Camino Verde by Leanne Hirsh

This amazing organization in the Tambopata region of the Amazon in Peru, is physically regenerating the Amazon Rain Forest, their mission is reforestation and agroforestry, planting seedlings from Amazonian seeds and working with local farmers bringing back growth to lands decimated by gold mining and copper mining and clear cutting.They are planting specifically Moena trees and over the past 2 years have planted thousands of trees.The Moena tree 

Camino Verde's reforestation center is a pilot site for innovative agroforestry systems and restoration strategies with 25,000 trees planted representing 400 species of trees: over 20 hectares (50 acres) reforested. It's also home to over 250 acres (100 hectares) of primary rainforest we protect.

Their nurseries produce 20,000 tree seedlings and over a hundred species each year.

Now they're sharing their most successful strategies with farmers and native communities in the Amazon of Peru, bringing back forests to areas degraded by agriculture, gold mining, and ranching.

  • 250 acres (100 hectares) of rainforest protected, with 500 acres (200 hectares) more protected through partnerships with their neighbors
  • Even more trees planted with a pioneering group of Amazonian regenerative farmer partners 
  • BioStartUp: production of aromatic Amazonian essential oils, distilled from trees they plant. 

A percentage of the sale of every Perfumera Curandera Perfume 5ml Bottle sold in August will be donated towards these projects.

Please use the code CAMINOVERDE at checkout for a 10% discount as our thankyou!

Camino Verde is bringing new possibilities for economic opportunites by educating and giving jobs to the local community, teaching by example that preservation of the region through  planting trees, helps regeneration of the enviroment and the local economy. Sustainable harvesting and distillation of these trees produces unique essential oils for the Global market whilst bringing awareness to the region. Regeneration of the flora and fauna, creates opportunity for commerce far more sustainably than clearcutting the forest for short term income, which has a long term impact for both the population and the Rain Forest.

Robin Van Loon – Executive Director

Founder and Executive Director of Camino Verde, Robin has lived in the Tambopata province of the Peruvian Amazon since 2004. A long-time student of traditional and indigenous agriculture and medicinal practices, his work has focused on developing community-based reforestation strategies to regenerate important endangered plants of the Amazon. He is a writer, regenerative designer, and consultant in agroforestry, reforestation, and regenerative development.

photo courtesy Jason Edwards / National Geographic

Amazon sunset
Robin Van Loon founder of Camino Verde
seedlings

Friends by Leanne Hirsh

When I moved to California last year after 27 years on the East Coast, I was in cultural, spiritual and emotional shock, my whole life in transition after an intense year, in January, having had to have ovarian surgery (thankful it was all good but took a while to get back to regular activities.) then a few short months after,  having to move house after 12 years in Woodstock,  decided it was time for a huge change. My husband following his soul yearning to move back to his native Peru, after being away from there for over 35 years, I planned to stay here for the time being to focus on my Perfume business  while seeing our son through his college years and our daughter through high school.

This year has been one of upheaval and transition, a momentous across country move landed me here in sunny California.

The lovely Las Flores Canyon park right across the road, became a welcome refuge to walk my beloved Arrow every day, a sacred place of respite with it's graceful Sycamore trees, and Sage,Artemesia and Sea scented air. 

Connecting with nature daily is an integral part of life for me and a continual inspiration for my perfumes and grounding for the spirit.

Soon after moving, while out walking I saw a familiar face,  someone I had worked with several times as a make up artist over 20 years ago, the lovely model Kristine Szabo.

We literally bumped into each other in the park!

We stopped to talk, Kristine remembered me and my skincare line that I had launched back in the late 90's - Hirsh Skincare.

We quickly discovered we were nearby neighbours and have since become close friends.

It is always a joy to spend time, walking with her and her 4 dogs, and my Arrow,  while her adorable 4 year old son Matthew rides sound on his bike. 

We have both been through big transition this year, I feel very blessed to have a likeminded soul sister nearby.

I love doing Kristine's make up. She is  a timeless beauty with perfect classic bone structure glowing skin and a radiant smile.

As she is such an in demand model she travels all over the world for work, but when our schedules align we get together for dog walks and hikes and love to co create and collaborate on ideas for Beauty shoots.

Here she is looking amazing with my Perfumera Curandera "Cielo" perfume, shot by the esteemed LA photographer Marc Royce. 

Kristine is a radiant being, positive, gracious kind and wise, always such an inspiration to be around!  

 

 

 Kristine Szabo is a fierce mama warrior with a big heart of pure gold. So grateful to have bumped into her in my little park across the street, my sacred place where I walk Arrow every day and commune with the Sage and Artemisia and wild Fennel every day. We did this fun shoot together with phototgrapher Marc Royce at her tranquil house, overlooking the ocean surrounded by birds and trees, her dogs Moon, Pixie, Madeleine and Sombra and her son Matthew.  Model: Kristine Szabo, Activist/Model/Mama Goddess.  Photographer: Marc Royce  Hair & Make Up: Leanne Hirsh  Perfume: Perfumera Curandera - Cielo

Kristine Szabo is a fierce mama warrior with a big heart of pure gold. So grateful to have bumped into her in my little park across the street, my sacred place where I walk Arrow every day and commune with the Sage and Artemisia and wild Fennel every day. We did this fun shoot together with phototgrapher Marc Royce at her tranquil house, overlooking the ocean surrounded by birds and trees, her dogs Moon, Pixie, Madeleine and Sombra and her son Matthew.

Model: Kristine Szabo, Activist/Model/Mama Goddess.

Photographer: Marc Royce

Hair & Make Up: Leanne Hirsh

Perfume: Perfumera Curandera - Cielo