Justice & Ecology Retreats

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MG’s Justice & Ecology Retreats are our flagship program and participants consistently find them a transformative experience. Annually, MG selects a cohort of 25-30 local and national leaders of racial, economic and environmental justice movements to attend two three-day retreats at the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center in Sonoma County. The retreats combine in-depth discussion of ecological justice issues with structured presentations and trainings by expert ecologists and organizers. The first retreat focuses on literacy and analysis of local and global ecology, and the state of the ecological crisis. The second focuses on strategy and the implications for organizing in working class communities and communities of color.




My relationship with Movement Generation has revolutionized my organizing approach. As a result, taking land to grow our own foods, house our families and create our own jobs has become one of our core strategies.  By providing the thinking and acting space to intertwine smart political organizing with resiliency-based practices, MG is forcing us to grapple with the question, “are we ready to govern?”

Oscar Grande, People Organizing for Enivronmental & Economic Rights (PODER)

“The MG retreat series was one of the most mind blowing experiences of my life.  I can no longer look at the world and my social justice work without an eco-justice frame.  MG provides a critical role in sharpening the analysis of many movements – they give hope for what our future could look like.”

Armael Malinis, Asian Youth Promoting Advocacy and Leadership (AYPAL)

“I love Movement Generation!  MG works with base-building groups and broader alliances to build alternatives based on resilience and transformation, grounded in local realities and connected to regional, national, and international social movements.  This is truly one of the most important things our movements need, and I’m so grateful for MG’s leadership and vision.”  

Sara Mersha, Grassroots International

“The MG retreats have changed my life – they have changed how I see myself as an actor in the world. I can no longer compartmentalize my commitments to environmental, social and, racial justice from my commitment to creating a life sustaining earth.”

Nile Malloy, Communities for a Better Environment (CBE)