“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” ~ Lao-Tzu
The SERES Center will be a world-first leadership hub and learning village for unleashing the power of the next generation of emerging leaders, knowledge brokers and practitioners that are leading the transition towards healthy, thriving and resilient communities. As an internationally recognized gathering place, the SERES Center facilitates cross-fertilization and pollination among local leaders, community-based development practitioners, researchers, scholars, students and the philanthropic community who are aligned in their commitment towards developing a more socially and environmentally equitable world.
The SERES Center will be built on a 25-acre property located near the town of El Rodeo in the town of Escuintla, Guatemala. It is located approximately 42km on the CA-1 from Guatemala City and 23km on Route-14 from the popular tourist destination of Antigua on well-maintained, paved highway.
The land is located in a stunning location that features views of 4 of Guatemala’s volcanoes to the north and east of the property – two of which are active (Fuego and Pacaya). To the south of the property, the landscape drops away towards the pacific slopes where sugarcane – Guatemala’s largest export – is grown and on clear days you can see the Pacific Ocean, approximately 60 kms away. It is also close to La Reunion Golf Resort which is regarded by many golfing enthusiasts as one of the world’s best golf courses and provides an option for top-end accommodation for people wishing to visit the center but requiring alternative accommodation arrangements.
See the Google Map here.
See our slideshow below for more photos of the SERES land.
SERES is partnering local stakeholders – primarily youth ambassadors and facilitators – with an international design team to design and build this incredible, living campus. The campus will be designed and constructed so as to integrate the built environment harmoniously into the surrounding ecosystem, making the most of locally available materials and providing a model of cost-effective sustainable design that can be replicated locally. The design will strive to be regenerative, restorative and zero-impact, based on the parameters outlined by the International Living Building Institute for the design, construction and the symbiotic relationship between people, the built environment and all aspects of community.
SERES is especially thrilled to be partnering with Journeyman International, and internationally-awarded sustainability architect Benjamin Garcia-Saxe who will be working with our local architect/engineering team to design and build the center.
The first design workshop took place on the land in April, 2015.
Photo Credit: Diana Lofflin, UCI
Design of the inaugural SERES Center in Guatemala