Be the Seed of Change

Fundraising campaign by Irena Ateljevic
  • €13,422
    raised of €19,300.00 goal
69% Funded
114 Donors

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It's time- We are planting TREES!

Terra Meera is a newly founded Center for Regeneration and Human Potential, born in Croatia.

Located in an abandoned valley, Terra Meera pioneers are laying the foundations for a community project dedicated to local and regenerative agriculture in the area.

This campaign will plant a biodiverse and native fruit forest, revitalise the Terra Meera land, support the local economy and create a source of food and educational opportunities for local and international communities.

As such, Terra Meera is about giving a fresh breath of life to the land as well as the community and culture.

Why ARE WE DOING IT and why do we need YOUR HELP?

The ‘why’ lies in the present - between the rich local history and the future that calls for greater responsibility. The Bribir region that surrounds Terra Meera used to be thriving - with small-scale farmers and traditional agriculture that fed many communities in Central Dalmatia.

But the civil war in 1990s changed everything. A majority of the population fled the area, abandoning cultured land and leaving it out of balance. After 20 years of neglect, the land needs human care for ecosystems to thrive again. Moreover, mass tourism in the nearby coastal area has attracted consumer lifestyles for which our food now mostly comes from the imports (70% of all food needs).

Now we want to invite you to support this land. We wish to create with you all a community of change makers, of people that won't just stand by and watch our planet die, of people that will come and use this beautiful place as a fertile ground to grow your ideas, as a seed-bank, not only for our fruit trees but for our common vision of a greener and healthier planet.

The threats of global climate change, industrial/chemical agriculture, the COVID-19 pandemic and its movement restrictions all show: the need for local resilience is imperative.

The story of the soil, it’s health and its existence is an urgent one. If we continue to degrade the soil at the rate we are now, the world could run out of topsoil in about 60 years, according to Maria-Helena Semedo of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization. Without topsoil, the earth’s ability to filter water, absorb carbon, and feed people plunges.

The solution is clear, cost-effective, and sustainable: Trees. Instead of clearing fields, intensifying mono-crop production, and ultimately degrading the land, agriculture focused on the power of trees (agroforestry) strives to protect the soil, diversify crops, and optimize the land in a sustainable way.

HOW are WE doing it TOGETHER?

As the first stage in the regeneration process of this neglected soil and her forgotten plants and seeds, we are aiming to plant an indigenous fruit forest of almost 300 trees. To this end, we have partnered locally and internationally.

Locally, we work with the last few people who live off the land in the area, Vesa, Mirko, Milivoj, some of them you can see in our video. Much of the knowledge we got from the hard working stone builder, planter and beekeeper Drazen that still knows how take care of these indigenous species as well as from Zeljko and Roman, two Croatian agroforestry experts focused on indigenous species of the area.

Internationally, we have partnered with Gone West, a social enterprise and tree planting company that has planted over four million trees globally since they started in 2013.

As such, our project, Terra Meera, has become one of the Gone West Plant & Protect projects.

What does this mean? The Plant and Protect scheme defines a unique set of requirements necessary to ensure the core principles of sustainable tree planting and land regeneration.The goal of the Plant & Protect program is to contribute to mitigating the effects of climate change, increasing the area of land covered by native trees, improving water quality, stabilizing the hydrologic cycles, increasing and protecting woodland biodiversity, creating green and sustainable jobs, and creating a canopy under which other opportunities can prosper. Through this shared understanding Gone West builds relationships with projects based on netting the greatest diversity of values tree planting offers.

We invite YOU to be part of our community and support our vision. We prepared different rewards for your support that open the space of Terra Meera to you.

WHERE are we waiting to welcome you?

Terra Meera is located in the Sibenik-Knin county, near the ancient Bribir ruins, about 14 km from the city of Skradin, the gateway to the Krka National park and 25km from the Adriatic sea. The seeds of the Terra Meera dream are located on the island of Radej, 30km from Bribir where Irena's grandmother planted the olive trees that inspired this story. In this way Terra Meera is able to meet the sea. Terra is the rural part of the project near Bribir and Meera is the land on the island. Together these two show the great biodiversity of the area and can serve as unique spaces for research of land regeneration.

What else can we tell you- COME, JOIN US, EXPLORE, RESEARCH, LET US GIVE YOUR DREAMS A HOME

We are more than excited and cannot wait to put the first trees in the ground!

Thank you for reading, giving your time, attention and goodwill to this project.

Rewards

THANK YOU. We would not be able to do this without YOU! We will be proud to add your name or the name of your project to our list of supporters that will forever welcome all the great individuals and projects coming to Terra Meera.

10 Backers

NAME A TREE. Each of our trees will grow and thrive for one of you who supported this dream. We want to walk this orchard next year and remember your contributions and your good heart. You are invited to come and taste the fruits of your tree and enjoy our beautiful land.

54 Backers

FEMALE LEADERSHIP COACHING. One time session (150eur - 3 trees) / 3 months mentorship (900EUR - 16 trees) OR 6 months mentorship (1650 - 29 trees)- We want you to grow and your project to thrive. Weather you will be coming to Terra Meera or not we want to open up our community to you. That is why we offer a project or personal coaching sessions for women provided by the TM foundress Dr Irena Ateljevic. In the one time 2-hour session you will work on seeing your strengths and clearing your vision in order to move towards putting your ideas in motion. In the 3 or 6 months mentorship program Irena will work with you 2 times a month in 2-hour sessions in order to define what is your deep desire, help you put your business on the feet, gather support for your project, clear your ideas and move towards realisation, get confident in following your dream. In the process, she will especially emphasize to the importance of tapping into your Shakti leadership power. The sessions are to be booked through 2020-2025, on a first come first serve basis.

8 Backers

GROW AND SHOW YOUR DREAM (18 trees). One day for your event at Terra Meera - One day workshop, seminar, congress on the topic close to your heart? Or a private event? How amazing is that, moving from cold halls and boring offices into a beautiful place in the nature where the water flows and the birds sing as you bring people together over the passion you share. Whether you are talking about green economies, for purpose businesses, practicing dance meditation or offering coaching we have the space that welcomes you. You are invited to use our beautiful dome and all the land that is Terra Meera, kitchen and toilets facilities. We will also do an introduction into the area, places to see and provide contact with local suppliers (accommodation, food, etc.) / SMALL GROUP 1-20 people, if you have a bigger team feel free to get a double package (20-50 people, potentially more, depending on the event type) Starting from spring 2021.

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WORKING RESIDENCE ON THE ISLAND (30 trees). Sometimes before we go out in the world and talk about our dreams we need a peaceful hiding place where we can map out our ideas and nurture them until they are strong enough to look at the face of the world. Our island is that place. If you need a quiet refuge in a fully self-sustainable house with no distractions to work on your ideas the Meera in Terra Meera is waiting for you. This is the secret laboratory of dreams where the idea of Terra Meera was born and where it waited for this moment. We know this place has the capacity to birth many more great ideas that serve the people and the planet. Blue skies, turquoise sea and no neighbours :) Available March-May and September- October 2021-2025, 6 nights, up to 4 people

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CREATE AND EXPERIMENT at Terra Meera (70 trees). One week you have the beautiful Terra Meera just for you! Workshops, seminars, congresses, meetups, celebrations and ceremonies, all topics are welcome as long as you take care of our planet and respect our fellow humans. Between our beautiful dome, all the land that is Terra Meera and an open kitchen space we can accommodate all kinds of events. What we dream about is having Terra Meera as a meeting ground for great initiatives and we wish you, our supporters to be among them. Once you come and see the untouched nature you will be certain as we are that there is no better space to create together. All kitchen and toilets facilities are for you to use and we will also do an introduction into the area, places to see and provide contact with local suppliers (accommodation, food, etc.) / SMALL GROUP 1-20 people, if you have a bigger team feel free to get a double package (20-50 people, potentially more, depending on the event type) Starting from spring 2021.

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CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY (175 trees). Congratulations, you have reached the CSR goals of your business by backing an environmental and social project of great value. We will organise a team building nature experience or a planting day for you. From summer 2021 - you will always have a place to visit and enjoy the shade of the trees you have planted- one day a year is permanently booked for you and your team to use the facilities of Terra Meera for team buildings, festivities, workshops (dates to be discussed each year in advance) for the next 7 years. We will provide an introduction into the area and connect you with local suppliers (accommodation, food, etc), while you use our beautiful Dome, kitchen and toilets facilities. We will also provide a Terra Meera media package that you can use across your media to talk about your contribution. If you are more interested in experiencing Terra Meera for just 1 or a few days and still getting the CSR value - the ‘Grow and show your project’ reward is what you are looking for, so just scroll up.

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Organizer

  • Irena Ateljevic

Donors

  • Sylvia van Luijk
  • Donated on May 29, 2022
  • Thank you for a wonderful time in Terra Meera for Marjolein's 61st Celebration!

€114.00
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  • Radhe Pfau
  • Donated on Mar 15, 2022
€200.00
Dec 16

A Christmas Gift Idea

Update posted by Irena Ateljevic at 10:52 pm

We have a Christmas gift idea for you – a tree that you can buy for someone with their name on it. With each tree bought, you will receive a beautifully designed Terra Meera Christmas e-card gift that you can also print to place under the Christmas tree. It's simple:. . . . .

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114 donors
  • Sylvia van Luijk
  • Donated on May 29, 2022
  • Thank you for a wonderful time in Terra Meera for Marjolein's 61st Celebration!

€114.00
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  • Radhe Pfau
  • Donated on Mar 15, 2022
€200.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Mar 14, 2022
  • Dear Irena - I heard your presentation yesterday in the Zoom with Radhe. I appreciate all the heart-felt work you have done to prepare and continue this important work. I am working with another group that seeks to touch 3.5 billion voters to enact actual policy change so that future generations can continue what you and millions of others have started. Know that you are being deeply appreciated and supported by so many.

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  • Vladimir Yatsenko
  • Donated on Mar 13, 2022
€100.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Mar 13, 2022
€20.00
  • Susan Niederhoffer
  • Donated on Feb 24, 2022
  • I'm naming a tree for each of my new grandchildren. May they visit the forest one day.

€114.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Jan 11, 2022
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€7.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Nov 07, 2021
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€13,422
raised of €19,300.00 goal
69% Funded
114 Donors

No more donations are being accepted at this time. Please contact the campaign owner if you would like to discuss further funding opportunities