Pachamama Communities

Pachamama Alliance Communities around the globe gather to connect, learn more and have fun with people who share a similar vision for the world.

Delaware River Valley

Delaware River Valley Community Photo
  • Location: Philadelphia, New Jersey, United States
  • Community Since: Jan, 2006
  • Size: 40 Members
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Who We Are and What We Do

Our group covers a wide geographic area from South Jersey, eastern Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Metro Area and Delaware.  We are a diverse community from all walks of life that are interested in taking actions with other local organizations that are aligned with the purpose of creating a world that is environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling and socially just. 

We participate with existing local organizations, spiritual groups, ethnic organizations, etc. in their events.  This is part of our ongoing education and committment to building on existing community structures.

We are eager to participate with community groups, organizations and members of other 'Pachamama Communities' worldwide in taking actions that keep us moving forward towards a more sustainable, just world for all.

Our Mission

Our purpose is to form partnerships with existing local organizations, to explore the most effective 'next steps' of action that will maximize the positive impact on our social, environmental and political institutions.

Our intention is:

  • to support the goals of The Pachamama Alliance
  • to participate with and support our partner organizations in their events, workshops and gatherings to deepen our knowledge of the resources available in our geographic area
  • to share resources (A/V, mail lists, 'meet-ups', etc.), whenever possible, to lessen expenses for all groups
  • to include a strong spiritual component in our gatherings that will honor diverse religions and spiritual beliefs
  • to actively invite and seek a more diverse population in our gatherings and events

The Areas This Community Includes

Eastern PA, South Jersey & Delaware

Also, anyone who is not yet connected with a regional 'Pachamama Community' and would like to participate with us.

Our Community Story

Lee Traband (Woodbury, NJ) and Miriam Hawley (Boston, MA) were the first East Coast 'facilitators' trained in San Francisco in the summer of 2005.  Lee organized the 1st Philadelphia Symposium in September of 2005 which was attended by approximately 75 people and the 'ball started rollng.   Chuck Putnam was her 'production manger' in that first symposium and immediately began working with Lee in symposiums around the area.

In partnership with Miriam Hawley from Boston, we had our 1st East Coast Facilitator Training at The Garrison Institute on the Hudson River in Jan, Feb and March of 2006.  Yep, it was a three month program with a 4-day training session each month.   (We LOVED IT!)

Out of that 1st training in 2006, Lee Traband and Chuck Putnam stepped up to become the 'community coordinators'.   Eloise Bruce (also in the NY Metro 'Pacha Community') works frequently with our group.  

In September, 2014 a Leadership Training took place in Tenemos Retreat Center.  A new spirit with a council of effective leaders is emerging and in process now.

Our Community Activities

Over the past few years, we've continued to have symposiums, TPA fund raisers and facilitator trainings.   Our current 'community coordinators' are June Hament, Marty Levin and Sandy Freid.

We are in the process of revitilizing our local 'Pachamama Community' with:

  • Monthly community events that will include a variety of learning possibilities, as well as, opportunities for action
  • A new focus on effective advertising, PR and 'branding' our communications
  • A group to nurture the spirit and growth of our community members and guests
  • A group to reach out and create liasons and partnerships with local like-minded organizations
  • Community 'circles' that meet independently and are focused on specific actions and projects
  • Continuing education in the area of effective community action and social justice