Yorenka Tasorentsi is creating tangible solutions to preserve the environment, traditional knowledge and indigenous culture.
Our vision is to implement a conscious and sustainable approach towards human coexistence with nature. By developing tangible solutions that preserve the environment, traditional knowledge and indigenous culture, Yorenka Tasorentsi is building a model to guarantee and safeguard life in all its forms.
Founded by the Ashaninka indigenous leader, Benki Piyãko, Yorenka Tasorentsi is the first-of-its-kind Institute to integrate traditional wisdom with newly developed techniques to offer a response to the current planetary crisis by addressing ecological, cultural and social issues in an integrative manner.
Benki, founder of the Yorenka Tasorentsi Institute, is an indigenous political and spiritual leader from the Ashaninka tribe working for the preservation of nature and the protection of the rights of indigenous peoples, their cultures and lands. He was designated to be one of the Ashaninka “pajés” or shamans, and, from a very young age, started fighting for the protection of their lands and the Amazon Forest. He fully commits himself to healing the world through the traditional knowledge that has been passed down from his ancestors.
The Yorenka Tasorentsi Institute works in three main areas. All activities are developed around these values.
AREAS OF ACTION
Take a look at what we do
Land acquisition & reforestation
The purchase of degraded land in the Brazilian Amazon for restoration is a key element of Yorenka Tasorentsi’s strategy of protecting the forest. A total area of 1500 hectares have been purchased and is currently being reforested and preserved, guaranteeing the sustainable return of native plant and animal species of the Amazon rainforest.
Benki has planted manually over 2 million trees along with his team and community over the last 10 years, and Yorenka Tasorentsi’s goal is to plant 10 million trees within the next 10 years. Through tireless effort on the ground, coordination with partners all over the world and the use of specialized machinery, this ambitious plan will become a reality.
Regenerative natural ecosystems
The institute is building an integrative ecosystem that encourages the production of local resources. Through fish farming, organic poultry farming, sustainable agriculture and apiculture, we can increase biodiversity and reduce the dependency on any one food source. Currently, the team is working towards building:
- 100 fish ponds, supported by nearby trees that will maintain the waters clean, and provide seeds, nuts and fruits that will fall into the ponds for the fish to eat
- 300 beehives for honey production and plant pollination
- 1000 chickens for soil revitalization, eggs and poultry
- 10 vegetable gardens for healthy food alternatives and medicinal plants
Due to disappearing forests and natural habitats, many local animal species are at risk, and they are a key component for creating a healthy, balanced ecosystem. We protect and breed wild animals to reintroduce them to the forest and revitalize their populations. The Yorenka Tasorentsi Institute provides space for these animals to live freely, serving as an example for the region as well as the rest of the world.
Animals being bred include : black monkey, black-bellied monkeys, dark-winged trumpeter, deer, lowland paca, macaws, parrots, red-knobbed curassow, tapir, tortoise, turtles, white-lipped peccary, wild boar, forest pig, yellow-spotted river turtle and more.
Sustainable social solutions
We will leverage the natural resources of the newly regenerated land to create business opportunities for the local community. This includes sustainable fruit pulp production, extracting oils to use in natural products, selling fish to the nearby city of Cruzeiro do Sul and building a local supermarket with fresh produce from the forest.
Education & community
Yorenka Tasorentsi provides the space and structure for conferences, trainings, retreats and other kinds of community gatherings to share knowledge on indigenous and traditional practices as well as developed sustainable techniques. The center is open for retreats (including personalized natural treatments for those who have not found solutions through allopathic treatments), agroforestry, knowledge exchange and other meetings and workshops.
Traditional knowledge & cultural heritage
The project, Iraporo Pawa, is a “living museum” that will hold a collection of records of indigenous traditional knowledge and cultural heritage through different media platforms. The museum will have three basic functions: conservation, research and communication including the following areas: native plant species & animals, objects (clothes, ornaments, instruments, tools), music, stories and languages (audio records, notebooks, videos).