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.

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.


Upcoming Events

Starts: Sat Jul 20 - 9:00 AM

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Permaculture farm work day, in the country.

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Starts: Fri Jul 26 - 6:00 PM

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Silent meditation retreat in the Zen tradition. If you would like to come, please speak with

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Starts: Fri Aug 09 - 7:00 PM

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Spiritual care with the natural world; guest teacher Rev. Shohaku Okumura.

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Starts: Fri Aug 23 - 6:00 PM

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Silent meditation retreat in the Zen tradition. If you would like to come, please speak with

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MWA July newsletter –

Abundance of Voices One: This is an odd thing: I listened to the Democratic primary debates, in spite of my better judgment. Twenty imperfect but passionate people spoke, and I thought most of them were more alike than different. A week later, it struck me: twenty people are touring around the United States, giving talks […]


MWA June newsletter – summer solstice

First, on this summer solstice day, a poem from Gary Snyder. “After a Mohawk prayer,” he says. Prayer for the Great Family Gratitude to Mother Earth, sailing through night and day – and to her soil; rich, rare and sweet         in our minds so be it.   Gratitude to Plants, the sun-facing, light-changing […]


Monthly newsletters – and new news

Newsletters will be monthly! From now on, that is. Last week was supposed to be the monthly newsletter, but I forgot to tell you, and there is news anyway. So here we go. First, schedules. Zen retreats: Two changes. If you’re thinking of coming to the 5-day retreat at Hokyoji (southern Minnesota, June 12-17) please […]


May newsletter: What do you love?

what do you love? Not as an abstraction or an ideal What do you love enough to take action to defend it? Know it name it own it claim it it is under immediate threat by taking action to defend it, nurture it, grow it you grow into the person you were meant to be […]


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