When people ask how I landed in Garzon, “by magic,” I like to answer. In 2010, after three days in what I thought was the best-kept-secret village on the planet, I bought an 80 acre farm on the edge of town. I was a budding photographer, a former writer and yoga teacher, and on a journey that would transform my life, and me.
CAMPO is an extension of that transformation. I created the nonprofit with the purpose of sharing with other creatives the gifts I personally received from living in a quiet quirky place, dropping into the beauty of nature and stillness – all that inspires a return, a reconnection to oneself. CAMPO is my home, it’s here where I became a photographer, I met my creative self, and truly owned who I am.
The idea of CAMPO was born on a page in my journal six years ago. Today, it flourishes with an abundance of passion, energy, and generosity from a growing global creative community. I am proud to witness its unfolding into a leader of art and culture in our area, supporting artists all over the world, and spreading the importance of culture and connection through our local community. As ever, we are committed to sharing with our neighbors and kids through artistic workshops and revitalizing the once-thriving village through arts and community-building projects. And with CAMPO’s new Creative Summit, we focus on global change as well as personal and collective impact through a creative lens.
As CAMPO expands, so do I. At the beginning of this journey, I created a fundraising slogan at my parent’s kitchen table – Be a Pioneer, Help Build CAMPO. Pioneer I thought such a beautiful word to express the origination of something new and in a place that to me resembles my image of the U.S. wild west of yore. I was a singular pioneer at that time, inviting others to join in this exciting project. And you have. CAMPO today is a testament to what is possible, what can be created in our self-reflective sanctuary of Pueblo Garzón. Imagine what else can happen here. We can.
— Heidi Lender, photographer, writer, creator