Ashlei Laing

Ashlei Laing is the co-founder and co-director of Rē: The Regenerative School.  She grew up on the seacoast of New Hampshire where she developed an early and deep love for the environment. Ashlei’s path has been hands-on and deeply entwined with the soil; she practiced nature-based Raku ceramics in Tuscany, worked as a regenerative farmer in the US and Italy, and has had a long-term interest in nature-based art therapy. She has always felt driven to build an alternative, paradigm-shifting educational experience focused on living closer to the land, where students could connect mind, body and soul while serving community and Mother Earth. She has studied alternative forms of education which seek to empower learners and the community as a whole. A big piece of Ashlei’s preparation for building Rē was her service in Peace Corps in Bulgaria where she focused on teachers’ leadership and educational development. Afterward, she received a Peace Corps Coverdell Fellowship to study community-based conservation in five countries. Deciding the best way to create a new form of education was to start a school from scratch, in 2018, she and Felix Bivens co-founded Rē with an aim to build a new kind of educational experience that will help prepare students and community partners to build a more just, peaceful and sustainable future. Ashlei lives in Fayetteville, TN, where the Regenerative School is based.