The Great Work now, as we move into a new millennium, is to carry out the transition from a period of human devastation of the Earth to a period when humans would be present to the planet in a mutually beneficial manner.
— Thomas Berry, The Great Work: Our Way into the Future

We are living in times of great change that demand action from every person alive today. The dominant industrial growth societies of this planet (of which we are all part) continue to alter the climate and destroy the bio-systems upon which all life depends. When confronted with issues of such magnitude it is natural to ask: What can I do? Where do we even begin?

In order to make the necessary cultural and political changes that will guide and inform the transition from human-centered to earth-centered modes of being that respect the rights of all life, we need a radical shift in the ways we orient ourselves and interact with the community of life. Most importantly we need to slow down and listen.

We each have a role to play in this Great Work, but we are not alone. By consciously connecting with them, plants and other nonhuman beings help break the spell of anthropocentrism as they clear away thought forms and cultural conditioning that reinforce our sense of separateness from the living Earth. Plants as agents of ecological intelligence remind us that humans too are integral parts of the ecosystems we all inhabit. As they illuminate our true selves, plants also help us identify the roles to which each of us is best suited to play in this Great Work.

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Accessing the archetypal energies embodied by plants helps us to see the ways we are out of alignment with the natural order. Within these arenas of interspecies communion disharmonious thought forms register as dissonance, and we are presented with opportunities to let go of and release old stories that no longer serve us. Allowing our consciousness to merge with the plants’ spiritual and ecosystemic intelligence can alter our psyches in ways that allow new patterns of thinking and feeling to emerge. In place of the old, new stories emerge—tales of true nature interwoven from fibers of the lands in which we live and distilled from the dreaming bodies of plants to guide us through life.
— Scott Kloos

What if much of our dissatisfaction with life is not having a clear mission, not knowing what our place is, not knowing that we are acting in service of all life? This 4-week in-person course provides opportunities to identify and embody the specific gifts that each of us has to offer to the community. Join us as we collectively reimagine culture as we become aware of and present with relationally oriented modes of being.

Together and with the assistance of our Plant allies we will create spaces of healing and learning to:

  • Find our calling in the Great Work

  • Align with the forces of transformation, initiation, and awakening

  • Identify and deepen relationships with our plant allies and guides

  • Attune ourselves to ecological intelligence as we clear unhealthy cultural programming

  • Become present to and process grief related to climate disruption, the Earth’s sixth mass extinction, and other ecological catastrophes

  • Transform the ways we relate to trauma, shame, and guilt

To stimulate inquiry, healing, and learning, each Session will include:

  • Guided meditations with journal prompts to help you be open to and align with transformational energies and guides

  • Access to plant monographs with physical & psycho-spiritual indications and more

  • Relevant readings culled from Scott’s work and from respected authors like Thomas Berry, Joanna Macy, and others

  • Participants will be also have access to 20% discount code for purchasing tinctures from Cascadia Folk Medicine


We must believe that those powers that assign our role must in that same act bestow upon us the ability to fulfill this role. We must believe that we are cared for and guided by these same powers that bring us into being.

—Thomas Berry, The Great Work: Our Way into the Future

In Service of All Life

Dates: Oct 29 and Nov 5, 12, & 19, 2019
Time: 6-9pm
Location: Portland area, specific location TBA
Facilitator: Scott Kloos

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