Greenest Days at Turtle Rock Farm
Our June 2015 Newsletter


Mental ecology, also called deep ecology, seeks to awaken our ability to listen. The entire universe and each being, as tiny as it might be, are filled with history. They can tell their story and deliver their message that speaks of the grandeur and majesty of creation. The mission of the human being, man and woman, is to decipher this message and be able to celebrate it. Mental ecology or deep ecology seeks to nourish those psychic energies that enhance the covenant of kinship between the human being and the universe. It arouses the shaman hidden inside each person. Like any shaman, each individual can enter into dialogue with the energies at work in the building of the cosmos over fifteen billion years, energies that manifest themselves in us in the form of intuitions, dreams, and visions, and by enchantment over nature.

Without a spiritual revolution it will be impossible to launch a new paradigm of connectedness. The new covenant finds its roots and the site where it is verified in the depth of the human mind. That is where the lost link that reconstitutes the chain of beings and the vast cosmic community begins to be refashioned. This link in the chain is anchored in the sacred and in God, alpha and omega of the principle of the self-organization of the universe. This is where all sense of connectedness is fostered and this is the permanent basis for the dignity of Earth.

—Leonardo Boff
Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor



hard as it is to swallow,
we know now
that making personal
or collective changes
in the ways we humans live
so that all on the planet
is not going to be easy—
to put it most simply.
To sustain—
or even initiate—
we have to go deep.
More than a change of heart,
coming to live so that all thrive
requires a change perspective,
a change of consciousness.
And how in the world
are we to do that!?
Wonderful wise teachers
have been involved for many years
in helping us
change our understanding
and stand in support with each other
as we decide—step-by-step—
to choose and live the values
that will eventually
re-create this interdependent, living system
into the world in which we want to live,
a world where all life can thrive.
It sounds daunting.
But it is not impossible
and here at Turtle Rock Farm,
we are engaged in
inviting people into this great work
of change.
Our last Saturday retreat of 2013—
there will be much more in 2014—
invites participants into the experiences
that help us (gently) process our feelings
about the health of the planet,
come to understand the interdependent system
that we are part of
and choose the values, the next steps
we want to take and live in our life

Active Hope—The Work That Reconnects
is Saturday, November 16.
Come experience the transformative teachings
of Joanna Macy, John Seed, Margaret Wheatley and others.
Come experience the kind of hope
that can carry us forward.
Register here: www.turtlerockfarmretreat.com