Sacred Earth is an organisation with social, educational, agricultural, therapeutic and ecological aims. Just as everything in the web of life is interconnected, we see these aims as being fundamentally interconnected too. Here are some of the benefits of the work we do in these specific areas.
Our society has become increasingly fragmented and atomised as a result of the individualising effects of secularisation and consumer culture. Communities are losing their cohesion and loneliness and social exclusion are rife. Horam is a village with only a few communal institutions but with the potential influx of thousands of new residents over the next few years, an organisation like Sacred Earth has the potential to provide an extremely important service – a place which is not a church or a pub but where people can gather, work and socialise together and forge important bonds.
Conventional education helps provide certain types of knowledge, but not others. The school system readily facilitates the development of IQ but is not so effective at nurturing other things which are important to healthy psychological development, such as EQ (emotional intelligence) and CQ (cultural intelligence). Our experiential education programmes are designed to address this disparity by nurturing these frequently under-developed areas. Nature-based education has been proven to assist significantly in the integration of these different aspects of our personalities.
The current food system often sees food travel many thousands of miles before reaching us and is dominated by supermarkets, which puts a huge amount of pressure on suppliers and farmers. It is inherently unsustainable. Food security is fundamental to the health and wellbeing of a community. A more localised food network is more resilient to changes in global food prices and more supportive of local businesses, keeping money in the local economy and enabling local farms to thrive. By championing these ideas, modelling alternative approaches to agriculture and providing a secure source of local food, Sacred Earth is taking practical steps to rebuild bridges between agricultural producers and local community.
As our planet faces mass extinction, providing secure habitats for plant and animal life needs to be a priority for all responsible land owners and stewards. Through the careful application of sensitive land management and sustainable agricultural techniques, we are working to regenerate what was once a polluted industrial site in order to create a flourishing and balanced ecosystem providing a home for countless plants, insects and animals.
The World Health Organisation is predicting that depression will be the biggest cause of death globally by 2030. This alarming rise can be attributed variously to the impacts of globalisation, the communications revolution, consumerism, increased poverty, work-related stress, social exclusion and alienation from nature. With our focus on building strong community connections and the health benefits of developing a deeper relationship with the natural world, Sacred Earth is working to address some of these important issues.