Laura Johnson

Laura Johnson (she/her), PhD, RYT-500, is the founder of A Restful Space, offering post-capitalist Restorative Yoga and Community Rest & Eco-Grief Circles in Humboldt County, California, as well as an online course, Yoga for Ecological Grief. She is also a Geography and Environmental Studies lecturer at Cal Poly Humboldt, and she holds a doctorate in Geography with a specialization in Gender, Justice, and Environmental Change from Michigan State University, as well as an MA in International Studies and a BA in Journalism and Mass Communication. At Cal Poly Humboldt she teaches courses such as Global Awareness and Emotions in the Anthropocene.

A freelance writer, Laura has published essays and poetry in places like, Science and Nonduality (SAND), Tikkun,, Taproot Magazine, Empty Mirror, and Deep Times: A Journal of the Work that Reconnects. She lives on unceded Wiyot land in Eureka, CA, with her husband and young daughter, dogs and cat, chickens and goats, and many plants. For more please visit:

Woman with Autumn Leaves

Why Rest in Urgent Times?

 What if pausing – slowing down – feeling – could re-embed this truth in our bodies and in the world? What if we could soften into this spaciousness?

December 6, 2022

autumn moon

Living Spaciously in Times of Contraction

Here at the change of seasons, as we begin turning inward following the Autumn Equinox, let us then remember to honor the contraction as we practice making space in our hearts and all around us.

September 29, 2021


Caring for (More-than-Natal) Kin in Times of Loss

My relief is palpable, and I ponder how to protect my own child from all that would harm her; like this tiny, fierce mother hen, I want to shout a warning into the sky.

April 8, 2021


Intersections at the Site of Breath: A Poem for these Times

taught by patriarchy to take up less space
at the expense of my breath,
taught by capitalism to be productive
at the expense of my breath,
taught by modernity to disconnect from my body
at the expense of my breath,
this violent mind-body separation
joining all those other power-laden fragmentations
of modern supremacist culture

September 28, 2020


Small Garden Knowledge Changing the Greater Landscape

A growing movement of gardeners — from ethno-botanists to green-thumb hobbyists — is committed to spreading awareness of methods for enhancing the intricate ecological relationships in local spaces. Even more significant is how the interconnectedness of this knowledge can make a ‘global’ difference to landscapes everywhere.

June 1, 2020

Holding a Baby

Here in these End-Beginning Times

Now, here in a changed world with a broken-open heart, I look into the eyes of beauty and invite in the fullness of it all, the grief and the love, the fear and the hope, the pain and the joy.

April 22, 2020

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