THE EARTHFIRE BLOG

Ecology, Spirit, and Action
November 30, 2017

Of Lonely Trees & Talking Rivers: Our Conservation Conversation Takes Us Deeper

— by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — In this seventh month of our online community conversations, the fruits of shared conversation, of personal ways of seeing shared among...

— by Chelsea Carson — Having gathered now for our third online Conversation, the response to our developing deeply-rooted community has been inspiring. Expanding on our first two discussions on “How Connecting with an Animal Can Help Us Heal the Earth,” we joined together on July 26th for a heart based discussion on the nature of consciousness and how it relates to animal intelligence and our connection to nature. Susan talked about how we may begin to integrate non-human living beings unique intelligences and wisdoms into our journey forward. Having just returned from the Institute for Noetic Sciences conference she weaved topics and experiences from the weekend into our...

— by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — August 1, 2017 A sweet young volunteer, Gwen, came into the office walking softly, her hands cupped together in front of her ever so gently, holding something apparently very delicate and precious.  It was a baby bird. She had seen it tumble off our roof from under the gable onto the ground. She rushed to pick it up. It was still alive. It was far too young to survive out of the nest, having just sprouted a few tufts of feathers sticking out in ungainly fashion from its naked pink skin.  It was a baby sparrow. Left to Right: Baby sparrow just fallen off roof, baby sparrow in hand | Photo by Earthfire Here was a golden opportunity for Gwen,...

Registration is now open for our July 26 live online video Conservation Conversation with Dr. Susan Eirich, How Connecting with an Animal Can Help Us Heal the Earth. This month, we will be going deeper into one of the key questions we explored during our May and June Conversations: When we connect with non-human species, we have the opportunity to integrate their unique intelligences and wisdoms into our journey forward. How can the intelligence of a wild animal be used to help us live sustainably and heal the Earth? What can we do in our daily life? In this conversation, we will share what we are doing to achieve this. Earthfire community members have been thrilled by this global...

On August 21, 2017, all of us living in the United States will experience the first total solar eclipse visible throughout the country since 1979! The path of the eclipse will cut right through Teton Valley, Idaho, where Earthfire Institute is located, and as a result this area is expected to be one of the best places to view the eclipse in the entire US. Because this is such a special celestial event, and one we won’t see again until 2045, we want to offer our closest friends the opportunity to experience it with us and the wild animal residents of Earthfire Institute. We will host an intimate, private viewing with a small number of our friends in our beautiful Wildlife Garden, and we...

— by Chelsea Carson — Each of us has a responsibility to do what we can to work towards a compassionate and sustainable future. What we do matters. One important way we can be a steward of the Earth is to decrease our plastic waste. Examples: buying bulk in reusable containers; not using plastic straws, (you can make a surprising impact with this, more information here); not using plastic water bottles (and it's bad for you!). The use of plastic is everywhere. When we make decisions not to use it, it is important to talk to people about why. This is how change starts. Use reusable alternatives to lower our reliance on single-use plastic items. Share with us and your community the...

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