About Me

Katia is a world traveler, polyglot, writer and photographer. She is the editor of this blog and head of International Communications with NuMundo.  She is connecting social impact projects and organizations around the world. Katia holds a Bachelor's in Social and Political Science and a Master's in Marketing and Market Research from Sciences Po Paris. Throughout her travels, she has found herself hiking the Kyrgyz steppe, exploring the Brazilian rainforest, tangoing in the Argentine capital, and translating interviews of Soviet astronauts.  She loves teaching AcroYoga and sharing mate with her friends.   

Mission

Living in many countries and learning languages makes me feel like a citizen of the world. My mission is to be a bridge and connect individuals to transformational experiences and impactful places around the globe.  I want to share the importance of connecting with nature and preserving and regenerating the Earth.

Most Transformational Experience

A month roaming the Kyrgyz steppe on a sidecar with only a backpack was life changing. I was in awe of the majestic mountains, pristine rivers and ever-changing horizons. I shared countless cups of tea in yurts with nomadic pastoralists, sometimes striking conversations that lasted hours, while other times only exchanging a shy smile. There is something extraordinary about a culture that can live off their land, follow the flow of the seasons, and provide their own food and shelter. As Chris McCandless said, "The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun."

Mantra

Be present. Align with love. Find your passion. Take action.

8 Things I Learned From My Shamanic Permaculture Course in Peru
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8 Things I Learned From My Shamanic Permaculture Course in Peru

It has been six months since I left Peru and the lessons are still sinking in. I vividly remember the journey to Paititi Institute, an impact center where I took my Shamanic Permaculture Design Course. A spine-chilling yet breathtaking drive through serpentine mountain roads with peaks of almost 5,000 meters.  Majestic valleys, mountain lakes, and […]

ECHO: How 72 Hours with Strangers Can Transform Your Life
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ECHO: How 72 Hours with Strangers Can Transform Your Life

When was the last time you really looked at someone in the eyes? Or allowed yourself to embrace vulnerability? Or practiced gifting unconditionally? I am at a breathtaking eco-friendly retreat center and community called Puerta A La Vida in Costa Rica near a seaside town on the Pacific Coast. Crickets chirping, howler monkeys roaring, butterflies […]

Envision Festival: A Transformational Gathering in Costa Rican Jungle Paradise
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Envision Festival: A Transformational Gathering in Costa Rican Jungle Paradise

All photos by Katia Alferova. Envision is a four-day outdoor transformational festival in the coastal Costa Rican jungle combining music, yoga, visionary art, natural building and sustainable practices.  Impressive handcrafted stages and art installations decorate the jungle in Uvita while thumping beats keep Envisioners dancing all night.  But it’s not just about electronic music. The […]

The Possibility Handbook: A Toolkit for Transformation
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The Possibility Handbook: A Toolkit for Transformation

The Permaculture Podcast with Scott Mann is possibly one of the most inspiring and transformative collections of media out there. Through interviews with permaculture practitioners, activists, scientists and authors, the podcast is spreading the wisdom and power of permaculture around the world. It may just be the next step for a truly sustainable future! Ethan […]

How to Start a Retreat Center: Wise Tips from Stonehouse Farm
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How to Start a Retreat Center: Wise Tips from Stonehouse Farm

The first weekend of August, I had the pleasure of attending AcroCamp, a 4-day extravaganza of AcroYoga, yoga, Thai massage, slack-line, breath-work, nature walks and campfires. It was almost like living in a dream conscious community that shares, plays and learns together. AcroCamp was held at Stonehouse Farm, a beautiful 40-acre eco-retreat and sanctuary founded […]