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Cultivating ecosophy: a dialog with the contemporary vision fast company

by Charles Carlin

Preamble
This story begins in the Inyo mountains, an ancient range that rises up out of California’s Owens valley, marking the beginning of the seemingly endless undulations of basins and moun- tain ranges that extend all the way to the Colorado Plateau and Utah’s Wasatch Range, hundreds of miles to the east. The basins are covered in sage. As the ranges rise up, the sage gives way to pinyon-juniper forest, then white pine and bristlecones at the highest elevations. Basin, range, repeat.

Writer Mary Austin called this place the land of lost borders, a name she learned from Paiute friends. She wrote, it is a place ‘where the boundary of soul and sense is as faint as a trail in a sand-storm ... where the names mean something’ (Austin 1987, 3). For the Paiute who lived prior to white colonization, lost borders referred to how territorial boundaries between groups grew fuzzy in the desert, determined more by access to ephemeral water sources than hard territorial demarcations. Austin added another layer of psychic significance to the name as she chronicled the lives of white miners and settlers along with Paiute people adapting to life under colonization. (Read full article)

The Muse: Personal Creativity through the Four Shields

Date: 
Jul 19th, 2017 - Jul 23rd, 2017
Guides: 
Emerald North

 The muse is an unfathomable creative force that lives within and around us. The Muse is our inspiration for creation. Many of us have forgotten the physical sense and presence of our muse. We knew it as children and at moments of great transitions in our lives. We sense the deep importance of turning our attention to creativity for its own sake, not for profit or fame, but as an active and lively intercourse with our own personal nature as creative beings.

Coming of Age in Changing Times – A Quest for Young Adults (Recommended Ages: 17 - 25)

Date: 
Jul 31st, 2017 - Aug 10th, 2017

 Nearly every culture on the planet shows evidence of a ceremonial marking of the passage from youth to adulthood, undertaken consciously and witnessed by the community. Without such acknowledgement from adults, how do young people know they have in fact crossed over into a new life-stage? And what happens to young people who grow physically into adulthood, but are never initiated, never honored in their new roles?