Transform your yard into a habitat for pollinators in as little as 6 weeks and make a huge difference.
We can have a positive impact on Nature, we’ve just forgotten how to.
Nowadays it seems the only actions we can take to help Nature are limited to reducing our negative impact (reuse, reduce, recycle, etc.). But it wasn’t always like this! The ancestors of this land have always known how to have a positive impact on the environment.
When we understand that we are not separated but Nature but are deeply connected to her, we can make a difference that matters. It’s time to remember how to have a positive impact on Nature.
Building a habitat in your home is one of the best ways to helping Nature.
The core mission of the Habitat program is to offer you a roadmap to make a meaningful difference. You will learn from both Indigenous experts and scientists how to transform your space into a refuge for native bees, butterflies, moths and/or hummingbirds (depending on where you live).
Here’s a glimpse of what is possible when we transform our yards or outdoor spaces into habitats:
Together we can help restore biodiversity!
Everything is connected: when we help the pollinators we help other species.
The focus of The Habitat Program in pollinators is not random: when we help bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, etc., we help many other species!
Pollinators are crucial for creating and maintaining habitats and ecosystems that provide food and shelter to many different animals.
Pollinators are also a crucial component of the diet of many other species like squirrels, bears and birds. Did you know a single nest of birds needs more than 350 caterpillars every day for the chicks to survive? Look at this study on chickadees:
By building a habitat for pollinators you will be helping many other species!
Building a habitat in your home helps you connect with Nature and increase your wellness.
Our way of life has disconnected us from Nature. By building a habitat you will be building a sanctuary where you can recharge, feel bliss, and increase your wellness.
Indigenous peoples have long known this and this is why guiding you to connect to Nature is a crucial aspect of the Habitat program.
“As soon as I started implementing the course I started getting native bees and butterflies that I didn’t have before” Alberto Daniel, architect.
What is The Habitat Program?
The Habitat program is a grassroots initiative to collectively help restore biodiversity. Through our guided online course, you will learn from scientists and Indigenous experts how to transform your yard (or outdoor space) into a habitat that can help regenerate populations of pollinators.
Our online course gets its strength from the two-gear framework that supports it. The intersection between the two gears leads to new creative pathways for having a powerful impact on the Earth, while experiencing a new sense of joy.
Let’s come together to help Nature recover! We can do this! Every bit of help matters. Every backyard or outdoor space turned into a habitat makes a difference.
The two gear-framework
1. Western science: connect your yard (or outdoor space) to a bigger purpose.
Become a citizen scientist and transform your space into an oasis of life where pollinators can thrive. You will learn how to build a habitat that can help recover populations of bees, bumblebees, butterflies, moths and/or hummingbirds.
You will gain a deep understanding of the life cycle of the species that visit your yard, and will witness how a community of pollinators starts to make your space, their home.
2. Indigenous perspectives: learn a whole new way of relating with Nature.
For Indigenous peoples life on Earth depends on the series of relationships between all the inhabitants of the Earth. Learn what it means to be part of this web of connections and what our role as humans is in making sure these relationships can continue and thrive.
This gear is a window into strategies Indigenous communities have used for centuries to solve major environmental challenges. As you implement them, you will start to feel connected to Nature in a deeper level, will expand your notion of wellness and discover a new sense of joy.
Our promise to you:
We will guide you every step of the way to:
Help pollinator populations recover.
Build a space where you can reconnect with Nature and give back to the land.
Fill fulfilled for making a meaningful difference.
“I would recommend the course to anybody interested in helping regenerate the ecosystems we have disturbed. I learned so much more than I originally imagined and I realized it is easy to help other species.” René García, linguist.
What happens when you join the Nature Sanctuary Program?
Our priority is that your habitat can be a success so you can help the pollinators and we can all live on our healthier planet. To help you every step of the way, you will gain:
Instant access: to the two-gear framework so you can build your Nature Sanctuary in as little as six weeks.
Lifetime access: so you can make adjustments to your habitat, build another one, or use our exercises to reconnect with Nature.
Accountability: practical challenges to implement in your yard.
Custumizable: no two spaces look the same! You will learn which species your yard can better support and how to offer everything they need.
Expert-led: all our teachers have years of experience working in conservation.
Flexibility: you can advance at your own pace. We don’t want you to rush but to enjoy every step of the program!
You will not build your habitat alone:
We are here to support you!
When you join the Nature Sanctuary Program you gain access to our private fb group. Inside, you will find a community to connect, cheer you on, and celebrate your wins to make your Sanctuary a success.
“Besides learning a lot, the course is a lot of fun. You learn many important things and above all, you learn something other than just reducing your negative impact. You learn to have a positive impact and regenerate nature.” Natalia, professional dancer.
Take a peak at the course:
The course is designed to be completed in as little as six weeks but you can do it at a slower pace. We want you to enjoy every piece of it so we recommend you not to rush through it.
As you implement the insights from each gear you will witness how your space transforms into a refuge for native bees, bumblebees, butterflies and/or hummingbirds.
You will also start to feel more connected to Nature and untap the immense joy that comes from helping sustain life.
Meet your teachers:
Monica Yadeun, PhD is a wildlife veterinarian, scientist and (decolonial) environmental educator. She has more than 15 years of experience working in conservation. She is the founder of The Pollinator Movement and the creator of the Habitat program.
Sandra Gutiérrez PhD is a P’urépecha Indigenous woman. She has directed the community efforts to take care of the forests in her land. She is the cofounder of Radio Uekhoreni, an Indigenous community radio that seeks to strengthen the P’urépecha identity.
Gris Juárez-López PhD is a Zapoteca Indigenous woman. She brings her Zapoteca knowledge to her work as a conservation scientist. She is the founder of Sendas Rurales, a science communication initiative to raise awareness on the importance of native varieties of corn.
Nancy Vásquez is an Ayuujk Indigenous woman. She is studying a degree in Indigenous philosophies and the connection to the land. She is the founder of Colectivo Aatl, a coop of women who embroiders the meaning of their land into traditional clothes and fight against Indigenous embroidery plagiarism.
Mari Reyes PhD is a Ñuu Savi Indigenous woman.She works at the Centre for Culture and Environment in the Indigenous community of San Andrés Ixtlahuaca. She leads an ecotourism initiative to help strengthen the cultural identity of the region.
Our gifts to you
By joining The Habitat Program you will gain access to the following bonuses:
Biodiversity: the best pest control.
This course will teach you to look at pests from a completely different perspective. You will also learn how to help your plants stay healthy without compromising the health of the pollinators.
Buen Vivir: a toolkit for reconnecting with Nature.
The wellness notion of Indigenous communities surpasses that of the West. It is not limited to individuals, but extends to Nature. This toolkit will introduce you to Buen Vivir, a philosophy practiced by many Indigenous groups in Latin America. This toolkit has practical exercises that will help you connect with Nature in a deeper level and untap a new sense of joy.
"The course about Biodiversity The Best Pest Control helped me realise that there are not good and bad insects or plants. Every one of them has a place and they are in the planet for a reason” Jennifer Murillo, landscape designer.
Join the dozens of people that are already helping the pollinators!
The more of us the bigger our impact. We are currently helping more than 50 species of native bees, bumblebees, butterflies, moths and hummingbirds.
Join the Habitat Program for $100!
To make sure you have everything you need we provide you with:
- 26 video lessons to guide you step by step on how to build a habitat.
- Insights to strategies Indigenous communities have used for centuries to solve major environmental challenges.
- Practical exercises to connect with Nature through Indigenous philosophies.
- Fillable worksheets to help you plan your habitat.
- Checklists to keep track of your practical progress.
- Fun practical challenges to help you build your habitat.
- Guides with practical tips.
- Guidance to help you identify the species that visit your yard.
- Blueprints for building different pollinator refuges.
• Access to our supportive community
And our two free bonuses
- Biodiversity: the best pest control course.
- Buen Vivir: a toolkit for reconnecting with Nature.
We are looking for participants for our English version pilot.
We started the Habitat program in Spanish in 2020 and so far we are helping more than 50 species of pollinators and birds!
This year we are expanding to reach an English speaking audience. If you wish to participate we’ll send you more information on how to join!
The recovery cost for participating in the pilot is 100 USD.
Your participation helps support the following initiatives:
Radio Uekorheni: an Indigenous community radio that brings visibility to the important role of Indigenous women -co-founded by Sandy.
Colectivo Aatl: an Indigenous women coop that embroids and fights against Indigenous embroidery plagiarism. Co-founded by Nancy.
Sendas Rurales: an initiative to defend the native varieties of corn - founded by Gris
Santuario de Aves: a program for building habitats and generating research about the status of pollinators and birds in Mexico. Founded by Monica.
Each of these initiatives has been founded or co-founded by the women behind the Nature Sanctuary Program.
When you join the Nature Sanctuary Program you support Indigenous women and women from the Global South.
Why are all the teachers women?
Women’s voices are oftentimes absent from mainstream environmental agendas. Additionally, environmental work done by women is oftentimes not paid because it’s considered “women’s work” (work that has been historically associated with women such as caring and educating).
By joining the Nature Sanctuary Program, you are supporting women’s voices and are helping normalize paying women for their environmental work.
Why are all the teachers from the Global South?
If you are not familiar with the term “Global South” it refers to the countries that have a lower income.
Since colonialism, the Global South (Latin America, Africa, Asia) has been subjected to an uninterrupted history of Nature explotaition to fulfil the needs of the Global North. Yet, our voices are absent from mainstream environmental agendas.
By joining the Nature Sanctuary Program you are normalizing listening to the voices of the developed world and showing that the Global South is a place where powerful ideas to improve the Earth are emerging.
Which countries are covered in the program?
You can be anywhere in the world. This program is not a size fits all so you will build a habitat according to the species present in your country.
How much time do I need to complete the program?
You need a minimum of 2 hours per week (during six weeks) to complete the program. You choose how much time you want to dedicate to the program as many of the activities involve being in your yard or outdoor space paying attention to what is happening around you.
I’m worried I won’t have time to finish in 7-weeks! Do I need to follow this timeline or can I go at my own pace?
You’ll have lifetime access to the program so make sure to go at your own pace. We want you to have the best experience.
How will the content be delivered?
You will gain access to an online portal where you can revise the contents at your own pace.
I’m not tech-savvy, are the platform and private community difficult to use?
Fear not my friend! Our youngest participant is 13 and our wisest participant is 70. Navigating the course and getting 1:1 support is really easy!
I don’t have a lot of time, how much time will I need to set aside each week for the content?
This can vary from participant to participant to participant. Some participants binge-watch the whole course and some participants enjoy going at a slower pace and rewatching many of the videos. We recommend setting apart 2.5 hours per week. More importantly, we recommend you form a habit of spending time observing Nature in your yard every day. Connecting with Nature is life-changing!