15 Decolonization & the Long View of History — Carlos Saavedra & Fhatima Paulino

This week we’re talking with Fhatima Paulino and Carlos Saavedra from the Ayni Institute. We’re learning about the critical perspective of a long and global view of history to help us understand how long change takes and where our problems come from. We’re slowing down to care for our bodies and family members with illness, learning about collective work in indigenous traditions, Ayahuasca and people looking to the south for healing and spiritual direction, reciprocity and right relationship, and responding to appropriation at the collective level.

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Resources from this episode

You can see a video of the powerful ritual of Q'ESWACHAKA that Fhatima describes

Carlos’ Reading List


Learn more about the Yachay Seminar in Boston.

About our guests

AYNI INSTITUTE began as a coaching, training and incubating institute for organizations, movement builders and community organizing leaders. Ayni is currently producing The Mysteries of the Andes, a nine documentary series by Director Jose Huaman Turpo and Producer Alejandrina Calancha. Their vision is to preserve the ancestral traditions of indigenous groups in the Andes and Amazons of Peru from a holistic perspective, which means that those communities share their stories, their culture, and their wisdom through their own voices. More at www.ayni.institute

Carlos Saavedra migrated to Boston, MA at the age of 12 with his parents as an undocumented student. At 16 years old, he became active in the immigrant rights movement fighting for equal access to higher education for undocumented youth, and became the national coordinator for the United We Dream Network, the first immigrant youth national organization. Carlos was chosen as the 2010 Progressive Activist of the Year by Nation Magazine.

Fhatima Paulino is the daughter of immigrants from the Philippines and Mexico. Since 2017 she has been Co-Coordinator of the Memory Program at the Ayni Institute where she is currently focused on the documentary Voices That Heal, which is about the cosmovision, healing practices and almost extinct languages of 4 indigenous villages in the Peruvian Amazon. The documentary will premiere in Boston on April 21st during Ayni’s Yachay (Wisdom) Seminar ( www.ayni.institute/seminar ). Before joining the Ayni team, Fhatima was a community organizer as part of the PICO national network and then as a full-time volunteer with the Cosecha Movement.

Practice: Releasing to Pachamama

Check out the corresponding practice to hear Fhatima guide you through a simple earth reconnection practice. You’ll need a quiet place, either indoors or outdoors, where you can lay on the floor. Practices post on Thursdays.

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