nature / culture / place – orion and the orion society
Orion is a program of The Orion Society, a nonpro>t organization located in Great Barrington,
Massachusetts. Its mission is to inform, inspire, and engage individuals and grassroots organizations
in becoming a signi>cant cultural force for healing nature and community.
the orion society’s other programs include:
Orion Grassroots Network
The Orion Grassroots Network provides
services to grassroots organizations
engaged in ecological, economic, or
All Orion Society programs actively
promote small and large gatherings
that unite ideas, action, and education.
The Orion Society empowers place-based and environmental education,
in part through publication of books
widely used by educators.
Upcoming Orion Gatherings
2008 wildbranch writing workshop
june 1– 7, craftsbury common, vermont
Join David Abram, Janisse Ray, Scott
Russell Sanders, Sandra Steingraber,
and the Orion editors for Wildbranch,
the country’s leading workshop in the
craft and technique of writing about
the natural world. Information and
application at www.orionmagazine.org. Deadline: March 14.
education in a changing climate
july 27–august 1, 2008, unity, maine
The Orion Society and Unity College are o=ering an original
and innovative workshop for educators seeking
to tackle urgent environmental issues. Work-
shop leaders include Nalini Nadkarni, Janisse
Ray, Carey Stanton Rogers, Unity College fac-
ulty, and Orion Society sta=. Information and
application at www.orionmagazine.org. Deadline: May 1.
the polar bear express, november 2– 9, 2008
The Great River Arts Institute and Orion magazine are
sponsoring a unique nature-writing experience. Come
aboard this amazing train ride from Winnipeg to Churchill,
Manitoba, to write together, experience the wilderness of
northern Canada, and observe polar bears in their natural habitat
during a full moon. Renowned nature writer and Orion
contributor Robert Michael Pyle will lead the writing workshops.
Reservations required by April 1, 2008. More information:
www.greatriverarts.org, or call 802/463–3330.
Visit www.orionmagazine.org for more information on The Orion Society and its programs.
O R I O N G R A T E F U L L Y A C K N O W L E D G E S support from those whose continued generosity sustains the work of
The Orion Society. Significant recent funding has been received from Cynthia Adams and GrantStation.com, Peter and Sofia
Blanchard, Berkshire Bank Foundation, Brimstone Fund, Richard and Camille Burke, Clements Foundation, Donna Curling,
Barbara David, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Educational Foundation of America, Charles Engelhard Foundation,
M.G.H. Gilliam, Google, Inc., Agnes Gund and Daniel Shapiro, Theron Horton and simpleChange.org, Quincey and
Dan Imhoff, Kendeda Sustainability Fund, Lost Arrow Corporation, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Massachusetts
Environmental Trust, Myrin Institute, Namaste Foundation, Park Foundation, Philanthropic Collaborative, Andrew
Sabin, Scott and Ruth Sanders, Tides Foundation, Jane Weatherly, Julia Widdowson, and anonymous.