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Taoist Master Hua Ching Ni

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The History of Attraction Retreat

   This page is currently under construction, so to speak, but here's the highlights:

   The idea of Attraction Retreat was conceived at the 2001 Spring Gathering of Project NatureConnect on San Juan Island, WA.

   The original plan was to create a nature retreat and physical location for the graduate department in applied ecopsychology/integrated ecology for the Institute of Global Education (IGE). The certificate, masters, and doctoral programs are currently taught entirely on-line.

   Originally under the fiscal umbrella of IGE as a self-run project, we began presenting workshops and seminars in the summer of 2001. We incorporated as a Washington State non-profit in May, 2003, after moving from San Juan Island to Bellingham, and were granted our 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status by the IRS in 2004.

   Our first major project was the creation of the Eco-integrity Center of Bellingham (ECO Bell), an urban intentional community based on the Natural Systems Thinking Process.

   In the summer of 2006 we relocated to Tucson, AZ to focus on creating sustainable communities based on natural systems principles. Tucson finds itself in the unique position of having to take sustainability seriously, because it is running out of water to support its present population, and the growth lobby wants to double its size. We also started using the Natural Systems Solutions name exclusively, as it was easier for people to associate with the work we were doing.

   If you would like to schedule an introductory consultation session or arrange a presentation or workshop for your group, please contact or give Dave or Allison, co-founders of Attraction Retreat, a call at (520) 887-2502.


"The interior landscape responds to the character and subtlety of the exterior landscape; the shape of the individual mind is affected by the land as it is by genes."
Barry Lopez


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