PO Box 1292
Cape Coast, GHANA
On the coast of West Africa, Ghana’s natural features include rainforests, savannas, waterfalls and a year-round warm tropical climate. Traditional arts & music flourish amid a backdrop of historically significant castles, forts, and harbors. Ghana has a stable constitutional democracy consisting of an ethnically diverse population of around 25.7 million. Each group has its own distinct language and cultural traditions. English is the nation’s official language.
Isaac Hirt-Manheimer, Founder/Director
Born in the USA, Isaac’s work in Africa began when he spent a year studying traditional drumming and dance at the University of Ghana at the age of 17. He received his BA in Music from Simon’s Rock College of Bard, and MA in Ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University, where he went on to teach. Isaac’s field research, spanning over a decade, focused on how the performing arts have been used as a vehicle to promote peace and unity in post-colonial Ghana. Believing that the ability to understand and bridge cultures is the key to building a better world, he founded Unity Ecovillage. Isaac has led academic and service learning programs at Unity for various institutions, including Princeton University, Yale International Relations Association, World Learning (SIT), and the City College of New York.
In addition to his background in the arts, Isaac is certified in Permaculture and Ecovillage design. His particular area of interest is ecologically sustainable building. Isaac’s unique approach to design draws from indigenous building methods, integrating cutting-edge technology and green construction techniques, such as biogas digesters and rainwater harvesting systems. In addition to improving the quality of life in the region, his projects are designed to provide Unity participants with transformative learning experiences.