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— by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — The child in me keeps crying out, “Where is she? Where is my Woodle? Why isn’t she there on her bed? Is she OK?” When my father passed away, no longer able to visit my mother in her separate room in the nursing home, she didn’t understand. She would ask for him, wonder why he no longer came. She would write him postcards and ask the nurse to deliver them, saying how much she missed him. There was never any answer. It is at that level I am calling for her. I know she is gone. But somewhere I don’t understand. We are so helpless in the vulnerability of loss. Woodle with Hope the Wolf Dog | Earthfire Yesterday, I received an urgent...

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...

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