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Nice things that people say about us...

"There have been many great experiences throughout this program. Between positive learning environments, honest community circles and laughter at pizza night and every other meal, it's tough to pick one. But an experience that really stands out was our hike to Churup Lake with astounding views and a much needed dip in the lake, it will not be easily forgotten... This whole experience has been invaluable to me. I felt that the facilitation was great in having multiple styles and techniques and also in the efforts to make personal connections with all the students. The course facilitators did an excellent job at creating a positive learning environment and providing many opportunities for hands on learning. The dynamic of the facilitation team was great and I really appreciate their level of support, even after the course is over.”

Living-Change Student, 2016

“This experience taught me a great deal about myself while also teaching me about permaculture... I feel extremely prepared to start multiple projects. I learned a great deal about permaculture and feel confident in applying these principles to my personal and professional life in many different contexts.”

Living-Change Student, 2016

 

“I would definitely recommend this program to others. Only good can come from an experience like this... I feel that this course has been a nice foundation of knowledge and has definitely broadened my awareness. I couldn't have asked for a more perfect balance in regards to the facilitators. One of my favourite experiences during this program was the day hike to Laguna Churup. Climbing to 14,600ft is an amazing feeling and it was absolutely beautiful up there.”

Living-Change Student, 2016

 

“It has taken me enough out of my regular life to be able to reflect on myself and gain a new perspective on where I want to be. I feel that being disconnected from technology and home has allowed me to be present, truly, and has kept me from escaping from myself, my feelings... I feel much more prepared, mostly in that I feel more confident in trying new things out and to work with regarding community building. I also feel that this program has connected me more to myself again, to my spirit and my passion.”

Living-Change Student, 2016

 

“The home stay and the Llupa school project are my favourite experiences from the trip BY FAR. It was very important to me and I learned so much. It was the best way for me to really connect to Peru and myself.”

Living-Change Student, 2016

 

“Course content was engaging and a great basis for permaculture learning. This program has been very meaningful and given me many tools to take home and incorporate into my daily living and into the communities I engage with. Being able to do it here at Ka'Way Monti has also been invaluable.”

Living-Change Student, 2016

 

“My favourite experiences during the program involved living as a community and the support I experienced, and working with the Llupa community... I think the facilitators exceeded at providing an excellent space to form and grow as a community... Yes, I think it is an excellent opportunity for self-discovery and growth. I feel like I learned a lot about permaculture and the ethics behind it.”

Living-Change Student, 2016

 

“I really enjoyed hearing stories about the land. About the mountains, enchanted lake and rainbows... This is an incredible course that has so much time and effort put into it... I think this is a memorable life experience that will create and shape Change-Makers.”

Living-Change Student, 2016

 

“The last closing ceremony was such a moment of self-growth and beauty. The way the candles lit the room, feeling the comforting rhythmic beating of the entire group, and the cleansing smell of sage. Thank you for those community circles: I will cherish those moments forever. I feel as though I have a family in Peru now... I am still a little in shock with how much I have learned about myself. … I would recommend [this program] because I felt very safe in another country, very comfortable learning in the study abroad class room and gained so much self-knowledge all offered in one program. Amazing... The leadership dynamics are truly amazing, and the structure is well thought out. And as a permaculture novice, I felt both engaged and appropriately challenged.”

Living-Change Student, 2016

“Overall, working at the Ka’Way Monti School for Sustainability was an incredible experience, where I not only got to develop and expand upon new skills, but also experiment with new ideas. Chris describes the place as the “Permaculture Playground”, and it is truly a place where the imagination can result into some amazing projects. During my time there I worked on various projects from gardening and design, to dry stone and living roof construction, as well as working with local members of a small farming community.
My time at Ka’Way Monti/Living-Change opened a window [of understanding] into the workings of an NGO with a vision on responsible development in Andean communities… I hope to keep working with organizations like Ka’Way Monti/Living-Change in the future.”
Ian Thompson, USA
Volunteer, 2016

“My first idea that I had about permaculture was actually very reduced to agriculture. What I found in these two weeks is that permaculture is way more than just putting seeds into soil. It’s much more complex… It’s the whole system of community, your own personality, how it fits in there… How you can take responsibility.
One of my biggest ‘Ah Ha’ moments was, to take responsibility and try things out, even though I maybe don’t know all the details and the whole package. What I take back home is that I want to try things out, taking risks that I don’t know the outcomes of.”
Maria Winkler, Austria
Student of Living-Change program, 2015

“It’s a very inspiring course here. I’ve learned a lot of things. What I learned here at the beginning of the course is from just one word. Why do we learn about ‘community’? Because community can bring the answers for the social programs and social issues that we are facing.
[You] definitely deserve to spend these two weeks to get inspired to find your own mission in your life and to connect with people and the earth. I literally felt it in my body.”
Aiko Kakehashi, Japan
Student of Living-Change program, 2015

“From Day One I was already learning a lot, even before the lessons really started. Just about how people are in different parts of the world, and how they’re really not that much different from where I came from. From the very first official day of teaching I knew I was going to learn something new every day… I’m bringing back a lot from this course. It’s not all permaculture related, which is great. Change can come from an individual, but it can happen perhaps more simply and the dreams that you have are more achievable when you collaborate and work with a group.”
Dylan Welch, USA
Student of Living-Change program, 2015

"I really enjoyed the course last year.  There was a good balance of hands on learning and the more academic classroom arrangement.  The weather dictated this and I guess Whitey would have preferred to be outside more.  What I really took from the class was a demystifying of construction.  It is empowering to be physically building something and to appreciate that low technology techniques are just as relevant today as they have been historically."
Libby, United Kingdom
Student of 10-day Natural Building Course, 2013

"…On the doorstep of amazingness” is a brilliant slogan for The Hof Hostel/Ka’Way Monti in Huaraz. It is absolutely great up there in the Peruvian mountains. You can meet really nice people, learn a lot about natural building, like cob cottages, cob ovens and rocket mass heaters. It´s a nice place to chill out (esp. in the tree net) and a good starting point for some amazing hikes in the Cordillera Blanca. I really enjoyed my stay there and looking forward to my next trip to Huaraz. Thanks Julia, Chris, Whitey and family."
Christoph, Germany
Natural Building Apprentice, 2013

"The two day course went quite smoothly, Whitey rocked it as a maestro and Julia slayed at translating. As we piled layer upon layer to produce a structure, everyone learned a lot about building with cob and the process of making an oven. The days were long but engaging. Fun was had by all and in the end we had an oven built."
The Funky Four (traveling from Alaska to Argentina by bicycle), Alaska
Students of the 3-day Cob Oven Workshop, 2013

"We had the chance to spend 2 weeks at The Hof Hostel/Ka’Way Monti for an apprenticeship program under Whitey. We had zero knowledge and experience on natural building when we came and Whitey was patient enough to teach us. In a span of 2 weeks, we were able to get some hands-on experience working on the rocket mass heater and cob oven construction. It was great to see those 2 things working before we left. The location of The Hof Hostel/Ka’Way Monti is great as a base-camp for hikers. It is close enough to Huascaran National Park and if that’s not enough, there are endless of hiking possibilities from the place. For non-hikers, the landscape itself is very beautiful – reading a book or just relaxing will feel rewarding when you’re surrounded with that kind of backdrop. The food at the hostel is really delicious and we’re pretty sure it will even be better once the garden/greenhouse is completed. We strongly recommend for travelers to visit The Hof Hostel/Ka’Way Monti especially if they are already in the Huaraz area."
Karen & Andrew, Philippines/United States
Natural Building Apprentices, 2013

"During our time at The Hof Hostel/Ka’Way Monti we played pretty hard in the mud. The location is unbeatable if you like gorgeous vistas or rugged mountains! Its very far removed from the beaten path. One of the things we loved about the place was the opportunity to work closely with the locals. Watching them work and being taught with them was incredible (Whitey was okay too;) ) Whitey is also a great instructor as well, very knowledgeable on natural building with a lot of experience. We stayed 2 months and got to work a rocket mass heater, foundation and stem wall, planning and design, adobe technique, a cob oven, some roofing, timber framing and probably a bunch more stuff I am  forgetting. The apprenticeship is a commitment, suited for people that do not mind putting in the time it requires — we were often up and out working by 7 am until the rain came around 4 or 5 in the afternoon. Other times the schedule was pretty relaxed and you could take your time getting outside to work. The work schedule pretty much depends on the weather and if they need to have projects finished for upcoming events. The people who run The Hof Hostel/Ka’Way Monti are top notch great people with big hearts and plenty of mud to play in."
Mike & Heather, United States
Natural Building Apprentices, 2013