Regen Living
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Regen Living

What is Regenerative Community Development, and why should you care?

  • Food
  • Water
  • Energy
  • Soil
  • Nutrients
  • Organisms
  • Finances
  • Infrastructure
  • Worldviews/Consciousness
  • Homes and other structures built out of local, biogeological, renewable materials such as earth, hay, and timber.
  • Structures built by local inhabitants who develop skills in natural building, systems thinking, pattern language, compassionate communication, ecological knowledge, rituals to connect to the land and each other, and more. The community might support them in bringing these skills back to their own communities to help transform them.
  • Onsite rainwater capture, use, and reuse. When the water reaches the end of its use for humans, it is used to water food crops, or go back to nature to nurture other organisms and re-enter the water cycle.
  • Onsite farming using methods such as regenerative agriculture, Permaculture, and agroecology. Food production increases biodiversity, water quality, soil health, air quality, and human health and wellbeing. All community members are involved in food production, preparation, and consumption. Everyone knows how to grow food in a way that nourishes not just humans but the rest of life, as well.
  • Food production, harvesting, consumption is celebrated with rituals and ceremonies that deeply connect people to place, one another, Spirit.
  • Energy capture from the sun and other primary sources. Structures built such that very little energy use is needed. Community members’ behaviors are also energy conserving.
  • Ecological restoration is actively and continuously underway.
  • Earth-based rituals and ceremonies are ongoing.
  • There is no waste — everything is nutrition for some form of life, some life-giving flow — so everything is designed to cycle and nurture life
  • A community economy that cycles financial flow through community members. Cottage industries that spread regenerative practices throughout the region.
  • Governance that is deeply participatory and in which everyone is involved. Everyone has power.
  • Community members are actively working on their own personal growth as well as community growth — the inner aspects of regenerative development. They support one another in developing interbeing consciousness.
  • Compassionate communication is the norm.
  • Life is everywhere — from human-dominated gardens, farms, landscapes to wild forests, fields, and streams.



The Regen Living Ecosystem is a collective impact initiative to develop and fund ecosystem prototypes and place-based pilot projects that set the bar significantly higher for what regenerative development is.

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Dr. Leah V. Gibbons

Dr. Gibbons has created regenerative standards and is a cultural creative catalyzing shifts in living systems beyond sustainability toward toward thrivability.