Jae Sabol – One Community Executive Director and Founder, Certified Permaculture Designer, and Holistic Health Professional: Jae is the lead Project Manager for One Community and an entrepreneur with over 25 years experience. His vision of sustainability and a “new way to live” began in the 90’s and grew into his life’s work through a series of life-changing events and 1000’s of hours of education. Leaving college and starting his own business in 1998, Jae accumulated over 70 certificates of qualification in holistic living, nutrition, and psychology. Next he turned his focus to studying the social and psychological aspects of social change, leadership, and personal achievement. Then his learning path began to focus on permaculture and community building, including training and experience in large-scale permaculture design, becoming a graduate and active member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps, specialized training in organizational management, strategic business development, systems creation and implementation, negotiation, team building, consensus, the science of success, the psychology of happiness, and ultimately how and why to create for The Highest Good of All.
Integrated with his professional life, Jae is also a very dedicated father and partner. He was Assistant Scout Master (ASM) for his son’s Cub Scouts Pack (#2168), coached 6 seasons for his son’s soccer team, and weekly energy into coaching/training and support of his son’s martial arts path since January of 2016. Jae also started as an ASM when his son graduated to a Boy Scouts Troop but Boy Scouts turned out to not be family oriented enough, so Jae instead co-created with his son a family-focused and more advanced version of the path to Boy Scouts Eagle Scout called the “Superstar Kids Club.” As part of this, he’s helped his son to build his own website, open sourcing and documenting the complete process and all their activities. Together their hope is to use this site as a template/guide and option within One Community’s Culture of Personal Growth structure and/or for other families who might be interested in a similar family-growth path.
As a partner, Jae has dedicated himself to prioritizing family also. Board and card games are a weekly part of his family life and he also spends at least one weekend every month doing some full-day or multi-day outing as a family. Usually this takes the form of biking, hiking, backpacking, camping, swimming, kayaking, or some other outdoor adventure related to the previously mentioned Superstar Kids Club. Also, as a couple, Jae and Sara set a goal for daily connection and intimacy in 2016 and have maintained it ever since. Other recreational activities Jae enjoys include exploring, reading, brain-teaser puzzles (especially with their son), web design, graphic design, video and audio creation and editing, gardening, composting, and anything that involves time in nature with family, friends, and/or the One Community Core Team. He also takes pride in being a very proactive climate activist and daily uses the Climate Action Now app. He’s the #1 most active member there with over 7,500 climate actions taken and earning the planting of over 1,400 trees.
Jae first shared the One Community vision through a self-designed and launched website in October of 2010. In May of 2011, Jae incorporated One Community, and in June 2012 he succeeded in getting One Community its 501(c)3 non-profit status. Through Jae’s leadership and management, the One Community open source resource site has grown to 100s of pages of open source resources and the One Community all-volunteer team has developed from just Jae to a constantly growing global cooperative. This cooperative now includes people from around the world who have contributed tens of thousands of hours of collaboration and development creating the One Community open source global transformation engine.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES, ACCOMPLISHMENTS, AND SKILLS USED
After two and a half years as Co-owner of RJS Fitness, Jae formed Advanced Therapeutic Exercise Conditioning Inc. in 2001. Jae grew this business from just him to a 2500 sq. ft. custom-designed clinic and managing 5 additional independent-contractor therapists.
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“Jae has studied with me and been a great friend of mine for many years. As he learned from me and many other experts in a variety of related and relevant fields, he developed his own model for sustainable eco-friendly living. Unlike many, he actually did something and is doing something fantastic. If you’ve ever wanted to see what is possible as a transition to a healthier world for all of us, including nature, or have considered living in a truly holistic, sustainable, eco-friendly community, you really have to see One Community.”
Paul Chek – International Presenter & Health Industry Leader
Jae spent a year studying and testing a whole-food juice product before negotiating a compensation plan sufficient for him to invest time and energy in the company and product.
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From December 2005 to May 2008, Jae also worked with the Christopher Howard Companies. Chris Howard is a Media Personality, Best-Selling Author, and Lifestyle & Business Turnaround Expert who has taught personal transformation seminars to thousands in the US and abroad. Jae started with Chris’ company as a volunteer and was eventually given a paid position as Main-room Crew and Team Leader for events in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle.
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“Jae Sabol is an incredible shining light of possibility for all who he comes into contact with. I’ve known him for years within our personal development trainings and seminars and he is one of the most professional and heart-centered people I know. Powerful agent of transformation!”
Chris Howard – International Speaker & Best-Selling Author
In November of 1998, Jae and a friend started RJS Fitness. They made over 60K their first 6 months and expanded 3 times in 3 years, growing from an exercise space they set up in the garage of the condo Jae was renting to a fully equipped training facility with 4 independent contractors.
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Jae’s first job for hourly pay was at the age of 14 helping his parents remodel a house into what was their 3rd business, a preschool daycare facility. As soon as Jae turned 16 he began working at a local grocery store. By age 17 he had two jobs, working for the grocery store and a video rental store. While attending the University of Washington, Jae worked two and then three restaurant jobs to pay his own way. In 1997, one of these restaurants offered Jae a management position in California and he moved to Los Angeles. Within 6 months he started a second job working at a local gym, and 6 months after that he and a friend started their own business, RJS Fitness.
Once Jae started his entrepreneurial career in 1998, Jae made education a top priority. From 1998-2008, Jae invested an average of $30,000 a year into continuing education and accumulated over 70 certificates of qualification in permaculture, holistic living, nutrition, and psychology. Before that, Jae attended 3 years of college (Yakima Valley Community College and then University of Washington) on an engineering educational track. In high school, Jae finished with a 3.687 cum GPA (Rank 16/179), was a part of the National Honors Society, Sophomore Class President, and Student Body President.
I’ve felt like my entire life has been preparing me and leading me to create One Community. Growing up, I lived in a rural town in Washington state. Our property was in the middle of farm country and I came to appreciate the beauty and joy of being surrounded by nature every day. Our 1.5 acre property had a creek running through it with thousands of acres of farmland and grazing land around us. Better than that though, our property having never been farmland meant it had more of its original ecosystem intact, more trees, and much more wildlife.
It seemed like every critter imaginable lived on our property at one time or another. In addition to the neighbors’ cows, pigs, chickens, horses, and ours and their farm dogs and cats, my years growing up in the country included a broad diversity of wildlife. Trout, sucker fish, and crawfish in the creek plus owls, eagles, porcupines, skunks, coyotes, beaver, muskrat, weasels, garter snakes and rattlesnakes, scorpions, quail, pheasant, and more.
One of my grandmothers who lived on the other side of the mountains loved to fish and do outdoor things, a love for nature I inherited from her and my father. With her I got a very different diversity of nature than I had at home. We harvested wild huckleberries, gooseberries, and various fruits and vegetables from her garden. She also frequently took me camping, deepwater fishing, lake fishing, crabbing, clamming, and even wild mushroom harvesting. She was an amazing cook and her home-cooked meals and homemade jams/preserves and pies were something I looked forward to every time we visited. Time spent with her taught me the value and joy of home-cooked meals, fresh food, wild food, cooking, and canning, all without going to the grocery store.
At home, my family cooked and preserved much less than my grandma. We didn’t own any livestock or grow any large crops like our neighbors. We did, however, swim regularly in the creek surrounded by our neighbor’s horses and maintain a fairly large and diverse garden. I remember spending countless hours fishing on our property and for a mile in each direction up and down the creek as well as another “back creek” I could access through our neighbors farmland. I spend 100s of days as a child exploring those creeks and immersed in nature all day long.
It was an amazing place to live and grow up and the One Community property will embody the best of this and provide a similar experience for our children, all residents, and visitors.
I could go off for an entire day of fishing and my parents never had to worry. I knew all the best fishing holes, swimming holes, and grew up interacting with nature and free to roam as I pleased. Sitting by the creek or on my front porch with the sun on my face and nothing but the sounds of the birds is a favorite memory. Watching the creek flood every spring and change each year was another really interesting experience.
My first business was a worm farm and I sold worms to people driving past our house to fish at the lake miles upstream.
I rescued a sage rat one year and we nursed him to health feeding him bananas and milk from an eyedropper. We set him free once he was big enough to survive on his own and he’d come out of the woodpile when we called him, his name was Peep.
I remember the first time friends of our family shared fresh goat’s milk with me, it was one of the most delicious things I’d ever drank. Other friends of ours had a hot tub surrounded by a greenhouse with finches flying around while you sat in the hot tub. They had a talking magpie too.
All of these experiences inspired various design components and elements of One Community.
My parents were musicians at that time and only worked weekends, so my family was always around during my youngest years growing up. We didn’t have a lot of money but we got to spend all our time together during the week. My parents spent immense amounts of time homeschooling me before I was old enough to go to school, we ate all our meals as a family, didn’t even own a TV until I was in my teens, and I remember reading 100s of books and playing a lot of board and card games together. I also got to work with my dad remodeling our house, fixing our car, gardening, chopping and stacking wood, and many other outdoor physical and educational activities.
This time together taught me a lot about self-reliance, responsibility, problem solving, and how to work with my hands and tools and the benefits of being able to build and fix things. Most importantly, it taught me the value of family experiences and time invested in our children when they are youngest.
On the weekend I traveled with my parents to the various towns they would be performing in. They only had to work late evenings, so we spent most of our time during the days enjoying nature around the various towns they performed in. At night while they were performing, I could either sit and read in the back of the venues or, if they had friends in the town we were in, I was with them and watching movies, doing more reading, or otherwise entertaining myself.
Having all this time to read and hands-on parenting when I was young made school quite easy, so I really enjoyed going to school and learning. Summers exploring the creek though were still my favorite times of the year.
Growing up as far out in the country as we were, I didn’t have any kids my age to play with. All the neighbor kids were mostly older. This didn’t stop me from playing with them though, I’d just jump on my bike and ride down our country road to see what they were up to. This and all the time spent with my parents and friends of the family taught me responsibility, developed my social skills, and comfort with adults. By the time I was in junior high, I was able to get along with pretty much anyone – older kids, younger kids, and adults. I think this contributed greatly to me becoming Sophomore Class President and Student Body President. It also led me to really enjoy and crave diversity.
I graduated high school with honors and felt a strong draw to move away from small-town life. I felt my small country town didn’t offer enough culture and variety and was hungry to experience something different. So I applied to and was accepted into the University of Washington. One of my three high school jobs (waiting tables at Red Lobster) also allowed me to move to the area and already have employment, which was important because I was paying for my own college.
I rushed and was accepted to a fraternity where I lived for several months before realizing I would rather have my own place. Two aspects of the fraternity that I really thought were wonderful though were the ways they organized their food and recreational activities. Meals were prepared by a chef and served in a central dining hall and at specific times for everyone who wanted to sit down and eat them. If you couldn’t make those meals, leftovers and everything needed for making your own sandwich or other snacks was set-up in an easy-to-access buffet-style refrigerated food bar. This provided amazing and convenient food and really freed up time for other endeavors.
Recreational activities were planned and organized by the group and the communal-living accommodations meant there was always something going on. Group-prepared events like this meant we could host large and small events that were far better than anything an individual or smaller group could organize. This provided many socialization and recreation activities, all within walking distance.
I was paying for my own schooling though, and this environment was not helpful to my studies. So I moved out after a few months and got my own place. However, the way that environment handled food and recreation stuck with me and the Duplicable City Center dining hall and One Community fulfilled living model has incorporated and improved upon the best of these approaches.
At the age of 20 I had a near-death experience that caused me to completely re-evaluate my life path and goals. My college engineering aspirations, a path that would have predictably led to most of the best years of my life sitting behind a desk, were no longer attractive. I could no longer imagine living a life like that and I changed course and began a self-improvement and entrepreneurial path instead.
This new path led me to years of classes focused on health, longevity, and the physical and emotional benefits of living a fulfilled and productive life. I had an insatiable thirst for knowledge that initially focused on peak physical health. I spent 4 years exercising 2-3 hours a day and 6 days a week, voraciously reading and following the recommendations of the most popular exercise, bodybuilding, and “health” magazines. I also got certified by several national health organizations, launched RJS Fitness, and became certified as a Massage Therapist.
Over the next several years my health focus became more diverse and I accumulated over 70 certificates of qualification in holistic living, nutrition, and psychology. During this time I sold my partnership in my first business and launched Advanced Therapeutic Exercise Conditioning Inc. with a focus on a more holistic approach. I’d studied as a Neuromuscular Therapist and Exercise Therapist and also become certified as Holistic Lifestyle Coach. This helped me learn about common air and water toxins, toxins in our home environments and building materials, and how these impacted our health and wellbeing. I’d also learned about organic food, fungicides, pesticides, and herbicides and how they impacted soil ecology, food quality, and our health.
By my 30s I’d expanded four times in 5 years and grew my business from just myself to a team of 6 and over 150K in annual revenue. I’d had the pleasure of working with people from all walks of life, ranging from high school kids to professional and olympic athletes to successful business people who had virtually unlimited financial resources. What I learned from these people and my own success was that living in the city and creating a truly healthy environment was really difficult, even when it was a top priority and money wasn’t an issue.
At this point in my life, I began to really explore being as sustainable as I could. I bought a house and I got into composting, vermiculture, and gardening because I wanted the healthiest food possible. I also had a friend that taught me how to bow and rifle hunt. Bow hunting for two seasons taught me the serenity and value of sitting motionless in the forest for hours as the sun rose. The experience of driving an hour into the forest at 2 AM in the morning, hiking a mile to your tree stand, striping out of your sweaty clothes to change into fresh and scentless ones, and then sitting motionless for hours as the forest comes alive is exhausting, invigorating, meditative, and beautiful all at the same time.
It also can lead to some really amazing experiences with nature. I had a bird land on my bow once and sit there for at least a minute with no idea I was holding the bow. Another time I had a humming bird checking me out and hovering so close to my eye that I could feel the wind from his wingbeats on my face and was squinting to protect my eyes. I also once had a squirrel that got within feet of me before realizing something wasn’t quite right. He became cautious as he crept closer and closer, wondering what I was as he got within a couple feet. He was close enough to jump from the branch right in front of me onto me when I blinked and scared the bejeezus out of him, causing him to dash away sounding the alarm to the entire forest and ending that day of bow hunting. Very entertaining and nothing like the city squirrels I’m used to that will climb your leg for food in some areas.
Whereas bow hunting gave me a deeper understanding and appreciation for nature and the forest, rifle hunting taught me I didn’t want to be a hunter anymore. Having hunted about 20 different times and invested well over a hundred hours without ever taking a bow or rifle shot, I one day shot a coyote. My hunting mentor had taught me to shoot coyote’s on site because it was legal and they were, “pests and predators that killed the same critters we want to.” Walking up on the lifeless body of that coyote afterwards though, I felt only sorrow and sadness. I bow hunted the rest of that season and had many hours to think about that coyote and my part in ending its life. He was the last thing I ever shot at and that was my last hunting season.
All that time in nature though deepened my love and appreciation for the outdoors and all living things even more. The death of that coyote did too.
Around this time, one of the members of my team at my holistic health clinic gave me a free ticket to a Tony Robbins seminar. Attending, I got my first real experience of transformational change through psychology. I resolved some key emotional baggage I didn’t even know I was still carrying from my childhood and walked barefoot across hot coals without landing myself in the hospital. From that day on, I was hooked on psychology and started by studying everything Tony Robbins had produced. This easily filled the time I’d previously invested in hunting and hunting related activities.
I was also successful enough to give myself a $30,000/year budget for continuing education, so I started studying everyone Tony Robbins had studied and others leading the fields of emotional health, the science of maximum performance, social change, leadership, and personal achievement. One series of trainings impacted me so much I completed everything they offered and then began volunteering at all their events and trainings offered in Los Angeles. This was frequent enough that it eventually turned into a paid position as Main-room Crew and Team Leader for events in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle and gave me my first joy of really being a part of something that helped huge groups of people.
They were a community of amazing people on a growth path that helped others grow too, and I loved playing a leadership role as part of that. I loved being around other people dedicated to growth, learning more and more about the area of study, seeing people become happier and healthier, and being part of the positive change I wanted to see more of in the world. The mental and emotional transformations were amazing. I was getting similar results with the professionals and athletes I was working with one-on-one. What I really wanted to create though was a full-emersion environment that put it all together, staffed by a community of like-minded people so we could work and grow together (even more) as we made it as comprehensive, holistically healthy, and sustainable as possible.
I’d lived in the country and wanted more diversity. I’d also lived in the city and longed to return to the beauty, serenity, and nature experiences provided by the country. A nature-retreat center that hosted and helped people from around the world seemed like it could create community, leverage my holistic health training and skills, and also provide the nature and diversity I craved. Continuing my education with a focus on this goal, and sharing this vision with everyone I knew, I began to refine the idea and outline the social, psychological, nutritional, and sustainable housing foundations of what is now One Community. At this point, I didn’t know how I was going to achieve One Community, or even that it would be called “One Community”, but I knew that as an individual, and as a people, we could live much happier, much healthier, and much more sustainably than we are living now.
From 2006 to 2008 I had a series of additional life-transforming events, including the birth of my son, that made it clear that the time had come to take the next steps toward building what I’d been envisioning, discussing, and outlining over the previous decade. Newly inspired, I sold my holistic health clinic to dedicate more time to creating this vision and, after over 2 years of searching, my Life Partner Sara and I identified the perfect property for One Community in 2010. This was the milestone I needed to make One Community my full-time focus. I’ve averaged 30-40 hours a week leading the team and organizing and developing One Community ever since.
In 2011, another significant event occurred when I saw a video by Jack Reed. This video was very similar to the goals of One Community and led me to contact Jack. Shortly thereafter he sent me his book, “The Next Evolution: A Blueprint for Transforming the Planet.” When I read the book, the model was almost identical to what I’d spent the last 15 years creating and outlining on this website – so identical that it even included some of the same quotes from our website and many of the same studies I’d encountered in my holistic health classes.
Jack spent three years with a team working together to design what we both now describe as a model for living for “The Highest Good of All” and capable of completely transforming life as we know it on this planet. Coming from entirely different backgrounds, and following an entirely different path, we’d arrived at almost identical models. This helped me come to really feel that what myself and Jack (and probably many others we haven’t met yet) are envisioning isn’t my model, or his model, it’s THE model for the next step in this magnificent and ever-evolving human story.
Knowing and feeling this has added endless fuel to my desire for success, an unwavering commitment to the complete vision, and a knowingness that we will achieve it. I’ve been happily developing the project and leading our all-volunteer team ever since. Every day is progress and our Work Breakdown Structure shows all that remains for us to be ready to begin construction.
CREATING A WORLD THAT WORKS FOR EVERYONE
Family time and resources for projects like the one shown below (and throughout his website) are a big part of what I think One Community has to offer people. I spent my whole life working to get to the point that I could be at home as much as possible and be a really hands-on parent with my son. Projects like the one below are some of the most fun things I do with him and I think engagement like this between parents and their kids is some of the most important learning and family time. I also believe EVERYONE should have the time and resources to do things like this with their children, and too many in today’s world just don’t.
The One Community open source model for sustainable-living replication, our open source education program, culture of personal growth, fulfilled living model, and community contribution model are all designed to be an improvement upon current living paradigms in support of this and more. This is true through providing people with more available time to spend with those they care about most and doing things they enjoy, more options than almost anywhere else for how to spend their time, and True Community support for all of the above.
Thank you for your interest in our project,