Reserve Your Spot Now for this Unique Online Experience! Join Earthfire Institute’s Executive Director Dr. Susan Eirich for a first-of-its kind online video discussion, How Connecting with An Animal Can Help You Heal the Earth. The online video discussion takes place on Wednesday, May 17, at 6pm Mountain time (5pm Pacific; 8pm Eastern). The cost is free, but advance registration is required. Register here. We humans increasingly recognize that our ecological crisis has, at its core, a spiritual cause. If we truly believe that all life is sacred, then we know we will have to make radical revisions to how we live personally and how we operate as a society. This may seem difficult....

THIS EARTH IS PRECIOUS TO US. The president in Washington sends word that he wishes to buy our land. But how can you buy or sell the sky; the land? The idea is strange to us. If we do not own the freshness of the air and the sparkle of the water how can you buy them? Every part of this earth is sacred to my people. Every shining pine needle, every sandy shore, every mist in the dark woods, every meadow, every humming insect, all are holy in the memory and experience of my people. We know the sap that courses through the tree as we know the blood that courses through our veins. We are part of the earth and it is part of us. Perfumed flowers are our sisters; the bear, the deer, the great...

This is so important an idea that we wanted to call attention to it again, on Earthday, until it becomes part of our thinking. — by Susan Eirich, PhD — What if we developed a strategic business plan for the Earth the way successful businesses do, but include the voices of all living beings? We are managing the Earth and wildlife anyway; we are just doing it really badly. What I suggest is not that we run the Earth as a business but rather that we ask the larger questions first. Where do we want to go; what culture and values do we want to encourage. Let’s start from a beautiful hopeful vision that includes wisdom common to the world’s great spiritual traditions as the...

-- by Deb Matlock -- As I came out of the store, I was greeted with a touchingly beautiful site. A mother and a child were crouched down watching a spider cross the sidewalk. The child was completely engrossed in this spider’s journey…possibly from the flower planter to the tree a few feet away. After a few moments of intense, silent staring, the child asked the mother, “What is the spider doing?” The mother responded wonderfully. “I am not sure, honey. Spiders have many things they do. All I can tell you is that we need to let the spider do whatever he is doing and not get in the way.” At Earthfire Institute, we often find our conversations circling around to a very...

-- by Susan Eirich, PhD -- Hope, a feral wolf-dog, was caught between two worlds. Not just the wild and the human, but even more, between deeply ingrained hard-wiring for fear and self-preservation, and the need to connect. Once we trapped him it took a very long time for him begin to tentatively trust anything; dog, wolf or human. But he so wanted to! On some level he understood that to connect was to fill a hunger. And in the larger picture, that to connect was to ensure survival. These things, when one considers them, are mysterious. He took a chance; he dared. Why? We humans made an effort. But so did Hope. This wasn’t humans “taming” a wolf dog. He had to participate...

Thunder, an ancient wolf, lay dying. Strong old wolf that he was, he lingered for days in the shade of his favorite pine tree. We finally called Don, our vet, to help him pass on. Thunder lay in our Wildlife Garden, far out of sight of all the other wolves. Don kneeled down, gently gave him the shot, and listened to his heart. The instant the life left his body, all fifteen of our wolves started to howl in a long, low, mournful howl in an exquisite harmony of voices. They had no way of see- ing or hearing what was going on. Yet somehow they knew. Our practical and conservative vet, still on his knees, turned pale and muttered “that’s eerie.” He stood up, looking around for...