Into a New Time

We’ve taken this winter off, mostly. We enjoyed a glorious autumn living in Sechelt on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia parked beside our new friends Gael and Shelley (at left, Robin’s photo of the view across the Georgia Strait from Gael’s house). We also visited Bowen and Vancouver Islands to visit Peak Moment guests we’d met in our previous journeys. Returning to the U.S. in January, we recorded a two-part show with activist writer Derrick Jensen, whose love of the earth touches us deeply.

Then we relaxed for two months with Janaia’s lively 94-year-old mom and family in Tracy, California. Twice we hiked in the nearby Diablo Range as the brilliant green velvet grasses carpeted the hillsides (at left, Janaia’s watercolor at Morgan Territories Park). Spring called us back home to Lone Bobcat Woods, where the copious winter rains have lured out “shy wildflowers” who appear only in years with abundant moisture. New returning songbirds are greeting us each day, calling for mates and building homes.

Last week we got a first visit of the season from our Bear neighbor, who followed a splash in the nearby pond with a vigorous back-scratch against a tree. Enjoy Robin’s video of Bear’s visit.

Peak Moment news. Thank you for your year-end financial support. You brought Peak Moment into the black for the first time in two years! Plus we had the joy of sharing Janaia’s “Little Fir” video story and notecards as premiums with many of our contributors. — Thank you, Thank you!! You are our lifeblood.

To maintain perspective in these turbulent times, and as the U.S. Trump administration cuts off climate change and other environmental efforts which could help all life on the planet, we cherish the sane big-picture views in Richard Heinberg’s Museletters. Richard was a major impetus for our starting Peak Moment TV eleven years ago. UK Journalist George Monbiot addresses what we feel Peak Moment is about in This is how people can make truly take back control: from the bottom up.

As our wise elder friend and mentor Mary Nelson says:

Only love remains,
Janaia and Robin 

Widening Circles


The What a Way to Go: Life at the End of Empire movie is online for free viewing. Here’s our Peak Moment show with filmmakers Tim Bennett and Sally Erickson (72).

How to Boil a Frog movie is online for free viewing. Team Frog writes, “as our small part in the resistance to President Asterisk’s plot to doom the Earth, we’ve put the 53 minute international version of How to Boil a Frog up online for free streaming.” Here’s our Peak Moment show with producer/writer Jon Cooksey (187).

Deep Green Video. Our co-journeyors Ivey Cone and Mary Nelson are producing a YouTube video series of short excerpts, essays and answers with author Derrick Jensen, author of EndGame, A Culture of Make Believe and many others. Here’s our 2017 show with Derrick Jensen (325).

Dave Gardner, director of GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth has begun a series of webinars on reducing human population, the steady state economy and more. Get his GrowthBusters newsletter and more info here. Here’s our Peak Moment show with filmmaker Dave Gardner (177). 

In our latest program, A Minstrel for the Earth (328), activist singer-songwriter Dana Lyons sings “Salmon Come Home,” told from a First Nations perspective, on a proposed coal project in Alaska. Good news! He now reports that the Chuitna River Mine was defeated in Alaska. Dana is touring east coast USA in May and June, then Montana and Washington in July. Here’s his schedule. Don’t miss him — he does a great live show!


The New Tribe Training last spring was life-changing for us. We think many are hungry to create safety nets of belonging, right where they live, as other safety nets in our society are being shredded. “New Tribe” Trainings for 2017 are scheduled for Asheville NC, May 18-21, OUR Ecovillage on Vancouver Island, BC in early September, and Ashland Oregon, December 7-10. Here’s our Peak Moment shows with co-founders Bill Kauth and Zoe Alowan:  Longing to Belong: Looking for Your Tribe? part 1 and part 2.

Carolyn Baker and Dean Spillane Walker are offering Resilience Bridge workshops this fall. Resilience Bridge is a weekend workshop offering a safe island of sanity, intended to empower participants seeking to expand their core capacities to face our rapidly collapsing Post-Truth world. Upcoming workshops are in Ashland, Oregon. September 15,16,17 and Boulder, Colorado October 13,14,15. Carolyn is the author of many books about “collapsing consciously”. Here’s our most recent Peak Moment show on finding emotional resilience with Carolyn and Ivey Cone (300).

Peak Moment Videos

EagleYew House — Efficient Technology With an Artist’s Aesthetic with artist builder Ezio Cusi (317)

Ecovillages — A Leading Edge for Sustainability with Karen Litfin, author of Ecovillages: Lessons for Sustainable Community (318)

Imagine If — ‘The Great Turning’ meets ‘Community Rights’ with community rights educator Paul Cienfuegos (319)

Food, Community and Our Place on Earth with Vicki Robin, author of Blessing the Hands that Feed Us: Lessons from a 10-Mile Diet (320)

Deep Nutrition — Eating the Way We Used to Eat with Dr. Cate Shanahan, co-author of Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food (321)

Dying Consciously in a Loving Community with Kippi Waters and Judy Alexander of Local 2020 Port Townsend, WA (322)
The Open Source Seed Initiative — Protecting Our Food Commons
with plant breeder Carol Deppe, author of The Tao of Vegetable Gardening (323)

Embracing the End of Life: A Journey into Dying and Awakening with Patt Lind-Kyle, author of Embracing the End of Life (324)

Love, Intelligence and Art — Musings on the Natural World (part 1) with author Derrick Jensen, whose most recent book is The Myth of Human Supremacy (325)

Love, Intelligence and Sex — Musings on the Natural World (part 2) with Derrick Jensen (326)

Milking “Buttercup” the Cow with Alexandra King, co-owner of Inspiration Farm (327)

A Minstrel for the Earth with singer-songwriter and activist Dana Lyons, composer of “Cows With Guns.” (328)

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