to really live once again with the natural world and the wild on their own terms means to strip away almost everything and begin again.
And only when we do so will we be in the right mind to begin to contemplate what is next and
how to proceed on behalf of a future for all beings, including ourselves.
Deena Metzger

As we meditate in our circle together, we begin the descent from our heads to our hearts, to our souls, to our essence. We have prepared the ground by continually doing our healing and empowerment work. And now, to paraphrase wisewoman Judith Duerk, we…must descend to our depths…into a damp, echoing cavern, to sit and wait for that of our Selves which cannot be met in the upper world. We must trust the places of darkness where we can meet our own deepest nature and give it voice.

This is where we begin again. It is our opportunity for exploration and discernment, seasoned with playfulness and wonder, and with no coming to conclusions required at this time. We immerse ourselves in new and old ways of knowing that may serve as templates for possible ways forward. These include ritual and ceremony, indigenous mind, the arts, right relationship with the Earth, dreams, myths, and story. All the while we keep in mind these two Being Change intentions:

– making radical changes in our life and thinking way out of the box;
– leaving “isms” at the door and standing in solidarity within diversity.

Out of this darkness a new world can arise, not to be constructed by our minds so much as to emerge from our dreams.
Even though we cannot see clearly how it’s going to turn out, we are still called to let the future into our imagination.
We will never be able to build what we have not first cherished in our hearts.
Joanna Macy

And here we have another door: what we cherish in our hearts. As we share our many and diverse responses to what resonates most, we begin reweaving the web.

Join us in the Sanctuary (blog), sit in our circle, and share your thoughts. Guest posts (contact me) and comments are most welcome.


Cynthia Jurs – Earth Treasure Vase, Gaia Mandala
Trebbe Johnson – Radical Joy For Hard Times, Global Earth Exchange Practice
Azul-Valérie Thomé – SOULand: Making the World of Our Longing
Loving Waters
Listening to the Earth
Remembrance Day For Lost Species
Women of the Water
For a Tree – Ceremonies For Nature
Nature Evolutionaries – Earth Rites


Pat McCabe – Woman Stands Shining
Indigenous Women Rising
Ilarion Merculieff
13 Indigenous Grandmothers
Pachamama Alliance
Sherri Mitchell
Wisdom Weavers of the World
The Mother Earth Delegation of United Indigenous Nations of the North


Daniel Dancer Art For the Sky In Concert With Nature.
Vijali Hamilton – World Wheel
Nature Evolutionaries – Earth Writes
Heather Jo Flores – “Writing Heroines”
Jennifer BrowdyPurposeful memoir: an alchemical process of  self-initiation for our troubled times

Medusa’s Curse – The Necessity of Art in the Climate Struggle by Kathleen Dean Moore
Artists & Climate Change


Animas Institute
Ecology of Awakening
School of Lost Borders
Nature Evolutionaries
Flourishing Diversity


Buffalo Dreaming Lodge
Michael Meade Living Myth, Mosiac Voices
New Story Hub
Sharon Blackie
Letters to the Earth