What's Your Tree finally has a new website. For the latest information on the program, go to: www.whatsyourtree.org. Enjoy.


What's Your Tree Denton Program Featured in the Houston Chronicle

Read about the magic of the What's Your Tree Denton/Dallas program.

Featured in the Sunday Oct. 26th Denton Record Chronicle.

Featured in the Nov. 1st Houston Chronicle.

Featured in the Nov. 1st Austin American Statesman.

Featured in the Nov. 2nd Dallas Morning News.


Bay Area Community Summit

What's Your Tree and Off the Mat into the World leaders and participants in the Bay Area, CA will be coming together on Monday, October 13th for a "Community Summit." We will be talking about joyful, purposeful actions that our small groups can take this fall and beyond. If you are a Bay Area participant or leader, or you are interested in joining us on Oct. 13th, please email Cybrena Karo at cybrena@whatsyourtree.org.

News from Julia

    Julia Butterfly Hill has joined with Spiritual Leaders for Change

    (which includes: Deepak Chopra, Jean Houston, Marianne Williamson, Jack Kornfield, Sylvia Boorstein,
    Roshi Joan Halifax, Sharon Salzberg, Marc Barasch
    ,Stephan Rechtschaffen, Reggie Ray, Cyndi Lee, Jon Kabat-Zinn,
    Pema Chödrön, Marianne Williamson, Barbara De Angelis, Shiva Rea, Lama Surya Das, Seane Corn, Rodney Yee,
    Coleen Saidman, Gordon Davidson, Ed & Deb Shapiro, Corinne McLaughlin
    , Krishna Das, Jack Canfield,
    Gay & Katie Hendricks, Rabbi Michael Lerner, Reb Zalman Shachter-Shalomi, Sharon Gannon
    ,David Life,
    Swami Beyondananda, Joan Borysenko, Judith Ansara & Robert Gass and many more)

    As spiritual leaders signing this letter we are stepping forward to say: “We can make a difference.” As our spiritual
    practice empties, opens and strengthens us, we are naturally moved to engage in the world with compassion, equanimity,
    and the dedication to live our values.

    We know many of you are already both concerned and involved in this year’s Presidential election. Yet, in the past weeks,
    many of us have heard friends in the spiritual community expressing ambivalence about voting. When asked why they
    wouldn't vote we heard things like: “It doesn’t make any difference”; “I’m more interested in spiritual practice than politics”.
    Humanity is at a crossroads. We can no-longer afford to sit on the sidelines. We are asking you to get engaged. The 2000
    presidential election was decided by just 500 votes and this November appears to be just as close. Every vote matters.
    Your vote and the votes in your community could make the difference.

    Please make a heart-felt inquiry and look at the candidates. Ask yourself who best reflects the values you want to live by –
    those of spirituality in action.

    Every vote matters. Your vote and the votes in your community could make the difference.

    1. TAKE ACTION: Register to vote and vote on November 4th. http://www.vote411.org

    2. FORWARD THIS MESSAGE: Invite your friends, and fellow spiritual seekers to get involved. Forward this message on.

    3. VOLUNTEER: Take local action in your community.

    Let’s bring the benefits of our practice into our lives. The world needs us. Together there is nothing we cannot do.

    Go to Spiritual Leaders for Change for more information http://www.spiritualleadersforchange.org


Calling all Denver/Boulder and Chicago Leaders!

We are actively considering launching new What's Your Tree Groups in the Denver/Boulder area and in Chicago, IL.

If you are interested in taking a leadership role in either of these regional launches, serving on the launch team, or leading or participating in a local group, please contact us at ash@whatsyourtree.org.


Spring and Summer 2008 Updates

Almost all of our What´s Your Tree groups that ran in the Spring have wrapped up their first 7 weeks of the program and have already given fantastic feedback as we plan for the Fall 2008 program.

We are absolutely thrilled about the 10 groups that met in:

San Francisco
Santa Cruz



Thanks to the participants in our Fall, 2007 groups, we assembled feedback and created some exciting new changes this spring. Some of the Spring 2008 groups have elected to do a first trial run of a new program segment based on Joanna Macy´s work on The Great Turning. We are already learning from their experiences with the new materials.

All of our group leaders and National Steering Committee members will be meeting in California in August to gather program feedback and plan for the Fall, 2008 groups. We are in the process of scouting the next What´s Your Tree region to be launched in the Fall. To keep posted on upcoming groups, please sign up on our newsletter at the link on the left.


Upcoming Public Events with Julia Butterfly Hill

Indianapolis, Indiana

July 16
7 to 9pm
Divine Action - Living Like You Mean It
with Julia Butterfly Hill, Seane Corn
Sponsored by Journey's Fire
Unitarian Universalist Church Sanctuary
615 W. 43rd St., Indianapolis, IN. 46208

July 17
9am to 1pm
Half day yoga intensive with Julia and Seane
City Yoga Studio
936 Indiana Ave.
Indianapolis, IN. 46202

Knoxville, Tennessee

July 26
10:00 to 10:50am
United Church of Christ (UCC) National Youth Event
University of Tennessee
Thompson-Boling Assembly Center and Arena, Univ. of Tennessee

Eugene, Oregon

Sept 13
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
In Conversation with Reverend C.T. Vivian
2008 Nonviolence as a Way of Life Conference
University of Oregon
Erb Memorial Union (EMU) Ballroom


Philadelphia WYT Featured in Daily Candy.com

Our Philadelphia Group was featured on Daily Candy.com and it has generated quite a bit of interest in our program there!

Check it out.

Joining a Group

A lot of people have been emailing us to ask how to start a group in their area, or how to join a group that is already running.

Our Philadelphia group is still open as of 5/21/08. Please contact us at info at whatsyourtree.org if you are interested in this group.

All of our other groups have already started for the Spring.

If you would like to be part of a Fall group, please be sure to sign up on our email list so that you receive announcements about the new groups.

Engage Network Featured in Huffington Post Today

Small is the New Big, Huffington Post article from 5/21/08.


Spring 2008 Groups

Our Spring Groups will begin in early April, 2008.

The locations are:

San Francisco, CA
Berkeley, CA
East Bay, CA
Marin, CA
Santa Cruz, CA
Philadelphia, PA
Denton, TX
Flower Mound, TX
Irving, TX
Austin, TX

If you are interested in participating in one of the Spring, 2008 locations, please contact us at info@whatsyourtree.org.


What's Your Tree National Group Leaders Meeting

From January 25-27th, our Beta Test group leaders came together in Denton Texas to share about their experiences leading the first What's Your Tree groups.

The group included Melanie from Philadelphia; Jodi from Durham, NC; Wini from Austin, TX; Chris, Annie and Alicia from Denton, TX; and Alissa from The Bay Area.

During the course of the weekend, group leaders rolled up their sleeves and provided great assessments to the program, as well as enhancement ideas for the future.

On the 26th, the Denton What's Your Tree community created a fundraiser for Cardo's Farm, a local organic farm that tragically had a fire in late November. They promoted the farm during the very busy, very fun Customer Appreciation Day at the Cupboard, the local health food store in Denton. The team of 8 handed out wheatgrass shots made from wheatgrass grown at Cardo's, raising about $150 in the process.

That night, about 50 or 60 What's Your Tree past and present participants came together for a potluck dinner where they presented the owners of Cardos with the money and all of their love and support for rebuilding. The local What's Your Tree groups are continuing to help out at the farm, raising awareness, money and digging in the dirt.

The next day, Sunday, the national group leaders were joined by 4 new group leaders who are all starting groups in Denton in the spring. Their energy was infectious and inspiring to all of us. Together we planned for the future and created a structure for group leaders to mentor and support one another.

This community gets richer and more inspiring every day.


What's Your Tree - in the Media

Yoga + Joyful Living recently printed a cover story about What's Your Tree and our sister program, Off the Mat, Into the World.

Check it out!