One of the leaders of the contemporary earth spirituality movement, Patricia Monaghan has spent more than 20 years researching and writing about alternative spiritual visions of the earth. Raised in Alaska, where much of her family still lives, she considers herself blessed to have learned the ecology of the taiga, the sub-arctic forest, in her youth. She was a writer and reporter on science and energy-related issues before turning her attention to the impact of myth on our daily lives. The worldwide vision of the earth as feminine — as a goddess, called Gaia by the Greeks — led her to recognize the connection between ecological damage and the oppression of the feminine. Much of her work since that time has explored the role of feminine power in our world, in an inclusive and multicultural way. Her book, Wild Girls, focuses on the revival of girl power.
Eleanor G. (Teri) Viereck drove to Fairbanks, Alaska, from Massachusetts in 1954 and has never looked back. Since then, she has earned a PhD in ecology, married the forester and ecologist Leslie Viereck, raised three children, kept goats and horses, climbed mountains, played ice hockey, and raced with a cross-country ski team. Her book, Alaska’s Wilderness Medicine, is the classic text on edible and medicinal plants of Alaska. She has practiced and taught yoga for more than forty years and has studied with Sufi, Buddhist, indigenous, and pagan teachers. She currently teaches courses in embodiment and awareness, sings in several choirs, plays classical piano, and explores authentic movement.