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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Land event this weekend, and a recorded talk

Dear Ones, If you would like to come and spend some time with the land this weekend (Oct 9 and/or 10) here is the information and registration link. It’s a work weekend and there is no charge; the schedule is loose and you can come for part of it. The real reason for this note […]


Ordinary life – Mountains and Waters Alliance, fall 2021

“When the crowded Vietnamese refugee boats met with storms or pirates, if everyone panicked all would be lost. But if even one person on the boat remained calm and centered, it was enough. It showed the way for everyone to survive.” Thich Nhat Hanh Rather than talking about any of the kinds of fear people […]


Personal Action: response to the IPCC Climate Report

The IPCC climate report triggered a lot of thoughts about how to get to action. 1: Getting to Political Will Given the scale of the problem – climate change is being driven by enormous corporate, military, and government offenses, while our personal consumption has very little effect – why bother changing your own life? This […]


Covid update on MWA Events

Dear Friends, This is an update on the events calendar I sent out last month. It seems like a good idea to be more careful with the unknowns on the new Covid variants. The uncertainty of life is requiring us to pay attention. When you register for any event, please let me know whether you […]


Work/Party Day at Mountains and Waters Farm July 10

You’re invited to a beautiful day in the country, with some good work and a feast at the end. The weather forecast is cool (low 70’s) with showers tapering off around 11 am – perfect for the weeding projects. The general plan: 11-5 followed by supper. (snack breaks and creek visits as needed) Please tell […]


Action from a distance

I’m reaching out to ask for chanting and prayers for the protection of northern Minnesota. Here’s the story: I went outside to visit the Central Altar – a magnificent rock face at the creek, with dozens of faces that sometimes show themselves. What offering to make? Sometimes I chant the Dai Hi Shin Dharani; the […]

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 will be online Mondays only.
  • THE GIFT OF FEARLESSNESS: Conversations on the Pandemic
    • Sunday Afternoons 4:30 – 6:00 PM CT
    • 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 5th sundays: DETAILS HERE >>

– Monday Mornings 6:00am CT

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

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  • Upcoming Events

    1. Informal Dharma Talk – Renunciation

      October 31 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
    2. Dharma Talk

      November 28 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
    3. Rohatsu Sesshin – Simplified Zen Meditation Retreat 2021

      November 30 @ 7:00 pm - December 7 @ 12:00 pm

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