The intense issues now facing our generation and future generations call for eco-spiritual mentors capable of guiding others for a thriving of the planet and all its beings in order to provide “islands of coherence in the sea of chaos” we are now facing. (The Wisdom School)
Enter the Sanctuary to meet some powerful “eco-spiritual mentors.” Take your time; there are so many! Immerse yourself in a field of creatives, visionaries, healers, activists, and more.
Joanna Macy – The Work That Reconnects
The central purpose of the Work That Reconnects is to bring us back into relationship with each other and with the self-healing powers in the web of life, motivating and empowering us to reclaim our lives, our communities, and our planet from corporate and colonial rule.
Joanna is a beloved elder who has been doing “despair and empowerment” work for decades. The Work That Reconnects is a network that has resources and facilitators who are carrying on and evolving Joanna’s legacy; she is now in her 80s and while still very active, is beginning to step back and pass the torch. You can find her books, videos, trainings, practices, the on-line journal Deep Times, and more.
Based in California, USA
Cynthia Jurs – Earth Treasure Vase
Inspired by an ancient Tibetan Buddhist tradition, The Earth Treasure Vase Global Healing Project brings healing and protection to the Earth by filling consecrated clay vessels with prayers and offerings, and ceremonially burying them in the Earth in collaboration with indigenous elders, young activists and grassroots leaders in places where healing and protection are most needed around the planet.
Another site to savor. Read stories about the practice, the background, the ceremonies to date and what’s ahead. There are many ways to get involved, videos to watch and soon there will be a documentary.
Based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
Deena has spent a lifetime investigating Story as a form of knowing and healing. As a writer, she asks: Who do we have to become to find the forms and sacred language with which to meet these times? She conducts training groups on the spiritual, creative, political and ethical aspects of healing and peacemaking, individual, community and global, drawing deeply on alliance with spirit, indigenous teachings and the many wisdom traditions.
Deena is one of the wisest people I’ve ever met. She is a poet, novelist, essayist, storyteller, teacher, healer and medicine woman. She’s had a mystical relationship with elephants that you can real about in one of her several books. She also has a vision for how to evolve into the future called the “19 Ways To the Fifth World.”
Based in Topanga, California, USA
Andrew Harvey – Institute For Sacred Activism
When the deepest and most grounded spiritual vision is married to a practical and pragmatic drive to transform all existing political, economic, and social institutions, a holy force – the power of wisdom and love in action – is born. This force I define as Sacred Activism.
Andrew believes that the force of Sacred Activism will be the source of the birthing power that humanity needs to create a new world from the smoking ashes of the one that is now passing away. Besides the Institute, here you’ll find the St. Francis Sanctuary Project, School of Sacred Warriorship, events, videos, and must-read books.
Based in Melbourne, Arkansas, USA
Kathleen Dean Moore – Riverwalking
Kathleen is a writer, moral philosopher, and environmental thought-leader, devoted to an unrelenting defense of the future against those who would pillage and wreck the planet. Even as seas rise against the shores, another great tide is beginning to rise — a tide of commitment to justice and human rights, a swelling affirmation of moral responsibility to the future and to Earth’s fullness of life.
Check out her excellent books, writings, projects and “A Call To Life: Variations on a Theme of Extinction” – a performance in collaboration with concert pianist Rachelle McCabe.
Based in Oregon, USA
Clare Dubois – TreeSisters
TreeSisters is a global network of women who donate monthly to fund the restoration of our tropical forests as a collective expression of planetary care. Our unique feminine approach is based on the understanding that we need to reconnect to the natural world through the nature of our own bodies, so we can remember our sacred roles as restorers and protectors of Life.
The TreeSisters community has pledged, so far, to plant over 2,000,000 trees a year in tropics around the world. There are so many juicy ways to join this community, raise your consciousness and get involved. Jump in and savor this site. Truly inspiring.
Based in the UK
Carolyn is a true revolutionary providing a safe place to have dangerous conversations about uncertain futures. Her mission is to create islands of sanity in a sea of global chaos. This mission necessitates the development of a variety of emotional tools alongside commitment to spiritual transformation.
Courageous and cutting-edge writings (hers and others), videos, podcasts, events and more.
Based in Colorado, USA
Deb’s mission is to inspire a movement of cultural revolutionaries who celebrate their birthright: simplicity, passion, kindness, creativity, authentic expression, and a purpose-driven life outside of the stifling confines of today’s dysfunctional, distracted … and less face it, insane cultural mindset. By shifting the paradigm from head to heart we can live a more passionate, compassionate, loving, and interconnected world that excludes no living being.
Deb is one of the few people willing to face straight on the “most dire planetary outcomes” and give voice to her experience of rage, grief, and fierce love of Life with presence and grace. Her writings and podcasts will break your heart, shake you up, and make you want to keep doing your all for this precious planet – no matter the outcome.
Based in Canada