Goals

Big Bend Hot Springs Project Guiding Intentions:

1.     Be a good neighbor. This includes us as individuals in the community as well as as “The Hot Springs” as an organization.  Being a good neighbor means contributing to the well-being of the community in positive ways.

2.     Steward the Land.  Being good Land Stewards is critical to our survival. Being a Land Steward means protecting, restoring and enhancing the Land and her living organisms in regenerative ways that yield abundance without depletion.

3.     Share this Sacred Place.  We are called to share the beauty and healing energy of The Hot Springs with others.  We are doing this by building a humble, small-scale, legal campground with hot-bath soaking that is affordable and accessible to everyone.

4.     Help heal and restore Native association with this Land. Traditional Native inhabitants have suffered great loss in their association with this Land. We are called to help heal and restore their association.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASacred Site, Oo-le-moo-me Hot Springs above boulder field in River Achoma (photo taken from a kayak in the river)

BBHSP Core Goals:

1. To preserve and protect this sacred land and the water resources as a natural area and wildlife sanctuary.

2. To re-establish site access for small-scale camping/soaking/gatherings (closed since 2007).

3. To develop a model sustainable permaculture education facility.

4. To honor the ancestors and Spirit, and to work in collaboration with descendants of the Madesi and other native people.

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Coming Soon: Transition to Non-Profit!

Big Bend Hot Springs is becoming a non-profit corporation (will be called Lahlapismah Hot Springs, the original Madesi name for the resource and the village around the main hot springs) and shall operate exclusively for educational and charitable purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future Federal tax code.

Lahlapismah Hot Springs’ [future 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation] purpose is:

1. To provide recreational facilities to the public.

2. To promote health and wellness of the public.

3. To educate the public on permaculture, local biology of natural organisms and ecosystems, and the history and cultural traditions of local indigenous people.

4. To permanently preserve land for public uses, for outdoor recreation, as open space for the scenic enjoyment of the public, and for protection of natural ecosystems.

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Your comments are welcome!  For more information, please see this BBHSP Blog post that contains our draft 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Articles of Incorporation:

http://www.bigbendhotsprings.org/?p=21