Your NameAlyson Laura
Cohort AssignmentAmericas with In-Person Intensive in Santa Fe, Fall-Winter 2023
1. What do you see as your primary work at this stage of your life?

To become a full time Mother, as a lifestyle. I see it as one of the highest professions in service to society. And I'm at the season in my life for that to happen soon.
To proactively engage my community in eco-attachment to heal the spiritual wounds of contemporary culture.

2. What role do you see as yours to play?

A community practitioner holding space for discovery, play, and eco-awareness.
I feel that working in conventional society dims my potential grounded in the optimism I have for human development. The ills of our society can no longer be solved by architects (my first profession) or technology developers. I tried policy as a tool for shaping society, which left me broken hearted. One tool that I keep coming back to is nature-based spirituality as a means of self-directed evolution.

3. What goals or aims do you have in regard to the above?

Turning peoples hearts.
To help people discover the potential for their own spiritual awakening, by evolving human success and planetary delight.
I want to use the picturesque landscape of where I live as an entry point for visitors to open their hearts to caring for the Earth.
I see my new venture for an Eco-tour solopreneurship as being easily woven into motherhood and engagement in other community groups like permaculture guilds and womens circles.

4. Where do you feel your next arenas for personal growth are?

Communication. I have a compassionate heart and a fast paced mind. It challenges my words to be delivered with tact and patience. I want the skills of charm and putting people at ease.
Creating a village, or evolved nest, for my future family, grounded in traditional values and ancestral wisdom.

5. And for professional growth?

Becoming more confident in my authority as an expert practitioner. I now have 20 years of professional and non-traditional work experience. I want to be my own boss and change paradigms. It's a tall order, but my biggest obstacle is probably my own limited thinking.
The challenge ahead is to gently introduce new concepts like kinship in ways that feel compatible with existing core beliefs or values.

6. What have you invested in to get you where you are?

I recently renewed my LEED AP and WELL AP professional credentials. But I no longer cared what they mean and wish I didn't need that to stay attractive to employers. After a bout of career disappointments, I got a Master's in Sustainability, which oped doors that still fall short of fulfillment.
I completed one achievement this year that is on my bucket list, a wilderness first aid course. I wanted to gain more confidence in leading groups in deep nature. Then I completed guided hike leader training with a local environmental center.
I've also volunteered countless hours to spiritual communities to support programming and mentor peers.

7. What fields of learning and which thinkers have been important in your life?

Conventionally, I often share Regenesis and Biohabitats as the firms that inspire me professionally. In Architecture school, I was inspired by the classical theories of Architects as designers of society and responsible for protection of her health. I also admired the role of public art as an opportunity for surprise and delight in the urban experience. Similar to the ethos of Arcosanti that acknowledges humans cannot lives as islands (in Earthships) and we need organic, unpredicted connection that we only get in urban spaces. (best road trip ever!)
As an academic I've been heavily influenced by studying the IPCC reports on global climate change. It shaped my professional career and introduced me to topics I care about like environmental justice.
In hippie plant-centric spaces I admire the principles of Bill Mollison's permaculture, Steiner's biodynamics, and Rodale's research on carbon sequestration in soil of regenerative farming. It's a shame I put this in the hippie category and not professional or even academic. It's all three really, which makes it a devastatingly underrated piece of wisdom.
In spiritual spaces, I enjoy the practice of shamanic journeying as a field to learn about myself and my surroundings. Hatha Yoga Teacher training shaped my pursuit of metaphysical spirituality. Eastern texts like Tao Te Ching, Baga va gita, and Yoga Sutras changed me forever from my western cultural worldviews.

Most recently, all my passions and interests seem to be coalescing into the concepts of Indigenous Kinship and Eco-Psychology.
Darcia Narvaez and her book, Restoring the Kinship Worldview INDIGENOUS VOICES INTRODUCE 28 PRECEPTS FOR REBALANCING LIFE ON PLANET EARTH. I've found renewed purpose to bring the kinship worldview into western frameworks of living and connecting.

8. Can you frame your philosophy or cosmology of life? What role(s) do humans play in it?

Kinship worldview. Humans need to accept that they are one part of an interdependent system, and not a dominating force consuming the other parts as resources.

We have a responsibility to our ancestors past, present, and future to balance our existence with the harmony of the celestial whole.

I believe our purpose on Earth is to help each other live safe, happy, fulfilling lives.

Date CreatedNovember 21, 2023