People of the Pacific Northwest

Inspired by, but not a twin of Humans of NY, I started writing People of PNW posts on my Facebook page during a time when I was feeling very isolated and disconnected socially. It was a way of helping me notice and highlight the humanity and connection available in little moments. Here’s the one that launched the project: Humans of Overlook Park-so i had the … Continue reading People of the Pacific Northwest

“Dare, Care, Share”, aka Fun with Math

Let’s have some Fun with Math, shall we? The challenge is called “Dare, Care, Share” and involves me, you and yours. It’s an easy but fun math problem to solve, I promise. I’m trying to raise $7000 for a year of healing and helping in Peru– that seems quite ambitious, esp. in only 2 weeks, no? Let’s say I have 175 facebook friends- if each … Continue reading “Dare, Care, Share”, aka Fun with Math

Why I Love Crowdfunding, and Why You Should Too

I’ve gotta say,  I *L.O.V.E* Crowdfunding!   And not just because I am currently raising funds to move to Peru to volunteer to help build a Permaculture -based Eco-village Healing Retreat Center (Learn more or donate here ). Crowdfunding is the spirit of Democracy at its finest, putting the power “Be the Change We Wish to See in the World” back in the hands of the people, on a … Continue reading Why I Love Crowdfunding, and Why You Should Too

Who Is Paititi, What is Their Work, and Why Is It Important to Peru and the Planet?

As some of you know,  I’ll be moving to the Sacred Valley of Peru to volunteer for a year at Paititi Institute.  I wanted to share a bit about them, the work they do and it’s importance. Paititi is a lighthouse whose work extends far beyond Peru, having a ripple effect of what is possible for humanity and future generations. Recently they acquired 4000 acres … Continue reading Who Is Paititi, What is Their Work, and Why Is It Important to Peru and the Planet?

Beleszőve Földlánya Jószívű

Beleszőve Földlánya Jószívű.  At the beginning of the year, i chose this as my new spiritual name for the next leg of my journey. Choosing or Receiving a spiritual name can be a powerful practice.  For me, it has always been a prescription- something I want to strengthen or remember within myself.   Sometimes I use it publicly, sometimes only in more-defined spiritual contexts and sometimes … Continue reading Beleszőve Földlánya Jószívű

Fundraising and Practical Hands-on Help Campaigns Launched!

Friends and Supporters~ Thanks to the generous talents and time of my friend, June K.,  we now have a fundraising campaign-  Jess’s Journey- Healing Inner and Outer Landscapes to raise the funds needed for pursuing healing and volunteering for 1 year in Peru.  Check it out here- http://www.youcaring.com/jess-schurtman-402373 She also helped me organize some hands-on support for the daunting task of moving….to a foreign country….with 2 pets…..in … Continue reading Fundraising and Practical Hands-on Help Campaigns Launched!