Holistic Sustainability Framework
“Appreculture” or “Appreculture Design” is a holistic sustainability framework and integrated design system based on the patterns and principles of Nature. As an “appropriate cultural design” system, it was created to help humanity live in harmony with each other and the Earth. It is based on the practice of building A NEW EARTH by using “appropriate design” as we work to make the world healthier, sustainable, and regenerative, as well as more beautiful. It is a simple process for how we can consciously and intentionally operate businesses and also live in a more holistic and resilient way. After I coined the term "Appreculture” in the Fall of 2015, I started the Appreculture Design Institute, LLC to provide high-quality professional training, consultation, leadership, and design to my clients and students across the USA and beyond.
Where did Appreculture come from?
It emerged from living a question. A prayer and intention to be guided to create a powerful healing design framework uniting both inner and outer landscapes. I asked the universe to guide me toward the most restorative and healing solutions to humanities problems. I was guided to a fundamental energy patterns and elemental expression that united all the various fields of healing and design I had been working in for over 15 years. And, in essence, it led me to the practice of cultivating appreciation and appropriate design in all spheres. This is the core inspiration. Restoring the circles of life — inside and out!
I received a clear affirmation from an old apricot tree. It help me understand and connect more deeply with the Appreculture prefix (“APPRE-” or “APRI-”). I was cutting and carving wooden “talking pieces” of apricot wood from a old tree that had recently died in a drought and I was reflecting on the beauty and wisdom it contained. The beautiful glowing wood grains. The perfectly defined and aesthetically pleasing concentric growth rings. It inspired me and made me wonder about the symbolic meaning of the wood and the word “apricot”. I looked up the meaning in latin and greek and found nothing of relevance. Then, remembering apricots actually originated in the Middle East and parts of Asia, I looked up the meaning in Mandarin.
The word “Apricot" in Chinese Mandarin characters, directly translated to "healing circles" and is also associated with the meaning "educational medicine” or “educational circle”. The phrase “expert of the apricot grove” is still used to this day in Asia, and other areas, as a poetic reference to healers and physicians. This Chinese meaning references the literal medicinal properties of apricot fruit (and apricot kernels) but the reference was also traced back to a philosophers story of Confucius always teaching his students in a circle located within an apricot grove.
Therefore, along with "appreciation and appropriate design" this Chinese meaning of the prefix “apri-” and “healing circles” is really the essence and intention of Appreculture. To heal and restore the circle and circles of life, inside and out. With educational medicine, applied integrated design, and massive transformational action.
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