Hannah’s Haying

We take the stairs up to the barn loft, knowing we’ll leave by the ladder. For September it’s unseasonably hot, and hotter still up here. The smell of dried garlic and last year’s hay lingers in the thick heat that has risen from downstairs and swarmed through the loft’s slatted sides and roof. We stand, [...]

By | October 4th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

What You Learn At The Educational Center For Contemplative Ecology in Vermont

View the original article:Mochni What You Learn At The Educational Center For Contemplative Ecology in Vermont by Laura Ahrens, Metta Earth Yoga Teacher and dear Friend Metta Earth Institute, a center for CONTEMPLATIVE ECOLOGY, is nestled in a mountain bowl on 158 acres of meadow, forest, orchard, and farm in the Green Mountains of Vermont. [...]

Hearts and hands gather honorable mountainside harvest

Hearts and hands gather honorable mountainside harvest by Teagan Wu   Eyes closed in the cool, spacious garden Orchestra of birds and bees play in silence Sunlight warms eyelids Resting in company, tuning into rooted Motherwort. Deep green, jagged leaves, standing strong in sun and blowing breeze Receiving her welcome, we snip and gather Gratitude [...]

By | September 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|1 Comment

A Summer of Earth and Community

Have you ever tasted liquid sunshine?   First, find yourself an untouched field of dandelion flowers and carefully remove enough flower heads to fill a basket. Be sure to thank the plants for their gift, but don’t worry too much - you could hardly diminish its brilliance by a mere grazing of the golden heads. [...]

By | April 6th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Link Between Yoga and Sustainability – An Excerpt

With September vivaciously arriving on our land in a flush of reds and golds in harvests, landscapes, and flowers, we find ourselves shifting into heartier processing in the kitchen and bustling arrivals of our September and October yoga retreats.  As the Vermont Autumn Yoga Retreat and Ecology of Yoga session approaches we find our minds musing [...]

By | September 6th, 2016|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Savoring the Season: Garlic Harvest

One of the truly amazing things about living with the seasons is the shift from scarcity to abundance. A few weeks ago we enjoyed such a shift with our summer garlic harvest! Earlier this spring we enjoyed the last of our cured fresh garlic from last season. For almost three months we got by on dried cloves [...]

By | August 9th, 2016|Food & Recipes, Garden, Seasons|0 Comments

Metta Offering: Mantra and Prayer for Difficult Times

While Metta Earth may be physically far removed from violence that has been happening around the United States and the world, we feel it deeply. In particular, we are hurt by racial injustice in the US over the past few weeks. This week, we want to offer two simple practices for grounding, centering, and healing [...]

By | July 23rd, 2016|Reflections|0 Comments

Walking the Barefoot World, Part 2

Emily Howard participated in Metta Earth’s Wilderness and Ecopsychology Leadership Intensive in the summer of 2015 and sat down in February 2016 to reflect on how the experience has influenced her life since. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan and blogs for Metta Earth. This is Part Two in a series of two. Part One [...]

By | July 11th, 2016|Ecological Leadership Intensives, Reflections|1 Comment

Embracing the Strawberry Moon

"Give me your hand...I promise it's not anything weird." I reluctantly stepped away from my preparations for dinner and received a tiny, perfectly ripened strawberry from the Puja garden. As I bit into the ruby fruit and the juice enveloped my senses, I reveled in the arrival of strawberry season. We found ourselves at quite [...]

By | July 5th, 2016|Food & Recipes, MEI Programs, Reflections|0 Comments

Walking the Barefoot World, Part 1

  Emily Howard participated in Metta Earth’s Wilderness and Ecopsychology Leadership Intensive in the summer of 2015 and sat down in February 2016 to reflect on how the experience has influenced her life since. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan and blogs for Metta Earth. This is Part One in a series of two.  Part [...]

By | June 26th, 2016|Leadership Intensives, Reflections|1 Comment