WHAT IS THE WATER BEAR COOPERATIVE LAND PROJECT?
The Water Bear Cooperative Land Project is a cooperative education center and land trust dedicated to maintaining a safe haven for black people to learn, heal, rest, and be in our full power.
We envision a world where Black People are equipped to live in a loving reciprocal relationship with Mother Earth and each other. We know that our liberation is deeply tied to the land and our relationship with her. Black and indigenous folks have been dispossessed continuously and the harm that it has caused our communities are immeasurable. In a deep lineage of freedom fighters, we fight back by collectivizing and creating alternatives to combat oppression.
Water Bear Cooperative Land Project will establish a culture of holistic growth for several generations to come while paying homage to the cultures of our heritage.
Our services will focus in 4 priority areas to enact social change:
We have neglected sustainable practices and rituals that kept us in balance with Mother Earth. The ways we are living are unsustainable. We need new ways of being in relationship to the planet and have a responsibility to correct the harm we have caused. WBCLP will teach holistic living and stewardship through farming education, hands-on skill shares, and learning immersions.
COMMUNITY & CULTURAL ORGANIZING
Restoration of the black psyche and community is imperative on both micro and macro levels. We believe that having a strong cultural identity and powerful community awakens a deep ability to be in our full agency and self-determine in ways that meet our needs.
CONFLICT RESOLUTION & PEACE STRATEGIES
Living in unity and harmony with others must be learned and takes work. This requires more environments where we can learn and train in peacemaking, conflict resolution, communication, mediation, and transformative justice.
HEALING & RESTORATION
Nestled in the hills of Middle Tennessee, our healing and retreat center will provide a much needed oasis for the soul. We need spaces to rest and rejuvenate mind, body, and spirit. Black joy and restoration is a revolutionary act. We will cultivate spaces of comfort and safety for the whole Black person.
Resilient. Evolving. Survivors. Invincible .
WE ARE THE WATER BEAR!
No Gift is Too Small
707 Main St. Ste 238, Nashville, TN 37206