Mission & Vision

The Rusty Anvil is an educational organization reconnecting marginalized communities to their place within the natural world through mindful wilderness trips and place-based skills while serving as a platform for ancestral healing, community building, and cultural transformation.

 

  • We aim to build a supportive outdoor community through mindful wilderness trips and place-based skills that provide space for self-reflection and healing, intimacy with nature, and conscious environmental stewardship for people of color and LGBTQ+ individuals. Through both an Eco-psychological lens and a framework of forest bathing, The Rusty Anvil encourages marginalized folks to find both their authentic selves and their ability to be powerful environmental stewards of transformation. We encourage spaces that build a foundation of mindfulness and intimacy with both our inner and outer landscapes.

  • We hold immersions that will empower participants to discover their authentic selves while spending time in the back country. Through practices of mindfulness, wildlife study, outdoor skills, and share council we intend to provide opportunity for participants to experience the back country in ways that encourage a deep relationship to place, to self , to nature, and healing spaces that drive a sense of identity and responsibility to their human and more-than-human communities.

  • We intend to open a community center that models alternative education, collaborative sustainable lifestyles, and environmental stewardship while providing space and opportunity for marginalized individuals to cultivate and experience healing relationships with their human and more-than-human communities. By creating a space that focuses on environmental and farm education, climate adaptive lifestyle changes, and connection to place as the core curriculum, we can model what a sustainable earth-human relationship looks like.

Philosophy & Values

The Rusty Anvil is a community based organization. These are the values that drive our work.

  • Finding Ourselves in Nature

  As marginalized individuals we are constantly navigating social constructs that tell us who we are and what we are worth. Whether we believe these or not, it can be easy to internalize the messages that are imposed upon us. We are all searching for our authentic selves, our soul driven purpose, and our unique gifts, yet we search for them in false representation and materials items. In nature, our more-than-human community offers opportunity to find ourselves through symbolism and mirrors of the landscape. We find our true selves in nature because we are able to silence our mind, and contemplate our deepest selves. In nature there is no one to tell us who and how to be. The natural world provides space for us to find those answers for ourselves. In doing this, we build a relationship and sense of place in nature that is inherent in our identity.

  • Supportive Outdoor Community

  Time in nature is proven to heal social, emotional, mental, and physical illness. When a community comes together outdoors communication is comported, social cohesion is improved, and relationships form stronger and more resilient.

 

The Rusty Anvil intends to serve as an outdoor community space focused on reconnecting marginalized communities to the natural world through mindful wilderness trips, place-based skills, and rite of passage immersions.

  • Appreciation for Nature and Conscious Stewardship

  For many generations environmental discourse and practice has minimized the natural world to an expendable resource, a recreational pastime, and a scenic backdrop. Typically we engage with the natural world with a destination mindset or for extractive purposes. This has allowed for centuries of natural resource extraction, depletion, and exploitation. Our current way of relating to place in nature has validated placing ourselves at the top of the ecosystem, and has perpetuated generational division and separation from the natural world.

  When we re-frame the way we engage with the natural world we begin to develop an appreciation for the interconnectedness of all life on Earth, including ourselves. We no longer see ourselves as the apex predator and we realize that our quest for domination and control inevitably comes at the cost of our own freedom and well-being. This heightened awareness of our true place, our ancestral place, leads to a greater understanding of our role in the ecosystem. This will provide more genuine and substantial intentions behind environmental stewardship, policy, and practice.

Reach Out And Connect

 

The Rusty Anvil LLC

The Berkshires of Massachusetts

 

Raei Bridges

Raei@the-rusty-anvil.land

(818) 741 6557

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Our Sponsors

Funding for the Forest Bathing immersion program was provided

by the New England Grassroots Environment Fund. www.grassrootsfund.org