“Our primary mission is to support collective evolution toward a life-sustaining world through social, economic, spiritual, and ecological healing & transformation.”
Who We Are
S.E.E.D.S. (School for Ecocentric Evolution & Design Strategies) is a diverse network of change-makers, visionaries, artists, farmers, and localized community members sharing ideas, design strategies, working models, and living examples of ecocentric interdependence, sovereignty, true belonging, and healing justice on all scales. We are everyone who holds in their hearts that a more beautiful and just world is possible. We are all those who feel the pain of what our world has become and are not afraid to look at the shadows, to heal our wounds, and to collaboratively forge a new path forward that combines ancient ways of knowing with creative modern innovation. We are those seeking community spaces safe and brave enough to allow ourselves to be seen and to choose to see one another. We are SEEDS of change ready to bring forth that which lives in each of us in order to grow the world we each know is possible.
We Aspire To…
- Help catalyze the growing and emergent shift in the collective consciousness from individualism towards mutuality, integration, interconnection, and collective belonging.
- Disseminate the processes and practices of healing spaces that are safe and brave enough for individuals to do the work of examining the role that deeply held unhealed personal, interpersonal, and intergenerational traumas have in promoting fear, separation, violence, hierarchy, exploitation, competition, scarcity, greed, and other dehumanizing mindsets and actions toward self and others.
- Lift up the revolutionary models and living symbols of alternative ways of being and living in relationship to the earth, self, other, group, and species that facilitate and impel the dismantling of settler-colonialism, imperialism, capitalism, racism, classism, ableism, heteronormativity, patriarchy, reliance on fossil fuels, and all other forms of oppression and entrapment.
- Explore the concept of sovereignty (on all scales) and the role it plays in facilitating bio-regional shifts towards freedom, abundance, mutuality, and autonomy.
- Honor and promote holistic psycho-spiritual development practices (i.e. rites of passage, ritual, and ceremony) at individual and collective levels in order to support a much needed species-level maturation from a patho-adolescent life stage to a nurturing and generative adulthood life stage.
- Recognize and implement systems of governance, communication, economy, conflict resolution, and decision-making that are truly egalitarian and radically inclusive
What We Mean By Healing Justice On All Scales…
We at SEEDS honor the fractal nature of all things, which necessitates transformative change to occur on multiple scales of impact if it is to take root in a meaningful and long-lasting way. Because of this, we seek to honor and promote healing justice on all scales, ranging from the individual to the larger ecosystem. To further explore this concept, we’ve expounded below on three scales of transformation that we hold as foundational to collective evolution: individual soul-centered development, holistic community practices, and ecocentrism. Please explore our working explanations of each of these three scales of healing justice below, and then head over to our resources page to dive deeper into specific practices that support the cultivation of healing justice at all three scales.
We at SEEDS believe that within each of us resides a unique seed or essence. This essence has been conceived of in many different ways throughout time and culture, with a shared foundational premise that each of us are a unique expression of life in human form. Pre-industrial societies recognized the necessity of creating rituals and conditions that supported individuals’ unique soul development and expression. This understanding was gleaned from an observation that individuals were happier, relationships were strengthened, and the capacity of the entire community was broadened when each individual was bringing forward their unique soul gifts and walking along their soul path of development. In contrast, the driving forces of predominant western society – separateness, competition, exploitation, and domination – do not nourish healthy soulcentric development, individually or collectively. This leaves the majority of modern people spiritually malnourished, seeking guidance and support for how to walk a soul-centered life. Our collective spiritual malnourishment is both a symptom and a cause of our collective suffering – keeping us collectively stuck in what Bill Plotkin calls a “patho-adolescent” developmental stage. In order to meet the tasks of this developmental stage so that we can move into the subsequent stages of the nurturing and productive adult community member, we must create conditions that support individual and collective soul initiation and development across the lifespan.
What is soul-centered development?
"By ‘soul,’ I mean our individual and unique place or niche in the Earth community — not our place in the human village (identified by social and vocational roles) but our place in the greater web of life… Your soul, in other words, corresponds to what poet David Whyte refers to as ‘the largest conversation you can have with the world’ or ‘the truth at the center of the image you were born with.’ This niche, this conversation, this truth, this image, is not primarily cultural or merely human; rather it is ecological and mythopoetic, which is to say clothed and communicated in the metaphors, symbols, images, dreams, and archetypes of nature and of our own wild minds.”
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“Our goal is to create a beloved community and this will require a qualitative change in our souls as well as a quantitative change in our lives… It is this type of spirit and this type of love that can transform opposers into friends. It is this type of understanding goodwill that will transform the deep gloom of the old age into the exuberant gladness of the new age. It is this love which will bring about miracles in the hearts of men.”
-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Holistic Community Practices:
At SEEDS we honor the transformative power that groups and communities have in promoting healing, justice, and change. Although community development practices have looked different across time and culture, certain basic principles have remained consistent across diverse regions and customs. Two such common principles have been a shared understanding of the processes and protocols of collective decision-making and conflict resolution, in order for the community to effectively take action as well as resolve conflict when it inevitably arises. Another universal principle of community development has been shared customs and rituals that support the psycho-spiritual development of individual community members through shared stories and practices for nurturing soulcentric maturation. These universal community practices support the development of individual community members, which in turn supports the health and strength of the community as a cohesive and integrated whole.
At SEEDS we believe that we must collectively transition from the ego-centric worldview that the majority of us are currently stuck enacting toward an ecocentric worldview that honors life in all forms. Ego-centrism is based upon assumptions of the separate self, competition, scarcity, and domination, which have led to the predominant western paradigm of over-consumption, extraction, and imperialism that we see infiltrating the majority of ideologies and societies today. Living our lives from this worldview is not only psychologically and emotionally unsatisfactory – as reflected in skyrocketing depression rates in western countries – it is also ecologically unsustainable and therefore a blatant form of collective self-destruction. We must broaden our lens to understand our place amongst the family of things so that we can live our lives in ways that honor the interdependence of all beings. From an ecocentric perspective, value is placed on all life with a deep knowing that life fundamentally supports life because everything is mutually dependent on everything else. From this place, we can build a world that promotes life and celebrates the beauty of diversity, interconnection, and true belonging within both our human and more-than-human communities.
What is ecocentrism?
A philosophy or perspective that places intrinsic value on all living organisms and their natural environment, regardless of their perceived usefulness or importance to human beings.