In 2009, eight Americans embarked on a year-long Beyond Boundaries (BB) pilgrimage that in some unique ways has never ended. We were an intergenerational group, travelling together to bear witness, to learn, to offer ourselves in service to centers of regenerative culture around the world, to the transformative work being done, living into the questions of our times.
With the leadership of Gigi Coyle, and our growing intergenerational team (now 15), we continue to listen for new expressions of Beyond Boundaries. Together we are a kind of response team for our times, responding to invitations and calls for support from a growing global community of highly committed people and places. These are opportunities to build alliances beyond boundaries, beyond culture, beyond our personal and organizational borders, alliances that foster intergenerational, cross-cultural collaboration in care for people, place and planet.
As Beyond Boundarians, we raise funds and receive gifts to be able to offer our time and energy to these people and places, in service and support of both longtime stewards and modern day pioneers. In this way, we water the best seeds we find and the “watering holes” that attract those committed to change. When asked to do so, when we feel deeply they will serve, we offer our gifts, our experience, and best practices gleaned from years of community stewardship: council, quest, rites of passage, and bearing witness. We are small, allowing at first, perhaps, for a tiny impact, and then like an acupuncture point, we see effects rippling out, contributing to and leaving behind a healthier cell within the body.
We continue as students ourselves ready to learn from each community and situation we meet. In 2012, we responded to calls from Tamera (Portugal), Findhorn (Scotland), International Peace Initiatives (Kenya), and Grandmother Margaret Behan of the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers (Montana).
In 2013 and into 2014, we helped in the realization of the New Story Summit (Findhorn), The Bioneers Conference, the Tamera community’s Water Summit and Global Love School, the dreaming of a new Walking Water pilgrimage, which will begin September, 2015 in California, down through the Owens Valley to LA, the continued building of earth lodges and peace huts in Kenya, trainings in Council and Rites of Passage, an annual quest for activists, environmental leaders, and change agents, and consulting the development of a new youth program in Greece called SOAR … School for All Relations. Each of these collaborations has born fruit and the work continues into 2015. (More detailed reports and proposals are available.)
Beyond Boundaries is blessed to be carried as a project under the fiscal sponsorship of the Biosphere Foundation. We see Beyond Boundaries not as an organization, but rather as an organizing principal. That means, on some level, anyone can join in to the work that lies ahead.
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To learn more about how Beyond Boundaries began and the intentions for the pilgrimage in 2009 - 2010, read on.
Beyond Boundaries is committed to experiential education, cross-cultural community exchange, leadership development and a deep personal and collective inquiry into the pressing issues and needs of our times. The pilgrimage moved through a number of places, centers and communities in the United States, Europe, Asia and Oceania that are exploring the frontiers of creative, peaceful, and regenerative life. Participants listened and learned from the people and places visited, offered their support and service work of many kinds along with their own gifts and experience. Together, they have brought home valuable information, perspectives and new gifts to share with their people
In 1980, Gigi Coyle, team leader and visionary behind Beyond Boundaries, was inspired to embark on a year-long walkabout, traveling to projects and communities in the U.S. researching what were then considered ‘alternative’ systems, meeting and learning with individuals and groups committed to sustainable living practices and the healing of self, others, and the planet. This journey seeded Gigi’s life work including projects in international citizen diplomacy, council leadership and training and working as a vision quest guide and trainer for the Ojai Foundation and School of Lost Borders. Today, Gigi is called to pilgrimage again, to connect many of the people and places pioneering alternative design systems that can offer us viable choices as we go forward as a global community. Based on years of accumulated relationships with individuals and organizations all over the globe, Gigi developed Beyond Boundaries, inviting a small intergenerational group to join her on this international pilgrimage
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Beyond Boundaries is a project of the Biosphere Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit.