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On this page you will find useful links to sites we recommend, including Shamanism, Spirituality, Sustainability, Artists, and more-- all focusing on a positive relationship with the Earth. Check back from time to time --- we continue to add links as we do more networking.

If you are looking for information on shamanism, or anything relevant to these links, and don't find it here, feel free to contact us-- we have an extensive library of reference material (which you can view on site at Dragon Waters or we can recommend by phone or email) and can also point you to other resources on- and off-line.

Shamanism and Related  Topics
ISSR: The International Society for Shamanistic Research is an interdiscipinary, academic organization devoted to the study of shamanism. Members include world-renowned scholars in a wide range of fields.
The ISSR sponsors an academic conference every other year, and a journal of papers from the proceeding is published in Hungary. The journal Shaman, launched by Molnar & Kelemen Oriental Publishers in 1993, was approved as the official publication of the ISSR in the same year. Molnar and Kelemen also publish other academic journals on topics primarily focused on Hungarian culture and culture of the region.

Shaman (ISSN 1216-7827) is a annual journal (192 pages per volume) of a strictly academic nature, publishing original articles written in English. In addition, Shaman publishes reviews of current books, films, videos and sound recordings, brief accounts of works in progress and announcements of coming events.

Circle of Tengerism is an organization dedicated to the preservation of Siberian and Mongolian shaman traditions, which is associated with Golomt Tuv, the official shaman organization of Mongolia. They maintain this web site for the purpose of educating Westerners about their traditions, and to keep those traditions alive.

Sarangerel Odigon's old page on Buryat shamanism is still being maintained. Sarangerel passed to the spirit world in 2006. Thankfully she left us the gift of memories of her powerful spirit, and her books, Riding Windhorses and Chosen By the Spirits, which we highly recommmend. The new link to the site is here.

 Mything Links is a brilliant and exhaustive web site covering an amazing range of topics, including shamanically relevant material. I first found it when researching Hungarian language and culture.

Sacred Texts calls itself the largest freely available archive of online books about religion, mythology, folklore and the esoteric on the Internet. The site is dedicated to religious tolerance and scholarship.
Siberian Shamanism
exhibit at the Illinois State Museum.

The Totem Peoples Preservation Project is an international non-profit initiative dedicated to supporting the sustainability of indigenous nomadic cultures, their totem livestock and their ecological habitats in Eastern Siberia and Mongolia.


Earth Spirituality
Convocation (Detroit MI) is a convention of the many mystical spiritual paths and faiths who desire to teach each other and promote fellowship among all esoteric traditions. Since 1995, this 4-day event has brought together over 100 classes and rituals presented by local instructors, internationally renowned guest speakers and authors and a Merchant Room, Art Show and the largest indoor Drum Circle in the Midwest. Crow and Bekki have been featured presenters at a number of ConVocations and consider it the best event of its kind out there-- well-organized and run, and very high quality.
Mystical Attic, Virginia Beach, Virginia: One of the venues where we teach. Scott and Neal are Advanced Shamanic Practitioners, Reiki healers, Tarot readers, and they also offer organic personal care, crystals, fair trade unique gifts, herbs, oils and ritual items at the shop.

Sustainability and Ecology in the Athens Area

Local Companies Providing Solar-Powered Energy Systems (also Wind Power)
  Third Sun Solar
 
Dovetail Solar

Other Cool Folks Doing Sustainable Things
 
Blue Rock Station Ohio Magazine said of Blue Rock in their Best of Ohio:
"BEST GREEN HOUSE Imagine living in a house made from tires packed with dirt. Jay and Annie Warmke have just such an abode, and they call it Blue Rock Station. It’s more than their home, though; it’s an educational center for Earthships — dwellings made from natural or recycled materials that can support themselves with almost complete independence. The Warmkes’ Earthship, which they started building in 1996, was Ohio’s first. Now, they have a 38-acre retreat where they teach people about earth-friendly construction, offer hands-on workshops on a variety of topics and let people trek around the land with one of their llamas. "
 
Re-Use Industries
is a community non-profit and tax-exempt organization that saves reusables from the landfill to support a sustainable economy, protect our environment, and create jobs.

Regional and State  Non-Profits Supporting Sustainability

 Green Energy Ohio 
is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting environmentally and economically sustainable energy policies and practices in Ohio. Its web site has a lot of resourse and information about converting to green energy.

  Rural Action   Based in Athens County, Rural Action's mission is to promote economic, social, and environmental justice in Appalachian Ohio.

The Appalachian Center for Economic Networks (ACEnet) is a community economic development organization located in rural southeastern Ohio. The mission of ACEnet is to build the capacity of local communities to network, innovate, and work together to create a strong, sustainable regional economy that has opportunities for all.

 Community Food Initiatives
CFI is a non-profit, membership based organization working to increase community self-reliance by promoting food production and processing in southeast Ohio, through hands-on education and direct mentoring.

The Ohio Ecological Food & Farm Association (OEFFA) was formed in 1979 and is a membership-based, grassroots organization, dedicated to promoting and supporting sustainable, ecological, and healthful food systems.

Environmental Non-Profits in Ohio
Environment Ohio is a statewide, citizen-based environmental advocacy organization.

National and International Miscellaneous Good Causes and Organizations
Care 2 With more than 12 1/2  million members and 400 nonprofit partners, Care2 is the largest and most trusted information and action site for people who care to make a difference. It provides free email and personal pages; online groups (many oriented on social action, spirituality, animal welfare, the environment, peace, and other timely issues); petitions; news; e-cards, and more. Bekki is a member (and membership is free).

Pachamama Alliance


Pacific Environment protects the living environment of the Pacific Rim by promoting grassroots activism, strengthening communities and reforming international policies.
They dedicate over one-third of their budget each year to funding grassroots organizations on the front-lines of the environmental movement. They support and encourage sustainable fishing, renewable energy and other initiatives that put environmental protection and communities first.
And lots more.

Local Free-Range and Organic Food  Suppliers and Restaurants

Casa Nueva: Nouveau Hippie-Mex Restaurant, specializing in locally grown veggies and local free-range meat and eggs. Many vegetarian and vegan options, a different theme special each night of the week, plus the Cantina  (complete bar) and Bodega (quick light food). Menu at their web site. All our friends and students know and love Casa!

The Village Bakery Every day the bakery features locally grown organic vegetables, non-GMO meats and free-range eggs, FairTrade organic coffee, and organic dairy, flour and sugar. Unique variety of freshly baked hand crafted loaves,flaky quiches, sweet and savory pastries, breakfast pizza, tasty soups, salads and sandwiches, cookies, brownies, tarts and cakes, plus a Sunday brunch. The folks at Village Bakery also run Della Zona, pizza and other foods made entirely with local and regional cheeses, meats and other ingredients; and Catalyst Cafe, a coffee shop featuring fair-trade coffees and teas and local goodies.

Integration Acres specializes in food products made from local Pawpaws, Spicebush berries and other native foods. Chris Chmiel, the owner, is the originator of the Pawpaw Festival, based in Albany OH in Athens County.

 Athens Farmer's Market Our local market is known for its wide variety of locally produced food and other items, from eggs, meat, veggies and fruits to goat's milk soap, honey and beeswax candles, live herbs, native shrubs, and lots more stuff. Many items are raised organically.


Local Herb Nurseries and Herbalists 


Plant-It Herbs specializes in Chinese medicinal herbs, and occasionally other exotic herbs.

Companion Plants carries hundreds of unusual medicinal and sacred plants, as well as a large variety of culinary herbs.

Healing Heart Herbals was founded by Cindy Parker, our good friend and a master herbalist. Cindy is a teacher, writer and healer who focuses on working with herbs as well as with energy, and often combines the two.

Three Treasures Frances Gander is certified in traditional Chinese medicine, as an acupuncturist and herbalist, and teaches Tai Chi and Qi Gong. Her practice is based in Athens, OH.


Other Local Healing Modalities
The Dogwood Center for Self-Development: Roger Wilkins, PhD in Education, works with neurofeedback training to help people overcome the underlying neurological basis of their self-defeating life patterns. Neurofeedback training helps people become unstuck from their life patterns so they can move on with their self development. Neurofeedback training is an effective non-drug method for enhancing self development.   Self Development Seminars, Neurofeedback Training, and Wellness Weeks for Mind-Body Transformation re just some of the options available at the Dogwood Center.

Artists and Craftspeople of an Earth-friendly Persuasion
 Local
 


Far-Off, Far-Out Friends
Mairyann Wrentlmore: Painting the Essence of the Sublime Mairyann Wrentmore is a lovely person and gifted artist.  Inspired by myths, legends and her personal spiritual practice, which blends shamanism and Goddess spirituality , her art is whimsical and unique, and her paintings include various paint media as well as beads and other textural effects. She also is a graduate of our Two-Week Intensive Training, and now practices her healing arts in FL.

 Wind Wolf Studios  Beautiful art prints, tee shirts and sweatshirts of wildlife from wolves to hummingbirds and everything in between, plus dragons, unicorns and winged things. Reproductions of Sandra's original paintings on feathers and drums as well as her larger paintings of medicine shields and fantasy art. We're pleased to promote this long-time friend's beautiful art work.

Earthcraftyr  Our friend Ditchwitch lives in the country east of Rochester NY . She crafts a lot of her own products, much of it herbally based, and also supplies Bellydancing needs. (She dances and teaches dance as well.)


More Links Coming!!!!