Celebrating Sustainable Communities


March 11, 2015 - Wednesday

The Botanical Dimension of Our Human
Evolutionary Next Steps
Host: GLBD Office

Location: Hannan House
4750 Woodward Ave. #306
Detroit, MI 48201

The use of plants as food, medicine and construction material for human habitat is apparent to all, but the essential role certain plants play in human spiritual evolution is not well understood. Jeffrey Bronfman, an environmentalist, educator and founding member of Bioneers, has encountered the use of plants within numerous spiritual, ceremonial and religious contexts throughout the Western Hemisphere. He explores the vital role certain plants have in the development of human awareness at this critical moment in the state of the biosphere and our evolution as human beings.


April 9, 2015 - Thursday

A Love That Is Wild: Why Wilderness Matters in the 21st Century
Host: GLBD Office

Location: Hannan House
4750 Woodward Ave. #306
Detroit, MI 48201

What might a different kind of power look and feel like, and can power be redistributed equitably, even beyond our own species? Conservationist, activist, and one of the nation's most beloved and acclaimed authors, Terry Tempest Williams has been called "a citizen writer" who speaks eloquently for an ethical stance toward life, showing how environmental issues are social issues that become matters of justice. A scholar at the University of Utah and Dartmouth, she has been equally at home camping in the wilderness and being arrested for civil disobedience.

About Reconnecting Events: Often at the end of our annual conference participants say you should do this more often. Though we can only plan a conference once a year, we can plan some Follow-up Reconnecting Events that will feature the national plenary speakers that we did not have time to share during our 10th anniversary conference. We will hold these events in a variety of venues and partner with a local organization that is doing work related to the plenary presenter's topic.

All events are FREE and will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m. weather permitting.


Important Refuse Collection Announcement from the City of Detroit - collections are for residents only, not businesses or large apartment buildings. (Click above image for announcement.)


Claire Maitre of Chrysalis Transitions invites you to attend...
How to Face the Mess We're In Without Going Crazy

"Don't just read the book. Experience it."
-a participant

What: A facilitated workshop that will include Discussion, Ritual & Group Exercises from the extensive work of Dr. Joanna Macy and Dr. Chris Johnstone

When: Six Wednesday Evenings 7-9 PM
January 21, 28
February 4, 11, 18, 25

Where: Sunward Cohousing, Common House, 424 Little Lake Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Register: Contact Claire: 248-613-8803 or clairemaitre06@gmail.com

Space is limited to 14 people.

"Claire's warm, clear and compassionate facilitation invite participation and hope that we can and do make a difference in our world, that all of us matter and that we do not have to, nor is it expected, that we do this work alone."
Gwynne Jennings

Donations of $80-$120 help pay expenses and support this offering.
Please inquire if financial assistance is needed.

Claire Maitre




Rocket Stove - his is an easy-to-build and efficient little stove for cooking outdoors! Constructed of bricks and some metal stove pipe with purlite or ash insulation between, this is a really fast way to turn the heat from sticks into a fire that is ready to go instantly.

You can find out more at the Strawbale Studio strawbalestudio.org
Workshops on Rocket Stove & Fire devices: Nov 8 & 9. 2014 and Jan 24 & 25, 2015.
If there is interest, a workshop can be scheduled to construct this stove on site or another location.

Deanne Bednar
Coordinator/Teacher at Strawbale Studio outside Oxford, MI, just 1 hr north of Detroit.
248 628 1887

Classes, internships, potlucks & more.


Shapeshifting Detroit: Overcoming Drive-By Economics
Malik Kenyatta Yakini, Lottie Spady, and Sister Gloria Rivera

The citizens of Detroit are challenging the failed policies that have long favored corporate wealth over the well being of city residents. Leading change-makers Malik Kenyatta Yakini, Lottie Spady and Sister Gloria Rivera are seeding community resilience with one of the most robust urban agricultural movements in the U.S., while contradicting the manipulative media narratives that justify oppression.
Listen to the program

Behind Kitchen Doors

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Detroit Food Policy Council

The Annual Food Report of the DFPC is now available. Access the full report at www.detroitfoodpolicycouncil.net