You Are Not A Lone Tree, But Part of A Forest Ecosystem

Did you know that trees in a forest ecosystem communicate with each other and share resources? It’s true;  Trees communicate and share water, carbon and nutrients through a web of fungi that are mycorrhizal, meaning they are mutually beneficial  and symbiotic.    Even dying trees that appear to have nothing to give, are channelling nourishment to younger trees that would struggle to survive without this … Continue reading You Are Not A Lone Tree, But Part of A Forest Ecosystem

“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?

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!