A Birthday Gift

Dear Friends,

In just a few days, I’ll be sixty-six years old. Maybe I should be retiring—but with the Arctic melting and a climate change denier in the White House, it doesn’t seem like the moment to sit back and crochet afghans. Climate change is not just carbon—it represents massive ecosystem degeneration—and ecosystems include people, […]

What Now?

Painting: “Light Weavers” by Autumn Skye Morrison.

People often turn to me for comfort, and I’m not sure what solace I have to offer on this morning when the country has been submerged under a wave of toxicity. It’s a moment when we crave some deeper faith in goodness, but my faith is not, […]

A Wild and Diverse Earth Activist Training!

Our Earth Activist Training students on a visit to our Golden Rabbit Ranch.

Pandora Thomas on our site visit.

 

 

 

 

 

Our January Earth Activist Training opened with the sound of clapper sticks and flutes, and the steady beat of a Pomo drum. Our old friend Neil, who has spent many years doing solidarity work with local tribes, had arranged for two dance […]

50 Shades of Racism

The Inuit, I’ve heard, have fifty different words for snow, presumably because they have a lot of it! When something is omnipresent, we need language to help us distinguish the subtleties. For that same reason, we need more than one term for talking about racism, which is as omnipresent in the US as snow in […]

Check Out My New Facebook Page

This page is to let everyone know about my latest novel, “The City of Refuge,” which is a sequel to “The Fifth Sacred Thing.” Please come and have a look, leave a comment and “follow” to be kept up to date on publication date of the book and information relating the real life possibilities of […]

Solidarity Statement from the Permaculture Community

Here’s a statement written jointly by Earth Activist Training and the Black Permaculture Network:

Solidarity Statement from the Permaculture Community

We, the members of the undersigned permaculture groups and organizations, wish to publicly state our support for the BlackLivesMatter movement and the ongoing fight to end all police violence against communities of color. Permaculture is […]

We have Two Great Crises

1 Officer Hospitalized, 6 Arrested During Violent Overnight Berkeley Protest

Preparing for our climate change workshop and ritual today, while last night even as protests filled the streets the LA police shot a homeless man. I start my talks these days by saying that we have two great crises: climate change and the concentration […]

Earth Activist Training: January 2014

How do we bring the skills and tools of ecological design and permaculture into the communities that most need them? That’s the question we ask ourselves at Earth Activist Training—then we do two basic things. First, we support organizations within those communities that are already working on issues of social, environmental and food justice, sharing resources and building relationships. Then, we go out and fundraise like hell to offer scholarships to our residential trainings to people from those communities. […]

Elections 2012

Include in your ideals the real-life impact a Republican victory would have on a young black woman from the inner city, on an aging writer, on hundreds and thousands of other folks here and around the world for whom the nuances of difference might mean life or death. Then vote your conscience. But for Goddess sake, get off your high horse and your butts and get out there and vote! Include in your ideals the real-life impact a Republican victory would have on a young black woman from the inner city, on an aging writer, on hundreds and thousands of other folks here and around the world for whom the nuances of difference might mean life or death. Then vote your conscience. But for Goddess sake, get off your high horse and your butts and get out there and vote! Include in your ideals the real-life impact a Republican victory would have on a young black woman from the inner city, on an aging writer, on hundreds and thousands of other folks here and around the world for whom the nuances of difference might mean life or death. Then vote your conscience. But for Goddess sake, get off your high horse and your butts and get out there and vote! […]

A Pagan Response to the Affordable Care Act

Jason Pitzi-Waters, of the Pagan Newswire Collective, asked a few of us to respond to the Supreme Court’s decision that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional. Here’s mine:…Universal access to health care is consonant with our core Pagan values of interconnection and interdependence. The Affordable Care Act is a small step toward that end, flawed but better than no change at all. […]