From The Grassroots Up with Rē

We're starting a university!

Rē : The Regenerative School

No small task, but we have big hopes and big dreams and serious, crazy commitment!

        We've jumped through the hoops of getting our non-profit, tax-exempt status and are ready to start building this dream from the grassroots up.

       We've been studying and preparing for over a decade. The past two years we have been building the foundation of our program here in rural Tennessee, while connecting it to our global community. Now is the time to start building a new organization to create a new kind of higher education many of us seek --  affordable, hands-on, directed twoards finding solutions to the crises in our world....

Co-founder Ashlei Laing grew up in small town, rural NH and is now a permaculturalist, farmer, educator and returned Peace Corps volunteer. She's been involved in teachers leadership and community development for more than a decade.

Co-founder Felix Bivens is from small town, rural TN. He is now a writer, teacher, researcher and community organizer. He's been working in education and international development since 2000.

     We both have always dreamed of creating schools that will do things differently, that puts students in touch with the earth, with their own hearts and with the wider world. In 2015, we decided to join forces and visions.

      Since then we've worked as a small consulting company that specialized in participatory research, international development and community change. We've established a strong network with community leaders and change makers here in our hometown in Tennessee and around the world. 

      Now we are making the leap from helping others with their programs to building our own. 

      We're asking for you to join our community in support as we get this new organization off the ground.

The critical items we need to purchase to help our team take root and start running:

* INSURANCE (domestic and international for ourselves and our students):   6000

* NON-PROFIT CONSULTING FEES (because no one should tackle the IRS Form 1023 alone) :   2500

* MARKETING (website construction, social media marketing costs/ad buys):   7000

* RENT (for our co-working space):   4500

To everyone in this community:  were doing it, creating the education we've all been waiting for! Join in & stay tuned for updates and more of the inside scoop on what makes this school so unique!

In solidarity, deep thanks and gratitude~
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Ashlei Laing 
Fayetteville, TN
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