We are a member-supported mental health recovery community. Our focus is primarily trauma-sensitive women’s embodiment, ecopsychology or connection to the earth, and liberation and justice advocacy.
We are located on the lower shore of Maryland on the Delmarva Peninsula, on 9 acres at the edge of a few thousand acres of conservation forests. Chesapeake Country. We live and work on mixed second growth and cypress swamp habitat, a bioregional marker of the cultural South. This land was tended historically by the Pocomoke, Nanticoke and other coastal migrating Algonquin natives, and later by displaced Africans and Black Americans. We are grateful and proud to offer outdoor sacred spaces here for gathering and connecting, for small acts of healing the earth and one another.
We practice a pay-it-forward model in order to be as economically inclusive as possible and consider ourselves a member-based recovery co-op for that reason. For those able to pay full rate, we encourage and are grateful for your contribution. Donation-based membership is entirely tax deductible, as is the difference of all direct service membership levels that are over 90/hr. Priority for sliding scale and scholarships reserved for women (female identifying/gender fluid), and specifically women of color, interested in and-or in recovery. Please see the Safe Sacred Spaces portion of our Vision statement. All direct service members receive discounted or free options for all Free School events.
A mid-term goal of our Bylaws was to co-create a land conservation upon which to more deeply engage our mental health, embodiment and other wellness work as a community. Entering our seventh fiscal year with the commencement of our Spring cycle in March, 2023, we are excited to broaden our membership as we experience the land trust here both one-on-one and in closed or open public group gatherings like women’s circle, recovery circle, embodiment seminars, ecopsych & mindfulness events, hands-on work on the land including land remediation, and local civic engagement with litter clean-up actions.
Text Kelly on the Free School line at 443 493 3985 for more information or email Kelly@thedelmarvafreeschool.com