A Collection of Experiences

Discover the stories of people who have made beauty for hurt and endangered places throughout the years. You can refine your search by selecting options to filter our collection. You can always choose a story from around the world by clicking on sites presented on the map.

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Date: April 20, 2021
Author: Trebbe
Location: Liverpool
Wounded Place: Historic & Cultural Sites

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Climate Change Communication Class—Eckerd College

Date: May 4, 2020
Author: Claire
Location: Skaket Beach, Orleans Massachusetts
Wounded Place: Climate change

Skaket Beach, Orleans Massachusetts. This beach is one of my favorite places on the Cape to watch the sunset. The bay you see in the picture is becoming more and more of a wounded place. …

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Radical Joy for Hard Times: Healing ourselves as we try to heal the world around us

Date: May 10, 2020
Author: Jo Huxster and 2019-22 Climate Communication Class
Location: Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, FL
Wounded Place: Climate change

Although I like to think that taking my Climate Change Communication class is a rewarding journey, I know that can also be emotionally taxing. We spend the entire semester talking about climate change, obviously, so …

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Recreating beauty in a wounded national park

Date: June 27, 2020
Author: Andy Carnahan
Location: Morton National Park, Echo Point Lookout, Australia
Wounded Place: Animals + Birds + Insects | Climate change | Natural disasters | Trees

The south-east of Australia lost much of its wild places over the (southern) summer of 2019/20. Uncontainable bush fires ran through from August 2019 to early February 2020. People died, houses were lost and forest …

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For Travelers at the Border

Date: June 19, 2020
Author: Carol Zuccarino
Location: Las Cruces, NM
Wounded Place: War & Violence

Carol Zuccarino is volunteering and living at a shelter on the border of Mexico to work with asylum seekers. She sent the following description of their Global Earth Exchange: Yesterday our small group of three …

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Herman 2020

But the trees never came back

Date: June 21, 2020
Author: Debby Herman
Location: Apalachin, NY
Wounded Place: Industry & Development | Mineral extraction | Trees

There are woods in back of my house that are very dear to me—I walk on the trails most of the year, and cross-country ski on them during the winter. Those woods and trails are …

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Date: June 27, 2020
Author: Beatrice Pook
Location: Stanford, South Africa
Wounded Place: Climate change | Personal

This year’s story: I found this sign in a shop and found it amusing as I work mainly as a massage therapist and this seemed appropriate and funny. By now, a few months later and …

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Beck 2020

What is a “worthwhile action”?

Date: June 25, 2020
Author: Mike Beck
Location: Navarre, FL
Wounded Place: Other | Personal | Trees

 What constitutes a “worthwhile action” when the whole of Earth is sick and wounded, when people are so without a sense of place they are willing to set what passes for theirs on fire?  So, …

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Martin 2020


Date: June 23, 2020
Author: Joanne Martin
Location: Darlington, PA
Wounded Place: Industry & Development | Mineral extraction | Personal

This year I am acutely aware that what I was called to do was heal my relationships with the people I am judging to have wounded the land. This became an uncomfortable practice as I …

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Hughes Austin 2020

Gratitude for nature’s spaces

Date: June 20, 2020
Author: Eugene Hughes and Louise Austin
Location: London, England
Wounded Place: Personal | Plants

Louise and I decided to give gratitude to our nature spaces (Louise’s balcony and my garden ) that nurtured us through lockdown. We each spent time there at the weekend, reflecting and being with the …

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Weinbaum 2020

Centered at Home

Date: June 22, 2020
Author: Fran Weinbaum
Location: Montpelier, VT
Wounded Place: Other | Personal

This year, I placed the Radical Joy banner on our front door along with the “welcome but keep your distance” sign and a heart from Montpelier’s annual Valentine Phantom who leaves hearts ALL OVER Montpelier. …

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Lasting Stewardship

Date: June 20, 2020
Author: Anne Stine
Location: Modoc National Forest
Wounded Place: Climate change | Personal | Trees

Modoc National forest is the homeland of the Modoc native peoples who were, like so many other native peoples, were driven from their homes force marched from northern California to Oklahoma where they were forced …

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Forgiving and figuring out

Date: June 20, 2020
Author: Marla Ferguson
Location: Palisade, CO
Wounded Place: Personal | Trees | War & Violence

I have had a very difficult time doing this practice this week. I loved the zoom introduction and speakers last week and followed all of the questions and responses online even though I haven’t participated …

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Wounded Rivers/Wounded People

Date: June 21, 2020
Author: Janet Keating
Location: Green Bottom, WV
Wounded Place: Oceans + Lakes + Rivers | War & Violence

Story & Experience This year, 2020, I once again, returned to the banks of the Ohio River near Green Bottom, WV for my Global Earth Exchange. The Ohio River is the most polluted River in …

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Garden Earth Exchange

Date: June 20, 2020
Author: Carol Warren
Location: Davis, CA
Wounded Place: Plants

Our Earth Exchange this morning was at the garden I have been attending. It is a lovely garden enjoyed by many in the city park, although its beauty is now “western” artifice. This dry place …

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Bird for trees lost to a building site

Date: June 20, 2020
Author: David Stack
Location: Wauwatosa, WI
Wounded Place: Industry & Development

We visited a site that was cleared of trees for the building of a hotel and honored the site.

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Wyman Park Global Earth Exchange

Date: June 20, 2020
Author: Lisa McCall and Autumn Van Ord
Location: Wyman Park
Wounded Place: Plants | Waste

Again, Autumn Van Ord and I went to Wyman Park in Baltimore City to have our Earth Exchange. We continue to feel elated that this park been cleaned up and cared for by the city. …

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Skrei 2020

High Hope Ranch Global Earth Exchange

Date: June 20, 2020
Author: Trebbe Johnson
Location: Glen Rose, TX
Wounded Place: Other

Here is a sequence from High Hope for our 7th year in participation with the Global Earth Exchange… A full group was gathered; folks from Austin and Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex who came for a Solstice …

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Radical Joy for Land That Isn’t There

Date: June 20, 2020
Author: Annie Hess and Women of the Moon Circle
Location: Chesapeake Bay, VA
Wounded Place: Oceans + Lakes + Rivers

Eight of us gathered, socially-distanced, under the trees at the edge of a sheer drop-off overlooking the Chesapeake Bay. For generations the spot was known in the community as a beloved spot for picnics, church …

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Roses of Renewal

Date: June 24, 2020
Author: Federico Hewson and Marcelo Kuna
Location: Berlin Wall Memorial
Wounded Place: Historic & Cultural Sites

The Corona virus and the George Floyd riots have showed sickness on many levels – from personal health, the luxury to breathe, and to the larger colonial forces still at work in wounded times. The …

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Treephilia with Redcedar

Date: June 21, 2020
Author: Jennifer Wilhoit
Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Wounded Place: Personal | Trees

This was my tenth Global Earth Exchange in support of Radical Joy for Hard Times. Each year I have followed the suggested steps for engaging this ritual. Because of the utterly unprecedented times we are …

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Trebbe 2020

For an Old Apple Tree That’s Gone

Date: June 24, 2020
Author: Trebbe Johnson
Location: Thompson, PA
Wounded Place: Trees

Last week an old apple tree in our front yard had to be cut down. It hadn’t been doing well for years, and it had stopped making apples. The apples it used to bring forth …

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Ceremony for a Friend, Message from Spider

Wounded Place: Personal

I was very depressed this morning. My best friend of 50 years died May 17, 2017. I got to see him for the last time 2 hours before he passed on to the spirit world. …

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Simeon 2019

Standing at the River

Wounded Place: Industry & Development | Oceans + Lakes + Rivers

The Peace River valley, a place I love, is being stripped and excavated to build a hydroelectric dam. This is happening in the far north-east of British Columbia, a ferry ride and two days’ drive …

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Earth Exchange for a Shopping Mall

Wounded Place: Industry & Development

Charlottesville, Virginia My visit to the shopping mall area was quite powerful. I made this butterfly out of construction materials and flowers.  

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Earth Exchange at Rocky Flats-Standley Lake

Date: August 6, 2018
Author: Sasha Daucus and Tom deBree
Location: Rocky Flats, Colorado
Wounded Place: Industry & Development | Waste

from Sasha: We did the Earth Exchange last Monday, and here is a brief description of what happened. In short, it was a very positive experience for all who gathered. Below are descriptions of the …

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Gentle Waters, Wild Earth

Date: June 18, 2011
Author: Wendy Sarno
Location: Steelville, Missouri
Wounded Place: Natural disasters

What an amazing and beautiful time we had along Crooked Creek in rural Missouri. We gathered at Pat Tohulske’s Elemental Earthcamp on Friday, setting up our tent sites between storms. Earthcamp is a magical place …

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From the Lake District to Dorset

Date: June 23, 2019
Author: Benet Waterman and Alizon
Location: West Dorset, England
Wounded Place: Historic & Cultural Sites

As we set off for our vacation in West Dorset, we expected to find many sadly neglected areas along the roadside and around service stations as we journeyed and had planned to do ‘guerrilla sowing …

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Kilvey Earth Exchange

Date: June 22, 2019
Author: Emma Quick
Location: Swansea, Wales, UK
Wounded Place: Historic & Cultural Sites

My mother had an operation the day before the Global Earth Exchange, so due to the uncertainty as to how that would unfold, we didn’t make it official, as didn’t want to let people down. …

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Smooth Rock Croc

Date: June 29, 2019
Author: Zoe Elliston
Location: Essex, VT
Wounded Place: Industry & Development

It was really fantastic to share this event with a friend. We saw all this construction in the town and choose that as a place to honor. We honored what came before the new building …

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The Occasional Beauty of Barbed Wire

Date: June 22, 2019
Author: The Occasional Beauty of Barbed Wire
Location: Earth Teach Forest Park, Ashland, Oregon
Wounded Place: Other

The land we were on for our wilderness rites of passage program is private land with a logging history. There is a big tumble of rusted, old barbed wire right near basecamp. So on June …

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Pilgrimage in a Burnt Forest

Date: June 15, 2019
Author: Anna Coffman
Location: Donnell Fire, Donnell Reservoir, California
Wounded Place: Climate change | Natural disasters | Trees

I head into the Sierras to explore the area burnt by the Donnell Fire in 2018. Wikipedia says that 36,450 acres (147.5 km2) were burnt, but I don’t have any concept of what that means. I …

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Church of the Woods Earth Exchange

Date: June 22, 2019
Author: Stephen Blackmer and Church of the Woods
Location: Church of the Woods, Canterbury, New Hampshire
Wounded Place: Trees

The people of Church of the Woods in Canterbury, NH, USA, gathered on a little knoll amidst a forest that is vibrantly regrowing after destructive logging. Humans have cut forests around the globe for centuries, …

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Share Love, Not Trash

Date: June 22, 2019
Author: Liz Hanna
Location: East Rock Park
Wounded Place: Plants | Trees | Waste

The walk through the park to the site I had in mind was a mixed experience for me: I walked with my partner, who is not familiar with the paths, and felt somewhat self-conscious of …

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Date: July 3, 2019
Author: Dumisani Madhlophe
Location: Tlholego Village, South Africa
Wounded Place: Other

Good morning all, I personally had and felt a rush of rejuvenating experiences, moments and thoughts. I came to Tlholego as a neo-nomad, looking to experience exactly what a former scout would expect… Normal camping, …

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The Willows at Red Oak (women’s recovery program)

Date: June 22, 2019
Location: Asheville, North Carolina
Wounded Place: Other

The group first individually shared “sacred” places in nature to which they feel personally connected. Then we participated in a sit-spot experiential, focusing on connecting with the space and asking if there was any “wisdom” …

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Heartflow: Honoring the Housatonic River

Date: June 22, 2019
Author: Sarah Natan
Location: Great Barrington, MA
Wounded Place: Oceans + Lakes + Rivers

We had an amazing event to honor the Housatonic River and lift up the Rights of Nature movement for the Berkshires.  Over 60 people participated in song, inquiry, contemplation, music making, and offering for the …

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Land Healing After Fire

Date: June 22, 2019
Author: Bonnie Sundance
Location: Nederland, Colorado
Wounded Place: Natural disasters

Sunday the 23 of June, I am hitchhiking to the site of my cabin, when I see a hawk circling above. I know it is a sign to me of reassurance from the Spirit world …

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Date: June 22, 2019
Author: Lizabeth Kashinsky
Location: Bellows AFS, Waimanalo
Wounded Place: Animals + Birds + Insects | Climate change | Historic & Cultural Sites | Oceans + Lakes + Rivers | Plants | Trees | War & Violence

Nine of us came together for our Global Earth Exchange. There were a couple who had participated previously but most were new to the practice. We started by sharing our names and why we chose …

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An Environmental Mistake

Date: June 22, 2019
Author: Vandy Wilkinson
Location: Hamamatsu, Japan
Wounded Place: Industry & Development

I wore the 2011 T shirt to my zazen session on June 22 and asked permission to talk about the meaning of the event, the picture, the purpose of the artwork. We had a pretty …

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The Politics of Ecology

Date: June 26, 2019
Author: Eugene Hughes
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Wounded Place: Industry & Development | Waste

I made a small bird from blue plastic. My creative act is captured in this picture which is the edge between a toxic field and a superfund site—both edged up together. The image I took …

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Renewing Our Covenant with the Earth

Date: June 22, 2019
Author: Stephanie Thomas
Location: Houston, TX
Wounded Place: Other

Our event was small this year. My neighbors and I gathered to sit with the trees and plants in my front yard, create intentions (which we burned—see photos), and take vows:   Renewing Our Vows …

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Daring to Bear Witness: Valley Brook, Cheshire, England

Date: June 22, 2019
Author: Jane Smith
Location: Valley Brook, running through Alsager, Cheshire (UK)
Wounded Place: Animals + Birds + Insects | Oceans + Lakes + Rivers

A small group of us from the local branch of Animal Welfare Party (seven people – five adults and two children – plus three dogs) met at Fanny’s Croft and slowly followed the course of …

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Honoring Healing Waters

Date: July 19, 2019
Author: Sandy Shea
Location: Slate River, near Crested Butte, CO
Wounded Place: Historic & Cultural Sites | Mineral extraction | Oceans + Lakes + Rivers

We met in the early morning on the summer solstice at the river.  Our group included elders, parents and children.  Together we created a ceremony where all participants added to our communal offering to acknowledge, …

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All Are Our Relations

Date: June 30, 2019
Author: Corinna Stevenson
Location: Ravenwood, Sayward, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada
Wounded Place: Animals + Birds + Insects | Climate change | Oceans + Lakes + Rivers | Plants | Trees

Once, all people lived in close relationship with nature. Time and history have withered the bond between the human and the other-than-human world. Despite this, the Earth and All Our Relations continue to generously give …

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Anointing Land

Date: June 22, 2019
Author: Julia Casciola
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Wounded Place: Industry & Development | Other

Mid-winter and raining finely. I chose this piece of land because I pass it every day. It is both wounded and beautiful, like me and most of us. Wounded as it includes a polluted stream, …

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The Land of Sorrow

Date: June 22, 2019
Author: Claire Hayes
Location: Dunshaughlin, Ireland
Wounded Place: War & Violence

Ireland is traditionally known as ‘the land of saints and scholars’. As I planned how I could bring joy to wounded places, I wondered if in more recent times it is becoming ‘the land of …

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Radical Joy

Date: June 22, 2019
Author: Janet Keating
Location: Dolly Sods Wilderness, Davis, West Virginia
Wounded Place: Mineral extraction | Trees

This year’s Global Earth Exchange found me in a beautiful place in West Virginia—Dolly Sods Wilderness Area—a place once deeply wounded, but now transformed by loving intentions and nature’s resilience. I’ve been returning there whenever …

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remembering, honoring, celebrating our sacred connection to earth

Date: June 14, 2019
Author: christine morro
Location: Atlantic Ocean, Sagaponack NY
Wounded Place: Oceans + Lakes + Rivers

I recently heard a talk on Parabola’s podcast on Renewal…these words brought me back to the morning of my rad joy creation in Sagaponack “small things with great love reach farther than we can see” …

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Radical Joy for WHALES

Date: June 22, 2019
Author: Janet Frangs and Sonia Pithey
Location: Durban, South Africa
Wounded Place: Animals + Birds + Insects

Radical Joy…. the whales did not show up but I have no doubt they heard us!!!! Thank you to the musicians, poets, story tellers, sharers and creatives who shared their wonderful talents. Thank you to …

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Annual Global Earth Exchange at Wyman Park

Date: June 22, 2019
Author: Lisa McCall and Autumn VanOrd
Location: Wyman Park, Baltimore, Maryland
Wounded Place: Other | Waste

Autumn and I were joined by my friend Chrisa this year as we returned to Wyman Park in Baltimore, MD. This area is in the city and has a stream that has been plagued by …

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Grandmother Oak at Habari House

Date: June 22, 2019
Author: Sandy Skrei and Krystyna Jurzykowski
Location: High Hope Ranch, Glen Rose, TX
Wounded Place: Trees

Oak wilt has been devasting the oak trees that so many of us in the Texas Hill Country identify with and love. Our trees at High Hope are no exception, and now our most beloved …

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