October 2011 - Collaborate with Kentucky Interfaith Power and Light with When Spirit Meets Action Events with Julia Butterfly Hill
• January 2012 - Journey of the Universe screenings and Study Group begins
• March 2012 - Join in the Dance with Michael Mansfield
• October 2012 - Doug Van Houten begins offering Animas Valley programs
• November 2012 - Matthew Fox offers Hildegard programs
• February  2013 - Climate Legacy Action in DC
• March 2013 - Marilyn and Doug offer first Grief and Loss workshop

• September 2014 - Earth Art Adventures Event with Will McCullough
• October 2014 - Establish Earth Constellation with Compassionate Louisville
• March 2015 - Becoming a Mystic Warrior for Our Times events with Matthew Fox
• July 2016 - Children and Nature Events with Richard Louv


• May 2013 - Collaborated with Mary Plaster and Kentucky Interfaith Power and Light to create Street Puppets representing the Elements
• June 2013 - Collaborated on “Energy for Change” Rally the largest environmental rally in state history
• November 2013 - Events with Charles Eisenstein
• November 2013 - Hosts Idea Incubator
• December 2013 - Hosts event with Carolyn Baker
• January 2014 - Mark represents Cultivating Connections at Compassionate Louisville Coordinating Circle and host Earth and Compassion Constellation

• June 2008 -Begin Work that Reconnects Workshop Series
• November 2008 -  Collaborate on Festival of Faiths (Brian Swimme, Malidoma Some’ and Jean Houston)
• March 2009 - Begin offering Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream Symposium
• November 2009 - Collaborate on Festival of Faiths
 

(Indigenous Grandmothers and Sobonfu Some’)
• March 2010 - Ongoing Great Turning Group begins
• July 2010 - Collaborate on Louisville Sustainable Living Fair
• September 2010 - Begin offering Sacred Story Workshops
• September 2010 - Covenant Community Church becomes fiscal sponsor
• February 2011 - 20th Anniversary Celebration with Matthew Fox
• August 2011 - Mark and Marilyn participate in and get arrested at the Tar Sands Action at the Whitehouse


• June 2007 - EarthSpirit Rising Conference,
• November 2007, Collaborate on Festival of Faiths (Michael Dowd and Connie Barlow)
• November 2007 - Joanna Macy Events
• March 2008 - Bill Plotkin Events
• May, 2008 - Russill Paul Events

• April 2005 - Matthew Fox Weekend
• Spring 2005 - Quarterly Sacred Celebrations begin
• July 2005 - EarthSpirit Rising Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio
• July 2005 - John Seed Events
• October 2005 - Russill Paul Events,
• June 2006 - David Korten Events
• July 2006 - Begin engagement in Louisville Sustainability Forum
• September 2006 - Julia Butterfly Hill Events, Louisville, Cincinnati and Lexington
• November, 2006 - Collaboration on Festival of Faiths begins
• Spring and Summer 2007 - Earth Spirituality Classes, various Houses of Worship

June 2001 - EarthSpirit Rising Conference,
• October 2002 - CS Connectors Meeting at UCS, Oakland, CA
• November 2002 - CS Connectors Meeting, Chicago, IL
• June 2004 - EarthSpirit Rising Conference, Midway Ky
• June 2004 - Michael Dowd Events


• 1996 - 2002  Twice Monthly Creation Spirituality Gatherings
• 1996 - 2002 - Community Lectures on CS
• November, 1996 - CS Connectors Gathering, Chicago, IL
• August 1997 -Buffaloes, Blessings and Beauty CS Weekend, Palmyra, Indiana
• Spring 1998 - Cultivating Connections Newsletter Launched for Connectors
• September, 1998 - Matthew Fox and CS Connectors Meeting, Lexington, KY
• July 2000 - East Meets West CS Summer Workshop, Midway, KY

• May 1991 - Matthew Fox Events
• Summer 1991 - through Spring 1994 Twice Monthly Creation Spirituality (CS) Gatherings
• April 1992 - Michael Dowd Events
• April 1994 - Regional CS Connectors Forum, Daniel Boone National Forest
• Summer 1994 Cultivating Connections Founded
by Catherine Browning, Gale Hartman,and Mark Steiner
• October 1994 - CS Connectors MidWest Gathering, Tall Oaks, MO
• June 1995 - CS Weekend, Somerset, Ky
• October 1995 - Creation Spirituality Weekend Conference, Daniel Boone National Forest
• March 1996 - CS Connectors MidWest Gathering Parkville, MO
• 1996 - 2001 - Cosmology Workshop Series, Louisville, Kansas City, Cincinnati, Seattle



Cultvating Connections was officially formed in 1994 by Gale Hartman, Mark Steiner and Catherine Browning in response to the Creation Spirituality Connectors desire to become a more cohesive community. The Connectors were a diverse group who promoted Creation Spirituality events in communities across the globe.

During the early formation days of Cultivating Connections, several key people provided essential support and creative input including: John Hartman, Laura Hartman, Rob Crabtree, Christina Sadavism, Jan Erlenbaugh Gaddis, Jeannie DeSanto, Alex Cleveland and Doug Van Houten.

Since 2002 Cultivating Connections has entered a new phase of development. While still intimately involved with the Creation Spirituality tradition and movement, it has turned it’s focus  to the local community. It has acted upon the need to form collaborative relationships with other organizations and efforts in the Metro Louisville area that share its goals and values. 

Today their focus is on cultivating connections between individuals, organizations, initiatives and perspectives that support the development of a mutually enhancing human/Earth relationship.

Today Mark Steiner continues to provide leadership alongside fellow Louisvillians Marilyn Stoner and Doug Van Houten.




Past programs from Cultivating Connections include four EarthSpirit Rising Conferences and the Julia Butterfly Hill  “One Makes the Difference” tour, as well as events with Michael Dowd and Connie Barlow, Joanna Macy, Charles Eisenstein, Brian Swimme, Jean Houston,

Bill Plotkin, Malidoma Some', David Korten, John Seed, Carolyn Baker and Matthew Fox.

History and Timeline