The 8 Instructions
INSTRUCTION NO. 1
No lifeform can exist by itself. The natural world is a finely tuned, dynamic and interdependent community.
INSTRUCTION NO. 2
Diversity in nature is the number one predictor of a system’s health and resilience.
INSTRUCTION NO. 3
In a time when technology has outpaced relational skill, nature shows us how balancing agency (masculine) and care (feminine) is key to human procession.
INSTRUCTION NO. 4
Over millions of years, many animals and humans have employed similar strategies for being healthy and content.
INSTRUCTION NO. 5
Efficiency is the evidence of natural expression. Unfussed, unscripted. As usual and uncanny as breathing in and out.
INSTRUCTION NO. 6
All of nature is inclined toward recovery. Not just to survive, but to thrive
INSTRUCTION NO. 7
In nature, healing from trauma creates genetic benefits that can be passed on to future generations.
INSTRUCTION NO. 8
To the extent we are able to embrace mystery, humans are able to live creatively and well with each other.
The Light Still Shining
Today marks the winter solstice. From this time of deep darkness our attention is naturally drawn to the glittering guidance of whatever scattered light there is. All the while beneath ground, teeming activity is underway to fortify and prepare root systems of giant...
Gratitude for what Sustains
Maybe you’re gathering with family this weekend. Maybe with friends. And maybe you’re spending the time alone. Whatever the case, there’s little denying the tensions surrounding Thanksgiving in 2019. In these days of public discord, usual glitches in the ways we are...
NOTE: Gary's book The Eight Master Lessons of Nature is out as of October 22 - in the US with Dutton, and in Dutch translation with Ten Have. We just returned from the Netherlands for a rich round of interviews and for team Full Ecology to take the stage again - this...
The Ecology of Poetry
This is our friend, Janice Gould. She died with pancreatic cancer on June 28 of this year. She'd turned 70 on April 1. Too soon gone, and no less pure a blessing to the people and other beings who knew her. Janice lived Full Ecology. She walked the curve of this...
One of the things that seems especially characteristic of people is our capacity for self-reflection. It's a byproduct of being able to think. We can participate in our lives and observe ourselves and our circumstances at the same time. It's a super handy skill. When...
Is There a Place Where the World Stops and Mystery Begins?
We've been in the back country. Hiking to a few mountain tops. Resting in the valleys in between. Funny how time in the wilderness can fit in the category of vacation - meaning something like leave everyday life behind. Go for the escape.Take a break from the...
There is a guiding principle from ancient Hinduism – neti neti – not this, not that. We’ve really grown fond of this ancient method of inquiry. Like Hindu sages have suggested for thousands of years, it can be a reliable prompt for freeing ourselves from traps of the...
Leaning on What We Know – Loving What we Don’t
What can you tell from a hydrangea in full bloom? Maybe something about beauty - something about reliability in the big middle of uncertainty. Maybe something about hanging in there - about stepping out of the way of your own magnificence. Since, there it is, whether...
Why Intensive Retreats?
If you're on our mailing list, you've been seeing initial word of two retreats we're pulling together. One in mid September in Yellowstone country - a weekend. And another a full week in Guanajuato, Mexico next February. But why retreats? And this...
Wilderness Rangers – Stewards of Our Public Lands
In 1905, management of U.S. forest reserves was transferred from the General Land Office of the Interior Department to the Bureau of Forestry, and thereafter named the United States Forest Service. Some of the most beautiful and precious of these lands are tended by...
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