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The mission of Sweet Water Sustainability Institute is to provide education and resources for healthy, peaceful, sustainable living.
To provide a community environment for whole living, wellness, creative expression, agriculture, sustainable living and innovative educational opportunities for all people.
We establish our foundation on the demonstration of:
Accountability - Obligation and willingness to accept responsibility for actions, words, decisions, and policies.Accountability is about setting expectations, clearly communicating them, and then holding yourself and everyone within your sphere of influence responsible for consistently meeting the established expectations.
Abundance - Enjoy and make manifest the overflowing fullness of the Universe in tangible, practical ways that benefit you and all humanity. Acknowledging that God has provided us with all the essential elements for life.
Balance - Equilibrium in body, mind and spirit through mindful actions resulting in mental steadiness or emotional stability creating a habit of calm behavior.
Community - Acknowledging an innate desire to live and work among others with a shared sense of belonging, purpose and laughter. We are re-discovering the healing and empowering role that community can bring to our lives.
Compassion - Having empathy for others resulting in action to alleviate another's suffering.
Doing for Others - Value of the practice of service and what service teaches us about ourselves, and our relation to others. Treating others with grace.
Education - Any act or experience that has a formative effect on the mind, character, or physical ability of an individual.
Peaceful Living -Interaction with others in a way that is supportive, welcoming and understanding of diversity and difference in others. Communicating and treating each other with love and respect.
Sustainability - Considering the impact of our actions. Decisions made for good and the awareness that many facets, from food to human relationships, sustain us. Conservation of resources with a respect for the past as we move intrepidly move toward the future.
Sweet Water Sustainability Institute (SWSI) is a grassroots journey to transform a historic former boarding school campus multi-functional, educational, institution available to all ages, from children to elders, concentrating the education of wellness, creative expression, personal growth, agriculture, and sustainable living practices. SWSI supports the cultivation of ecological sustainability with the practices of organic farming and gardening, permaculture, composting systems, green building, alternative and appropriate energy technologies including solar and wind power, and locally sourced arts and hand crafts. As a truly sustainable educational community, SWSI supports the health and quality of life of present and future generations. We recognize the need for fairness, and for physical, emotional, intellectual, cultural, and spiritual sustenance.
The property of the campus includes 144 acres of land, 14 buildings including two gymnasiums, fitness center, indoor competition size pool, recreation center with café, multiple classrooms, administrative offices, three dormitory buildings with over 100 rooms, 8 apartments, science lab, 250 seat dining hall, ¼ mile track, fields forests and a stable.
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