, such as ecological agriculture and sustainable building. He, like Fabiola, is in charge of directing the mingas in the agroecological farms.
Jorge Domínguez was born in the southern coast of Ecuador and is very committed to environmental conservation. He is our expert on issues related to the improvement of soil fertility as well as the restoration of watersheds. He assists in leading the mingas for volunteers to put theoretical concepts into practice.
There is also a very special group of people that will be working as consultants and, when they are in Caimito, also as teachers of some of the modules:
Ben Murray arrived to Caimito 10 years ago and shared and spread the profound level of permaculture knowledge he learned from his experience in the US and Brazil. He is an ecological designer and an expert in water systems and soil fertility and also works in eco-construction.
Gregory Landua has a B.S. in Environmental Science and Ethics from Oregon State University, and an M.S. in Regenerative Entrepreneurship and Design from Gaia University. Gregory’s current work focuses on regenerative supply chain development for tropical ingredients. He develops permaculture projects based on his profound understanding of relationships between ecological agriculture, the political climate, and business.
Luke Smith is an ecological designer and educator with a deep commitment to landscape regeneration, ecological agriculture, food sovereignty, and regenerative enterprise development. He holds a B.Sc in Biology from the University of Sussex and an M.Sc in Conservation Biology from University College London.