Restorative Community

COS Collaborative: Model Development for Community Healing

Culture is beyond definition and limitation – a concept or a box. It is the living, evolving soul of the people.” ~ Dr. M.J. Miller

The Nature Studies Conservatory (NSC) is vested in restoring life giving resources and systems. The Harmony Project’s development of alignment with the Earth’s natural rhythms and processes (i.e., biomimicry) is also applied to inspire innovative ideas and collaboratively create solutions that advance a restorative relationship with the planet. The Culture of Sustainability (COS) Collaborative is an nature-based, interdisciplinary education and applied research community that involves individuals, organizations, and businesses interested in unifying vision to co-create sustainable local/global communities. We address the intersectionality of local-global issues (i.e., oppression, racism, and genocide; injustice, inequality, and discrimination; overconsumption/natural resource depletion, and housing-food-resource insecurity +) that affect the planet’s ecosystems, social-economic development, holistic health and wellbeing, and our quality of life. The connection between societal structure and relationship development has far reaching implications in co-creating a sustainable culture that is harmonized with the environment. We engage in dialogue to develop effective strategies, models, and tools for reducing our collective carbon footprint and general over-consumption. Our work is to increase altruistic relationship and contribute to the healing of communities and the Earth.

Nature-based, Altruistic Leadership & Intentional Healing Community

We seek to not only minimize our ecological footprint, but to change our relationship with the Earth, our environment.

Sustainable Culture Design (SCD) Leadership Program

Startup Community & Economy

The COS Collaborative learning community is the base for our SCD Leadership program and capstone project. The certificate program is designed to effectively support participants in unifying vision to co-create sustainable, restorative local-global communities. The curriculum includes a social ecopreneurship startup community with a hybrid co-operative and incubator. We help participants to develop an eco-based vision/mission, clarify strengths and needs, and design practical strategies/tools. Assistance and resources are provided for increasing economic, housing, and food security; while, reducing the individual-collective carbon footprint and general over-consumption. This program helps to increase altruistic presence and resources in underserved, disadvantage, and BIPOC communities while contributing to the restoration of the planet.

Transformative, Experiential Education & Research 

Key Objectives:

  • Cultivate a deeper relationship with nature: land, water, air, plants, wildlife and more.
  • Explore land-water-air sovereignty and its impact on the sovereignty of people and the planet’s other life forms as well as level of engagement in sustainability, conservancy, and preservation practices.
  • Participate in inner inquiry that draws from ancestral/family relationships with nature and the land (i.e., topophilia) to expand awareness and access new ways of being in relationship with oneself, others, and the Earth/environment.
  • Utilize nature-based relational research methods with pluralistic epistemologies (noetic/multiple ways of knowing including states of consciousness, intuition +) to co-create innovative green strategies.
  • Engage in altruistic social-economic-environmental stewardship.
  • Develop personal and community resources via nature-aligned entrepreneurship, collaborative economics, the arts, science, and technology.  
  • Engage in community service and field studies to learn from the world around us via local-international learning experientials to build diverse relationships and skills development to revitalize our communities.

The Living Sanctuary Intentional Healing Community

Restorative Communities: Altruistic Relationship, Collaborative Partnerships & Economics

Ancestral-Indigenous Wisdoms, Cultural Arts, Sciences, & Tech ◦ Farm-to-Table Microfarming ◦ Apothecary Medicinals ◦ Bio-Energy & Fuel

Sustainable Community Design: Wellness, Lifestyle, & Ecopreneurship with Food, Housing, & Resource Security
It is recognized that quality of life, relationship with Nature/stewardship of our environment, and personal health and wellbeing are inextricably linked—and that central to health and vitality is the integration of body, mind, spirit, and the emotions. This holistic understanding and the paradigm shift inherent to it are driving major changes in our society and creating new markets. For BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) who have limited income and financial resources these critical preventive and restorative products and services are out of reach. Increasing numbers of BIPOC are looking for these resources and led to establishment of BIPOC wellness and lifestyle businesses (i.e., The Loveland FoundationInner Workout,  NaayaBlack Girl In OmBLK+GRNPur-HomeFreedom Apothecary).

Quality of Life: Nature Relationship, Personal-Collective Healing, Earth Stewardship, & Sovereignty
The COS Collaborative and the SCD Leadership program are instrumental in the model development and establishment of The Living Sanctuary Intentional Healing Community (IHC). The IHC an extension of the Harmony Project includes a land trust with conservancy and preservation. Living Sanctuary will provide assistance and resources for healing from oppression and trauma as well as increasing economic/healthy housing/food security and restoring land-community relationship. This is the first of several nature-relational projects to establish BIPOC-supportive, green-sustainable/carbon neutral/regenerative intentional community assisted by collaborative partnerships. Our Leadership certificate program also will provide students with an opportunity to contribute to the intentional community’s development.

Each resident will receive support to develop an empowering, eco-based vision/mission that is aligned with personal authenticity/purpose, clarify strengths/needs, and access effective strategies/tools for optimizing quality of life. The Living Sanctuary (IC) includes a social ecopreneurship startup community with a hybrid co-operative and incubator. This healing community will promote trauma recovery and increase altruistic presence and resources for underserved, disadvantage, and BIPOC people while contributing to the restoration of the planet.

Contact us for more information, to get involved or to join the Living Sanctuary Healing Community! We also would like to hear about your organization and to discuss working together for a common goal of local-global sustainability.