Aranya Solutions purpose is to enrich quality of life.
We focus on creating systemic place-based solutions to enhance the daily lives of people through meaning and economical vitality.
Our method is to assist communities to implement environmentally friendly building and agricultural methods, life skills workshops, local business development, leadership training, education initiatives, and capacity building. We serve as a bridge to resources.
What Aranya Means
Aranya means “Abundant Forest” in Sanskrit, which we strive to achieve literally and metaphorically. We have an ecological mindset in our approach, where we think and act like a forest ecosystem, identifying where the levers for support are needed and bring resources to fulfill the needs – pollinating like bee’s.
We collaborate with our web of partners to provide access to assets that bolster cultural resilience, sustainability impact and livelihood.
We work together to develop systematic improvements with a focus on localization, serving as a bridge to resources and providing necessary infrastructure.
This nonprofit was formed to fill an important niche of working directly with the community in collaboration with local organizations and providing leadership development skills for long term public health and sustainability. The purpose of having a nonprofit in the USA is to raise funds from the States to bring to places that are in greater need, as a direct channel for fundraising efforts for maximum impact.
Aranya Solutions is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in the USA. We formed a nonprofit to serve the under served, starting our work in Nepal after seeing the needs for more support on the ground and fundraising. Aranya Solutions serves organizations and communities dedicated to making the world a better place. We create and facilitate strategies for efficiency.
We successfully completed the needs assessment for the Nepal Village Community Development project in the Fall of 2017. We developed a calendar of activities for 2018 for programs to meet the needs of the village assessed. We identified programs for the next 4 years for agriculture, education, health, leadership and community development.
In 2019 we took on more local and international projects related to regenerative agriculture. As we are about creating an abundant forest it is very aligned with our mission to focus on regenerative practices.
Katrina Zavalney, USA
Founder and Executive Director
Barry Cogbill, USA
Board of Directors
Kathia Castro Laszlo, USA
Board of Directors
Karri Winn, USA
Board of Directors
Rotary Mission Statement – Rotary is where neighbors, friends and problem solvers share ideas, join leaders and take action to create lasting change. The main principal of Rotary is “Service Above Self”.
We have partnered with Rotary to support community, economic development, increase capacity, health and nutrition in deprived areas in the world by multiplying funds raised through Rotary International to increase impact. The International Projects Committee of the Rotary Club of Santa Rosa East, California developed these projects in collaboration with the host Rotary clubs in Africa and Asia and their local communities. Through our friendships with Rotarians in developing countries, we are able to create lasting change for the people we serve.
See more details at www.Pathways4Thriving.org
Starhawk’s Regenerative Land Management Program
We are working with mentors, land, farms and ranchers around the world for internship placement. We also help raise funds for diversity scholarships.
This new long term program (2 years) in Regenerative Agriculture and Land Management led by Starhawk, Charles Williams and many other guest speakers and mentors. It’s based around two ten-day intensives, short internships, a longer-term apprenticeship and many shorter courses, all guided by a personal mentor who will help tailor the program to participants’ goals and needs. Internship sites will be sought across North America and internationally, so that students can learn from a variety of enterprises, approaches and gain exposure to land management practices and challenges in different cultures. The goal is to develop pathways for more farmers, ranchers, organizers and businesses that are focused on regenerative land management. 20-30 students per course, this new long-term program is designed to give the skills, experience and confidence to run a farm, ranch, retreat center or urban farm in ways that heal damaged ecosystems and sequester carbon. The student often become teachers and leaders who will pass this knowledge on.
Abundant Earth Foundation
Abundant Earth Foundation (AEF) was formed as a way for the global Permaculture Movement to unite and better support one another. AEF funds projects around the world that are using permaculture, regenerative agriculture, and social entrepreneurial efforts to make a great impact at local and global levels. Aranya Solutions partnered with AEF to represent the Weaver Network at the East Africa Permaculture Convergence in Uganda in May of 2018. Weaver Network is an online platform to share stories and projects, list Wants/Needs/Offerings/Requests
With the aim of changing lives and changing societies, the Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA) Nepal was established in early 1998 in Kathmandu, Nepal. Since its establishment and following its philosophy: ‘every individual has a capacity to bring change in his/her situation’, ICA Nepal has continuously worked for human capacity development, and hence, has emerged as one of the leading organizations in training and facilitation in Nepal. ICA Nepal believes that no sustainable development or change is achieved without considering existing cultural dynamics and pluralities. Thus, it is dedicated to creating an environment, in which the opportunity of participation, and the building in of sustainable change and development is foremost.
The Relief Trust
Local partner in Nepal to support life skills programming and connections to government officials. This partner does trauma relief work through counseling and leads trainings in communication and emotional intelligence work for community development.
Katrina Zavalney, USA – Executive Director & Board President
Katrina Zavalney is based in San Francisco, CA, USA, she is a mover and shaker and is passionate about community development. She has a Masters in Organization Development, with over 15 years of experience she is skilled in community development, facilitation, capacity building, strategic planning and sustainable event management. From revitalizing the Mississippi Delta to greening Disney. Katrina excels in creating programs based on the needs in the community and identifying resources and partnerships to support and build out the programs and activities for the community. Katrina is a Rotarian where she has been supporting developing countries, starting in Nepal, with livelihood programs that focus on agriculture, leadership and economic stability.
Katrina founded a nonprofit, Aranya Solutions, the mission is to enrich quality of life within targeted economically challenged and developing areas. Aranya Solutions develops systematic changes with a focus on localization serving as a bridge to resources and provide necessary infrastructure. The method is to assist communities to implement environmentally friendly building and agricultural methods, life skills workshops, local business development, leadership training, education initiatives, and capacity building. www.AranyaSolutions.com
Katrina loves to dance – anywhere, anytime, any type of dance! She teaches Zumba and mindful movement classes, for groups, conferences and trainings. Katrina believes in the power of living healthy. She also loves to do theater with youth, especially at-risk youth, bringing their stories to life… and will often incorporate dance in that as well.
Barry Cogbill, USA – Board of Directors
Barry Cogbill, International Projects Chair for the Rotary Club of Santa Rosa East in California, helps support the fundraising efforts and supplies knowledge and resources for this project.
Through his involvement in Rotary International, Barry collaborates on humanitarian based solar projects in Africa, Nepal, and now Puerto Rico.
Barry is an clean energy consultant, regarded for his solar and energy efficiency expertise, collaboration with government and industry specialists and excellence in managing and implementing clean energy projects. Barry is an energy writer, speaker and educator.
It is his priority to bring clean energy resources to Digam Village in subsequent scopes of work, utilizing the power of Rotary International’s Global Grants program.
Kathia Castro Laszlo, USA – Board of Directors
Kathia Castro Laszlo, Ph.D. is Principal and Chief Creative Officer of Magenta Wisdom, offering executive
coaching, consulting, design and facilitation services to leaders and organizations committed to develop
their collaborative leadership and innovation capacities for social impact.
Kathia designs and facilitates strategic and learning processes that lead to organizational effectiveness,
cultural healing and regeneration. She believes that “sustainability is an inside job” and her work on
evolutionary leadership develops individual and collective capacities on systems thinking, feeling, and
being for transformation from the inside out.
Kathia has been a faculty member in academic and professional development programs including
Saybrook University, Meridian University, and the Cross Sector Leadership programs of the Presidio
Institute. She has taught leadership, organizational development and strategy in the sustainability MBA
programs of Presidio Graduate School (San Francisco), Bainbridge Graduate Institute (Seattle), Dominican
University of California (San Francisco), EGADE Business School (Mexico), and Universidad del Medio
Kathia is the co-founder of Syntony Quest, Global Leadership Lab, and The Journey Network and has been
advisor to multiple educational enterprises including Mycelium School and Novamaya University. She is in
the early stages of creating an institute exploring the intersection of money, love and meaning. Her work
integrates feminine, multicultural and experiential ways of knowing and relating. She is an explorer of
ethical business and organizational models and – through her understanding of adult learning, group
creativity, mindfulness and dialogue – she has facilitated numerous transformational processes in
business, academic, nonprofit and community contexts in North America, Latin America and Europe. She
is working on her book Education at the Edge of Possibility which is the result of 20 years of research and
experience on the design of evolutionary learning communities.
Kathia is from Monterrey, Mexico where she earned a BA in Marketing and a M.Ed. in Cognitive
Development. She came to the US as a Fulbright Scholar to earn her PhD in Human Science with
specialization in social and institutional change at Saybrook University. Kathia is a certified executive
coach in the Leadership Circle ProfileTM and is fully fluent in English and Spanish. She is a mother, yoga
practitioner, Reiki master, and nature lover and shares her perspectives through her blog
Karri Win, USA – Board of Directors