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Ecology, Spirit, and Action

Supporting the Courage to Act: March Conservation Conversation with Dr. Susan Eirich and Dr. Linda Bender

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.

Our next conversation will be on Wednesday, April 20 at 6:00 pm MT (5:00 Pacific; 8:00 Eastern). The cost is free, but space is limited, and advance registration is required. Sign up for our newsletter to get an email when registration has opened.

All are welcome. Please join us as we work toward becoming a committed and supportive community of all beings.

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Ecology, Spirit, and Action

The Earth is Lonely For Us: How Should We Then Live?

Dr. Susan Eirich and the Earthfire community met for a deep, intimate conversation about the richness available to us if we tune into the life around us. We explored the ideas that every creature wants to be seen and what that implies. How do we interact with the material things in our life? Which of them do we need?

One of the ways we can support one another in making the now critical paradigm shift of considering all life in our personal and collective decisions is to help each other become more aware, attend to what we might not otherwise have seen. These conversations offer a supportive environment where together we can explore our fears, hopes, suggestions and actions as we work to make the changes needed.

Our next conversation will be on Wednesday, April 20 at 6:00 pm MT (5:00 Pacific; 8:00 Eastern). The cost is free, but space is limited, and advance registration is required.

All are welcome. Please join us as we work toward becoming a committed and supportive community of all beings.

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Ecology, Spirit, and Action

Change is Hard but Necessary in These Times: How Do We Help One Another?

Chelsea caved on bananas; she swore not to eat anything that destroyed the Earth, but… change takes time, effort, commitment, and sacrifice. However, it also gives us pride. In this month’s conversation, we discussed how we disrupt our daily lives, habits and comfort to make and then maintain the changes necessary to support our Earth.

There is growing, if sometimes unwilling, awareness that we must make radical lifestyle changes in order to reverse our ecological crises. While making many small changes are important, they simply are just not enough. Fundamental change occurs when we think about what we are supporting with each of our actions: what we eat, where our food comes from, what clothes we wear. What are the consequences for the life systems of the Earth? Indigenous peoples, being close to the Earth, do this naturally. For us, until it becomes natural, we have to deliberately think about it. One term for this is conscious consumerism. It is an antidote to our human tendency to do what is convenient, to not question what is put before us.

Our next conversation will be on Wednesday, February 20 at 6:00 pm MST (5:00 Pacific; 8:00 Eastern).

These Conversations are designed to create a space where we can support one another in the paradigm shift of living in harmony with all Life. The cost is free, but space is limited, and advance registration is required.

All are welcome. Please join us as we work toward becoming a committed and supportive community of all beings.

Ecology, Spirit, and Action

Reflections, Resolutions, and Community: December’s Conservation Conversation

As we move past the solstice and the darkness shifts to light, it is time to pull all our forces together to work towards a new way of being on the Earth. Susan and the participants in our last Conservation Conversation took this time to gather in community to reflect, renew, and set intentions for taking action in the new year for the benefit of all beings. Read Susan’s reflections on this conversation here.

These Conversations are designed to create a space where we can support one another in the paradigm shift of living in harmony with all Life. The cost is free, but space is limited, and advance registration is required.

All are welcome. Please join us as we work toward becoming a committed and supportive community of all beings.

Ecology, Spirit, and Action

October’s Conservation Conversation with Dr. Susan Eirich

In this Conversation, we investigate the question of what is the best approach to changing our human behavior so that we can live in harmony with all Life. Is it better to focus on the indigenous, gentle shamanic and Buddhist approaches, or on the idea that the only solution is radical and rapid change that includes civil disobedience? We also discuss the powerful experience of connecting with animals and how we can learn to hear the land.

While our ultimate goal is action arising from a shift in perception that all Life is Sacred, these Conversations are designed to help us contemplate our journey and how we can best find and maintain our individual paths to contribute to life on Earth. If you are interested in participating in our next Conservation Conversation, please join our community to receive updates. The cost is free, but advance registration is required.

All are welcome. Please join us as we work toward becoming a committed and supportive community of all beings.

Ecology, Spirit, and Action

A Journey of Hope: A Report From the Our Sacred Earth Conference

“Perhaps the greatest threat to our common future is a combination of extreme individualism and extreme arrogance, as we deal with proposals to expand our domination of forces of nature of which we have only the most superficial understanding. The turning we humans must navigate to a viable future depends on a profound awakening to our nature as spiritual beings and our responsibility for the consequences of our choices and our relationships with one another and a living Earth.”

—Dr. Kamran Mofid, Convener

Recently returned from the Our Sacred Earth Conference in Tuscany, Susan Eirich and John Thompson shared insights gained in conversation with delegates from around the world who are working for our sacred earth. We also discussed cutting edge perspectives and how you can participate.

Our monthly Conservation Conversations are an important part of supporting and growing our community as we move forward through this pivotal time for life on Earth. If you are interested in participating in our next Conservation Conversation, please join our community to receive updates.

Ecology, Spirit, and Action

Rewiring Our Wayward Minds: A Path to Earth-Conscious Living

Conservation Conversation with Dr. Susan Eirich

In last month’s Conservation Conversation, we explored how we could learn to “de-clutter” our priorities and manage our lives according to our own values. This is something we can do both individually and together. In this conversation, we discuss recent research on how to manage our wayward brains to help simplify our lives and explore what can happen if we work on this together. Let’s see what we might accomplish as we make conscious choices, together in community, as a way to work toward living on Earth in harmony and joy.

Ecology, Spirit, and Action

Journeying from Love to Commitment

Conservation Conversation with Dr. Susan Eirich

“It was all the fault of seven wolf puppies. I fell in love. It changed everything.” —Dr. Susan Eirich

Falling in love deeply opens channels through which information can flow, and opens our perspective to see each living being—plant, animal, human—as a source of wonder. Opening ourselves to falling in love can be the catalyst for a rich and satisfying life dedicated to commitment and action. What if we make that our purpose? Our intention? Then we have made ourselves receptive, and have invited nature to reciprocate. This exchange helps us find our unique path forward to healing our Earth.

On March 28th, 2018 Dr. Susan Eirich and members of the Earthfire Community joined together to share our journeys from love to commitment and commitment to action. Due to technical difficulties, only Susan’s presentation portion is available for viewing. Please join us at the next Conservation Conversation on April 18, at 6pm Mountain time (5pm Pacific; 8pm Eastern).

Ecology, Spirit, and Action

Awakening Our Creativity and Resilience

Conservation Conversation with Dr. Susan Eirich

Creativity and resilience are qualities of all Life. They feed our existence and reawaken hope when we encounter adversity. They reflect the deep intelligence that lives within every being. At a time when so much is up for grabs—when climate, environment, and habitat are all changing rapidly and unpredictably—how can we harness our innate creativity and resilience to imagine and then enact a positive future for humans, animals, and all Life on Earth?

In February’s Conservation Conversation Dr. Susan Eirich and members of the Earthfire Community joined together for a special online video conversation to share stories of creative resilience within ourselves and in all Life on Earth. The online video conversation is available to watch here.

Please join us for our next Conservation Conversation on March 28, 6pm Mountain time (5pm Pacific; 8pm Eastern).