Christina’s life’s work reflects her respect for the wisdom of the ancestors, new sustainable innovations, and the basic needs of the people, in their space, in their time; her work has always been focused on fostering a more harmonic existence with the earth, with others, and with oneself. In Vilcabamba, Ecuador known as the “Valley of Longevity” she established the Cultural Community Center with the efforts of the local people, including the provincial and regional government. This included working with its Youth Eco-Club organizing workshops, projects for their town, and publishing a local newspaper. With a grant from the Ministry of Culture, she organized Festivals for Sustainability, local artisan fairs and establishment of its Association. Christina also produced a book of stories told by over 100 elders who were interviewed by local volunteer high school students and published by the University of Loja. In northern Ecuador, she spearheaded innovative waste management projects in a remote town in Cotacachi, involving the schools, organizations, volunteers, and local and regional governments. In the Sacred Valley of Peru, she initiated awareness campaigns for conscious living with the Municipality, which included public forums, a TV program, and mini-programs on the regional radio station. Since 2013, Christina has supported Dennis’ Ayahuasca conferences, then gained much more insight into the world of plant medicine as the Ecuadorian representative for the Ethnobotanical Stewardship Council (ESC).
BioGnosis: Bridges to Ancestral Wisdom
The McKenna Academy will be releasing its premier short documentary film at ESPD55, “BioGnosis: Bridges to Ancestral Wisdom.” This pilot documentary brings awareness to the critical need for humans to live in greater symbiosis with the natural world, and showcases a project to digitize 160K Amazonian plant specimens in the collection of the Herbarium Amazonense at UNAP, Peru. Christina will be presenting a talk on the history of this important project that aims to preserve a treasure trove of indigenous plant knowledge.