Winter Retreat Virtual Offering / Puerto Rico Educational Tour / California Flooding / Climate Change Text Books / “Carbon Pirates” / Indigenous Continent
Good morning and happy Saturday to our Regenerative School community,
We hope that January has been gentle on you all.
For any and all interested in rēcharging and rēbalancing the mind, body, and spirit this winter season, we have a heartfelt virtual offering exclusively available on our online library. This winter “rēTREAT” includes a meditation, yoga practice, caffeine-free chai recipe, Ayurvedic tips and more! Thana Numan, an Ayurvedic wellness counselor and therapeutic yoga instructor of Nourishing Wellness, and Caitlin Smith, owner and founder of Within Wellness have generously provided this thoughtful practice just for you. Check it out here!
Keep scrolling for more course offerings and our biweekly reading list!
- Watch this space for more details on our developing “Decolonization Tour” hosted in Puerto Rico with our friends at ISER Caribe. Connect the true history, culture and art of Puerto Rico on this transformative ten day excursion. Engage in community-driven service work, and explore the rich biodiversity and alluring ecology of the island. Discover your inner landscape through breath work, reflection and somatic practices. Tour dates to be announced soon.
- Interested in embodied curiosity? Theologian and researcher Sara Jolena Walcott, founder of Sequoia Samanvaya, works at the cutting edge of this feeling in our three-part course “ReMembering the Origins of Climate Change.” Walcott lectures on the forgotten history of climate change, colonialism, racism, and church doctrine in this thought-provoking class. Click here to sign up.
- Our three-part Nature and Belonging series is back for a LIMITED TIME ONLY! With the transformative knowledge of Empower with Nature‘s Maya Galimidi, we will ground and re-build connection to place starting February 3. We will explore diverse concepts and use phenomenological techniques to engage our senses and heighten our levels of observation. Through a deepened understanding of ecopsychology and the “ecological self” we will reconnect to place and purpose. Consider this class a personal invitation to ROOT: within yourself, and wherever you are. This class will be a beautiful beginning to the new year.
- Inside Climate News’ Kiley Bense recently reported on a new study tracking climate change coverage in college textbooks over the past 50 years. “Textbooks offer a window into the priorities of the time and place in which they were published. To continue to produce textbooks that treat climate change as a tangential topic telegraphs a failure to grasp how much climate change will alter our future–and has already gravely altered our present.” Click here to read about the study.
- “In the face of intensifying weather patterns, regenerative organic farms are demonstrating that the key to resilience is working with nature.” Ryan Peterson, an instructor for Climate Farm School and a regenerative agriculture advocate, penned an op-ed for Civil Eats in response to California’s historic succession of winter storms. Click here to read about how regenerative farmscapes are harnessing the deluge.
- “The Climate Impact of Your Neighborhood, Mapped” is a a fascinating interactive piece published just before the new year by The New York Times. Looking at maps of America’s cities, an interesting pattern emerges, and it might not be what you think. Nadja Popovich, Mira Rojanasakul and Brad Plumer investigate how the new data points to some ways that local governments can reduce emissions. Click here to read more.
- “Selling credits should fund forest protection, but unscrupulous firms are making deals where land stewards lose out, say local leaders.” The Guardian’s Patrick Greenfield explores the ‘carbon pirates’ preying on Amazon’s Indigenous communities in an article published this morning. Click here to read about the impacts that western companies are having as they seek to secure deals in indigenous territories for carbon offsetting projects.
- In Indigenous Continent, acclaimed historian Pekka Hämäläinen rewrites 400 years of American history from Indigenous perspectives, overturning the dominant origin story of the United States. This 2022 release shifts the fulcrum of American History away from Jamestown, Plymouth Rock, the Revolution, and other well-trodden episodes on the conventional timeline back to Native peoples. Hämäläinen depicts a sovereign world of Native nations whose members, far from helpless victims of colonial violence, dominated the continent for centuries after the first European arrivals. We can’t wait to download this audio book.
What have you been reading? What have you been listening to? Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know.
Thank you and see you soon!
The Rē Team
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