expand horizons and create community as we work together to learn, grow, and build. We believe that humanity must unite to meet global challenges with sustainable solutions. We understand that we gain peace, harmony & happiness through serving others, ourselves, and Earth.
We are friends and family, from all nations and backgrounds, working together from the ground up to explore healthy and practical alternative solutions to challenges faced by rural communities, starting in Nepal. Our mission is to inspire, mobilize and train volunteers to serve others with compassion. We create cross-cultural collaborations and encourage selfless service. We share. We live and learn, together. We partner with the local community to ensure that our programs are truly helpful, relevant and driven by local leadership from within the community.
Co-founders Allen Gula, Orion Haas, and Juliette Maas started Conscious Impact in Nepal only days after the 7.8 magnitude earthquake in April 2015. Coming down from Everest Base Camp, Gula and Haas felt the first quake on the trail. As they descended into the epicenter - the extent of the tragedy became clear. The next few weeks were spent delivering immediate relief materials to rural communities which helped them prepare for the approaching monsoon season. The need for a sustainable, long-term building solution became clear. After much research, the trio discovered Auroville Earth Institute and their Compressed Stabilized Earth Blocks (CSEBs) which were perfect for developing communities in rural Nepal. During a CSEB and Rammed Earth training in Kathmandu, they met Dheeraj Mishra, a Nepali man recently returned from working abroad with a shared vision for his village. The damage in the small village of Takure was immense. Located close to the epicenter, all but one of the 245 homes had been destroyed. That fall they began building a volunteer camp and community relationships in their new home of Takure. A brick press was on its way and there was a lot of work to be done. The rest is history.