Helen Zuman, author and witch, divides her time between the holler (Earthaven Ecovillage in Black Mountain, NC) and the highlands of Beacon, NY (where she tends a budding homestead with her husband, Gregg). In her first book, MATING IN CAPTIVITY (She Writes Press 2018)—named one of 2018’s Best Indie Memoirs by Kirkus Reviews—she composts her five years, post-Harvard, fomenting an illusory revolution in a cult called Zendik Farm; currently, she writes a column on villaging for LIVELIHOOD, as well as the occasional piece for COMMUNITIES magazine and a monthly essay for her website, helenzuman.com. Her soul-work involves weaving spells—through words and other media—for a robust web of relations and an ever more beautiful world. Humanure—the ultimate problem-turned-solution—provides constant inspiration; the exuberant wisdom of living soil serves as metaphor and guide. She walks at least six miles per day and sometimes drives a giant trike.