About TerraViva Journeys

I founded TerraViva Journeys because I believe in the transformative power of “crossed paths” and want to contribute to a more sustainable, ethical, and socio-ecologically just world. 

TerraViva Journeys is just me – Corinna Moebius, Ph.D. I speak, write, consult and teach about place, people/inhabitants, power, and planet. In addition to my training as a hybrid cultural anthropologist/ geographer, I bring to my work a background as an educator, consultant and community activist. I teach youth and adults (through online and experiential courses, workshops and walkshops and tours) and collaborate with thinkers around the world on the transformation of urban tourism policies and practices.

For this Spring of 2024, I am Visiting Faculty with a renowned study abroad program (IHP Cities in the 21st Century: People, Planning, Politics), with the School for International Training, and am teaching and traveling with U.S. college students on a journey that is taking us to New York City, Buenos Aires, Barcelona and Cape Town to learn about cities from an eco-social justice perspective. I plan to offer online courses by summer of 2024, as well as in-person classes and workshops/walkshops, as I strongly believe in the power of immersive, embodied learning. These experiences are offered in Miami, Florida’s Little Havana neighborhood, where I have led walking tours for more than a decade. 

My work has earned mention in The New York Times, NPR, National Geographic Traveler and other news outlets around the world. Additionally, I’m featured in a PBS documentary series highlighting women leaders, profiled in a textbook on urban planning, and included in a Little Havana exhibit by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

In addition to my work with TerraViva Journeys, I am also finishing a book manuscript  and volunteer as the Co-Chair of the Health & Public Space committee for Healthy Little Havana, a collective impact initiative.

 

A Longtime Advocate for Experiential Education and Critical Tourism for Socio-Ecologically Just Communities

TerraViva Journeys emerges from my earlier businesses (Little Havana Experiences, Little Havana Tours & Little Havana Guide). 

In 2006, I moved to Little Havana and began directing the neighborhood’s monthly arts and culture festival, Viernes Culturales, and leading walking tours.

My involvement in Little Havana evolved into co-founding the Little Havana Merchant Alliance, co-authoring a book with a renowned Cuban-American sociologist (A History of Little Havana), and writing my entire (and award-winning) Ph.D. dissertation on the history of the district, which I’m turning into my 2nd book. 

The more I learned about Little Havana, Cuba (where I’ve also led numerous tours) and the history of tourism, Florida, U.S.-Cuba relations, etc., the more concerned I became about commonplace practices in the tourism industry and their impacts on the lives of people, other-than-humans (plants, animals) and Earth.

TerraViva also builds on my decades working as a consultant, guide and speaker in tourism and urban planning; my specialization in equitable and creative placemaking and inclusive civic engagement; and my scholarship (as a cultural anthropologist) on the politics of placemaking, tourism, commemoration and public space. 

A History of Little Havana

Education & Certifications

Academic Degrees

Ph.D. Global & Sociocultural Studies, 2019
(Interdisciplinary degree: Cultural Anthropology, Critical Geography, Sociology, Public History, U.S./Latin American/Cuban Studies). Graduate Certificates: Afro-Latin American Studies, African & African & African Diaspora Studies. Winner: Alex Stepick Award for Outstanding Dissertation.
Florida International University

M.A. Global & Sociocultural Studies, 2015
Florida International University

M.A. Speech Communication (Communication Studies), 1995
(Interdisciplinary degree: Performance Studies, Organizational Communication, Intercultural Communication, Cultural Studies)
California State University, Northridge

Bachelor’s Degree with Individual Concentration, 1985
(Interdisciplinary, Self-designed major in Communications and Anthropology, Minor: Geography)
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Certificates

Environmental Education Outcomes
Cornell University

Visionary Leadership for Women
Center for Visionary Leadership, Washington, DC

Arts Management (Arts & Civic Engagement)
University of Massachusetts, Amherst Arts Extension Service

Shamanic Journeying and Healing in Community
Sandra Ingerman

Permaculture Design (Regenerative Agriculture)
Grow Permaculture. Miami, FL

Other

Martha Beck Wayfinder Life Coaching Course

uLab 1.0 & 2.0
Presencing Institute

Extensive hands-on knowledge/practice of eco-spiritual magical and metaphysical traditions, with esteemed teachers

Re-Thinking Place, Tourism and Self

We live in troubled times, where the realities of climate change, sociopolitical tensions, and past-to-present inequities cannot be ignored. How can our experiences in/of places, and our awareness of histories and economic, political and cultural forces–pull us from outdated and restrictive ideas about place, people, other-than-human beings, power — and the world?