School For Ecocentric Evolution & Design Strategies
“Our primary mission is to support collective evolution toward a life-sustaining and life-enchancing world.”
The Roots of Our Work
The School for Ecocentric Evolution & Design Strategies understands the human being to be an emergent property of relationship – life awakened unto itself, gifted this experience of life from life, and here to serve the evolutionary unfoldment and expression of life into the future through a conscious participation in the earth’s own evolutionary impulse toward producing life-sustaining and life-enhancing conditions.
Ecocentric evolution is a radical reorientation toward life and the meaning of our existence for both the individual and collective. It is the process of awakening not only to our interconnection and interdependence with all life, but also one of (re)discovering the unique role we’re being invited to play within the evolutionary journey of life itself. Ecocentric evolution is the return journey after our species’ deep dive into the story of separation; a homecoming to ourselves and our place in the family of all things. The return journey is the chapter of the hero’s journey in which we have the opportunity to carry the gifts, powers, and sacred wounds we’ve uncovered through our descent into darkness as the healing tools needed for our people to meet the task of the times. In this homecoming, we have the opportunity to honor and uplift the wisdoms and strategies that were forged through the searing fire of separation and lonely waters of isolation as the very tools needed to repair the harm we’ve enacted toward one another and the earth in order to support a higher level of meaning and direction within this evolutionary process of psycho-spiritual maturation for ourselves as a people.
We stand at a collective threshold. Our current world can no longer take us safely and meaningfully into the future. The egocentric society of our modern times has become pathological and self-destructive. The values and incentives of this industrial growth world have undermined our possibility of a meaningful existence into the future. A new world must be born, arising both as a visceral remembrance of a different way of being rooted in our ancient past and informed as well by a new dream of possibilities for a brighter future that is founded in a deep love for life itself.
SEEDS is dedicated to planting, tending, cultivating, and dispersing this SEED of possibility that is being asked to be stewarded by the human being into the world in order to begin a new cycle of evolutionary possibilities for all life on this planet.
What We’re All About
Right relationship on all scales
We at SEEDS honor the fractal nature of all things, which necessitates that harm-repair and the establishlishment of right relationship occurs on multiple scales for it to stand the test of time. We focus upon right relationship creation upon the following three scales: individual soul-rooted development, holistic community practices, and birthing an ecocentric worldview.
Within each of us resides a seed (which we call the soul), which just like a literal seed, provides us with an image of our full blossoming. Individuals are more purposeful, relationships are strengthened, and the capacity of the entire community is broadened when people are supported in discovering and then rooting into their unique soul niche within the ecosystems of of their human and more-than-human world communities.
Holistic Community Practices
At SEEDS we honor the transformative power that groups and communities have in promoting healing, justice, and bioregional sovereignty. Although community development practices have looked different across time and culture, certain basic principles of practice have remained consistent across diverse regions and cultures, which we must uplift and revitalize in these times.
We must collectively transition from an egocentric industrial-growth worldview to an ecocentric life-sustaining worldview. This transition occurs through an active dismantling of the story of separation as it lives within and outside of ourselves, as well as an active re-animation of the more-than-human world through honoring the intrinsic value of life and participating in the earth’s evolutionary process.
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Dispatch #1: Discovering the Seed of Our Potential
Dispatch #2: Emergent Possibilities Amidst Crisis
Dispatch #3: Collective Healing Through Emotional Presence
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