Paula is a Co-Creator of Academia de Sofia – Laboratory of Evolutionary Development and a Member of the Into the Wild Portugal Team
Paula holds from 2003 a Transdisciplinary Phd on ‘Creative Processes and Levels of Consciousness’ from University of Évora, Portugal that includes an Appendix discribing the Vision of a Futuristic Ecovillage in Alentejo. She graduated as an ‘Ecovillage Design Educator’ certified by Gaia Education in Damanhur, Italy in April 2011, attended a Permaculture Design Course at Várzea Viva in Aljezur with Lesley Martin, followed by a “Transition Training Course” with May East in Sintra. After attending a Being with the Spirits of Nature Workshop and the Love, Magic and Micracles Conference in Ocober 2012 in Findhorn, Scotland, she co-created the ‘Academia de Sofia – Laboratory for Evolutionary Development’ starting at the University of Évora and acting on one side through regular “Academia de Sofia Forums”, inviting, presenting and organically inter-weaving Evolutionary Projects and Themes such as Academies of the Future, Visionary Art, Permaculture Design, Futuristic Laboratories in Ecovillages, Sacred Dances, Integral Theory and Practices, as well as through applied Evolutionary Projects developed by Visual Arts and Design Students in Graduation, Post-Graduation, PhD Courses and Short Courses on the other side. In Spring 2017 she proudly accepted to partner with pioneering Into the Wild Portugal in resonance with its core values and mission.
Karuna is a Member of the Into the Wild Portugal Team, a Manager, Outdoor Educator, Storyteller.
Karuna studied Management and Marketing at Thames Valley University in London before travelling extensively, while writing travel articles about people and customs. Rich career in Hospitality Management and studies at Granbery University. After returning to Portugal, she was trained at Angel Holistic School in Lisbon, and has since worked as a freelance therapist. Studied child care education at Waldorf school, then at Watkins in London and Schumacher College in Devon, UK, where she attended the course “Call of the Wild” – Outdoor Education Leadership Foundation course, Created the Association – People & Paths – which offered Outdoor pedagogical activities under the topics: Ecology, Adventure, Mystery and Art.
She is a pioneer of a Fairy Tale House Museum. Today, she organizes and promotes Walking Tours in National Parks in Portugal, gives courses about the importance of Fairy Tales in Education, started a Puppet Theather Company, worked and lived in many countries and is a good Counsellor and Healer.
With a group of friends, she started the Project INTO THE WILD PORTUGAL.