Buddhist monk in saffron robes sitting under tree, reflected in nearby water
Spiritual Ecology

Buddhism and Activism: A Conservation Conversation with Dr. Susan Eirich and Dr. David Loy

Internationally renowned Buddhist scholar and activist Dr. David Loy discusses his new book, Ecodharma, where he writes, “Engagement in the world is how our individual awakening blossoms, and contemplative practices such as meditation ground our activism, transforming it into a spiritual path.”

Susan and David conversed about what the teachings of Buddhism can offer to solving our current ecological crises. His recent lecture “Healing Ecology: A Buddhist Perspective on the Eco-crisis” talks about the parallel between our personal struggles and our collective ecological dilemma.

You do not have to be schooled in Buddhism to enjoy or contribute to this conversation. 

Shortly after this conversation, David was arrested while participating in a peaceful protest in his home town of Boulder, Colorado. Read more about his experience here.

Our August Conservation Conversation is on Break

We are having quite the busy summer here at Earthfire! With so much going on, we have decided to take a break from our August Conservation Conversation and hope you spend the time enjoying the beauty of a summer (or winter!) evening. We will resume our conversations in September and look forward to seeing you then.

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, August 21, 2019 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 will be open July 15th.

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Connecting with Our True Wisdom

Conservation Conversation with Dr. Susan Eirich
April 18, 2018, 6pm MST 

What enlivens our soul, and makes it sing?

On April 18, we started a new chapter in our monthly Conservation Conversations, as they became part of the Earthfire Council of All Beings 2018: Showing Up for Life on Earth.

In April’s Conversation, we began our journey by exploring how to discover our own unique purpose through our innate connection to all Life and its many wisdoms and intelligences. If we tune into our own personal calling, we can ask ourselves how that calling can be put into action—how we, individually and uniquely, can contribute to the change we wish to see in the world.

If you missed it, the recording is now available for your viewing.

Be sure to sign up for our next Conversation in our year-long learning journey, guided by Earthfire’s Dr. Susan Eirich. The May online video conversation will take place on Wednesday, May 16, at 6pm Mountain time (5pm Pacific; 8pm Eastern). Conservation Conversations are open to all. The cost is free, but space is limited, and advance registration is required. Sign up for our newsletter for the most up-to-date registration opportunities.

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Tuning In to Life: The Art of Listening

On October 18th Dr. Susan Eirich and members of the Earthfire Community joined for a special online video discussion on a topic at the heart of Earthfire’s mission: the art of listening.

Hearing is something we do involuntarily, but listening requires that we bring our complete attention to the subject at hand: ourselves, another being, Nature, all Life. To learn to speak the language of Life, we must first learn the ways that Life speaks to us. When we learn to listen deeply, we can begin to include the voices of all living beings in our considerations about how we live.

Gray wolf howls with a singing woman in a bright red coat with snowy mountains in the background
Spiritual Ecology

“How Connecting with An Animal Can Help Us Heal the Earth” with Dr. Susan Eirich

We humans are coming to recognize that our ecological crisis has at its core a spiritual cause. If we begin to treat all Life as sacred, whether or not we use it for our own needs, and make decisions that flow from that frame of reference, all Life, including ours, can thrive.

The first step towards this way of living on our Earth is a joy. It is to connect deeply with whatever part of nature that speaks to us, and through that exchange discover our unique gift towards healing the planet. In this first Online Conversation we explored how to make that connection; how to support one another in those connections, and with the strength gained through this, what we can do.

The conversation was led by Dr. Susan Eirich, Founder of Earthfire Institute.

Listen to the recording here:

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Rethinking Our Journey to Earthly Dominance and Beyond

Join us for a fascinating, provocative “big” journey through human history with Jon Schwartz.  Explore where we came from, what tipping points brought us to where we are, and where we are empowered to go from here. We will reflect on various milestones of human development – our achievements and our “oops!” moments alike – and how each pivot led us to who we are today.  From there, we’ll explore “what’s next” for humanity  and we’ll shatter the myth that “there’s nothing we can do” to shift our direction  from life endangerment to life preservation.

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Beauty Heals

We need to radically reverse how we value things. Instead of seeing beauty as a nice sideline in one’s life, or in the world, to give it real weight in our thinking and value systems. For many reasons, from natural brain wiring oriented to danger, to media that plays on that wiring, we attend instead to disorder and disharmony. Beauty heals. Beauty gives a sense of order to disorder, harmony instead of dissonance. As we tune to beauty our brains change, calm and we make better decisions, personally, culturally and environmentally. Join Dr. Susan Eirich, Earthfire founder, to explore how can we make this value and perception switch.

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