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4 Teens, 1 Mom, 5500 miles to CruzinCobGlobal

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“Four Teens & a Mom: 5500 miles to our first CruzinCobGlobal Cob Workshop!!!”
Help Us Turn Our Dreams into Reality by funding this Educational & Healing Journey for our family.

The Need

We’re embarking on a journey to Pescadero, California this July, to attend an Advanced CruzinCobGlobal workshop, a 35-day educational event learning the art and science of cob building in a community of 15 students, most of whom, like us, are Black, Indigenous& People of Color (BIPOC). This workshop was designed specifically for a larger diversity of students to attend. We're looking forward to this experience, a transformative and empowering journey. It is much more than just learning the skill, as the environment and physicality will bring whole-wellness to our family. The hosts’ personal alignment with health and healing will bring a welcome and dynamic energy shift. This journey is essential for the future of our family, as individuals and as a whole, as we complete a challenging 10-year cycle of moving, unemployment, divorce, deaths and health challenges.

The Vision

Traveling across the country to attend this workshop is just the beginning. We plan to use the skills we acquire to support families experiencing housing instability. We are set to host our own CruzinCobGlobal workshop in Central Texas in the Fall, to increase our knowledge and experience and initiate our own Cob Village.

A Little Background

Ten years ago, we left Washington, D.C.—myself, my husband, and our four children. At the time, our oldest, Tsunela (Chew-NAY-lah), had just turned 6. Our twin boys, Oziah and Azahn, were nearing 5, and our youngest son, Qwihnai, had just turned 3. We made the decision to relocate and rebuild our 1890 family home, sitting on ancestral land, a legacy spanning eight generations. Our new beginning and motivation was also prompted by the passing of the fifth-generation matriarch of this land's legacy and, a few weeks later, news of my mother-in-law's passing. The move was also marked by many tumultuous and emotional experiences for all of us, beginning with the unexpected and sudden abandonment by my children's father just as we began renovating my great-grandmother's nearly 100-year-old home. Lacking the resources to complete the project, we moved closer to medical and financial support. The challenges of underemployment led to housing insecurity. Then the devastating murder of my brother in January 2020…and the pandemic. My children binge-watched “Jungle Survival” and “I Am Builder” during that winter of isolation. This was our first introduction to COB. We were all fascinated! As the weather broke, they redefined “shelter in place”. They moved through their grief building small hand-made structures in our backyard using scraps of construction materials, mud, and dried grasses, like they had seen on TV. Their desire to help those in need, their hope and determination was contagious.

A New Journey Begins

As we begin the next decade of our family story, we’re taking the opportunity to reflect. We've traveled—not just physically but emotionally and spiritually. We're consistently empowered by our faith and each other. The meanings of my children’s names encapsulate hopefulness: Tsunela, loosely translates to "New Beginnings”, Azahn means "Strong One”, Oziah translates to "God's Strength”, and Qwihnai, "Eagle" is representative of power and vision. We will honor this decade of growth and the cycle of completion it represents with a new awareness and sense of purpose.

The Expenses

Thus far we've sacrificed much and managed to invest over $4000 toward the expense of the workshop. To make this journey a reality, we need to raise an additional $15,750.
This amount covers:
Workshop Fees: $7750 (includes training, food, and shelter for five weeks)
Vehicle: $6,500 (round-trip and onsite transportation for the family)
Emergency Fund: $1,500 (to cover any unforeseen expenses on along the way)
Extra Funds Raised will go towards “Materials & Tools” for Hosting our Own Workshop in October: $6000

How You Can Help

We are crowdfunding to cover the remaining expenses of the Workshop and the travel costs for our journey across the country, while we are there and back. Again, any additional funds will go toward funding our upcoming CruzinCobGlobal workshop this October:

Rewards for Your Generosity
$500 or more**: A bottle of my award-winning organic wine, made from the native grapes on our land.
**Special Sponsorship Opportunity
For businesses, we offer a unique chance to sponsor our travel. In return, we can provide signage and social media coverage promoting your brand, especially if you can provide a tow-able RV for our journey.

Join Us

Your support not only helps our family heal and grow but also empowers us to make a lasting impact on housing insecurity. The added bonus, training 4 avid young people to become future professional natural builders and cobbers, making the world a better place. Join us in building community and hope and a happy Planet!


Donations (4)

  • Darryl Finkton Jr
    • $50 
    • 1 mo
  • Steven Kennedy
    • $55 
    • 1 mo
  • Angela McGill
    • $33 
    • 2 mos
  • Joaquin Lopez
    • $50 (Offline)
    • 2 mos
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Jejchelle Stevenson
Waco, TX

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