The non-profit mission statement of the Delmarva Free School is to create lasting wellness at the individual and community level.  

The Delmarva Free School recognizes wellness as comprehensive.  This includes the emotional, mental, physical, social, and spiritual needs of the individual and her or his place.  Our mission statement is aligned with the long-term vision for our co-operative community members.

We are committed to sustainability practices that empower, enrich, and support diverse approaches  to healing the Soul — an archetype within the psyche of every human that is responsible for emotional and spiritual maturation and integration.  We seek to better establish wellness within ourselves and each other guided by the sustainability ethics, practices, and principles of permaculture (co-created by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren; see Permaculture: Principles & Pathways Beyond Sustainability) using a depth-psychological and eco-critical approach.


We are especially interested in the treatment and healing of systemic, developmental complex trauma. Our orientations are informed by varieties of psychodynamics perspectives. We recognize fragmenting in the psyche of individuals, families, and communities as the internal, systemic defense mechanisms of the archetype of Self (Soul), and we believe that, approached through this lens, healing is possible.

We are committed to every individual’s right to soulful wellness, regardless of ability, gender, heritage, race, sexuality, or socio-economic status. We are against the commodification of people’s wounds for profit and approach treatment from this primary commitment. We understand that having one’s basic emotional, mental, physical, social, and spiritual needs met is the birthright of all people, and it is our human responsibility to meet them. We are committed to this as the central tenet of good and soulful mental health and wellness, and deepen our application to include how this informs and impacts, and is informed and impacted by, one’s relationships and place.

Aligned with this eco-critical understanding, we are committed to the advancement of three ethics, as surmised within the framework of Permaculture:

  1. People Care
  2. Earth Care
  3. Fair Share

We pledge to support any and all applied contemplative, religious, and spiritual approaches that advance our ethics as practiced by our members, holding to the responsibility of doing no harm. We support the active transformation of communities, families, relations, and other systems to value these inclusive and comprehensive markers; and support the thoughtful, conscious deconstruction of the daily details in our lives that do not.

Finally, on behalf of the collective aspect of soul or the archetype of Self, we are committed to unconditionally nurturing the heart of this work. We take responsibility for this as walking examples of these ethics at home and out in the world, however this translates through us in individual, diverse, and meaningful ways.



Non-profit EIN 81-4214989

The Delmarva Free School is organized exclusively for charitable, educational, and scientific purposes, including, for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code.

The Delmarva Free School owns and operates the trade name McMullen Psychotherapy for clinical purposes.

©The Delmarva Free School, 2017