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.


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.


Upcoming Events


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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5-Day Sesshin at the Farm – April 30th – May 4th

5 Day Retreat at the Farm
April 30th - May 4th
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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Sesshin at Hokyoji – June 25th – 30th

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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Land Care Retreat: Spiritual Practice with the Natural World

A weekend combining Zen sitting and walking meditation with encounter with the natural world

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5-Day Sesshin at the Farm – September 24-29

5 Day Retreat at the Farm
September 24th - 29th
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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Rohatsu Sesshin – Simplified Zen Meditation Retreat

Monday November 30, 7 pm – Monday December 7, 5 pm
The traditional week-long sesshin honoring Buddha’s enlightenment, deep in winter and snow with fire heat.

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Local events change often and are announced through email. The potluck group meets 5:30 Sunday evenings on the third Sunday of each month, listening to a podcast or watching a film, and discussing. There are also work events, sometimes exciting such as tapping the trees for maple syrup.

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Two hundred twenty-seven water crossings

So alive. So warmly connected, deeply peaceful. I was a little in love with the group and especially the speakers and leaders of the ceremony this morning. The space was timeless. It was called “Faith Action at the Capitol.” Mentioned the 227 water crossings of the planned Line 3 pipeline, a bigger replacement for the […]


At the turning of the age

It may be that 2019 will be remembered as the year climate disaster became real for ordinary people in the United States. Because the news media brought us Australia burning, in a way they have not brought Asia and Africa as they burn or drown or starve. Naturally, 2020 must then be the year we […]


As the sun returns

It’s the dark time of the year, just five days until winter solstice and the beginning of the sun’s return. Night skies are brilliant with stars, the snow is bright from the moon even when it’s covered with clouds. The air is crisp and cold. Sometimes the body just wants to stay indoors and be […]


Climate, Collapse, and how we live

An invitation: One World in Dialogue and Zen Peacemakers  invite us to a 24-hour worldwide meditation vigil on December 7 and 8. I will participate for what time I can; I invite you also. Grounding Ourselves in Reality It’s so much easier and more pleasant to just go on as if nothing were different. The […]


There are many ways to get involved

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