Claudia Valadares Arakaki

Australian and Brazilian trainer

My first contact with the Transition Town movement was in 2009 through the Gaia Education and the Transition Launch training. I felt a strong sense of purpose thereafter and a few weeks later I found myself co-founding the Transition Town movement in my hometown, Rio de Janeiro. For 5 years I coordinated the Transition Town nucleus in my neighbourhood. Nowadays, I actively​ participate in the movement both in Brazil and Australia where I conduct trainings and collaborate with the Brazilian Hub as well as my local Aus​sie ​group.

Over many years as a student and teacher in a Taoist Institution, I’ve developed a systemic and holistic view of life.
​I’m currently working on offer​ing​ mindfulness ​based ​approach​es​ and conflict resolution systems ​to grassroots movements as a way to create ​personal, ​group ​and community​ resilience. As a practitioner of meditation, I see immense value in the processes of inner transformation ​and believe it is the cornerstone for consistent social transformation.

I love the simple things ​in​ life, such as: contact with nature, dancing, planting my own ​organic ​food, composting my internal and external garbage, learning​, sharing​,​ and networking with people.