Immersion in Indigenous Agriculture and Transformational Learning

This article is an autoethnography of the author’s four‐year transformational educational journey ​studying, working, and conducting research on indigenous agriculture while living and participating in indigenous communities in Latin America. Autoethnographic methods are used here to explore personal identity and a sense of what constitutes “home.” As my learning journey unfolded, I was at the intersection of two worldviews—indigenous and my upbringing in the United States—while exploring modern “certainties” regarding development work in education, universal rights, and agricultural advancement. In this process, my relationship to nature and my own native soil emerged as a new perspective. Reflections, anecdotes, and art are incorporated to personalize the telling of the story. The unique value of travel for transformational learning is highlighted.


About Giorgio Bertini

Research Professor. Founder Director at Learning Change Project - Research on society, culture, art, neuroscience, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, autopoiesis, self-organization, rhizomes, complexity, systems, networks, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++
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