Inkiri Piracanga is a place where dreams come true and putting them into practice has everything to do with our social and environmental impacts. All our actions are developed in more than 25 projects that together form a non-profit community organization, legally named Inkiri Institute. Thus, all resources we manage here are fully reinvested in our activities.
Every year we welcome around 2 thousand visitors from all over the world. They come and participate in our courses, retreats and immersion programs, or simply come to learn about what we are doing concerning our practices encompassed on our following pillars: Nature, Community, Creation, Children, Arts, Self-Awareness and Food.
Everything we develop here is oriented to seek the integral growth of the human being from an ecological and socially responsible point of view.
For us, spirituality and self-knowledge are also closely linked to our impact on the world. Therefore, we also support the Roses Aura Reading School, one of the main references in the world in teaching and disseminating this technique.
Our SER Inkiri program (Service, Empowerment and Responsibility) permeates everything we do. It is a program aimed to encourage people’s direct involvement in their communities with activities related to education, environment preservation, income generation and protagonism – such as responsible trade practices and the development of more humane economic relations, also creating conditions for enabling a thorough experience during childhood.
Purpose in Action Program
The PPA (Purpose in Action Program) is a way to enable people to connect with their life purposes, simultaneously contributing to the development of a greater purpose which unites everyone to the Inkiri Institute. PPA Supporters have the opportunity to develop their gifts and talents through our projects. They’re granted a scholarship for their performance and free access to courses such as Essential Reiki 1, Roses Meditation, Abundance Creation and Community Economics, Ecological Practices, among others. These courses can help with their self-knowledge search and empowerment process so they can become transformation agents.
We have our own bank, currency and administrative system
At Inkiri Piracanga we also have our very own economy. Here we have our own community bank, a local currency and a different administrative system, the Forest of Projects.
The Inkiri Bank, our community bank, is the project responsible for strengthening the local economy. It manages all community projects’ funds, mediates the transactions between the projects and their supporters, manages participants’ Inkiri bank accounts and the circulation of the Inkiri currency – a complementary currency to Real, born free from programs such as scarcity, manipulation, power and accumulation.
The Forest of Projects, that is how we organize ourselves. The system was inspired in nature, where projects are represented by trees. They are born from a dream, which behaves like a seed. They germinate and then put forth their first leaves and roots. As in nature, projects can become any plant, large or small. But it takes time, love and dedication to become a plant. In this system, people integrate a simple and flexible organization where they represent parts of plants: they can be roots, trunks, branches, leaves and flowers.
We also have an ecologic front formed by Inkiri Nature’s projects. They are responsible for the development of:
- The water treatment systems
- Construction and maintenance of dry toilets, bio-constructed houses and structures
- Composting and waste management
- Planting and gardening
- Creation and preservation of agroforestry systems
- Biodegradable products production (hygiene and cleaning products)
- Instruction courses for forming eco-design agents
Sustainability in practice
To get an idea of the positive impacts of our actions, in less than a decade, we have recovered the equivalent of 100 soccer fields of soil and forest, and planted more than 40 species of fruit trees.
By using natural systems of water treatment and dry toilets, we estimate that we’re preserving 8 million liters of drinking water on our water table, free from any kind of contamination. We still maintain an area of 90 hectare under an APP classification (Permanent Preservation Area) where there is a huge variety of wild plants and animals.
Cost Internalization Actions
Satellite Satellite image of the land in 2001 (exploited by a coconut farm) and how it turned out to be later in 2015 (a shelter for the Inkiri Center, a preserved forest and the ecovillage lands)
We assume the costs of our social-environmental impact without passing them on to third parties. Here are some of our practices that reflect this concern:
- Waste management, which involves the reuse of materials, recycling and composting.
- Transformation of non-recyclable waste into PET bottles used in our bio-constructions.
- Use of solar panels in all houses at Inkiri Pirancanga.
Here at Inkiri Piracanga we are also part of the Legal CO2 Tourism Program, in partnership with the Mecenas da Vida Movement, an NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) that has been involved in offsetting carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions for a decade. This means that by staying in or taking part in any of the Inkiri Piracanga Center’s courses, retreats or residency programs, the visitor pays an Eco-Footprint Fee of R$15, which is reverted to “carbon neutralization” – which’s the name the process is known for. Click here to understand how it works.
Innovative education of children and youth
Inkiri School is a Gaia Education partner institution that seeks to expand the access to the applied and studied knowledge that we have here. In 2016, our school was recognized by the Brazilian Ministry of Education (MEC) as an example of innovation and creativity.
Its educators are part of the Gaia Inkiri Piracanga School formation, alongside the Eco-habitare (from the educator José Pacheco), and participate articulating with the Government of the Maraú Peninsula for building a more humane education.
Service and Community Support and Guidance
We also give support for the social development of other communities, such is the case of Caubi, the nearest village to Inkiri Piracanga. This endeavor includes providing legal and financial consultancies, communication support for the village projects, stimulating consumption of local production, among others.
Another way to generate direct regional social impact is through partnerships with the public administration. We help organizing, monitoring, following-up and encouraging the improvements of roads and mobility in the region of the Maraú Peninsula (BA), as well as fostering the improvement of collection of solid waste, helping assure the environmental safety and preservation of this region. This is done by getting closer and dialoguing with local public managers.
The Inkiri Institute management team is committed to upholding the highest standards of efficiency and transparency. We believe that this commitment is crucial so we can fulfill our purpose with truth and sustainability at all levels. We are constantly improving our internal processes, always seeking to bring more clarity, simplicity, voice and transparency to all participants and supporters of the Institute activities. Currently the Inkiri Institute counts on an executive board and 5 different councils.
The executive board is composed of three delegates: the president, the vice president and the treasurer. The Directors role is to be a reference before the general public and to be the responsibles for the Institute, in accordance with its attributions in the Bylaws.
Inkiri Institute’s current directors:
- President: Maria Angelina Ataide
- Vice President: Pedro Luís de Almeida Camilo
- Treasurer: Diego Matar Wawrzeniak
On the other hand, the councils represent the level where discussions are held and decision making happens on different topics. We currently have 5 councils:
- Community: responsible for maintaining the agreements made by the members of the Inkiri Community
- Financial Administrative: responsible for matters related to project and tax management
- Nature: responsible for topics related to environmental sustainability and for increasing the positive impact of our projects on the environment
- Children: responsible for taking care of our children
- Food: responsible for all food topics ranging from the production to the purpose of the projects that work with food.