Statement of Purpose
La Terre Institute for Community and Ecology is inspired by a love of the Earth, and of the Land on which we live, and by the desire to gain deeper knowledge of both and to defend both against all forms of domination and exploitation. We are guided by a clear recognition that we are now living in the midst of the Necrocene, the period of the sixth great mass extinction of life on Earth, of developing climate catastrophe, and of other major threats to the integrity of the biosphere. The Institute was founded in 2013 with the goals of promoting social and ecological regeneration, creating a cooperative, non-dominating Earth community, and preventing regional and global ecological collapse. In pursuit of these ends, we sponsor courses, workshops, conferences, training programs, and other activities in New Orleans, and on eighty-eight acres at Bayou La Terre Woodland Center, near Dedeaux, Mississippi. The practical focus of our work is the creation of primary communities rooted in personal and communal awakening, in practices of liberation and solidarity, and in an ethics of care for all beings. We see the immediate development of communities of awakening and care, liberation and solidarity, and of vast local, regional, and global networks consisting of communities of these communities, as the best hope not only for survival, but also for the greatest flourishing of humanity and the entire Earth Community.
Mail: 7725 Cohn Street, New Orleans, LA 70118
Voice mail: 504-301-9768