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Current Projects

2016 Naropa University Commencement Speech

The Nepantla Center for Healing and Renewal (NCHR)

The NCHR is planned as an urban education and retreat center where individuals and communities can dive deeply into a "spiritual university" of life focused on land-based spiritual wisdom indigenous to the Americas, The NCHR will also host guests with wisdom from outside the Americas that are also rooted in ancestral, land-based indigenous traditions. We are currently fundraising to purchase a 58 acre property in the East Bay. Your donation to NCHR is fully  tax deductibe.

While spiritual retreat centers currently exist nearby, they are often difficult to reach without transportation, are financially inaccessible to many individuals, and are limited in the diversity of teachers and traditions they offer. The vision for this center is rooted in indigenous prophecies pointing to an urgent need for traditional wisdom and medicine to help humanity heal and reconnect their relationships with one another across differences, and with the greater web of life.


There are many traditional community teachers and healers who are committed to serving low income communities and grassroots leaders, but are challenged to find culturally appropriate and reasonably priced spaces in the East Bay that would allow them to offer their teachings on a gift, reciprocity or low-cost basis. The Nepantla Center will create space for this, and will also serve as the administrative home The Regalo Land Network of properties open to hosting teachers so they can share more widely in the community.


The NCHR is dedicated to offering diverse programming and projects that allow individuals to cultivate personal wellness as they deeply reconnect with the interconnectedness of all life. As a human family, we are in a time of great transition and an opportunity to evolve in human consciousness.


Traditional models of wellness, sacred economy teachings, shared leadership models and community circle work offer us ways to nurture human development, heal ancestral and personal trauma, cultivate balance, nourish our gifts for the whole, hold space to witness one another’s stories, and create pathways for communities to thrive in harmony with nature and with one another.

The NCHR will also serve as administrative home for a rich network of properties being created by like hearted individuals, lands to be stewarded as mixed use space  for community servant leaders (spiritual teachers/healers/activists/artists), elders, growing food and medicine, community meeting space, ceremonies for community healing and wellness, consciousness education , 5D/heart-based business planning, and multi-day retreats on a gift economy and sliding scale basis

Current projects and strategies being explored at NCHR:

  • Member network for property owners who wish to donate property, or retain ownership and allow their property to be used on occasion, for any of the following uses:

    • Spiritual retreats and workshop

    • Community Ceremonies

    • Community Healing Clinics

    • Hosting traditional medicine teachers and healers
      (visiting and invited teachers)

    • Grassroots social justice activist retreats

  • Member network for community healers and community members who can access the property network

  • Establishment of a healing centers in the East Bay Hills for regular community healing clinics, ancestor and land healing ceremonies, teaching of traditional medicine, and the adminstrative home for the land network

  • Invitation to traditional medicine teachers from across the Americas to travel here and offer talks, workshops and healings

  • Annual ceremony and gathering for women's circles in the East Bay to be in ceremony on the land together

  • Transformative leadership trainings blending mindfulness practices, consciousness studies, evolutionary organizational development models,  circle practice, indigenous teachings on healing our relationship to land and each other, and leadership in a society based in reciprocity and gift economy

  • Establishing webinars and online trainings on transformative leadership. traditional medicine, indigenous teachings from around the world, reciprocity and gift economy teachings, and community healing practices

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