Courtney Brooke: Well, we’re not at Earthaven, but you know I’m still on planet earth and just seeing this.
I’m on the side of the highway in north Georgia. I’m like driving by and I’m like: Wow! look at those trees blooming. Then I realized that it’s a tiny little agroforestry situation. There’s all these cows underneath the trees eating the grass. Hello baby cow.
I just wanted to stop and admire it because it’s such a place where we have room for improvement.
There’s a huge field that this is attached to and only a few of these trees. I think they look like apple or pear trees. Yay for agroforestry!
I mean, you know, I’m not saying this is the most shiny example. But I am just saying “ Yay, agroforestry!”
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.