Ours is a journey of guided imagination to experience the authentic wholeness of place!  We see this as a critical step for concern, respect, and building responsAbility for stewardship of our biosphere!

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COBALT is the Collaborative for Bioregional Action Learning & Transformation

Our Vision is A Deeper Sense of Place: Seeing, Connecting and Amplifying Change

COBALT is ALL About Co-Creating A Deeper Sense Of Place

Instead of asking ‘what’ is the place in which I live, the COBALT Team and the 30 remarkable Fellows are all about embarking on a process of discovering ‘who’ is this remarkable land, air and water and how do I become in right relationship. A COBALT Learning Journey can be applied anywhere and features a process of learning how to see the patterns that regenerates life, a better understanding of its potential. This opens up exploration, careful observation, learning how to see together. COBALT is based in the Casco Bay Bioregion, nested within the Gulf of Maine on the Western Shore of the Atlantic Ocean, the exploration of its identity requires a long view from many different perspectives. The Gulf of Maine is one of the most rapidly warming coastal seas on the planet and therefore our focus is on response to change through action-learning, adaptation, and transformation.

We call this a “Learning Journey” as it is a journey of imagination and direct action, an opportunity to be together as part of a global movement and deepen our work in our own bioregions! We are in collaboration with communities in many regions across the globe with a current focus on bioregions in Colombia, Scotland, Iceland, and Wales as well as two bioregions in the USA: Casco Bay Gulf of Maine and San Francisco Bay Delta. Our vision is to provide navigation for journeys of guided imagination to build relationships between people and place and work together to discover unique potential, identify and explore new possibilities for collective practice and experience the authentic wholeness of place. We will appreciate and will learn how to better see, connect and amplify the innovations already well underway related to our food, fiber, energy, water, waste, and tourism. This work is about love of place, stewardship of ecosystems that need attention like seagrass meadows and tidal wetlands in Casco Bay and Oak forests in the high Andes of Colombia. We are connecting to the wholeness and patterns of life. Join us in discovering these patterns, the essence, the unique nature of place.

“We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.”

—T.S. Eliot, from “Little Gidding,” Four Quartets (Gardners Books; Main edition, April 30, 2001) Originally published 1943.

Listening with the Seagrass Meadows

In Casco Bay, Gulf of Maine, the COBALT Learning Journey begins underwater, deep within the seagrass meadows. The journey of guided imagination begins with us not just learning about seagrass meadows and their amazing benefits but also becoming them! To experience the wholeness of this bioregion, we begin the journey inside these stunning ecosystems to sense wider inter-relationships across systems such as food, fiber, waste and water and to start to experience the wholeness of this place. Join us in Team Zostera, (an initiative of COBALT) as we engage with scholars, indigenous leaders, creative artists, philosophers and more in transforming our world toward a more just, equitable and regenerative future.

January 10-12, 2024

1st Bioregional Data Lab a Major Success

The first Casco Bay Seagrass Mapping Workshop using R and GIS: Bioregional Data Lab was a big success and others will follow!

The event was located at and hosted by the Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education, Forest Avenue, Portland, ME.

Blue Marble Evaluation

Some of our Partners :

Thank you to our SPONSORS for the support in the development of the Transformations 2023 Bioregional Workshop.

Maine Standard Biofuels
Wolfe’s Neck Center for Agriculture and the Environment
Portland Paddle