ABOUT THIS EFFORT
bringing in a ' nature era'
The people who head up the programs and projects at Clement Waters have responded to an increasing pandemic-era public interest in the benefits of nature. In late 2020 strategic planning sessions revealed clear direction to strengthen volunteering efforts and provide safer-feeling experiences to individuals who haven't felt safe in nature before.
clement – /ˈkle-mənt/ (adj.) 1. mild, peaceful, calming; 2. merciful.
OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES
The purpose that lies within every one of our programs is to CELEBRATE the CONSCIOUS DISCOVERY made possible in NATURE'S HEALING SPACES.
We do this so as to create a sure sense of PURPOSEFUL, UNIVERSAL BELONGING in all participants; and so as to support EMERGING, LOCALIZED RESTORATIVE EMPOWERMENT efforts.
Because self-beliefs of empowerment and universal belonging support the PREVENTIVE AND REACTIVE HEALTH measures FREELY AND READILY PROVIDED by nature.
Our program planning process fully considers SCIENTIFIC GUIDANCE, and RATIONAL CONSIDERATION from MULTIPLE PERSPECTIVES.
Growing Food, Gaining Peace, Building from the Ground Up
NEIGHBOR-GROWN FOOD NETWORK
Three schools, supported by a handful of seed growers, are helping grow gardens that feed people living in USDA Food Deserts around KC. We welcome helpers in the greenhouse, in the gardens, and at home growing heirloom varieties of food so that new seed is resilient in KC's unique climate.
NATURE IMMERSION THERAPY
Blue River Forest Nature Sanctuary (BRFNS) is helping Clement Waters form programs that bring peace of mind to people seeking peace through nature, or people simply needing to follow their doctor's orders (nature prescriptions) safely near home. If you want to become one of our 'shinrin-yoku' guides, please reach out.
CLEMENT FOREST NATURESPACE
Over 500 volunteers have worked to establish this walking trail winding through an urban forest full of edible and medicinal plants, young tree plantings, fallen trees home to fungi, and various species of forest fauna. The pandemic has translated into some neglected trails, so 2021 will be full of opportunities to enliven the trail. To stay safe, recruit your trusted inner circle of friends and reserve you group's exclusive volunteer time.
nature is our everything
"What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another."
"We need to shift toward protecting and healing ecosystems on every level, especially the local. On a cultural level, we need to reintegrate human life with the rest of life, and bring ecological principles to bear on social healing."
Christopher Einstein (2018). "Climate: A New Story"
"The relationship we have with everything that Earth offers, it's about reciprocity. That's the only way we are going to learn how to shift our culture from an extraction culture to a balanced and harmonious culture with the land."
Xiye Bastida, environmental advocate and Otomi-Toltec tribe member