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Monday April 11th- Red Tent!!!

Note: Deep Dialogues will be extended 1/2 hour this week, beginning at 4:45 and going until 7:00 in the Landis House

The red tent is a safe place for women to talk about taboo topics, get vulnerable about their current problems, laugh, sing, dance, eat, tell stories, drink tea, create artwork, meditate, journal, etc. The Rent Tent movement is changing the way that women interact, support each other, and think about their bodies. The Red Tent was a space and a practice partially inspired by the menstrual hut that the women thousands of years ago used. Jacque Hanson, a modern day priestess in Carlisle, will be explaining the history of the red tent and guiding us through the two hours together. Everyone should bring a friend, a blanket, a picture of a loved one or missed ancestor, and food. It will be a great time together, and wear something red!

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Deep Dialogues Monday April 4th
Capitalism and Alternative Economic Models
Landis House @ Dickinson College, 5:00pm-6:30pm
Food: Susannah Bartlow

Conversation Topic: Capitalism-is it oppressive? Why? Are there other feasible alternatives? Is there an ideal reformed version of capitalism that could work better? Please watch this movie if you would like to prepare for Monday’s discussion.  Or just bring yourself! “Capitalism: A Love Story” -a film by Michael Moore
If others have resources Capitalism that they would like to share, please post them to the blog or share here.
Thank you all so much for a fantastic conversation this week after a two week hiatus – our discussion about the role of “violent/destructive” roles in the revolution, ZapatistasThe Weather Underground, and EarthFirst! was inspiring, challenging, and as always, revolutionarily awesome.
Thanks and see you at Landis House next week!

Sarah Brylinsky

Sustainability Education Coordinator

The Center for Sustainability Education
Dickinson College

Carlisle, PA 17013
Tel: 717.245.1117

“Ecology is permanent economy.” – Sunderlal Bahuguna, Gandhian activist and philosopher

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Monday March 21st – No meeting, do Reading!

Monday March 28th: Zapatistas! and Revolutionary Movements

Landis House @ Dickinson College, 5:00pm-6:30pm

Conversation Topic:  Zapatistas! Who were these fabulous revolutionary women, and what can we learn in our own ecofeminist movement from them?


“Teaching Women in the Zapatistia Movement’ attached

The Roles of Women in the Mexican Revolution and in the Current Zapatista Movement


Blake Blailey: Zapatista (Personal narratives)


Zapatistas in Representation

If others have resources about Chiapas and Zapatistas that they would like to share, please post them to the blog or share here.  Thanks and see you at Landis House next week!

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Thoughts on Revolution

Here are some links to documentaries and articles on revolution; please share other resources!

The Weather Underground

Every Revolution Is Revolutionary in Its Own Way” -A NewYork Times Article


The Roles of Women in the Mexican Revolution and in the Current Zapatista Movement

Blake Blailey: Zapatista (Personal narratives)

Zapatistas In Representation

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Monday February 28th

Landis House @ Dickinson College, 5:00pm-6:30pm

Topic: The Benefits of Local Economy


An essay by Wendell Berry, from his book Sex, Economy, Freedom and Community, will be emailed and available on the blog on Thursday, February 24th. The essay is called “Conservation and Local Economy” and discusses the importance of caring for our land and developing a healthy community (comprised not only of humans, but soil, water, air and non-human beings).

This essay addresses topics surrounding consumerism and capitalism that have been topics of interest thus far in Deep Dialogues. Members are asked to read the essay as a foundation for our discussion on Monday.

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Ecofeminism Deep Dialogues Monday February 21st
East Asian Reading Room, Waider-Spahr Library @ Dickinson College, 5:00pm-6:30pm
Conversation Topic: Please make comments and posts on the Blog ( ) with any articles/topics you’d like to bring to the discussion! For those unfamiliar with the blog, check it out, write some stuff (if you want to become an author, just shoot me an email), and make suggestions even if you’re a newcomer to the group.
Suggestions for future topics: Continuing the discussion of “What makes a healthy Ecofeminist community?”

Community Building/Consensus
Meditation and Mindfulness Exercises
Ownership vs. Stewardship
Culture of Silence- How do we break the silence?
Who is bringing food: Doni and Rebecca
Please make suggestions of other places to meet if you have any! We will discuss what we think is a good permanent meeting place next week.

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What Makes a Healthy Ecofeminist Community?


Trust—> breeds transparency



Is privacy a right?

How do we move from a community of ownership to a community of stewardship?

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Monday February 14th

East Asian Reading Room, Waider-Spahr Library @ Dickinson College, 5:00pm-6:30pm
Conversation Topic: Marcellus Shale, Energy Development, and Alternative Economics
Continuing our conversation from last week on the impact of marcellus shale in regards to both environmental impact and gender implications.
Who is bringing food: Claire Tighe
New blog updates!  See the “Deep Dialogues” category on the right for a listing of each week’s discussion, notes, observations, and more.
Looking forward to building on the energy from last week!

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What’s On the Agenda?

Please post other topics or questions you would like to discuss!


Food Democracy

Applied Ecofeminism


Alternative Community Models



Earth Ethics

Notes from our First Dialogue


(consent, agreement, consensus)

  • Canning
  • Meditation
  • Diversity:

o   Generating diversity in our attendees

o   Developing ecofeminism as a relevant antiracist practice

  • Ecofeminism and food democracy

o   Food security

o   Food access and urban food deserts

  • Bringing it local
  • Sexualities and the gender spectrum

o   Biology and destiny

  • How is this applied?

o   In developing communities

  • How can we share this with people effectively?
  • Spirituality, Judeo-Christian values, and spiritual ecofeminist connections
  • Any connections with women and art:  ladies & bodies!
  • Alternative community models
  • Crucial turning points in ecofem


Reading The Edible Woman?

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