Love Is Our Guide
We celebrate love not only for what it is but also for what it does. We imagine love as a multifaceted, animating energy that generates and flows through all of creation. Love encourages us to see the beauty in all beings and creates room for hope and possibility. Love compels us to move into closer contact with the world and supports our discernment for when and how to hold a healthy boundary.
We Celebrate Magic
The Earth is a Bountiful, Beautiful and Amazing Living Organism
What We Do to the Earth, We Do to Ourselves (Beyond Separation)
We Learn from Ecological Wisdom
Complexity Requires Both/And Thinking (Beyond Either/Or Thinking)
Leadership is Differentiated and Interdependent
Mistakes are Seeds of Learning and Growth (Beyond Perfectionism)
We acknowledge that “mistakes” are inevitable. We practice separating the person from the mistake, giving and receiving feedback for learning and growth, and not taking things personally while being personally accountable to our learnings. We build capacity for tending to relationships if “mistakes” cause harm. Developing and trusting this capacity can minimize guilt, shame, concealment, punishment, and withdrawal.
Conflict is an Opportunity (Beyond Fear of Open Conflict)
Questions are the Ally of Understanding (Beyond Defensiveness)
Power is Inherent Within Systems, We Endeavor to See and Share It (Beyond Dominance)
We Know Less Than We Think We Do
Knowledge is Socially Constructed (Beyond Objectivity)
We All Have Something to Learn From One Another (Beyond Expert Syndrome)
We Need Each Other and We’re in this Together (Beyond Individualism)
Systems Change Requires Behavior Change
Intellectual critiques are not enough. The revolution will not be only intellectual—it must be embodied, which takes practice and accountability, particularly to those who are most impacted by that which needs transformation. Without tangible changes in behavior, personal and systemic, business-as-usual continues uninterrupted.
Discomfort is a Necessary Component of Learning & Growth (Beyond Right to Comfort)
Examine Assumptions, Question Beliefs, and Be Willing to Change
Practice What We Teach
Design Good Systems, Be Willing to Make Them Better (Beyond Breakdown & Burnout)
Make Relationships Regenerative (Beyond Extractivism)
Disseminate Teachings in Ways that Respect Cultures and Lineages of Learning (Beyond Extractivism)
Personal Resourcing Fuels The Movement (Beyond Individualism, Despair, and Burnout)
The Human Body Is Inherently Wise
“Move at the Speed of Trust”
Justice is a Practice, not an Event or a Destination (Beyond Utopias)
In action for justice, dominant folks are “late to the conversation” inherently. We are committed to continuing education, leading with humility, deep listening, and avoiding the archetype of “pioneer,” “trailblazer,” or “the good oppressor.” We endeavor to stay on the hook by recognizing that every action is an opportunity to promote healing, justice, and fierce love.