EarthSpirit Rising

Conference brings spiritual vision to environmental work

“EarthSpirit Rising: Earth Wisdom, Elder Wisdom” comes to the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly Conference Center in Black Mountain Sunday, Sept. 22 through Wednesday, Sept. 25.

This participatory gathering will explore such themes as: “How do we restore harmony between our human communities and the bioregions in which we live? How do we re-create our schools, economic institutions, governments and religions, with sacred trust, to serve the well-being of all life on Earth? How do we create rituals and celebrations that honor our place within the Earth community and deepen our bond to all beings?”

Besides Thomas Berry, other presenters include:

• Brooke Medicine Eagle – a Native American teacher, ceremonial leader, sacred ecologist, feng shui practitioner and sustainable buffalo rancher. Her most recent book is The Last Ghost Dance.

• Malidoma Some – a leader, teacher, healer, diviner, medicine man and spiritual elder of the Dagara tribe of West Africa. He is the author of Of Water and the Spirit.

• Miriam Therese MacGillis – a member of the Dominican Sisters of Caldwell, N.J., she lives and works at the 140-acre Genesis Farm, which practices biodynamic agriculture.

• Howard Hanger – the founder and minister of the JUBILEE! Community in Asheville, he will facilitate the opening, closing and open-space rituals.

Pre- and post-conference events are also planned. For more information or to register, go to, call (513) 921-5124), or email

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