In spring 2018 I visited the headquarters of the Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap Company in Vista, California, where the Bronner family carries on the legacy of 5 generations of traditional soapmaking and the quirky and passionate All-One vision of Emmanuel Bronner (Dr. Bronner). You are probably familiar with their colorful liquid soap bottles covered with words exuberantly enumerating what Dr. Bronner called the Moral ABC’s.
The Bronner Family still uses their castillian soap product as a platform for world healing. I met with David Bronner, Emmanuel’s grandson, intending to discuss the new Continue reading “#11 David Bronner and the All-One Legacy”
While later this year there will be an in depth Muse Ecology series on the beaver, in this episode we hear one one the more inspiring beaver stories I’ve come across: the tale of the Martinez Beaver. When the beaver moved in to downtown Martinez, CA, the city originally intended to exterminate them, but thanks to community involvement, the Martinez Beaver became protected and celebrated as a cultural icon. In this episode, we hear this story from beaver advocate and founder and president of Worth a Dam, Heidi Perryman.
Important Announcement: If you are anywhere near Martinez tomorrow (Saturday, June 29th), it’s the 12th annual Martinez Beaver Festival! Warning: beaver enthusiasm is highly contagious!
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In this inspiring episode of Muse Ecology, we hear songs and conversation from my visit early spring of this year with musical artist Peia. While many restoration ecologists and regenerative agriculturalists are working to restore harmony at the ecosystem level, Peia is one of the bards doing important work at the level of human emotion and narrative; inspiring open, courageous hearts and reminding us of what is sacred.
Starting with this episode, Peia’s song The Old Ways Restored will now be the theme music for the Muse Ecology introduction, setting a magical and adventurous tone for each episode before we hear some of the voices and grooves of people and place as we make our way back to harmony.
You can find out more of Peia’s work, and see a schedule of her upcoming shows and workshops at peiasong.com
In this fifth and final episode in this series on the bison in the Great Plains, we visit the Savory Institute Headquarters in Colorado and speak with Daniela Howell, Director of the Savory Institute, and Allan Savory, inventor of the Holistic Management framework.
We also hear some collaborative discussion about how regenerative cattle ranchers might support efforts to facilitate the return of large roaming herds of wildlife to the prairie.
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Hello all. I’ve consolidated all of the webinars I’ve done into three playlists on the Muse Ecology Youtube channel. From now on, I’ll be hosting Muse Ecology Webinars using Global Earth Repair’s Zoom Webinar account, and those will go into the Muse Ecology Webinars playlist. Another playlist is the three panel webinars I hosted at the Global Earth Repair Conference 2019. The third playlist is an archive of all the Ecosystem Restoration Deep Dive Webinars. Many thanks to the Ecosystem Restoration Camps Foundation for asking me to start a webinar and providing use their Zoom Webinar account for the last year and a half.
Here’s the link for the webinar playlists. Cheers!
Wild Idea Buffalo Company is a bison ranching business that exists to conserve and restore the prairie ecosystem of the northern Great Plains. With no roundup, and an innovative field harvesting method, they care for the well-being of the bison, and as much as possible allow them to express their co-evolved behaviours.
You can follow their blog and order their bison meat at wildideabuffalo.com
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In this episode, we continue our investigation of the Great Plains Bison with a visit to 777 Bison Ranch near Rapid City, South Dakota. Owner Mimi Hilenbrandt and fellow operations manager Moritz Espy gave us a tour of the pastures and corrals. Along the way, we discussed differences and similarities between bison and cattle, the possibility of a buffalo commons, their business model and how it affects the bison, and how their decades of Holistic Management and bison grazing have led to regeneration of the prairie landscape. We also discussed a few of the complex questions the bison forces us to wrestle with.
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This webinar was a year in the dreaming and ended up being even more than I’d imagined. It’s long, so take a break if you need, but I highly recommend watching through to the end.
You can see the trust and friendship forming and I am excited to see what comes of these folks and more working together to enable wild bison to repopulate the Great Plains in a way that works in the greater holistic context. Continue reading “Wild Bison and Holistic Management: A Collaborative Conversation”
Tuesday March 5th, 1-3ishpm PST
Join us for this live webinar, where we will explore possible synergies between wildlife advocacy and regenerative ranching with Daniela Ibarra-Howell, director of the Savory Institute (upcoming Episode 8), and Mike Mease, co-founder of the Buffalo Field Campaign (Episode 4).
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In our visit with Mark Tilsen in the Black Hills for Episode 5 about Tanka Bar, our interview happened to take place right before a prayer walk to a proposed gold mining site up the creek from Mark’s place. As I began to include this synchronous content in the Tanka Bar episode, I realized that it lit up a section of the rabbit hole that needed it’s own episode for a proper introduction, so I created this bonus episode to explore some of the complexities that emerged while looking at gold mining in the Black Hills. It includes another historical introduction, audio from the prayer walk, and recordings from phone conversations with Mark Tilsen and Cheryl Rowe of Dakota Rural Action.
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