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Nurturing Across Cultures (formerly The Rebozo Way Project) closed its doors at the end of 2011. The projects listed here are no longer active or updated. This site remains online as a resource for the global community, in the hopes that the work and information exhibited here will be an inspiration and resource to others.

South America Trip April 2010

Back from the Peoples’ World Conference on Climate Change

and Mother Earth Rights in Bolivia in April;

latest update at the end of May 2010.


People's Voices  in Climate Negotiations

In April 2010 more than 35,000 people from 140 countries gathered in Cochabamba, Bolivia and developed the historic Cochabamba People's Agreement a consensus-based document reflecting substantive solutions to the climate crisis. Nurturing Across Cultures was one of the organizations that participated in and supported this historic process.

Reflecting the voices of global civil society and the agreements reached in 17 working groups, the Plurinational State of Bolivia made an official proposal, comprised of the core components of the Cochabamba People's Agreement, to the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action (AWG-LCA) under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Since then, the accord has gained support and recognition by various nations and regional bodies including ALBA (Bolivarian Alliance of Our Americas) and UNASUR (Union of South American Nations).

We urge the UNFCCC to embrace the conclusions reached by social movements, indigenous peoples and international civil society in Cochabamba. It is both undemocratic and non-transparent to exclude particular proposals from the negotiations, and it is imperative that the United Nations listens to the global community on this issue critical to humanity.

We call on all countries in the United Nations, and in particular the President and Vice-President of the AWG-LCA, to include the core conclusions of the Cochabamba People's Accord in future climate negotiations


A Permaculture designer, water harvesting advocate, and longtime environmental steward, as well the founder and President of Nuturing Across Cultures, Barbara Wishingrad attended the Peoples’ World Conference on Climate Change in Cochabamba, Bolivia, April 19-22, 2010, along with 35, 000 other people.

Please read further about this event as well as other South American countries on this trip, visited by this representative from the Santa Barbara, CA, USA area.


  1. About the event
  2. About Barbara Wishingrad
  3. How does Nurturing Across Cultures The Rebozo Way fit in?
  4. How to contribute to this journey: donate money, airline miles, offer ideas and support, and more. (never too late!)
  5. Our 20-20-20 campaign: $20 each from 100 people in 20 days, starting February 20 now extended another 20 days until March 31! Thanks so much to everyone who donated! We raised $280 from the 20-20-20 campaign, and $1170 total as of April 3--that covers about 1/5 of the trip expenses.
  6. Participate in conference working groups virtually


About the event: The conference was convoked by Bolivian President Evo Morales on January 5 of this year, motivated by the frustration of many peoples and nations about the agreement reached in Copenhagen in December 2009. It will be held in Cochabamba, Bolivia April 19-22, 2010.

A recent post on says “…In April, (Bolivia) will convene a major summit of progressive government leaders, social movement leaders, activists, and civil society to map out points of consensus and a plan for shifting the international debate on climate change towards an outcome that is fair and ambitious. …their collaborative approach towards organizing this summit… reaches far beyond the anti-capitalist, radical wing of the movement that you might expect. They have been working hard to reach out to a wide range of social movements and civil society, get invitations to government leaders with positions clearly different than their own, and map out an agenda that leads to open and honest conversations about a positive way forward. In a post-Copenhagen world, their commitment and drive to building a broader and more powerful movement in 2010 is one of the most hopeful and inspiring things …to get involved with right now.”


For more information on the conference and the conclusions of the working groups, please visit

English version

About Barbara Wishingrad:


Barbara is a good example of an American who considers herself a global citizen. She lived outside of the US, mostly in Mexico, for almost twenty years. She is the kind of person who has the ability to win over potential adversaries of ‘all Americans’—not that that’s necessary or even desirable, but her life experience and way of being with people are just two more reasons for her to be a great choice to represent Santa Barbra, CA, and whoever else aligns with her, at the conference. Barbara enjoys complexity, and has been told that she can quickly grasp complex issues, which will be a plus at this gathering.


Barbara has worked as an herbalist, homebirth midwife, street artist, interpreter, and with special needs babies, among other things. She is bilingual, so she can communicate with many more of the participants in the Climate Change conference and will chose to attend Spanish language workgroups there. She has lived and worked among indigenous artisans and midwives and has made sharing indigenous wisdom an important part of her lifework, and enjoys people from a variety of cultures.


Barbara is a Permaculture designer, with a special interest in water. She is on the brink of starting a new business, Santa Barbara Water Harvest. It will be a for profit aligned with a non profit co-op based on the barn-raising model, where people volunteer their labor to build sustainable systems and so earn the ability to host a workshop at their own home with a volunteer crew. Barbara is excited about going to Cochabamba, known for the people’s successful fight against privatization of their water, as detailed in The Corporation and other documentaries..


Barbara is going to the Climate Change conference with the intention to be a representative and ambassador for The Permaculture Guild of Santa Barbara, Transition Town CA, Transition Town Santa Barbara, and Hopedance Media. She is also open to represent other organizations who want to provide her with funding, feedback, and have her share their hopes, concerns and ideas at the conference and to return with inspiration, connections, ideas and actions. She is planning to share about all the wonderful grassroots activities we are working on here in the Santa Barbara area, such as our embracement of Architecture 2030 and the effort to create a fossil free community by 2033. Upon her return, Barbara wants to do presentations and write articles about her experience; she has already been commissioned to write for one online magazine.


In April, Barbara will be traveling first with a delegation from SOA Watch to Venezuela to visit social programs, medical centers, classrooms and cooperatives, from the 9th-18th, then to Bolivia for the People's World Conference on Climate Change, April 19-22. Then she'll take another week to travel over land through Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador, visiting babywearing advocates and observing and documenting indigenous babywearing and the daily lives of the indigenous in these areas.(as much as possible in that short a time!) This is part of the work of The Rebozo Way Project, recently renamed Nurturing Across Cultures "Honoring the wisdom of ancient ways and diverse cultures, indigenous babywearing and traditional birthing lore" Barbara founded The Rebozo Way Project in 1998 and is currently President of the Board.


Nurturing Across Cultures is committed to listening to traditional cultures worldwide, and applying knowledge and understanding that is relevant to our own lives as caring members of the world community. This is the purpose of our trip to South America in April; to stand shoulder to shoulder with other peoples of the world, sharing our humanity with them, and returning to our own culture with strategies and inspiration to move cultural trends toward nurturing, cooperation, and responsible action. We are aligned with the Permaculture principles of care of the earth, care of people, and fair share.


Ways you can contribute to the trip (funds are still needed even though the trip is over):

You can donate to the trip by clicking on the "Make a Donation" button on the left side of this page. It will take you to the Network For Good site, where you can earmark your donation for the South American trip.

If you want to be more involved, donate through our Causes Page on Facebook. You can sign up to be a member of the Rebozo Way Project on Causes and will receive announcements about this and future fundraising campaigns. You can also sign up to be a friend of the Rebozo Way Project on Facebook, and read news and updates about us; just type our name into the search box.

Funding is needed as soon as possible to pay for upfront costs. We have now booked our flights, some of them on the organization credit card, so we are still soliciting donations to pay part of the costs of the trip. See here for more details about expenses.

you can donate sending a check to Barbara Wishingrad, PO Box 22506, Santa Barbara, CA 93121. If you want a tax deductible donation, make the check out to The Rebozo Way Project; mail it to the same address.

Participate in our 20-20-20 campaign at any time or date.


Please contact Barbara through this website or 805-965-4402 for more information about opportunities to contribute or for additional information about Barbara’s journey. In her words, “This is a big, exciting project and I feel honored, humbled, and ready to take it on.” Please feel free to pass this information on to others who may be interested. Thank you.

As a 501c3 non profit and because it fits with our values, our financial transactions and donations are completely transparent (although you can choose to make your donation anonymous). As of April 3, we have received $1170 toward the trip, including a $200 scholarship from SOAW and $300 from Hopedance Media. If you would like a list of our donors, please contact us through this website.

We will be providing financial accountability for all expenses on the trip, as we do for all projects for our organization. Here is an estimate of some of our expected expenses for this trip, and exact expenses when they have already been purchased: all amounts in USD untiil otherwise noted.

round trip flight from LAX to Quito, Ecuador $700 (paid)

flight from Quito to Caracas, Venezuela $451 (paid on credit card)

flight from Caracas to Lima, Peru $700 (paid on credit card)

round trip flight from Lima to Cochabamba $665 (paid on credit card)

Delegation to Venezuela $1400, of which $200 was paid in February as a deposit, and Barbara has received a $200 scholarship from SOAW. balance of $1000 was paid in March.

Registration for People's World Conference on Climate Change and Mother Earth Rights FREE

lodging and food while in Cochabamba, they are expecting 10,000 people! We got a hotel room for $20 USD.night for four days. It was a great choice, with many indigenous and campesinos from Peru and Bolivia in the same hostel. We all had breakfast together.

travel expenses overland through Peru and Ecuador, including lodging $350 (estimate)

Visit to travel doctor, yellow fever immunization (required) and Hep A immunization $451 (paid)

exit tax for each departure out of UIO (Quito Ecuador airport) $40 x2 (who knew when making travel plans?) out of Caracas, because of an exceptional exchange rate, the exit tax was about $30 (usually $70) It was $25 from Bolivia. I did not end up paying for any checked baggage.

additional unexpected expenses, tariffs, unexpected overnight stays due to travel delays, etc.

money to purchase carbon offsets for the trip (I am not fooling myself that this will erase the carbon footprint created, but doing this is better than doing nothing about it while I work for reducing climate change in the bigger picture) (to be paid soon)


Thanks again for your support!


Our 20-20-20 campaign: $20 each from 100 people in 20 days, starting February 20 now extended another 20 days until March 31!

Please join our 20-20-20 campaign, a grass roots expression of support for the journey. The more people who participate, the stronger we will be. Nurturing Across Cultures has been, since our inception, about connecting one-to-one with people, creating and strengthening relationships over time and space, and also in close proximity. We have been working since 1988 to bring more nurturing and cooperation into our culture. Please model nurturing and cooperation back to us by donating $20 or more between February 20 and March 12 (the next 20 days) and passing this onto so that others will donate. Now extended to March 31! Of course we need and encourage giving at a bigger level whenever possible, but the $20’s will add up, if enough people get involved. Click the donation button on the left of this page, or see above (#4) for more ways to donate.


Participate in conference working groups virtually


The People’s World Conference is truly striving to involve as many people as possible. “The core work of the Conference will be done in Working Groups. Each one will start their work via email, building consensus and putting forward proposals, which will be considered and enriched in the meetings in person that will take place during the actual conference in Cochabamba. The idea is to construct in Cochabamba in an inclusive and participative way a grand “Peoples' Accord to save life and Mother Earth.” You do not have to go to Cochabamba to participate; it is possible to contribute your ideas and energy via the working groups set up on the internet. Go to to sign up.


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