Ka´Way Monti (KM) is a nonprofit organization founded July of 2012 in Huaraz, Peru that aspires to live up to its name, which means “Tree of Life” in the local Quechua dailect. Broadly speaking, the organization’s mission is to embody holistic, healthy, sane, sustainable modes of life, and to cultivate expanded consciousness towards balance and harmony within individuals, between individuals, and between communities and their environment. Achieving this mission is approached through a strategy of collaboratively promoting vitality among indigenous peoples by drawing upon their ancestral knowledge and modern techniques of sustainability, while simultaneously providing opportunity for non-indigenous peoples seeking an alternative and more conscious way of life. It is a sharing of cultures, different points of view that complement each other. Rather than giving aid, KM is about sharing and cultivating knowledge of sustainable social and ecologic practices to effectively meet basic human needs, including the innate aspiration for expanded consciousness. The ultimate vision of KW is a network of thriving, spiritually conscious communities that embody ecologically and socially harmonious ways of life.
As a non-profit organization, KM consists of two main branches, KM Local Vitalization, and KM Ecommunity. KM Local Vitalization (KMLV) is the branch that focuses on cultivating the vitality and capacities of the local communities with which KM partners. KM Ecommunity (KME) is the branch that provides a model for sustainable community and opportunity for people to pursue a holistic way of life. A third branch, the KM School of Sustainability (KMSS) exemplifies the critical intersection between the two main branches by providing sustainability education to internationals and locals alike.