Susan Rockefeller

Susan Rockefeller is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, artist, and conservationist. Her latest endeavor, Musings is a digital magazine that curates ideas and innovations that pave the way for a more sustainable future. As the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Musings, Susan offers a portal to vetted products and brands that are pioneers in health, environmental, and social consciousness.

Susan is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations and is additionally an advisor to Food Systems 6, MADE SAFE, Oceanic Global, and Ohana & Co. In her film work, Rockefeller is a Principal of Louverture films and a member of the Film Committee for the Museum of Modern Art. Her own original films include: Food For Thought, Food for Life, Striking a Chord, Making the Crooked Straight, and Mission of Mermaids, have aired on HBO, PBS, and the Discovery Channel.

A longstanding philanthropist, Susan sits on the boards of Oceana, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, We are Family Foundation, Southampton Arts Center, and Land and Garden Preserve.

3 words to describe Nature? 

Powerful. Beautiful. Mysterious 

3 things Nature taught you? 

How to observe

How to listen

How to imagine my place in the cycle of living and dying 

3 most treasured Nature spots? 

Sagaponack Beach, Long Island, NY 

Little Long Pond, Seal Harbor, MAINE 

Kobuk River, Alaska 

When you look at the ocean, it makes you feel...? 

Mesmerized, in rhythm with life’s current and my own. 

When you see a forest, it makes you feel…?

Like I want to lie down, feel the warmth of the sun, look at the sky, and smell the forest scents around me.

When you see a volcano, it makes you feel…?

Like I want to climb to the top of Stromboli again and glissade down the ash!

When you see a sunrise or sunset, it makes you feel...? 

A sunrise gives rise to the promise of a new day and I yearn to feel that promise - a sunset is a reminder of the passing of another precious day and I feel reflective of whether I made the day count before retreating into a night slumber.

When you hear thunder, it makes you feel...? 

Alert with anticipation of oncoming rain and the possibility of lighting. 

When you hear the wind howling, it makes you feel...? 

Like God’s voice is present 

Are you an Ocean, Mountain, Forest, or Desert person? 

Love them all. But more an Ocean person for the mermaid in me, a forest person for plants as medicine and the healer in me, a mountain person for vistas and wildflowers, and a desert person for the dry heat of the day in which to hike, and the deep dark blackness of a desert night sky. 

On a scale of 1 to 10, how important is Nature to your well-being? 

Scales don’t measure it - it is not linear and way beyond a scale; more like a kaleidoscope of delight, color, mystery, and vital to my well being and to all life. 

Share with us a childhood nature memory? 

Being on a sandy beach with my brother and sister, digging into the warm sand and mesmerized by the variety of colors in the sand itself, diving into the ocean waves and belonging and feeling at one with the waves, salt water, sun, and sand - delighting in the joy of it all. Pure imaginative, physical joy, and happy memories of being a child at play and in wonder with my family.