Cultivating Community in Sacred Circles

IMG_20170516_201019204 Lately, I am blessed with many chances to share ceremonial, earth-honoring circles with many beautiful souls. Last night, through Lake Erie Institute, I had another chance to heal and grow through the kind of deep community that comes about in sacred circles.

There is so much in my heart right now that it’s hard to put it into words. At last night’s Sacred Earth Circle, Christopher Reynolds ( led a sacred fire circle honoring our pain in community, giving it to the fire and the Earth. Continue reading

A New Vision for the Earth

illuminationFor decades, I’ve wondered how to create a sustainable world. Before sustainability was a well-known word, I dedicated my life to environmental activism during my college years. I protested, partook in civil disobedience, and fought for environmental legislation. As a graduate student, and a teacher of environmental thought, I sought the ideas and practices that would show us the way to live in balance with the earth. In recent years, I find myself focusing more and more on hope, and less and less on tragedy. The explosion in global sustainability projects over the past decade help a lot. I try to focus my thoughts on the many actions taking place around the globe for social justice and for the earth.

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Earthdharma Daylong Retreat

IMG_20170326_181448 Yesterday, Bill Pfeiffer (Sky Otter), led an amazing Earthdharma retreat at Holden Arboretum: the first big event for Lake Erie Institute. I am still glowing from this incredible and amazing day! Thank you, Sky Otter, for facilitating a day of earth-loving, deep connection, and spiritual awakening. Thank you, Ohio souls, for bringing your profound wisdom and open hearts. I felt in awe of the collective wisdom of our circle. I was reminded that we already carry the vision that we require to heal our lives and our world. We need only come together to bring it forth from our hearts.



Visions of Change

Joanna Macy: Embracing Our Pain for the World

I realized yesterday that the events of the past week are breaking my heart (while also giving me many important reminders of the strength of the human spirit). Once I decided to let myself feel my broken heart, to grieve, I remembered Joanna Macy’s words: “A heart that splits open can contain the entire universe.” Remembering that my heart is the seat of my spiritual wisdom mind, I decided to listen to my broken heart for signals of how to be and act in the face of heart wrenching events. Continue reading

Why do we say Gaia?

gaiaAs the Earth rotates us into a new season, re-aligning our relationship to the sun, I thought I would honor Earth by reflecting on an important name of our planetary home: Gaia.  Many people refer to Earth as Gaia for a variety of reasons, including spiritual, archetypal, and scientific, to name a few.  In Greek mythology, Gaia is Earth personified in the form of a goddess, the ancestral mother of all life on the planet.  James Lovelock, in his now famous Gaia Hypothesis, argues that the biosphere is a self-regulating organism that  organizes and perpetuates all planetary systems.  Continue reading


downloadThis week, I am enjoying Mary Oliver’s new book, Upstream. Sometimes, when the world feels harsh and jagged, the poetry and prose of the great nature writers soothe my soul like nothing else.  For this month’s Sacred Earth Circle and Solstice Meditation, I will use a few selections from Upstream as our jumping off point.  My intention for this circle is to come together to seek softness and calm in the midst of the  many storms going on in the world.