Earthlands is alive and well, but there are soon to be some changes. The Earthlands non-profit Board of Directors and myself are seeking empowered and inspired individuals to continue progress at Earthlands by purchasing land with intent to continue manifesting the collective vision of many at Earthlands.
Learn more about Earthland’s campaign to secure the protection and stewardship of its 47.8 acre parcel keep the land in perpetuity through the formation of a Land Trust.
Earthlands is alive and well, but there are soon to be some changes. The Earthlands non-profit Board of Directors and myself are seeking empowered and inspired individuals and/or a group to purchase the core Earthlands property to continue its original vision as “a place for people to live and learn in connection and harmony with the Earth and all life”.
The following points will give clarity to actually what is happening at Earthlands and what is our intention for the future.
We look forward to your continued involvement at Earthlands or, if you are new to our work, we welcome your engagement.
1.) What is really for Sale? The Main Lodge, out-buildings, and the surrounding 47.8 acres is for sale to a buyer aligned with the original vision of Earthlands. See #7 for qualities of the right buyer.
2.) Why is this part of Earthlands for sale? For over twenty-six (26) years Earthlands has been a center for Earth-based education and personal transformation and it is now time for new leadership to guide the land and vision to its next phase. This is the core property where public programs and services can continue uninterrupted.
3.) What is happening to the other property. Of the approximately 300 acres that remains after the Lodge parcel is removed, one-hundred and ninety (190) acres are forever protected by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, while the abutting one-hundred and eight (108) acres will be protected within a land trust and/or used in concert with the Lodge property. The new owner of the Lodge will have a “right to use” and a “right of first refusal” on the abutting property.
4.) What about the Vision of Earthlands? The original vision of Earthlands “to live and learn in connection and harmony with the Earth and all life” is broad enough to welcome a range of new and exciting programs ad services. While the original vision will be honored, it will not stand in the way or restrict future programs.
5.) What about the present Earthlands Programs? The new owners may take over the various Earthlands contracts, called caretaker programs, as one of its cottage industries and as a way to encourage wider use of the property.
6.) What about the 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization? The Institute for Environmental Awareness, Inc. (IEA) founded in 1973 is the non-profit parent organization of the Earthlands Program Center and the University of the Wild. The new owner may become a partner of the IEA as a Sponsorship Program or as a Special Project. At least one member of the new ownership team would be a member of the IEA Board of Directors.
7.) What are the Qualities of the Right Buyer? Earthlands is seeking a buyer who is:
a.) connected to the sacred and healing qualities of the land;
b.) possesses the financial resources and organizational skills to appropriately manage and improve the property;
c.) involved in the “Great Turning” which is the new paradigm of a shifting consciousness evolving now on Planet Earth; and
d.) support the creation of a public land trust where some part of Earthlands will be enjoyed, sustained, and preserved in perpetuity.
8.) What will be the Role of Larry Buell, Founder of Earthlands?
Larry may serve as supporter and Senior Advisor to the new owners. He will not take-on a major role in the administrative restructuring, but will oversee the protection of the abutting land. He may offer UofWild programs and will continue documenting the history of the land and serve as its primary storyteller.
9.) When will the property have a new owner? It is our intention to have selected a new owner by mid-June and have them on-site by the end of the Summer of 2013.
It is a time of great transition and excitement on the Planet. Earthlands and all her stakeholders are trusting that the right people, resources, and programs will come forth to fulfill the dream of the Earth.
Please contact us directly if you have thoughts about Earthland’s future.
For the Earth and All Life, Dr. Larry Buell, Founder