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Esme and the AMAAAZZZING Willow tree at Earthaven Ecovillage

Courtney Brooke: Wow, here we are. What kind of trees are those Esme?

Esme: They’re willow trees.

Courtney Brooke: Woah. They have such furry little blossoms.

Esme: Blossoms.

Courtney Brooke: I think they’re called catkins. What were you telling me about the willow tree?

Esme: Well, my dad got hurt at first. And then Oakley went and picked some……And then Oakley went and picked a willow branch….And then he gave it to my dad and my dad chewed on it.

Courtney Brooke: And then what happened?

Esme: Ohhhh, he felt better…..

Courtney Brooke: Woah.

Esme: Isn’t Willow is AMAAAAZZZING, AMAAAZZZING, plant?

Courtney Brooke: Yeah, willow is amazing. I love how it just loves to grow by the creek.

Esme: I know! Amazing.



Courtney Brooke

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.

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