Posts By Susan B. Eirich, PhD

Susan B. Eirich, PhD, is the Founder and Executive Director of Earthfire Institute Wildlife Sanctuary and Retreat Center. A licensed psychologist, biologist and educator, her goal is to widen the circle of conversation about conservation to include the voices of all living beings.
Woman sitting at the end of a dock on a lake surrounded by mountains and pine forest

The Rewards of Reciprocity

Last month, I wrote that when our lines of connection to other living beings are dimmed, our access to understanding the connections available to us in nature becomes limited. Inherent in connection is the possibility for reciprocity, and thus, for mutual enrichment, enchantment, and healing. There is another aspect to

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Owl peeking out from behind a tree in the forest

Inspiring Change

When our line of connection to other living beings is dimmed, our access to the understanding of the relationships and joy available to us in nature becomes limited. Inherent in connection is the possibility for reciprocity and thus for mutual enhancement, mutual enchantment, and mutual healing. The essence of reciprocity

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Small log cabin in a snowy forest landscape

Winter is for Dreaming

This post was first published in Teton Valley Top to Bottom’s 1999 Winter Edition, then reposted here on Earthfire Institute’s website in February 2017. We share it again today in honor of the arrival of a new winter and the dreams and stories that will come from it.  It’s snowing

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Brown bear eating a pie

Top Executive Chef Prepares Pies for Our Bears

We want our bears to be really plump before they go into hibernation, and this fall, they weren’t plump enough for our comfort. Among other girth-widening foods, they were only partially eating their sweet potatoes. Our animal caretakers observed that Teton Totem was refusing his cold oatmeal– he wanted it

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Turkey poult

Conversations with a Turkey

It is a beautiful fall day. As I prepare breakfast, from outside comes a series of contented avian sounds. No, not our fine chickens—they tend to only make noises when they are squabbling (a universal feature of sentient Life I believe) or effusively celebrating the laying of an egg. Rather,

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A broken fan and extension cord outside a domestic bear's enclosure

Teton and the Fan

It was hot. Very, very hot. Teton has a thick bear coat and even in the shade it was difficult to cool him off. It bothered us. What could we do? He had shade cloth sprinkled with water, and cool watered grass to lay on, but he was still uncomfortable.

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High altitude drone image showing the curve of the earth, rivers, and clouds in the atmosphere

Protecting Our Shared Home

Our rational conscious mind can process 40 bits of information per second. Our intuitive subconscious mind can process 11 million. Yet our western culture increasingly focuses on rationality and dismisses our capacity for intuitive wisdom, in our education, our cultural ways of seeing things, and our choice of policies in

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Book titled We Are in the Middle of Forever laying on the forest floor surrounded by moss, leaves, and tree roots

We Are the Middle of Forever

Beginning each interview with prayer, Stan Rushworth and Dahr Jamail have nurtured a collection of stories, insights, and hope from the perspective of Indigenous narrators as we all confront the realities of climate change and other human-based damage to our Earth. During a conversation with Susan Eirich, the authors of

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Old willow tree with new growth

The Tree of Life

For more than 100 years it grew, gracing the home of the people who planted and gave life to it. It added a note of beauty and peace to the center of the small town, heralding spring with the fresh green of bursting buds, town crier for the renewal of

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The Teton mountain range tinted pink by the sunrise, with a forest in the foreground

A Spring Morning in the Tetons

The pinking of the sky in the early dawning. The cool pine-scented breeze flowing down from the mountains. The growing golden light casting long shadows across the fields of sage dotted with bright golden flowers, touching the tops of the trees in their fresh spring greenery as the entire land

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Woman sitting at the end of a dock on a lake surrounded by mountains and pine forest

The Rewards of Reciprocity

Last month, I wrote that when our lines of connection to other living beings are dimmed, our access to understanding the connections available to us in nature becomes limited. Inherent in connection is the possibility for reciprocity, and thus, for mutual enrichment, enchantment, and healing. There is another aspect to

Read More
Owl peeking out from behind a tree in the forest

Inspiring Change

When our line of connection to other living beings is dimmed, our access to the understanding of the relationships and joy available to us in nature becomes limited. Inherent in connection is the possibility for reciprocity and thus for mutual enhancement, mutual enchantment, and mutual healing. The essence of reciprocity

Read More
Small log cabin in a snowy forest landscape

Winter is for Dreaming

This post was first published in Teton Valley Top to Bottom’s 1999 Winter Edition, then reposted here on Earthfire Institute’s website in February 2017. We share it again today in honor of the arrival of a new winter and the dreams and stories that will come from it.  It’s snowing

Read More
Brown bear eating a pie

Top Executive Chef Prepares Pies for Our Bears

We want our bears to be really plump before they go into hibernation, and this fall, they weren’t plump enough for our comfort. Among other girth-widening foods, they were only partially eating their sweet potatoes. Our animal caretakers observed that Teton Totem was refusing his cold oatmeal– he wanted it

Read More
Turkey poult

Conversations with a Turkey

It is a beautiful fall day. As I prepare breakfast, from outside comes a series of contented avian sounds. No, not our fine chickens—they tend to only make noises when they are squabbling (a universal feature of sentient Life I believe) or effusively celebrating the laying of an egg. Rather,

Read More
A broken fan and extension cord outside a domestic bear's enclosure

Teton and the Fan

It was hot. Very, very hot. Teton has a thick bear coat and even in the shade it was difficult to cool him off. It bothered us. What could we do? He had shade cloth sprinkled with water, and cool watered grass to lay on, but he was still uncomfortable.

Read More
High altitude drone image showing the curve of the earth, rivers, and clouds in the atmosphere

Protecting Our Shared Home

Our rational conscious mind can process 40 bits of information per second. Our intuitive subconscious mind can process 11 million. Yet our western culture increasingly focuses on rationality and dismisses our capacity for intuitive wisdom, in our education, our cultural ways of seeing things, and our choice of policies in

Read More
Book titled We Are in the Middle of Forever laying on the forest floor surrounded by moss, leaves, and tree roots

We Are the Middle of Forever

Beginning each interview with prayer, Stan Rushworth and Dahr Jamail have nurtured a collection of stories, insights, and hope from the perspective of Indigenous narrators as we all confront the realities of climate change and other human-based damage to our Earth. During a conversation with Susan Eirich, the authors of

Read More
Old willow tree with new growth

The Tree of Life

For more than 100 years it grew, gracing the home of the people who planted and gave life to it. It added a note of beauty and peace to the center of the small town, heralding spring with the fresh green of bursting buds, town crier for the renewal of

Read More
The Teton mountain range tinted pink by the sunrise, with a forest in the foreground

A Spring Morning in the Tetons

The pinking of the sky in the early dawning. The cool pine-scented breeze flowing down from the mountains. The growing golden light casting long shadows across the fields of sage dotted with bright golden flowers, touching the tops of the trees in their fresh spring greenery as the entire land

Read More

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