Along Beech Creek, and close to the Buffalo National River in Northwest Arkansas, lies almost 400 acres of beautiful, pristine land. It is an ecosystem rich in unique landscapes and unusual natural features, as well as a place of spiritual, recreational and ecological values. Arco Iris Earth Care Project, a non-profit corporation, is dedicated to protecting this land.
Recognizing the need to conserve our Ozark wilderness areas and foster the indigenous people’s sacred way of living in harmony with the earth, we are building a sustainable community, natural health center and school on the land. It will provide health care, education, and employment to an economically depressed rural population.
The vision for this property began with a Native American woman, SunHawk and her determination to re-connect displaced indigenous peoples to sacred place. As a curandera, she realized that a great healing was needed for land and people, which linked them together. With assistance from the architecture department of the University o f Arkansas and a certified permaculturalist, plans for the community were drawn up.
Every spring, the Grandmothers and community members meet to walk the boundary of the land in a blessing ceremony. Over the years, many volunteers labored to restore the land, build nature trails and their most recent accomplishment is the La Salsa Campground. “The Hadra”, a large pavilion and out-door kitchen, was completed in October, 2011. The next stage includes tent platforms (which will later become guest cabins), tucked apart from each other into pockets of sheltering forest. Nearby, a magnificent creek runs past high cliffs to fill a large swimming basin. Guests may now hold events comfortably in this secluded area. Already, workshops in herbalism and primitive skills are underway…the Earth Care School has begun! Next comes its building…
For this labor of love, we need funding. On this site, you will learn why this is so important and how you and others will benefit from its realization. It’s a stepping stone on the path to wellness for all lands and all peoples. A demonstration of what can be done by those who care.
Peoples of all the sacred colors and nations are welcome to join as members, attend events, and become stewards for the protection of this sacred land.
Arco Iris Earth Care Project Mission Statement
Our Mission is to protect Our Sacred Mother Earth, by conserving Ozark wilderness land, teaching environmental education, preserving indigenous and Ozark culture, provides a sanctuary that empowers women and children of color, displaced indigenous peoples and our community with natural and healthy skills for sustainable living and self-sufficiency .
ARCO IRIS VISION STATEMENT FOR WILD MAGNOLIA
- This sacred land will be a sanctuary for native plants and trees, wild animals, eco- systems, springs, creeks, caves, and people.
- This sacred land will be cared for and protected by our community as a land trust held in perpetuity for future generations.
- This land will have resident gatekeeper that is honest, open, welcoming to well-intentioned visitors, yet aware and firm, and physically capable of maintaining land regulations.
- This sacred land will be physically and spiritually cleansed of old debris.
- This sacred land will have at least 3 resident caretakers and or families.
- This sacred land will be shared with community and the public ( eco-tours, Earth School, natural health clinic, retreats, ceremonies)
- This sacred land is committed to diverse usage, diverse resident, visitors, female, male, LGBTQI folks, elders, children, people of color, and differently-abled.
- This land will provide a sacred and safe retreat area to be reserved as women only space.
- This sacred land will always share gardens, wild life and fauna, and pasture areas with its founding neighbor’s community Rancho Arco Iris.
- This sacred land space will have a suspension bridge that link Rancho Arco Iris community with Wild Magnolia community.
- This sacred land will be the home of Teopan Earth School for the purpose of sustainability, to sustain Wild Magnolia and our Ozark rural community.