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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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 […]


Notes from the Treaty People Gathering

Over 2000 people gathered in northern Minnesota June 5-8 to protect land, water, and treaty rights against Enbridge Energy’s Line 3. Over 200 of us were arrested in the process, and hundreds stayed at Camp Fire Light, at the place where Enbridge plans to drill under the Mississippi River near its very beginning. Now the […]


Spring, peace, welcome

Spring has burst forth in the past two weeks. Everything in me welcomes it. So today  just this, with Wendell Berry:   “The Peace of Wild Things” When despair for the world grows in me and I wake in the night at the least sound in fear of what my life and my children’s lives […]

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.

– Monday Mornings 6:00am CT

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The Gift of Fearlessness: Conversations on the Pandemic
– Sundays 4:30-5:45pm CT


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

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  • Upcoming Events

    1. 5-Day Sesshin at the Farm – September 16-21, 2021 – Cancelled

      September 16 @ 8:00 pm - September 21 @ 3:00 pm
    2. Workday October 9 -10 – transplanting and harvest

      October 9 @ 11:00 am - October 10 @ 4:00 pm
    3. Rohatsu Sesshin – Simplified Zen Meditation Retreat 2021

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

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