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We actively seek others who will join us in our efforts to [[Bring Life]]
We actively seek others who will join us in our efforts to [[Bring Life]]
We seek other groups who share various subsets of our philosophy ([[Kindred]], and support their efforts
We seek other groups who share various subsets of our philosophy ([[Kindred]]), and support their efforts
===Nurture Life===
===Nurture Life===

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In the endless upward spiral of evolution, life creates the conditions for more life, more complexity and diversity, more and more amazing possibilities. It transformed Earth's surface from an empty, hostile wasteland into a world both hospitable and abundant, making possible the flourishing of a glorious variety of species and the fantastic complexity of their ecosystems, which together form a global biosphere that acts like a vast superorganism to maintain inside its body the conditions for life.

But all organisms must reproduce, carrying forward the cycle of evolution in the face of each organism's inevitable death. Now, with the advent of humanity and the great burst of creativity and possibility it has unleashed, the biosphere has found a way to spread outward from Earth, to transform more barren worlds into living ones, seeding the Solar System and eventually the Galaxy with life. So instead of using up Mother Earth's resources for the sake of fleeting human advantage, it's time to make her cause our own, the cause of life and evolution, so that one biosphere can become many and go on forever. It's time to become SolSeed.

SolSeedMovement News

March 2022

  • Ben and Eric held the SolSeed Storytelling and Sushi Feast event. It included the double season ritual. Both Eric and Ben wrote stories for the event. It was well attended by Starr community members at Ben's end in Seattle. Eric, Michelle and Luna attended in Eganville, ON.

February 2022

  • Ben and Eric held a double ritual. It was well attended by Starr community members at Ben's end in Seattle. Eric attended from the frozen surface of Norway lake at Grey Cliff

December 2021

  • Ben and Eric held a space elevator model climber building competition. Ben won as his was able to climb from ground level up to a second story balcony. We performed the season change double ritual at the time of Solstice.

November 2021

  • Ben and Eric performed the season change double ritual at the half way moment between Equinox and Solstice. We also played space-related board games (Mars Rail and Terraforming Mars).

September 2021

  • Ben and Eric held a space dinner dressing up a window to look like a portal through to space and watching a views from the space station video on a TV embedded in the window as we ate diner. We performed the season change double ritual at the moment of Equinox.

August 2021

  • Ben and Eric held the SolSeed Festival of Saints.
  • Eric attended virtually from Buckleberry and thanked Buckleberry one last time before the sale of the land finalized.
  • We performed the season change double ritual at the half way moment between Solstice and Equinox.

June 2021

  • Ben held the Yay Life Tri with a few members of Starr community.
  • Eric and his wife did the Yay Life Tri at Greycliff.
  • Eric and Ben held the double Diversitas/Sophos ritual.

May 2021

  • Ben worked with Starr Community to plant a garden.
  • Eric helped his family plant seeds in pots that could later be planted out into their community garden plot.
  • Eric also held a short ritual in which he planted two cedars and a spruce in his yard.
  • Eric and [[Ben] held the double Viriditas de Terra/Diversitas ritual

March 2021

February 2021

  • Ben and his friend led a combined SolSeed/Druid Imbolc ritual on Zoom. Eric joined from Ottawa. It was attended by about 8 people and was a fusion of SolSeed and Druidic elements.

December 2021

  • Ben and his family joined Eric by Zoom to share the double Yule ritual.

September 2020

  • Ben and Eric performed the Mabon double ritual over Skype.

August 2020

  • Ben and Eric performed the Lammas double ritual over Skype. After the second meditative period, they held the Festival of Saints for the first time in which they discussed and approved nominations for the elevation of Servants of Gaia.

June 2020

  • Ben and Eric performed the Litha double ritual online. Both Ben and Eric performed the Yay Life Tri, Ben in Seattle and Eric at Grey Cliff with Michelle and three guests.

May 2020

  • Ben and Eric performed the Beltane double ritual over Skype. Eric ritually transplanted 7 hydrangeas in order to spread more complex life and flowering across the lawn around his house.
  • Eric visited the Gaia Statue at Buckleberry

March 2020

  • Ben and Eric performed the Ostara ritual over Zoom with a group of Star community members (at Ben's end of the call). We also shared stories on the call as is our tradition on Ostara. Both Ben and Eric wrote one for the occasion. Before hand, Eric and his family enjoyed a home made sushi feast, hand rolling the sushi at the table together using sushi rice prepared by Eric's wife, Michelle. Afterward, Ben and Star community enjoyed sushi also.

February 2020

  • Ben and Eric performed the Imbolc ritual over Zoom

December 2019

  • Brandon, Shelley, Sequoia, Ren, Ben and a few guests came together to celebrate the Solstice with a Pagan-inspired play about the rebirth of the Sun.

November 2019

  • Eric and Ben performed the double crossover ritual over Skype.

September 2019

  • Brandon, Shelley, Sequoia, Ren, and Eric gathered to celebrate the Equinox by walking through a dark cold lava tube under Mount Saint Helen's and then walking an equal distance in the light and warmth above ground.

August 2019

July 2019

  • Eric and Ben performed a ritual to celebrate Moon Day 50.

March 2019

  • Brandon, Eric, Ben, Patrick, Nick and Michelle gathered in person in Potland and Eganville with a connection between the two sites via Skype and shared Sushi and Storytelling.

December 2018

  • Ben and Eric celebrated the moment of Solstice on Skype
  • Ben and Shawn joined the Sanders family Solstice celebration in Portland

October 2018

September 2018

  • The founder of the Reform Pagans joined Eric and the Sanders for a Fall Equinox celebration on Skype

August 2018

April 2018

  • The Sanders family participated in an Earth Day mulching party on a wetland riverbank, leading Brandon to reconsider his role in SolSeed and as a parent.

March 2018

February 2018

  • We went on Imbolc/Riverrain hikes in Portland, Seattle, and Gatineau, and held Mexican dinner outings in both Portland and Ottawa

December 2017

  • Shawn joined SolSeed and participated in the Sanders' Solstice party, featuring the third annual performance of The Rebirth of the Sun.
  • Ben and Brandon held the third annual Space Elevator Solstice at the Sanders home.

September 2017

  • Brandon, Shelley, Sequoia, Ren, Ben and Eric painted Eric's Gaia Statue at Buckleberry.
  • Beginning of the experiment to try calling ourselves Gaia's People

June 2017

May 2017

  • Workbee in Hoyt Arboretum, Tree planting at Buckleberry

March 2017

February 2017

  • Riverrain hike in Tryon Creek State Park in Oregon, Skating outing in Ottawa on the Rideau Canal, Mexican dinner outings in both Portland and Ottawa, Terra Mystica - Fire and Ice in Ottawa.

December 2016

  • We held our second annual Space Elevator Solstice in Portland and Gatineau. This time we built two climbers and a conveyor-belt elevator.

October/November 2016

September 2016

August 2016

July 2016

  • On July 1, we joined John and his daughter Katya for the first event in the new Earthseed Wheel of the Year, the Festival of the Teacher.

June 2016

April 2016

March 2016

February 2016

  • On Saturday the 6th, Brandon, Shelley, Sequoia, Ren, and Ben went on a Riverain hike in Portland with old and new friends, including Ted and his family. Then we went to dinner with Ben's parents and Keith Lofstrom at a Mexican place that serves deep-fried ice cream.

January 2016

December 2015

  • On Saturday the 19th, we held the first Space Elevator Solstice in Redmond, with all of our Contributing Members (Eric and Patrick joined via Skype from Gatineau), space-elevator luminaries Michael Laine and Bryan Laubscher, and people from Ben's sci-fi book club.

November 2015

  • Eric, Michelle, and Patrick moved to a new home in Gatineau, right next to the immense urban forest of Gatineau Park.

October 2015

September 2015

August 2015

  • On Saturday the 8th through Monday the 10th, we held our first annual Shiny Green Festival in Portland with all of the SolSeed Contributing Members and friends both old and new, including Michelle Saumur, Keith Lofstrom, and John, Ruth, Katya, and William Halstead.
  • We started developing a Kickstarter campaign to fund the production of human-sized versions of Oberon Zell's Millennial Gaia statue.

July 2015

  • Eric started work on his concept for a tree-climbing robot that could graft fruit-tree limbs onto existing trees in a forest.

June 2015

May 2015

March 2015

  • Ben started working on the SolSeed History page to help share the story of our first ten years with members and friends.
  • We celebrated the Spring Equinox with our third annual SolSeed Storytelling and Sushi Feast. (Eric has been holding these for much longer.)

February 2015

December 2014

November 2014

October 2014

September 2014

August 2014

  • Ben traveled with Lion, a long-time friend of SolSeed, to visit the Windward intentional community in southern Washington State.

July 2014

June 2014

March 2014

February 2014

January 2014

December 2014

  • John completed the Gaia's Heartbeat song and started work on the accompanying video.
  • For the Winter Solstice, we invited two teachers from a company called Music Together to lead us in a series of sing-alongs, including dancing and instruments such as drums and “jingle bells” that everyone could play.
  • We returned to the first liturgical season, Genesis, which uses the original opening ritual developed back in 2010.

November 2013

September 2013

  • On the Fall Equinox, Brandon, Shelley, Sequoia, Ren, and Ben went on a hike and had a picnic dinner at Bridal Veil Falls in the Columbia Gorge.
  • Eric's family had an equinox dinner where each food item combined dark and light colors to represent the balance of day and night on the Equinox.
  • We established a SolSeed "liturgical year" that will have eight separate rituals for our Weekly Service Calls, and started using the new ritual for Viventibus Mundos (Living Worlds), the seventh of the eight "liturgical seasons."

June 2013

May 2013

  • John and Will completed the final draft of the SolSeedSong!

April 2013

  • John and Will completed the first draft of the SolSeedSong.

March 2013

January 2013

  • We held the 2013 Vision/Purpose Retreat on Skype to talk about what SolSeed is all about and what our primary statement of purpose should look like (or if we should have more than one!)

December 2012

  • We held rocket launching events for the Winter Solstice, one in Portland and one in Ottawa.


November 2012

  • Ben finished the SolSeedSong lyrics and sent them to John and Will.
  • Brandon got partial a hard copy of the SolSeed book printed so we could see what it would look like.

October 2012

September 2012

August 2012

July 2012

June 2012

  • Ben is presenting a talk at the We the People Power Festival on the 16th in Seattle.
  • We're holding our fifth big unconference retreat, Sol 2012, starting on the Summer Solstice at the the Oregon coast.
  • We're also holding our first ever Summer Solstice triathlon in Portland, YayLifeTri, along with Eric's companion event in Ottawa.

April 2012

March 2012

January 2012

  • The first SolSeed Meetups involve a sit-down dinner and then a Symphony of Science movie-watching party.

December 2011

October 2011

September 2011

August 2011

June 2011

May 2011

April 2011

March 2011

February 2011

January 2011

December 2010

  • Join us for the Longest Night Festival, Tuesday December 21, 2010 at the Seed Village. Email Shelley for details.

November 2010

October 2010

September 2010

August 2010

July 2010

June 2010

May 2010

April 2010

March 2010

  • We reserved a table at Norwescon!
  • We held the second SolSeed Service, featuring an equinox-themed celebration and discussion of Balance, including a fun children's activity and followed by a potluck.

February 2010

  • The first SolSeed Service was a big success, with music, poetry, and discussion centered around the idea of Empathy.

January 2010

December 2009

  • Longest Night Festival
    • When: Dec. 19-21, 2009 (Saturday-Monday)
    • What: OpenSpace event followed by a Solstice Party on Monday night

November 2009

  • Planning has begun for our next face-to-face event, the Longest Night Festival, to take place in Portland December 19-21!
  • Ben has belatedly uploaded some Sol 2009 photos to start the Sol 2009 Photo Gallery. Who knows, he might post his handwritten notes from the sessions anytime now.

October 2009

  • We now have a OnePagePlan for the last quarter of 2009 and beyond.
  • We have reserved a table at OryCon!

May 2009

April 2009

March 2009

  • Jillian joins the movement.
  • Paul joins the movement.
  • Sol 2009 is getting close to being scheduled for July 4 to 6, 2009 (change of tentative dates).

February 2009

  • Bertie joins the movement.
  • "SolSeed: Pick a Future" music video trailer posted (currently down while we wait for permission to use the music)

January 2009

  • Alex joins the movement.
  • Ted joins the movement.
  • Joy joins the movement.
  • It's the final day for Seed 2009. We've had LOTS of amazing discussions, met some remarkable people, and as we come to a close we are refining our vision for the future of The Movement. Notes from our open sessions are available here if you'd like to read, reflect upon, or remember our time together.
  • Seed 2009 is underway! Most of us have arrived, and we are gearing up for the official opening ceremonies - as well as preparing for our first OpenSpace sessions. You can check out the Seed 2009 Photo Gallery and view the happenings as we post some pictures.
  • Seed 2009 is just days away. It's a new year, a time for new beginnings, and hopefully lots of new friends!

October 2008

  • Seed 2009 registrations coming, and folks are buying plane tickets!

September 2008

August 2008

July 2008

Planning has commenced for Seed 2009, a retreat and openspace event for SolSeed members and friends. Email Brandon to join the planning process. Tentative dates: Dec 31, Jan 1-3 in Government Camp, Oregon. Stay tuned for details!

June 2008

March 2008

February 2008

Solseed Movement

  • I would like to bring to the attention of the members of the Solseed Movement, the Space Settlement section of the website of the National Space Society. Nearly all material concerning Space Settlement (almosty 20,000 pages), that is not proprietary or classified, is included.

Mark Hopkins

January 2008

August 2007

The SolSeed cluster of pages is a WelcomingSpace.

Who are we?

The SolSeedMovement exists to bring together and support all those who believe that Life is Precious. It is about supporting each other in living the highest quality lives we can create, and more broadly it is about supporting and nurturing all of Life, helping it thrive and grow.

The members of the SolSeedMovement are striving to form a community, and working to develop a philosophy written in the form of a scripture and based on the central tenet that Life is Precious. (See SolSeedFacets for more details of how this works.) We believe that living according to this philosophy means becoming a specific kind of people we refer to as starfarers. Not all of us are SolSeed Literalists working on projects that directly support the physical achievement of TheDestiny, to help Life spread beyond this world and take root amongst the stars, but all of us strive to be the kind of people who will be capable of making TheDestiny happen.

What is SolSeed?

SolSeed means "the body of all life."

SolSeed, the body of all life, is organized like a human body is. If you and I take care of ourselves and our neighborhoods, SolSeed will be healthy and can accomplish amazing things that we as individuals could not accomplish alone. If we do our part to provide and care for the body of all life, it will provide and care for us.

The following snippet is taken from the SolSeedCreed.

As you are alive, and I am alive,
and in kinship with all other beings
nourished by Sol,
we are SolSeed ---
the Body of All Life.


As SolSeed's intelligent spark,
we are called to express the Arete of Life,
We are called to fulfill The Destiny.


Sol is the life-giving star at the center of our Solar system. Sol (our sun) literally provides all the energy that animates life on Terra (our earth).

The energy an eagle uses to flap its wings comes from Sol. The energy an ant uses to carry a leaf comes from Sol. The energy you use to read and understand this text comes from Sol. Ants carrying, eagles flying, people thinking ... none of these would exist if Sol didn't send its life giving energy our way.


Without Life, the energy from Sol simply bounces off the planet. Life literally collects the energy Sol sends to earth, and stores it up for future use. Plants take energy from Sol and convert it into denser, more storable forms. The sugars and fats that our bodies burn are little pools of energy that originally comes from our sun. Ants carrying, eagles flying, people thinking ... none of these would exist if Life wasn't capable of storing up the energy Sol sends.


Seeds are highly effective mechanisms for spreading Life. They consist of instructions for creating Life and a packet of energy and materials that gives the new Life a good start. The instructions and energy are packaged in a protective covering that gives them a great chance to arrive together and take root.

Our solar system is a kind of seed. The biosphere on our earth Terra encodes the instructions for creating life and contains vast stores of energy saved up from our sun Sol. The large outer planets protect the embryo of Terra from rocks, comets, and other space debris that could shatter her.

Also, a spaceship carrying Life to another world is a kind of seed.


Life is the means by which the Universe engages Itself.

Everything, no matter how alive, is composed of atoms, finer particles, waves, strings and other energies. At some level of description, its behaviors are governed by the simple physical laws that order these basic constituents. And yet...

When we think about how and why a person acts, we rarely refer to simple physical laws. Instead we talk about needs, wants, feelings, desires, emotions, goals, relationships, and other organizing principles that are very far removed from the laws of physics. The behavior of a human being is governed by principles that Transcend and Include the foundational laws of Physics, Chemistry, Geology, and Astrophysics. Unlike the rest of the Universe, life-forms obey the Observership of the Universe through the conceptual artifacts of experience and meaning.

Continuum of Life

Life is a multi-dimensional continuum. The higher forms of life cannot exist without the less organized forms.

  • Quarks, Leptons (such as Electrons and Neutrinos), Bosons (such as Photons and the Higgs)
  • Hadrons (such as Neutrons and Protons) ... composed of quarks
  • Atoms ... composed of Electrons, Neutrons, Protons
  • Compounds and Molecules ... composed of Atoms
    • Crystals
    • Carbohydrates
    • Nucleotides
    • Amino Acids
    • Lipids
    • Proteins
    • Enzymes
    • RNA
    • DNA
    • Plasmid
  • Organisms ... composed of Compounds and Molecules
    • Viruses
    • Bacteria
    • Archaea
    • Fungi
    • Plants
    • Animals
  • Societies and Ecosystems ... composed of Organisms
    • ant, bee, and termite colonies
    • human families, cities, nations
    • Cascadia, Gaia, SolSeed
  • Biospheres ... composed of Societies and Ecosystems
  • Biospheric Communion ... composed of interacting biospheres on multiple worlds

Even a single human being can be more or less alive depending upon how much creatorship they have within their own life. If they are trapped, repressed, and powerless, they are not as alive as they could be if they were free, fully self-expressed, and powerful.


TheDestiny of SolSeed
is to take root amongst the stars.

There is no moral imperative except that which you choose for yourself. If you choose to Join the SolSeedMovement you are choosing to believe that Life and all that sustains Life is precious. That belief requires that you nurture and protect the only life that we know of.

We have the power to prevent catastrophes of our own making, such as nuclear war or runaway global warming, but for now there is no telling whether we will succeed. And there will always be more dangers, because we live in a complex cosmos full of powerful forces. At some point in the distant future, Sol will expand to the point that life as we know it will not be able to exist in this solar system. If we really believe that Life is Precious, we should move decisively to nurture and protect it. Life is vulnerable here ... all our eggs are in one basket.

Being worthy of and fulfilling TheDestiny are the two ultimate goals held by members of the SolSeedMovement. The phrase "Take root amongst the stars" means literally to send life from our solar system out to settle in other star systems.

At this stage of TheDestiny the most important responsibility of the SolSeedMovement is helping humanity mature into its role as protector of SolSeed. This maturing process includes improving the quality of life for all of SolSeed everywhere in the world.


Our strategy is six prong


We use our practice to create our lives, aligning our thoughts, words, actions, habits and character with our highest aspirations


We create a record of our efforts so that others can stand on our shoulders


We actively seek others who will join us in our efforts to Bring Life


We seek other groups who share various subsets of our philosophy (Kindred), and support their efforts

Nurture Life

We focus our energies on helping the Life on Earth to maintain and even expand its biodiversity

Fulfill the Destiny

We work toward The Destiny along whatever paths we find open to us.

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