Our mission is to preserve a unique piece of land on San Juan Island, Washington, for Conservation, Education, Inspiration, Recreation and Health.
CONSERVATION– Ihiya consists of 33 acres of varied riparian habitat in the heart of San Juan Island. At its center is a year round creek that comes from Trout Lake and ultimately feeds the Salish Sea at False Bay Marine Preserve, a marshland that supports migratory birds, meadows, alder groves, rocky outcroppings, and forest that serve as home for a wide variety of native plants and animals. Preserving this unique wetland and surrounding ecosystem is critical to protecting False Bay Creek, the Island’s precious water resources, and ecological diversity.
EDUCATION – Through workshops, partnerships, and our quarterly Ihiya Journal, we offer opportunities for citizen science, environmental and cultural education, and exploring the sustainable harvesting, medicinal and indigenous uses of native plants.
INSPIRATION – We acknowledge, much like a bundle of reeds, that we can accomplish a great deal when we come together with a common purpose, each bringing our own unique gifts to the collective. We aim to encourage indigenous ways of awareness and inspire conscious relationship to our natural biome and to each other. Ihiya serves as a catalyst for positive change – a place to connect, contemplate, breathe, meditate, and heal.
RECREATION – Ihiya offers public access to its fields and forests, including a system of walking trails that serve as an important link between Mount Grant and the San Juan Valley trail system. The land offers a place to walk, explore, climb, picnic, rest, and reflect.
HEALTH – Our goal is to cultivate increased health and self-reliance for the San Juan community and beyond. This includes providing and stewarding a natural pharmacological preserve, as well as the creation of a donation-based community apothecary for sustainably wildcrafted and organically grown plant medicine.
Ihiya was named for the reed that grows throughout its wetlands. Many indigenous cultures of North and South America consider the hollow stemmed reed to symbolize a bridge between earth and sky, between the physical and spiritual worlds. The healing power Ihiya holds is as a bridge between modern science and ancestral wisdom. All aspects of human health and well being are reflected in the balance of its ecosystems. Ihiya exists for the benefit of all, for generations to come.
We are dedicated to protecting and stewarding this land for the benefit of the entire community and beyond, and to this end we will continue to partner and collaborate with local groups and nonprofits. A critical piece of this work is seeking reparations and permission from the original peoples of this land, for we are aware that we are living on and benefiting from unceded territory of the Coast Salish People.