Taylor Quilty

My life’s purpose is to adventurously create space for possibility and joy. I am interested in utilizing the built environment to co-create radical spaces for social, economic, and ecological restoration. I hope to emerge from this Learning Journey with the vision and tactics to align my profession with my purpose.

I was born into a theatrical family and pursued dance and acting into young adulthood. At 20, I was in a car accident that changed my life. I lost the ability to walk and was forced to creatively shift course and engage differently with my surroundings. Along my journey of recovery I became a Therapeutic Yoga Instructor. However, as I healed physically my curiosity ventured outside of somatic wellness.

I became politicized through the ongoing process of uncovering and understanding my own role within systems of oppression and liberation. I moved to the nonprofit sector where I began to understand the horrible scope of social, economic, and environmental injustice. In search of new ways of thinking, I completed my Permaculture Design Certification in 2013 and soon moved to Asheville to study sustainable agriculture and restorative building while pursuing my BA in Sustainability at Goddard College.

Though I still have physical limitations, I am not limited. After farming for a season – often on my knees! – I built my first start to finish passive solar cob house. Right now, I am working on a team to develop an education program for currently incarcerated prisoners to attend Goddard, where I also facilitate a weekly Anti-Racist Group for White People. Additionally, I am working towards my dream of performing an ecologically and socially restorative retrofit of an unhealthy home.

I am excited to embark on this adventure and I look forward to being continually inspired by this community of learners, leaders and dreamers. With your help, I hope to answer my central question: Can a healthy relationship exist between economic growth and social and ecological justice?

My Learning Journey

I am saying yes to my deep commitment to social and ecological justice. I am saying to my curiosity. I am saying yes to the unknown.

Current Guiding Question
How can I make a home that is economically, ecologically and socially restorative while meeting my own needs? (i.e. shelter, safety, authenticity, freedom, discover, competence, and creativity)