With the full moon coming up tonight, I'm shining light on some resources for deepening your relationship with nature – for your wellbeing and for the Earth's.
❀ TO LEARN: Run4Salmon has created lesson plans for the 4th grade, High School and mini lessons for students of all ages and we're thrilled to be offering them as "extras" of our film One Word Sawalmem. Teachers, parents and all curious ones are invited to use them to follow along virtually with the Run4Salmon this year.
❀ TO DEPLASTIFY: Turkey is tired of receiving plastic waste to "recycle," so it has banned most plastic waste imports. This is significant because as more "developing" countries refuse to take the waste of the more affluent countries, then there will be no more room for all of the disposable plastic we are creating – which may finally lead us to stop the madness.
❀ TO CELEBRATE: Rhino populations are increasing in Nepal. The Himalayan nation is among only a few countries where greater one-horned rhinos are found. The animal was close to extinction in the last century, and their revival in Nepal and India is regarded as one of the greatest conservation success stories in Asia.
❀ TO IMITATE: On the island of Pohnpei, in the Federated States of Micronesia, a pilot education program, supported by the Nia Tero Foundation is returning culturally relevant learning back into classrooms, and reinstating traditional elders as formal teachers.
❀ TO AMPLIFY: Last week Teva hosted an invigorating and insightful conversation on the topic of Rematriating the Land. Follow the speakers here Angel Tadytin (@aatadytin), Kari Rowe (@karirowephoto), Jolie Varela (@indigenouswomenhike), and Chenae Bullock (@netooeusqua)
❀ TO SIGN: So many of us are in absolute awe of wolves, but some of us are still acting senselessly, in line with the way the have been vilified by the establishment. Here's an opportunity by Takaya's Legacy championed by Paul Nicklen to speak up for our lupine brothers and sisters.
❀ TO NAVIGATE: The Hokulea's journey to circumnavigate the Pacific and inspire action, the Moananiākea Voyage, has been thrilling and encouraging. I love watching and learning from Nainoa Thompson's updates on how they are facing the challenges of the sea while continuing to practicing reverence on the waves.
❀ TO CROW: Speaking of which, I just ordered one of of Lehuauakea's striking limited run monotype prints of the 'alalā bird, the Endangered Hawaiian crow. A portion of sales from these prints will go to support The ʻAlalā Project at the Keauhou Bird Conservation Center on the Big Island of Hawaiʻi. This initiative aims to raise, rehabilitate, and restore these special birds to their original habitat in the Hawaiian rainforest.
❀ TO PRACTICE: This summer you're invited to join me at Stanford University. My online class in the department of Continuing Studies is open to the public and is called Nature Based Mindfulness: Developing Your Own Practice. Registration has just started.
What about you? I love hearing about what's supporting you these day in staying connected to nature & healing our relationship with the Earth.
Podcasts? Websites? Magazines? Products? Events?
I’d love to know – just click reply to tell me about them.
Happy full moon. Happy eclipse.
natasha deganello giraudie
nature practice teacher | filmmaker | wolf sister
P.S. This August I'll be co-hosting my first in-person retreat since the pandemic. The theme will be healing trauma with nature. I'll be teaching at the invitation of my friend Dr. Rochelle Calvert, who has just written a book on this theme. This small-group, nature-centered experience, will be held in a gorgeous, rustic center in front of the Continental Divide, just outside of Boulder. It's priced at cost, so that we can offer it to to a wide range of people doing good work who could use a restorative long weekend.