The following websites offer information, ideas, and programs that relate in various
ways to the work of Earth Creativity School. We are all in this together as one
big team, so I thought you might be interested in these websites too.
In addition to the websites listed on this page, check out all the author websites
on the Books page of this website.
Rebuild destroyed ecosystems and communities.
A 20-year tale of hope: How we re-grew a rainforest
This is an incredible video from TED. It shows complete restoration of horrible
ecological, biological, and cultural devastation plus the patterns for how to do
it everywhere! You might want to check into all the TED sites for other manifested
Convert from money-based Exchange into heart-based Gifting.
A Yahoo group for giving and receiving in a true Gifting Community. This is specifically
for one local community, but you could adapt it for your community. Here people
give and receive stuff, services, and info for free with no strings attached. There
is no exchange involved. It is a pure Gifting Economy where you can choose to be
a giver, a receiver, or both as you see fit. We have a more progressive purpose
than just reducing the refuse piles. We intend to change the world.
Create a New Story that makes the existing story obsolete.
A Ning group, this is specifically for one local community, but you could adapt
it for your community. This website is a social networking community that facilitates
communication among folks within Whatcom County who are interested in learning about
or implementing the Transition model locally. The Transition approach empowers communities
to squarely face the challenges of peak oil and climate change, and to unleash the
collective genius of their own people to find the answers.
Create from the inside out through your fingertips.
Center for Touch Drawing: Resources for Creative Awakening
"In 1974, on my last day in art school, I had an ecstatic creative awakening. In
a moment of playful exploration, I moved my fingertips on a paper towel that had
been intended to wipe off the paint below it. I turned over the towel and saw childlike
scrawls that had appeared from the pressure of my touch. Lines coming directly from
my fingertips! I began to laugh ecstatically with this discovery. In a timeless
moment, I realized that I had received a precious gift; a direct mode of expression
that fulfilled not only my own search for a more natural way to draw, but had the
potential to fulfill the longing of others to open to their creative source. With
this realization there came a sense of responsibility. Somehow, I would have to
find a way to share this gift with the world. I named the process, simply, Touch
Drawing." –Deborah Koff-Chapin
Restore the wisdom of myth to culture and community.
The Mythsinger Foundation
They say, "Myths, poems, and songs are the greatest repository of wisdom available to humankind
today. Myth informs us, not merely in the spoken word, but in gestures. There are
gestures that "sing alive" the deeply rooted memory of the migratory soul storytellers,
dancers, poets, musicians, painters, actors, and ritualists of all kinds carry the
wild legacy of the Mythsinger into the streets and houses of the civilized world,
bringing the stuff of cultural vitality back to the human heart. The Mythsinger
is devoted to the embodied enactment and expression of mythic insight and the deeper
ways of knowing. Speaking the language of wind, rock, and sea, the ancient wandering
storyteller, with a harp cradled in his or her arms, is the keeper of culture, the
messenger who weaves the wisdoms of different lands and peoples together in the
stories we live."
Consort with other lovers of the Ancient Story to help enchant our New Sory.
The Mythsinger Consortium
A Ning group that is a community of mythologists, storytellers, poets, artists,
dancers, scholars, ritual and soul-work practitioners, bringing the power of myth
to life. It is run by the Mythsinger Foundation. They say, "Together we work to strengthen
the bonds of human communities and our relationship and participation with the living
world. Returning to a deepened understanding of the meaning making power of the
mythological arts. It is our aim to restore the expression and enactment of our
myth-making (mythopoeic) heritage through story, ritual, and the performing arts.
In this effort, we offer the Mythsinger Consortium as a gathering place for the
interplay of instinct, intellect, and inspiration."
Ignite your inner being in the Great Mystery.
Jean Houston and Mystery School
Dr. Jean Houston says, "The Universe is holding its breath waiting for you to take
your place. I invite you to journey through my site. Join us in the freshly tilled
fields of personal, social, and spiritual development where we can reap and harvest
our specific skills and qualities, igniting the fires of passionate new ways of
becoming our future selves - the future humanity." Her website has a treasure of
many hour-long talks in her
Audio Video Room. Listen in. You can charge up your life just by visiting
Experience an environment that encourages and supports artistry, creativity, and
transformational experiences through myth.
Founded in 2001, The Oracle Gatherings is a series of multi-media events, workshops,
and forums created by a collective of participating artists. These musicians, performers,
visionaries, and eclectics collaborate to express the archetypal experiences that
influence the greater community. The events draw artists of every genre, including
DJ's, musicians, dancers, visual artists, actors, video artists, circus performers,
and culinary artists who share in creating the fullest experience possible. Those
who have been to an Oracle Gathering have come to expect ceremony, music, dancing,
tarot card readers, yoga, meditation, massage, art installations, and ritual theater.
By infusing spirit and celebration, many people have found an open, inviting community
waiting for them in the Oracle.
Deepen your spirituality through pilgrimages to the world's most important sacred
Sacred Sites Journeys
Andrea Mikana-Pinkham has been operating and leading spiritual journeys to sacred
sites since 1994 including Egypt, England, France, Greece, India, Ireland, Peru,
Scotland, Tibet/Nepal, and Sedona, AZ. Her groups are small, which gives you a more
personal experience of the healing and spiritual growth that occurs in pilgrimages
of this kind. Andrea's participants connect with the palpable mystical energies
at these ancient power spots, and that strengthens their connection with their own
inner guidance. Andrea says, "You will be changed forever in many positive ways
as you encounter and engage the ancient energies and wisdom at the sacred sites
you will explore. They are calling you! Will you open your heart and mind and heed
Learn to connect with Earth energies and communicate with Nature forms as you open
Valerie is wonderful teacher of Andean Mysticism. Valerie says, "Brought to height
during the Inka empire, the 16,000-year-old tradition of nature mysticism embraces
a set of techniques to help you develop and open to your personal potential. The
Andean Path is a spiritual art, not a theology; a tradition which teaches spiritual
artists how to interact with the world of living energies. It is a simple, flexible,
personal path. When practiced from the heart, it will lead to the awakening of the
Inka Seed, the Divine Seed within. Andean Mysticism is an indigenous earth-honoring
tradition grounded in the notion that the world is made of living energy. In the
Andean cosmology, there is no such thing as bad or good energy, simply energy that
is either heavy or light. Moreover, because we are connected to all forms of living
energy we can receive communication and dialogue with other nature forms such as
trees, mountains, and lakes."
Learn to design and build your dream.
Yestermorrow Design/Build School
Yestermorrow Design/Build School in Warren, Vermont offers over 150 hands-on courses
per year in design, construction, woodworking, and architectural craft and offers
a variety of courses concentrating in sustainable design. Now in its 29th year,
Yestermorrow is one of the only design/build schools in the country that teaches
both design and construction skills. Their 1-day to 2-week hands-on courses are
taught by top architects, builders, and craftspeople from across the country. Their
classes are for people of all ages and experience levels, from novice to professional.
Learn how to build with cob, and see what others have built.
Barefoot Builder is a natural building team based in the Southeastern USA. They
teach workshops all over the country to show people how to build cob houses and
custom buildings. They say their goal is to inspire and empower those who have traditionally
been shut out of the building process to create their own healthful and heartful
homes. They offer a wide range of family-friendly workshops, from one-day earth
ovens to comprehensive owner/builder courses. They also provide consulting services
in cob building and occasionally build custom cob structures and landscape elements.
Visit this website to see some delightful and unique cob designs and to learn more
about building with cob.
Build your own log house from scratch.
Log Home Builders Association
The Log Home Builders Association is a non-profit educational organization whose
mission is to help men and women around the world build their own log homes from
scratch, and in many cases build without a mortgage. They put on regular workshops,
and their website has a lot of useful information for anyone who wants to build
their own log home.
Build a small cozy house to live a more fulfilling nature-centric life.
The Small House Society is a voice for the Small House Movement. The movement is
the result of concerns about what we are doing to the environment, and what the
environment is doing to us (wild fires, flooding, hurricanes), as well as a shifting
economy. Some people just desire to live simply so that others can simply live.
Because of this, architects and builders are now providing smaller housing alternatives.
The increase in websites, books, and magazines about small houses reflect the movement's
growth. Small house dwellers include those who have moved into a smaller space or
made better square feet per person use of the space they have. Members of our group
might include families of five happy in an arts and crafts bungalow, multifamily
housing in a variety of forms, and more extreme examples, such as people on houseboats
and in trailers with just a few hundred square feet around them. Size is relative,
and mainly we promote discussion about the ecological, economic and psychological
toll that excessive housing takes on our lives, and what some of us are doing to
live better. It is not a movement about people claiming to be "tinier than thou"
but rather people making their own choices toward simpler and smaller living however
they feel best fits their life.
Create a drum to connect with the healing properties of rhythm.
Centralia Fur & Hide
This is the place that created my pow wow drum. They have many different drum kits
and drum-making supplies available. They can supply you with rawhide,
American Indian drums, leather goods, and Native American supplies. They say, "We take pride
in the complete satisfaction of our customers, and are honored to be able to respect
the spirits of the plants and animals who give of themselves and continue their
life as healing tools for us. We offer tools such as elk leather, fine deer horns,
handmade Native American Indian drums, and animal skulls for spiritual expression,
to be in balance with Mother Earth and one's self. We are proud to offer items such
as elk horns and elk teeth, tanned deer hide and leather lacing, various herbs and
sweet grass, and horse hair and horse tail in addition to our fine selection of
drums and furs."
Put an art studio yurt in your yard to use for creativity and for gatherings.
These are the folks I used to build the Earth Creativity School yurt. They are the
oldest and best modern yurt builders. Their motto is, "A quality product, a quality
experience" and that was exactly what I got. They say, "So how is it that a company
is able to grow from its humble beginnings in an old Oregon dairy barn to the leader
of its industry? In our case, first we had to create the industry. That happened
in 1978, when we pioneered the modern adaptation of the yurt, which centuries ago
was the traditional dwelling of Mongolian nomads. From that point forward, as other
yurt companies have come and gone, we've continued to grow and to stay atop our
industry. We attribute our success to a combination of factors, not the least of
which, of course, is the quality of our product. But as much as our customers rave
about their yurts, they also speak of the quality of their experience with our company.
For all of us at Pacific Yurts, there could be no higher praise. From the beginning,
our guiding philosophy has been to create the best yurt in the world, and to treat
our customers the way we like to be treated as customers - professionally, respectfully,
fairly, and honestly."
Combine spiritual nourishment with enhanced professional qualifications
This website says, "Wisdom University is committed to personal and professional
renewal. Our highly differentiated pedagogy, learning methods, and curriculum focus
on nurturing the whole person, fostering and catalyzing personal and professional
transformation. Because the whole person is nurtured, the integration of discernment
and compassion is enhanced.
The average student enrolled at Wisdom University is a professional, with an established
career and one or more advanced degrees. They have come to the conclusion that they
need deeper spiritual challenges in order to maintain momentum and meaning in their
lives. Our students soon discover that they can continue to grow spiritually and
professionally at Wisdom University, thus combining spiritual nourishment with enhanced
Wisdom University explores both ancient wisdom traditions and the wisdom culture
shaping our future today. In many schools, knowledge learned is abstract and disembodied
without immediate relevance to the students and their lives. This is one reason
that there is such a high drop out rate in high schools and universities. Students
simply don't see a connection between what they are studying and what they are doing
or want to do.
Not so at Wisdom University. For us, the ancient wisdom traditions are living traditions
that inform decisions, affect behavior, and lead to personal transformation. Moreover,
the university emphasizes the importance of how wisdom is alive and active today
not only at the personal but also at the national and global level. Our focus is
on how the pursuit of wisdom has transformed lives over the ages and how it is transforming
life today. This dialectic between ancient and contemporary wisdom is the container
within which all our programs are shaped."