Nature, Culture and the Sacred: A Woman Listens for Leadership by Nina Simons

Learn from and be inspired by women who are leading the way toward transformative social and ecological change.

In Nature, Culture, and the Sacred: A Woman Listens for Leadership, 2nd Ed, Bioneers co-founder Nina Simons offers inspiration for anyone who aspires to grow into their own unique form of leadership, one replete with resilience and joy. Informed by a plethora of multicultural and Indigenous wisdom keepers who are leading ways towards a regenerative future, this guide takes readers on an inspirational journey that’s both visionary and practical. It speaks to shedding self-limiting beliefs, leading from the heart, and discovering beloved communities as they cultivate their own flourishing and liberation.

Weaving her own insights together with reflections from cutting-edge leaders such as Terry Tempest Williams, Jeannette Armstrong, Alixa Garcia, and V (formerly Eve Ensler), Simons opens thought-provoking pathways for reflection and growth. The dynamic discussion guides for each chapter offer prompts for engaging with implicit gender biases, anti-racism, and intersectionality, along with interactive practices for individuals and groups to deepen understanding and learning. In this essential handbook for navigating these perilous times with clarity and joy, Nina invites us to remember and reclaim our sacred relationship to the Earth by rebalancing ourselves and our societies.

In her review of the first edition of Nature, Culture, and the Sacred, renowned feminist and Ms. Magazine co-founder Gloria Steinem wrote, “The world seems to be divided into two kinds of people—those who divide everything into two, and those who don’t. Reading Nature, Culture and the Sacred is a step toward melting this false division into ‘feminine’ and ‘masculine,’ and allowing each of us to become fully human again and at last.” The book won the 2018 Nautilus Gold Award (Women category) and the 2018 Nautilus Silver Award (Social Change & Social Justice category).

“In Nature, Culture and the Sacred, Nina Simons has woven a compelling and honest tapestry of hard-earned personal and collective wisdom, honoring the earth and igniting the revolutionary ways of women. It’s a book as much about the inside as it is about the outside, exploring where and how they can meet for a sustainable future.”— V, formerly Eve Ensler, founder of V-Day and author of The Vagina Monologues

 

About the Author:

Nina Simons is the co-founder and Chief Relationship Strategist at Bioneers, and leads its Everywoman’s Leadership program. Bioneers is a nonprofit that uses media, convening, and connecting to lift up visionary and practical solutions for many of our most pressing social and ecological challenges, using a whole-system approach.

Nina is a social entrepreneur who is passionate about reinventing leadership, restoring the feminine, and co-creating a healthy, peaceful, and equitable world for all. She speaks and teaches internationally at schools, conferences, and festivals, and co-facilitates transformative workshops and retreats for women that share practices for regenerative leadership through relational mindfulness.

Throughout her remarkable career spanning the nonprofit, social entrepreneurship, corporate, and philanthropic sectors, Nina has worked with nearly a thousand diverse women leaders across disciplines, race, class, age, orientation, and more to create conditions for mutual learning and leadership development. She produces and speaks at large-scale events to work intimately to help small, diverse groups of women leaders knit together to strengthen each other’s work pursuing intersectional healing and ecological justice.

In 2017, Nina was a recipient of the Goi Peace Award, presented annually to individuals who have made outstanding contributions toward the realization of a peaceful and harmonious world. Past honorees include Bill Gates, James Lovelock, and Deepak Chopra.

Her prior work includes President at Seeds of Change, which she helped grow into an emerging national brand in less than five years by using innovative approaches to public relations and community-based marketing. At Odwalla, as Director of Strategic Marketing, she grew consumer loyalty while guiding teams nationwide just after their IPO.

Nina studied Theater Arts and Psychology at Cornell University. In addition to writing the first and second editions of Nature, Culture, and the Sacred, Nina co-edited 2010’s Moonrise: The Power of Women Leading from the Heart (Park Street Press), which explores the flourishing, passionate forms of leadership emerging from women on behalf of the earth through the prism of more than 30 essays from successful women leaders.

To learn more, go to https://www.ninasimons.com

The Enlightenment Project by Jonathan Robinson

New York Times bestselling author, Jonathan Robinson, has interviewed everyone from Oprah to Adyashanti —over 100 gurus and spiritual teachers in all— to find out how to live a happy, peaceful, and meaningful life.

Through his popular podcast Awareness Explorers and for his bestselling books, Jonathan Robinson has made a career out of getting to know the greatest spiritual leaders of our time.

In his latest book, The Enlightenment Project: How I Went from Depressed to Blessed, and You Can Too, he describes what really works.

In his encounters with people such as the Dalai Lama, Byron Katie, Deepak Chopra, and the late Mother Teresa and Ram Dass, he shares stories of what he learned, as well as powerful methods that helped him out of his depression and into lasting inner peace.

“This book will inspire and support you to take the next step on your journey of enlightenment. It is fun, surprising, informative, and a real page turner.” — John Gray, the author of Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus

In this highly entertaining and practical book, you’ll discover:

• What awakening is, and how to easily have glimpses of such experiences

• How entering into higher states of consciousness is easier than you think (if you know the right technique)

• What it’s like to hang out with enlightened gurus and awake people

• The precise methods that most often lead to awakening

• How to let go of past conditioning that keeps you from inner peace

• How to use relationships, money, and your career to further your spiritual goals.


About the Author:

Jonathan Robinson is a psychotherapist, best-selling author of 14 books, and a professional speaker from Northern California.  He has reached over 200 million people around the world with his practical methods, and his work has been translated into 47 languages.   His work has appeared in Newsweek, USA TODAY, and the Los Angeles Times, as well as dozens of other publications.  In addition, Mr. Robinson has made numerous appearances on the Oprah show and CNN, as well as other national TV talk shows.   He has spent more than forty years studying the most practical and powerful methods for personal and spiritual growth.

Jonathan’s second book The Little Book of Big Questions became a New York Times bestseller, as did his book Communication Miracles for Couples.  Some of Mr. Robinson’s other books include:  Shortcuts to Bliss; The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Awakening Your Spirituality,  and Find Happiness Now.  His most recent book is called The Enlightenment Project: How I Went From Depressed to Blessed, and You Can Too.

As a professional speaker, Mr. Robinson has spoken to companies such as Microsoft, IBM, Coca-Cola, Dell, Bank of America, Google, Wells Fargo and hundreds of other successful businesses and organizations. He speaks on 14 different topics, from mindfulness and depression, to communication and personal transformation. He is known for providing his audiences with immediately useful and powerful information, presented in an entertaining and motivating manner.

Poetry Reading with Katerina Canyon at the Lamplighters in Olympia, WA

Join Orca Books at the Lamplighters for a live reading and discussion with Katerina Canyon!

Katerina Canyon is an Award-Winning Poet, Best Selling Author, civil rights activist, and essayist. She is a writer who has overcome some serious obstacles and trauma. Her book Surviving Home which was released on November 9, 2021, is a collection of poems that serve as a memoir of the trauma she experienced and overcame.

Concisely arresting and challenging the beliefs of family and the fantasies of tradition, the poems in Surviving Home show that home is a place that you endure rather than a place where you are nurtured. With unyielding cadence and unparalleled sadness and warmth, Katerina Canyon contemplates the prejudice and limitations buried in a person’s African American heritage: parents that seem to care for you with one hand and slap you with the other, the secret desires to be released from the daily burdens of life, as well as the surprising ways a child chooses to amuse herself. Finding resilience in the unexpected, this collection tears down the delicate facades of family.

“A harrowing collection by a Pushcart Prize–nominated poet… The poet’s language can also be visceral and gripping … An often cathartic and poignant set of poems about endurance and the cycle of abuse.” – Kirkus Reviews

Event date: 

Friday, April 29, 2022 – 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Event address: 

211 4th Ave E

Olympia, WA 98501

To learn more, go to https://www.orcabooks.com/event/live-event-katerina-canyon-lamplighters

An Evening of Poetry at Island Books in Mercer Island, WA

In honor of National Poetry Month, Island Books will be hosting their first IN-STORE, IN-PERSON poetry event on Thursday, April 28, 2022 at 6:30pm!

We are thrilled to present three or four accomplished women poets who, between them, represent almost three or four generations of women writers.

  • Carol White Kelly, nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2004,  author of Out of Deep, Unordered Water will read from her new collection of poetry, Tell My Sister.
  • Mary Ann Woodruff, has followed her engaging and affective memoir (Last of the Good Girls) with an engaging and affective collection of poetry, Skylark.
  • Katerina Canyon, who teaches a poetry workshop in Seattle will read from her new book Surviving Home.
  • Heidi Seaborn, executive editor at The Adroit Journal, will read from various collections of her poetry including her latest An Insomniac’s Slumber Party with Marilyn Monroe.

Books are on hand now and will also be on sale at the event.

Masks optional.

Event date:

Thursday, April 28, 2022 – 6:30pm

Event address:

Island Books
3014 78th Ave SE
Mercer Island, WA 98040

Luminous Darkness: An Engaged Buddhist Approach to Embracing the Unknown

Luminous Darkness: An Engaged Buddhist Approach to Embracing the Unknown by Deborah Eden Tull is a resonant call to explore the darkness in life, in nature, and in consciousness—including difficult emotions like uncertainty, grief, fear, and xenophobia—through teachings, embodied meditations, and mindful inquiry that provide us with a powerful path to healing.

Darkness is deeply misunderstood in today’s world; yet it offers powerful medicine, serenity, strength, healing, and regeneration. All insight, vision, creativity, and revelation arise from darkness. It is through learning to stay present and meet the dark with curiosity rather than judgment that we connect to an unwavering light within. Welcoming darkness with curiosity, rather than fear or judgment, enables us to access our innate capacity for compassion and collective healing.

Dharma teacher, shamanic practitioner, and deep ecologist Deborah Eden Tull addresses the spiritual, ecological, psychological, and interpersonal ramifications of our bias towards light.

Tull explores the medicine of darkness for personal and collective healing, through topics such as:

Befriending the Night: The Radiant Teachings of Darkness
Honoring Our Pain for Our World
Seeing in the Dark: The Quiet Power of Receptivity
Dreams, Possibility, and Moral Imagination
Releasing Fear—Embracing Emergence

Tull shows us how the labeling of darkness as “negative” becomes a collective excuse to justify avoiding everything that makes us uncomfortable: racism, spiritual bypass, environmental destruction.  We can only find the radical path to wholeness by learning to embrace the interplay of both darkness and light.

Forthcoming in September 2022 from Shambhala Publications.

 

About Deborah Eden Tull

Zen meditation and mindfulness teacher, author, activist, and sustainability educator. Eden teaches the integration of compassionate awareness into every aspect of our lives. She spent seven years training as a Buddhist monk at a silent Zen monastery and has been teaching dharma for 19 years. Eden has also been living in, and teaching about, sustainable communities for over 25 years.

Her teaching style is grounded in compassionate awareness, experiential learning, inquiry, and an unwavering commitment to personal transformation. She teaches engaged awareness practice, which emphasizes the connection between personal awakening and global engagement. Eden draws upon teachings from the natural world and an embodied understanding of animism.

She is author of “Relational Mindfulness: A Handbook for Deepening Our Connection with Our Self, Each Other, and Our Planet” (Wisdom 2018) and “The Natural Kitchen: Your Guide for the Sustainable Food Revolution.” Her work has been featured in The Los Angeles Times, Tricycle, Yogi Times, GOOP, Shambhala Times, and The Ecologist. She also teaches The Work That Reconnects, a program created by Buddhist scholar Joanna Macy, and teaches for UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center. Eden offers retreats, online courses, and consultations internationally.

Readers can connect with Deborah Eden Tull on Facebook, Instagram, and Goodreads. To learn more, go to DeborahEdenTull.com.

To request a copy of Luminous Darkness to review or an interview with Deborah Eden Tull, please contact Kelsey Butts at Book Publicity Services at Kelsey@BookPublicityServices.com or (807) 807-9027.

 

Ryburn Dobbs Discusses The Sebastien Grey Novels – A Virtual Event – at Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore

Ryburn Dobbs will be at Mysterious Galaxy on Wednesday, April 13, 2022 at 7:00pm for a Virtual Event to discuss his books The Comfort of Distance (The Sebastien Grey Novels Book 1) and The Boxwood Torso (The Sebastien Grey Novels Book 2).

The Comfort of Distance (The Sebastien Grey Novels Book 1) by Ryburn Dobbs

Deep in the forests of the Black Hills, human remains are being discovered – one bit at a time. Rumors of a rogue man-eating mountain lion are spreading through the county and panic is starting to swell. Sgt. Hank LeGris of the Custer County Sheriff’s Office is feeling the pressure; he needs to find out who the dead are, and how they got that way. Hank suspects that the bodies are the result of a more sinister predator. But in order to solve the mystery, he will have to reach back into his own dysfunctional family history and pull in the only person who can get to the bottom of these strange cases – his estranged and disordered brother, the brilliant forensic anthropologist Dr. Sebastien Grey.

When Sebastien arrives in the Black Hills, he takes his brother, and Detective Tiffany Reese, on a whirlwind tour of forensic thinking and deductive reasoning, not only solving the mystery of the human remains, but the murder of a local thug as well. In the process, Sebastien himself is forever transformed by his own success and by the charm and kindness of the lovely Detective Reese: “One day I hope you give yourself permission to be different, Sebastien. You’ll be happier.”

The Comfort of Distance is equal parts forensic mystery, police procedure and character study, with dashes of comedy and romance thrown in. Readers will be cheering at the end and ready for more. 

The Boxwood Torso (The Sebastien Grey Novels Book 2) was released in July 2021.

A skull in one place, a torso in another. Are they connected? Thirty years ago, the authorities didn’t think so. But the ingenious forensic anthropologist Dr. Sebastien Grey is now on the case, and he believes they both belong to the same victim – an unidentified man who was shot, dismembered, scattered in two states and burned. But time is not the only thing standing in the way of the truth. A pair of professional rivals, a spy inside the sheriff’s office and a local family with a dark secret are all obstacles to untying this murderous knot.

This second book in the Sebastien Grey series finds Dr. Grey once again in the Black Hills of South Dakota and teamed up with Tiffany Reese – a shrewd and tough detective who doubles as the love of his life and the only woman who can coax him out of his awkward social isolation. Will their relationship survive the pressure of high stakes cold case work?

About the Author:

Ryburn Dobbs taught biological anthropology and forensic anthropology at several colleges throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and spent ten years as a forensic anthropologist, working dozens of death investigations. In addition to his anthropological pursuits, Ryburn also worked as an investigative analyst specializing in homicides and unsolved cases.

His work as a forensic anthropologist inspired him to write The Sebastien Grey Novels. The first book in the series, The Comfort of Distance, was released in September 2020, followed by The Boxwood Torso (The Sebastien Grey Novels Book 2) in July 2021. Where the Blood is Made (The Sebastien Grey Novels Book 3) will be released in Spring 2022.

Readers can connect with Ryburn Dobbs on Instagram, Facebook, and Goodreads.

To learn more, go to: https://ryburndobbs.com

To attend this virtual event, go to: https://www.mystgalaxy.com/event/4132022RyburnDobbs