We are part of a global knowing that we ARE NATURE
longing to heal and awaken to true purpose.
Self-Care By Nature
Aletheia Springs is a multigenerational community of stewards restoring the land and mineral waters of a 20-acre warm/hot springs in the Sonoma Valley of Northern California. Our community’s primary service offering stems from a natural geothermal mineral springs with pools, creek side picnic areas, heritage oak woodlands and open meadows, known locally as Morton’s Warm Springs. We intend to bridge its current culture from a 1950’s-style summer recreation business toward that of a family-oriented sanctuary for self-care, complete with the elemental offerings of saunas, hot tubs, cold plunges, and warm pools set within a deeply enriched natural ecosystem. We will establish a cafe and gardens that support residents and visitors alike with healthy and vibrant food, direct from sun and soil. We wish to maintain and enhance the geothermal springs as a culturally inclusive and accessible source of health and wellbeing for Sonoma County and the greater San Francisco Bay Area. This is a place where we can all come to heal, relax, gather, and nourish while immersed in the natural beauty and vibrance of Sonoma Creek and these healing mineral springs.
Restoring our Common Source
Our intention is to restore these geothermal springs and foster the emergence of a healing biotope. A biotope is a smaller, place-specific ecology that’s inclusive of human life and interconnected within a larger network of ecological belonging. We wish to play our part in restoring the full water cycle within our local watershed, helping to protect the vital commons of Sonoma Valley’s aquifers. We also wish to provide broader local access to our health-giving mineral drinking water. Our intention is to move beyond sustainability into a regenerative relationship with our water, woodlands, soil and sunlight so that we may receive their abundant gifts for generations to come. We wish to partner with those leading Sonoma Valley into a future of local food, energy and water resiliency.
A Culture of Trust, Transformation & True Purpose
This place is calling out for a new healing culture based in the transformative power of trust. Aletheia Springs community is a practice ground for this new culture. In our learning laboratory we are focused on the creative process and how dynamic leadership and solidarity can emerge within a collective. By slowing down to discern and clarify the source of our guidance, we are discovering how to be ourselves, give our gifts, and participate in a self-organizing system. We are guided by the following questions:
How can we, as individuals, listen for and unfold our true purpose in service and alignment with the greater whole, of which we are a part?
How do we create the foundations necessary for growing grounded, collaborative and resilient communities with the capacity to engage in the work of cultural transformation and the healing of our planet?
Our aim is to grow this knowledge field in mutual support and cooperation with other learning projects around the globe.
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Similar to other live/work programs (at established centers such as Esalen, Tassajara, or Mount Madonna), Work Scholars at Aletheia participate in an immersive program of study and exchange. Room and board is fully included and there is a service work component of between 24-27 hours/week (depending on the month). Work Scholars also engage in a program of transformative learning for personal and social change consisting of daily to weekly morning group practices, as well as occasional trainings, retreats and daylongs specially curated from various lines of study.
Our service at the Springs involves participating in various ongoing roles and creative projects for the land and community, as well as working shifts during our guest season (see Service Work Spheres below). At Aletheia, we hold the work of operating the Springs during our summer guest season for the benefit of the public as our sacred karma yoga, tikkun olam, seva or spiritual life practice. As such, it’s both an integral part of our community work and its a direct expression and extension of our greater vision for bringing about a healed, more beautiful world.
As 2019 will be our initial year for this program, it’s important to note that participants will be a part of an inaugural Work Scholar cohort and much of the program content and logistics will continue to be built-out and refined throughout the year with participant feedback. Those who enjoy being on the ground level of R&D for such a integrative and community-based program will find themselves a wonderful fit for us this year. We encourage people to come with ‘beginner’s mind’ as students with our blossoming community, with patience and good humor for creative community process and ‘making it up as we go along’. Going with the flow, self-management and good self-care will all be beneficial traits to have on board for this maiden voyage!
Size of project site
People on site
8 - 10
May to September
October to April
- tent camping
- shared rooms
- communal kitchen access
- communally cooked meals
- restaurant on site
- over 80% locally sourced
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