Remembering Sobonfu Somé

NOTE: This tribute to Sobonfu Somé, originally sent as a Weaving Earth newsletter, was written by Lauren Dalberth Hage. We send this special newsletter in remembrance of our dear relative, friend, ally, and teacher, Sobonfu Somé, who passed on from this world in January. Alongside so many who loved her and learned from her, we […]

What’s Needed In 2017?

Hello friends of Weaving Earth! As the New Year approaches, we’re writing to express our deep gratitude for your support over the past year. As is often the case, our year has been full of strong connections, late nights around the fire, many mysteries on the landscape, and lots of good learning and growth. And […]

I’m Back, And I Remember

NOTE: This reflection was written by a Weaving Earth participant after returning from a trip into some beautiful California wild lands. Shaking the dust and dirt and leaves out of my blanket and clothes today sent a wave of emotion through my body. I felt a sting of pain as I loaded the clothes into […]

Rattlesnakes, Owls, and Purple Eyes

Sometimes, I take for granted the things I see, hear or experience with regularity. Perhaps you can relate? This pattern shows up in my nature connection journey, too. I notice that I become fixated on and seek the unusual, the rare, or the momentous. I want to see the badger hunt cooperatively with the coyote. […]

Yellow Legs, Speckled Eggs and the Sounds of Spring

I awoke this morning to the sound of a pair of stressed red-shouldered hawks, who were screeching from the eucalyptus stand by the backyard. Two ravens uttered guttural calls nearby, seemingly eager to gain entrance to the hawk nest and whatever is currently inside. The bird world is alive with spring songs—yellow-rumped warblers, song sparrows, […]

A Brief Look Back At 2015

Every year during the winter holiday season, we take time to reflect on the previous year and prepare ourselves for what’s to come, both personally and as an organization. We refer to this practice as renewal, and we do our best to “push back the world”—work responsibilities and to-do lists, for example—in order to focus […]

The Sacredness Of Water

This post was written by Emily Foubert, a participant in the Beyond Boundaries (Year 1) track of the Weaving Earth Immersion. Emily writes a blog called “Becoming Coyote” that follows her journey as a young naturalist. Thanks for allowing us to post this beautiful reflection, Emily! Foreground: Emily. Background: Mountain goat. Clearly an epic day. […]

To A Home We Say: “Goodbye For Now”

After two transformative years, Weaving Earth is leaving our program site in east Sonoma county. We’re sad to leave a place we’ve come to love. Yet there’s also excitement as we transition to a beautiful and wild property in west Sonoma county. We are profoundly grateful to have landed in a truly amazing new home, […]

6 Teenage Boys, 3 Guides, 1 Billion Mosquitoes

“We have two options,” I say, knowing in my heart that isn’t exactly true. One path leads to more misery. The other to relief. Maybe. “We can continue with our plan to make a big loop around Granite Dome and hope that somewhere is better than here, or we can get to high ground as […]

2014 Year In Review

It’s been an incredible year at Weaving Earth: powerful time in nature, strong connections with great people and lots of time for reflection. We are grateful for the many moments of collaboration, connection and relationship. Here’s a look at some of the potency of the past year, starting with a short video montage and followed […]

The Week In Pictures: December 9-16, 2014

So fresh and so clean, clean: beautiful raccoon tracks (left hind, right front) in mud. Front left and front right tracks of the same raccoon. Trailing pigs with Matt Nelson on a ranch west of Geyserville. We saw upwards of 30 pigs when the day was done. An incredible day on a rugged and picturesque […]

The Week In Pictures: December 1-8, 2014

Looking towards San Francisco from the Steep Ravine camping area at Mt. Tamalpais State Park. The mighty Pacific. Left: The fresh walking trail of a California quail in mud at the Steep Ravine campground. How many other tracks can you spot? Right: Closeup of a California quail track. Quail have what is known as “game […]

The Week In Pictures: November 21-30

The rains are here! Keep coming! Three stages of inky cap growth: umbrella, star and SLIME! Leaf tattoo on concrete. The rich fall hue of a maple leaf resting in rosemary. I spent Thanksgiving in Austin, TX. We found these tracks under a rock ledge near Hamilton Pool (which is an incredible place). Ringtail, we […]

The Week In Pictures: November 13 – 20

Unidentified orange mushrooms growing near my sit spot. Any mycologists in the house? Who is this? Left: An inky cap mushroom growing on the walk to my sit spot. Right: An unidentified dig in the cyprus duff at Bodega Dunes. Striped skunk? Assorted skulls extracted from a bounty of owl pellets found at Bodega Dunes. […]

Bioneers Report: What Better Time To Be Born Than Now?

To say that environmental activist Xiuhtezcatl Martinez (pronounced Shu-TEZ-caht) knows how to work a crowd is like saying the San Francisco Giants know how to play baseball. Martinez isn’t just good—he’s masterful. And he’s 14. “They say this generation has a future,” evangelized Martinez during his electrifying plenary address at the 25th annual Bioneers Conference. […]

Tales From The Sit Spot: Mystery Mammal and the Big Buck

It’s 6:30 AM. The morning is cool and clear, not misty like yesterday. The dawn is blue and purple—a prelude to pink and orange. I’m nearly to the old black oak tree where I sit quietly each day and listen to the sounds of the creek, the brush, the meadow, and the canopy. In the […]

Howling For The Wilderness Within

Note from Sam: The following is a feature story I wrote for Earthjustice over the summer of 2014. It appeared in their quarterly magazine and online. It is reprinted here with their permission. All photos were taken by me for Earthjustice, unless otherwise noted. Photo: Melodie Kauff for Earthjustice. As the Wilderness Act turns 50, […]

Sitting at the Feet of Gary Snyder and Wendell Berry

If I could adopt a grandfather, I’d have a hard time choosing between Gary Snyder and Wendell Berry, who shared the stage in Santa Rosa last week to celebrate publication of a book of their letters to one another, written over the last four decades. It’s called Distant Neighbors and was recently published by Counterpoint […]

Leaf Falling From Fir Tree

The late afternoon sun was baking the sloped meadow where I often sit to settle in to the rhythms of the forest. All was quiet except for the incessant buzzing of some cicadas and a lone orange-crowned warbler who was singing from the oaks to my left, perhaps making a territorial round. I thought, “This […]

A Walk in Willard’s Woods

I sensed the owl before I saw it. Turning to Charlotte, my 20-year-old cousin, I said: “I can’t fully explain it, but I have a strong feeling that there’s an owl close by. I wonder how close it is.” Seconds later, I looked up and saw her—a beautiful barred owl perched 20 feet up in […]