Deep Ecology Artist Fellowship

Katherine Ziff
Artwork by Katherine Ziff, 2018 Deep Ecology Fellow

We are seeking artists looking to spend time at the sanctuary to explore their artistic perspective in regards to the role of native medicinal plants in the ecosystem through photography, writing, and mixed media. We will accept applications throughout the year on a rolling admission basis. Applicants can apply for up to four weeks. We will provide free lodging to those who are accepted. To apply please submit a one-page description of what your interest is in applying for the fellowship and an example of your artwork along with a CV to

We also ask that those who are accepted to participate in the artist fellowship to share their work in our annual Journal of Medicinal Plant Conservation. We hope that this fellowship will offer an opportunity for those seeking sanctuary for artistic inspiration to have the time and space to connect with the healing plants. We look forward to attracting a diverse range of individuals who will explore the meaning of sanctuary and share their artist experience with our membership and the broader plant community.


Meadow Flower by Katherine Ziff
Meadow Flower by Katherine Ziff

Deep ecology is an ecological and environmental philosophy promoting the inherent worth of living beings regardless of their instrumental utility to human needs, plus a radical restructuring of modern human societies in accordance with such ideas. Deep ecology argues that the natural world is a subtle balance of complex inter-relationships in which the existence of organisms is dependent on the existence of others within ecosystems. Human interference with or destruction of the natural world poses a threat therefore not only to humans but to all organisms constituting the natural order.



It’s Our Nature

By Jesse LoVasco A decade ago or so, while living in Vermont and enjoying all that nature had to offer in hiking mountains and kayaking rivers, I also had to make a living and practiced cosmetology at a local salon in Montpelier. As I worked on clients day after day, cutting and styling hair, I heard the same story over and over. Women who were born in this beautiful state with ample accessibility to nature ...
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A Quilt Is an Ecosystem

ecosystem: noun – a biological community of interacting organisms and their physical environment – a complex network or interconnected system By Selena Loomis Like many people prone to bouts of long, all-consuming sorrow, 2020 was a difficult year for me. After losing my day job, my studio, and a lot of sleep, I arrived midday on September 1st (a full moon), six months into a global pandemic, with a stack of the last year’s botanical ...
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Deep Ecology Artist Fellowship Program, Summer 2020

By Sarah Mills I came to United Plant Savers on a mission to craft pages for my unique botanical book. For most of my life I have been a creator, aspiring to be an artist. In those years, on the journey to becoming an artist, I found my muse to be nature. This muse spoke to me, not only in images to reproduce, but also of the protection she needed. This set me on a ...
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Brigid’s cross

Weaving the Cross: Music in the Deep Ecology Fellowship

By Brother Hill The reeds quiver in the wind as I tie them together with a length of twine. One reed bent around the next, turned clockwise, and repeated—an ancient Irish ritual meant for Imbolc, a changing of seasons. It is the end of January, and I am weaving a Brigid’s cross at the tail end of a four-day video shoot at United Plant Savers Goldenseal Sanctuary. The song I am shooting a video for, ...
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Summer Art Fellows 2018

Art Fellowship Highlights of 2018: Exhibits, Reflections and Art! We are thrilled to share each fellow’s artwork and their passion for deep ecology, exploring how we communicate and advocate for the plants. Poems, charcoal, photography and pure magic come to life through space and time when we allow art to consume the day. UpS’ Deep Ecology Artists in Residence Fellowship Program participants for summer 2018 included Jesse Lovasco (herbalist/artist from Vermont), Audra Phillips (artist and midwife ...
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