Academy of Self-Reliance

The Academy of

There is a freedom that comes with knowing how and being self-reliant. Freedom from ignorance is a new beginning. With that new-found freedom, we can become more than we ever thought possible. We can now envision not only our potential, but our privilege.

Our Team

portrait of Philip Gleason

Philip Gleason – Founder & Coach

My path to the Academy began 40 years ago, when my wife, three young daughters, and I arrived home very late one night after a week-long Christmas trip. The power and heat had gone out while we were away and the house, including the water pipes, was frozen solid. We had a baby, a toddler, and a 4-year-old all crying for a drink of water, and I was helpless.
From that day on I have sought not only to educate myself about self-reliance, but to live the things that I have learned. Through this endeavor I have developed a passion for helping others become self-reliant, not only in preparation for an emergency, but also in helping families free themselves from a stress filled, urban life style dependent on the national food supply system and area utilities.
I personally welcome you to the Academy of Self-Reliance and hope that we can bless your lives with knowledge and support in becoming self-reliant.

Sarah Garlick – Design Consultant

“If you build it, they will come.”Field of Dreams

The opportunity to help build and beautify a site that can help SO many people has been a dream of mine. I have a passion for order and minimalism, and jumped at the chance to work on this project that teaches how to exercise order, minimalism, and simplicity in individual and family lives. It has been a rewarding, eye-opening, and hope-filled experience creating with people that I respect and admire dearly. 

The time and heart that I’ve seen being put into this project has been incredible. If you decide that this is the path for you, WELCOME! I can’t wait to see what incredible things you will accomplish!

Larry Jones – Technology Consultant

For me, I have followed in my father’s footsteps–he was a jack of all trades and a master of many.

When I first heard of the project, I began to envision myself planning out the home and property, and then building it.  I could also see myself helping others and helping to build up the community.  I could envision it all.

I was excited in how well the project was planned out with all of the education and coaching resources to help ensure our success!  In fact I was so eager to help out that they asked if I could help with the website.  And, here I am, helping to build a web solution to provide the resources for the community members.  Come and join us!

Join us in this journey to self-reliance.

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