February 2010 Bartimaeus Institute

February 2010 Ecojustice Institute: A Photo Essay

You can’t save a place you don’t love. You can’t love a place you don’t know.  And you can’t know a place about which you haven’t learned.       

    --opening theme of the February Institute   


This was one of our most energetic Institutes yet.  Thirty participants studied Luke’s gospel, the Ojai Valley watershed and the life and witness of Sr. Dorothy Stang.  Two thirds of the participants were women, and 2/3 under age 35—trends we find encouraging!  Highlights included:

Meg SketchMeg Sisters

Sisters Roseanne Murphy and Judi Clemens represented Dorothy’s order, the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, and brought wonderful, engaging energy.  The Sisters shared personal stories after we watched the film They Killed Sr. Dorothy.  Institute artist Meg Lemieur did sketches during the week as themes were discussed, culminating in a portrait of Sr. Dorothy made out of natural material (left; right, the Sisters with Meg).



CSA Garden Food
On Wednesday we took field trips to Nopalitos Native Nursery and Sycamore Canyonbefore being hosted at the Abundant Table Farm Project in Camarillo, where we ate delicious food out of their CSA garden (left). 
Guest speakers Don Seawater, an urban forester, and Calvert Foundation social investment animator Art Stevens stimulated our horizons of imagination.
Jay Beck
Institute musician Jay Beck got us chanting and drumming throughout the week (right with Christy Rose & David Omondi).

Meg Sketch II
After Elaine’s stimulating talk on restoring the Ventura River, a raucous Thursday night banquet ensued at our home. (Left: One of Meg’s sketches.)  You can read Steve Clemens’ reflections on the week at www.mennonista.blogspot.com.  Thanks to all the participants and helpers who made this week possible!  There was so much enthusiasm that we have decided to hold an ecojustice gathering each year!