Mare Cromwell

Mare Cromwell is the Director of Sacred Dog Productions. She is a professional gardener, author and speaker. With a Masters in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan, she has worked in the environmental field for 31 years. Her environmental career has spanned both international and regional programs in the Mid-Atlantic. Upon returning to Maryland in 1995, she has conducted Sustainability workshops, coordinated the creation of the Gunpowder Watershed Alliance and was the Executive Director of the Prettyboy Watershed Alliance from 2003 to 2005. She has also consulted on non-profit management and fundraising with other organizations.

In 2002, Mare’s nationally recognized book, If I gave you God’s phone number…. Searching for Spirituality in America was published. The book was widely received and one reviewer commented: Reading this book will enrich your view of spiritual life--in all its radiant variety--forever.

In addition to her environmental and non-fiction work, Mare has studied for fifteen years with Native American teachers and has learned to infuse her life and work with a deeper sense of the Sacred inherent in all. She also occasionally speaks on eco-philosophy and eco-spirituality topics such as Environmental Hope, Living Simplicity, Deep Ecology, Right Relationship and Sacred Gardening. More and more often these days, she can sometimes be heard singing to plants…and tuning into their songs.

On Fear of Writing and Other Fears – I Discovered a Scared Little Girl

My name is Mare, and I’m afraid of my writing. I’m afraid of this book that is gestating in me. I’m not exactly sure what I’m afraid of but perhaps by the time this wee little blog piece is finished, I may have a clearer mind? Writing can do that. It can shake loose some of the tangled thoughts trapped way back there in the cranium. This fear, it is an interesting creature. It keeps me in bed longer than I need to be. It sends me spinning off into distraction-land in a heartbeat. It keeps me from focusing on my book and is not so helpful....more

I have a Dream... A Dream about the Grandmothers...

I have a Dream. I have a Dream that a council of Grandmothers similar to the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers walks into the US Congress building and takes it over. But these are not only indigenous Grandmothers. These are the Grandmothers of the men and women whom are currently holding office there, as elected officials. ...more

So... Have you ever wondered how other people experience God or the Divine?

I'm fascinated by the concept of God. This is not from an academic stance but a deeply personal yearning for ongoing experience of the Divine.Yet my journey has not be the most traditional one. I was raised Catholic and left the church in my early 20's. Then after a number of years of studying yoga at a huge yoga center, I became a disciple of the guru there.But shortly after initiation he was ousted for having sex with some of the beautiful young women who sought out his spiritual teachings. This left me depressed and in a tail spin....more