Leaven Rising

It's not just a book; it's a movement.

A website focusing upon the writings & doings of Todd Wynward and his allies

God’s peaceful kingdom is spreading through radical lifestyle change

In The Secrets of Leaven, the main character aspires to be a poietis, an ancient Greek word meaning "a doer, a maker, a poet, someone who makes ideas real." Author Todd Wynward and his colleagues are attempting to do just that in Taos, NM: embody a revolutionary Jesus Way you rarely hear about in Sunday School.


In the Gospels, Jesus describes the kingdom of God as "leaven in the loaf" --a contagious vision of love and justice that can spread through dominant culture to transform all of society. Like yeast, Jesus' dream of a new world is a subversive change agent that starts small, but can go viral to fundamentally change the entire body of a large, unleavened mass.


Todd Wynward and his colleagues have decided to take this vision seriously, and begin to embody the path of life-change that Jesus described.


"It's kind of hard to resist," Wynward remarks. "Don't we all want more satisfying lives? Don't we all want a deep sense of community, of meaning, a deep sense of connection to our planet? Don't we want to deepen our communion with God, nature and each other?"


To that end, they've birthed a movement called Leaven Rising: a loosely affiliated band of individuals who combine imaginative cultural resistance, transformative economics, watershed discipleship, and shared community practices to embody a different kind of Christianity. Together they seek to craft a more fulfilling American lifestyle, starting with their own.


"Changing yourself is the way you change the world," Wynward states. "That's what Jesus taught, it's what Gandhi taught, it's what Saint Francis and MLK and Mother Theresa taught. It's what the Dalai Lama teaches today."


In northern New Mexico, Leaven Rising is percolating into society through a variety of expressions:

- Going Cimarron Wilderness Treks, week-long mountain and river adventures designed to unshackle us from the Way of Empire so we can more deeply practice the Way of Jesus. Mountain treks into the Sangre de Cristo range and river expeditions down the Rio Grande are planned for 2014-15.


- The Lama Mountain Internship, a 2-12 month immersion in a rural mountain farm community outside of Taos, NM. LMI offers residential apprenticeships in innovative public education, wilderness leadership, land-based living skills, sustainable agriculture, and green building. LMI had four interns in 2013-14, but will take a break during 2014-15 as we build capacity and increase intern options.


-TiLT [Taos Initiative for Life Together], an emerging intentional co-housing community inhabiting a ten-room historic adobe compound in the heart of Taos, NM.  TiLT members are dedicated to reinventing the North American lifestyle, starting with their own. Members hold their own jobs in the world but share lifestyle disciplines such as watershed discipleship practices, Sabbath rest, economic redistribution, common meals, contemplative prayer, community activism, and shared readings. TiLT is seeking 4-6 more founding members to join our co-housing residence as we launch in August 2014.


TiLT Books, a small publishing firm dedicated to re-imagining a more vital Christianity and promoting radical North American life change. TiLT Books issued its first release, The Secrets of Leaven, in 2013, available on Amazon in paperback and e-book form. Currently, TiLT Books is not accepting manuscripts from new authors, although we hope to do so as capacity builds.

For further information about any of the above, contact toddwynward@gmail.com.