PO Box 316
Bolinas CA 94924

phone: 415-868-0970
fax: 415-868-2230


Michael Lerner, Presidentr



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Commonweal's publication project is focused on the research and writing of a book on the theme of "Fair Growth: Building Mixed Income Communities."


Description (from the website):

"Commonweal is a nonprofit health and environmental research institute in Bolinas, California. Founded in 1976, Commonweal conducts programs that contribute to human and ecosystem health to a safer world for people and for all life. We do that through a program focus in four areas:

  • "We help people with cancer through the Commonweal Cancer Help Program, a weeklong residential support program for people with cancer, and through the Commonweal Cancer Project, our resource and educational work for cancer patients and health professionals.
  • "Through the Institute for the Study of Health and Illness, we help physicians, medical students and other health professionals who wish to restore the principles of healing to the practice of medicine and practice with a deeper sense of meaning, satisfaction and lineage. ISHI conducts faculty development trainings for Healer's Art faculty, healing workshops for the public, and CME workshops and retreats for physicians at the Commonweal site. ISHI 's Healer's Art curriculum is presently offered in 35 medical schools.
  • "We help children and young adults in the juvenile justice system through the Commonweal Juvenile Justice Program, which advocates for reforms in California juvenile justice.
  • "We support local, national and international initiatives that contribute to human health and a healthy environment, including the Commonweal Biomonitoring Resource Center, the Commonweal Garden, the Commonweal Fair Growth Program, and the Commonweal Ocean Policy Program."


Resources to Share:

New Commonweal Report: "Taking It All In: Documenting Chemical Pollution in Californians Through Biomonitoring" (PDF)"

"Taking It All In" Press Release