For many of you, spring has sprung and we are excited to start another year of Protect Our Future actions! This campaign provides an opportunity for young people to see what other Earth Guardians all over the world are doing, and to come together to learn how environmental issues affect communities differently and how these issues are all connected. This spring campaign is dedicated to protecting the earth and soil – through tree plantings, carbon sequestration, and plenty of other fun events that celebrate the soil that is so very important to our climate and way of life.
If you’re unfamiliar with the Protect Our Future campaign, it’s a coming together of all of our Earth Guardians from around the world for four unified global actions and a movement of solidarity. Around each equinox and solstice, we plan events to protect the earth, air, water, and climate. Our campaign is unique because YOU get to choose what kind of project will best serve the needs of your community.
Our young leaders are ready to roll!
We are proud to announce that we have selected 15 amazing youth leaders to fill leadership roles on our 2016 RYSE Youth Council. RYSE – Rising Youth for a Sustainable Earth, is our youth-led campaign to train and empower young leaders in the climate movement. Last year, our youth council trained peers in Colorado, New York, California, and Paris during the UN climate talks. This year, we are aiming to train and empower 700 more youth leaders to activate grassroots solutions in their communities!
We are hosting our 2016 RYSE Youth Council Training in the beginning of April at the Shambhala Mountain Center in Colorado. Our group is excited to come together to learn, bond, and prepare for an amazing year of youth leadership! Below, you can find ways to help manifest this training into reality.
Xiuhtezcatl & the Earth Guardians Tribe
It is with a heavy heart that we share that our beautiful Unci Beatrice Long Visitor Holy Dance – Weasel Bear, flew home at 10:05 pm on March 18th surrounded by family and so many prayers. She is in peace and with her relatives now.
We brought her love from all of you, our big family.
She was happy to hear of your love and prayers.
We spoke together of all the places she was able to visit; all those that she was able to touch; and the prayers she was able to carry around the world. She was just grateful to have traveled on this journey with all of us and was encouraging us all to continue on!
As a woman who walked with a Pipe, she always told us that her path had to be one of Peace. In her heart she carried a prayer that the Black Hills would be returned to her People and that the Papal Bulls would be rescinded. She felt that these actions would bring a healing to all of us, right a wrong and bring balance back to the Earth once again. She was passionate about this and spoke out about it everywhere she was called. She added her prayers to the many that came together at the Unity Concert; a concert of prayer for the Black Hills and the honoring of all sacred sites globally. In her last days, she carried this message forward in the initiative called the Long March to Rome. In early May, many indigenous leaders and spiritual teachers will gather in Florence and then travel on to Rome to carry this petition to the Vatican. Grandmother Beatrice’s daughter, Loretta Afraid of Bear Cook, will be traveling with Barbara Dull Knife to continue this walk in the Spirit of Grandmother Beatrice.
We loved her dearly. Her wisdom lives on through each of us, as her words continue to inspire us. We are grateful to have walked as one family on this road for Peace Amongst All People. She led the way and now has asked us to “Carry On”.
4EEE Family Earth Skills Weekend Gathering, May 27-30, 2016
Apache Springs Ranch, Sonoita, Arizona
In Collaboration with Sacred Wind Earth Teachings
We are limiting the enrollment to 25 students and have an early bird $50 per person discount if you sign up by April 1, 2016.
Apache Springs Ranch is a very unique and beautiful site that is a wonderful place for folks of all ages to deeply connection with nature. At 5000 feet elevation the Ranch is boarded by the Santa Rita Mountains and creek canyons.
Juan and Melinda Villarreal with a view of “Sleeping Grandmother” Mountain.
Join us in a journey into wilderness. Where you can let go of time and be in the present moment. Learning the skills to know you are at home in nature is one of the greatest gifts to give yourself and your children.
Families are encouraged to camp out under the stars. The Ranch also has very nice lodging options for those that want to have modern facilities. Please inquire to Apache Springs Ranch for rates with our Family Gathering program.
A couple of reminders about up coming programs with 4EEE and Fox Walkers.
Summer Wilderness Family early bird discount ends Wednesday March 9th, 2016. http://www.4eee.org/family-youth-and-teen-summer-programs.h…
Save $50 per person if you register before Wednesday is over.
Fox Walkers Spring Break; March 21-25. For ages 7-12 and 13-17. http://www.4eee.org/fox-walkers-spring-break-2016.html
*new teen woodland scout training*
Fox Walkers at Pata Panaka, Tsi-Akim Maidu Village Site
The ancient arts of tracking, wilderness survival, and nature awareness teachings immerse the student into the environment, giving them first-hand experience of how to “read” the health of the landscape as a steward of the Earth. By knowing what our basic needs are we begin to understand what we must preserve and protect in order to sustain the balance of life on our Planet. Through our programs a re-thinking of our relationship to Nature begins to occur; Nature is not simply a “resource” that we control as a product, but a relationship we must cultivate.
We emulate the Indigenous educational model of teaching trust in the Earth. Knowing as a young person that you can trust the Earth, the sun, the place you live creates an entirely different connection to nature. To us a successful person is one who loves their life and has found a way to live their passion and their vision in life while being responsible in keeping our Mother Earth healthy for all life.
Come join us this spring or summer.
Rick and the 4EEE crew