We envision a network of interlinked centers.
We connect people to meaningful experiences to facilitate personal transformation and accelerate the development of impact centers.
Through our own exploration, we have found thousands of hubs globally that are examples of sustainable and holistic living, producing practical, low-cost solutions to the global climate crisis. These hubs incorporate ideals like community living, whole systems design, appropriate technology, seed banking, holistic health, and regenerative enterprise. Through our platform, we envision these impact centers becoming more accessible to the world and easily sharing crucial information and resources.
We believe that a travel journey that takes us outside of our comfort zones is often the first step in expanding our worldview, finding a global community, and experiencing the simplicity and liberation of living without many possessions. Transformational travel takes this concept a step further through exposure to projects that will replace one’s societal conditioning with a whole new way of being. Through our platform and shared media, we are empowering people who are unfulfilled in their lives to take a journey that will ignite a new life-changing path.
Our team is enthusiastic about building a global movement of passionate people and land stewards to co-create a thriving planet for us and future generations.
Our staff has experience living and working at impact centers across the globe. We share a love of permaculture, micro festivals, and cacao-fueled dance parties.
David has spent much of the past five years in Central America organizing cultural events, retreats, and ecovillage design courses. He also spent considerable time managing volunteers at a farm and worked with an indigenous artisan cooperative in Guatemala. His experience and BA in Political Economy of Industrial Societies and Global Poverty & Practice from UC Berkeley are a pivotal foundation to the inspiration of NuMundo.
Erika has spent the last decade working in user experience and user interface design, and has worked with clients such Disney, Fox, ABC and NBC. She played a pivotal role in running a newly founded eco-village in Nicaragua through marketing, event organizing, administrative management and conflict mediation. She is also the co-founder of the Origin X Change marketplace, a conscious trade platform, and a member of the Enspiral collective.
Lukas has over 10 years worth of experience writing code and designing for screens. Living in busy Berlin, he worked for big agencies and small studios alike. On the search for new challenges he travelled the world for 3 years with his project Good Things Everywhere, bartering skills for NGOs, eco-villages and social projects. Fluent in Portuguese, German, English and Spanish and currently based in Portugal, he's the head of our technology team.
Sara has spent the last decade as a consultant for both tech startups and the hospitality industry, supporting organizations in a range of areas, such as PR, marketing, sales, customer acquisition, community management, and business development. She has worked with over a dozen companies including Airbnb, Lyft, Wynn Resorts and Marriott Hotels. Focusing on marketing and operations for NuMundo, Sara is excited to use her skillset towards the new paradigm shift where the creative economy and common good capitalism are the principal currency.
August brings over 20 years experience in tech companies to NuMundo’s team. He is passionate about creating intuitive and empowering online solutions. His past projects include work for Fortune 500 companies including Apple, Expedia, Ebay and InvestTools. He also served on the Board of Directors of the national non-profit SOS Outreach for 14 years. Over the past eight years he has worked, visited and lived at dozens of impact centers including Kalani Honua, Hawaiian Sanctuary Eco-Retreat Permaculture Center and the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies. His enthusiasm for communication, conscious business and lifelong learning align with NuMundo’s mission; to connect people worldwide with meaningful experiences.
Bryan is the founder of Earth Journeys (earthjourneys.org) and a community organizer who supports grassroots organizations in spreading their good work to the masses. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management & Entrepreneurship from DePaul University. While working at permaculture farms, ecovillages and land regeneration projects throughout the Americas he is developing NuMundo’s Pathfinder travel advisor program. Bryan is currently based in Southern California where he’s working to unite the movement!
Lynn is an artist, yoga teacher, and plant medicine healer. She has lived and worked at several Impact Centers around the world, engaging in community to understand the woven nature of People and Place. Lynn holds degrees in Fine Arts and Philosophy and is wildly inspired by street art & ethnobotany. Lynn leads NuMundo’s Customer Service and Impact Center Communication operations and is excited to co-create a thriving digital community with deep, land based roots.
Shayna Gladstone is an eco-leadership mentor, transformational facilitator, earth steward and co-founder of NuMundo and Earth Journeys, both organizations promoting personal and planetary transformation. Shayna is trained in Joanna Macy’s “Work that Reconnects”, has a Permaculture Design Certification and has been working with clients for years to help them activate their wildest dreams. While being a digital nomad growing NuMundo, she worked at ecovillages and sustainable living projects all throughout the America’s.
Toby has been working in media for the last 5 years while traveling through Asia, Europe, and Africa. She has written and edited for mindful media platforms such as elephant journal, Thrive Global, and Matador Network, as well as international clients. She also facilitates storytelling workshops in South Africa, Costa Rica, and anywhere in between. Toby currently resides in Costa Rica, where she is pursuing a masters in Peace, Media and Conflict Studies at the University for Peace, while organizing creative events and microfestivals. She is honored to apply her passion for travel, alternative lifestyles, and community empowerment to NuMundo through managing the blog and NuMundo content.
A serial entrepreneur, Singularity University alumni, angel investor, advisor, developer, sci-fi addicted, who loves tech, space, science and ancient history. Founded and invested in companies at Silicon Valley and Brazil, from robots that genetic engineer life using AI to fintech solutions that securely process billions of dollars in payments from entire countries. Co-author of books on innovation and articles published by O'Reilly and Elsevier. Featured at TechCrunch, Globo, Época, Forbes and others.
Brian (Soloman) Steadman
Solomon Steadman is an engineer, musician, writer, artist, and angel investor. In the past he has worked at many of the most prominent tech companies in the world including Facebook, Google, and Microsoft where he specialized in mobile development and internal tools infrastructure. Currently he lives in Bali, Indonesia as a base where he can work on several large creative pursuits as well as invest in and advise startups in cutting edge industries.
Eric is a Data Scientist and holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington. He has experience building web applications for two data-driven technology startups and is passionate about creating tools that enable communities to organize information and resources to build sustainable local infrastructures.
Where we are at.
Our team of ten (and growing) incredibly talented, nomadic developers, designers, project managers and marketers volunteer their time for this vision to thrive – running on pure passion. We have been supported through community crowdfunding, a grant, and a small seed investment during the past three years. This has allowed our team to come together in person at least once a year to bond and further develop the platform. The rest of the time, we all work remotely and hold side jobs to pay for our living costs.
Our dream is to be able to work full-time on this platform! This is why we’re exploring ways to monetize the platform through memberships, booking fees, marketing services and pathfinder sessions. In this pursuit of financial sustainability, we’re always seeking to find the balance between revenue generation and integrity, while staying true to our mission. Our dedication to making our platform accessible to everyone is at the forefront of our decision-making.
We are seeking investors, sponsorships or any other type of financial support to help us grow! Contact us if you’re interested in investing.
What is an impact center?
An impact center is a land based project that offers individual transformation, regenerative living education and strives to leave a positive local impact. An impact center could be an ecovillage, organic farm, yoga retreat center, or even a hostel, as long as they meet the criteria below.
Our impact center criteria.
1. Earth Care
Emphasis on whole-system sustainability and/or holistic health & well-being
Provides retreats, workshops, courses and/or work-exchange or volunteering
Has the capacity to host individuals on-site for short or long-term stays
We are always looking for ways to collaborate, support centers and help individuals find transformational experiences.