Inspiring school in Harlem: what if we grounded ourselves in our bodies from early on? 
Monday, December 3, 2018, 10:39 AM - Inspiring
One of the most inspiring parts of the Transformative Learning conference at Columbia U this year was a visit that we arranged to the Thurgood Marshall Lower School in Harlem. Wow. These students practice gratitude, compassion, checking in to their feelings, reflection, meditation daily. They even have classroom charters grounded in how they want to feel. These have extended to even family charters. When I asked Cameron, our 7 year old guide and peer mediator what he liked about the school he told me" I like that we share our confidences." Gulp. Imagine a world full of these practices? This is what meditation can be, I believe. An ability to be in step with ourselves so we can be in step with others.







Slithy Toves 
Monday, October 22, 2018, 07:24 PM - Outdoor adventure


Photos: Maggy Burns

Hiking today with Maggy in Ferguson's Cove. It really looked like this. Delight and gratitude. This too. Joanna gets the prize for naming the furry vegetation in the pond "slithy toves" from Jabberwocky which Maggy knows by heart!

Meridian 7: Fireflies 
Sunday, September 30, 2018, 09:46 AM - Poetry and Writing





Community land trusts: Reclaiming the commons  
Thursday, September 20, 2018, 04:12 PM - The Solidarity Economy & Microfinance
We are working on a Community Land trust in the North End of Halifax- North End Land Trust

Vision
Re-claimed land for living, working, playing in ways that grow connections and commons.

Purpose
The North End Land Trust (NELT) is an organization of residents, societies and enterprises committed to a vibrant neighbourhood, local economy and food bio-system. Nothing is more central to who we are and to justice than land. The NELT will acquire land and property incrementally, and steward it for long-term public benefit under a community owned land trust model. Public benefits may include affordable housing, cooperative and co-housing, non-profit spaces, community gardens, local employment and learning. NELT will take land out of the market, hold it in commons and in perpetuity, and lease it to residents through long-term leases.

Paul Sander Jackson from Wessex Community Assets discusses how Community Land Trusts and other community led asset owning organisations are reclaiming commons across England. Click on the link below.

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Solo eros retreat on the Bluff Wilderness Trail 
Monday, September 3, 2018, 09:42 AM - Outdoor adventure


Took an eros retreat on the Bluff Wilderness Trail. First time I hiked the whole thing and camped. It was really lovely. Eros in the Marcusean sense where pleasure is political. Being in who and where we are so we can be in step with others. So things I love to do - be outdoors, meditate, reflect, play. Try to touch in to what I am really feeling and what it is that I want to do free of any pull or influence. So goal-driven hiking moments where I felt I needed to make tracks were tempered with --I just want to swim or look at these mushrooms. These retreats have been so powerful and healing in these last years.


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