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A New Beginning 

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For nearly fifty years, Earthlands has been preserved for wildlife protection, open space exploration, Earth education, and ritual and ceremony of the First Nations People. The Earthlands Program Center, home to the University of the Wild, has been a haven of healing and transformation for many species, including humans. By taking Earthlands out of private ownership and placing it into a Community Land Trust, we will ensure that Earthlands continues to be honored and that its transformational work will continue forever.

The new Earthlands Collective has joined a wave of change that is sweeping the globe. We are committed to preserving Earthlands as a place where we can remember and experience our interconnectedness to all life, renew our relationships with one another, and reimagine how humans live on this planet.

The Earthlands Collective, operating within the principles of a Council, will manage programs that foster inspiration, individual and community empowerment, and compassion for all creatures. Through land preservation and the reclamation of traditional cultures, the sacredness of Earthlands will be honored while meeting the intersecting needs of creatures from all walks of life.  Earthlands will be a safe haven and a sanctuary for each and every one of us: the Nipmuck people who have lived here for over 8,000 years, Native people who have been displaced from their homelands, African people and all those who were brought here as slaves, immigrants from Latin America, Asia, Africa and Europe, migrant workers, all those fleeing persecution, all of the genders, every sexual orientation, all abilities, all religions, all income levels, all of the animals, plants, insects, and every being that chooses healing, unity, and peace over division and strife.

Our goal during this 60-day campaign is to secure Earthlands into a Community Land Trust (CLT). We welcome you to join the movement of transformation happening now at Earthlands. There are many ways to get involved – become a member, book the retreat center for your event or program, or make a donation in the form of money, time, or resources.

As co-creators of a new paradigm, the beautiful, peaceful and sustainable future that we’ve all dreamt of is now possible at Earthlands.  Join us today.  

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The Vision of the Earthlands Collective is to collaboratively create a safe, socially just, and economically sustainable space at Earthlands through Earth-centered and transformational programs and services that inspire people of all ages and circumstances to become skilled, conscious, and joyful contributors to life on Planet Earth.




The Mission of the Earthlands Collective is to purchase and transfer Earthlands out of private ownership and into a Community Land Trust for the preservation of the wildlife, flora, open space, Nipmuck First Nations legacy, ceremony, transformational activities and improvement of the facilities, grounds and infrastructure. This vision draws from a rich tradition that fosters habitat protection, soil conservation for native, sustainable, whole-system methods of permaculture, and human habitation that is affordable and sustainable over time. As part of a broader vision, the land trust will serve to protect, moderate and mediate affairs relating to Earthlands so as to sustainably preserve the land and the life it holds from one generation to the next.



In the last two decades, the Earthlands Center has provided a broad range of programs and offerings including college courses, a retreat site for organizations and individuals, festive seasonal gatherings, and conference venue space. Short and long-term residential programs have focused on environmental education, sustainable living, Earth activism, youth empowerment, personal healing, and individual and group retreat opportunities. The Center has hosted conferences and retreats for organizations, such as Greenpeace, Rain Forest Action Network, Northeast Sustainable Energy Association, ForestDance, and New Warriors. There have been long-term programs by Adventure Game Theatre, Mythic Warriors, Daughters of the Earth, the Priestess Path, and local colleges and universities.

Internationally known Earth Activists and Social Change Advocates have shared their work at Earthlands, including Ana Maria Guacho, Indigenous Ecuadorian Medicine Woman; Nana Wilma, Indigenous Guatemalan Medicine Woman; John Seed, Australian Rain Forest Activist; Diana Leaf Christian, Community Organizer; John Robbins, Health Advocate; Malidoma Somé, African Initiated Elder; Paul Rezendes, Author and Tracker, Elliot Coleman, Master Gardner; Dave Jacke, Master Permaculturalist; Harvey Wasserman, Earth Activist; Jill Stein, Political Activist; and Richard Heinberg, Peak Oil Advocate.

Many interns, apprentices, and volunteers have assisted with the programs, organic permaculture gardens, constructing and maintaining the facilities, administering the non-profit corporation, and serving as support staff for numerous programs and caretaker groups coming to Earthlands.


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There is a way you can be a part of the NEW Earthlands! Our initial goal is to raise $400,000 to purchase the Earthlands lodge parcel and transfer it from private ownership to a Community Land Trust. Read more about the Campaign by clicking here. By buying time at Earthlands, you can be a direct part of preserving the sacred Earthlands landscape forever, while supporting the transformational programs and services offered by the Earthlands Collective. We are excited to present a sustainable model of operation guaranteeing that we can offer free programs and services to the public at least 1/3 of the time. This time at Earthlands is known as Time for Freedom (click here to learn more).

When you book time at Earthlands (for yourself, your organization, or in collaboration with others), you will enjoy a stay at the Lodge and access to forty-seven acres of sacred beauty. All proceeds go towards transferring Earthlands from private ownership to a collectively run Community Land Trust.



  • Members receive discounts on land use, retreat center facilities, as well as services, programs, and courses offered by the Earthlands Collective. Learn More...


  • Make a tax-deductible donation to protect Earthlands in a Community Land Trust. Learn More...

Note: To assure that all donations are secure, donated funds will be held until the campaign goal has been met; if the goal cannot be met, all donations will be returned to original donors.


  • Book a night, week or program at Earthlands and receive a discounted price on retreat center rentals during our 60-day Campaign to Protect Earthlands. Learn More...


  • Proceeds from items such as music, books, artwork, and consultancy packages go towards protecting Earthlands in a Community Land Trust. Learn More...


  • Enjoy a work residency or self-guided retreat in exchange for Time For Freedom. Click Here.




Time For Freedom


We have devised a sustainable business model that will allow us to operate both paid and free programs while also taking adequate time to honor and care for the land itself. When time is booked at Earthlands at full price, it offsets the cost of offering free programs and services to all people, regardless of their ability to pay.

We call this model “Time for Freedom”. 

Why is time for freedom so important? Most people from marginalized communities have little or no access to the benefits of retreat centers. Earthlands offers to all people the healing power of nature, transformational workshops, and time for retreat and renewal. 

Because many of us in the organization are from marginalized communities, we have a first-hand perspective of how best to co-create solutions with our communities. We welcome your ideas and participation in this endeavor.