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.

Upcoming Events


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

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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Updated event information

Hello! I’ve updated the links for events “The Gift of Fearlessness” Sunday afternoons, and “Introduction to Zen” Wednesday evenings. For either, go to I strongly encourage an extra 5 minutes to deal with accessing the site. You do NOT have to download Zoom.


Starting today online: “The gift of fearlessness” and “Introduction to Zen”

Dear Friends, I’d like to invite you to either or both of two Zoom groups: The Gift of Fearlessness: Conversations on the Pandemic Sundays at 4 pm Central Time beginning today, March 22.  Details here; link to the meeting room is here:  If you don’t already have Zoom on your computer, come early and […]


MWA newsletter: STOPPING

Dear Friends of Mountains and Waters Alliance: There is a pandemic. We do not know what is coming, or how long it will last. This is just a note with a few practical thoughts. We’ve closed down all group activities here. This leaves more time for writing, meditation, land care, energy healing – the core […]


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 […]

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.



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