Earthfire Stories

Reconnection Ecology® is a framework which changes how we think about ecology and which can be applied by anyone, anywhere. It’s an invitation to ourselves to live in true companionship with nature, and then live our lives from a basis of connection.

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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Jessica Hallstrom snuggling with a shelter dog

Experiences that Heal

I remember almost all of them. Not all by name, but by other things—one pair of remarkably upright terrier ears, the way an enormous Great Dane tiptoed so timidly to her kennel door as I approached, the gentle bulldog who needed the folds of his face cleaned with a warm

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A fork in a raised wooden boardwalk through the woods

Action is a Verb

I’d like to believe that a sizable portion of our world population recognizes that Earth is losing natural resources faster than is sustainable for the long term survival of all Life. And yet, if so many of us realize this truth, why aren’t more of us making use of our

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Black and White Butterfly on the sandy ground

Living Wild

Reconnection Ecology® is Earthfire’s visceral, embodied, heart-based approach to saving wildlands and waters. Reconnection Ecology® is a mode of healing, of reconciling our relationship with nature, and becomes powerful when more of us integrate it into our daily lives.

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The books Bright Green Lies and Embrace Fearlessly the Burning World standing on a rock with foliage in the background

What We’re Reading

At first glance, two new books that address our deepening environmental crises—Bright Green Lies by Derrick Jensen, Lierre Keith, & Max Wilbert and Embrace Fearlessly the Burning World by Barry Lopez—seem worlds apart in their approach on how to heal our ailing planet. Even the covers send different messages: the

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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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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
Jessica Hallstrom snuggling with a shelter dog

Experiences that Heal

I remember almost all of them. Not all by name, but by other things—one pair of remarkably upright terrier ears, the way an enormous Great Dane tiptoed so timidly to her kennel door as I approached, the gentle bulldog who needed the folds of his face cleaned with a warm

Read More
A fork in a raised wooden boardwalk through the woods

Action is a Verb

I’d like to believe that a sizable portion of our world population recognizes that Earth is losing natural resources faster than is sustainable for the long term survival of all Life. And yet, if so many of us realize this truth, why aren’t more of us making use of our

Read More
Black and White Butterfly on the sandy ground

Living Wild

Reconnection Ecology® is Earthfire’s visceral, embodied, heart-based approach to saving wildlands and waters. Reconnection Ecology® is a mode of healing, of reconciling our relationship with nature, and becomes powerful when more of us integrate it into our daily lives.

Read More
The books Bright Green Lies and Embrace Fearlessly the Burning World standing on a rock with foliage in the background

What We’re Reading

At first glance, two new books that address our deepening environmental crises—Bright Green Lies by Derrick Jensen, Lierre Keith, & Max Wilbert and Embrace Fearlessly the Burning World by Barry Lopez—seem worlds apart in their approach on how to heal our ailing planet. Even the covers send different messages: the

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
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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