WELCOME TO THE
FIREWEED LEARNING COMMONS
Through transformative learning,
the Fireweed Learning Commons supports a transition toward
relational, regenerative ways of being together
with our human and Earth kin,
contributing to just and life-giving futures.
The predecessor, The Fireweed Institute, offered educational programs
for those making the transition to sustainable ways of living.
See the archives for examples of programming.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE ARCHIVE IS STILL UNDER DEVELOPMENT.
SYMBOLISM OF FIREWEED
The fireweed, widespread across what is currently called Canada, is a symbol of transformation. This tough but beautiful tall purple blooming plant grows in large communities, densely connected by and spreading through an extensive mass of roots.
Fireweed grows where the soil and vegetation have been fundamentally disturbed – naturally by forest fire or through human activities like clearcuts. The fireweed is called a pioneer species as it captures the energy in an area and spreads rapidly while creating a nutrient-rich environment for other species. In essence, fireweed starts the process of ecological recovery and creates the foundation for mature, complex ecosystems.
Similarly, the Fireweed Learning Commons is an intersectoral partnership dedicated to transformation by mobilizing the energy of people curious about a future of deep sustainability, including climate justice and environmental integrity, through transformative education programs. The task of the Fireweed Learning Commons is to shift specific and sometimes harmful ways of being that have fundamentally disturbed natural systems, including social systems, beyond their ability to renew themselves. Through transformative learning, the Fireweed Learning Commons gathers people to co-create relational ways of living that work with, rather than against, natural systems. We gather and help people cultivate a rich connectivity that nurtures the roots of life-giving cultures and healthy ecosystems.
"Their seeds must fall and press beneath this earth, and find me where I wait. My only need to fertilize their birth."
From Elegy by Maya Angelou
The mission of the Fireweed Learning Commons is to support
transformative learning opportunities for communities—
grounded in research-informed climate, sustainability, and relationality education—
with the aim of engaging communities in
regenerative social, ecological, and economic practices.
The Fireweed Learning Commons is dedicated to fostering
life-giving people and communities.
FIREWEED INSTITUTE ARCHIVE
still under development
What is the Fireweed Institute?
The Fireweed Institute is...
Workshops and Education Publicity
Our principles are....
Community Action Programs
Funders & Partners