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Earthfire Journal
October 16, 2019

Creature Comforts

— by Dawn Harrison — We are excited to have Animal Enrichment Specialist Steve Hill on site working with all of our sanctuary residents, but we’re not as excited...

Seeds in various stages of germination

Seeds are tiny, magical packets of latent energy and potential, ready to burst forth when conditions are right. They contain the very essence of Life itself: ancient wisdoms and future hopes, exquisitely designed to adapt and evolve as needs arise. Part of Earthfire’s mission is to be a seed center. Here we gather selections of what we would like to see to germinate, take root, and unfurl into the light; stories that educate, inspire, inform and embrace hope and action. We invite you to partake, swap and share them. May they all bear fruit. Part of treating wildlife with the respect they deserve includes making sure we follow proper safety procedures when we venture into their...

Young woman drinking coffee on a terrace overlooking an Italian city

We are in great need of enlightened leaders to guide us, inspire us, and pull us together during this difficult time---to keep our eyes on what is important rather than waste critical energy on fighting among ourselves as the Earth warms and human and animal needs go unmet. Where do we get these leaders? How do we train them? Last year, Dr. Pier Luigi Luisi, a brilliant scientist, founded an annual week-long retreat conference called Cortona Week to try to address these questions. Each year, 120 renowned, cutting-edge scientists, thinkers, artists, musicians, spiritual leaders, physicians, and visionaries gather with young emerging world leaders. Invited speakers are people deeply rooted...

Porcupine napping on a log

— by Dawn Harrison — Moving days are stressful enough, but imagine if you were moved and no one told you what was happening. That would quickly turn a stressful day into a scary day. For Piney the Porcupine, moving day was a little scary. He had to wait in an unknown area with the sounds of construction going on around him. Luckily, it was a short-lived experience and he wasn’t actually getting relocated---he was getting an upgrade. Even then, I wanted to make sure he knew what was going on, so I did something that usually works for calming down kids and dogs: I sat and told him a story: Once upon a time, there was a handsome porcupine named Piney. One morning, Piney woke up to find...

Hand-drawn sketches of grizzly bears

Things are moving fast this summer at Earthfire. We have finally broken ground on the new cougar enclosure even as we work to raise the additional funds needed to complete it. But the building season is short here in the high northern mountains, so start, we did. Spectacular wildlife artist Anne London is coming for a 9-day residency in a few days. Zoopharmacognosy (botanical and earth essences for healing animals) pioneer Caroline Ingraham is coming next week to offer her healing to our animals as her partner films the results. We are also preparing for emmy-award winning filmmaker Michael Stillwater to come in September to work on a film about the “voices of the animals.” All of this...

Twenty-four inspiring experts in the Animal Wisdom world will discuss the wisdom of our pets, the wisdom of wild animals, growing spiritually with animal wisdom, sacred activism, and much more at the 2019 Animal Wisdom World Summit. Earthfire’s Dr. Susan Eirich will be speaking on “Bridging Science and Spiritual Understandings of Animals.” Her interview will be posted at 11:00am PT on Monday, August 26th. Other presenters include: Dr. Steven Farmer Andrew Harvey Dr. Marc Bekoff Linda Tucker Dr. Linda Bender, and many more! Hosted by Dr. Cara Gubbins, the 4-day Animal Wisdom World Summit is a FREE online conference held August 26-29. Interviews will be broadcast over...

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