There is Hope Despite Passing the Carbon Tipping Point in September

After a week of struggling with my feelings about humanity, and what we do to each other, to life, to the land and to the Earth, and then learning that we passed the carbon tipping point in September (, I felt a sense of relief when I watched a little video (click on picture) for an upcoming conference. I was also reminded that I need to focus on all the wonderful good people I know doing good things, and not on the destruction from industrial agriculture going on around me, and the people who just don’t care.

banner 4On the conference website, they explain it so well:

By “regenerative” we mean agricultural practices that regenerate soil….. supply ecosystems that create a market and production system for products that regenerate land and human health. Our vision is to be able to feed and clothe our communities with affordable products that promote human health, and regenerate soil, and make it possible for the producer to be economically viable without subsidies.


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Wordless Wednesday: We Can Be the Change

Brene Brown

Brene Brown

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Facilitating Change

I am taking this blog post from a workshop announcement written by Jay Earley, PhD (, that does a great job of describing how we can contribute to social transformation.

Our society is in the midst of a major historical transformation, often called the Great Turning. In this time of breakdown and transition, in this time of ferment and hope, you may feel concern, even passion and want to help, but you may not know what you can do. This is because we have too narrow a view of what it means to contribute to social transformation. We tend to think that it has to be done through “political” channels—through canvassing, demonstrating, or writing letters, through working for candidates or activist groups.


This is a limited model of social change… we need whole-system transformation. It isn’t just certain governmental policies that need to change; it isn’t even just our political and economic system as a whole that needs to change, though it does. All our institutions and social structures must transform–our schools, our businesses, our gender roles, our ways of relating to each other, the way we treat our bodies and emotions, the way we relate to the natural world, and ultimately our view of the nature of reality.

The social structures and ways of being that are changing as part of the ferment of our times are highly interconnected, and everything we do in our lives contributes to and affects the larger direction of society. Everything we do that promotes a new, more appropriate way of being is a contribution to social change—from the way we relate to our kids to the products we buy, from the investments we make to the vacations we take, from the work we do to the way we care for our health, and much, much more.

We can contribute to social transformation by transforming our worldview and changing our lifestyle to one that promotes the new transformed society that is being born. We can contribute by helping to create healthy alternatives on a small scale—democratic organizations, inclusive communities, alternative monetary systems, technologies that are aligned with the earth, and many other possibilities. And of course, we can contribute by working to transform existing institutions.

About Jay Earley
Author of Transforming Human Culture: Social Evolution and the Planetary Crisis, he was active with Interhelp and Psychotherapists for Social Responsibility, and is now involved with the Pachamama Alliance (like myself). He offers books and classes on self-therapy and contributing to social transformation at

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Wordless Wednesday: Standing at the Threshold


Forest Therapy ?

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End of an Era

Under the light of the full moon‎, a chapter of my life silently closed as Kahlua slipped away in my arms. She graced me with almost 15 years of loyalty, companionship and being ever so present, like no other has ever offered me.


The dog sled is up for sale, the last of the team (my family since 1999) has passed on, and I realize this will be my first time living alone. Yet another challenge for my initiation into this new phase of my life.

Kahlua, Pingo and Nanook

I truly believe in what lies ahead (see previous blog) and the community and belonging I am already finding there.

Thank you, my dear Kahlua girl and to all of the team, for making my life so rich.



A note about the Inuit Sled Dog (aka Canadian Eskimo Dog): They are one of Canada’s native breeds of dogs, and one of the rarest in the world. It was estimated that there were over 20 000 dogs in the 1950s, but with the introduction of snowmobiles and mass slaughtering by the RCMP and the Sûreté du Québec, numbers dropped to near extinction. Today, only a few hundred exist. I may not live with another of these dogs, but some things won’t change! Like dog – like owner🙂

“hardy, staunch, hard-working, at times playful, at times brutal, always appealing, though sometimes aggravatingly moody, their stamina and pluck is something to marvel at.” ~Walter Bingham
“He is not to be viewed as a domestic pet but… Compared to modern domestic breeds, the Canadian Eskimo Dog has an almost over response to any stimulus whether it be food, work, fighting or play.”
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Thoughtful Thursday: End of Summer New Beginnings


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This is the image that sums up summer the best! It has been an enriching season for learning, venturing down brand new pathways that opened up from discussions with the core group of the Farming For A Future Network (FFFN). We backed off the organization of the FFFN, allowing for what needed to emerge. A whole new realm revealed itself to be explored or perhaps we gained access to a morphic field of human consciousness ( :)  ) – the meaning of Mary Magdalene, not only in our own lives but also in what has happened in agriculture – how we produce unhealthy food (misogyny and agriculture) while destroying our home (Earth).

I think that we need to bring back awareness of the sacredness of growing of food (farming is a sacred act working with the soil, the ecosystem, all life) through renewal of sacred relationship, which will extend to re-establishing a healthy relationship with Earth. (Sacred relationship can be defined as a balanced and harmonious partnership; the union, fusion, merging of the masculine and the feminine.) To transform agriculture – to facilitate the emergence of a new narrative for farming, we must first experience regeneration ourselves.

regenerate (verb): to undergo or cause to undergo moral, spiritual, or physical renewal ( It is to this that I return to school today, to continue the work that started with a Nuffield Agricultural Scholarship in 2013.

And what does transformation really mean? I was given this beautiful pendant which is so symbolic of what transformation can mean – “a symbol of peace, fashioned from a legacy of war” (from Ten Thousand Villages).

Tree of life bombshell necklace from Cambodia

Tree of life bombshell necklace from Cambodia

“This elegant tree of life necklace, hand-cut from the shell casings of bombs that litter the Cambodian countryside, is a testament to the transformation that is shaping the Khmer people. From hardship emerges hope – Rajana is an artisan group proudly transforming a legacy of conflict into a brighter future.”

It is time we all did our own regenerative work; of “spiritual transformation” and “aesthetic renewal” (Anthony Parel in Satish Kumar’s Soil-Soul-Society: A New Trinity for our Times, Leaping Hare Press, UK, p.76), so that we may ‘be the change‘ and help bring about a healthier world.

Brother David Steindl-Rast offers great guidance in his book ‘Gratefulness, the Heart of Prayer: An Approach to Life in Fullness.‘ We are headed for a world that will look very different, if we succeed as societies to become more resilient, with “well-trodden paths from house to house, that is the image that holds hope for our future.” Interwoven relationships seen visually as well trodden ‘desire’ paths – can you imagine how it might look from above?

(Wikipedia – A desire path (the beaten path, also known as a game trail, social trail, herd path, cow path, goat track, pig trail or bootleg trail) can be a path created as a consequence of erosion caused by human or animal foot-fall or traffic.)

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Thoughtful Thursday: The Earth Needs Courageous People!


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