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Choices for Sustainable Living: A Community Discussion Series

Tuesday evenings, from Feb 22 2022 to Apr 19 2022

North Central Michigan College

Engage with fellow community members to discuss a broad range of sustainability topics including a call to sustainability, ecological principles, food, water, community, transportation, consumption & economy, and visions of sustainability. The registration fee of $25 also covers the course booklet “Choices for Sustainable Living'' from


Tuesday evenings, February 22 to April 19, 6:30-8:00 p.m. The course will be in-person at NCMC with a remote access option. Scholarships for this class are available. 

The course is offered in partnership with the Local Food Alliance, Michigan State University Extension, and Tara’s Meadow Education and Retreat Center, with support from the Grain Train Natural Foods Market, North by Nature, Habitat, the Sierra Club, Crosshatch Center for Art and Ecology, Latitude 45 and individual supporters.


Finding Home

August 30 – Sept 2, 2019

Tara's Meadow Education & Retreat Center, Beaver Island

"Finding Home" is our theme, our practice, and the path we’ll take together for this year’s Labor Day Weekend Retreat at Tara’s Meadow Education & Retreat Center on beautiful Beaver Island. The meaning of “home within” and how we discover it, how we cultivate it is our aim.

Zen Buddhist Monk Ryan Doran-Fisher will be leading our morning meditation sessions and dharma talks, and helping us to explore wherein our home truly lies. In addition to our contemplative group sessions there will be opportunities for one-on-one consultations with Ryan. Seamus Norgaard will offer active engagement in movement and play for individuals and couples, experiences that will have you laughing and touching the earth and within, reaching for our deeper sense of home. 


Begins 4:40 pm, Friday Aug 30, when your ferry arrives on the Island. Ends 11:20 am Monday Sept Sept 2, when your ferry departs from the Island. Cost of $325 covers simple meals & lodging, on Island transportation, and all teaching activities. 


Returning to Stillness

Introductory Session: March 8, 2019 

Dharma Talks & Meditation Sessions: March 9, 2019

Chapel of the Guardian Angel - 812 Petoskey St. Petoskey, MI

Meditation sessions and Dharma Talks with Ryan Doran-Fisher.


Ryan Doran-Fisher is an Ordained Zen Buddhist Teaching Monk, and currently directs Buddhist trainings, Dharma talks, and curricula for the Zen Buddhist Temple in Grand Rapids, Michigan.


$5 Introductory session

$20 for both Saturday sessions

Scholarships available


We Are The Elders! Our Hopes, Fears, and Responsibilities in These Times

September 1-4, 2017

Tara's Meadow Education & Retreat Center, Beaver Island

Join fellow sojourners as we embark upon this Labor Day Weekend retreat. A weekend filled with activities meant to challenge us to leave behind the parts of ourselves no longer useful as we discover what is most in line with our soul's purpose. Bonding with others in community while residing in the body of nature and moving more fully into ourselves. We use poetry, earth bonding, mask making, nature journaling, meditation and sharing our stories to achieve these ends, all coming away with a renewed sense of purpose toward our work as Elders.

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