City of Refuge: The Sequel to The Fifth Sacred Thing is now available as a Paperback and Ebook!
Thanks to all of you who supported my Kickstarter campaign, I have successfully self-published City of Refuge and it is now available on Amazon as either an Ebook or a Paperback. The paperback can also be ordered right now by your favorite neighborhood bookstore through Ingram Book Company- ask for it!
City of Refuge picks up where The Fifth Sacred Thing left off- just a few weeks after Califia has successfully defeated the invading Stewards. As the Califians replant their garden streets and rebuild their beautiful city, they struggle to integrate the soldiers who have defected to the north. When a warship is discovered off the coast, the Califians realize that their peaceable society will never be truly safe until the Southlands are also free.
Bird’s grandmother, Maya, ancient storyteller, nears the end of her life. “Tell the story, sing the song,” she tells Bird. And then Madrone has a dream. ..
Build a city of refuge in the heartland of the enemy…
Together, Madrone and Bird head to Angel City to establish an enclave that can inspire the Southlanders to rise up and liberate themselves. They are joined by reformed soldier River and bitter former sex-slave Smokee who lead an Army of Liberation down through the Central valley, while pirate Isis and her lover Sara bring a ragtag navy down the coast.
City of Refuge follows the struggles, the sacrifices, and the victories of the peaceful warriors from Califa as they endeavor to construct a haven in the parched and war-torn Southlands. Can magic, healing and love overcome the violence of a cruel and despotic regime?
The Empowerment Manual:
A Guide for Collaborative Groups
FREE bonus chapter
The Five-Fold Path of Productive Meetings
Starhawk’s gift to you is this out-take from her latest book.
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It happens over and over again—a group of people come together, fired up with passion to create change. They begin with huge inspiration and enthusiasm—and a year later, it’s all foundered in the mire of conflict. We could have changed the world ten times over—if we didn’t have to do it together with other people, those irritating, self-righteous, controlling, fluff-brained, clueless idiots who are our friends and allies.
We can do better. In her twelfth book, The Empowerment Manual: A Guide for Collaborative Groups, Starhawk draws on four decades of experience in circles and collectives to show us how to foster connection, clear communication, and positive power in ourselves and our groups.
Earth Activist Training:
Another world is possible: learn the skills to design and create it:
Starhawk co-founded and co-teaches Earth Activist Training, teaching permaculture design with a grounding in spirit and a focus on organizing and activism. Our two-week permaculture design certificate courses can change your life and change the world. Our Social Permaculture courses and Facilitators’ Trainings can help you form and sustain community to do it with!
Learn how to heal soil and cleanse water, how to regenerate landscapes and plan urban neighborhoods that work for people. Design human systems that mimic natural systems, using a minimum of energy and resources to create real abundance and social justice. Explore the strategies and organizing tools we need to make our visions real. Participatory, hands-on teaching with lots of ritual, games, projects, songs, and laughs along with an intensive curriculum in ecological design.
Earth Activist Training also stresses ‘social permaculture’ — the ecology of group dynamics, the design of human systems to embrace diversity, resolve conflicts and build functional, nurturing and creative groups.
EAT has a commitment to bring the skills and tools of permaculture to the groups most impacted by environmental and social injustice. We have ongoing partnerships with inner-city groups with a focus on Bayview Hunters’ Point in San Francisco. We offer Diversity Scholarships for people of color working in environmental and social justice, as well as activist scholarships and work trade.
Upcoming EAT courses:
Social Permaculture in Sonoma County, CA March 30-April 3
Facilitators’ Training in Sonoma County April 4-8
With Starhawk, Charles Williams and Pandora Thomas
2016 courses in British Columbia, Western Massachusetts and Spain.
For more information (including some fantastic videos) and to register, go to the Earth Activist Training Website
Meet Starhawk and her co-teacher Charles Williams:
Starhawk’s Articles and Archives
Starhawk’s archives are found under Writing/Activism. We invite you to read her dispatches from many of the important social movements and mobilizations.