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At Novasutras, we offer a variety of ecospiritual events, learning workshops, and engaged conversations. Our gatherings help us to uplift one another and support our development as agents for positive change in the world.

Want to help us keep putting on events? Please support Novasutras by donating with your registration, provide ongoing support via Patreon, or volunteer as a Novasutras Uplifter.

Global / Online Ecospiritual Events

Cross-Quarter ~ Discussions in Difficult Times ~ Earth’s Three Green Hearts ~ Focusing Practice ~ Deep Change Dialogues ~ Calling the Corners ~ Leading Deep Change Learning Community ~ Moon Phase Meditations ~ Reconnection Rituals ~ Surviving the Future ~ Circle of Agaya & Ubuntu ~ Climate Policy ~ Connect & Center ~ Child Hardship Fact Force ~ Catharsis Conversations ~ Equinox ~ Solstice ~ Novasutras Uplifters Meeting

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Santa Cruz #StopLine3 Demonstrations July 27th & 30th, 4:00pm


Novasutras Guided Meditations on the Moon Phases

Ecospiritual meditations for well-being on Earth. Practice together enhances our well-being, strength and resilience as we respond to environmental and social disruptions. We draw inspiration from dynamic balance in the Moon-Sun dance. Together we reciprocate the gifts of ubuntu and agaya.

Earth’s Dynamic Balance in the Waning Moon
Friday, July 30th, 1:00pm PDT / 20:00 UTC
Join us on Insight Timer Live (30 min, Presenter: Michelle)
We appreciate the grace of the waning moon. We find lessons in change and adaptability illuminated by the Moon-Sun dance. It reminds us to let go of what no longer serves agaya and ubuntu.

These Moon Meditations are available only on Insight Timer: a free app with tools, social circles, and recordings (guided meditations, music, and talks) to support your meditation practice. Please also join the Novasutras circle on the app.

We offer these meditations for well-being on Earth, as ecospiritual events at or near the phases of the moon (about one per week, times vary). Celebrations of the ever-changing moon are a reminder of the dynamic change that is essential to life. Our meditations emphasize global unity and loving-kindness to all beings.
Learn more…

You can set a reminder by following the above link ahead of time, or simply click the link at the start time to join the session.

If you are interested in more guided meditations on Zoom, please let us know by taking this poll.


Santa Cruz Shinrin-Yoku (forest immersion) Saturday July 31st, 1:00pm


Novasutras Uplifters Planning Meeting

Weekly sessions Mondays at 2pm PDT

Monday, August 2nd, 2:00pm PDT / 21:00 UTC

All are welcome to join the Uplifters, as we come together to nurture and sustain the work of Novasutras. These meetings will include brief check-ins and intentional silence to strengthen the bonds of community. That will be followed by committed time to plan for upcoming events and other tasks to keep our projects thriving, and explore ways to foster agaya and ubuntu in the world.
(60 to 120 minutes – Facilitator: Michelle)


Novasutras Discussions in Difficult Times

Regular 90-minute sessions every other Thursday at 11:30am PDT / 18:30 UTC  

Next Session: Thursday August 5th, 11:30am

We’ve had to reduce the frequency of these open Discussions, and occasionally use them for pre-planned topics, until we can get more help.
Are you ready to be an Uplifter?

Online gathering spaces for connection and meaningful conversation in challenging times. We are building community and resilience for our work towards climate sanity, ecosystem well-being, and social justice.

Join as many Discussions as you like. These meetings do not usually have predetermined topics, recordings or other follow-up. Topics range from personal concerns to global transformation, always with a holistic approach to social, scientific and spiritual perspectives. We will gather for about 90 minutes, supporting and uplifting one another in agaya and ubuntu through open, compassionate, confidential exchange. Facilitator: Derek or Michelle


Well-Being on Earth: a Cross-Quarter Celebration

Friday, August 6th 2:30pm PDT/ 21:30 UTC (90 min, Facilitator: Michelle)

Register Now for our Celebration on Zoom

For this global celebration Dr. Michelle Merrill will lead guided meditation, and we’ll share participatory activities and conversation. Celebrations emphasize global wellness, joy and loving-kindness for all beings. We are invited to reconnect with the beauty and wonder of Nature. How do we welcome more love and joy for all our relations? What shall we leave behind, as we move into the next turning of our dance around the Sun? What beautiful possibilities beckon us toward the future?

The Octal Celebration this Cross-Quarter is another of our ecospiritual celebrations of the Earth-Sun dance. The precise moment of this Cross-Quarter (the midpoint between the Equinox and the Solstice) is August 7th at 06:53 UTC / August 6th, 11:53pm Pacific, when the sun is overhead at 16° 20′ North Latitude. Michelle will lead our celebration over Zoom 9 hours before the Cross-Quarter.

Any donation is welcome! If you can’t donate $1 right now, you can get the Zoom link by becoming a Novasutras Events email subscriber.


Circle of Agaya & Ubuntu

Flying birds. Photo by Ferdinad Stohr via Unsplash.

3rd Wednesday of the month
Next: Aug 18th, 1:30pm PDT/ 20:30 UTC (75-90 min, Facilitator: Michelle)

The Circle of Agaya & Ubuntu monthly gatherings are a chance for Novasutras supporters to congregate, celebrate and co-create the future of the Novasutras Movement.  These calls are limited to those who support us on Patreon for at least $5 per month, those who have made major one-time donations in a recent month, or those who are active Novasutras Uplifter volunteers.  (Special thanks to those who do all three – you are amazing!!!)

If you are one of these wonderful people (or if you become one today), you will be getting an email reminder and the Zoom link for this conversation.


Reconnection Rituals

an online mini-workshop for managing Climate Grief and Ecoanxiety

POSTPONED Thursday, July 29th, 3:30pm PDT / 22:30 UT
Next session will be sometime in August.

We will engage practices to help us increase our resilience and effectiveness in our work to defend and restore the living world.

Our Reconnection Rituals events feature practices that invite deep connection to the world, in all its beauty and in its suffering. By connecting with the power of the living world, we find new reserves of strength in our hearts. Together, we can face the real damage done by climate disruption and habitat destruction. By recognizing ourselves as part of Nature, as co-creators of our future, we gain resilience and courage, guided by wisdom and our love for the Earth, to be agents for positive change.

This ecospiritual event is a time for gathering to reconnect with one another and with more-than-human Nature through rituals and community practices, mostly inspired by the Work That Reconnects (Joanna Macy et al.). We will go through a spiral of gratitude, honoring our pain for the world, seeing with new/ancient eyes, and going forth.
(90-120 minutes – Facilitator: Michelle)

Note: Schedule is tentative. Event will only go forward at this time if there are registered donors.
Already a Novasutras Events Announcements email subscriber? Registration optional. You can join directly via this Zoom link at the start time.


Focusing Practice Community Gathering

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Interested? Indicate your preferred times on this poll.

4th week of the month:
Tuesday, July 27th, 11:30am PDT / 18:30 UTC

Facilitators: Dr. Kendon Smith & Dr. Michelle Merrill

We hold a monthly gathering for conversation on Focusing Practice. This session (of one to one-and-a-half hours) will offer support for Focusing partnerships and other aspects of Focusing Practice. Kendon will present an update on his work (particularly relating to trauma, addiction and depression).

We will have an opportunity to help one another with Focusing Practice questions, and perhaps do some Focusing Partner practice (most likely in pairs or trios – an inclusive “musical chairs” of Focusing Partnership, so you can learn from experiences with new Focusing partners). If some want to, we might also demo Focusing in larger group settings.

You are welcome to join, whatever your level of experience with Focusing Practice. We will review the basic steps of personal and partnership Focusing, in advance of the Focusing Practice community gathering. You may also wish to review “Safe Focusing with (Almost) Any Partner” & “The Power of Listening“, and videos from our Oct 7th, Oct 29th and Nov 10th events ahead of the session.
Learn more…


Deep Change Dialogues

Next session TBD – please take this quick poll to find a better time.

The Leading Deep Change Learning Community hosts open monthly conversations about how humans may thrive as better integrated members of the living world (with particular emphases on climate solutions and livelihood). If you’re interested in joining our community of practice, contact us and let us know.

Before the crumbling façade of normal buries us, we invite you to participate in a novel learning group. Now is our time to dream bigger dreams and have deeper conversations, to take actions and make connections we didn’t think possible a few months ago.

Already registered? Click here to join Zoom directly at the start time for your session.


Weekly Climate Action Meditations

Carol proposes that each of us (on our own, but simultaneously) could meditate on a visualization of “our glorious planet with a clean, healthy atmosphere & ecosystems” for a half-hour at 19:00 UTC / noon PDT each Sunday. Learn more…

Imagine our power as we meditate together for global ubuntu and agaya!



Upcoming Santa Cruz Area Events

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Climate and Habitat Meditation ~ Shinrin-Yoku

We are testing locations and times for regular gatherings in Santa Cruz. Contact us or take this survey if you have suggestions about resuming Santa Cruz area in-person gatherings.


See the Santa Cruz area chapter page for details.


Recent Events

June Solstice

Whole Earth image and Novasutras logo

Celebrate with us over Zoom

Sunday June 20th, 7:30pm PDT

= Monday June 21st, 02:30 UTC

(90 minutes, Facilitators: Michelle & Leoma)

To celebrate this Solstice, Dr. Michelle Merrill will lead guided meditation, interactive celebratory practices, and compassionate conversation. Celebrations feature a message of global wellness, joy and loving-kindness for all beings. We are invited to reconnect with the beauty and wonder of Nature. How do we welcome more love and joy for all our relations? What shall we leave behind, as we move into the next turning of our dance around the Sun? What beautiful possibilities beckon us toward the future?

This Octal Celebration provides an ecospiritual celebration of the Earth-Sun dance. The precise moment of this Solstice is June 21st 03:32 UTC / June 20th 8:32pm Pacific, when the sun is overhead at  23° 26′ North Latitude. Michelle led a celebration over Zoom through the time of the Solstice, plus a meditation on Insight Timer Live the following day.

Solstice Meditation for Planetary Well-Being on Insight Timer Live

Monday, June 21st, 2:00pm PDT / 21:00 UTC
Join us on Insight Timer Live (45 min, Presenter: Michelle)

Reconnect with the beauty, joy and wonder of nature. Our every cell is a dance of matter, energy and love from the living world. We celebrate that sacred beauty as we move into the next turning of our dance around the Sun. What shall we leave behind? What beautiful futures beckon us forward?


Surviving the Future Culture, Carnival and Capital in the Aftermath of the Market Economy  Shaun ChamberlinDavid Fleming Chelsea Green Publishing https://www.chelseagreen.com/product/surviving-the-future/

Surviving the Future Conversation Group

Next session TBD – please take this quick poll to find a good time.

last session:
June 17th
(90 min, Facilitator: Michelle)

Newcomers are still welcome to join this group discussing topics emerging from David Fleming’s Surviving the Future: Culture, Carnival and Capital in the Aftermath of the Market Economy

We are opening these meetings as more general topical conversations without expecting any specific reading (reading the book is certainly encouraged – it is useful fuel for thought, despite its datedness and other concerns). If you don’t have the book, you can get a sense of the topics and tone by reading the Introduction and perusing the Lean Logic website, and decide if you’d like to read more.

Please register if you are interested in joining the conversation on these themes. We’ll be in touch with plans at least one week before the next meeting.


Well-Being on Earth: a Cross-Quarter Celebration

Wednesday, May 5th Celebration on Zoom (Facilitator: Michelle)

To celebrate this Cross-Quarter, Dr. Michelle Merrill will lead guided meditation, celebratory ritual, and conversation. Celebrations feature a message of global wellness, joy and loving-kindness for all beings. We are invited to reconnect with the beauty and wonder of Nature. How do we welcome more love and joy for all our relations? What shall we leave behind, as we move into the next turning of our dance around the Sun? What beautiful possibilities beckon us toward the future?

This Octal Celebration provides an ecospiritual celebration of the Earth-Sun dance. The precise moment of this Cross-Quarter (the midpoint between the Equinox and the Solstice) is  May 5th at 06:36 UTC / May 4th, 11:36pm Pacific, when the sun is overhead at 16° 20′ North Latitude. Michelle will lead a celebration over Zoom 12 hours after the Cross-Quarter, plus a meditation on Insight Timer Live 8 hours before the Cross-Quarter.

Any donation welcome. Can’t afford to donate right now? Register here.

Already registered, or already a Novasutras Events Announcement subscriber? Click here to join Zoom directly at the start time.


Leading Deep Change Learning Community

Next session TBD – please take this quick poll to find a good time.

Please register for your first session.

(No need to register if you’ve already registered for previous sessions — you should receive an email with a reminder about the link.)

Before the crumbling façade of normal buries us, we invite you to participate in a novel learning group. Now is our time to dream bigger dreams and have deeper conversations, to take actions and make connections we didn’t think possible a few months ago.

The morning cohort continues as a learning and intention-supporting community. On April 28th, Michelle guided a process for clarifying intentions.

The evening cohort has shifted to open monthly conversations – called “Deep Change Dialogues” – about how humans may thrive as better integrated members of the living world (with particular emphases on climate and livelihood). If you’re interested in joining our community of practice, contact us and let us know.

This is the time we have been waiting for. Show up, speak up, step up. Be truly human, and being that, be well.

We invite you to share your thoughts and feelings on this adventure. Learn more…

Already registered? Click here to join Zoom directly at the start time for your session.


Sharing Earth’s Abundant Gifts: An Earth Day Reflection


April 22, 2021

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

(90 minutes, Presenters: Paul & Michelle)

The blog post about the event – Earth Day 2021: Sources and Springs of Climate Action – has some of the information and details.

Recording of our livestream broadcast.

Restore hope, gain clarity and share empowerment as we explore sources and springs of action to collaborate with Earth’s regeneration. We are invited into partnership with the same awesome power that gives us life, joining the Earth in joyful co-creation. Paul Schaafsma and Michelle Merrill convey their insights, and offer a space for engaged conversation on how best to honor the spirit of Earth Day in 2021. We hear a special message of urgency and inspiration from Kaossara Sani, an activist for climate justice in Africa.

When we shift our perceptions of our relationship to the sacred living Earth, we find wellsprings of hope and energy for transformative action. Our own deep yearning for connection guides us to the true sources of power for change. Learn more about Sources and Springs of Climate Action…

Join us on Earth Day to learn more about these ideas, and be part of a conversation about solutions like 30X30 and the Fracking Ban.
Learn more and register for the event…

“The Earth gives us life, give life to the Earth”



Get It Done in ’21

Reality-Based Climate Solutions

Tuesday, April 6th, 2:00pm PDT / 21:00 UTC
(2 hours, Presenter: Paul)

What is the world calling us to do? What national and international policy options have a real chance to help us stay below 2C of warming?

How effective would current climate proposals be for actually reducing greenhouse gas emissions? What would be needed to avoid the most dangerous tipping points?

Paul Schaafsma will review his analysis of the effectiveness of different climate policy options. Some could lead to rapid, positive outcomes for climate. However, others lack mechanisms of enforcement or other specifics and therefore are likely to be profoundly ineffective.

We will talk about the numerous benefits of the Deal for Nature proposal. The Deal for Nature and ecosystem restoration efforts could prove to be our most important tools for addressing the climate crisis, maintaining biodiversity – especially in equatorial rainforests, and providing rewarding employment for people.

After a review of these options, we will have abundant time for structured conversation. Together, we will explore how we can help to promote the most effective climate solutions for averting catastrophic climate disruption.


Girl crying in doorway. Photo by Pixabay.

Child Hardship Fact Force

Eviction, Hunger and COVID: converging crises for America’s children

Tuesday, March 30th, 11:30am PDT / 18:30 UTC
(90 min, Presenter: Paul)

A conversation about the nationwide tsunami of homelessness and food insecurity, their relation to spikes in COVID cases and deaths, and the disproportionate impacts on families with children and people of color. Paul Schaafsma will review his latest findings, and assess the Covid Relief Bill.

What can we expect? How can we minimize the harm, and help the most vulnerable? Let’s talk about effective strategies for reaching out to organizations confronting the urgent needs emerging now and in the coming months. What are the best ways for the Novasutras community to engage? How can we mobilize our extended networks for immediate action? We are gathering a Child Hardship Fact Force to help get this information into the world.


Calling the Corners: May all beings abide…

Tuesday, March 23rd
Join us on Insight Timer Live (30 min, Presenter: Michelle)

Calling the Corners practice helps you open yourself to the loving, sacred space around you.

Novasutras practitioners Call the Corners to amplify agaya – wonder, awe, joy, and reverence for the deep, sacred beauty of the universe – and ubuntu – loving-kindness and gratitude for the profound interconnections between all beings. We send wishes for agaya and ubuntu to the six corners, and then radiating out from our center in ever-larger spaces. This talk will share ideas and answer questions about how to deepen and personalize this practice.


Celebrating the March Equinox

Earth’s Three Green Hearts: an Equinox Rainforest Celebration

Meditation on Insight Timer
March 19th (45 min, Guide: Michelle)

Celebration via Zoom
March 19th (90 min, Guide & Facilitator: Michelle)

Guided meditation for equatorial rainforests, global well-being and loving-kindness (plus celebratory ritual and conversation on Zoom).

To celebrate this Equinox, Dr. Michelle Merrill will lead a guided meditation (plus celebratory ritual and conversation on Zoom). Our guided meditation will feature a message of global wellness, joy and loving-kindness for all beings, with a special emphasis on the world’s equatorial rainforests. We are invited to reconnect with the beauty and wonder of nature. How do we welcome more love and joy for all our relations? What shall we leave behind, as we move into the next turning of our dance around the Sun? What beautiful possibilities beckon us toward the future?

The precise moment of this Equinox is March 20th, 09:37 UTC / 2:37am Pacific, when the sun is directly overhead at the equator – we are celebrating it on Insight Timer about 16 hours early, and on Zoom about 10 hours early. Learn more…

The Zoom event will include some simple, fun shared rituals and opportunity for conversation before and after the guided meditation.


Sacred People, Sacred Earth Day of Climate Action

Thursday, March 11th

Novasutras is planning four events as part of GreenFaith’s multi-faith day of climate action on March 11, 2021 – Sacred People, Sacred Earth . We started with Reconnection Rituals for managing Climate Grief and Ecoanxiety (March 10th in CA, March 11th on the other side of the dateline). Next is an online conversation about Holding and Healing Earth’s Three Green Hearts, then the first meeting of the Surviving the Future Book Discussion Group, and finally a Public Meditation for Climate Healing in Santa Cruz, California.

Holding and Healing Earth’s Three Green Hearts

Thursday, March 11th, 11:30am PST/ 19:30 UTC
(90 min, Presenter: Michelle)

Our beloved Earth has three green hearts — the equatorial rainforests. These are places of unfathomable complexity and diversity, places of beauty and wonder. We recognize that equatorial rainforests are sacred places, and their well-being is vital to maintaining a livable climate on our planet.
Learn more…

In meditation, we will experience a guided visualization of these amazing forests, and amplify our wishes for their continued thriving. Share your insights in conversation with others dedicated to healing the world.


Surviving the Future Culture, Carnival and Capital in the Aftermath of the Market Economy  Shaun ChamberlinDavid Fleming Chelsea Green Publishing https://www.chelseagreen.com/product/surviving-the-future/

Surviving the Future Book Discussion Group

Thursday, March 11th, 2:00pm PST / 22:00 UTC

An open group to discuss David Fleming’s Surviving the Future: Culture, Carnival and Capital in the Aftermath of the Market Economy

March 11th will be our first gathering, to meet one another and discuss our plan for the group (how often we will meet, how much we will cover in each meeting). Even if you don’t yet have the book, you can read the Introduction at the Lean Logic website.


Public Meditation for Climate Healing

Thursday, March 11th, 4:45pm
Mission Plaza, Santa Cruz

We will offer a some words/practices of reverence at the beginning, followed by silent meditation (participants can choose either to remain at the Plaza in stillness, or walking meditation to nearby busy intersections).
Masks & distancing, and signs please!
RSVP for further details and updates.


Nature Reconnection with Novasutras (a meditation)

Tuesday, March 9th on Insight Timer Live (30 min, Presenter: Michelle)

We sometimes need reminding that we are part of Nature – every cell a dance of matter, energy and love from the living world. Reconnect with wonder, joy, and reverence for that sacred beauty. Share loving-kindness and gratitude for our profound interconnection with all beings as agaya and ubuntu.

Climate Policy Presentation and Conversation

Tuesday March 2nd
(Presenter: Paul)

Paul’s presentation reviewed the effectiveness of present US climate policy options for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, proposed ways to seek better climate policy solutions, and suggested what we as individuals can do to encourage better climate policy. There was time for group conversation following the presentation.

Paul’s slides are available here.


Photo by Robert Norton via Unsplash

Equatorial Rainforests:
Earth’s Three Green Hearts

Monday, February 22nd (on Insight Timer, Guide: Michelle)

Our beloved Earth has three green hearts — the equatorial rainforests. These are places of unfathomable complexity and diversity, places of beauty and wonder. Visualize these amazing forests and amplify our wishes for their continued thriving, with a guide who has been there and knows the paths.

Equatorial rainforests are sacred places.

Novasutras collaborates with people and organizations around the world to save Earth’s Three Green HeartsAmazoniaCongo, and SundalandLearn more…


Photo by Robert Norton via Unsplash

Equatorial Rainforests:
Earth’s Three Green Hearts

Friday February 12th

Updates on projects to preserve and protect the world’s equatorial rainforests, including a report from Remy Zahiga, a climate activist in the Congo. Dr. Michelle Merrill shared some of her experiences studying orangutans and witnessing forest destruction in Sundaland (on the island of Sumatra), and led a guided visualization for the well-being of Earth’s Three Green Hearts. Paul Schaafsma shared history and updates on work in Amazonia and Congo. The new earths3greenhearts.org website was premiered.
Learn more…


Reconnecting with Nature through Ecospirtuality
A Conversation with Dr. Michelle Merrill on Sustainability Now!
Sunday, February 7th

Audio Recording (MP3)

Join host Ronnie Lipschutz for a conversation with anthropologist Dr. Michelle Merrill, whose teaching and counseling experience led her to establish Novasutras, an egalitarian spiritual movement with scientific sensibilities. Novasutras responds to the need for spiritual community centered on the biggest challenge humanity currently faces: how do we help people through the transition from an “Industrial Growth Society” to an “environmentally sustainable, socially just and spiritually fulfilling human presence on the planet“?

That’s Sunday, February 7th, 5-6 PM, on KSQD, 90.7 FM on your dial and KSQD.org.

Upcoming shows:
February 21, Amity Sandage, Santa Cruz County of Education, on Environmental Literacy
March 7, Prof. Jim Estes, UC Santa Cruz, on otters
You can hear previous broadcasts of Sustainability Now! at KSQD.org and on Pocket Casts, Google Podcasts and Spotify.
Sustainability Now! is underwritten by the Sustainable Systems Research Foundation.


Planetary Well-Being: a Cross-Quarter Celebration

Tuesday, February 2nd Celebration on Zoom (90 min, Facilitator: Michelle)
Wednesday, February 3rd Meditation on Insight Timer (45 min, Presenter: Michelle)

To celebrate this Cross-Quarter, Dr. Michelle Merrill led guided meditations, celebratory ritual, and conversation. Celebrations feature a message of global wellness, joy and loving-kindness for all beings. We are invited to reconnect with the beauty and wonder of Nature. How do we welcome more love and joy for all our relations? What shall we leave behind, as we move into the next turning of our dance around the Sun? What beautiful possibilities beckon us toward the future?

This Octal Celebration provides an ecospiritual celebration of the Earth-Sun dance. The precise moment of this Cross-Quarter (the midpoint between the Equinox and the Solstice) was February 3rd at 14:40 UTC / 6:40am Pacific, when the sun was overhead at 16° 20′ South Latitude. Michelle led a celebration over Zoom 14 hours before the Cross-Quarter, plus a meditation on Insight Timer Live three hours after the Cross-Quarter.

This Zoom call offered celebratory ritual and opportunity for conversation, in addition to a guided meditation.


Girl crying in doorway. Photo by Pixabay.

Child Eviction Fact Force
Eviction, Hunger and COVID: converging crises for America’s children

December 15th & 17th, 2020 (Presenter: Paul)
January 15th & 28th, 2021

Engaging the Novasutras community in the newly-forming Child Eviction Fact Force

A conversation about the impending tsunami of homelessness and food insecurity, and their relation to spikes in COVID cases and deaths. On Tues, Dec 15th, Paul shared his research and detailed analysis, highlighting the risk and rates of suffering experienced in households with children, and the disproportionate effect in communities of color around the United States. Thursday we continued the conversation. We helped one another process our emotions around this. On January 15th and 28th, we held work sessions to plan next steps.

What can we expect? How can we minimize the harm, and help the most vulnerable? Let’s talk about effective strategies for reaching out to organizations confronting the urgent needs emerging now and in the coming months. What are the best ways for the Novasutras community to engage? How can we mobilize our extended networks for immediate action? We are gathering a Child Eviction Fact Force to help get this information into the world.


Creating Peace and Ubuntu

Wednesday, January 20th, 8:30am PST / 16:30 UTC
On Insight Timer Live (15 min, Presenter: Michelle)

Evidence indicates that large numbers of practitioners meditating together can reduce or prevent violence in distant cities. We will focus our intention and the power of loving-kindness to calm conflicts and build peace in this meditation on ubuntu, deep connection and interbeing. Together we reciprocate the gifts of ubuntu and agaya.

This meditation session was live on Insight Timer: a free app with tools, social circles, and recordings (guided meditations, music, and talks) to support your meditation practice. Please also join the Novasutras circle and group on the app.


Connect & Center: Holding Space for Calm

Tuesday, November 3rd
Wednesday, November 4th
Friday, November 6th

Friday, January 8th
Sunday, January 17th
Wednesday, January 20th
(30-45 min, Faciliator: Michelle)

Brief check-ins, then a short guided meditation and silence together, to ground us in ubuntu and agaya through turbulent times. Opportunities to share resources and updates. Whatever this week holds, connecting in community will keep us compassionate, powerful, and resilient.


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Focusing and the Sacred

Tuesday, January 5th, 11:30am / 19:30 UTC (90 – 120 minutes, Presenter: Dr. Kendon Smith)

Knowing the neural substrate for spiritual experience identifies what best enhances further unfolding.

A gathering for further conversation on Focusing Practice and its connection to spirituality. Dr. Smith’s work suggests that our experiences of awe, revelation and oneness emerge from the holistic, “implicit knowing” and emotional processing of the Bodymind. Our spiritual feelings may be situated in allocortical awarenesses, unlike the analytical processes of the neocortex and conscious thinking.

The Gendlin body model of the unconscious leads to simpler, more effective interventions for “emotional disorders” as well as for resolving obstacles to the holistic experience of reality which permits panoramic awareness of Self and the Universe. McMahon and Campbell explored the spiritual aspects of Focusing from a Jesuit tradition. Rome developed a synthesis of Focusing with mindfulness practices from a Buddhist tradition. Focusing may facilitate spiritual experience, enhancing awareness of the beauty and wonder of All.
Learn more about Focusing and the Sacred…

Also: Focusing Practice “Town Meeting” – 4th Tuesday of the month:
Tuesday, January 26th, 11:30am PST / 19:30 UTCsee below

Catharsis and Celebration: Exploring the Human Condition

Last session: December 30th
(90 min, Facilitator: Derek)

We are suspending these sessions indefinitely, due to lack of turnout. If you’re interested in resuming these sessions, please complete this poll and let us know.

Our society doesn’t usually prepare us for processing grief, anxiety and other strong emotions—but they are part of the human condition. Shared ritual and deep conversation with compassionate community are how humans have always coped. We come together to listen, share, and process our feelings in these challenging times. 


Past Events


Ideas for planning celebrations:

Celestial events are an excellent opportunity for synchronous global meditations, and other celebrations. We particularly encourage participation in our Octal Celebrations. Our online Octal Celebrations are usually scheduled to coincide with the timing of the celestial event (starting at least 15 minutes before it and ending after it). Learn more…

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