EARTH • BODY • SKY
IN SERVICE OF AFRO AMAZONIAN WISDOMS
ART • SCIENCE • SPIRITUALITY
AMAKABA IS A CENTER FOR THE WISDOM OF THE EARTH, THE BODY AND SKY, IN THE AMAZONIAN FOREST OF FRENCH GUIANA.
Thanks to your prayers and support, we now have a beautiful land to learn from, tend to & grow with.
The art of nourishment
Amakaba is at home in the Amazonian Forest. We cohabit with an exuberance of life forms and learn from the wisdom and rhythm of the land. This environment has much to teach us if we become humble enough to listen.
Amakaba is taking care of 11ha of protected forest on the Mont Mahury, a gorgeous mountain on the seashore. We nurture an old patrimonial cacao farm, harvest and transform cacao, to make handmade cacao delights. We have set up the Mother Earth Garden : a pedagological garden of medicinal plants for womb health and are working on a natural dye garden. We hope soon to develop meliponiculture (bee keeping of native Amazonian bees).
Our commitment to honoring the forest and preserving its wealth goes hand in hand with allowing it to provide food and shelter. With an agroecological approach, we believe agriculture can thrive in the forest. We love sharing and promoting agroforestry and syntropic farming practices through our Forest School and days of commlunity farming.
We feed the soil, people, and spirits... singing, cooking, blessing mother Earth and Mèt Gran Bwa (forest spirit) for the abundance they provide as we gather in community to share stories and home-grown food.
The art of belonging
Our bodies are wise like the earth, remembering every sound from our mothers’ womb til the sound of creation itself. The body is memory: genetic, ancestral, evolutionary, elemental and karmic. Through movement and vibration, we can mold these lineages of memory by balancing the elements within us (earth, water, fire, air and space) so as to live more gracefully with the elements around us. Amakaba shares the science of Yoga, not as mere exercise but as a profound practice of inner and social transformation.
Devoted to womb wisdom, Amakaba participates in the global movement for conscious births, training doulas and developing a network of birth workers and traditional midwifes throughout French Guiana. We support mothers and families (of all kinds) in their journeys to parenthood; and provide guidance for celebrations and transitions from first periods, pregnancy, birth, adoption, abortion, menopause, womb wounds, and loss.
The art of dissolution
Amakaba is inspired by the architecture and mystic of the universe, in awe at the myriad of ways its creation has been described throughout time, and how new scenarios keep being made about our origins. Amakaba gathers cosmological stories from the amazon and beyond, learning from elders, as well as collaborating with astrophysicists and astronomers, weaving discourses and knowledge systems. Yearning for infinity, from the smallest quantum particles to the immensity of the cosmos, Amakaba bridges worlds, both seen and unseen.
To be in synch with cosmic cycles and planetary rhythms, we celebrate equinoxes, solstices, and the phases of the Moon.
Our itinerant projet Carbet Planetarium, seeks to share our love of the sky throughout French Guiana. While honoring local ancestral readings of the sky, we gather for astronomical observation and sit to hear the stories of chamans, chiefs and elders, unearthing amazonian astronomies of French Guiana.