Alma Tierra’ Sanctuary
“A place 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 sky and earth, horizontal and vertical. It 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 Sanctuary is a place dedicated to Self Realization, Awakening Consciousness and Ecology.
Bridging ancestral wisdoms, indigenous lifestyles, permaculture and today’s world, Alma Tierra Sanctuary is a haven of peace and healing in a unique ecosystem. Just 1.5 hours from Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, the Sanctuary is easily accessible from all over the world.
In this ideal location, we offer retreats, training and events, in a holistic experience, led by a multidisciplinary team.
Sanctuary, retreats, formations and Alma Tierra events have objectives; to help us discover our full potential and our way of serving life in order to live greater happiness while participating in the creation of a world of peace and love in harmony with the earth.
“A radical inner transformation and elevation to a new level of consciousness could be the only real hope in the face of the current global crisis caused by the dominance of the Western mechanistic paradigm.” ~ Stanislav Grof, M.D.
“The place where the myth for change, the new history of the times takes shape.”
The Alma Tierra Sanctuary 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 400 meters, a forest of beech, oak, maple, cedar, birch and hemlocks mainly. 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 hawk 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 plateau for retreats and events, camping sites and hiking trails.
Aspects of the Alma Tierra's Sanctuary
– Connect with the elements of the natural world, to remind ourselves and become aware that they are integral and essential parts of the planet’s ecosystem and, to foster our connection with each of these elements. –
EARTH: Food and Habitat
Permaculture, agroecology, food forests and bio-constructions are the pillars of the development of the Alma Tierra site. These widely recognized design methods draw on the workings of nature to think and organize human and productive systems. They involve a global vision and are based on a systemic approach to processes to 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, nutritious and beneficial human relationships and habitats that are 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, caring, empathy and non-violence. These include Marshall Rosenberg’s “Non-Violent Communication”, Mediation and Conscientious Communication from “Conscientia Group’s”, Dominic Barter’s “Restoring Circles”, Starhawk’s “Healthy Communications Pathways” and the facilitation and group process of the Regenerative Design Institute and the California Art and Ecology Center. We pass on these teachings through intergenerational participatory education based on the direct experience and practical 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 evolution focused on the healing and well-being of the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual body. It is through retreats in nature, individual or group accompaniment, ceremonies like sweat lodges, massage therapy and yoga that we create ideal conditions to walk and take root for a new life, better self-knowledge and lasting happiness.
FIRE. Gathering and Celebration
At the Alma Tierra’s Sanctuary, we organize meetings, congresses and festivals with the awareness of the challenges of the current global situation (climate change, deforestation, desertification, mass migration, declining health in the industrialized countries, pollution, ocean acidification, exhaustion natural resources, etc.) and sustainable and truly green solutions to these challenges. Permaculture, bio-construction, compost, social movement, holistic health, knowledge of timeless wisdom, 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 in the service of the territory, rooted in local life by offering the neighboring population a soothing and natural setting for the organization of cultural gatherings.
SPIRIT: Mindfulness 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 liberation 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 on this path, we live and share the teachings such as meditation and processes of spiritual consciousness practiced for thousands of years by the great wisdoms of the world.