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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are absolutely thrilled about the 10 groups that met in:
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.
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
9am to 1pm
Half day yoga intensive with Julia and Seane
City Yoga Studio
936 Indiana Ave.
Indianapolis, IN. 46202
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
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
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.
The locations are:
San Francisco, CA
East Bay, CA
Santa Cruz, CA
Flower Mound, TX
If you are interested in participating in one of the Spring, 2008 locations, please contact us at email@example.com.
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.