SINAL do Valle, meaning Signal of the Valley in Portuguese, is a 200-acre property situated in the San Antonio River Valley in the green mountains above Rio de Janeiro. It is embedded in a lush tropical ecosystem known as Mata Atlantica, rich in water sources and biodiversity.
Founded by a renowned Brazilian NGO in November 2011, SINAL is a pioneering global learning lab designed for volunteers, community leaders, students, social entrepreneurs …. from around the world. Their common mission is the following: develop new social and environmental initiatives that will ultimately improve livelihoods and the environment.
SINAL is an acronym standing for synchronicity (Sincronicidade), innovation (Inovação ) and joy (Alegria); three core principles which embody the purpose of Sinal do Vale. We embrace synchronicity by acknowledging that uncertainty and chance present invaluable learning opportunities to let life show us the way. We cultivate innovation through concrete action, aware that we are in a transition toward a sustainable future that requires scalable examples. We embrace joy as an important ingredient for both life and work.
Those who stay here have opportunities to learn about organic farming, community engagement, renewable energy, water conservation, waste management, reforestation, ecology, and environmental policy. Those who stay here also have the opportunity to teach, not only amongst their own diverse peer group, but also in outreach efforts to engage local schools, community leaders, and government representatives.
This is a space committed to building the knowledge and networks needed to address our planet’s most urgent social and environmental issues. Here one finds a living laboratory, embodied by a mission statement with the aim of creating a sustainable ecosystem. This ecosystem, designed for life and the environment that sustains it, will act as a model to inspire action, both locally and globally.