In this week’s newsletter, we share some photos from our incredible divine feminine retreat last month and announce our upcoming “Nature and Belonging” course!
We also share some articles, essays, and podcasts that have have recently inspired and intrigued us. Interested in exploring our attachment to small family farms and fishing? Ever wonder why research hasn’t caught up to regenerative agriculture practices? Keep reading to learn more!
Updates from Rē:
LOOKING BACK: Falling into Balance Retreat
On October 22-24th, Rē hosted ‘Falling Into Balance,’ a self-care retreat to rēconnect mind, body, and nature.
Thank you to every woman near and far who came out to channel divine, feminine energy into balance, light and connection with us two weeks ago.
We had such an incredible time grounding, stretching, breathing, eating with and getting to know you all!
Special thank you to the incredible Thana Nu of Nourish Me Wellness, Caitlin Smithof Within Wellness, and Ashlei Laing of Rē : The Regenerative school for their guidance and support!
We are so proud of the offering and spirit put into this first gathering and eagerly await the next! Stay tuned for more retreat opportunities!
COMING UP: “Nature and Belonging:” Finding Connection Through Nature and the Senses
November 28, December 5, and December 12
We are back with Maya Galimidi, founder of Empower With Nature, for this special fall offering! Many of us live with a sense of rootlessness, either physically untethered to place, spiritually aloof, or both. We find ourselves as migrants in our own cities, towns and lives; detached from the places, situations, and one another.
Our ‘Nature and Belonging’ course takes on this challenge by exploring concepts from eco-psychology and phenomenological techniques that engage your five senses. The three week program will help course participants find connection and build re-connection with the place where they are.
This course will be live-streamed over zoom at noon US central time on the last week of November and the first two weeks of December. We hope you can join us!
To register or learn more information, click here !
This Week’s RēRead:
- Small family farms are touted as the ideal, but frequently struggle to survive in the United States. In a recent essay titled “I tried to prove that small family farms are the future. I couldn’t do it,” Sarah Mock argues that we must move beyond our attachment to the small family farm myth and open our minds to a bigger, more diverse, and less predictable future for farming. The piece, published by The Counter in mid October, is a thought provoking read exploring why small family farms are believed to be the “backbone of the nation,” and why so many people have been unable to build one that works. Read the essay here.
- “If you ask the ocean what does it make sense to grow? The ocean says to you why don’t you grow things you don’t have to feed and [that] don’t swim away.” In the most recent episode of Heat of the Moment, John Sutter interviews Bren Smith, a regenerative ocean farmer in Connecticut. Together, they discuss how we can harness our oceans to be a powerful force for climate solutions. An incredible way to cut greenhouse gases from our global food production is to develop and promote polyculture practices for farming shellfish, seaweeds, and kelps. Listen to the podcast here.
- “Studying regenerative agriculture [is] not straightforward. Often farmers might adopt several changes at once, so it [is] much harder to draw a straight line from one change to one outcome,” Dr Gwen Grelet says. A cross-disciplinary research project is investigating at the potential of regenerative agriculture for New Zealand farmers. The collaborative of 200+ representatives of New Zealand’s agri-food system published their findings, recommendations, and proposed 17 priority research topics in a white paper earlier this year. Read more about the project here.
- Mateusz Ciasnocha, farmer and CEO of European Carbon Farmers, penned a letter to the world leaders gathering in Glasgow for COP26 titled “If you must do one thing before COP26, please visit a farm.” It is a moving plea we hope our leaders headed. Read it here.
How are you doing? What have you been reading? Are there any programs, retreats, or courses you would be interested in? Write to us and let us know!
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