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Neal Collins on designing health, community, and connection into our built environments

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I’m very happy to bring you another episode in the non-linear series on holistic health. In previous episodes we talked about whole food nutrition with Richard Perkins, and reaching your peak performance with Dr Gerrit Keferstein, and today we’re going to take a look at the role that our built environment can play in facilitating health and interconnection.

Those of you who’ve been listening for a long time will remember that this topic is very close to my heart. I started out in Natural Building before ecological design and I was fascinated by the potential of creating living spaces that could bring out the best in people, positively affect their health and become a part of the surrounding ecology. 

In this session I’m going to explore all those angles and more with Neal Collins, the co-founder and CEO of Latitude, a company that helps homeowners, earth tenders, farmers, developers, and real estate professionals across North America who are called to transform the way we inhabit the planet.

Neal is also the host of The Regenerative Real Estate Podcast and has been recognized by the Daily Journal of Commerce as a rising phenom in the building industry. Neal lives where the mountains meet the sea on Whidbey Island where he is creating a permaculture-based family compound and is a founding board member of a community housing land trust.

In this session we explore what regenerative real estate is, and how it can overcome some of the inherent conflicts that are present in the dynamics of land ownership and land being traded as a commodity. From there we explore how different land management and development models can create equitable and healthy living environments instead of being reduced to financial tools and means of merely housing populations the way it is mostly used now.

We also look at the potential for housing to facilitate the creation of community and deeper connection, a concept that Neal is not only promoting but also living on his own property.

This is a really fun conversation that takes many different turns. I hope you find the challenge and experiment of creating regenerative buildings and land ownership models as interesting as Neal and I do.

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