About Faith, Fern & Compass

Faith, Fern & Compass is not just a podcast. It’s a challenge.

  • A challenge to live more gently and attentively with the fierce joy, quiet sorrow and wild love of the earth.
  • A challenge to reconnect with ourselves and with one another in a time of rapid technological progress and cultural change.
  • A challenge to honor the ancient wisdom of the past while nourishing our sacred roots in the present and looking forward to the unfurling future.

Each week, co-hosts Alison Leigh Lilly and Jeff Lilly invite you to join them as they explore the challenges of nature spirituality in the digital age through ecology, art, politics and interfaith conversation. Become part of a growing community of spiritual seekers and creative contemplatives finding guidance in the wellsprings of personal experience, soulful relationship and the dark green tones of earth-centered spiritual practice.

What Listeners Are Saying…

Jeff and Ali are fun and playful hosts but the content is anything but frivolous: ranging from poetry to in-depth discussions of theoretical and philosophical thought, generally dealing with aspects of living a truly embodied spirituality in the natural world.

Carl McColman, contemplative writer, speaker
and author of The Big Book of Christian Mysticism

Gentle in its approach, the podcast is rich in context and dialogue while retaining a fresh sound. [...] Conversations are both mature and sensible with a rich tapestry of subjects that aim to remind us how to embrace biodiversity.

Aontacht Magazine

Very juicy… always surprising!

Scott Schumacher, host of Northern Druid Podcast

A great podcast chock full of in-depth information, thoughtful topics and a few laughs here & there.

Carol Vandelaar, iTunes review

Cutting edge stuff [...] Ground-breaking…

Diane, Alison’s mom

Our Green Commitment

Here at FF&C, we strive to “walk our talk” by engaging in green business practices that reflect our commitment to conservation, environmentalism and our reverence for the natural world of which we are a part. Living in a digital age doesn’t mean we can ignore the impact that our online lives have on the planet. Here are just a few ways that we strive to embody eco-awareness at Faith, Fern & Compass:

  • Sustainable Web Hosting — Our web hosting service, pair Networks, is a carbon neutral business that operates entirely using 100% renewable energy resources and supports a variety of eco-friendly initiatives. To learn more about the sustainability policy of pair Networks, you can check out their website.
  • Renewable Energy Credits and Carbon Offsets — Part of our annual revenue is set aside for the purchase of RECs and carbon offsets to reduce our environmental impact and support the development of renewable energy resources.
  • Earth-Friendly Work Environment — Most of the work for FF&C is done by Jeff and Alison Lilly from their home office and studio in Seattle, WA. This means that we have been able to keep our environmental impact low by eliminating our daily commute and using work space and equipment efficiently for multiple purposes. In addition, eco-friendly initiatives in our home (such as energy and water efficiency, sustainably-sourced furnishings, healthy nontoxic and organic cleaning supplies, etc.) have a direct impact on our workspace. We also actively encourage and support our long-distance staff to incorporate environmentally-conscious living as a part of their work with FF&C.
  • 10% of Profits to Environmental Charities — At the end of each fiscal year, we donate 10% of our annual proceeds to charities and organizations dedicated to educating the public about conservation and earth-friendly living. These organizations include: The Nature Conservancy, The Sierra Club, 350.org and The Surfrider Foundation.
  • Volunteer Work — Both Alison and Jeff Lilly volunteer as amateur naturalists and interpretive guides for Seattle City Parks, providing guided walks and lectures to the public to promote environmental awareness and a love of nature in the local community. We consider this work an extension of the work we do here at FF&C, and encourage our long-distance staff to seek out volunteer opportunities in their own communities.

Support FF&C

Faith, Fern & Compass is a labor of love. You can help support the podcast in two ways:

  • Become a Pro Member! The best way to support FF&C is to sign up for the FF&C Pro subscription. For about the cost of a movie ticket each month, FF&C Pro includes exclusive weekend episodes just for our Pro members plus an extended edition of the free weekday podcast. You’ll also receive the FF&C newsletter with news, updates and other specials. To learn more about all the benefits of becoming a Pro Member, check out the Pro FAQs.

  • Donate! We appreciate that not everyone can afford a monthly subscription — that’s why we’re committed to producing a free edition of our podcast for our listeners to enjoy no matter what the economy’s doing. If you’re a fan of the free Faith, Fern & Compass podcast and want to show your support, please consider making a one-time donation. Big or small, every bit helps!