A Few Favorite Poets:
- Wendell Berry
- Billy Collins
- Lucille Clifton
- Lawrence Ferlinghetti
- Robert Gibb
- Maria Mazziotti Gillan
- Donald Hall and interview with Donald Hall
- Georgia Heard
- Jane Hirshfield and Interview with Jane Hirshfield
- Roger Housden
- Ted Kooser
- Stephen Kuusisto
- Jean LeBlanc
- Li-Young Lee and interview with Li-Young Lee
- Philip Levine
- Edna St. Vincent Millay
- Michael L. Newell
- Naomi Shihab Nye
- Carole Simmons Oles
- Mary Oliver
- Nicholas Samaras
- May Sarton
- Jo Shapcott
- William Stafford
- David Whyte “In organizational settings, using poetry and thoughtful commentary, he illustrates how we can foster qualities of courage and engagement; qualities needed if we are to respond to today’s call for increased creativity and adaptability in the workplace.”
- Howard County Poetry and Literature Society link to interviews with poets about their writing
Canary: “explores one’s engagement with the natural world. It is based on the premise that the literary arts can provide an understanding that humans are part of an integrated system,” says editor Gail Entrekin.
Image An on-line journal and blog exploring the intersection of art, faith and mystery. “IMAGE publishes work that embodies a spiritual struggle that seeks to strike a balance between tradition and a profound openness to the world,” says founder Gregory Wolfe.
Flyway A journal of writing about the environment.
Phren-Z Floodlight Online literary journal, Santa Cruz California.
- A Sense of Place, Dana Gioia (TEDx Sonoma County, CA)
- Greece, Spain: open landscapes of beauty. India: Bike rides and walks in and around Delhi always surface unexpected and amazing things. A few links to bike rides I’ve taken in and around Delhi with the Delhi Chain Breakers, filmed by Michael Citrino:
Birders Delight Canal Ride
Cycles, Carts and Camels
360 at 9750 feet near Chamba
- Places of family and ancestors. England, South Dakota,US, Italy.
- Oceans of the World: Some of the most beautiful places on the planet are underwater. The people at Five Gyres, Marcus Ericson and Anna Cummins, Lindsey Jurca, Jordan Howard and Justin Bastein help better understand plastic pollution and its effects on the oceans of the world.
- Santa Cruz, California: The place I call home, where Michael Citrino and I are creating Gratitude Gardens, a place for deliberate living.
Alternate Views of Place
- Charles Eisenstein, Sacred Economics: A new kind of economics connected to sustainable growth.
- Community Supported Agriculture Buy your food directly from a farmer.
- Nic Marks: and his TED talk about other ways to look at well being besides the GDP. Nic does research in the field of economics and well being and is a fellow of the New Economics Foundation –“economics as if people and the planet mattered.”
- Institute for New Economic Thinking: “The New Economics Institute is a US organization that uniquely combines vision, theory, action, and communication to effect a transition to a new economy—an economy that gives priority to supporting human well-being and Earth’s natural systems.
- Orion Magazine: Contains some of the finest nature writing you can read. “…humans are morally responsible for the world in which we live, and …the individual comes to sense this responsibility as he or she develops a personal bond with nature.”
- Resurgence Magazine about the environment and sustainable living.
- Power of Place “An interactive co-creative space for those interested in exploring the powers of place.”
- Slow Food: Food in harmony with nature.
- Tiny House Movement: This New Yorker article describes a movement enjoying the benefits of a small house.
- Abbey of the Arts “The Abbey is a monastery without walls, offering online classes, retreats, books, and resources to nurture contemplative practice, creative expression, and kinship with nature.”
- Fredrick Buechner : Author Fredrick Buechner’s bio. The Buechner Institute
- Susan Cain, author of Quiet, The Power of Introverts. Author interview.
- Center for Action and Contemplation Richard Rohr, “A center for experiential education, rooted in the Gospels, encouraging the transformation of human consciousness through contemplation, and equipping people to be instruments of peaceful change in the world.”
- Center for Conversational Leadership
- Charter for Compassion
- Child Spirit Institute “A nonprofit educational and research hub dedicated to understanding and nurturing the spiritual world of children.
- The Contemplative Way, James Finley
- Explore Faith “Dedicated to providing tools for spiritual nourishment.”
- Garrison Institute “The Garrison Institute is a not-for-profit, non-sectarian organization exploring the intersection of contemplation and engaged action in the world. Our program initiatives – Contemplation and Education, Transforming Trauma and Climate, Mind and Behavior – create rigorous, innovative, contemplative-based tools and approaches to help teachers, caregivers, human service providers, environmentalists and others on the front lines of social and environmental engagement succeed.”
- Mindfulness in Education: “The purpose of our network is to facilitate communication among all educators, parents, students and any others interested in promoting contemplative practice (mindfulness) in educational settings.” This link gives a series of excellent videos with various presenters at the 2012 Mindfulness in Education conference. They describe how they bring contemplative practices into educational settings.
- Mindsight Institute, Dan Siegel’s site about “the human mind and the cultivation of well-being! Our mission is to provide a scientifically grounded, integrated view of human development for mental health practitioners, educators, organizational leaders, parents, and others as we promote the growth of vibrant lives and healthy minds. Dr. Siegel is currently clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and is the Co-Director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center.”
- Monasteries of the Heart Learning to carry into your life and your work a self centered around the Benedictine values. “If you prefer thoughtful questions not definitive answers, openness of heart and mind not boundaries that define, risk-taking not security, flexibility not rigidity; if you bow before the dignity of each human being regardless of gender, sexual orientation or religious tradition — welcome to Monasteries of the Heart.”
- Omega Institute: Their stated mission is to “provide hope and healing for individuals and society through innovative educational experiences that awaken the best in the human spirit”.
- Merton Institute for Contemplative Living “The Merton Institute for Contemplative Living…whose fundamental purpose is to transform individuals and society’s consciousness regarding complex issues confronting us today.
- Thomas Merton Center
- Sabbath Manifesto: “The Sabbath Manifesto was developed in the same spirit as the Slow Movement, slow food, slow living, by a small group of artists, writers, filmmakers and media professionals who, while not particularly religious, felt a collective need to fight back against our increasingly fast-paced way of living. The idea is to take time off, deadlines and paperwork be damned.”
- Schumacher Society: “The Schumacher Society promotes the wisdom and insight of E.F. Schumacher to inspire a new generation who are seeking relevant and practical solutions to heal a world in crisis and build a sane, humane and ecological society.”
Slow Food: “A non-profit member-supported association, Slow Food was founded in 1989 to counter the rise of fast food and fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions and people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world.”
Slow Living: Living a life out of balance? This site is all about slowing down in order to connect with life.
Voices of Angels: “Dedicated to awakening the heart through Arts, Practices of Peace, Education and Community. Our domestic outreach is focused on supporting the internal growth of our nations incarcerated and institutionalized. Our international outreach is focused on providing African students access to educational resources. All our work provides opportunity for education and self development.”
World Community for Christian Meditation Resources for meditation in the Christian tradition, including talks about meditation on podcasts, YouTubes, information about retreats and local sites for practicing meditation.
Journeys in Various Locations:
“Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.”
MAYA ANGELOU, “Passports to Understanding”
- Abraham Path: “Abraham’s Path (Masar Ibrahim al Khalil) is a route of walking and cultural tourism following the footsteps and memory of Abraham or Ibrahim across the Middle East. The story of Abraham’s journey, which has been kept alive for some four thousand years in the landscape and memory of this region, records the origin of a spiritual tradition shared by more than three billion people in the world today. By retracing this journey, the Path provides economic benefits to local communities along the route and a place of meeting and connection for people of all faiths and cultures.” Abraham Path (web link)
- Camino di Francesco Through the locations where St. Francis walked and worked during his life time.
- Camino de Santiago This is the 500 mile trail I bicycled in 2005 from Roncesvalles to Santiago de Compestela. Pilgrims on the Camino (web link). Santiago Ways is a site giving information about different routes on the Camino if you want to travel with a group.
- Center for Courage and Renewal “The Center helps foster personal and professional renewal through supporting retreats and programs that offer the time and space to slow down and reflect on life and work.” (Parker Palmer)
- Japan’s Poetry Trail: In 1689, the haiku poet, Basho walked with his disciple, Sora, approximately 2,500 kilometers across Japan from Tokyo to Matsushima. The Kumano Kodo trail, holds Shinto and Buddhist shrines.
- Pilgrimages in various locations:
- Slow Travel: “With Slow Travel you experience a deeper type of travel by staying in one place longer and seeing the things that are close to you.”
- Stanza Stones Poetry Trail is a 50 mile walk in the Pennine Watershed, England. The poems are written by UK poet Simon Armitage. Pip Hall carved the poems into the rough rock in the area. The walk and stones are connected to the literary festival in Ilkley.
- Walking Henry David Thoreau’s essay on walking.
“It is good to have an end to journey towards; but it is the journey that matters in the end.”–URSULA K. LE GUIN, The Left Hand of Darkness
All quotes on this page are from the links related to each quotation.