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Season Two – Event One: Song of the Oak

Patricia Damery with moderator, Deborah O’Grady
Song of the Oak
Sunday, February 5th, 2023. 4pm EST/1pm PST

Gaia is asking, even insisting! on an intimacy, if we are to survive the challenges of our changing Earth. What shift in consciousness affords such an intimacy? What is being asked of us? What must be sacrificed? These are the questions that will be explored in this event.

Patricia Damery is a writer and retired Jungian psychoanalyst. For many years she and her husband Donald farmed biodynamic and organic lavender and grapes. She is a Board member of the activist group Napa Vision 2050 and co-editor of its newsletter, Eyes on Napa. She served on the Executive Committee of the Napa Sierra Club and has been an active participant on the Sierra Club Redwood Chapter’s Northern California Forest Committee, Oak Working Group.

Deborah O’Grady is a fine art photographer and video artist whose still photography explores the landscapes of the western United States through mythology, the human impact, and history. She creates video for live symphonic performances and was a presenter at Art & Psyche conferences in San Francisco, New York, and Santa Barbara. Portraits of Navajo Code Talkers are in the permanent collection of the Albuquerque Art Museum and the book “Code Talker Stories.” She is on the Board of Directors of National ARAS and the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco.

Russian River Books & Letters,  7 pm, January 19, 2023.

I am excited to announce that I will be doing a book event at Books and Letters Bookstore, 14045 Armstrong Woods Rd, Guerneville, CA,  on Thursday, January 19, 2023, at 7 pm. 

I will be reading from my  Fruits of Eden: Field Notes Napa Valley 1991-2021, which includes stories of my years on the Russian River and Old Monte Rio Road during the 1980s. We were a wild bunch, obviously downstream of most of society and ready to claim our place on earth.

Do you remember “manure man” and his like-in-kind protest of the sewage spills into the Russian River? Or the day the mayor of Santa Rosa was pictured on the front page of the Press Democrat drinking a glass of treated sewage effluent being dumped in the river as he tried to convince us it was safe to drink?

Please join me, hear my own stories, and tell yours. Guerneville has always been one of those places on the edges, full of creativity, innovation, suffering, and hope.

Napa Bookmine: Reading with Louise Dunlap, Inherited Silence: Listening to the Land, Healing the Colonizer Mind. 7 pm, September 29, 2022. This was a virtual event.  Click here for the webinar recording.


Sonoma County Gazette, by Jonah Raskin. Local Book Dives into Current Struggles of North Bay Agriculture.