Now I see the secret of the making of the best persons. It is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth. -Walt Whitman, “Song of the Open Road”
With deep commitments to social justice, peacemaking, and sustainability, we are developing an ecofeminist philosophy filled with several guiding principles. Ecofeminism is basically the fusion of ecology (eco) with feminism, acknowledging that the subjugation of women and other oppressed groups is also tied to the subjugation of the environment and nonhuman animals. Stemming from this ecofeminist ethic are several guiding principles that we endeavor to uphold. These guiding principles are goals, hopes, intentions. Sometimes we fall short of living into them. But we believe that there is power in naming them aloud, writing them, sharing them with the hope that this sharing, naming, and writing will help us to better live into our beliefs. A big part of this traveling year of discernment is to begin to put our theories into practice by trying to authentically live what we believe.
The guiding principles we outline here are our guiding principles. We do not write them to try and force them upon others or claim to be more virtuous than anyone else. These are virtues we have the privilege of living into; we know that the virtues of many others are burdened in such ways that wonder, alternative economies, sustainability, or peace and justice simply cannot be priorities. Since we do have the privilege of living in these ways, we want to do everything in our power to create a world where all people have access to beauty, wonder, and worth.
Check out the links to our five guiding principles below…