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The Most Radical Act – Love

Jolie Earth First PicAs this picture of  me might indicate, I spent a lot of my youth in active defense of Mother Earth.  In this particular action I locked my neck to the Washington State Federal Building to protest the Fed’s disastrous and wrongheaded logging policy that targeted the last remaining ancient forests in the state. It was a thrilling time in my life; I organized massive demonstrations and hauled myself 50 feet up in moss filled ancient trees to halt illegal logging.   I joined a dirt loving community of Earthlings who knew ourselves to be connected in a great web of the life. We knew viscerally that our fate is irrevocably intertwined with the Spotted Owl and clear flowing streams.  These days were super-fueled by righteous anger, but as I learned, anger only gets you so far and it is just not sustainable.

Twenty five years later,  I am still a radical activist for the Earth, but now I act from a place of love rather than anger.     One of the most radical acts we can take is to connect deeply with nature and see its beauty reflected within us.  The word radical means to go to the root of the problem and at the root of our environmental devastation is the misconception that we are separate from nature. When we know ourselves as part of the living fabric of the universe we can’t help but treat Mama Earth, her creatures and ourselves with love and respect.

This is the reason I started Go Wild Institute. I wanted people to reclaim their place in the family of all life and act accordingly. Environmentalism, for me, does not originate from my head; It comes from a place deep inside my soul  that is intimately connected with the rivers, mountains and mountain lions who are harmed by our disconnection. One problem with the Left is that we think if we give people enough knowledge about a problem, let’s say climate change or elephant extinction than people will naturally change their deep seated behavior. But here is where we are wrong.

Scientific arguments don’t generally motivate people to take action. People act when something or someone they love is being harmed; when a family member needs help; when our heartaches wake us up in the middle of the night longing to comfort displaced refuges. We take action out of love: love for our relations in nature, love for our unborn generations, love of clear flowing rivers, love of humanity and our special role in the great web of life.

And if you are feeling overwhelmed in our current political craziness, the best remedy could be to go outside, sit quietly and let your heart fill at the first hints of spring, the new buds of the season and the knowledge that every winter passes in its own time.  And if you are looking for more ways to fall in love with the Earth join me for a special Point Reyes Valentine’s Walk- Violets are Blue on February 12th.

Mama Plants Feed, Protect and Dress their Young

Around Mother’s day we see innumerable cards and posts with adorable furry baby mammals with their doting and capable moms (click here for cute pictures). However, this mother’s day I want to celebrate a whole other maternal kingdom. This post is dedicated to all the hardworking, loving, and under appreciated plant mothers out there!  tendrils

While this story is less photogenic than tiny bears nursing adorably as their mama looks on proud and protective, it turns out that plants can make pretty good mothers who feed, protect and prepare their babies for upcoming weather.  Check this out:

Some plants feed their babies –   Did you ever wonder how baby forest trees in the shade of elders get enough sunlight to grow? Suzanne Simard’s research shows that mother trees in the Pacific Northwest actually move sugars into the roots of their young via underground fungal networks until the babies are big enough to reach the sunlight and make sweetness by themselves.  Could this be considered a form of suckling? Read More »

The second best day of her life

Our Wisdom of the Oak program touches hundreds of elementary school students every year. I wanted to share this note from a girl who said that our program was the second best day of her life (her best day was the day she was born).  great kids letter

Flower Seduction

bleeding heart not by meLet me dispel the misconception that botanists are geeks – the reality is we are in it for the sex! I can’t walk down the street without being blown over by the sexual exploits of the plant world this time of year. Just like some humans, when plants get ready to reproduce they put on a pretty flower dress, drench themselves in scent and get out there into the party of spring. It’s an orgy out there right now! The difference between plants and people is that plants can do it in an unimaginable number of ways and their sex parts come in the most exquisite, outlandish and fantastical shapes and colors. When you know what you’re looking at, you cannot help but be turned on. Come join us for some classes and get turned on to nature.

Wild Love

I woke up on Valentine’s Day morning with a river of love and happiness streaming through me. It’s not a mere romance that has filled me up today. Rather, I had the unbridled pleasure of spending a perfect spring Saturday in the company of eleven remarkably authentic wild women. We came together on a Wild Woman adventure to awaken our true natures, to build a sisterhood, and to deeply entangle ourselves in the great web of life. Read More »

Nursing the Wild – Who is your Family?

Imagine belonging so deeply to the wild that you would breastfeed a motherless squirrel. The endangered Amazonian Awa people love wild animals so much that the women breastfeed and treat them as part of the family. In return, the animals help them with everyday tasks such as cracking open nuts and getting fruit from high trees.

Awa-Guaja123.jpg Awa tribe Dan Sanderson

When you think of “family” what comes to mind? I am willing to guess, that besides our beloved pets, we all define our family in mostly human terms. The Awa people have a strikingly different notion of family that includes wild creatures, some of whom have suckled alongside human kin. When we count wild creatures as our intimates, it radically changes how we nurture and protect our wild places – our home.

This holiday season I encourage you to expand your concept of family and home to include your neighborhood trees who continually inspire you with oxygen, and the sweet little birds who sing you awake with their song. For a moment, bring to mind your extended furry and feathered family and wish them health, joy and prosperity in the New Year. This simple act is radical because when we change how we relate to nature, we change how we treat the Earth and all of our wild relations.

This is exactly why I founded Go Wild Institute – to foster a deep sense of belonging in the great web of life. And, this is why I have launched our Wild Woman:Your Nature is Calling program that weaves modern science with the ancient awareness that the earth is alive, sentient and sacred. It is an opportunity for women to awaken our natures, build a wild sisterhood and (re)source from the Earth. The adventure begins in February. Come join us. The Early Bird Discount ends on December 17th.

How to Inspire a Wild Mind

The National Geographic Society, one of world largest nonprofit scientific and educational institutions, has been taken over by right wing media tycoon and owner of Fox News, Rupert Murdock.ng

As a child I pawed through the magazine and imagined myself in mysterious far flung lands living with tribal women wearing grass skirts. I was mesmerized by the stunning diversity of natural beauty and the myriad of ways humans live within the intricate web of life. National Geographic turned me on to science and indigenous wisdom from around the globe. Those magazines woke up my sense of wonder, made me rethink my cultural framework and by doing so helped me change my relationship to the earth.

And now, National Geographic is owned by a right wing, greedy, lying cheat. The irony is that now, more than ever, we desperately need to foster a sense of wonder, understanding, and true belonging within the web of life because when we change how we relate to nature, we change how we treat the Earth and all of her wild relations.

This is exactly why I founded Go Wild Institute – to help us find balance in the great web of life. And, this is why I have launched our Wild Woman:Your Nature is Calling program that weaves modern science with the ancient awareness that the earth is alive, sentient and sacred. It is an opportunity for women to awaken our natures, build a wild sisterhood and (re)source from the Earth. The adventure begins in February. Come join us.
Come join your sisters!. Please contact us if you have any questions about this program. Early bird discount ends on December 15th.

It’s time to celebrate our oaks!

I have a gratitude practice in my life. Every morning I wake up and while I am still in bed I bring to mind all that I am grateful for including my teachers, loved ones, my lovely cabin, good air, beauty, wonderful food and the fact that all my organs work.  There is great power in Gratitude. My life is changed because of my practice.  Gratitude by one person is powerful, but when many of us come together in ceremony to express our gratitude, it is immensely potent.

First annual Mount Tam Oak Ceremony

In so many traditions, gratitude is about closing a loop. Nature gives to us great gifts and our unique role as humans is to express our gratitude. We are the only species that can do this in an ritualized way (that I know about).

All over our beautiful Earth, legends foretell that our precious relations in nature will cease to exist when humans stop honoring, celebrating and caring for them. Embedded in this world view is that we must follow Nature’s three R’s – Respect, Reciprocity, Relationship. Ceremonies that honor the earth demonstrate respect, create a relationship and reciprocate the gifts we receive. It is this relationship that ultimately instructs our sustainable management of our resources because these celebrations reorient our hearts and minds to a place of belonging within the web of life. When we act from this place, we can only act in a way that mutually benefits ourselves and our relations in nature. When we change our relationship to nature, we change how we impact our environment. Read More »