~ Rebuilding EarthWalk in 2021 ~
ABOUT PROJECT CHRYSALIS
The COVID-19 pandemic, which pushed EarthWalk into dormancy, also gave EarthWalk the opportunity to step back from the day-to-day process of running programs, to reflect on how we can restructure the organization for a long and resilient future, further centering values of decolonization, social justice, and regenerative, multi-generational community building. “Project Chrysalis” is a project which will help EarthWalk accomplish that goal.
Project Chrysalis is named after the transformative chrysalis stage of butterflies and moths - a period of dormancy and reforming, after which the insect emerges bigger and more beautiful than before! Supported through a grant from long-time funder Bay and Paul Foundations, this project runs until June, and by then EarthWalk hopes to emerge from “chrysalis” having developed a strong operating foundation, aligned with decolonial practices and the needs of our community, and clear next steps to rehire staff and re-launch programs. Our plans during this process include: rebuilding the Board of Directors, creating a distributed leadership structure for EarthWalk, initiating an assessment process with the community, and working with an indigenous consultant or firm to create practices which reflect the kinds of relationships we want to have with this land N'dakinna, its history, and its people. Rooted in fifteen years of transformative land-based education, EarthWalk hopes to lay the foundations for further decades of inspiring and empowering children, families and communities to reconnect with and care for one another and the Earth through long-term nature mentoring.
If you have questions about Project Chrysalis and the work EarthWalk is doing during this time, please reach out to Administrative Director Yasi Zeichner: firstname.lastname@example.org