EARTHFIRE STORIES

Human-Animal Connections
February 24, 2017

I am Bluebell

She was carrying a flat dress box. I opened it. Inside lay a very intriguing work of art. Inscribed on the first leaf of this handmade “book” was the statement: “I...

Uinta

We were never able to handle Uintah. We couldn’t overcome the hard wiring of fear of humans. Some wolf-dogs have it more than others. He was afraid. He was afraid of humans; afraid of being touched; afraid of any fast movement, especially afraid of having a leash put on him, and despite all our efforts he remained that way. We asked an animal communicator if perhaps she could find a way to connect with him. She said he got a glimmering that humans might be a source of companionship – that had never occurred to him before. But whether that glimmer was too brief; or that through the unhappy reality of not having enough time to take advantage of that brief opening, I don’t know, but...

Sage

When Sage first arrived at Earthfire in a cage he was in terror, having been through a roller coaster life of interactions with humans. We don’t know many details other than that he was purchased as a pet, abandoned, and had been left in an empty cabin where someone threw in food periodically. He was scheduled to be captured and euthanized. A kind woman who knew of the situation rescued him the night before he was to be killed and called to ask if we could give him a home. We could. Since Sage’s arrival at Earthfire almost three years ago, he has cowered behind his den box in his enclosure when people come by. He would come out to get food only after they had left. We saw a...

Huckleberry Bear Bear napping

Those of you who read the story of Huckleberry Bear Bear in “The Bear Who wouldn’t Budge” remember the bitter, bitter experience we had when human time and needs conflicted with animal time. Or at least Huckleberry Bear Bear’s sense of time. As a human living with wild animals, I am daily being reminded of the difference between animal time and human time. Sometimes I realize it is a gift. After the fact. In the moment of conflict between the two, I can totally lose it (perspective, I mean). There is a basic division between human time and animal time. Unless, we who are human, allow us to be our animal selves and live from animal time. Which is a very healing, satisfying thing to...

Swatworth

There are many tales of Swatworth, self named the Magnificent, a bobcat of extremely high self esteem. In fact he is the subject of our first children’s book “Swatworth, Josie and the Buffalo Girls” based on a true story in which he (nearly) met his match but managed by the skin of his whiskers to save face. In the following Swatworth actually gave something back, though unintentionally. Several splendid old cottonwood trees used to grace downtown Main Street in Driggs. A developer bought the land and despite diligent efforts to save them,they were cut down. In the endless battle between individual property rights and community values, the focus on property rights reigns supreme...

Earthfire Eggs

We believe that food prepared with love and consciousness toward environmental and social responsibility is an important component of your retreat experience. Whenever possible, Earthfire Institute offers locally collected, organic, humanely raised food during retreats as an integral part of your workshop. The meals are healthy, filling and artistically presented for each group. After each gathering the scraps are shared with Earthfire’s residents to reduce waste. Workshop presenter for A Walk on the Wild Side, Rose DeDan, commented: "It was important for myself and the other participants to know that the conscious food choices and preparation harmonized with the purpose of...

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