Through Sacred Relating with Self, Land, and Others

About Lee Warren

Lee Warren of Reclaiming Wisdom

Meet Lee

Lee Warren is devoted to personal and collective liberation. Her life purpose is to support a deeper sense of intimacy with self, others, land, life, and the mystery. 

That happens through gentle inquiry and self knowledge, coregulation with secure others, learning to receive and trust the flow of life, and blissfully enjoying every moment of the incarnation we are given. 

She  is a Steward of the Sacred, a Cheerleader of Liberation, a Champion of the Radiant Self, a Breaker of Outdated Norms, a Cultivator of Emerging Culture, a Shaman of Consciousness, a Strategic Provocateur, a Lover of the Real, a Conductor of Authenticity, a Networker of Intimacy, a Maker of Many Mistakes, a Seeker of Truth, a Student of the Mystery, a Proponent of Embodiment, An Advocate for Community, a Learner from the Natural World, and a Celebrant of our Imperfect Humanity.

At an individual level, Lee has been a long-time apprentice of embodiment. Through the great gifts of somatic experiencing, trauma resolution, attachment repair, co-regulation, parts-work, tantra, and so many blessings, she is ever becoming more adapted, present, and alive. Her primary spiritual paths include building trust with the self, becoming fully incarnating, and rewiring the nervous system to fully attune to the great good fortune and profound mystery of existence. 

She is also an ongoing, humble, awe-struck, and grateful student of:

  • the land, which teaches her, lovingly, just how much she doesn’t know,
  • the creative life-force, which moves in her like an abundant and ever-flowing river, and
  • the still small voice which, more and more, guides her. 

At a collective level, Lee has had privilege of living within the context of community, mostly rural, land-based, intentional community, for nearly 30 years. In that crucible, she has learned an unimaginable amount about relating to self, land, and others. It is because of this privilege that she is committed to  regenerating culture and reclaiming the wisdom that allows for a deeper intimacy with all life. 

In Service to the Whole……

My goal with this website and my educational offerings is to be a resource and an inspiration for deeper intimacy to all aspects of life. 

If you’re here and reading this, you likely have a spark for the the sacred. 

Please know, we are on this journey together. I believe that every one of us brings innate wisdom, important gifts, and sacred guidance.

I see myself as a candle. To help illuminate the way for those who feel called by the mystical, sometimes invisible, often buried longing to find the wisdom ways of knowing. To reweave, with beloved others, more sane and soulful ways of being. 

Welcome to the my version of that journey. We build the road as we travel. I’m delighted you are here.

More About Lee

Community Living

Lee has lived in residential, land-based, place-based intentional community for more than two decades. At East Wind Community (1997-8), Acorn Community (1999-2001), Earthaven Ecovillage (2001-2013 full time and 2014-Present part time). Living, working, and co-creating on this type of canvas has been the apprenticeship of a lifetime. It has required stamina, perseverance, integrity, and a overarching commitment to personal and collective healing.  

Lee is a co-founder, co-designer, co-builder, and co-owner of the Village Terraces Cohousing Neighborhood within Earthaven Ecovillage, a community within a community. This collaboratively -designed, multi-residence, eleven-acre cohousing project based on the principles of sustainability, regenerative agriculture, extended family social systems, place-based resources, off-grid utilities, hyper-local economics, and ecological design systems. 

These days, Lee spends most of her time in Asheville, NC, where she cavorts, in delicious rapture, with her beloved community of queer identified folks who are building the new paradigm through nature, intimacy, pleasure, and shared reality.

Agriculture & Farming

Lee is a proponent and lifelong student of sustainable agriculture. She was the co-founder, co-manager, lead farmer (2003-2013) of Imani Farm, a commercial micro farm focused on integrated animal agriculture. She was the Executive Director (2013-2020) of Organic Growers School, a 501c3 nonprofit with a mission to inspire, education, and support people to live, farm, and garden organically. She is an activist and advocate for local food systems, land-based economics, rural wisdom, and place-based growing traditions. 

Sustainability Education

Lee is the principal and founder of Reclaiming Wisdom, where she teaches, writes, and consults about conscious relationships with self, land, and others. She is also the co-founder of SOIL, School of Integrated Living, the non-profit school at Earthaven Ecovillage. SOIL inspires and empowers people to live responsible and creative lives through experiential education in integrated living and regenerative systems.

Lee offers workshops through the Foundation for Intentional Community (FIC) and teaches Village Economics, Place-Based Living, People-Care, and Regenerative Agriculture self-paced online learning programs through SOIL.

Lee was the program and promotions director for the Southeast Women’s Herbal Conference, a 1200+ person annual event, for eight years, from 2005 to 2013 and was part of a team of coordinators that hosted the 2002 and 2003 Permaculture Gatherings at Earthaven Ecovillage.

Conscious Dying

Through the crucible of lived-experience Lee offers end-of-life education. With much gratitude to both the dying and the communities that have so lovingly tended them, Lee’s work is able to support and influence others to walk towards their own good deaths. Details here

Executive Administration

Community building requires mad skill. Some of those areas including administration, finance and accounting, marketing, fundraising, public speaking, strategic planning, systems design, web design, and event planning. In addition to her work as an Executive Director, Program Director, Event Coordinator, Co-Housing Co-Creator, Organizational Founder, Lee was instrumental in the creation and maintenance of many community building committees at Earthaven Ecovillage.

Writing

Lee aspires to articulate, through her writing, the complexities of community living, the dynamics of conscious relationship engagement, and the tenderness of being human. Please see her recent articles here

Healing & Relationships

Lee is deeply committed to healing from the inside out in order to live an open-hearted life guided by service to the whole. She has studied Clinical Herbalism (1999-2001), EFT (2003), EMDR (2015-Present), Enneagram (2004-Present), Family Constellations (2006-2015), Flower Essences (2021-Present), Gene Keys (2021-Present), Holistic Management (2018-Present), Inner Empathy (2004-2006), Non-Violent Communication (2001-Present), Racial Equity (2017-Present), Reflexology (1997-1998), Shamanism (1987-Present), Somatic Experiencing (2006-2012), and Tantra (2015-Present). 

She offers body-centered and trauma-informed teaching, NVC-informed conflict resolution, mediation, and facilitation, as well as coaching and consulting based on many of the above modalities.

Building Community at Work

Community building at work is the next frontier for the health and happiness of humans. Through the tools of emotional intelligence, trauma informed relating, mindfulness cultivation, and building systems of trust, Lee is supporting people to cultivate team cultures of joy, connection, fun, belonging, and effectiveness. See more at relational-leadership.org.

The Thread that Ties These Topics

What is the thread that ties together agriculture, land-based living, conscious dying, sustainability education, conscious relating, and healing? 

  • It’s about the sacred relationship and intimacy with life and reweaving sane, whole, and integrated systems all around us.
  • It’s about knowing, deep in our bones, that a better way is possible. And re-member-ing our way there.
  • It is about regenerating culture so that we can reclaim a life imbued with reverence. 
  • It is about conjuring the sacred through daily acts of stewardship, respect, and attention.
  • It is about conscious relating to every element of our lives in coherent and cohesive ways.
  • It’s about the journey towards embodiment, which leads us more and more towards authentic expressions of ourselves. 
  • It is about repairing the human soul so that we may be in sync with the whole.

Gratitudes & Acknowledgements

Like most of us, I have been formed by others, by life, by circumstances, and by grace. I am infinitely blessed. I stand on many shoulders and follow many who have come before. A great big shout out to all my beloved teachers. Each one of them has contributed to my emergence as a halfway healthy human being.

First and foremost: Susan Patrice for her deep knowing, ongoing presence, and endless generosity of friendship.

Also, Joseph Aldo (holistic healing), Ken Robins (somatic experiencing), Jerry Donoghue (parts-work and NVC), Evalena Rose (tantra), Cathleene Cienfuegos (tantra), Monique Darling (tantra), Eugene Hedland (tantra), Greg Besek (shamanism), Kathleen Maier (herbalism), Patricia Howell (herbalism), Althea Northage Orr (herbalism), Richard Rudd (Gene Keys), Sheila Saunders (Family Constellations), Reflexology (Laura Norman), Christine Caruso (Access Consciousness), Marshall Rosenberg (NVC), Gary Schwartz (EFT), Sally Fallon (nutrition), Caroline Yonge & Ruth Ostrenga (end of life), NikiAnne Feinberg (end of life), Sobonfu Some (end of life, community), Kimchi Rylander (end of life), Mary Lane (end of life), Sarah Taub (consent culture), Julia Taylor (consent culture), Patrick Davis (reflection), Sera Deva (millenial mentoring), Chuck Marsh (horticulture), Andrea Warren (for life), Phoenix Bartalos (lifetimes of learning), Reevaluation Counseling (co-counseling), Everyone at Earthaven Ecovillage (place-based living), Tyson Sampson (indigenous wisdom), The Southern Appalachian people (for the place I call home), and hundreds of others, family, friends, the more than humans, and spirit guides, who have contributed to my becoming.

A bone-deep gratitude for the Katuah Bioregion (the sacred land-base–soil, plants, water, and fauna–of Western NC) that I call home. May we walk in beauty on your great heart once again. In service to you, my life is dedicated to that goal.

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  • Patrick Davis, MA

    Hospice Chaplin & Leadership Coach

    “After 25 years of coaching leaders and teams, I have found Lee’s Relational Leadership workshop to be a unique and powerful combination of both practical tools and effective leadership  principles. Her proven experience leading different causes makes for an approach that balances both head and heart.” 

  • Evalena Rose

    Meta Therapist & Channel

    "Lee is an experienced and truly competent guide in the vast landscapes of end of life plans. Her thoughtful pacing helps us navigate the territory of decisions to make, who to involve, emotions and choices. Being supported in preparing for this rite of passage by creating our death care team settles a lot in me. I highly recommend. Everyone involved will benefit."

  • Teri Grunthaner

    Re: Thriving in Community Workshop

    "This course covers the vital social-emotional aspects of community that just isn't talked about openly enough. I so appreciated Lee's candid sharing of her own experience and warm encouragement of our own self-reflection. I truly believe that if more folks did the kind of personal and interpersonal work Lee outlines in this course, more communities would thrive!"

  • Keary Jenkins

    Executive Vice President & Wellness Coordinator

    "When I heard Lee say, "functional teams demonstrate communication, transparency, and trust," in her Relational Leadership workshop, it changed everything for me. I'm being that change in my workplace and finding others who resonate with that change. It is having impact with everyone in the entire organization, including the CEO. Employees who felt powerless in the past are now starting to light up. Our work ecology is changing and the transformation is beyond powerful."