In this time of rapid planetary change, we envision a world where groups of people connected to specific land recreate culture in which humans reclaim their role as a keystone species in that ecosystem.
To create opportunities for personal transformation through participation in a thriving community culture which connects us to ourselves, each other, and the land while meeting our basic needs.
Emerald Earth Sanctuary’s history can be broken into three main stages. The first stage involved the original Emerald Earth Laughing and Drumming Society visioning and purchasing this property (in 1989), developing a relationship with it, bringing song and ritual, and setting intention. There was a sense of excitement and common purpose around community, music, and ritual. The second phase, which came with an influx of new energy around 1999, brought infrastructure development based on permaculture and natural building. There was a sense of excitement and common purpose around building the infrastructure for a community in a thoughtful, radically sustainable way.
The third stage is starting now. Our hope is to use the spiritual focus of the first stage, and the amazing infrastructure created during the second stage, to draw a community of people to this land committed to profound personal and cultural transformation. We are uniquely positioned to play an important role in the worldwide ‘nature connection’ movement. We are blessed to steward a piece of land that is owned by no government or individual, but rather by an NGO that we run by consensus of the members—who are us. This land compels us to “come play,” to participate in her processes, to listen and connect deeply. We are committed to deepening our capacity to perceive what the land has to say, and to discover what will bring greater vitality to the land and functionality of ecological processes. We are still just infants in this capacity, as we find our way with help from tools offered to us from many sources including:
- The Nature Connection movement (8 Shields, Weaving Earth, Kamana)
- The Work that Reconnects, Joanna Macy
- Permaculture (Regenerative Design Institute)
- Native Wisdom (Go talk to an elder)
- Restoration Agriculture
- Restoration Forestry (California Forest Foundation, Redwood Forest Foundation Institute),
We are developing programs that offer an opportunity to come live in community, in reciprocal relationship to this land, growing and wildcrafting food, tending the “wild”, practicing the core routines of nature connection, deepening your connection to self through ritual and group processes, maintaining human infrastructure, and learning to be in peaceful relationship with each other. We and the land invite you to come play. And leave transformed.
Membership & Visitors
- Current members: 7
- Open to new members
- Open to visitors