Our Mission and Vision:
Our mission is to cultivate an environment for people to reclaim their roles as caretakers of the earth by sharing earth living skills, developing community, and reawakening our inner wildness. We are committed to weaving together ancient and modern practices to find a lifestyle that is aligned with The way of the Earth.
We are an Earth Skills Community based in Blue Hill, ME, offering a variety of programs for youth and adults. Our programs are all nature-based and are designed to give people the tools to return to a deeper relationship with the earth, themselves and their communities.
Environment at the school. We strive to create a culture that is inclusive and accessible to participants with wide range of backgrounds, gender identity, race, income, physical abilities, etc. We want people to feel safe pushing their edge and empowered to nurture their passions.
Earth skills. These skills enable you to develop a more intimate relationship with life. We share ancient and modern technologies such as hide tanning, fiber arts, shelter building, procuring potable water, fire making, plant identification, and processing wild foods and medicine. We also delve into the softer skills of awareness, nature based ceremony, and building a heart-based connection to the landscape. These skills will give you the power to provide for yourself in an authentic way and to tune into the rhythms of the earth that surround you.
Developing community. Nature is organized in communities of species called an ecosystem. Therefore, community skills are an integral part of what we practice here. We are dedicated to exploring different tools to build deeper connections, navigate conflict in rewarding ways, and cultivate our innate gifts to share with one another. Community is the key to the health and success of nature.
Inner wilderness. Many of these earth skills are of a physical nature but if you tune into the process of weaving a basket or tanning a hide, you will start to notice something deeper happening within you. If you use these physical skills to help reflect, guide, awaken certain parts of you that need attention, they become a powerful vessel to help you kindle a deep relationship with yourself and your inner wildness.
Caretaker Role. The caretaker role is behind everything we do at Way of the Earth. It’s a way of being in relationship with life around us that encourages abundance. We believe humans were designed to play a role in navigating various ecosystems’ development in a way that encourages health and diversity. We integrate permaculture, follow native peoples’ practices, use modern eco-friendly technology, and mimic nature in the way nurtures the land. Whether that means thinning over-crowded tree stands for firewood, or encouraging tasty dandelions to re-oxygenate and re-mineralize damaged soils, we are striving to embody the caretaker role.