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In March’s Conservation Conversation, Dr. Susan Eirich, Founder of Earthfire Institute, and Dr. Linda Bender, internationally renowned wildlife veterinarian and animal advocate, explored the issues of climate change and how to use our deep connection with nature to help us remain hopeful and resilient. They also discussed how we can find the courage to act rather than sink into despair. To hear this discussion and insights from the Earthfire community please watch the recording below....

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Last year, Susan was the keynote speaker at the first session of an online webinar series hosted by world-renowned wildlife vet Linda Bender. Having lived with rescued wild animals native to the rocky mountains over the course of their lifetimes, Susan has witnessed paradigm-shifting events that shed new light on what connects us to the natural world and how vital and enriching it is for each of us to do so. In this session, which you can listen to below, Susan discussed how all life is waiting to be heard and resonated with in very direct ways. Our human-centered frame of reference is too small, and it is critical now, more than ever before, that we reawaken to the sacredness and...

“If I narrow it down to what one thing animals want me to say is the basic problem, it’s that we believe we are separate from the natural world. It’s that interconnectedness, that intertwining we have with all life is where our true joy comes from. There is no other access for that….” Susan sits down for rich conversation with renowned wildlife vet, Dr. Linda Bender.   A passionate animal advocate, educator, and author, Dr. Bender’s innate rapport with animals inspired her to earn a doctorate in veterinary medicine. During the fourteen years she spent living in England, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, Linda’s veterinary work included the rescue,...

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— by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — “The presence of the natural world is a direct path to personal healing and collective transformation...” Dr. Linda Bender In her online course last year, wildlife vet Linda Bender spoke with several thought leaders on the relationship between spirituality, healing and nature. My own part was speaking about the healing quality of connecting with animals, using stories to share what I have learned from the animals I have lived with. At a time when we are overwhelmed with information, we have no frame of reference with which to organize all this information and make coherent sense of it for our lives. For that, we have to go back to the ground from...

— by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — In November's Conservation Conversation, wildlife vet Linda Bender and I shared a conversation on how nature heals, joined by participants who contributed their own profound insights. This was a wonderful conversation--one that needs to be continued. With its quiet, inviting presence, Nature invites us to calm, to come back to ourselves in communion and companionship with other life. Through connection with other living beings and the interchange of energy that then flows, we are renewed. We feel less alone. Quieted, our body begins to relax and more freely exercise its natural healing capacities. As Linda noted, we have a whole pharmacopeia within us,...

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