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“Behold, my brothers, the spring has come; the earth has received the embraces of the sun and we shall soon see the results of that love! Every seed has awakened and so has all animal life. It is through this mysterious power that we too have our being and we therefore yield to our neighbors, even our animal neighbors, the same right as ourselves, to inhabit this land.”
[Photo: Frank Lynn Pierce]
"How do we live with the knowledge that we can’t get our old Earth back, that we can perhaps only live with an ever-diminishing world and try to avoid further diminishment? Our main work is not technological; it is theological. How do we live with ourselves given what we now know? And how do we care for what remains of our island home? That work looks less and less like 'saving the world' and more like hospice care. Ecological chaplaincy."
—Fred Bahnson in Orion Magazine
"The sunburnt summer thatch I grew up with, that in times of drought makes California rangelands look like sand dunes, is a direct result of the early Spaniards and Portuguese thinking California was Spain or Portugal and treating the land as they were used to treating their homelands back in Europe. So commenced the overgrazing on hills that weren’t accustomed to horse hooves and such condensed numbers of cattle, loss of perennial species replaced by annuals, and the dismissal of fire as a tool for tending landscape. Disregarding the stewardship and ecological know-how of the locals, in this case the Chumash and Salinian people, wreaked havoc on the landscape." —Sonja Swift
Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival is now accepting applications for the 2018 Breath of Life Archival Institute for Indigenous California Languages, June 3-9 at UC Berkeley.
Breath of Life is a response to California Indian communities and families who want to revive and strengthen their languages, particularly those for which there are no living first language speakers. By working with the linguistic field notes and other documents and recordings, participants in the workshop can learn how to understand and use these materials for the purposes of language revitalization.
More info: http://ow.ly/fAtE30imbvY
From Planting Justice:
"Civil Eats article on the powerful collaboration between Planting Justice and Sogorea Te' Land Trust to return sacred land to the Ohlone people. Starting with the Planting Justice nursery in East Oakland, this is the first piece of land back in long-term Ohlone stewardship since the genocidal land grabs and missionization period that began in Huichin (Oakland) in 1776. Our hope is this is just the first of many, and that other landowners will be inspired to follow suit, or at least pay their Shu'umi Land tax to Sogorea Te to help the land trust buy back stolen land."
Guided by renowned author and mythologist Michael Meade, Mosaic Multicultural Foundation brings myth, story, ritual, and imagination into the center of modern life. www.mosaicvoices.org
Upcoming events with Michael Meade:
May 11 & 13 in Mill Valley, CA
May 19 in Portland
“Because what calls to us is timeless, the calling can come at any time. At each turn in the road our life’s work awaits us; thus our calling keeps calling no matter our age or position or condition in life.” - Michael Meade
"The top of the mountain,
Wears snow like a lambskin hat.
Come my light, brilliant sun
And I will take off that lambskin hat.
The mountain wears a belt of mist.
Come gentle wind
And I will loosen the belt.
The foot of the mountain
Wears a shoe of frozen river.
Come spring, with your warmth
And I will take off my shoes."
A Khampa nomad song, translated by Dru gu Choegyal Rinpoche.
From"Drokpa: The Nomadic Mountain People of Tibet," a photo essay by Diane Barker, published by the Global Oneness Project: http://ow.ly/9Sw130imcli
"The land becomes large, alive like an animal; it humbles [visitors] in a way [they] cannot pronounce. It is not that the land is simply beautiful but that it is powerful. Its power derives from the tension between its obvious beauty and its capacity to take life. Its power flows into the mind from a realization of how darkness and light are bound together within it, and the feeling that this is the floor of creation."
—Barry Lopez, ARCTIC DREAMS 1986
"We must dare again to dream the impossible and to romance the world, to feel and honor our kinship with all species and habitats, to embrace the troubling wisdom of paradox, and to shape ourselves into visionaries with the artistry to revitalize our enchanted and endangered world."
—Bill Plotkin, from "Wild Mind"
Bill Plotkin contributed an article to the book "Spiritual Ecology: The Cry of the Earth." http://ow.ly/48rw30ieTaJ
"[C]an we face together the question of nourishing soul in the classroom, or is it too tendentious to allow us to move forward? I believe that we are better able to meet this challenge now than at any time in our history. On the one hand, the diversity of faiths and non-faiths today in most school communities is so overwhelming that no single denomination could possibly be appropriate as an official, or even unofficial, school religion. On the other hand, with even physicists... and astronomers joining in the quest for answers to the age-old questions about the meaning of life, educators can no longer pretend that banning spiritual questions from school property is feasible. And there is a growing awareness among parents and educators that a spiritual void is endangering our youth and our communities." —Rachael Kessler
“Silence isn’t the absence of something, but the presence of everything. When I speak of silence I mean silence from the noise pollution of modern life, sounds that have nothing to do with the natural acoustic system.” —Gordon Hempton
We’re excited to share that “Sanctuaries of Silence,” a new virtual reality film that will be featured in the second issue of Emergence Magazine, has just won “best sound experience” at Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA) and has been selected for... the virtual cinema program at SXSW Film Festival. Co-directed by our staff filmmakers— Adam Loften and Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee— the film follows acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton on an immersive listening journey into the Hoh Rainforest, one of the quietest places in North America.
For the past thirty-five years, Hempton has traveled the globe documenting the impacts of noise pollution on the natural world. His work reveals that silence is on the verge of extinction and that even the most remote corners of the world are impacted by the noises of modern life. The Hoh Rainforest is Hempton’s sanctuary, a place he returns to year after year to listen to and record the sounds of the forest and its many species, including Pacific tree frogs, Roosevelt elk, northern spotted owls, the red-breasted nuthatch, and Pacific wrens. It is here that Hempton learned to listen, not just to the sounds recorded by his microphone, but to the silence he now seeks to protect.
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"At a time when modern innovation is so often linked to disruptive digital technologies, SuperAdobes show how ancient techniques can be reimagined to solve critical global issues."
Photos of the Land Honoring and Blessing Ceremony at the Planting Justice nursery on 105th Ave, which is being returned to the Ohlone people for good! This is t...he first piece of land in more nearly 250 years that is sovereign Ohlone land in Huichin/Oakland. Sogorea 'Te Land Trust will be building out the infrastructure for a center of ceremony, prayer, education, and language revival on this land over the coming months. Photos show the blessing and the 7.5 mile prayer walk from the nursery to the Intertribal Friendship House
"Out of this darkness a new world can arise, not to be constructed by our minds so much as to emerge from our dreams. Even though we cannot see clearly how it's... going to turn out, we are still called to let the future into our imagination. We will never be able to build what we have not first cherished in our hearts." —Joanna Macy
On Earth Day, we will be releasing the first issue of Emergence Magazine, which will feature an exclusive interview with author Joanna Macy. At 88, Joanna has devoted much of her life to the practices and principles of Spiritual Ecology. We are excited to include her voice—as well as that of Paul Kingsnorth, Lyla June Johnston, Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, David Abram, Katie Holten, and more—exploring the issue’s theme, "Perspective."
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“The white man seems to look upon all animal life as enemies, while we looked upon them as friends and benefactors. They were one with the Great Mystery and so were we. We could feel the peace and power of the Great Mystery in the soft grass under our feet and in the blue sky above us. All this made deep feeling within us, and the old wise men thought much about it, and this is how we got our religion.”
—Luther Standing Bear
“As scientific understanding has grown, so our world has become dehumanized ... No voices now speak to man from stones, plants, and animals, nor does he speak to them believing they can hear. His contact with nature has gone, and with it has gone the profound emotional energy that this symbolic connection supplied.”