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.

The Alliance reaches out to the public through teaching, writing, and retreats, offering this vision of the human role in the community of life, grounded in the tangible reality of holding and caring for the shared land.

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The farm supports the Alliance and the Zen Community, offering a place for spiritual practice, a home for the work of protection and restoration, and food for residents, volunteers, and sharing.

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The practice of awakening is one with the practice of transforming the earth which is our true body. A study and practice group meets at the Northfield Buddhist Meditation Center.

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Upcoming Events

FEATURED EVENTS

August 2019 Sesshin at Farm

Silent meditation retreat in the Zen tradition. Advance registration is required, one week in advance. Retreats are held at a private home on a 17-acre farm, an hour south of Minneapolis, on the Cannon River. Retreat leader is Shodo Spring, dharma heir of Shohaku Okumura, founder of Mountains and Waters Alliance (MountainsandWatersAlliance.org) Fees are minimal; […]

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September 2019 Sesshin at Farm

Silent meditation retreat in the Zen tradition. Advance registration is required, one week in advance. Retreats are held at a private home on a 17-acre farm, an hour south of Minneapolis, on the Cannon River. Retreat leader is Shodo Spring, dharma heir of Shohaku Okumura, founder of Mountains and Waters Alliance (MountainsandWatersAlliance.org) Fees are minimal; […]

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Introduction to Zen (Saturday Morning Workshop)

Saturday morning workshop with basics of Zen practice and teaching.

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Introduction to Zen (Weekend Retreat)

Saturday morning workshop with basics of Zen practice and teaching; weekend retreat with more time, more discussion, introduction to life informed by Zen practice.

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Simplified Zen Meditation Retreat (Rohatsu)

SESSHIN: SIMPLIFIED ZEN MEDITATION RETREAT
Friday November 30, 7 pm – Saturday December 8, noon, 2018
In sesshin, we let in the support of the whole universe. This can feel profound or ordinary; it is actually extraordinary.

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22
Aug

Allow the grief of these times

It is only by consistently re-grounding ourselves to the Earth, silently in order to listen, that we can allow the grief of these times to wash through us. And then, may we be clear-eyed and able to act with the conviction required by these times.                  Dahr Jamail, July 2019 In […]

13
Aug

A special talk and other local events coming soon at Mountains and Waters

This weekend: Sunday morning 8/18 at 10:15 – Beth Goldring, founder of Brahmavihara Cambodia, will give a talk at Northfield Buddhist Meditation Center. https://northfieldmeditation.wordpress.com/upcoming-events/ Saturday 8/17 9-5 (all day or any part) – work day at the farm, with lunch. What we actually do will depend on weather, numbers, and skills. The biggest project would […]

16
Jul

MWA July newsletter –

Abundance of Voices One: This is an odd thing: I listened to the Democratic primary debates, in spite of my better judgment. Twenty imperfect but passionate people spoke, and I thought most of them were more alike than different. A week later, it struck me: twenty people are touring around the United States, giving talks […]

21
Jun

MWA June newsletter – summer solstice

First, on this summer solstice day, a poem from Gary Snyder. “After a Mohawk prayer,” he says. Prayer for the Great Family Gratitude to Mother Earth, sailing through night and day – and to her soil; rich, rare and sweet         in our minds so be it.   Gratitude to Plants, the sun-facing, light-changing […]

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