Jan 172019

Book Launch at Finley Community Center

March 7th 2019, 6 –8 p.m.

Join us for a celebration of Sonoma Mountain by exploring writings, photographs and maps of this natural treasure. Master storyteller and author Arthur Dawson will read from the newly released Where the World Begins: Sonoma Mountain Stories and Images and share stories told by many who know and love the mountain well. Pick up your pre-ordered books or purchase on site.

Offered in partnership with Sonoma Land Trust.

Register now: https://slt030719.eventbrite.com

Jan 172019

Join TrekSonoma and Sonoma Mountain Preservation

for an overnight weekend wander across our beloved Sonoma Mountain!

(Photo Credit: Ulrich Kolbe)

Saturday, April 13th – Sunday April 14th
Saturday AM to mid-afternoon Sunday

Cost: $290 per person

Wildlife ecologist Meghan Walla-Murphy and historical ecologist Arthur Dawson are joining together to tell a holistic story of our beloved mountain.  Inspired by our cherished community member Pat Eliot, we will walk amongst the spring wildflowers and share meals under the stars.  

Over two days we will walk across varied terrain, from ridge top trails and vistas of the bay to the deep dark shade of redwoods groves. April wildflowers will blanket the hillsides while we track the stories of wildlife, waters, and human history.

On Saturday night we will camp at a local vineyard and enjoy local foods prepared by a slow food gourmet.

(Limited number of work-trade scholarships available)


This event is already 3/4 full! Claim your spot today!

Sign-up here: https://landpaths/event

Oct 252017

Sonoma Mountain Preservation is cosponsoring Greg Sarris’ reading from his new book, How a Mountain Was Made, on Nov. 10.

Join us at Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 547 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa, California 95401, from 6-8 PM.

In How a Mountain Was Made, the creation stories of the Southern Pomo and Coast Miwok peoples come alive for settler ears to hear, and for many of us perhaps, for the first time. Sarris will talk about the importance of these creation stories for those of us dwelling in Sonoma County. There will be books for sale and Sarris will sign books after the talk.

As we find ourselves feeling overwhelmed by the cataclysmic Fire in our county and similar events around the world that leave us feeling ungrounded, we turn inwardly in search of a sense of community and belonging. We find ourselves re-discovering the importance of Place and we find ourselves learning about indigenous values and the communities that carry them.

What does it mean to Dwell in Place? What does it mean to be part of indigenous history that now includes settlers like us? What does it mean to know Coyote, Fog, Squirrel, Rain, Waterbug, and Stone as Beings that want to have an ongoing relationship with Sonoma County folks? How can we cultivate that relationship of reciprocity with those beings?

How a Mountain Was Made offers us a gift of entry into this relationship. The stories make us ponder what it means to create a Home we can All call our own. The stories are beautiful, timeless, and wise. Most of all, they are Alive. Let them seep into your body.

Greg Sarris is a renowned author, scholar, teacher, and Chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria.