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"...Only the purpose of a coherent community, fully alive both in the world and in the minds of its members, can carry us beyond fragmentation, contradiction, and negativity, teaching us to preserve, not in opposition but in affirmation and affection, all things needful to make us glad to live."


Wendell Berry - from a speech titled The Purpose of a Coherent Community delivered on September 29, 2004 to the National Preservation Conference of the National Trust for Historic Preservation at Louisville, Kentucky - USA

The Gaia Foundation is part of an international network of individuals and Gaia groups, that share concerns with living more sustainably on the Earth. Members of the Gaia Foundation are committed to its three objectives;

  • personal growth - commitment to your own healing and empowerment
  • community building - strengthening the communities of which you are a part
  • service to the Earth - enhancing the wellbeing and flourishing of all life

The structure of the Gaia Foundation avoids the central committee-passive periphery structure of conventional non-government organisations. All activities of the Foundation are created as independent "projects" in which participants involved in that project have all power and authority. This unique "chaordic" structure of the Foundation, designed as a number of inter-linked projects, works in a similar way that nature interconnects ecologies. Each project is independant, autonomous self-governing, and self-funded. All projects inform and support each other to meet the three objectives.

What is the Gaia Foundation?

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