Earthlands and the Institute for Environmental Awareness, Inc

Executive Statement


The Vision of Earthlands is that Planet Earth is an interconnected natural ecological system where human beings live and learn in sacred harmony with the Earth and all life. People are inspired and informed by the Earth herself. Interrelated within their ecological, social, economic, emotional, and spiritual endeavors, people live conscious, creative, and sustainable lives. Living in harmony with all life, individuals participate fully in sustainable communities, offer service to others, are compassionate toward all life, and generally live lives of joy and celebration. The strength and influence of community, simple living, and close connection to the Earth allow each global citizen to follow his or her own path of self-knowledge, personal action, and worldwide service. On this path of insight and action all share lives of Peace, Love, and Truth of Self, the Earth, and the Universe.

Adapted from the original Ten Personal and Community
Principles of Earthlands. Siberia, Russia, October 1991

1.) The Mission of Earthlands and its Special Projects is to educate, demonstrate and provide global citizens of all ages and circumstances the ability to live, learn, and act in sustainable, regenerative, conscious, sacred, and creative ways through Earth-based learning, personal transformation experiences, community living, and socially just endeavors that unify personal and planetary well-being for the whole Earth Community.

The Work of Earthlands The Earthland’s Living and Learning programs and services are offered at a land-based center where participants and residents take courses, engage in “hands-on” learning, and /or design self-directed projects, guided by staff, mentors, special instructors, and/or community residents. While living in learning community and following two paths of transformative living, individuals study, demonstrate, and apply the best practices of modern sustainable knowledge, central tenets of indigenous cultures, pragmatic insights of scientific study, and develop a personal and spiritual practice that integrates both personal and planetary concepts that are rooted in the source of life – the Earth – and become skilled, conscious, and joyful contributors to life on Planet Earth.

I.  The Path of Personal & Planetary Transformation With an experiential program focuse upon *Personal Practice   *Indigenous Spiritual Teachings * Conscious Communication  * Honoring our Roots  * Activism in Defense of the Earth  * Shamanic Studies * Personal Growth and Self-empowerment Practices * Quantum Physics Principles for Connected Living * Self-Expression and Creativity through Group Work & Intentional Community Living.

II.  The Path of Enhanced Ecological Living  With a focus upon:  * Permaculture & Organic Gardening  * Net Zero and Regenerative Building *Alternative Energy  * Harmonious Landscapes, Feng Shui and Sacred Geometry * “Sense of Place” & Cultural History  *Ecology & Natural History   *Radical Simplicity and Ecological Footprinting  * Ancient Living Skills.

1.) Description of the Legal and Organizational Structure of Earthlands/IEA
The legally constituted Institute for Environmental Awareness, Inc., parent organization of Earthlands is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, non-profit, educational corporation founded in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 1973 with the mission to “…provide programs and services to people of all ages and circumstances to support and enhance living and learning in connection and harmony with the Earth and All Life”. The Institute (IEA) is a membership organization managed by a Board of Directors selected by its membership at its annual meeting on the third Monday of September each year. The organization implements its mission by operating four (4) Special Projects that meet the needs of the The Earthlands Group of Eleven:

1.) The Earthlands Collective/Partnership and its Program Center, Earth-based education and personal and planetary transformation activities;
2.) the University of the Wild, an alternative higher education living and learning mentorship program;
3.) The Earthlands Community Land Trust, to own, protect, and steward selected properties; and
4.) The Earthlands Fund, the IEA’s fundraising division and its program of special projects to meet the IEA mission.

Membership Information. The Institute for Environmental Awareness, Inc. is a membership organization with three (3) categories of membership. Members must: 1.) Contribute twenty (20) hours or more of time, energy, and/or expertise; 2.) make an annual financial donation of $35.00 or more; and/or 3.) donate an “In-kind” item or service valued at $35.00 or more. The average number of IEA Members is approximately fifty (50) individuals.


1.) The Earthlands Group: Group of Eleven Chart
2.) Governance & Management: The Council of Elders and The Council of Stewards (“Draft” #2 10/10/12)
3.) Descriptions of:
a.) The Earthlands Community Land Trust
b.) The Earthlands Collective Partnership
c.) The University of the Wild at Earthlands
d.) The Earthlands Fund
4.) Resources on Request:
a.) The Earthlands Program Center
b.) The University of the Wild Perspectus & Proposal
c.) The Earthlands Collective Proposal
e.) The Earthlands Three-Panel Public Brochure

Prepared by Dr. Larry Buell, Founder, IEA Board Member, and Interim Director, Earthlands
In collaboration with the IEA Board of Directors, Selected Members of the Earthlands Advisory Board,
and Earthlands/IEA Archival Records
October 10, 2016

“…Programs and services
for people of all
ages and circumstances
to live and learn in
connection and harmony
with the Earth and
All Life”.
Founding Principles
of Earthlands