In 2009 Montville resident Susie O’Keeffe set out to discover what we have to learn from grizzly bears and other carnivores. She is inspired by the writings of many authors, including naturalist Barry Lopez, who said, “The question before us is how do we find a viable natural philosophy, one that places us again within the elements of our natural history.”

O’Keeffe draws on experiences from her seven-month exploration into the grizzlies’ world and the people who are learning to co-exist with them. Her talk entitled, “What grizzly bears and other carnivores have to teach us: From theory to contemplation.” will include photos from Alaska’s Katmai National Park and a presentation on the roles that intuition, emotion, contemplation and self-awareness play in transforming our relationship with other animals and the earth.

O’Keeffe has more than 20 years’ experience doing environmental work ranging from international environmental policy to grassroots program development and wilderness conservation. Her presentation will take place Thursday, April 22, at 7 p.m. at Waterfall Arts, 256 High St. The event, sponsored by the Sheepscot Wellspring Land Alliance, is free, but donations are appreciated. For information contact SWLA at 589-3230 or