Medieval town on a hillside at sunset

This week (June 22-29, 2019), Susan will be attending and presenting at Cortona Week in Todi, Italy. This is a very exciting opportunity for Susan and Earthfire to collaborate with critical scientists, artists, musicians, spiritual leaders, poets, professionals in medicine and psychology, and politicians from all over the world, as well as to mentor graduate students and young managers from all disciplines, as the groups are “mixed.” The Cortona Week organizers describe the aim of this conference as an effort to open up the horizon of the participants to the values of ecology, ethics, tolerance, and internal introspection, as well as the new frontiers of science, literature, art, and...

Large salad with lettuce, carrots, blueberries, strawberries, grapes, and ranch dressing

— by Dawn Harrison — We received a donation of 30 pounds of organic meat and salmon, much to the delight of the animals. I felt bad for the couple whose freezer decided to stop working, but I was hard-pressed to stay sad after seeing the joy that it brought to certain individuals on property. The cats (Tahi the Cougar and Better the Bobcat) got some of the most beautiful steaks I’ve seen in a long time as well as a slice of salmon---and showed their appreciation in their own feline way. They quickly nabbed their bounty and stole off to the corner to savor it. The wolves, coyotes, and foxes also enjoyed their meaty treats, devouring their choice bits with zeal. But the bears, as...

Bottles of various sizes filled with colorful oils, with herbs and mortar and pestle in the background

What would a conference be like if it was founded on a vision handed down from an unearthly source? The Animal Energy meeting I attended earlier this month can offer a bit of an answer. In 2011, Marie Holliday, founder of the conference, was conducting a training on the Emotional Freedom Technique, a well-researched method of releasing trauma in humans. As she was teaching a procedure called Personal Peace, she writes, “A very loud and very clear, deep male voice spoke as I was talking about this---right above my head: 'You will never have World Peace until you take our Animals with you.' It was like a call to action, no choice, a command.” “From that second on, my life was...

Global Earth Repair Conference, including graphic of linked hands circling the earth, a pod of orcas, and a list of presentation topics

The Global Earth Repair Conference Port Townsend, WA | May 3-5, 2019 Susan will be presenting at the first ever Global Earth Repair Conference, where thought-leaders and practitioners from all walks of life are coming together to draw attention to the worldwide movement of earth repair and to discuss practical action to restore the planet. The conference will weave together a blend of restoration ecology, permaculture, ethno-ecology, forestry, bioengineering, horticulture and many other tracks with the goal of applying this knowledge to regenerate our earth’s ecosystems. This new and formative conference aims to address both the technical and social aspects of planetary regeneration...

Pronghorn and Bison in Grand Teton National Park

Earthfire Institute presents at Jackson Hole Wildlife Symposium Susan Eirich, founder and Executive Director of Earthfire Institute, and Chelsea Carson, Earthfire’s Community Coordinator and graduate research intern, presented papers at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Symposium this March. The conference was a gathering of conservation professionals and passionate individuals interested in improving options for human-wildlife coexistence within the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE). Both Susan and Chelsea used this space to include the voices of the animals within conservation decision making. Susan spoke on “The Compassionate Conservation Movement: How might this change conservation...

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