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Liora (Alejandra Liora Adler) has been active in the field of social permaculture, with a focus on community and event organization since her studies in Psychology and Education in the 1960’s. Her hands-on experience led her to participate in a traveling theatre community (The Illuminated Elephants) that left California, USA for a two year tour in Mexico ending with her co-initiating Huehuecoyotl Ecovillage (Mexico) in 1982. She is also the co-founder of la Caravana Arcoiris por la Paz, a mobile ecovillage which traveled in caravan from Mexico to Brazil overland over 13 years beginning in 1996. Liora was an integral part of this project for seven years and was a lead organizer for an 800 person gathering, Call of the Condor, which took place in 2003 in Machu Picchu, Peru. She was instrumental in the creation of the Ecovillage Network of the Americas, the Ecovillage networks in Jamaica and Cuba, and served on the Board of the Global Ecovillage Network from 2000-2004. She was one of the New York UN representatives during that time.
Having lived in ecovillages and intentional communities for most of her adult life, she has a first hand knowledge of the joys and challenges and has offered presentations and workshops on Ecovillages as well as Community Participation and Decision Making globally. Together with Andrew Langford, she founded Gaia University, now into its 9th year, a non-conventional university dedicated to supporting peoples’ self-initiated action learning pathways in the fields guided by Permaculture ethics (transition and pluriversity). www.gaiauniversity.org. She currently lives with her husband on an almond orchard in the Capay Valley of CA, and alongside her Gaia U work will assist him in the demonstration of the use of permaculture techniques for the regeneration of almond and other nut tree orchards.