What is the Medicine Wheel Collective?
Through educational events and a permaculture work-exchange program focused on collective living, land-based skills, and peaceful communication, the Medicine Wheel Collective (a 501(c)(3) nonprofit) supports members, residents, and visitors in learning how to walk more gently on the Earth. We steward a large, off-grid community house on an 11.5 acre permaculture demonstration site within Earthaven Ecovillage.
How did it start?
In the early 2000s, the Allison and Armstrong families—Patricia, Fran, & Robin Allison, and Mary & Lynn Armstrong—pooled their resources to build the A&A guest house, now known as Medicine Wheel. Patricia went on to lead an evolving cast of collaborators in the task of crafting a place where people could not only learn permaculture but practice it, day to day, as a way of life. Although she passed in 2018, we, the current members of the Medicine Wheel Collective, remain committed to her mission of birthing a world that honors “Earth and all the Life community.”
What’s up with the kitchen?
Over the past fifteen-plus years, the Medicine Wheel kitchen has nourished hundreds of humans who’ve come here to study permaculture and explore intentional community. It’s also sustained significant wear and tear, as well as some water damage. Now it’s time to renew the Wheel’s hub for the next seven generations.
What’s the vision?
The new Medicine Wheel kitchen will continue to host community meals, feed large groups participating in educational programs, and support those visiting and trying out residency at Earthaven. And it will be much easier to maintain, and keep clean, than the old one! It will also—we hope—last a good long time, and, as Collective member Lyndon puts it, “allow the spaceship Medicine Wheel to fly like it has never flown before.”
What’s happening now?
We couldn’t wait to get started—so we didn’t. We’ve already ripped out the old flooring and torn down some walls; your donations will help us recoup money already spent and fund the rest of the project. In addition to purchasing materials, fixtures, tools, and equipment, we’ll be paying highly skilled craftspeople to install flooring, plumbing and electrical systems, and so on.
What happens if we wildly exceed our $12,500 goal?
We’ll bring the kitchen up to commercial standards—or get it pretty darn close—and make it available to Earthaven residents for food-preservation projects and other enterprises that will build village resilience and strengthen the local economy.
What happens if you’re short your goal?
We keep the money for the kitchen and then have a party? We are wildly happy and grateful that we get to live the dream here at Medicine Wheel and that you have stepped up to support that dream. Unlike other crowd funding websites – Gofundme channels every dollar you donate to us with no commissions.
The new kitchen will feature:
• Additional square footage with better lighting
• A ceiling fan, and better airflow
• New glazing and vents on the attached greenhouse, for better moisture control
• More sunlight, streaming in through new windows
• Tile flooring and a floor drain
• Restaurant-style sinks with metal racks above the sinks where dishes can air-dry
• A restaurant-grade stove
• A bigger dining table, handmade from rescued wood, that can accommodate larger groups
• A bigger refrigerator, also suitable for serving large groups
• Better counters and cabinets with better food storage
• A beautiful wall installation honoring our founders and donors
• $10—Our everlasting love and gratitude.
• $25—Your name on our wall of honor.
• $50—All of the above plus a handwritten postcard.
• $100—All of the above plus a handmade card.
• $250—All of the above plus a tour of Earthaven.
• $500—All of the above plus brunch in the new kitchen.
• $1000—All of the above plus a night’s stay for two at Medicine Wheel, with dinner and breakfast included.