Ecoescuela El Manzano

Accelerating Transition in Biobio Chile

Ecoescuela El Manzano is a small community in the Biob?o region of Chile waking up, rising up, asserting the fundamental human right and responsibility to self-determination. We are a learning community, self-organising for resilience, practising sustainable living, educating for sustainability, networking a bioregion, calling to a nation, calling on the collective wisdom of life, of Gaia. In September 2007 we hosted David Holmgren and Su Dennett on a whirlwind tour of Chile. We managed to mobilise a wide network and a core team of organisers (now EcoChile Ecoescuela El Manzano ran one of Chile?s first full residential design courses in February 2008 with 24 students. Since this time we have supported a team to develop a Permaculture Institute and are developing a Diploma system based on the UK model and Gaia University action learning. We are working with our local community to become the first Transition Town in Chile and the local school to develop as an EnviroSchool combining the New Zealand and Chileno models. You can find us on the map at

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Grifen Hope
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nr Los , Bio-Bio (VIII)
Bio-Bio (VIII) CL