HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL THE COMPANY WE KEEP!
To the many stars lighting the way--the knowledge sharers and the restorers who make us all stronger: THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE & FOR REMEMBERING THE DIVERSE, LIVING WORLD WE SHARE!
Currently on exhibit at the Millicent Rogers Museum in El Prado, New Mexico as part of an annual fundraiser/community gallery show: Detail here of River Otter: al Rio Bravo del Norte (graphite/pastel) by Sylvia Rains Dennis; framed with glass in repurposed fruitwood. Follow this link for the full image:
Show through February 28, 2021, with more information at:
Happy International Biodiversity Day, May 22!
When we learn to see ourselves as the reflection of our interconnectivity with the natural world, horizons open into celebrating all the company we keep. This shows our endless potential and our strength, as part of the whole.
In gratitude to the ones who teach us who we are, from every seed to each expression of birdsong and the hum of the smallest pollinating insect, and all who help us learn from the heart, expanding our understanding.
(Please click on the image to the left for an activity to share!)
From the 2019 New Mexico Writers dinner in Santa Fe, celebrating the lifelong contributions of Luci Tapahonso (center), Professor Emeritus of the University of New Mexico and Poet Laureate of the Navajo Nation; pictured with grant recipients Sylvia Rains Dennis, Poet-Ecologist (left) and Laurie Goodluck, young adult indigenous storytelling (right).
For more information, please see New Mexico Writers website: https://www.nmwriters.org
We will celebrate several important gatherings online during 2020, to share Earth Day, International Biodiversity Day, Arbor Day, Restoration news, and many important ways to contribute to what sustains us ALL!
Since 2013, WILDLANDANCE
has been establishing a native tree and shrub nursery to support site-specific, resilient restoration projects in our Rocky Mountain home region.
Education & Collaboration
Based on a career-long effort to share our understanding of the natural environment and our many restoration needs, we continue our extensive collaborations with:
WILDLANDANCE continues to support many intercultural, mulitgenerational gatherings and activities, as well as sponsoring the following events:
Twice Tuesdays Talking Circles on Biodiversity and Restoration
Seasonal Workshops on Forest Habitats, Weather and Landscape change, Native Plants, and Sustainability
Rocky Mountain Restoration Collaborative meetings hosted the third Wednesday of each month; TO BE ANNOUNCED.
Biodiversity and Restoration Ecology
All beings have a place in our unique mosaic of global habitats, where we contribute and interact as well as thrive or seek restoration: this belonging is an innate part of our biodiversity continuum.
At WILDLANDANCE, we focus on both the ecological and community context that creates belonging for all. This begins with listening to the land, water, sky, every living creature and landscape element, as well as to the perspectives brought forward as we learn about our natural surroundings and one another.
Everything has a resilience derived from both our unique place and our individual/community attributes; we are all engaged with the larger telling of who we are. We understand ourselves not as a collection of isolated puzzle fragments, but rather as an integrated whole that relies upon a dynamic and diverse world. We have tremendous responsibilities to sustain, restore and engage with this continuum.
Native Plant, Ecology and Sustainability Resources
This website will soon offer a number of links to promote biodiversity, agroecology, and restoration ecology, particularly for the purpose of education and conservation-in-practice.
There are also activities and gathering examples available to improve the collective focus on our connections to the natural world and our potential for positive, creative engagement during so many global challenges. Please contact Sylvia for permission to use any of these materials.
Alongside a range of teaching and mentoring activities, WILDLANDANCE
has developed field kits to support plant identification, habitat studies, education, and wilderness safety, including:
2. Student Naturalist
3. Bird Habitat
4. Trail Ready
5. Pathways Plant Press
6. Rainy Day Camp
7. Earth Day Discovery
The WILDLANDANCE website will soon reflect a renewed focus on ecocultural sustainability and the creative potential to address change in a regenerative, positive and increasingly collaborative way. While there is no "blog" available, networking possibilities are extensive, and a new page will offer many resources.
THANKS TO EVERYONE FOR THE ENTHUSIASM, ENGAGEMENT & RESTORATIVE CONTRIBUTIONS!