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The Living Bridges Foundation connects indigenous community's educational and civil projects and NGOs with private European and American foundations.The community project participants work to improve their community's present and future as well as educate people of all ages in indigenous traditions. In addition, we raise money to seed new projects awaiting more long-term funding or provide interim funding for projects between grants.

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Click here to view slideshow of Dressing the Mountains in Green Project.

Click below to view a video of Juan Patricio Pilco about the DMG project.

Current projects supported through our cross-cultural bridges include the Dressing the Mountain in Green Project in the Ecuadorian Andes, currently funded by Tian Gong Institute, Berlin; the Living Bridges Foundation; and Guaria de Osa & Cocoterra Rainforest Permaculture projects in Costa Rica. Our newest project brings Energy Healing and Qi Training of the Tian Gong Institute to health workers and others in the Lima, Arequipa, Cuzco, Puerto Maldonado, and Iberia regions of Peru.

Since our founding in 1995 we have completed projects of building a school and bringing potable water to a Q'eros community of villages in the high Andes, funded cultural heritage workshops and a traditional medical garden and cultural center at Centro Wanamey in the Manu Biosphere area of Peru, and supported a gathering of traditional Shamans in Peru.

Maira PilcoCEWA CenterPilco Family

I am happy about the interest all feel for the forest. There was a time when our people were only interested in the cities. Seeing the interest in the plants and in our forests encourages me. ... A school where we could teach our children how to cultivate and use plants is ideal, because our children are our future.
Mateo Italiano Toribo, Machiguenga, Shamans Confederation

ParadePilco daughtersDon Alejandro thanks Donna Runnalls for boat

Please explore our website to learn more about the work we do and the people we have had the privilege of working with in our collective efforts to support indigenous lifeways in the Americas. We are volunteers--your donations go directly to support the work and people of these projects.

Donna Runnalls, Connie, Tritt, and Jane Ostrander, Peru Donna Runnalls, Connie Tritt, Jane Ostranderl
Founding Directors, The Living Bridges Foundation; Not shown: Jonathon Miller-Weisberger, Director


The Living Bridges Foundation • P.O.Box 667  • Aptos CA 95001 USA • Contact us

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Featured Projects 

Planning Meeting

Dressing the Mountains in Green, Ecuador
The Dressing the Mountains in Green Project supports projects in Agua Santa Ecuador....more

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Field Notes by Donna Runnalls, President, LBF Oct 29, 2011, Riobamba, Ecuador

Visiting doctor and Q'eros

Q'eros Community

The Q'eros Community projects include a medical assessment, water system, school, and traditional crafts workshops...more

Energy Medicine & Qi Gong Training

Donna Runnalls, Exc. Dir. Living Bridges Foundation, funded by Tian Gong International Foundation, taught Qi Gong for individuals, hospital and clinic personnel in Cuzco, Puerto Maldonado (within Manu park) and Iberia (a town close to the Brazilian border)...read her report.

Centro Wanamey, Peru
Supporting the people of the Manu Biosphere in their efforts ...more.

Don Alejandro