Who We Are

 Who We Are

Four Bridges Traveling Permaculture Institute is developing projects to support indigenous communities around the globe.

Mission Statement

We are a diverse group of people dedicated in preserving and sharing our cultures and restoring a healthy way of life through a collective effort of farmers, educators, healers, youth, elders, and spiritual leaders.

Goals & Objectives

Our co-founder, Emigdio Ballon, is an accomplished plant geneticist, from Cochabamba, Bolivia. He has dedicated his life to teaching communities throughout the world through practical, hands on applications, arming individual families, and communities with the knowledge to grow and sustain the work, long after he has moved on to the next project. Through funding from appropriate foundations, Four Bridges purchases the required materials, plants, or livestock and equipment, provides training materials, and professional training to the individual families, and communities in need.

Bio-dynamic & Organic Practices

We consult with the experts on subjects such as biodynamics and organic gardening. We have been trained in the practice of bio-dynamic preparations, compost teas, and other mixtures, and implement these practices in our daily lives on our certified organic educational farm “Sken:nen Ken’hak (Peace Forever)”, in Santa Cruz, New Mexico. Here we conduct research and experimentation on various organic and biodynamic solutions to crop pests and weeds.

Spirituality & Agriculture Spirituality & Agriculture

We practice a diverse range of spiritual methods in our agricultural work, from Quechua prayers, to Iroquois Seed Songs, or whatever traditional practices are custom to the region we are working with. One of our first workshops at Sken:nen Ken’hak was to build a permanent labyrinth with Master Labyrinth builders Robert Burton, and Jeanne-Rachel Salamon of Holon Energetics (formerly Maui Hypnosis), Maui, Hawaii. This labyrinth is the focal point of the farm and is used for prayer, meditation, centering, as well as a place to formally open events offered at the farm. We blessed our labyrinth at the October full moon, with a traditional Iroquois Moon Ceremony.

International Outreach International Outreach

We do outreach work in several countries around the world include Quechua and Aymara communities in the High Andes of Bolivia and Peru. Besides traditional agricultural revival work, we are supporting health campaigns supporting people in these remote areas, concentating especially on women and children that includes traditional medicine, pre-natal and post-natal care, as well as infant care, and natural contraceptive practices. With appropriate funding, we hope to expand this work, and provide more support to these indigenous groups in dire need of healthcare assistance, while still respecting the cultural traditions, and unique history.

Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy

The Four Bridges Traveling Permaculture Institute admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded, or made available to students and recipients of services from our programs.  It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and other school administered programs.