Starhawk is the author of 11 books on Goddess religion, earth-based spirituality, and activism, including The Spiral Dance; her picture book for young children, The Last Wild Witch; and The Earth Path, which weaves together permaculture and spirituality. Her twelfth book, The Empowerment Manual: A Guide for Collaborative Groups was published in Fall of 2011. She also directs Earth Activist Trainings, offering permaculture design courses with a grounding in spirit and a focus on organizing, and collaborates with community organizations to bring permaculture to the inner city. Together with director Donna Read Cooper, she created the documentary Permaculture: The Growing Edge, released in Fall of 2010. She is currently working with Yerba Buena Films to produce a feature film from her novel, The Fifth Sacred Thing, and to build earth-centered ethics and permaculture principles into the production itself. Starhawk is one of the founders of the Pagan spiritual network Reclaiming. She has lived collectively and worked collaboratively in many settings for more than three decades. She blogs at www.starhawksblog.org and her website is www.starhawk.org. Articles by Starhawk include: Social Permaculture (Issue # 153) Creating Community Ritual (Issue # 154)
Ecological relationships are relatively easy to deal with. Human relationships are often much more difficult, but we can design social structures that favor beneficial patterns of behavior.
Ritual can connect us more deeply to place, mark the passages of our lives,
comfort us in times of grief, and link us in the pure joy of celebration. It
works best when created collectively.