Calathus™ is the trade name for environmental consulting work performed by Myriem Le Ferrand, M.S.  My work is primarily in facilitating local dialogue regarding natural resource policy and management. I specialize in appreciative inquiry and community-based participatory research.


I started Calathus™ LLC, a Colorado company, to support environmentally-friendly approaches to economic development. The balance of this page is the story of a calathus, my own, and the fruition of vision.

Calathus means "the basket in which women carry their work."  It is a Greek word selected to serve as metaphor. A basket is a metaphor for the void which births all vision, for the womb in which life forms, for the biosphere so unique to our beautiful planet Earth. A basket is a container, much like legal registration of a business is a container. So, Calathus metaphorically represents the protection of the feminine in a business entity. Calathus reflects a choice to stand for respecting the feminine way that protects and sustains. And so with an apprentice for witness, I created a consulting entity to stand strong in my voice as a woman. We chose Calathus to represent a nourishing way forward for all creation. We gave ourselves permission to be in our integrity, our knowing and our deepest longing to protect our beautiful planet, and to do this through greater awareness in our day-to-day lives and in our every choice. 

From an early age, I've wanted to earn a living doing work that could turn the tide on environmental degradation and the loss of local cultural wisdom around the globe. I wanted to live simply without an array of "success" signs as badges rather than being true to doing good work in light of ongoing environmental degradation. So now with emerging technology and my predilection for visual harmony, I built a "feminine-looking" website when a dearth of dull sites plagued the internet. That iweb site and my credentials carried me to the Southwest and new territory.

I landed my first government contract as an environmental planner in the Four Corners (UT, CO, NM, AZ). Solo projects were the Animas Watershed Partnership and the Triple E Initiative convened by the Northwest New Mexico Council of Governments.  Triple E was an EPA CARE project that targeted consensus by local policy makers on how best to support the economy, environment and energy.  Navajo chapters, city of Farmington and three NM counties were involved. To prepare participants for dialogue, I also synthesized planning documents, studies on air and water quality and various economic reports.  

During this period of time, I also facilitated a dialogue between the Durango City Council and the La Plata County Commissioners regarding local zoning and a dialogue on local food sustainability in the Animas River corridor.  I also assisted briefly in facilitating regional dialogue regarding the Arizona Water Settlement Act of 2004. This took place in Silver City, New Mexico.




I also longed to work on ecotourism projects that would be locally-beneficial. I'd conducted formal community-based conservation research from 1998 to 2006. 

Ecotourism can be harnessed to support economic development to benefit local people and the environment. The idea is that revenues generated through ecotourism stay local in a cooperatively managed fund to support environmental restoration and sustainable economic development.  Cooperative methods for locally beneficial development of Calathus™ is carried forward in the work of Economics for Peace Institute.

Starting in 2012, I plan to work with other professionals in an established nonprofit or consulting firm. I have chosen to dissolve the original Colorado consulting firm and Calathus LLC. I retain the Calathus™ domain name for communication and branding purposes.  Dissolving the LLC simplifies my work life so that in a few years and with proper funding I can focus on the mission of Economics for Peace Institute.



  Economics for Peace Institute | epi | works through education and economic development to build peace, to foster sustainability and to restore the Earth’s natural systems. | epi | promotes participatory action research in public planning with a focus on community well-being and ecosystem stewardship.


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