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 Aussie 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 offering mindfulness based approaches 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.