Courtney Brooke: Good Morning Leon. What are you doing?
Leon: We are mulching. You take the cover crop and we’re spreading it out so no weeds will grow through. And no sun will hit the ground. And we’re gonna move this greenhouse onto it. Then plant some ginger.
Courtney Brooke: Wow.
Leon: It will get nice and hot in there and it will get watered everyday by a little spray system. Hopefully grow pretty fast.
Courtney Brooke: Wow that’s really thick mulch, huh?
Leon: Yeah, it’s thick mulch and it grew right in this spot. Take a closeup. Here’s where it grew. Take a closup!
Courtney Brooke: You know what, hold on a sec. Yeah, this is amazing. It’s such a feeling in the body of wealth.
Leon: Of which?
Courtney Brooke: Wealth?
Courtney Brooke: When there’s this much mulch. It’s just so clear that we are rich. What’s he doing? What’s he doing?
Leon: Oh.I think you’re just feeling the diverse life that is here.
Courtney Brooke: That’s the wealth feeling?
Leon: Maybe that’s what you mean when you are wealthy. Ok, perfect. This is the soil. Get a closeup.
Courtney Brooke (she/her) is an ancestor who was a Social Ecologist, Regenerative Designer, and educator whose work aims to reconnect people with a sense of belonging to place. Her work in the world aims to address the root cause of today’s overwhelming ecological challenges – that humans are starved of a sense of belonging to the places they live.
Courtney Brooke was raised on a small farm in North Georgia, and has been guided by a lifetime of living close to the land. Her greatest teachers have been the Appalachian Mountains, the land of Aotearoa, and Selu, the Corn Mother. She holds a degree in Ecology from the Odum School of Ecology, University of Georgia, and has 10 years of experience facilitating earth-based education, ecological landscape design, women’s rites of passage, and cultural healing.
Courtney Brooke has taught and facilitated environmental education curriculum, Deep Ecology, Permaculture Design Courses, hands-on craft and farming workshops, and Holistic Management to a wide range of audiences in nine countries from toddlers to adults and everyone in between.
Deeply committed to spreading the healing that comes from belonging to the places we live, Courtney Brooke is passionate about designing learning opportunities that celebrate life. She lives at Earthaven Ecovillage where she tends the land, raises food, participates in communal ritual agriculture, swims in wild water, enjoys the mysterious blessing of being alive, and tends her own wild Hearth. She loves cooking home-grown and wild foraged foods, playing her flute to the sunrise, running on mountain trails, making compost piles, crafting from natural materials, and bringing people together to create beauty that feeds the holy.