The Central Connecticut River Valley Institute ("CCRVI"), a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, exists to create educational programs and innovative social, cultural, and economic institutions which encourage people to experience the physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual benefits of living in deep connection with the natural world, with themselves, and with each other.
CCRVI has a "bioregional" orientation. We work primarily in the central portion of the Connecticut River Valley watershed which is the location of what is known as the "transitional forest." This forest is "transitional" between the northern boreal forest and the mid-Atlantic forest. Our Bioregion is very roughly comprised of the following counties: Cheshire and Sullivan in New Hampshire, Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden in Massachusetts, and Windham and Windsor in Vermont.
Two of CCRVI's current areas of focus are:
* creating bioregionally-based, sustainable, and affordable sources for basic human needs such as food, water, energy, housing, sanitation, clothing, transportation, education, etc.; and
* promoting deep-nature connection, sustainable forestry; the conservation of natural resources; the use of earth-friendly building construction materials and methods; the recycling and reuse of everything; the conservation and preservation of land; and high quality relationships between humans and between humans and animals, both wild and domestic.