Nature & Ocean of the Americans

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MISSION

 

To RAISE AWARENESS about the conservation of marine and terrestrial biodiversity by reinforcing connections between people and nature through art projects, community engagement, environmental education, and sustainable living experiences.

 

Our goals are: Conservation, permaculture, art, cultural exchange and experiential and environmental education.

 

 

NOA's conservation goals are:

 

1. Increase scientific knowledge and interest in the study area

2. Create scientific projects in collaboration with local partners

3. Increase conservation value of the area

4. Empower local coastal communities to develop and implement conservation plans

 

 NOA's Experiential and Environmental Education goals are:

 

1. Experiential education by participating in real conservation projects carried out

by NOA and local partners

2. Participants awareness of the importance of conservation of the natural resources

available to them.

3. Local community cultural and environmental awareness

 

NOA's Permaculture goals are:

 

1. Promote best permaculture and sustainable living practices

2. Participants sustainable living and healthy living awareness

3. Local community sustainable living and healthy living awareness

 

 NOA's Art goals are:

 

1. Explore creativity and art design inspired by nature

2. Participate in art workshops and create art projects

3. Local community art engagement

4. Expand and influence the developing mind with unlimited possibility

 

NOA's cultural goals are:

 

1. Support and promote cultural exchange between foreigners students and local

students and their communities

2. Create connections between people around the world to raise awareness about

wildlife and ecosystem conservation

3. Sponsor cooperation between international participants and local communities

to help the management of conservation projects

 

Why a marine biology and creativity program with NOA?

 

The Nature and Oceans of the Americas program is designed to guide young individuals in their life path on this magical world in which we live. Today's fast paced society often rushes our youth into career paths they don't necessarily want to follow. University or college choices based on peer and family pressure and/or other personal life choices that are often altered leading them astray from their true desires. The result of all this daily pressure can lead to altered health, disease, anxiety, eating disorders, obesity and even depression and suicide.

 

The Nature and Oceans of the Americas program is designed to help teens learn about their inner selves, the pure selves they were when born. Through adventure, challenge, community engagement, life skill development, meditation, art, activeness and yoga they will be able to develop a conscious decision of what they want to do or pursue in their future.

This program is also designed to broaden their worldwide perspective connecting them with the beauty of nature through Art, exploration and discovery with Science.

 

Program Description

 

This program is created to empower youth through outdoor education, marine biology, holistic and creativity activities in the wilderness to foster self discovery.

 

The project duration  is 12 months. The group will meet two Saturdays or Sundays every month. Each student will be coached through the program individually once a month.

 

September: Hike though Redwood Park, Yoga class, meditation to set intentions for the whole program. Create a Vision board and journaling

 

October: Oceanography class by boat. Trinidad Science Research Station. What is a research project? Design a research project and Costa Rica projects learning. Recycled bag designs Nature Drawings

 

November: Sacred Geometry inspired in nature Art class and postcards/ paints creation to fundraise for Costa Rica trip

 

December: Participation in Winter Fairs to sell Art -fundraising for Costa Rica summer program-

 

January- Art therapy and shamanic journeys. Inner world exploration

Participation in WFA (Wilderness First Aid course by NOLS in Humboldt University)

 

February - Vision quest and envision our future. Sound theraphy with quarz and tibetan bowls.

 

March- Beach clean up and recycled materials gathering for Art project.Whale Festival in Fort Bragg: participation in the festival presenting Art with recycled materials. Whale watching activity

 

April - Eel river Restoration Program: River monitoring like study of the salmon populations. CReative writing and poem design.

 

May - Kayak tour though Eel river. Nature based art design. Impro and theatre. Create a play for younger kids to present in a local school and a Costa Rican school

 

June-

 

July- Summer program in Costa Rica

 

August- Transference and balance coaching session for the group

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Program: Costa Rica

 

Finca Integral Didactica Agroecológica Loroco:.This permaculture farm is located in Bri bri, a small community in the southern Caribbean. Is run by a local family.

Upon arrival the group will be welcome with a full-moon ceremony on the farm including a speech of the importance of the energetic effects in nature.

The following days the group will be experiencing and acquiring knowledge of the culture with local professionals learning how through the afro-Caribbean music  we are part of everything. Storytelling, legends and history will be part of our day.

On our walking city tour of Puerto Viejo we'll learn about the banana empire and how it affected the residents. We'll also visit a therapeutic plants garden including a full explanation of their benefits. 

The following recreational activities will be shared with local students:

Cultural  experiences, cooking, local school activities, visit Cahuita National Park

A great combination of culture, sports, energetic therapies will be just some of the most exciting and  adventurous experiences.

 

Kuemar: Sea Turtle Reserve located in the North Pacific Coast where we will be working as a research assistant in different conservation projects. You will be sharing with other scientists, research assistants, volunteers and students.

Spanish lessons: we will follow our Spanish lessons. We will invest 45 minutes every day with a native speaker teacher and we will be using a Spanish grammar book and other teaching resources.

 

Reiki: is a form of alternative medicine developed in 1922 by japanese Buddhist Mikao Usui. The word Reiki comes from the Japanese Word –Rei- which means Universal Life and –Ki- which means energy. Reiki is the life energy that flows through all living things. Reiki is a healing energy made up of life forcé energy that is guided by the Higher intelligence, or spiritually guided life force energy.

 

 Ch’i Kung: is an ancient Asian healing discipline. It Works to enhance and conserve Ch’i by directing energy movement within the body. Ch’i or Ki is an electrical type of energy that creates the body, and determines the state of health. Ch’i Kung movements cleans the meridians.

In the Ch’i kung workshops we will learn through different movements mental peace. Connection with emotions and balance of our own breath. Activation of circulation and flexibility and longevity. Hormonal balance and cleanse of our nervous system.

 

 

Day 1 San Jose:

AM:

Travel to Costa Rica

 

PM:

Briefing of the program and activities to set our intentions

 

 

Day 2 Punta Mona: Start of the ranch work shifts

AM:

Arrival to Punta Mona

 

PM:

Visit the Center and introduction to the schedule

Introduction to the Nature and Oceans Organization teens project.

Full/new moon ritual ceremony knowing the importance of the energetic effects of the moon in nature.

Jennifer Monge Energetic Therapist will guide us through this journey.

 

Day 3 Punta Mona Center: Ranch work shifts

AM:

Reiki level I: In this workshop we are going to receive an attunement, learn the principles of Reiki, learning how to use the symbols and how to use the energy to heal us and others. At the end of this workshop we will receive Reiki practitioner certification level I. Taught by Ramon Martinez, Reiki Master. www.reikikambo.org

PM:

Permaculture Design Course

 

Day 4 Punta Mona Center: Ranch work shifts

AM:

Ch’i kung class. We will focus in observing the flowing of Ch’i internally and externally and some moves associated.

Ranch work shifts

PM:

Permaculture design course

 

Day 5 Punta Mona Center: Ranch work shifts

AM:

Yoga class

Ranch work shifts

PM:

Permaculture design course

 

Day 6 Punta Mona Center: Ranch work shifts

AM:

Ch’i kung class. We will focus in the dragon and the egret movements and their meaning.

Ranch work shifts

PM:

Permaculture design course

 

Day 7 Punta Mona Center: Ranch work shifts

AM:

Yoga class

Ranch work shifts

PM:

Permaculture design course

 

Day 8 Punta Mona Center: Ranch work shifts

AM:

Ch’i kung class. We will focus in static and dynamic movements and their meaning.

Ranch work shifts

PM:

Permaculture design course

 

Day 9 Punta Mona Center:

AM:

Mandala Art design

Ranch work shifts

PM:

Permaculture design course

 

Day 10 Punta Mona Center:

AM

Permaculture design course

 

PM

Visit to Jaguar Rescue Center, Cocles

Workshop : Knowing ourselves.

We are going to learn feminine and masculine sexuality. By Cristin Holius, Holistic Gynecologist and energetic Therapist.

 

Day 11 Loroco

AM

Farm shifts

 

Elementary School lessons: environmental education and art

Visit Volio Waterfall.

PM

Energetic Therapist Jennifer Monge will conduct an a workshop  about Anger Management in conflictive situations.

 

Day 12  Loroco

AM

Farm shifts

Elementary School lessons: environmental education and art

 

PM

Effective communication with Energetic Therapist Jennifer Monge.

 

 

Day 13  Loroco

AM

Farm shifts

Elementary School lessons: environmental education and art

 

 

PM

Races and different worldwide cultures: We are going to go through different topics with Jennifer Monge and have an open discussion. Art design inspired on worldwide cultures

Cocoa Ceremony:

At Playa Chiquita we will go to a typical shamanic and participate in a sacred cocoa ceremony to honor the Earth and have an inner journey with Noah, Therapist  and musician.

 

Day 14 Loroco- Puerto Viejo

AM

Puerto Viejo Surf Camp. Surf class with professionals surfers.

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PM

Afro Caribbean workshop: percussion and basic techniques of African dance by Claudio Taylor professional dancer and musician.

Beach bonfire friendship circle with Claudio Taylor.

 

Day 15 Puerto Viejo- Kuemar

AM

Travel to Kuemar

 

PM

Introduction to the projects

 

Day 16 Kuemar

AM/PM

Sea Turtle conservation shifts

 

 

Day 17 Kuemar

AM/PM

Sea Turtle conservation shifts

 

Day 18 Kuemar

AM/PM

Sea Turtle conservation shifts

 

Day 19 Kuemar

AM/PM

Sea Turtle conservation shifts

 

Day 20 Kuemar-San José:

AM

Transfer to San Jose.

PM

Departure home

Karen Asbury