Mountains and Waters Alliance exists to heal the deep cause of the climate emergency in the rift between the dominant human culture and the whole of life on earth. Together with all beings, we protect and restore the living earth.

We create and nourish communities, rooted in meditation and ceremony, that practice farming as activism and defend land, water, and life as healing work; we learn, teach, and invite others to join us.

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Giving, upcoming classes and talks, and communications

Giving: This is the season of fundraising appeals. I’ve been invisible, underground, working on the book, occasional talks, and leading one study group and one discussion group. With nothing to see, I make no claim to your dollars. Still, if you would like to support this work here is a window. Gifts make it possible […]


Mountains and Waters Alliance: a blessing at the Celtic new year

I just want to send you a blessing, as the Celtic year shifts toward winter, and as we move toward the elections and other unknowns. This poem is from John O’Donohue. At the end, you can listen to him reading it. Beannacht On the day when the weight deadens on your shoulders and you stumble, […]


Please Vote. And Breathe.

Voting is an exercise of political power. Self-expression has nothing to do with it. We vote all the time for people we don’t prefer, in order to avoid potential disasters. If you’re worried about possible disasters of any kind, please vote in addition to your other actions. To make sure you’re still registered correctly: […]


Mountains and Waters Alliance September news and thoughts

Please forgive the long silence. I’m back and will try to be more regular. First, upcoming events: Sesshin, September 23-27 (arrive Thursday night, end Tuesday noon) The term sesshin means “to settle the mind.” We sit quietly together, 6 am to 9 pm with breaks for walking meditation and for meals. It’s a gentle time, […]


Appropriate response – and some ordinary news

The United States is falling apart. Forgive me for not writing sooner. A few months ago I started saying “This is what societal collapse looks like,” and I don’t see any reason to take that back. You can look at the list of symptoms if you need to be convinced, but otherwise don’t bother. The […]


Farm/garden day May 21

Dear Friends, Please forgive me for not commenting on the conditions of the world today. Sometimes writing is more than I can manage. But if you wish to send support to Ukraine, there is a Zen community in Poland that has taken on this work, and are known to people that I know. (You may […]

Important Notices!

Regular Schedule (Online)

  • To access morning online zazen or any classes, you will need to use the password, which is a three-letter word starting with capital Z.
  • Zazen is online Mondays, 6:00 am CT.
  • THE GIFT OF FEARLESSNESS: Thoughtful company during hard times.

– Monday Mornings 6:00am CT

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Zen Study Group
– Wednesday 6:30 – 8pm CT

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  • Upcoming Events

    1. Rohatsu Sesshin – December 2022 – cancelled

      November 30 @ 7:00 pm - December 7 @ 1:00 pm
    2. Each Moment is the Universe: Online class January 4 to March 15

      January 4, 2023 @ 6:30 pm - March 15, 2023 @ 8:00 pm

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Learn more about Mountains and Waters Alliance Membership – working to protect and restore the wholeness of life on earth. Its members include human people, rivers, rocks, trees, hills – sentient beings from all parts of the family of life. Check out ways you can Volunteer or.. Consider donating to Mountains and Waters