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Notes from the Field

Articles and personal reflections from the GWI team as they navigate their lives and their shared work.
By Jennifer Montalbano
The medicine of right relationship is always there for us, patiently waiting like a mother for her child to find his way home. The prescription is as simple as it is profound — a felt experience of connection.
By Micah
There is more than one way to skin a cat. The violence simply isn’t necessary. There is in fact more than one way to pet a cat.
By Micah
It’s been a challenging start to the year. Last week a colleague said February is the new January, implying the need to begin again. 
By Susan Grove
We can be under so much pressure to always produce, produce, produce. I get that. Yet there are power dynamics in our midst that may be holding back our shared efforts.
By Aja Schmeltz
It is no secret that this is my absolute favorite time of the year. The sunrises and sunsets are particularly vibrant, the colors of our local flora are fantastic, and the bite of the evening air just invites you to snuggle up near a warm fire with a spicy beverage. 
By Susan Grove
I’m recalling a conversation I had with one of my GWI colleagues, a fellow working parent of school-aged children. We agreed that September marks the real start of a new year, not January.
By Micah
Debriefing is a part of our culture at GWI. As Susan says, “A regular practice of reviewing work together in a spirit of co-learning – rather than in a spirit of finding fault or placing judgment – strengthens a culture of learning and builds trust.”
By Hélène Lesterlin
I was asking myself: Is this the first summer we have had to contend with air quality hazards from Canadian wildfire smoke AND catastrophic flooding in our local counties and neighbor states? Then I heard that the ocean temperatures reached 98 degrees off the coast of the Florida Keys...
By Caitlin Dourmashkin
Last week climate change and strange weather patterns had a different idea in mind of what the start of summer means.
By Micah
Nate Hagens makes a strong case for choosing a different path forward. What struck me most, is that just how much the answers are rooted in love.
By Susan Grove
Death is on my mind a good deal lately. As part of a course I am taking, I have an assignment to plan the end of my life.
By Micah
The overarching theme of the course, Surviving the Future, was collapse: the collapse of the systems that uphold our current societies, especially looking at climate change as the initiator.

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