Eda Zavala Lopez- Cross-Cultural and Environmental Protection Educator
Eda Zavala Lopez, a female curandera and activist was honored by the Peruvian Ministry of the Environment with the National Environmental 2014 Award. It was presented in recognition of her efforts to Protecting Indigenous Sacred Territories.
As a spiritual leader in her village, she is deeply committed to Indigenous Peruvian People in defending their sacred territories and protecting their lands. She encourages them to empower themselves through Education, a Cross Cultural Bilingual Education that brings Hope to future generations. She inspires to Indigenous leaders, bilingual teachers and children to stand strong and learn to negotiate their dire circumstances by facing up to the intrusive and disrespectful modern world.
Eda actively supports her people living deep into the forest. She is also very committed to Plant Medicine, medicinal plants strength her spirit and envisioning her path as a Shaman and leader. The profound knowledge she receives from her training every year brings her into the wisdom of nature and contemplation, observing and learning from the dynamism of plants, trees, birds, rivers, mountains, water, earth and fire.
Through the interaction among human beings and a diversity of creatures supporting each other, Eda experiences and understands a real equilibrium that brings peace, serenity and deep love. Her practice teaches others a profound way to keep calm in mind and warm in heart by listening to the sounds of nature and through the embodiment of the medicinal plants that have a close relationship with wisdom.
She understands very well that preserving the Peruvian rainforest is also for the benefit of the entire world and that expanding global efforts is very important in supporting this unique biodiversity. The plants, animals and people are ONE together and we need to work cooperatively to avoid the daily destruction of the rainforest. Together we can prevent it.