Casas na Terra is born of the awareness that we need to learn to see the world with a different perspective. As human beings, we have been following a path of separation, when in truth there is only a collective path of oneness, for everyone to realize his own true purpose in life.
It is necessary to regenerate the world by regenerating ourselves, as what we see of the world is the mirror of what is inside us. For this, we need to come back home, to our essence.
We are Nature. This is our big common home, our house. The house is the place that gathers, that nurtures the human family, where we care, and we are being cared for.
For years we have been creating opportunities for people to meet with the riches of Brazil – its exuberant nature, the beauty of its inhabitants, its culture of tolerance. Now, we are uniting our actions and intentions into a unique large home: Casas na Terra. We are inspiring ourselves from Nature to write our own story. The bees work together to preserve the life in the hive and spread the energy of fertility through the Earth. From what they teach us, we understand our deep values: love and action.
It is time to go from intention to action. We want to radiate our purpose to re-signify what life is really about and act to unite people who, like us, are looking to walk ahead, sharing and acting together in harmony.
Casas na Terra aren’t just places, they are laboratories of change. A journey to our inner center.
At Casas na Terra we give to the word “wealth” a new meaning. Here, wealth is understood as knowing how to exchange. It is knowing how to receive from the earth and the sea what they can spare to give, and returning the corresponding care. It is looking for sustainable ways of living, by being connected with the elements, Nature, people and the world.
Emmanuel was born in the Burgundy region of France, a land marked by terroir traditions and good wine. Since a teenager, Emmanuel’s main drive has been to travel to the most remote regions of the globe, in between universities and jobs, in an untiring quest to be in touch with the truth that he felt still lived in preserved nature and cultures. His intuition from an early age was that the occidental way of life had lost the essential connection with the Earth, but that this connection was still accessible through the magic of remote nature and ancient ways to live. In his early 20’s, on a trip to Java, he clandestinely passed military posts to go and visit the Baduy people, an old animist tribe next to the Krakatao volcano, kept completely cut off from western influence, and until today entirely preserving its original lifestyle. Then began his fascination for indigenous people, followed in many countries over the years, that led him in 2017 to participate in the organization of a major Wisdom Tradition meeting at the United Nations in New York.
Many similar trips brought extraordinary experiences and encounters, always travelling simply, often asking for a bed and for food. No money meant freedom and connection to the world. In one more of those initiatic sabbaticals, he came to Brazil and felt a calling for this land. Emmanuel found in Picinguaba and Catuçaba his place on Earth, guided to be here by the unique and powerful energy of this country. He decided to abandon his career and moved to Picinguaba, with virtually no means but a lot of loving energy, in 2001. Gradually, the places materialized to what they are today. Between the sea and the mountains, in authentic places rich in culture and sumptuous nature, it became clear that his mission was to share the knowledge of his journey, which is about coming back to the source, to the essence of what living is about, through a reconnection with the truth that lives in the beauty and the knowledge of living with nature.
Today, after almost 20 years, the original concept of conscious hospitality, that was at the time anticipating many of the trends of today, developed into a broader proposal, that includes art, nutrition, agroforestry, sustainable architecture, education, and many other fields of experimentation, that are essentially about a way of life based on awareness and the celebration of beauty. Picinguaba and Catuçaba are now united under the roof of Casas na Terra (Houses on Earth), and their purpose is to inspire action for change, through a movement of coming back to the sacred in life and of our planet. It is with those same base values that he also supports and encourages the journey of his 2 sons, who remind him every day what sacred is all about.
Bianca was born in Rio Grande do Sul, the Southern part of Brazil, where she spent her childhood in the countryside, before later moving to Sao Paulo to study Business Administration at Getulio Vargas University. She then went to New-York and holds a degree from Cornell University and Bocconi in Milan, Italy.
After a few years in banking and an entrepreneurial venture, she realised early on that there had to be a shorter way to self-realisation than a career in business, and decided to bring her expertise to a project that really made sense for her, linked to nature and the current transformation of the world. Emmanuel invited Bianca to join the team in June 2016 with the purpose to bring the company to the next level. Bianca has been co-creating and setting up most of the new offer of Casas na Terra.
“Houses on Earth” holds a feminine energy, as the House is where everyone is welcome, warmly received and taken care of. The Earth herself is the Great Mother, who gives everything without asking anything in return, it is indeed our great common house, to all of us, humans, animals, and trees. To hold together such a house, the lead of a woman is essential. It is with this beautiful motherly energy that Bianca is attending to the many houses that already compose Casas na Terra, together with a soulful team of local people united by strong common values, and many others who are around us contributing to our projects.
We are a group of individuals united by a collective vision of life. We live together, even when we are not physically together. We are attuned to each others.
We are Antoni Silveiro, Kurt, Dona Maria, Bentão, Dona Helena, Beto, Tadeu, Rosangela, Juliana, Eva, Laura, Gordo, Taquara, Damião, Alexandre, Elinho, Alejandro, Dona Clarice, Dona Teresinha, Wendel, Josiane, Gabriela, Marcio, Paulo, Maria Eduarda, Miro, Sergio, Josinaldo, Felipe, Simon, Fabricio, Joao Paulo, Seu Vicente, Seu Roque, Yuta, Kawakanamu, Kautá, Piutisin Mussun, Oseias Mehinako, Uruhu, Paintxiuma, Falcão, Ventania, Boneca, Princesa, Apolo, Farofa, Mulata, Pioneiro, Cow-boy, Tio Nene, Bamboo, Cristal, Esmeralda, Bailarina, Elegante, Cazuza, Desenho, Tufão, Amora, Pitanga, Hawk, Águia, Caio, Caia, Coelhinha Bonitinha, Coelhinho Sem Nome, Osmose, Tuctu, Kimaya, Dinda, Pega-Leve, Ana Maria, Suel, Paulo, Arthur, Cris, Lelinho, Didinho, Nilson, Francisco, Rafael, Daniela, Marilza, Rosemara, Lenita, Lidiane, Daniel, Fabiano, Baiano, Meneguetti, Pascoal, Claudio, Rose, Bruna, Felipe, René, Roseli, Preta, Rosa, Leci, Jacqueline, Priscila, Manolo, Fausto, Nando, Talia, Giumara, Claudia, Cristobal, Thierry, Luis, Ramon, Oday, Benoit, Sonia, Eli, Harmonia, Mara, Sophie, Julian, Snoopy, Neguinho, Pitoco, Kiki, Erik, Geoffroy, Jonhatan, Nadine, Fernando, Kiko do Rio Grande do Sul, David, Astrid, Alexandra, Pascale, Luciano, Andres, Tinko, Lucas, Kiko, Marcela, Ruy, Idalia, Priscila, Bajeco, Artur, Kamel, Mieko, Veio, Rugerio, Hugo, Matthieu, Peter, Vilma, Gustavo, Eduardo, Vasco, Carreiro, Christophe, Fabi, João, Elda, Mariana, Aline, Marc and Maira.