Abbey Joy Cmiel

Abbey Joy Cmiel

Abbey is an apprentice at Rancho Mastatal, a permaculture, natural building, and agroforestry education center in Costa Rica. She graduated from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill with a degree in Global Studies with a focus on Latin American social and political systems. She hopes to use her Earth-skills and passion for social and environmental justice to help re-weave humans into community with one another and the natural world.

The Joy of Living and Learning Interconnectedly

Essay

Much like the interconnected symphonies of trees, fungi, plants, animals, fauna, bacteria, and insects in a forest, immersive, Earth-based educational experiences support collective learning and personal growth within a radically different system from the dominant Western culture of industrial education.