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July 18: "Gaza Again: I'm thinking of them: the warm, welcoming people I met there almost ten years ago. Now once again the Israeli military is bombarding the most densely populated region on earth."
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"Welcome! I'm Starhawk, author of many works celebrating the Goddess movement and Earth-based, feminist spirituality. I’m a peace, environmental, and global justice activist and trainer, a permaculture designer and teacher, a Pagan and Witch. To see how it all weaves together, follow the many strands of my web."

The Empowerment Manual:
A Guide for Collaborative Groups

by Starhawk

FREE bonus chapter
The Five-Fold Path of Productive Meetings
Starhawk's gift to you is this out-take from her latest book.

It happens over and over again—a group of people come together, fired up with passion to create change. They begin with huge inspiration and enthusiasm—and a year later, it’s all foundered in the mire of conflict. We could have changed the world ten times over—if we didn’t have to do it together with other people, those irritating, self-righteous, controlling, fluff-brained, clueless idiots who are our friends and allies.

We can do better. In her twelfth book, The Empowerment Manual: A Guide for Collaborative Groups, Starhawk draws on four decades of experience in circles and collectives to show us how to foster connection, clear communication, and positive power in ourselves and our groups.

The Empowerment Manual is required reading for anyone who wants to help their group avoid disagreement and disillusionment and become a wellspring of creativity and innovation.

The Empowerment Manual is now in bookstores, or you can order online from:
• 100 Fires, our independent, and highly recommended, online bookseller: 100 Fires
• New Society Publishers:

Yes, there are now e-reader versions of The Empowerment Manual. Check the New Society Publishers page, above, or wherever ebooks are sold. A .pdf downloadable version is available from BooksOnBoard.

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Free video: "Permaculture and the Sacred"
Starhawk gave a talk at Harvard Divinity School in early March, 2013, on "Permaculture and the Sacred." Watch the video.

Check out our Empowerment Manual page: see what experts love about the book, read excerpt, and download the GIFT chapter.

New! Starhawk's Books for e-Readers

These titles are now available for the Kindle and Nook. Search for "Starhawk" wherever
e-books are sold:

• The Spiral Dance
• The Fifth Sacred Thing
• The Earth Path
• Twelve Wild Swans
• The Pagan Book of Living and Dying

The Fifth Sacred Thing is also available on Kobo, iTunes, and Google eBooks. More titles in these formats coming soon.

Activist, author and educator Starhawk
Photo of Starhawk
by Bert Meijer



The Fifth Sacred Thing Movie Project

Fifth Sacred Thing Film promo
"We believe the world needs a powerful vision of a positive future here on earth. Once we might simply have told the tale around the fire. Two decades ago, I wrote it as a novel. Now, as the world becomes ever more visual, we want to make it a film."

Take part in the conversation and buzz around the making of the film on The Fifth Sacred Thing movie Facebook page. Please show support with your "Like," and tell your friends. The Fifth Sacred Thing movie project now has its own site and Twitter.

Our video for The Fifth Sacred Thing is up! It shows the art and music we've had created with some of the money from our successful Kickstarter -- please take a look at our website (where there's also a close-captioned version for the hearing-impaired) or watch it on YouTube and if you like it, share it widely!

Latest Film
from Starhawk and
Donna Read

Permaculture: The Growing Edge is an antidote to environmental despair, a hopeful and practical look at a path to a viable, flourishing future. The film introduces us to inspiring examples of projects, including a visit to David Holmgren’s own homestead, tracking deer with naturalist Jon Young, sheet mulching an inner-city garden with Hunters Point Family, transforming an intersection into a gathering place with City Repair, and joining mycologist Paul Stamets as he cleans up an oil spill with mushrooms. We interview some of the key figures in the Permaculture movement, including David Holmgren, Penny Livingston-Stark, James Stark, Paul Stamets, Mark Lakeman, Dr. Elaine Ingham, Maddy Harland, and others.

The film is available for order on DVD and download now—for more information on permaculture and the film, including a promo/trailer, visit the Belili Productions site at

Another world is possible:
learn the skills to design and create it

Starhawk co-founded and co-teaches Earth Activist Training, a two-week permaculture design certificate course. Learn how to heal soil and cleanse water, and how to design human systems that mimic natural systems, using a minimum of energy and resources to create real abundance and social justice. Explore the strategies and organizing tools we need to make our visions real. Participatory, hands-on teaching with lots of ritual, games, projects, songs, and laughs along with an intensive curriculum in ecological design.

For more information (including some fantastic videos) and to register, go to

Upcoming EAT courses:

May 16-June 1: EAT at O.U.R. Ecovillage, BC, Canada

July 9-13: Mud Magic: Natural Building & Earth Healing, Cazadero, California

Jan 4-18, 2015: EAT course at Black Mountain Preserve, Cazadero, California

For more information and registration visit the Earth Activist Training Courselist Page

EAT at Bayview Hunters Point, SF

Why an inner city program?

She’s twenty-two years old—and never knew that bees pollinate flowers.  He’s nineteen, already a father, and he wants to provide for his daughter but there are no jobs to be had in his ‘hood.  She’s twenty, pregnant, and eats at McDonalds every day—her neighborhood has no supermarket or vegetable stand.

EAT’s mission is to bring the knowledge and resources of regenerative ecological design to communities with the greatest needs and fewest resources.  Bayview Hunters Point is a corner of San Francisco with the highest level of toxins, highest murder rate and least access to fresh food.  EAT has partnered with Hunters Point Family, a community-based organization that works with at risk youth who live in public housing.  We’re pioneering a long term training in permaculture and environmental leadership—because we believe that our environmental and social problems can only be solved together.

Are you, like me, furious at the climate deniers and the lack of action nationally and internationally? We can turn our frustration to positive action locally, and grow a new generation of truly diverse activists that includes the voices of those who have been most impacted by the destruction.  

So here’s one positive action you can take today—donate and help support our work in the inner city and our residential training programs that teach permaculture design with a grounding in spirit and a focus on activism.  Your donation is tax deductible.

Donate online at:
Donate by mail by sending a check made out to Alliance of Community Trainers (EAT’s fiscal sponsor) and earmarked “EAT” to ACT PO Box 1286 Austin TX 78767-1286.
Starhawk’s logo clip: goddess art

Starhawk's Calendar at a Glance
for details, go to the full calendar page

Sept. 15: Village Building Convergence, Sebastopol CA

Sept 18-21: Women's Permaculture, Monroe, WA

November 1: 35th Spiral Dance, San Francisco

Jan 4-18: Earth Activist Training, northern CA

Feminist Spirituality Classics

Best-Selling Series available as a download or on DVD.

The trilogy Women & Spirituality--three one-hour films: "Goddess Remembered," "The Burning Times," and "Full Circle"--explores the power of the sacred feminine in mythology, history and culture. You can now order the box set of these films by Donna Read, Starhawk's partner in Belili Productions. The set has been released by Alive Mind Media.

DVD cover for Starhawk’s goddess movie, Women and Spirituality

Click on the image above and earn a $3.00 royalty for Belili Productions!

TO ORDER THE DOWNLOAD: Visit the download page at Alive Mind Media to download one episode at a time, or all three. They also have clips for the iPad, iPod and other mobile devices!
Signs Out of Time
The film documentary on the life of archaeologist Marija Gimbutas by Starhawk and Donna Read is available on DVD. See the Belili Productions site for details and ordering information.

Signs Out of Time examines the life and work of world-renowned archaeologist Dr. Marija Gimbutas. Drawing from her extensive knowledge of mythology and linguistics, Lithuanian-born Gimbutas uncovered the life-affirming and goddess-worshiping civilizations of pre-historic “Old Europe.” Weaving together footage of Gimbutas herself, as well as interviews with her supporters and critics, Signs Out of Time reveals a visionary scholar whose theories challenged the “establishment” of her time and influenced a generation of scholars, feminists, and social thinkers.

DVD cover for the Marija Gimbutas goddess movie, Signs Out of Time Walking the Talk

The Earth Path addresses the profound spiritual and conceptual disconnect at the root of our environmental destructiveness, and shows how we can reroot our spirits, our politics, and our day-to-day life in deep relationship with the Earth.

Visit our page for The Earth Path for more information.
Cover art for Starhawk’s book The Earth Path
Starhawk's Essays
Many dispatches from the front lines of Palestine, New Orleans, and actions across the globe are archived on her "Activism Writings" page. We invite you to explore and read on.

Starhawk raising a cone of power in a Pagan ritual
Latest CD
Starhawk has a new two-CD set, Earth Magic, from Sounds True Productions. Starhawk talks you through fascinating exercises and trance meditations. Earth Magic joins her earlier Sounds True CDs: Wiccan Ritual and Beginners Guide to Wicca. For more information and to order, go to:
Cover art for Starhawk’s CD, Earth Magic
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