-- by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. -- I was driving to town the other day to run errands. I was almost there when I suddenly felt a strange movement and weight on the top of my right thigh. I looked down and thought, “That is a large mouse.” Then I realized it wasn’t a mouse at all. It was an ermine.* We have had a family on the property for years. They have never caused any trouble with our chickens or eggs, and we peaceably coexisted, though once one ill-advisedly attached itself to the back of the foot of one of our ducks. We take great delight in seeing their lithe forms darting across the property. We don’t keep domestic cats because of their preying on birds and other small animals...

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...