we invite you into honoring and protecting native american values and contributing to equity, decolonization, and healing for our world through giving reparations to eloheh / eagles’ wings. story & requests below…
The Eloheh/Eagle’s Wings Story:
“The vision for Eloheh Farm came to Randy Woodley after years of his and Edith Woodley’s service among their own Indigenous people. (“Eloheh” is a Cherokee Indian word meaning abundance, wholeness, fullness, harmony). The Woodleys had seen the worst of non-profit and Government intervention alike attempting to solve the problems in Indian country. They had served in nearly every aspect of service to their own Native American people from alcohol recovery to after school tutoring to homeless assistance to pastoring a Native American church to political organizing to food pantries. The Woodleys realized early on, as keepers of their Indigenous traditions, that lasting help could only come through a Native American spiritual path to wholeness. They also realized that as terrible as conditions were, there is no “Indian problem.” The problem has always been colonization. Age-old, traditional Native American values have always been the solution to that problem. The heart of their vision centered a sustainable farm; an Indigenous learning center and a Native American spiritual community. The Woodleys realized that the Western world needed healing as well, and that both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people’s healing are tied together.
Eloheh Farm in Kentucky, a fifty-acre sustainable farm, was started by the Woodleys in 2004. It was a huge success in every way and Indigenous and non-Indigenous people attended the Eloheh Schools, volunteered to live and work as a community, received job training, got help from addictions and found peace through participating in Indigenous ceremony. At the height of Eloheh’s success the Woodleys were persecuted by a White Supremacist, paramilitary group on a neighboring property. The harassment included the White Supremacists firing a .50 calibre machine gun on the edge of the Woodley’s property around the clock. The Woodleys could get no help from the local sheriff, the state’s Attorney General, the Justice Department nor Fair Housing.
In order to protect the lives of their family and the other families living at Eloheh, and after months of seeking help, under pain of duress, the Woodleys decided to let the dream go and sell their farm. When the for-sale sign went up the gunfire stopped, but other forms of harassment continued. Accepting the hospitality of a friend, the Woodley family sought wisdom and prayer for 10 days in the mountains of Northern New Mexico and felt like that might be a place in which to relocate. Unfortunately, they could not find work in New Mexico. This tragedy occurred during the economic downturn and after two years and two re-finances later, Eloheh Farm sold for less than half its appraised value. Losing over $350,000 in equity, and being under-employed for five years, had a number of negative effects to the Woodley family and the Eloheh vision.
In spite of their circumstances, the Woodleys persisted. In 2010 they purchased a small, 97 year old run-down, fixer-upper farm in Newberg, Oregon. Randy received part-time work and eventually full-time work, as a professor at George Fox University/Portland Seminary. The vision of an Eloheh Farm, School and Community was extremely meaningful to many people and it gave the Woodleys the opportunity to start another farm from scratch and develop more sustainable farming and living practices, including the birth of Eloheh Seeds. Although their schools have been smaller than before, they have been effective in the lives of many people.
Randy had been feeling a strong sense of moving out of the Industrial Education Complex and spending more time teaching informally. This caused them to once again seek guidance as to their future. This, coupled with the ill-effects of the Willamette Valley’s wet climate on both Randy and Edith’s health, allowed them to once again search, not just for a new home for Eloheh Farm, their schools and an Indigenous community, but a place to refine and renew the original Eloheh Vision. At the urging of a friend and Indigenous Pueblo elder, one potential property has been found, almost by “accident!” The property was not for sale but after talking with the owner he is excited to make this happen. This time, almost 15 years later, the circumstances providing for Eloheh to move to New Mexico seem right. Although the Ten-acre property has been somewhat abandoned over the years, their still exists on one half, a potential conference center and on the other half, a potential farm.
The current property owner believes Eloheh/Eagle’s Wings and the Woodleys should inherit this sacred gift of the land. Literally, an oasis in the middle of the desert hills just north of Albuquerque, it has a powerful spring, a fish pond, a vineyard and an orchard (completely overgrown but still producing fruit) and a barn (in need of a roof). The buildings are all constructed of adobe. The conference center is a two-story “shotgun” style building with a large kitchen, large dining area and a great room on the bottom floor. There are five current bedrooms upstairs, that could potentially be made into eight rooms. The structure and roof are sound, per the new structural engineering report. The building requires new electrical and plumbing and they will want to remodel the kitchen and bathrooms. There is a cottonwood tree outside the conference center that is many centuries old. In fact, part of the building was a Wells Fargo Stage stop and certainly the spring was sacred to the ancient Kuaua Pueblo peoples who were located a short distance away, (village abandoned at the time of Coronado). The front side of the building is lush, green with the spring, pond and a large flat field of several acres. Behind the center is a desert hill with a walking path, cactus and a campfire spot on top with spectacular views of the surrounding mountains.
The plan is for the Woodleys to purchase the farm side of the property themselves and build their sustainable adobe home with the funds from the sale of their current farm. The Woodley’s, with the support of their community, intend to raise the funds for the conference center side through crowdsourcing and other donations. The role of an Indigenous learning center is needed now, more than ever and Randy and Edith Woodley are the people to run it.
The Eloheh Vision
The Eloheh vision has always centered a sustainable farm, an Indigenous learning center and an Indigenous spiritual community. This will not change.
1. Eloheh Farm
…will continue to develop as a model, sustainable farm, using wisdom from Traditional Indigenous Knowledge, Permaculture and Biomimicry. Eloheh Seeds will continue to produce Indigenous and other Open Pollinated, heirloom seeds and vegetables. Eloheh Farm and Seeds mantra will continue to be “Plant, Grow, Harvest, Share...the future is in our hands!” The climate in New Mexico will even allow the farm to experience two growing seasons for many plants! www.elohehseeds.com
2. Eloheh/Eagle’s Wings
…will continue to develop the learning center as a place that hosts Indigenous elders, youth, women and men for the purpose of healing and for empowering them for service in their own communities and the larger communities in which they may reside. Youth leadership culture camps, elder Earth-care summits, Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and men’s and women’s sweat lodge and talking circles will continue to play a central role. The learning center will also bring together non-Indigenous peoples with Indigenous peoples to experience the healing knowledge and power that Indigenous peoples sustain even as they receive it. Schools and summits will be a regular occurrence including such areas as embracing an Indigenous worldview, earth-care topics, sustainable farming methods and meaning, food/seed sovereignty and whole health, discovering new theologies and service, wellbriety, spirituality and the land and other topics of concern.
An added area of concern under Eloheh will be Earth-care. Under the auspices of the Eloheh vision the Woodleys will continue to become more involved in the issues surrounding Earth-care and in finding solutions towards a more sustainable planet. While Randy’s writings have always reflected this concern, and the Eloheh Farm model is a natural extension of the Earthcare ethic, Randy and Edith believe it is time to ramp up their involvement towards more regenerative thinking and in securing a brighter future for the next seven generations than what currently exists.
4. A Spiritual Community
…will develop over time as it has wherever the Woodleys have lived. They are responding to an invitation from a host Pueblo elder of the land. As always, every project in which they endeavor will be in deference to the host people of the land. Although Indigenous themselves, Randy and Edith understand their status settlers in a foreign land. They are Indigenous, but they are not Indigenous to this land and as they always have, will show the humility of guests in all their efforts. There are currently 19 Pueblo tribes as well as, Navajo and Apache peoples all within a few hours of the location specified. Eloheh Farm and the learning center (currently unnamed) will become a welcome place for all peoples, but especially to the surrounding tribal nations.
With over 30 years of service among North America’s Indigenous peoples, doing sustainable farming and educating non-Indigenous peoples into a more Indigenous worldview, the Woodleys are ready to begin this expanded opportunity full-time, again! The only question that remains is, are you ready to support their incredible life’s work?”
Here are some ways reparations can be made:
200K 5 acre Eloheh Farm purchase in New Mexico
250K 5 acre Indigenous Learning Center
100K Repair/Remodeling Indigenous Learning Center
The Woodleys lost $350,000 in equity on the Kentucky farm: the same amount they are trying to raise for half of the 10 acre property in New Mexico that has a potential Indigenous learning center. The 350K includes the 5 acres and all repairs and remodeling to ready the building. The Indigenous learning center will be able to host schools and summits of 35-40 people. The Woodleys are purchasing the other 5 acres for the sustainable farm with the proceeds of their current farm when it sells. Donations to the purchase of the 5 acres with the Indigenous learning center are tax deductible. We are beginning a Go Fund Me non-profit campaign in the next few weeks (web address forthcoming.)
Anyone wanting to give tax deductible monthly financial support can do so at: www.patreon.com/randywoodley
Current Skills Needed:
Accountant who understand non-profits
Landscape design and landscaping
Tandem flat trailer 18-22’
Pull camper trailer or RV
Writers and reporters to share the Woodley’s story
Skills needed when property is purchased:
Orchardist and Vineyardist
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if are you wanting to be part of reparations, healing, and contributing to the eloheh vision and none of the above ways to contribute are available for you, you are welcome. what gifts do you have that you can offer the woodleys? what capacities, financial or labor, would your company want to contribute if asked? is sharing this invitation into reparations with your circles and friends a gift you can give? please contact randy with other contribution ideas here.