Participants from Lead to Life stand shoulder-to-shoulder holding shovels that they used to plant trees.
Courtesy of Lead to Life

Lead to Life: A People’s Alchemy for Regeneration

Oakland, CA

Lead to Life transforms weapons into shovels for ceremonial tree plantings at sites that have been impacted by violence or carry spiritual significance across Atlanta and Oakland. The intention of Lead to Life is “to transform that which ends life into that which sustains life—to facilitate an alchemical healing process that can physically transform both our weapons and our imaginations.” Incubated within Kalliopeia’s Spiritual Ecology Fellowship, their collaborative ceremonial interventions are designed to: bridge connections between restorative and environmental justice; restore the ecological foundations of sacred spaces within our urban geographies; rekindle relationships of reverence and reciprocity with each other and the Earth. This project is fiscally sponsored by Planting Justice.

Kalliopeia Foundation’s Emergence Magazine featured a story about Lead to Life in the Technology issue, called Applied Alchemy.