Offering Gifts: Novasutras and the Gift Economy
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Offering Gifts: Novasutras and the Gift Economy

In keeping with our commitment to ubuntu, Novasutras events and other content are provided on a gift economy basis. Right now, we rely on small money donations from individuals to keep our website operational, to host online and in-person events, and to pay basic expenses.

When all the world is a gift in motion,

Jungles of Joy
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Jungles of Joy

Jungles of joy, jungles of joy- let my soul be crammed with jungles of joy
Until
It breaks open, no longer able to hold back the bursting life.
The vines of my soul wiggle through the cracks,
The hummingbirds dart out lured by red wails in the desert.
Jungle beasts slink blinking
Into the harsh, …

Earth Day 2021: Sources and Springs of Climate Action
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Earth Day 2021: Sources and Springs of Climate Action

by Paul Schaafsma & Michelle Merrill

We are invited into partnership with the Earth in joyful co-creation and effective action for climate and habitat protection.

Learn more at our online Earth Day Event – Sharing Earth’s Abundant Gifts: An Earth Day Reflection

Today’s climate crisis and global biodiversity loss require us to reconnect with the …

A Pattern Language for Urban Nature – The Nature of Cities
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A Pattern Language for Urban Nature – The Nature of Cities

Paul Downton created this beautifully illustrated guide to thinking about cities and the ideas of urban nature. It shares a perspective that honors what we in Novasutras call agaya and ubuntu.

A book it references, A New Pattern Language for Growing Regions: Places, Networks, Processes: A Collection

Acknowledgement and Gratitude for Indigenous Traditions
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Acknowledgement and Gratitude for Indigenous Traditions

In the United States, the fourth Thursday in November is Thanksgiving Day. The contrasts between the myths of this as a day emerging from gratitude and happy fellowship between different cultures, and the realities of colonialism and genocide in the Americas, contribute to some complexities in celebrating this holiday. Yet Thanksgiving Day (and the following …

Ubuntu, Inner Work and Outer Justice on World Meditation Day
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Ubuntu, Inner Work and Outer Justice on World Meditation Day

May is Mindfulness Month for many, with May 21st or May 31st being recognized by different sources as World Meditation Day.

Some activists have recognized that mindfulness and meditation practices without the deep Earth honoring of agaya and profound interconnection of ubuntu can seem self-serving. Sometimes it feels like people are using the …

Permaculture and Novasutras Principles
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Permaculture and Novasutras Principles

Permaculture is a philosophy for gardening, food production and local economies based on a deep understanding of how Nature works.

12 Permaculture Principles
in Agaya and Ubuntu

A representation of the twelve design principles of permaculture, from https://permacultureprinciples.com/

Each of the twelve principles of permaculture is a manifestation of agaya and ubuntu. They are …