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Ecology, Spirit, and Action

Taking the Earth into Consideration: Fostering a New Generation of World Leaders

Exciting, world-class researchers, thinkers, and artists recently convened in Todi, Italy. The focus was to work along with emerging young world leaders to explore how we move forward as a human race at this critical time. Dr. Susan Eirich shared powerful and important insights from the week and participants discussed how we can all help create environments that foster the type of world leaders we need to navigate our current crises.

For those who may want to explore the rich work of conference participants discussed in this conversation, we recommend further reading on the works of Brother David Steindl-Rast, Federico Faggin, Marko Pogacnik, Alexander Laszlo, and Patricia Jennings.

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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. Please join us Wednesday, September 18th at 6:00 pm MT (5:00 Pacific; 8:00 Eastern) as we work toward becoming a committed and supportive community of all beings. All are welcome. The cost is free, but advance registration is required. Registration is now open.

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Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

–Margaret Mead

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Ecology, Spirit, and Action

Animal Healing and Earth Repair: Susan Shares Current Research from Recent Global Conferences

We are all Midwives for Life

There are so many exciting, positive, mind-bending new learnings going on in the world. We are such an innately creative species.  It is a joy for me to keep up with them in the field of human/animals/nature/Earth relations and then share them with you. Part of the pleasure is letting the information flow through me to you.

In our last conversation, one participant asked me if I felt like a midwife (I love the perceptions that come out of these conversations). After a moment’s reflection, I said, “Yes,” because what I am doing is trying to help birth new ideas and perspectives in the service of Life. And, really, I realized, each of us is working for a better world for all Life in our own way. Each of us is a midwife, asking for or receiving unexpected “downloads” from our inner wisdom or something greater than ourselves, and then finding a way to express that. I thought it was a lovely way to speak of all our collective efforts on behalf of our planet.

During this last conversation, I brought back cutting-edge approaches to animal healing from the Animal Energy World Conference—and human healing, because fundamentally we are the same—and the work of passionate people around the globe doing “Earth Repair.” I hope you find the conversation thought-provoking and encouraging.

Please Join Us for Our Next Conservation Conversation

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. Please join us Wednesday, September 18th at 6:00 pm MT (5:00 Pacific; 8:00 Eastern) as we work toward becoming a committed and supportive community of all beings. All are welcome. The cost is free, but advance registration is required. Registration is now open.

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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. (more…)

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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.

Please Join Us for Our Next Conservation Conversation

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. Please join us Wednesday, September 18th at 6:00 pm MT (5:00 Pacific; 8:00 Eastern) as we work toward becoming a committed and supportive community of all beings. All are welcome. The cost is free, but advance registration is required. Registration is now open.

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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.

Please Join Us for Our Next Conservation Conversation

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. Please join us Wednesday, September 18th at 6:00 pm MT (5:00 Pacific; 8:00 Eastern) as we work toward becoming a committed and supportive community of all beings. All are welcome. The cost is free, but advance registration is required. Registration is now open.

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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. (more…)

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. (more…)

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.

Please Join Us for Our Next Conservation Conversation

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. Please join us Wednesday, September 18th at 6:00 pm MT (5:00 Pacific; 8:00 Eastern) as we work toward becoming a committed and supportive community of all beings. All are welcome. The cost is free, but advance registration is required. Registration is now open.

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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.

Please Join Us for Our Next Conservation Conversation

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. Please join us Wednesday, September 18th at 6:00 pm MT (5:00 Pacific; 8:00 Eastern) as we work toward becoming a committed and supportive community of all beings. All are welcome. The cost is free, but advance registration is required. Registration is now open.

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