How do we educate for our times? Education today must critically engage inherited stories of separation and domination, and at the same time responsibly recollect a deeper human inheritance: stories of interrelationship, belonging, dignity and respect. From this orientation, the conditions for real systems-change begin to emerge.
Weaving Earth Center for Relational Education provides nature-based education for action at the confluence of ecological, social and personal systems change. We endeavor to:
Human domination of the Earth is inextricably linked to cultural systems that value separation and domination. As shorthand, we are calling these interwoven systems supremacy culture, recognizing that each strand has specific dynamics. Mainstream U.S. society fosters profound ignorance about how supremacy culture shapes belief, behavior, power, and opportunity. Supremacy culture is pervasive—we can’t choose whether to participate. But we can choose how to participate, which is key to systems change. The goal of the Weaving Earth Immersion is to learn how to change “the how,” supported by a community of practice in which participants explore, make mistakes, and grow through human-to-human-to-nature relationships.
There is no viable response to climate change that doesn’t also address the interwoven strands of supremacy culture. When applied with a critical lens, the tools of deep nature connection are powerfully supportive to bridging divides of power and privilege. This is messy, complex work to live into—but a future in which collaboration replaces conflict depends on it.
(A more comprehensive version of our Theory of Change is coming soon!)