Sitting at the Feet of Gary Snyder and Wendell Berry

If I could adopt a grandfather, I’d have a hard time choosing between Gary Snyder and Wendell Berry, who shared the stage in Santa Rosa last week to celebrate publication of a book of their letters to one another, written over the last four decades. It’s called Distant Neighbors and was recently published by Counterpoint […]

Leaf Falling From Fir Tree

The late afternoon sun was baking the sloped meadow where I often sit to settle in to the rhythms of the forest. All was quiet except for the incessant buzzing of some cicadas and a lone orange-crowned warbler who was singing from the oaks to my left, perhaps making a territorial round. I thought, “This […]

Relational Learning: Education in a Time of Great Turning

Written By Will Scott and Sam Edmondson We live in interesting times. On one hand, we find ourselves in the midst of a global ecological crisis. Climate change—brought on by human actions—is leading to environmental shifts that are unprecedented in their speed. On the other hand, radical developments across diverse disciplines—science, the arts, global networking, […]

A Walk in Willard’s Woods

I sensed the owl before I saw it. Turning to Charlotte, my 20-year-old cousin, I said: “I can’t fully explain it, but I have a strong feeling that there’s an owl close by. I wonder how close it is.” Seconds later, I looked up and saw her—a beautiful barred owl perched 20 feet up in […]

Building Bridges With Bioneers

“Is climate change happening to us or for us?” The question hit me like smelling salts. I wrote furiously in its wake, careful to record Paul Hawken’s words exactly as he spoke them. Could humanity’s greatest challenge really be a good thing? Hawken seemed to say that climate change is an opportunity for humans to […]

Tending The Wild Garden

AUTHOR’S NOTE: In the fall of 2013, the Weaving Earth Immersion Program headed south to a beautiful piece of land east of Big Sur. The goal was to connect deeply to self, each other and the land. What follows are photos from the trip and my account of what it was like to be there. […]