Feb. 18: How do we bring the skills and tools of ecological design and permaculture into the communities that most need them? That's the question we ask ourselves at Earth Activist Training - then we do two basic things. First, we support organizations within those communities that are already working on issues of social, environmental and food justice, sharing resources and building relationships. Then, we go out and fundraise like hell to offer scholarships to our residential trainings to people from those communities.
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I'm Starhawk, author of many works celebrating the Goddess movement and
Earth-based, feminist spirituality. I’m a peace, environmental, and
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from Starhawk and
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
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 www.belili.org.
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
more information (including some fantastic videos) and to register,
go to www.earthactivisttraining.org
Upcoming EAT courses:
March 28-30: Magical Earth Healing, Black Mountain Preserve, Cazadero, California
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
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: www.earthactivisttraining.org/donate.html
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.
Calendar at a Glance
details, go to the full calendar
Mar. 21-25: various events, Humboldt county, CA
Mar. 28-30: Magical Earth Healing, Sonoma county, CA
Apr. 13: Activism Workshop, Sebastopol CA
May 14: Gabriola Island, B.C. Canada workshop/ritual
Series available as a download or on DVD.
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
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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.
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.
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 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: