Change Needs Leaders
The focus of the HEROES Leadership program is to cultivate and nurture the human qualities essential to global change. This program isn’t simply a retreat or a seminar, but rather a five day long immersive hands-on experience. At the heart of the program are ECO’s four key principles: Build, grow, heal, and lead. Participants of the program will learn to transform their vision and strength into tangible change in their lives and in the world around them. HEROES Leadership is ECO’s response to the current need for capable leaders to help make our communities more caring and sustainable.
Duration: 5 Days
Location: Cottonwood, AZ
Accommodations Provided: Yes
Meals Included: Yes
Building A Strong Foundation
Attendees gain the invaluable experience of building tiny eco-friendly cedar houses from the ground up. Each HEROES Leadership cohort builds one integral part of a house during their stay—a wall, a door, or a roof, for example—and leaves it for the next group of Heroes to use towards the finished product. The goal of the building portion isn’t about learning construction techniques but about truly understanding the significance of teamwork and actively starting new projects.
Growing The Seeds Of Change 
Participants start the day with exercise and meditation, then head over to the farm. They work in the greenhouse, help out with field work, feed the animals, and assist our farmers with various small projects. The purpose of this second day is to practice mindfulness and find harmony with nature. While completing the tasks as a group, an emphasis is placed on putting trust and nourishment in the soil as well as letting go of the past. This portion of the program is a fun way of learning the basics of sustainability and permaculture as well as reflecting on what it means to truly grow. 
Healing Yourself And Others
The healing portion of the program focuses extensively on rediscovering the regenerative capacity of body and mind. Equal parts philosophy and practice, attendees learn techniques for self-healing as well as for healing others. This is a day of mindful meditation, qi-gong, and vibrational healing. An additional emphasis is placed on letting go of negative beliefs and changing neural pathways to think and act more positively.
Leading The Way To A Better Tomorrow 
The last leg of the program is all about teaching participants to implement their newly developed understanding in practical ways. On this last day, the HEROES group is given a wealth of resources for networking, organization, and creativity. In addition to a gauntlet of unique team-building exercises, the HEROES group is tasked with planning and executing an ECO project from scratch — anything from planting trees to building something to feeding the homeless. Participants feel empowered when they realize that it isn’t so hard to work together to do something meaningful.
Program Itinerary

Program Outline with Daily Themes: (4 Days)

Day 1                           Orientation & Purpose
Day 2                           Building A Strong Foundation
Day 3                           Growing The Seeds Of Change
Day 4                           Healing Yourself And Others
Day 5                           Leading The Way To A Better Tomorrow

Typical Daily Itinerary

Breakfast                     7:00 am – 8:00 am
Morning Session        8:30 am – 11:30 am
Lunch                           12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Afternoon Session     1:30 pm – 5:30 pm (Indoors and outdoors)
Dinner                          6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Evening Session         7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

To make this program more accessible to individuals with the heart and mind to help others and the planet, we offer this program at a very affordable fee of $400, accommodations included. Program check-in is 5:00 p.m. and ends at 11:30 am
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