Mother Earth News Fair

Reflecting on a very successful speaking series in 2012, I am drawn back to how thrilled I was to receive an invitation to attend the Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup, WA last July. Bryan Welch, publisher of Mother Earth News, the fastest growing magazine in North America and also the publisher of Utney Reader, has created a major resource for sustainability and a very fun experience. I have been a reader for many years, and felt truly honored to be part of this event.

Of course, there were some wonderful innkeepers in attendance. I say “of course” because innkeepers have taken center stage in both rehabbing historic properties and creating sustainable environments—a fact that I like to ballyhoo as much as possible. I had the pleasure of running into Lisa Kivirist and John Ivenko, innkeepers at the Inn Serendipity Farm and B&B in Brownstown, WI, one of the greenest inns I know.

Lloyd Kahn made a wonderful presentation on hand-built shelters and I had the pleasure of lunching with Ed Begley Jr. He presented on “Live Simply So that Others Can Simply Live.” It was empowering, humorous and received a standing ovation.

Ed was very encouraging to me about my latest projects in sustainable tourism, and said “deep green eco-lodging experiences can be a wonderful educational tool for the public.” What a fulfilling comment to hear – especially because I have admired Ed’s work for a long time.

Find out more about the upcoming events at

As January unfolds, I am excited to continue working with a fine team of hardworking interns for further progress in 2013!

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