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Mountains and Waters Alliance

We accept our place in the community of life; we ally ourselves with mountains, waters, and everything that lives, for the protection and restoration of the whole earth and all beings, human or nonhuman, known or unknown, near or far, born or to be born. We make this request of animals, plants, waters, mountains, valleys, clouds, rocks, individually and collectively: to accept our vow of support and join with us in this protection, restoration, renewal and regeneration.

We support the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Nature.

The Alliance reaches out to the public through teaching, writing, and retreats, offering this vision of the human role in the community of life, grounded in the tangible reality of holding and caring for the shared land.

Mountains and Waters Farm

The farm enacts the mission of the Alliance in specific and detailed ways on a particular piece of land, practicing permaculture farming and land conservation, preparing for climate change; sharing skills, improving local food security, offering a replicable model of living sustainably, and being ready to serve as a refuge if needed. We do this work with others, local and beyond,, who share our commitment. The farm supports the Alliance and the Zen Community, offering a place for spiritual practice, a home for the work of protection and restoration, and food for residents, volunteers, and sharing. We are on 17 acres near Faribault, MN, with mixed woods and fields, in transition to orchards, perennials, and a diversified off-grid farm.

Internships and Apprenticeships are available.       507-384-8541     (formerly Vairochana Farm)

Mountains and Waters Zen Community

The practice of awakening is one with the practice of transforming the earth which is our true body. A study and practice group meets at the Northfield Buddhist Meditation Center. Talks, classes, and retreats are offered from time to time at various locations. A spiritual community at the farm includes long and short-term residents. Daily practice there includes sitting meditation, work, and living together, plus monthly retreats and 3-month training periods. We practice in the “just sitting” style of Uchiyama Roshi’s Antaiji.

Founder Shodo Spring is a Zen priest, Dharma heir of Shohaku Okumura Roshi, mother and grandmother, leader of the 2013 Compassionate Earth Walk, and author of Take Up Your Life: Making Spirituality Work in the Real World (Tuttle 1996).

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