In 2017 we will be launching an online series of wide-ranging conversations on different aspects of wildlife and conservation, with the voices of the animals an integral part of the proceedings. This new online series will continue and expand on the groundbreaking work we began five years ago onsite at Earthfire Institute. We will explore how mindful interaction with wild animals can shift human perception and thinking about the value of all life and the imperative to take responsible measures to preserve it.
Animal Connection: Wild Synergy with Earthfire and the Hole Hiking Experience
A once in a lifetime experience! Journey to a sacred garden where man and animal connect with mutual respect for each other and the earth. Touch the richness and mystery of life through interspecies connection within the garden and the natural world. Meet wild animals of the area – bears, wolves and more, in the intimate setting of Earthfire Institute Wildlife Sanctuary and Retreat Center. After several interspecies meetings, you will hike in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem to further connect with the landscape and the environment that these amazing animals call home. Visit the Hole Hiking Experience website for more information and to register.
Art, Advocacy, and Landscape with Terry Tempest Williams
Students from the Environmental Humanities Graduate Program at the University of Utah will be gathering at Earthfire for a private retreat with author Terry Tempest Willams and artists Naomi Natale and Susan McAllister from “The Art of Revolution.”
Sounds of Nature: An Introduction to Recording Wild Soundscapes with Bernie Krause
One of the best sound recordists in the world will teach this workshop. Based at Earthfire, we will be going out into the pristine wilderness areas near Grand Teton National Park and areas surrounding Teton Valley, Idaho. We will learn how to record the sounds of nature and understand nature in a totally new and deeper way. Bernie will share the insights gained from a lifetime of recording in the wild – insights that will forever change your understanding of the natural world. This 4-day course will take place both indoors and in the field as we learn to listen and record with an emphasis on the holistic soundscape and what it reveals. After each field session we will exchange samples of our discoveries in enjoyable and informative formats. Weather permitting, participants will learn to record everything from insect larvae to amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals and arthropods (ants) in areas surrounding the Tetons, hearing how all the voices in a particular habitat interact with one another.