Many of us have been raised and continue to live in cultures whose approach to land is one of “dominion over.” Too often, we treat land as a commodity, failing to consider what the land itself requires to remain in or return to a state of balance.
Even many people who love the land and don’t view it as a commodity, who are ecologically and environmentally sensitive and seek sustainable ways to live, tend to superimpose their designs on the land. But when we approach the land as a partner and consult it, as we would any partner, about its own needs, the relationship between land and humans shifts dramatically.
This understanding is the basis for The Land Work, a practice and service centering on the land-human partnership and the ways in which a healthy, respectful partnership creates harmony. Working with the land complex can be life altering, transforming your understanding of how Nature functions and allowing you to feel your kinship with all beings.
The power of place and the unique partnership between land and humans may be investigated and worked with in a variety of other ways as well — check out the groundbreaking work of Machaelle Small Wright at Perelandra Center for Nature Research and Land Arts of the American West, a transdisciplinary field program at Texas Tech for architecture students.