Peter Berg

Winter’s Wet Green Heat

By Peter Berg | March 10, 2006

Bahia de Caraquez, Ecuador The rainy season finally began at the end of January this year, late but potent. Only six weeks later the hills have been completely transformed from dust blurred brown-orange to wet vibrant green. Vine tendrils hang like searching snakes from trees and slink across paths. The ground is in a constant saturated state ranging from clutching mud that weighs down shoes […]

Dispatch from Planet Drum Foundation’s Northeast (USA) Tour

By Peter Berg | October 26, 2005

October 2-23, 2005 During October, 2005, Peter Berg and Judy Goldhaft traveled in the Northeast giving talks, workshops and performances at universities and for community groups. After they returned Peter wrote this poem as a report from the trip.  Hudson Loan by Peter Berg Creditor Manhattan’s glazed lip at the moutha widening snake from forty story windows.Sailing sediment and a pizza standthrough granite bedrock and Jersey […]

Careers of Improvisation – Part I

By Peter Berg | September 7, 2005

Bahia de Caraquez, Ecuador When I met a journalist on the street who told me she was now working at a pharmacy I didn’t immediately register what a contrast that was. It wasn’t surprising then because people in Bahia change jobs fairly frequently. I walked on thinking that her upbeat personality was suited to either position. Later I thought more deeply about how often they […]

At Last, The Hard Part

By Peter Berg | September 5, 2005

Bahia de Caraquez, Ecuador Yesterday (Sun.) was a breakthrough for our revegetation project. Pedro Otero, who although an agro-forestry professor previously seemed reluctant to permit non-commercial planting on his land, finally agreed to let us explore El Toro Basin for any sites where we wish to plant native trees. The problem with Otero had been that the land wasn’t formally divided between five brothers who […]

Land Found But Not Quite Located

By Peter Berg | September 3, 2005

Bahia de Caraquez, Ecuador Planet Drum Foundation’s efforts to assist in transforming Bahia into an ecological city have taken a progressively more educational bent. We have had a full-time staff member as Bioregional Educational Program Manager, Kristen Lansdale, for nearly half a year. Her reports on the progress of the first twenty-five high school age students have been a continuous revelation of expanding possibilities for […]

Japan Dispatches—2005

By Peter Berg | July 25, 2005

In the summer of 2005, Peter Berg returned to Japan. Here we published his reports as we received them. Dispatch #1, Colors Are The Deeds Of Light, July 5, 2005. An exposition of Peter Berg’s bioregional sustainability presentation for eco-philosopher Yuichi Inouye’s Seika University classes with in depth responses to Q & A’s. Dispatch #2, Finding the Future in the Mud, July 10, 2005. Ecological prophecies and excitement in […]