Author: James Inabinet

La Terre Moons

The Moon of Little Brother Singing (September-October). “The true reality is absolutely unitary, unchanging, eternal, ‘the one.’” [Parmenides] “Everything flows and nothing abides . . . nothing stays fixed.” [Heraclitus] On a coolish fall morning I am sitting on a bed of leaves at a place of predilection, Wayá Sni, a nice camp spot on a bluff above the creek that forms one boundary of “my” land. My back rests against the black gum that supports my sleeping tarp. I gazed up at fish-scale clouds that occluded the southern and eastern skies. To the north and west, I noticed only partial occlusion. Concluding the possible approach of a frontal system, I sought a breeze with my face and found one, insistent and from the southeast, confirming in my mind an approaching cold front and probable rain in a day or two. Smiling, I gazed straight up and observed a cicada shell attached to the tree about five feet above. Abruptly, a gentle roaring burst into focus. In the Moon of Little Brother Singing such a …

Doing vs. Knowing

  Doing, what we do, arises out of a set of unconscious processes that comprise the mandala. Being is the way we are, the “core self.” Milieu is where we are, the all-inclusive nature of our unique, particular environment. Seeing isthe way we see the world, a largely unconscious process; what we see is the conscious component arising out of this process. Knowing isthe way we come to know, a largely unconscious process as well. What we know (and think) is its conscious component. Each aspect profoundly affects the others. Seeing affects knowing, which affects being. The way we “are” affects milieu which affects the way we are. What we do arises out of these, filtered somewhat by the threshold of consciousness. In seeking to fulfill its mission, La Terre Integral Center recognizes the affective aspects of the mandala. To change doing, to change what we do, requires changes in aspects of the mandala. Changes in the way we see and come to know the world can change doing, as can changes in the way …


The mission of La Terre Integral Center is to discover and utilize methods for discerning the nature of all human relationships: those between self and the human Other, those between self and the non-human Other, those between self and the godhead: the Wholly Other, and those between self and earth-as-resource, the source of all life. At this stage of Earth evolution, the good life for all beings seems to arise out of the nature of those relationships. Discerning relationships becomes enhancing and enriching them and through that process we ostensibly begin to become fully human and attain humanness. Through that process we might attain a profound sense of happiness in life-lived, from nadir-low to zenith-high. Through that process we might create and grow human niches-milieus within which humans and their non-human neighbors can thrive. Through that process we might begin to attain a viable, sustainable, and perhaps even peaceful human mode of life on Earth. It all begins, though, with the individual and a path with heart. That’s the starting point. What path could be …


The Earth Circle Exhibit is a traveling exhibit, a circle of art, consisting of twelve artworks in varying media, each created under the umbrella of multiple ecological themes. The overall theme, Art As Pedagogy, suggests that through art reality can be addressed and ostensibly shaped. The ECE is an ideal art exhibit for display at colleges, universities, and high schools. A lecture accompanies the exhibit.


Bio-Integral Assays is a workshop that includes a detailed rubric for assaying the ecology of forest-wetlands, estuary, college campus, and city ecosystems. Participants assay the biota and matrix as individuals before shifting to context in a profound shift to ecological thinking for assaying the hows and whys of ecosystems. A viable enrichment for classes in nature philosophy, environmental education, and ecology at the college or advanced high school level.


La Terre outdoor learning systems offers education consultin services to facilitate the use of compus facilities (especially primary and secondary schools) and parks as multi-disciplinary outdoor learning tools including teacher in-service workshops, teaching materials, development of outdoor math and science laboratories, interpretive nature trails, etc.

La Terre Integral Center

La Terre Integral Center is an educational organization offering a variety of consulting services and workshops congruent to the mission. Services offered both on-site at La Terre and off-site, on campuses, etc. For more information about these offerings or any other, please contact

The Alchemy of Mythic Enactment 5. Enacting a Human Niche

Date: TBA.  10AM – 6PM. Facilitator: James Inabinet, PhD.  Cost: $25 Enacting a Human Niche extends the mythos of niche by developing actual skills for creating niche, seeking optimum modalities–where and how it CAN go.  This requires situating oneself within a prospective niche including considerations of history and place.  historical considerations include situating oneself within personal origins (family history) and the origins of the entire cosmos (big history).  Place considerations include the where​ of an individual’s prospective human niche and the overall bioregion within which any place is situated.

The Alchemy of Mythic Enactment 4. A Mythos of Niche

Date: TBA.  10AM – 6PM. ​Facilitator: James Inabinet, PhD.  Cost: $25 Mythos of Niche enables discerning rudiments of the shifting sands of niche.  niche is contextual, depending on who, where, and when.  Discernment involves analyzing where we have been thrown, where we are as who we are and when.  viewing everything around us from the perspective of “gift” facilitates discerning and enacting various modes of comportment for places.