Loam Home is a community center and creative co-working space in support of climate regeneration.
Loam Home is a community center and creative co-working space in support of climate regeneration.
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Tue, November 19 2019 5:26 PM UTC +00:00.
The role of the artist is to make the revolution irresistible.
(Toni Cade Bambara)
Loam Home is a community center and creative co-working space in Boulder, CO that connects artists, educators, activists, and entrepreneurs to immersive experiences and skills-sharing in support of climate regeneration.
The current climate crisis is asking us to radically reimagine our economies and ecologies, and with Loam Home, we hope to offer a warm and welcoming environment to bring into being the better world we need. Our intention is to create a yearlong pilot program that can serve as a model for establishing Loam Home hubs across the country.
Intersectionality across diverse movements is vital to our cause and we are committed to cultivating a center that is truly responsive to the evolving needs of our communities. Loam Home is a space for makers to share their skills. It’s for entrepreneurs to discover resources to root their work in care for the climate. It’s for activists who need an affordable and accessible home for workshops. It’s for students passionate about braiding social justice into their studies. And it’s for you—however you identify, wherever you are in your work—to feel truly supported in living a values-based life that benefits our earth and one another.
Loam Home will integrate:
- A co-working space for environmental entrepreneurs, artists, activists, and educators to connect and co-create. As the job market shifts toward remote work, many of us are spending significant time on our screens in increasing isolation. We want to reclaim the power of community to strengthen our work, illuminate possible futures, and enrich daily living by creating a beautiful container for conversation and creation.
- A pop-up community coffee & tea cafe staffed by experienced baristas and herbalists who share a commitment to sustainable sourcing and transparency. Although gathering together to savor a cuppa is a small gesture, we’re big believers that a valuable part of nourishing our work as activists is feeding our bodies good fare.
- A resource library rich in reads on social justice, permaculture, just transitions, and regenerative living that will share texts such as Emergent Strategy by adrienne maree brown; Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer; This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein; and Hope in the Dark by Rebecca Solnit.
- A seed library to safeguard and support biodiversity in our ecosystems curated by permaculture practitioners in our community. Like our resource library, seeds will be free for our community to access. We will curate workshops throughout the year as well that help our community learn how to plant, save, and store seeds.
- A fully functioning kitchen to host climate-conscious cooking and healing herbalism classes guided by experienced cooks, gardeners, and food systems educators from our community.
- A permaculture garden and lush living wall to inspire our community to cultivate reciprocal and regenerative relationships with nature. Bringing the power of plants to the people is integral to our ethos.
We know we need radical changes not only in our politics, but in the underlying values that govern our world…
Inspired by Klein’s call to action, our mission is to cultivate a dynamic community center and creative co-working space that inspires a transformation in our values.
For Loam Home, creating a space mapped by a vibrant living wall, accessible resource library, colorful co-working space, and community kitchen isn’t only important to us because it’s sweet to cook a climate conscious supper with friends and beneficial to have someone to bounce ideas off of when we’re at work. It’s because in the age of the Anthropocene, in-person community is a radical act of resistance against a world that’s designed to drive us further and further apart. Sharing a space that values the power of plants and interpersonal connection truly translates to ways of being rooted in compassion for each other and committed care for our earth. In the face of climate chaos, the work we need to do is as much about building alternative value systems as it is alternative energy systems and we hope that Loam Home’s comprehensive projects and programming will be a bridge into exploring just that.
More and more, we need in-person spaces to help us adapt, heal, and co-create in the midst of climate chaos. Our intention is for Loam Home to model possibility in a shifting ecological, cultural, and social landscape that has left many of us mired in grief. How can we create a space that is nourishing for—and nourished by—our community? How can we respond to the climate crisis with love, generosity of spirit, and resilience? How can we embody our values in our everyday lives? How can we braid in diversity of practice and perspective into the fabric of our work? These are the questions that are guiding the creation of Loam Home. Reweaving connectivity in an era of polarization and digital isolation is truly vital to reconnecting us to our earth and to one another.
Over the last four years, Loam’s experience in the field organizing workshops on resilience, collaborating with communities on permaculture projects, and curating publications on regenerative living has illuminated for us that cultivating real solutions to climate collapse stems from embodied experience. Our theory of change is rooted in the belief that braiding environmental practices into our everyday lives is not only a potent antidote to apathy and inaction—it’s also a valuable tool for growing our activist muscles. So many of us don’t know where to start or how to grieve or what actions to take. It’s in that spirit that creating a safe and supportive environment to explore everyday regenerative living can help prime us for the bigger and bolder action we so desperately need to prefigure, and then to nurture, a better world.
At Loam Home, we believe that cultivating our resilience lives in the little things: a kitchen container garden brimming with herbs to fortify our immune systems, a community cooking class that connects us to strategies for slashing food waste, a forum on political activism that helps us return the power to the people. Although creating space to tend to gardens, share resources, and learn skills can feel small, our daily decisions to show up for our social and ecological kin truly can create ripples of impact. We’ve seen firsthand how learning how to harvest herbs can spark a desire for carbon farming and understanding how to read a ballot can inspire sustained political engagement.
We know that having conversations on climate change can be hard. Research shows us, however, that conversations on climate change can challenge “pluralistic ignorance” and break down the “spirals of silence” that transpire when we think no one else cares about [x] so we don’t talk about [x]. (1) Although so many of us are truly hungry to reflect on big issues such as ecological crisis and social injustice, we don’t always feel comfortable broaching the subject for fear of disturbing the peace. As several social science studies illuminate, we need to create messaging that braids together fear and hope to inspire empowered urgency. (2) We know from experience that pessimism can spark apathy and that blind optimism can trigger inaction. It’s in this context that Loam Home emerges as a nourishing container that acknowledges the stakes as well as connects our community to accessible resources for regeneration and resilience. Creating an intentional space to reflect on climate crisis—and (re)generation—that holds space for the grief and the joy is healing work.
(1) Maibach, E., Leiserowitz, A., Rosenthal, S., Roser-Renouf, C., & Cutler, M. (2016). Is there a climate "spiral of silence" in America? Yale University and George Mason University. New Haven, CT: Yale Program on Climate Change Communication.
(2) Feldman, L., Sol Hart, P. (2016). Using Political Efficacy Messages to Increase Climate Activism: The Mediating Role of Emotions.
...I think for each of us to find our own path in the name of community [...] if each of us finds our own niche, with our own gifts, each in our own way and own time, change can occur.
(Terry Tempest Williams)
For climate activism to be sustainable over the course of our lives—to really be work that we can take on and tend to day after day—we need to create collective spaces that affirm our inherent interconnectedness to earth and each other. Given the urgency of our current crisis, we want to ground this big dream ASAP and our aim is to pilot Loam Home beginning in Spring/Summer 2020.
Our budget breakdown is as follows:
We are seeking $20,000 from our community to support pilot programming for this project. Although $20,000 is what’s needed to plant the seeds for Loam Home, our stretch goal for this campaign is $60,000. This will help us to rent and renovate a physical space for Loam Home.
We also want to note that throughout this process, we are committed to providing fair wages to our crew as well as creating an environmentally sustainable build-out of the space rooted in permaculture principles. Given that we are designing a container for conversations on climate adaptation, environmental entrepreneurship, and regenerative living in Boulder, showing up with integrity to every step of nurturing Loam Home is a non-negotiable.
With our budget in mind, our intention is to sustain Loam Home through the following programming:
- Workshops on intersectional activism, self-sufficiency skills, storytelling, permaculture, and regenerative living
- Community suppers rooted in sharing climate-conscious meals and cultivating connection
- Trainings on political activism and engagement
- Conscious embodiment and movement classes to work through climate grief and inspire embodied living
- Community craft fairs to illuminate the necessity of creative living in cultivating resilience and climate adaptation resources
- A sliding scale monthly membership model that provides our constellation of creatives with access to nourishing spaces to heal, co-work, move, nourish, and learn
- Event & Education Rentals that connect freelance organizers in our community with a beautiful (and affordable) space to share their work
Below, we want to highlight two of the programs that will help to support viability as an organization in greater depth.
As we shared above, Loam Home will be sustained through sales from our makers’ market, profits from our pop-up community cafe, contributions to our diverse educational programming, and membership to our creative co-working space. Our membership model in particular is designed to inspire community investment in environmental educators and immersive experiences. Our sliding scale membership—from $40 to $200—will provide our community with multiple entry points for engagement. Small businesses who subscribe to our membership will be able to access our beautiful office space for private meetings; activists who belong to the Loam Home community will have the opportunity to use our space to host strategizing sessions and guide workshops.
We will also be offering free memberships to ensure that Loam Home is accessible to youth, students, and low-income residents. For Loam Home to be everything it can be, we need to braid accessibility into the fabric of our identity. This means ensuring that everyone who wants to be a part of our community will have the support from us to do so.
Do you understand that your quality of life and survival are tied to how authentic and generous the connections are between you and the people and place you live with and in?
(adrienne maree brown)
- Loam Artist-in-Residency (AIR)—In alignment with Loam Home’s mission, the AIR program is a creative extension to cultivate environmentally and socially engaged artistic practices within a supportive container. The Residency Program provides time and space for artists to create work related to dialogue with the current climate crisis. All artist disciplines are welcome: visual artists, writers, composers/musicians, performance artists, as well as scientists, activists, teachers, students, or any kind of creative thinker inspired to explore and create within Loam Home’s unique environment. Rooted in community resiliency, Loam Home’s AIR program offers a nourishing community-oriented space to creatively investigate concepts of regeneration, adaptation, and sustainability. Residents are provided with opportunities to connect with other members of the Loam community, encouraging dialogues across disciplines. The Loam Home AIR program provides a versatile space for residents to connect with the community through various avenues, such as in creating an art exhibition, teaching a workshop or class. Loam Home’s AIR program aspires to foster diverse, inspiring, collective, collaborative, critical, and safe experimental space for residents within the age of the anthropocene.
- Community Circles—Throughout the month, we will home community circles that create the container for our constellation of creatives to dig deeper into difficult issues such as environmental racism, mothering into the anthropocene, and systemic injustice.
- Seasonal Supper Club—Each season, Loam Home will host an affordable farm-to-table supper. Available to both members and non-members, these dinners will be an opportunity for our community to learn what’s in season throughout the year, as well as to support our ecosystem of farmers, gardeners, herbalists, and chefs. Our intention is to return the power of the farm-to-table ethos to the people through accessible pricing, scholarship “plates,” and place-based education designed to nourish the soul and soil.
- Regenerative Living Course—Loam Home’s Regenerative Living Course will be a six-week long introduction into the necessity of regenerative living during climate crisis. Rooted in the principles of permaculture design and taught by Loam Creative Director Kate Rose Weiner in collaboration with diverse activists and educators from our community, this course will share tangible practices and perspective shifts that support the health of our natural and social ecosystems.
The corporate revolution will collapse if we refuse to buy what they are selling—their ideas, their version of history, their wars, their weapons, their notion of inevitability [...] Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.
Loam is a constellation of artists, activists, environmental educators, and entrepreneurs who are committed to embodying a better and beautiful world through community and creativity. For nearly four years, Loam has published print publications that explore regenerative living, organized workshops across the country on social permaculture, and curated immersive retreats on environmental activism.
Kate Rose Weiner (Community Director) is the Creative Director of Loam, a community organization that creates in-person retreats and print publications in support of ecological regeneration, as well as the Founder of Loam Living, a company committed to bringing the power of the plants to the people through lush living walls and accessible container gardens. Kate is a 2015 Brower Award winner, a 2017 recipient of the John Goddard Prize for Environmental Conservancy, and a 2018 Spiritual Ecology Fellow. Kate was an Artist-in-Resident at Woodland Keep as well as a beneficiary of the Boulder Arts Commission Professional Development Grant. She facilitates workshops across the country on low-waste living, permaculture in practice, and resilience, and has a Certificate in Permaculture Design from the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center.
Jess Drawhorn (Community Liaison) will be working closely with Loam Home partners to build regenerative and reciprocal relationships. She has a varied background in business administration and operations, which she employs to coach and empower emerging small businesses, and to operate her own company – The Drawhorns Elopement Photography. Jess leads couples and their loved ones on intimate wedding day adventures that prioritize sustainable, experience-based ceremonies in beautiful, remote locations.
Tessa Powell (Community Experience Designer) is the life force behind Loam Home’s visual marketing. Her role is to make sure that the experience people have when they are in Loam Home is a nourishing one and if not, to create the change that is necessary. She is currently working in advertising and marketing as well as officiating weddings throughout Colorado. She is passionate about growing communities from the ground up by interweaving unique strategies that bring people together.
Lucía Oliva Hennelly, M.S. (Organizational Development Consultant) is an interdisciplinary problem solver and collaboration catalyst passionate about solution making at the intersections of climate change and social justice. As a climate advocacy professional, Lucía's expertise is in cultivating authentic, durable collaborations that enable us to meet the demands the ecological crisis places on us individually and collectively. Trained at Stanford University in interdisciplinary environmental science and policy, Lucía has worked on campaigns, policy, and advocacy alongside some of the country’s foremost organizers and activists with President Obama’s 2008 election campaign, Center for Community Change, New Organizing Institute, the Fair Immigration Reform Movement, the Ear to the Ground Project, and currently, for the Climate Advocacy Lab. She is certified in Integral Facilitation through Ten Directions and in Transformative Leadership through Pacific Integral. A native New Mexican, Lucía is now home in the Catskill Mountains.
Alyssa Gonzalez (Creative Media Designer) is a digital and print designer living in Boulder, Colorado. She has a background in advertising and user experience design which helps her create purposeful, visually compelling designs based on her deep understanding of users needs. Her work is heavily influenced by the environment and nature, where she finds most of her inspiration. Alyssa also works in outdoor education and is passionate about instilling sustainability and leave no trace practices for youth.
Chelsea Call (AIR Coordinator) is a visual artist and art psychotherapist currently residing in the high desert of Santa Fe, New Mexico (unceded, occupied Tewa land). Her intersectional work focuses on facilitating healing through integrative investigations. She holds an M.A. in Counseling and Art Therapy from Southwestern College, along with a B.F.A. with a concentration in Photo Image Making from Colorado State University. Rooted in an eco-psychological background, Call has worked with various groups and individuals through non-profit sectors to facilitate photo-based processes exploring dialogues between identity and environment. Her photographic work promotes environmental stewardship while navigating multi-faceted layers of the human experience. Through working on and with the land, her creative inquiries are a process of embodiment. Concerned with the future of the Anthropocene, her work aims to invite viewers towards a place of stewardship with the natural world.
Rebecca Sokol (Consultant) is a law student at the University of Colorado. Her studies focus on environmental & natural resource law, public lands management, and American Indian law. She has worked as a law clerk with the Department of the Interior, Boulder County, and a small water law firm. Prior to law school she served as Sustainability Coordinator for the University of Pennsylvania. She loves backpacking, snowboarding, and home-grown tomatoes.
Risks and challenges
One challenge we face as an organization is that our constellation of creatives is co-creating Loam Home as a passion project outside of our day jobs. This means that we will need greater grace and compassion in our timeline for renting and renovating a space. Funding, however, will make it far more feasible for us to bring Loam Home into being.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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