Gaia Rising was an organization focused on:
Restoring and protecting sacred land, vegetation, etc., especially when used in worship, meditation, shamanism with nature spirits, and honoring the Goddess in Nature
Minimizing and overcoming legal barriers to those whose practice is to maintain, restore and/or create complex nature-friendly, organic ecosystems
Assuring that all funds donated or granted are properly accounted for and used efficiently for their intended purposes, with a reasonable minimum of administrative and overhead costs. Associated activities included fund raising, administration, disbursement, publishing, electronic communications, PR, meetings, events, etc.
Its first project was assisting with the situation on Frank Giglio's ravaged land and coordinating its work with other organizations and individuals. In the end, the renewed vegetation on the land was protected. Its second project was helping a Lyndhurst OH resident successful overcome landscaping regulations that threatened a garden that occupied his entire lawn. The third was posting the information that was instrumental in winning these cases at http://www.erlan.org/helplink.htm#Natural.
Currently, Gaia Rising is inactive except for occasionally referring people to the information on the aforementioned website, where it has helped similar win similar cases.
For details about Natural Landscaping, see:
John Marshall Law Review presents an overview
of "weed laws" and real-life cases of natural gardeners who won their
rights to natural landscaping
Weeding Out Bad Vegetation Control Ordinances
by Bret Rappaport and Bevin Horn
Natural Landscaping Toolkit
A Source Book on Natural Landscaping for Public Officials
USEPA, GREEN ACRES: Green Landscaping with Native Plants
Wild Ones Homepage
Paradise Lost - The Tyranny of Conformity Revisited_, by Carol Wallace at http://www.suite101.com/article.cfm/virtually_gardening/11040
Backyard Habitat,National Wildlife, October/November 1998
Books and Videos About Natural Landscaping
Available at Defenders' Library
Many (but not all) people who have been helping, share an animistic view of the world, agreeing that:
1. Gods, Goddesses, the Tao, etc. (Deity) manifest in nature immanently (Deity and etc. includes a lot of possibilities, including that which can not be categorized, various concepts of God, and even the Unified Field theorized by some Physicists)
2. Working with the spirits of nature provides opportunities to work with, worship, and experience deity in manifest forms
3. Concerning other levels of Deity, such as singular vs the plural, are a matter of how our minds resonate with the unmanifest.
Animists can work together with deity as manifested in the spirits of nature to heal the Earth, etc., however we may conceptualize and work with other levels of Deity.
If you run into legal problems associated with your religion, go to the links at http://www.erlan.org.