Vision of Alma Tierra’s Center
“A site of radical transformation where the ghost river, the river of the past, flows through the open heart and is articulated in a new way. The intersection of the sky and the earth, the horizontal and the vertical that gives access to the meridians and the circulation of energy in the global body “
– The I Ching
Located in a natural paradise in the heart of Quebec’s Outaouais Mountains, the Alma Tierra Center is a center dedicated to human transformation (personal growth), mindfulness (spirituality) and ecology.
Bridging indigenous lifestyles, traditional cultures, permaculture and today’s world, the Alma Tierra Center is a sanctuary of peace and healing in a unique ecosystem. Located only 1.5 hours from Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, the Alma Tierra Center is easily accessible from all over the world.
In this ideal environment, we offer retreats, trainings and events in a holistic experience led by a multidisciplinary team of experience.
The Alma Tierra Center, retreats, trainings and events aim to help us discover our full potential and our way of serving life to live happier lives and create a world of peace and love in harmony with the earth.
“A radical inner transformation and rise to a new level of consciousness might be the only real hope we have in the current global crisis brought on by the dominance of the Western mechanistic paradigm.” ~ Stanislav Grof, M.D.
“The place where the myth of change takes form, the new story of time.”- The I Ching
The Alma Tierra Center is located on 89 acres of land in the municipality of Ripon in Quebec, Canada. The site is a unique place in nature, an ecosystem rich in diversity both in terms of fauna and flora. There is a river with clear water, many sources of drinking water, mountains with peaks over 300 meters, a forest of beech, oak, maple, cedar, birch and hemlocks mainly. Here you can see animals such as beavers, deer, hares, coyotes, turtles, mink and several species of birds including geese and wild turkeys, the great woodpecker, buzzards and hawks that live there with the seasons. . This unique environment offers a profound connection opportunity for humans with nature.
In this unique place, stands today; a Mongolian Yurt, a large Tipi, a Temazcal (sauna-style sweat lodge), an outdoor kitchen, a tray set up for retreats and events, camping sites and hiking trails.
Aspect of the Alma Tierra's Center
– Connecting with the elements of the natural world, to remind ourselves and become aware that they are integral parts and essential to the ecosystem of the planet and, to foster our link with each of these elements. –
EARTH: Food and Habitat
Permaculture, agroecology, food forests and bio-constructions are the pillars of the Alma Tierra Center. These widely recognized design methods draw on the ways of nature to think and organize human and productive systems. They involve a global vision and are based on a systemic approach to processes and create places where humans have mutually beneficial relationships with their environment, as indigenous peoples have done for a very long time. The goal is to enable individuals to work with nature to develop more autonomous, sustainable, resilient, nurturing and beneficial human relationships and habitats in harmony with the land.
AIR: Communication and Education.
In our view, communication is one of the keys to peace and harmony among humans. We teach communication techniques that have demonstrated a powerful positive impact around the world for decades. These forms of communication are focused on connection, kindness, empathy and non-violence. These include Marshall Rosenberg’s “Nonviolent Communication”, Conscientia Conscientious Communication and Mediation, Dominic Barter’s “Restorative Circles”, Starhawk’s “Healthy Communications Pathways” and the practice of philosophy for children of Frédéric Lenoir and Martine Roussel-Adam. We pass on these lessons through participatory intergenerational education based on the direct experience and daily application of these tools.
Water: Healing and Well-being.
It is by unifying contemporary approaches and ancestral knowledge that we work to guide people in the transition from suffering to happiness. Through these methods, we offer spaces to help processes of transformation and evolutions focused on the healing and well-being of the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual body. It is through nature retreats, individual or group accompaniment, indigenous ceremonies such as sweat lodges, massage therapy and yoga that we create ideal conditions to journey and take root for a new life, better self-knowledge and lasting happiness.
FIRE: Celebration and Gathering.
At the Alma Tierra Center, it is with all generations that we celebrate the cycle of the seasons. We organize gathering, congresses and festivals in relation with the challenges of the current global situation (climate change, deforestation, desertification, mass migration, declining health in industrialized countries, pollution, ocean acidification, depletion of natural resources, etc.) and the sustainable and truly ecological solutions to these challenges. Permaculture, bio-construction, decay, social movement, holistic health, knowledge of indigenous peoples, evolution of consciousness, culture and legislation at the service of the earth and all living things, eco-villages and intentional communities. We also wish to be a place serving the territory, rooted in local life by offering the neighboring population a soothing and natural setting for the organization of recreational or cultural gatherings.
SPIRIT: Mind-Fullness and Spirituality.
Mindfulness consists of an understanding and a right vision, a right thought and emotion, a right word and a right action. It is an essential factor for the release of suffering and the feeling of loneliness. Mindfulness leads to a reduction of stress, it is also used as a means of prevention and cure of depression. It consists of examining matter (especially the body), perceptions, positive or negative mental habits, consciousness, how all things appear, how they last, and how they disappear. It leads to this experience of unity, presence and peaceful joy with the beings, the world and the universe in which we live. To move forward on this path, we live and share teachings such as meditation and processes of spiritual consciousness practiced for thousands of years by the great wisdoms of the world and indigenous peoples.