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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Mountains and Waters – December 31, 2021

Let’s be quiet now, for a little bit – a few hours, or a few days or months or maybe a whole year. Anyway, just now, a little while. One of the gifts of Buddhism is an understanding that discomfort, inconvenience, and even pain are part of life – and that it’s possible to be […]


a gentle reminder in giving season

It’s donation day here in Minnesota, a little noisy, but we’re staying calm and quiet. This note is simply to ask that, as you consider where to give your support dollars, remember Mountains and Waters Alliance as a possibility. During the pandemic, we’ve offered classes, groups, and sitting meditation online, had a few small retreats […]


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 […]

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 is online Mondays, 6:00 am CT.
  • THE GIFT OF FEARLESSNESS: Conversations on the Pandemic and beyond
    • Sunday Afternoons 4:30 – 6:00 PM CT, 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th Sundays
    • 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. Dharma Talk online January 23, 2022

      January 23 @ 8:30 am - 10:30 am
    2. Weekend Retreat (covid safe) February 2022

      February 18 - February 20
    3. 5-Day Sesshin at the Farm (Covid safe) March 17-22, 2022

      March 17 @ 8:00 pm - March 22 @ 1:00 pm
    4. Weekend Retreat (covid safe) April 2022

      April 15 - April 17

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