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.

Mountains & Waters BLOG


Zen practice opportunities at Mountains and Waters – summer 2020

Opening up to practice on the land, during the time of pandemic: we’re making a gentle start. The Land Care Retreat, July 24-26 has been modified so that we can come together safely. Each of us (person or family) will spend most of their time in relationship with a particular part of the land. That […]


Juneteenth: Sobriety, Respect, and Hope

Today is Juneteenth, the anniversary of the freeing of the last slaves in the U.S. South. The Emancipation Proclamation was two and a half years earlier; the South fought on, and after Lee surrendered it still took two months for the news to reach Galveston, Texas. Black people have been celebrating this date ever since. […]


MWA newsletter June 1 2020 – The World Offers Itself

“Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting–over and over announcing your place in the family of things.” Mary Oliver’s words in “Wild Geese” came to me, surprising in this time of violence and burning. The world offers itself […]


Upcoming events, and a short essay

Dear Friends, The problems with the online groups have been resolved. The links on the website now work for joining Zoom groups. Briefly, here’s what’s coming up. Sunday April 19, 10 am – Earth day talk at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Northfield. Here is The zoom link. Password “dignity.” Sunday April 19, 4 pm – […]


MWA: Reading link for The Gift of Fearlessness this Sunday

Dear Friends, The Sunday discussion group is settling into a lovely pattern and a comfortable size. New people are still welcome, especially your friends; we won’t be doing broad publicity right now. The reading for this week is Charles Eisenstein’s “The Coronation” which offers deep hope about what the coronavirus could become, while not denying […]


Navajo Nation requests prayers this weekend

Dear Friends, The Navajo Nation is experiencing an outbreak of COVID-19, and has asked for prayers this weekend, Easter weekend. They started at sunrise Saturday with fires, drumming, prayers, and songs. Please join in any way and time that works for you, and please share. I am including them in my morning chanting, have a […]

Regular Schedule (Online)

– Weekday Mornings 6:00am CT

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The Gift of Fearlessness: Conversations on the Pandemic
– Sundays 4-5pm CT

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

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  • Upcoming Events

    1. Land Care Retreat: Spiritual Practice with the Natural World – with safety

      July 24 @ 6:00 pm - July 26 @ 3:00 pm
    2. 5-Day Sesshin at the Farm – September 24-29

      September 24 @ 7:00 pm - September 29 @ 3:00 pm
    3. Rohatsu Sesshin – Simplified Zen Meditation Retreat

      November 30 @ 7:00 pm - December 7 @ 12:00 pm
    4. Zazen online

      December 31 @ 6:00 am - 7:00 am


There are many ways to get involved

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