Weaving Earth offers a wide range of services to communities, organizations, educational institutions and individuals. Whether you’re looking to develop and implement nature-based curriculum for your school, design and install a permaculture garden, or learn conflict resolution practices for your community or organization, WE can offer tools, training and sustained guidance. Our expertise in deep nature connection, honoring life transitions, peacemaking, ecological design, and community building can be applied to schools, businesses and nonprofits, community organizations, landscapes and individuals. Read on for a description of some representative current projects, and contact us today if you’d like to learn more about how our trainings and services might be right for you and your community.
FOR EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS
Weaving Earth has worked with elementary schools, middle schools, high schools and colleges. Our services include:
- Bringing council practices (talking circles) to the classroom
- Designing and implementing nature-based curriculum for all ages
- Creating and facilitating wilderness trips for teens
- Offering daylong (or shorter) workshops on bird language, animal tracking, survival skills and a range of other topics
The Manzanita School University of Vermont Credo High School What an incredible trip you all had! I am so grateful that my son and his classmates were able to have this experience—thank you all deeply for the way you held this adventure for the students. I have been very moved hearing Griffin share his reflections on this time and have been feeling this energy of maturity about him since his return. Thank you for being who you are and sharing your passion and gifts with my son and his class. Griffin has shared some of the things you said to him and your words have invited him to regard himself in a new and bigger way—I imagine he is not the only one who had that experience. Butte College
SAMPLE OF CURRENT PROJECTS
Started in 2014, The Manzanita School offers a living education in Topanga Canyon for students in grades 4 through 9. Manzanita programs emphasize deep nature connection, self-discovery, creativity and service to community. Weaving Earth staff are advising the core team at Manzanita on the techniques of deep nature connection mentoring, helping them to more fully realize their vision of a place-based education rooted in direct experience of the wild natural world. Below, you can watch a keynote address from WE co-founder Lauren Dalberth Hage at a recent weekend workshop she conducted with Manzanita.
UVM has created a low-residency Master of Science in Natural Resources with a concentration in Leadership for Sustainability. Weaving Earth co-founder Lauren Dalberth Hage served as a consultant for a nature connection focused course within this Masters program, and is also a professional affiliate for the program, alongside Jon Young of the 8 Shields Institute, & Dan Gardoqui of White Pine Programs. The program explores leadership practices inspired by the wisdom of nature and is grounded in a critical inquiry of the ideologies, assumptions, and patterns of power and privilege that underlie change-making efforts. The program is being directed by the University of Vermont’s Matt Kolan, and offers an impressive host of affiliates across the program’s diverse courses.
Based in Rohnert Park, CA, Credo High School a is tuition-free, public charter high school, started in 2011. In the fall of 2014, WE staff designed and led a weeklong wilderness trip for Credo seniors—the school’s first senior class—that incorporated a 24-hour solo experience. The 24-hour solo was intended as a time for participants to reflect on the impending transitions from adolescence to adulthood and from high school to whatever comes next. WE staff will take the class of 2016 on a similar excursion this coming fall. WE is also actively involved in similar trips at both Marin Academy and Sir Francis Drake High School.
–Parent of a Credo senior
In conjunction with local community stakeholders in Chico, CA and the Student Life Center at Butte College, WE staff have facilitated a series of trainings on how the model of relational education impacts community design and also might be integrated into the college setting. These sessions were planned in preparation for a conference on community-based mentoring that Butte College is hosting in the fall of 2015, at which Weaving Earth will be a keynote presenter.
The Manzanita School
University of Vermont
Credo High School
What an incredible trip you all had! I am so grateful that my son and his classmates were able to have this experience—thank you all deeply for the way you held this adventure for the students. I have been very moved hearing Griffin share his reflections on this time and have been feeling this energy of maturity about him since his return. Thank you for being who you are and sharing your passion and gifts with my son and his class. Griffin has shared some of the things you said to him and your words have invited him to regard himself in a new and bigger way—I imagine he is not the only one who had that experience.
FOR ORGANIZATIONS AND COMMUNITIES
Weaving Earth is committed to building strong partnerships with allied community organizations, including nonprofits and small businesses, and also to developing the capacities and skills of local groups to better serve their communities. Our services include:
- Training in peacemaking and conflict resolution
- Facilitating and honoring life transitions
- Workshops on regenerative community design
- Training in the core practices of deep nature connection
SAMPLE OF CURRENT PROJECTS
Buckeye Ancestral Skills Gathering
Weaving Earth has collaborated closely with Buckeye since 2012, the gathering’s third year. Since the relationship developed, WE staff have advised Buckeye organizers on how to bring 8 Shields mentoring and village-building techniques into the Buckeye experience. WE staff are currently involved in Buckeye both as instructors and as organizing staff.
Singing at the Buckeye Gathering. Photo by Cliff Volpe.
Weaving Earth staff visited with two Chico-based community organizations, Cultivating Community North Valley (CCNV) and the GRUB Collective, in a multi-day training on how regenerative design and the practices of deep nature connection can inform and guide community building, providing them with tools to run community gatherings, negotiate differences and design based on the natural cycles.
FOR ECOLOGICAL SYSTEMS
Weaving Earth offers conceptual design and installation services for your home-scale garden and permaculture projects. WE has worked with dozens of private citizens to transform their outdoor spaces at home into edible, beautiful, water-wise permaculture gardens. WE offers:
- Garden coaching
- Permaculture design and installation services
- Permaculture trainings
In 2014, Weaving Earth transformed a suburban Santa Rosa lawn into a food and medicine garden that saves 16,000 gallons of water per month in the summer. Outfitted with a lending library and benches, the garden has also become a gathering space for neighbors—bringing together families that have lived close to one another for decades with hardly any contact. Since the installation, numerous households on the same block have taken similar steps to transform their water intensive lawns into water-wise native gardens.
Weaving Earth performed a miraculous transformation of our hillside that was eroding and also contained soil and plants in poor health. Their ecological approach to the design incorporated native plants, conserved water, stabilized the hillside and created beauty. David and Lauren are dedicated to creating healthy ecosystems for their clients. Their staff is dedicated and hard working. I highly recommend Weaving Earth to anyone who is interested in sustainable design and landscaping.
Weaving Earth staff offer 1-on-1 mentoring services to individuals who are looking to deepen their connection to place, self and others and gain greater understanding of their gifts, dreams and passions. Ultimately, these personal sessions are relational, meaning that the format and approach are entirely dependent on the needs and goals of the participant. Possible realms of focus include:
- Personal mentoring in deep nature connection
- Clarification of passions, dreams and visions
- Support for permaculture projects
- Leadership and facilitation training
In uncertain and challenging times for our communities and environment, Weaving Earth has given me hope for the future and a desire to be fully alive and to develop into a transforming self. I have woken up to the world of the birds, plants and spirit and it will leave an indelible mark on my journey towards a peaceful existence and future.