|In this issue you’ll gain insight into our village economy through: |
- Snapshots of how we’re aiming to create true wealth
- The upcoming classes available to you
- A financial report of how we are doing in these times
- The first Savings Loan Pool created at Earthaven
- Some nature connection tips for families
What does the creation of true wealth look like?
Here are a few snippets of what we think it looks like around the village!
(Photos from before and during COVID)
2020 Learning Opportunities at Earthaven
Much of the income for our community’s organizations and members comes from holding educational events. Come join us for a class and support our local economy. It’s a win-win!
Classes that are Community-minded. Heart-centered. Connection-focused.
All of SOIL’s programs provide skills and tangible solutions to what is going on in the world.
Register with confidence, knowing that if classes are forced to cancel due to COVID-19, you will receive a full refund.
Help yourself find joy and meaning through practicing life with an open and listening heart.
Compassion Camp is a four-day event for adults and children where we create a community of people who learn, play, and celebrate together, empowered to then send each other back into the world to spread these seeds of justice and love. Our time together is designed to foster community among people who are passionate about living and promoting compassionate consciousness. Experience a broader understanding of the ways you can live with compassion and gain more skills to create supportive community in your life!
Let’s come together for a long weekend of reconnecting with self, other, sacred purpose, and the earth.
In the Deep Ecology & Yoga Retreat (Sept 3-6), we will draw on the work of Deep Ecology and the Work That Reconnects to ground into our ecological identities, and also the practice of yoga to integrate the work into our bodies. We will spiral through the four stages of The Work: Coming from Gratitude, Honoring our Pain for the World, Seeing with New/Ancient Eyes, and Going Forth. We will leave with a re-nourished connection to our bodies, our planet, and our sacred purpose as leaders, changers, and activists.
Earthaven Ecovillage Visitor Weekend (Sept 4-7) is a service-learning program that introduces participants to the community life of Earthaven Ecovillage. The Visitor Weekend gives participants an inside look at the social and ecological experimentation that has taken place in this land-based community over the past 25 years.
Although Earthaven Ecovillage doesn’t have ready-made solutions for healing all the problems of the world, this collection of individuals are leveraging their privilege and engaging in thoughtful, practical strategies that are attempting to merge the best of ancestral wisdom and ethical technological innovation. As a community, they are grounding their visions in authentic connection to spirit and the land, in an effort to bring some order and beauty into this fragmented world. Discover how Earthaven has been thriving during COVID-19 times and prepare to take those lessons home to be applied in your life.
What you offer children can add pleasure, fun, rhythm, and overall health to your life.
With this year's Reaching Nature Connection Conference theme, Singing Snails and Rainbow Tails, presenters Lia Grippo, Kelly Villarruel, and Erin Boehme, of The Academy of Forest Kindergarten Teachers, will immerse participants in timeless crafting, joyful singing, and the freedom of play all in the spirit of the young child.
We kick off Friday with an evening of stories and songs with world-renowned naturalist and storyteller Doug Elliott.
This Reaching Nature Connection Conference (October 2-4) is the East Coast Outdoor Conference for Early Childhood Educators, Teachers, Counselors, Parents, and Mentors. You are invited to join for an exciting weekend of hands-on, research-based, and anecdotal learning. As always, the conference will be infused with songs, games, stories, and deeper nature connection.
In the midst of planetary change, the Earthaven experiment helps inform and inspire a global flowering of bio-regionally appropriate cultures. Our mission to create a village that is a living laboratory and educational seed bank for a sustainable human future was never more important than it is today. Our hope and our work is to model and nourish a mutually beneficial relationship between humans and this life-giving planet, and we need your help.
Like so many people and organizations, we have been impacted financially by the coronavirus pandemic, and are experiencing a $10,000 budget shortfall. On one hand, we are less impacted because the majority of our functions are covered by continuous volunteerism of our members and residents. One the other hand, we are more impacted because we rely heavily on our relatively small income to cover fixed expenses and because some of our members depend on this income to support their families. A large portion of our income comes from events and tours.
Your support will go directly to keeping our village running smoothly, reducing stress by supporting members who are employed here, and allowing us to keep projects in motion that would otherwise be neglected. Please consider a one-time donation or become a Supporting Member of Earthaven if you’d like to be more closely connected.
Savings Loan Pool
On June 11, 2020, fourteen Earthaven members and neighbors formed the Earthaven Valley Business Savings Loan Pool - the first savings loan pool at Earthaven and the first savings loan pool formed with the mentorship of Co-operate WNC.
In a savings loan pool, a group of people saves money and loans it to other pool members. In our case, the pool intends to support existing and forming businesses in the valley. In addition to providing a source of interest-free loans and a way to invest in our community, members support each other through mentorship and peer review of project plans.
Savings loan pools are a common form of mutual aid, practiced all around the world. In North Carolina, many savings loan pools provided a way for Black people to save and pool their funds when they didn’t have access to commercial credit. Our savings pool project was catalyzed by Co-operate WNC, a non-profit organization dedicated to harnessing cooperative economics and ecological design.
The Value of Happiness and Connection
Add value to your and your loved ones' lives by spending quality time in nature… observing, playing, laughing, and exploring. Below are nature adventures and activities as well as some perspective from Lia Grippo, Reaching Nature Connection Conference Instructor and our colleagues at Wilderness Youth Project. Have fun!
“If we want our children to have the courage, creativity, wisdom, and care for the planet that will most certainly be required of them, we must give them the opportunity to fall in love with Nature before we ask them to save it.”
~ Lia Grippo, Reaching Nature Connection Conference Instructor and Co-Director of the Academy of Forest Kindergarten Teachers
Adventure: Look up!
Take a wander and keep your gaze up as much as possible. Try not to look at the ground. This is a time to notice the clouds, undersides of trees, flying birds, (maybe stars and a moon). So much is going on all around us so much of the time, it is good to remember to change our vantage.
Activity: Flower Pressing
Flowers are abundant this time of year and there is no better time to press them. Plus, when summer comes, they'll be dried and ready to do crafts with! Gather flowers on a sunny day when there is no dew or mist on the flowers, and then choose one of the following:
Send us photos of your journey! We'd love to see them and share with others in the Earthaven and Wilderness Youth Project communities.
- In an old phone book: Lay flowers between pieces of printer paper or newspaper, then put a book on top of the stack and leave them for at least a few days.
- Make your own cardboard press: instructions on the Wilderness Youth Project resource portal!