Founded by Elle D’Coda an herbalist and instructor with 40 years of experience. the Herbal Coaching Community Game of Life is an educational program for the nonprofit, Arco Iris Earth Care Project. We are currently forming our agile team and will fill in the “About” page once that’s been done. For now though, here’s a bit to get things rolling”
Note: Arco Iris is a nonprofit run for impoverished indigenous people BY impoveirshed indigenous people so when their website went down there was no assistance to get it back online. When Elle D’Coda found out about it she created a blog (that’s the limit of her skill set) so they would once again have a home on the web. The nonprofit has been in existence for about 25 years. The blog is rather new, Arco Iris is rather old. Here’s a snippet from their “About” page:
Along Beech Creek, and close to the Buffalo National River in Northwest Arkansas, lies almost 400 acres of beautiful, pristine land. It is an ecosystem rich in unique landscapes and unusual natural features, as well as a place of spiritual, recreational and ecological values. Arco Iris, a non-profit corporation, is dedicated to protecting this land.
Recognizing the need to conserve our Ozark wilderness areas and foster the indigenous people’s sacred way of living in harmony with the earth, we are building a sustainable community, natural health center and school on the land. It will provide health care, education, and employment to an economically depressed rural population.
The vision for this property began with a Native American woman, SunHawk and her determination to re-connect displaced indigenous peoples to sacred place. As a curandera, she realized that a great healing was needed for land and people, which linked them together. With assistance from the architecture department of the University o f Arkansas and a certified permaculturalist, plans for the community were drawn up.
Every spring, the Grandmothers and community members meet to walk the boundary of the land in a blessing ceremony. Over the years, many volunteers labored to restore the land, build nature trails and their most recent accomplishment is the La Salsa Campground. “The Hadra”, a large pavilion and out-door kitchen, was completed in October, 2011. The next stage includes tent platforms (which will later become guest cabins), tucked apart from each other into pockets of sheltering forest. Nearby, a magnificent creek runs past high cliffs to fill a large swimming basin. Guests may now hold events comfortably in this secluded area. Already, workshops in herbalism and primitive skills are underway…the Earth Care School has begun! Next comes its building…
ARCO IRIS MISSION STATEMENT
Our Mission is to protect Our Sacred Mother Earth, by conserving Ozark wilderness land, teaching environmental education, preserving indigenous and Ozark culture, empowering women and children of color and our community with natural and healthy skills for sustainable living and self-sufficiency.
ARCO IRIS VISION STATEMENT FOR WILD MAGNOLIA
- This sacred land will be a safe and sacred place for native plants and trees, wild animals, eco- systems, springs, creeks, caves, and people.
- This sacred land will be cared for and protected by our community.
- This land will have resident gatekeeper that is honest, open, welcoming to well intentioned visitors, yet aware and firm, and physically capable of maintaining land regulations.
- This sacred land will be physically and spiritually cleansed of old debris.
- This sacred land will have at least 3 resident caretakers and or families.
- This sacred land will be shared with community and the public ( eco-tours, Earth School, natural health clinic, retreats, ceremonies)
- This sacred land is committed to diverse usage, diverse resident, visitors, female, male, LGBTQI folks, elders, children, people of color, and differently-abled.
- This land will provide a sacred and safe retreat area to be reserved as women only space.
- This sacred land will always share gardens, wild life and fauna, and pasture areas with its founding neighbor’s community Rancho Arco Iris.
- This sacred land space will have a suspension bridge that link Rancho Arco Iris community with Wild Magnolia community.
- This sacred land will be the home of Teopan Earth School for the purpose of sustainability, to sustain Wild Magnolia and our Ozark rural community.