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What can you do at The Thrive! Center?

  • Thrive! Discuss and strategize our future. Extinction? Just surviving? Thriving? All thrive forever? Maybe you join Thrive! Endeavor - Call to action and rallying cry for better future. Thrive! – Vision and mission for those wanting to build better future for all.

Thrivism. Learn more about Thrivism and being a Thrivist who helps to build a thriving future for all. Thrivism is the path to, belief in, and vision of thriving future for all – all thrive forever.

  • HealthePeople. Discuss and strategize achieving healthy people. Best personal, community or country health system? HealthePeople is integrated strategy and effective reform that would result in accessible, affordable and high-quality health systems everywhere.

  • Thrive! Sculpture by GChris. Tour Studio/Gallery. Interact with 200+ sculptures. Copper and wood. Sizes from a foot to dozen feet. Some make sounds. Some move. All generate shadows. All payments go to Thrive! Scholarship Fund.

  • Thrive! Park. 25+ acre, bluff side, public park. See great scenic views of Mississippi River and Lake Pepin. Walk/hike bluff side/top roads and trails year-round. Experience goat prairie restoration on bluff sides/tops.

  • Historic 1885 Era Bluffside Farm. Tour fully renovated/restored house, barn and beehouse with views of Mississippi River and bluff. Learn about life on small bluffside farm in 1880s. 1885 Era Bluffside Farm

For info, go to or You are welcome to visit the Center. Hours are informal. If you want be sure it is open for your visit, contact Chris by phone (301-318-3760) or email ( ).

New Book - Story of Thrive! Center and Thrive! Park

In response to many questions about the Thrive! Center and Thrive! Park, this tells the story of how they came about and what they are. Complete with photos of both Center and Park. Available in paperback and eBook via  or as a free download

Story of Thrive Center and Park

The Thrive! Center - Home of the Thrive! Endeavor

The Thrive! Center, home of Thrivism, the Thrive! Endeavor, HealthePeople and GChris Sculpture, is on a Mississippi River bluff side in a restored 1885 farmhouse, barn and beehouse nestled 100 feet above the Village of Nelson (WI). It is surrounded by Thrive! Park [ ], a 25+ acre, bluff side, public park donated by Chris. [See below.] This is where Gary "Chris" Christopherson, founder of Thrive! and the Thrive! Endeavor, lives and works.

Visitors can meet with Chris and learn about, discuss and/or join Thrivism and the Thrive Endeavor. Visitors can read and discuss the several nonfiction and fiction books in the Thrive! book collection written by him. Visitors can learn about and discuss the overall vision, mission and strategy of Thrive! - a future where all thrive forever.

The Thrive! Endeavor envisions a thriving and surviving future forever for all (for you, families and friends, communities, countries and world; for everyone and everything). Its mission is to create and sustain large, positive and timely change that builds and achieves a surviving and thriving future for all forever. It strives to create and empower a vast, sustained human endeavor building and sustaining thriving and surviving future for all forever.

Thrivism (Thrive!) is the path to, belief in, and vision of thriving future for all – all thrive forever. It is hopeful path. Inspiring vision. Positive belief system. Positive way of life. A Thrivist actively follows Thrivism path, embraces its belief system and lives its way of life. A Thrivist helps build and sustain a thriving future with and for all – each person, all people, all other creatures and Earth.

The Thrive! Center is also the home of the working GChris Sculpture Studio/Gallery and Chris' Thrive! abstract sculpture. The sculpture is mission-driven and supports our creating and sustaining large, positive change and achieving a thriving future for all forever. Visitors can view and interact with over 200 sculptures. Visitors can "get close" to the sculpture and experience the movement, sounds and shadows that are the "life" of GChris sculpture. More at

Those wishing to learn about, discuss or join with the Thrive Endeavor should feel free to visit. To arrange a visit, contact Chris at or 301-318-3760.

Thrive Center and GChris Studio and Gallery

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Thrive Center and environs

New Thrive! Park [Nelson, WI] – Open for Public Hiking/Walking

Thrive! Park is a new public park of the Village of Nelson and was donated by Gary “Chris” Christopherson.

The Park is unique in that it consists of over 25 acres of Mississippi River bluff top and bluff side. The primary bluff is Three Sisters (northernmost Sister is private land) and Lost Brother. The three southernmost bluff tops (two of the Sisters and Lost Brother) are in the Park and accessible via hiking roads and trails.

On the bluff tops and bluff sides are “goat prairies” that have recently been cleared as part of a larger prairie restoration effort around Nelson. The prairie restoration removes invasive and non-prairie plants and releases prairie plants to flourish in their native habitat.

As shown on map [See Park map below], the Park consists of hiking roads going along bluffside and back through valley. Also, there are several hiking trails that go to restored bluff and prairie areas and can be accessed off the main hiking roads. Signage in the Park serves as guides to roads and trails.

No hunting or trapping is allowed since this is a park and wildlife safety area.

Thrive! Park is located east of Highway 35 in Nelson (WI). Take Cleveland Street toward bluffs. As you enter woods, turn left on Christopherson Road. Just after turn, there is a parking lot on right to park. Park entrance and road/trail markings are just left of parking lot.

Click for downloadable Thrive! Park map  and description.

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