Embers of Hope: Embracing Life in an Age of Ecological Destruction and Climate Chaos
by Bonita Eloise Ford

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When we read or watch the news, sometimes we can find ourselves bombarded with facts about climate breakdown, and the threat of catastrophe can loom terrifyingly large. The sheer overwhelming nature of the problem can cause many of us to shut down and turn away, even as the most dedicated activists among us burn themselves out. Yet rather than scold or use shock tactics to try to promote change, permaculture educator and group facilitator Bonita Eloise Ford addresses the topic with gentleness, encouragement, and practicality.

Part memoir and part meditative workbook, Embers of Hope invites us on a personal journey to better connect with ourselves and the living Earth, offering perspective shifts that help us acknowledge our sorrow, ignite our hope, and consider everyday acts to strengthen our communities. Together, we can nurture the small forces that may radically transform our world.


“With open-hearted generosity, Bonita Eloise Ford weaves a pathway with permaculture, energy healing, the Indigenous wisdom of her teachers, and her own life experience, and then guides the reader through a series of exercises to enable us all to face the challenges of a world in ecological collapse and climate chaos with clarity and meaning. That is how, as the fire dies, we find the Embers of Hope.” —Maddy Harland, editor of Permaculture Magazine and author of Fertile Edges: Regenerating Land, Culture and Hope 

“Part memoir, part workbook, Embers of Hope is contemporary ecophilosophy at its finest, a landmark guidebook to navigating the end of the world and beyond, by way of the garden gate.” —Heather Jo Flores, author of Food Not Lawns: How to Turn Your Yard into a Garden and Your Neighborhood into a Community and director of Permaculture Women’s Guild 

“Wow! Such a timely, potent and passionately written book. Thank you for addressing the deep questions and shifts that we must face to live more fully and gently in these troubled times.” —Robin Clayfield, permaculture pioneer and author of You Can Have Your Permaculture and Eat it Too and Dynamic Groups, Dynamic Learning Methodology

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