Our Activities

We practice the Indigenous tradition of learning how to earn dignity and income by doing something useful for our communities. We learn in small groups how to construct autonomous ways of life that are socially just, environmentally sensible, and economically feasible. We learn collectively how to understand the current world, while imagining and creating alternatives. We carry out a variety of study and learning activities in our physical space and beyond, and welcome anyone who is interested to join us.

  • A weekly seminar, which will mark its 17th anniversary this year.
  • Workshops on specific subjects; book presentations and discussions; conferences; and a variety of other learning and reflection events.
  • Learning sojourns for national and foreign groups with specific activity programs and study cycles in our physical space.
  • Facilitating personal learning and study programs for those who wish to acquire specific skills, explore a field of knowledge and action, or carry out research.
  • Engaging in actions for social transformation that seek to mend the social fabric of urban districts and suburban communities in the central valleys of Oaxaca. through the collective learning of autonomous modes of community action.
  • Joining the struggle for cultural regeneration of 400 Indigenous communities in the states of Chiapas, Guerrero and Oaxaca through workshops and by the diffusion of written and audiovisual work produced together with the communities.
  • Collective learning campaigns at a local, regional and national level with forums, exhibitions, audiovisual materials, and use of conventional and alternative means.
  • Supporting the creation of autonomous organisations focused on the production of alternative practices and technologies.

Members of Unitierrra are researching…

  • The intercultural treatment of orality and its comparison with textual and post-textual civilization;
  • the theory and practice of conviviality in society;
  • the pluralist study of learning communities;
  • the paths of autonomy in troubled times;
  • technological innovations – dry toilets, homemade greenhouses, solar energy devices, pedal-powered machines, and more.

 …and practicing:

  • Regenerating forests to cultivate cacao
  • Using artistic expressions –painting, dancing, performing, and singing- for communal purposes
  • Producing alternative remedies and applying ways of healing that combine traditions and contemporary techniques
  • Using radio, video, social networks and other means to share learnings and give public voice and presence to others
  • Cultivating food in the cities and organizing communal exchange of surpluses
  • Conceiving and organizing the substitution of junk “food” for real food
  • Contributing to self-sufficiency in food and water
  • Founding the Autonomous Center of Communication and the Center of Interculturality Studies that carry out their work within Unitierra.