Digital badges are online emblems of skills achieved. Earning an Earthdreamer Level 1 badge requires learning, practicing, and mastering a set of capacities for somatically and behaviorally reconnecting with nature, place, and planet. All levels include passing along the skills and ideas acquired to other learners.

level 1 skills

  1. Deploy a set of healing and calming practices involving safe, transformative contact with the natural world as available in daily life. 
  2. Practice various body sensitivity exercises in different locales to understand how inner and outer domains of experience interact. 
  3. Understand and apply alternatives to denial, helplessness, and other pitfalls of eco-anxiety.
  4. Explore and explain these details of where one lives: local history, geology, climate, resources and infrastructure, plants, animals, insects, cultural trends, and traditional stories. 
  5. Apply dream interpretation techniques to explore and deepen inner responses to the things of the world: the elements, places, objects, landscapes.
  6. Trace overlapping primal patterns in nature, consciousness, and the body.



skills outcomes:

  • Lower anxiety, frustration, distraction; increased focus, calm, energy, and well-being
  • Replacement of alienation from world with concern and care
  • Mental flexibility and renewed creativity by moving beyond fixed attitudes into the flow of symbols, images, and metaphors
  • Appreciation of the deep nature wisdom in original stories
  • Practice mentoring others in important self-care skills
  • Knowledge of the status of the local ecosystem
  • Enhanced tending of emotions and bodily perceptions; a more grounded way of being here.

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….is “dreaming” in these senses:

  • Exploring how our night dreams reflect living presences all around us;
  • Reenchanting our relations with ourselves, each other, and the world;
  • Playing with the idea of the things around us “dreaming” with us;
  • Imagining together to dream up a just and Earth-honoring future;
  • Turning these dreams into realities we can all delight to live in.

the big picture:

really living HERE


Wealth, laws, and technology by themselves cannot bring about a new way of being here on Earth with each other. For that we need new stories and skills for coming home to our sentient and still-beautiful homeworld.


“Shall I not have intelligence with the earth? Am I not partly leaves and vegetable mould myself?”
— Henry David Thoreau


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