“The power of intention is the power to manifest, to create, to live a life of unlimited abundance, and to attract into your life the right people at the right moments.” - Wayne Dyer
For years as a planner and a very organized individual, I would spend hours creating outlines, plans, and schedules, detailing all the steps to take in order to make a project or program happen. Everything was initiated and supported solely through intelligence and hard work. If something didn’t happen, I believed it was because I didn’t work hard enough on making it happen.
My approach to creating and initiating a vision has changed over the years. It’s not to say that planning, intelligence and hard work don’t come into play – they absolutely do – but there is also the practice of setting an intention, believing in your vision, and trusting that if it was meant to happen, it will happen. As part of my practice to embody the permaculture principle Observe and Interact, meditation and reflection is a big part of my daily routine. For the past several weeks, after the hard work and planning was complete for the Root to Rise Apprenticeship Program, it was the power of intention, meditation and reflection that I leaned on while waiting to hear whether Root to Rise had received the grants and support to make this work happen. I wrote daily in my intention journal in the morning, envisioning what the program would look like as it unfolded this summer, and I wrote in my gratitude journal every evening, acknowledging all the gifts I had received from the support of the Board to the enthusiasm from our partners and the local community. I believed and I trusted that if we were meant to do this work this summer, it would happen. And it did.
I am beyond thrilled to announce the support Root to Rise has received for our Permaculture Apprenticeship and Cohort (PAC) Pilot Program. The PAC Program provides students of permaculture a living classroom to apply their knowledge by working with and utilizing our local communities, public spaces, businesses and organizations. Students will actively engage with community leaders, organizations, and the general public to understand the science of permaculture and apply that knowledge to projects that support community resiliency, ecosystem restoration, and strong social connections and bonds. Root to Rise has established a relationship with three project sites and organizations where students can lead conversations and apply permaculture to specific populations and environments in our communities and they include: A Design Workshop and Implementation Work Party at Rek-lis’ Brewing Company in Bethlehem NH where we will work with the owners and community to integrate the science of permaculture into their operations and landscape; working with our connections to our regional veteran service and affairs organizations who have begun to explore the positive impact of gardening, earthworks, and food production on the psyche and comradery of veterans; and the OAKS organization which provides a support network to promote Organizing Acts of Kindness for Seniors and sees the potential of permaculture and our students’ design and installation work as an opportunity to grow food and medicinals for our aging population.
The PAC Program is supported by the Dorr Foundation which provides grants for environmental science education and who asked Root to Rise to consider applying to them with our unique approach to environmental education, stewardship and empowerment through permaculture. Root to Rise will lead this program in our communities in late June through August, and the students will present their work and their stories at NH Permaculture Day on August 18th in Colebrook, NH, an event that is open to the public and always an inspiring day. Join us there, and join us at Rek-lis’ Brewing Company on May 25th from 5:30-7:30pm to help us celebrate the launch of Root to Rise and share your visions, insights and ideas with us (Read More). Our event at Rek’lis’ and an event for our community leadership on May 25th at Schilling are supported by the New England Environmental Grassroots Fund. Root to Rise would like to thank the Dorr Foundation and the New England Environmental Grassroots Fund for this support in laying down the foundational steps for our organization, our students, and our communities to flourish.
Set Intentions. Believe. And Trust.
Truly Grateful and very excited,
Stacey, Root to Rise President