Living Roots Ecovillage Collective Vision:
We are creating an intentional, sustainable, and integrated community. We support each other in fostering physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well being through conscious entrepreneurship and art-centered permaculture design including building, food, energy, education, and wellness systems.
Meet the Members
|Michael Hicks, Living Roots Ecovillage Founding Member, Farm Leader, Holistic Life Coach, Massage Therapist
michael (at) indianacommunity.org
Michael has led a very passionate and dynamic life thus far. A variety of broad experiences has given him an optimistic perspective of how we can proactively create a better future for ourselves, our communities, and our planet. His intent is to empower others to find their peace, their bounty, and their own deeper path through life.
Out of high school, Michael was nominated to attend the US Air Force Academy. After spending two years there, he transferred to and graduated with high honors from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business, with a degree in Accounting and Finance. Two years of working in corporate America then sent him into his deep self-exploratory years. He traveled for two years around the world, visiting far off corners of the planet such as Lapland, Timbuktu, and Tibet. His love of diversity and life was expanded during these years as he witnessed both the beauty of this earth, its creatures, its cultures, and at the same time, the destructive environmental and social damage that is occurring on this planet.
This knowledge and awareness has led Michael down a path of healing and philanthropy. Michael has traveled to 40 countries, worked as an outdoor experiential education teacher for Outward Bound, and owned and operated Indian Creek Farm, where he sold organic vegetables and herbs. More recently, he was the Finance Director for EO Products, a family owned organic and natural personal body care company in California.
He has done much volunteer work and served on various boards, which include the Board of Directors for the Local Growers Guild, the Board of Directors for Lost River Community Coop, and the Bloomington Community Farmers Market Advisory Board. While in California, Michael graduated from Diamond Light School of Massage and Healing Arts with a Professional Bodywork Therapist certificate. He also attended the California Institute of Integral Studies, where he focused on personal/spiritual growth with an East/West perspective as well as individual and relationship counseling.
Currently, in addition to being the ecovillage farm leader, he manages the CSA and is in charge of finance, IT, and new members. He is also a nationally certified massage therapist by NCBTMB. He offers Holistic Life and Career Counseling and Coaching, and Family and Relationship Coaching. He will be bringing his vast knowledge of sustainable living, food, and gardening to the public via workshops. He is currently writing a book using his travels and gardening as metaphors for personal transformation and growth.
His hobbies include gardening, food production/preservation/fermentation, mead/beer making, cheese making, cooking in general, natural living, herbal medicine making, yoga, traveling, hiking, listening to live music, and trying to play drums and the guitar.
|Paul Stone, Building Specialist
Paul is a retired general building contractor (California) and has spent the last eight years managing the buildout of an off-the-grid sustainable healing center (wind/solar) in north central Ontario. He recently moved to French Lick to guide the buildout of the Living Roots EcoVillage. He has a background in energy conservation, renewable energy, construction (including alternative and natural building). His passions include building community, dowsing, biogeometry, and ping pong.
|Emily Loveland, Community Center Manager
|Brandon Query, U-Pick Strawberries Manager
Brandon grew up in Terre Haute, IN where he recently graduated from Indiana State University with a bachelor degree in Business Management. His interest in farming and community living were rooted in his experience as an AmeriCorps volunteer for the White Violet Center for Eco-Justice. While at the White Violet Center he was exposed to a variety of new experiences and skills including small-scale organic farming, food preservation techniques, spiritual growth, and community empowerment. Through these experiences he developed a passion for working with the land and providing wholesome food for the surrounding community. This experience is what inspired Brandon to make a complete lifestyle change. Outside of farming, other areas of interest include meditation, spiritual practice, recreational running, backpacking, playing guitar and spending time with good people.
|Steve Gisel, Assistant Farm Manager
Steve joined Living Roots after having spent the majority of the last decade in the state of Washington. For the past 5 years. He has been transitioning from working with youth in a social work setting to growing vegetables as a career. He has enjoyed working at small family farms (Waterpenny Farm, Steel Wheel Farm), non-profits (Seattle Tilth and Ground Up Organics), and he co-owned a 2 acre mixed vegetable farm for two years (Boldbrook Farm).
Steve is passionate about the many intersections between agriculture, environmentalism, and social justice. He's currently enjoying caring for lambs and finishing a tiny house. He also eats a tremendous amount of honey, so he's hoping for a good harvest from his two bee hives.
Dr. John and Paula Clayton
Sister Mary Lee Hillenbrand
Michael E. Hicks