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April 12, 2011

{Denver Event} Learn About Indigenous Models and Sustainable Communities.

Honoring Mother Earth Everyday.

Woodbine Ecology Center

Next weekend (April 22-24) I am excited to be attending Honoring Mother Earth Everyday: Indigenous Models and Practices for Sustainable Community at the Woodbine Ecology Center in Sedalia, Colorado just 40 miles south of Denver. The weekend long program intends to bring an indigenous light to past and future models of sustainability. The “hands on conference” is cultivating an environment for mutual learning to flow. Focused on developing sustainable communities through the lens of Native American practices discussion topics include: food security and sovereignty, land struggles, reclaiming and regenerating out common environment, ecological health, and healing.

Woodbine Ecology Center

Woodbine Ecology Center defines a sustainable community as, “A community meets its present social, cultural, economic and ecological needs while protecting and enhancing the ability of future generations to define and meet their own needs”. Our ability to live in harmony with our surroundings and each other is crucial now in a world that is becoming increasingly disconnected. Think of being on a bus: everyone is nose deep in their cell phone. Understanding the reciprocity (give and take) of existence lets us live and create consciously. Personally I am excited to be inspired by this collective and honored to be translating what I discover to you elephant readers. Speakers and panelists include Winona LaDuke, Gregory Cajete, Louise Benally, David Bartecchi.

What questions are you wondering about in regard to sustainable communities and indigenous practices? Get to me in the comment section or on twitter and I will be sure to incorporate them into my experience next weekend. Look for a stimulating article detailing the Honoring Mother Earth Everyday conference!

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Emily Casey is passionate about creative expression, writing, hugs, breathing, traveling, and experiencing the natural world. She plays, sings, and dances in the magical mountains of Boulder, Colorado.  Follow her on Twitter.

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