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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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 […]


Minnesota, Life, Death, a Call for Support

I wanted to post spring flowers and updates on the garden. But too much is happening here. I was following the processes at Line 3, the not-yet-approved pipeline that is being built rapidly anyway, to take tar sands oil through Minnesota to a Wisconsin refinery for export. Indigenous-led resistance is meeting harsh police action, paid […]


MWA March 27, 2021 – Sorrow, shock, new life

As we weary of the pandemic and look forward to spring – forgive my rambling. And note the recording and the events at the bottom of the page. A gunman has shot and killed ten people in a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado. Less than a week earlier a gunman shot and killed eight people in […]


Spring practice period and events

Dear Friends, In spite of Covid-19, we will offer some in-person options for this year. Things may change if the pandemic worsens. Meanwhile we have online events. Online: Sunday evenings, 4:30 Central Time, online discussion group called “The Gift of Fearlessness” Wednesday evenings, 6:30 Central Time, Zen study group. February 20 one-day retreat with Red […]



In this time of fear, when so many people are literally refugees and when any one of us might join them. How do we find refuge, and how do we offer refuge? Refuge means shelter from danger. It comes from “to flee,” “back,” and “a place for.” The danger is unspecified, just fleeing back to […]

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

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

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  • Upcoming Events

    1. Spring Work/Practice Period

      April 1 - June 30
    2. 5-Day Sesshin at the Farm – June 17-22, 2021

      June 17 @ 8:00 pm - June 22 @ 3:00 pm
    3. 5-Day Sesshin at the Farm – September 16-21, 2021

      September 16 @ 8:00 pm - September 21 @ 3:00 pm
    4. Rohatsu Sesshin – Simplified Zen Meditation Retreat 2021

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

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