Pindorama Institute is a Non-Profit and Non-Governmental Organization established at Nova Friburgo, Rio de Janeiro State. Our property covers 480.000m² of Atlantic Forest at 1.000m above sea level, with naturally preserved water springs.
We are a growing group of scientists, entrepreneurs, teachers, communities and organizations, directing the creation of abundance, healthy and efficient work, with an interest in protecting both nature and the profits of sustainable investors.
Create a network to spread the knowledge on biologic farming and the problems that the heavy use of pesticides and GMO seeds can bring to society and environment.
Provide knowledge on local traditions of farming and building with the use of local and ecological materials like bamboo and earth plus the use of clean energies.
Disseminate Permaculture principles and use those principles to help start-ups design their services and products with a sustainable approach
We receive around 1.000 students per year, from different states of Brazil and other countries to support us in our Volunteer Program and receive training on our areas of expertise through our workshops like the Permaculture Design Course.
In 2008 we reached 800 children from the age of 7 to 14 in the county of Campo do Coelho with our program called “Adopt a Teacher”. Environmental teachers were sponsored by a company and teachers would dedicate 20h a week with ecologic education, working with painting and music to bring children awareness to sustainability and to the problems of using pesticides in the fields. The county of Campo do Coelho is facing problems with the heavy use of pesticides for growing food.
In 2010 we reached 200 children with music classes in the county of Vargem Alta where the incidence of cancer and health problems have reached a critical point because of the abuse of pesticides and chemical fertilizers in the flower fields. Some children in the school were under controlled drugs for anxiety and sleeping problems, as most pesticides like Round Up have a direct effect on the nervous system. Our work was to try to raise the awareness in the students about the pesticides so that they could bring that message to their parents.
In 2012 we started a project in the county of Lumiar growing organic food in the school with the students. This effort was also to bring the awareness of the use of pesticides to the community.
In our property we have a Bamboo Shop where youths starting at the age of 16 can learn how to use bamboo for interior design, furniture, musical instruments and house building.
We receive on a regular basis children from elementary school for one day so that they can practice permaculture.
Our income comes 100% from our own efforts at the Bamboo Shop, building furniture and musical instruments for sale, which also brings income for the students that are part of the project, and also by the workshops and courses delivered here. This income is used to keep the activities going on here but it is not enough for new buildings and projects yet.
We have a 1 month advanced permaculture course that is delivered in English/Spanish that focus on Foreign students. Please check https://pindorama.org.br/farm-lab-advanced-permaculture-program-for-english-spanish-speakers/
Our dream is that Pindorama can receive more and more students every year, and not only that, but also families that could come for longer periods of time. Our main goals for the years to come are:
– Build one Atelier where the local community can come to learn other handcrafts like banana tree paper and fabric, bamboo and bee wax candles and other handcrafts to help them generate income
– Improve our Bamboo School/Cooperative so that we could help more designers to develop sustainable products using eco-friendly materials like laminated bamboo and natural fabrics, and also teach more students about bamboo for interior design
– Build a 15 meter diameter bamboo hall to use for lectures and activities with groups of up to 50 people
– Build 5 bamboo huts or tiny houses to be able to receive unschooling families
– Plant 5.000 more fruit trees (bananas, nuts, native fruits, etc) to be able to be a self-sufficient community
– Build a small acoustic earth dome exclusive for recording studio and for live classes/interviews
About Nilson Dias, founder of Instituto Pindorama
Nilson Dias, MBA in Project Management (Project Management Institute accredited school) and Graduated in System Analysis. Started working with non-profitable organizations in 2004. In 2007, after resigning his career at IBM/AMEX he went for pilgrimage to India for 3 months and spent 2 weeks with Vandana Shiva, one of the most important environmentalists in the world, and Satish Kumar from Schumacker College, wich has a remarkable reputation for cutting-edge learning on Sustainable practices. Nilson Dias attained specializations in Permaculture and Bamboo/Earth Building having attended programs at Cal_Earth (California) and other Permaculture stations at Brazil. In 2016 he completed the 4 year long course on Waldorf Education. His areas of expertise are bamboo for architecture and laminated bamboo for product design, solar and wind energy and natural building. He also develops a well-known program to turn under-used or abandoned ranches into prosperous permaculture sites.