Earth Village Community Program

 

Are you seeking to find your people and build a village of like-hearted souls to create a more sustainable future?  Do you love the sound of children playing in nature and the laughter of people dancing?  Do you long for elders in your life or for youth to once again have rites of passage to guide them towards adulthood?  Let's build the community we have been longing for.

 

Earth village is a 9-month exploration in building community, healthy culture, sustainability and nature connection for adults.  The program meets monthly and has one overnight campout in September.

 

During the year you will:

  • Build community from a values up approach

  • Explore models for building a healthy culture for you and your family

  • Explore rites of passage practices from birth to death

  • Live a more sustainable life through living in harmony with the Earth.

  • Explore the resources needed to build healthy community

  • Look at the impact of colonization and how justice work intersects with creating vibrant and healthy communities.

  • Participate in monthly and annual events that integrate nature and community connection into your life.

  • Gather wild food from the land and prepare a feast together over a fire coaxed to life by rubbing sticks.

  • Learn mentoring principles for raising powerful, free-range kids

  • Discover your passions and gifts as your unique way to give to your community and find purpose.

  • Cultivate a deep belonging with the Earth and the more-than-human world
     

Do you feel the calling?

Join us for our Earth Village Community Program

 

Details

Dates: Mostly on Sundays

March 19, April 10, May 15, June 12, July 10, August 14, Sept 10-11 campout, Oct 2, Nov 13

Time: 9am-4pm

Location: Sticks and Stones Farm, Newtown, CT

Tuition: $1500-1250 (sliding scale)

* See weather and COVID policies for additional details.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Additional perks of joining the class:

  • A draft manuscript of Justin’s book, Reclaiming Your Nature: rewilding practices for nature connection and community building

  • An overnight campout

  • Invitations to annual community celebrations and special seasonal events

  • You design and host a community project for you to practice the skills learned in the course

  • Community connections made during and after the program to keep the village alive

 

Guest presenters on the topics of:

  • Music and dance

  • Permaculture and sustainability

  • Basketmaking

  • Artistic expression

  • Elders and elderhood

Monthly Themes*

March: Welcome and orientation, land acknowledgment, opening ceremony, ecotherapy, rewilding & sustainability, growing community from a values up approach

 

April: Nature connection practices, roles in a village, daily practices in community and nature connection, decolonization, justice and a regenerative future.

 

May: Gathering of wild edible plants and harvesting ethics, growing food, permaculture, homesteading, resilience in hard times & community project assignment.

 

June: Cooking a wild feast, making fire by friction and other methods, monthly nature and community connection practices and planning those practices into your month.

 

July: Raising wild children, mentoring principles, heart-centered behavioral interventions and inner child meditation.

 

August: Annual practices and celebrations of the year, roles of the village and kinship systems, making an ecological-home map, sustainability at home, realms and resources for a village.

 

September Campout: (Overnight Saturday 9am to Sunday 3 pm) Designing rites of passages across the human lifecycle, elders and mentors, storytelling around the fire, song and music & dance by the fire, exploring personal vision and mission, basketmaking as a community practice.

 

October: Culture and community building principles, inviting ancestors into your life, group presentations of community projects & mapping your community resources

 

November: Visioning for the future, community presentations continued, closing ceremony, community commitments, next steps going forth and networking.

*Themes and topics are subject to change and evolve like all living things

A typical day

9:00-9:30 Gratitude circle & Song, check in

9:30-10:00 Orientation to theme of day

10-12:00 Exploring culture and community themes

12:00-1:00 Lunch and connection time

1:00-3:00 Afternoon nature activities and applied learning

3:00-4:00 Discussion circle and closing

Homework activities:

This course will have a variety of homework activities and journaling questions.  There will be reading too.

About Justin

Justin is dedicated to helping people live vibrant healthy lives filled with connection and purpose.  Justin is an ecotherapist, nature mentor and writer.  Justin is also the former director of Two Coyotes Wilderness School.  Over the course of his career, Justin has mentored hundreds of adults and teens in discovering who they are, claiming their personal power and in finding a deep sense of belonging within their own communities and the more-than-human world.


CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

*Weather and COVID policy: In these times of often extreme weather, there may be days that are too dangerous or uncomfortable to meet outside.  At Sticks and Stones Farm, there are indoor accommodations available, and depending on the conditions of the Covid-19 pandemic we may meet inside or to meet online as determined by the program staff.  In the event that an overnight is canceled, it will be rescheduled within the month on another weekend date.  Generally we will not cancel due to mild weather like temps in the 30s or because of rain.

 

Because of the ever moving nature of COVID-19, policies regarding safety may change, however currently participants are welcome to be mask-less while we are outside.  Physical distancing of 3’ will be made while outside and 6’ while indoors.  Masks are required while we are in indoor spaces.  There are no refunds for weather or covid safety-based cancellations.