Experiencing growing pains can be uncomfortable, whether you are a young person shooting up, an entrepreneur trying to establish a new business, or a pioneer trying to establish a new homestead. There are always unexpected things to be dwelt with, which is part of creating any new environment. However, when we understand what we are going through is part of the growing and evolving process, we can look past the lack of comfort or even the seeming chaos that manifests itself when changing a lifestyle.  These growing pains can be especially challenging when changing from a lifestyle of dependencies to a culture of self-reliance.

Between the pandemic, the wildfires in California, the flooding in the east, the severe drought in the west, the interruption of supply chains nationally and internationally, and the riots occurring around the nation, it is easy to feel a bit uneasy and overwhelmed.   However, with all of this, we get an opportunity to determine how we are going to act and who we are going to be. This one choice can make the difference of being filled with fear and feeling like a victim, or feeling in control by moving forward in determination to accomplish the goal of becoming self-reliant.

Becoming self-reliant after a lifetime of depending on others for our food, shelter, health care, education, employment, even our social and spiritual needs is a huge step. Making these changes with all of the disruptions around us can be overwhelming at times. However, taking time to refocus on the objectives that we are striving for, and realizing that being agile in our problem solving are critical. Avoiding victimhood and continuing to counsel together with those around us who have the same goals as ourselves, allows for growth and personal achievement that would otherwise be unobtainable without all of the opposition.

The OSR Initiative, along with all of its partners and their members are experiencing growing pains. Recognizing this and taking hope in who we are and what we are working towards individually and collectively will make for a better and safer tomorrow. I extend my love, my encouragement to all who are engaged in this great work. Let us always remember who we are, why we are here, and what we are striving for.

God speed, 
Philip J. Gleason,


Attention Riverbed Ranch Community Members:

Do you have plans to build structures on your lot over the next 12 months? If so, please fill out this survey so we can link groups together for group buys on materials, etc.

Thank you!


Currently, there is a need for those with construction skills

Compensation is commensurate with experience and ability. Consideration for these employment opportunities will first be offered to the Utah OSR Land Cooperative shareholders and their family members. If you are interested, please, send a brief introduction of your skills and availability to philip@osrgreen.com for consideration.


"Embark on the Journey" Part 1
with guest presenter Pete Jensen

Join us for this exciting series!
In this lesson, we will be discussing:

Introductory Principles of Counseling together in unity,

RESPA the Crocodile,
and Inrock the Eagle

What does all this mean? Come join us and find out!


*Please note that after you register, you will receive an email invitation with a website link and info with instructions on how to view the live webinar. 

Do you have a gift, talent or experience with being self-reliant that you could share among us?

If so, we invite you to submit an article to be published in the Academy Newsletter. To help you submit your article, Coleen Gleason, one of our editors, will be happy to assist you. You can contact her or send your articles to her at coleen@academyosr.com. Upon review and acceptance, you will be notified when your article will be published.

Thank you for sharing!

Here's what we've got going on!

Want to learn how to achieve greater self-reliance in our 250-family modern homesteading community? Then check out our Intro Meetings where we discuss what you can do, and where to start!

Would you like a personal tour of the site of a 250-family homestead community being built on the Utah OSR Land Co-op's 1,245-acre Riverbed Ranch in Juab County, Utah? Then join us for our Munch & Mingle Tour! We'll show you what we're doing now, and what we have planned for the future!

For more details and information about each of our events, click the button to visit our Events Page, and then scroll down to see what we've got planned.


Save the Date for our very first tree planting event on 
September 12th! 

Come help plant trees and shrubs to reclaim an old ranch into a regenerative agriculture cooperative community!

We will be planting a small area and learning about the land-rehabilitating principles behind the design.

On September 12, 2020, we are gathering a small number of trees and shrubs and designing a permaculture food-forest to be installed near the well by the “Special Projects Area” – the future site of the Academy of Self Reliance Campus, Holistic Wellness Center, Mother and Child Rescue Home, Ropes Course, and Equine Therapy Barn. This event is just the beginning of creating community green areas at the Utah OSR Land Cooperative which will be beautiful and functional in terms of healing the land and soil and people who will frequent it, as well as providing important habitat for wildlife and bee forage.

Bring gloves and a shovel if possible.
We’ll provide light refreshments.
Activities for young ones.
Rest areas will be available.
(there are now 3 working bathrooms!)

You are welcome to camp before and/or after the event. Tents and trailers/RVs will be allowed to camp in designated areas.

Please be mindful that this land will be certified organic – if you need to dump water please do so inside the house. You will need to pack out your own trash.

Crowdfunding and Advertising campaigns are ongoing to gather funds and participants. There is additional help needed, of course! 

Please contact Sarah Vezzani at loftium4@gmail.com if you are interested in helping out with the planning and/or execution of this event.


Are you on social media? Then let's connect!

We'd love to have you join our Facebook Group, where we post about upcoming events and meetings where you and your friends can learn more about what we're doing! It's a great and easy way to help spread the word!


We are ready to place orders with Sol-Ark for our solar systems! 

If you have any questions or want to submit an order for our next shipment, please contact Philip Gleason at philip@osrgreen.com or call him directly at (801) 310-1947.


Have a great week! - The AOSR Team
Academy of Self-Reliance
719 W 1650 N, Orem, Utah 84057
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