Natural Systems Solutions
Catalyzing personal empowerment for societal transformation toward global sustainability
"The purpose of life is to live in agreement with nature."
Natural Systems Blog
Overview of Attraction Retreat
Attraction Retreat is a 501c3 non-profit organization, whose main public face is through its community sustainability education and consulting services, known as Natural Systems Solutions. One of our main public outreach projects is the Campaign for Our Lives, which is a member of the Post Carbon Institute's relocalization network. You can get more information on all aspects of our work by following the links on the left side of this page.
Remember the story of the little Dutch boy who used his finger to plug the hole in the dike? There are millions upon millions of us on the paths of personal transformation, social justice and equity, and environmentalism--each of us trying to do our part to avert personal, societal, and environmental catastrophe. But on the whole, we're not making much progress. The dike is springing holes faster than we can plug them, and is on the verge of total collapse.
Why have our efforts been so ineffective? It is because a piecemeal, 'band-aid' approach, which looks for solutions to individual issues, is merely tackling the symptoms, not the source, of our problems. To use a gardening analogy, we're merely clipping the branches and not digging out the roots. Things will continue to worsen until we examine underlying causes, address problems from a systemic perspective, and coalesce our energies and talents to create a more just and sustainable world.
At Attraction Retreat/Natural Systems Solutions we believe that the prevailing world view of 'separateness'--spirit from body, person from person, humanity from nature--is the underlying cause of most of our current personal, societal, and environmental crises. That is why our work grows from three unique but interdependent "branches" designed to work in concert to address this cause. Our Counseling and Coaching Services (based on the principles of natural systems), Organizational and Community Consulting (creating a sustainable future based on the process of relocalization that adheres to natural systems principles), and Community Education for Sustainability (which provides a wide range of holistic and experiential educational opportunities based on natural systems, including our Holistic Living Institute curriculum), are all expressions of the same underlying truth: the interconnected nature of reality which self-organizes attraction relationships that support the web of life. By weaving them together into a meaningful whole through applied ecopsychology's Natural Systems Thinking Process, we enable people to increase personal empowerment, find meaning and purpose in life, enjoy a sense of true community, participate in systemic social change, and increase global sustainability.
If you would like to schedule an introductory consultation session or arrange a presentation or workshop for your group, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or give Dave or Allison, co-founders of Attraction Retreat and Natural Systems Solutions, a call at (520) 887-2502.
"If you would learn more, ask the cattle, seek information from the birds of the air. The creeping things of earth will give you lessons and the fishes of the sea will tell you all. Speak to the Earth and it will teach thee."