Reach Out And Connect

 

The Rusty Anvil

The Berkshires of Massachusetts

 

Raei Bridges

Raei@the-rusty-anvil.land

(818) 741 6557

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Mission & Vision

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

 

  • I aim to build a supportive outdoor community through mindful wilderness trips and place-based skills workshops that encourage self confidence, appreciation for nature, and conscious environmental stewardship.

  • I seek to begin holding ecological backpacking immersions in 2021 to provide a unique integration between education and wellness that will empower participants and build strength in outdoor community while encouraging environmental policy engagement.

  • I seek to open a wilderness community school in 2025 that models environmental stewardship and communal living while providing space and opportunity for marginalized communities to learn about environmental policy, stewardship, and conservation while feeling confidence and community outdoors.

My Philosophy & Values

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

 

  • Finding Ourselves in Nature

Nature provides space to heal our mental, emotional, physical, and social wounds. Our relationship to nature remains the last key to healing our whole selves and fully being able to show up and cultivate change in this world. Once all peoples have equal access to nature and positive experiences in the outdoors we can find space to discover ourselves authentically, and we can then truly bring forth cultural transformation. I believe that in the world we live in today reconnecting to the land is not just for our physical, mental or emotional health, or to escape urban lifestyles. Reconnecting to nature is also a tool to resist the oppressive forces that seek to push us into urban and industrialized spaces, and shape the way we access the healing powers of the natural world and the inner spaces of knowing ourselves.

  • Supportive Outdoor Community

Outdoor skills require problem solving, patience, and perseverance. When we practice these skills in community we find we are able to build better relationships in our everyday lives. We find human and more-than-human community that makes us feel seen and heard, and we experience the healing of nature while we are engaged in mindful activities and community practices.

 

Unfortunately, space for supportive outdoor community is not often held for marginalized folks within the current structure of environmentalism. Throughout history the environmental culture has excluded marginalized communities and has practiced environmental injustices to place these groups into unhealthy spaces of relationship with the land. The importance of returning people of color and LGBTQ+ folks to the land goes beyond our need for healing. It addresses our civil rights. As we reconnect more people of color to the land, educate them about the delicate balance of our ecosystems, and provide resources to engage in environmental policy we can begin building a foundation of strength in the environmental field for marginalized communities.

 

I seek to open a wilderness community school that models environmental stewardship and communal living while providing space and opportunity for marginalized communities to learn about environmental policy, stewardship, and conservation while feeling confidence and community outdoors.

  • Appreciation for Nature and Conscious Stewardship

Often times recreational opportunities engage with nature as a resource. There is a destination mindset, and a lack of connection with the trail along the way. When we practice mindfulness in nature and take time to slow down we begin to notice more of the landscape around us. This leads to a greater awareness of the delicate balance and interconnection that occurs in nature. When we pair this awareness with a mindful ecological knowledge base, we cultivate environmentalists that work through a reciprocal framework rather than an extractive one. Through mindful experiences in nature and the development of ecological knowledge we find a deeper gratitude for the natural world and become more eager and equipped to consciously steward it.

With your support, I can secure the gear I need to bring marginalized communities back to the natural world, and build a foundation of strength in the environmental field.

 

Become a monthly donor on Patreon, support me with a one time donation through Venmo, or attend one of my workshops and trips to get the full Rusty Anvil Experience.

patreon: patreon.com/therustyanvilimmersionexperiences

venmo: raei-TheRustyAnvil