About Us

The Fields is located on biodiverse land in unceded traditional territory of the Dakota people

36 Acres

Diverse, beautiful landscape with pond, prairie and wet meadows, vegetable and medicine gardens, labyrinth, and trail in the woods.

3 inviting, cozy hermitages

Wellness Center

Unrenovated barn and boat house

The Land

Milkweed seed pod exploding with seeds in a grassy field
Snow log cabin
sun on frozen lake
Bench at water
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The Coop

Rootsprings Coop

Rootsprings is a land-based Cooperative stewarding space for healing and development of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) artists, activists, healers, and community centering Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Queer (LGBTQ) folx.

Collectively we have more than 100 years of cumulative professional and artistic experience. We were founded by three Black and Brown lesbian couples closing access inequality gaps with a community service solution. We are accountable to our community stakeholders, ancestors, and future generations.  We believe and practice international cooperative principles.

Zoe Hollomon is a Community Food Systems Planner and activist. Over the past 15 years, she has organized with communities nationally to assert public policy and decision-making. Zoe is currently state wide organizer for the Pesticide Action Network, working with farmers and communities to address pesticide related health issues. She loves combining arts and activism. Zoe received her B.S. in Urban & Regional Planning from Cornell University and an M.S. from Southern New Hampshire University in Community Economic Development in 2007.

Erin Sharkey is a writer, artistic organizer and cultural producer based in Minneapolis. She is the co-founder of an arts production collective called Free Black Dirt. She is editing, A Darker Wilderness, a forthcoming anthology of Black nature writing for Milkweed Editions. Erin teaches at Metro State University and Minnesota Prison Writers Workshop. Currently, she is working in concert with other Black organizers to strengthen the Black organizing ecosystem, to respond to COVID-19 and lead in this moment of uprising.

Alice Butts is an artist from Brooklyn, NY who received a BFA in advertising and design at the School Of Visual Arts. Alice is a graphic designer who invests in community centered projects to support well-being and connection. She is passionate about sharing Black pride through art, and committed to user experiences being inclusive of black queer voices as a necessary disruption to the design world. For 20 years, Alice has worked with several companies mostly in the music industry before focusing more directly on social impact.

Signe Harriday is a multidisciplinary artist activist who uses theatre to explore our identities and relationships. Founding member of Million Artist Movement, a cooperative committed to Black liberation and healing incubating many projects including PI Growers Collective, a farming project grounded in mutual aid and food sovereignty. Signe has lived-in and served many years on the Board of a limited equity housing coop. She is co-founder of MaMa mOsAiC, a women of color theater company whose mission is to evoke positive social change. She is an Associate Company Member of Pillsbury House Theatre.

dr. Saby Labor is a resilience coach, educator, author, podcaster, and social change advocate. Saby’s positionality is shaped through the abundant intersections of Hapa Hawaiian, queer, and gender non-conforming identities and experiences. Saby is the founder of Resilient Campus, a social justice consulting, training, and coaching organization. Saby is also a member of the Trans*Forming Higher Education Collaborative, a group of transgender and gender nonconforming educators dedicated to addressing transgender oppression in and through higher education.

Alejandra (Tobar Alatriz) is an immigrant organizer and performing artist who co-founded the People’s Movement Center, a healing justice space centering BIPOC, queer, and trans bodies in South Minneapolis. Alejandra founded United Bodyworkers and Artists, is a board member of Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center, and member of PI (Preparedness and Interconnectedness) Growers Collective, a rural/urban farming initiative. Alejandra brings 20+ years experience in creative place-making, organizational development, education, and community fundraising efforts.

The Fields

The Fields retreat and learning center

The Fields is a nonprofit organization facilitating programming and access to the land for learning, healing and development.

The Fields exists as a sanctuary for contemplation, inspiration and the transformation of soul and world. Our call is to ethical stewardship of the land and to practicing relationships of collaborative compassion and justice. We seek to be a place of Creative Spirit, and invite guests of all generations to discover their gifts and use them for collective liberation.

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