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Global / Online Events
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Healing Earth’s Three Green Hearts: a conversation
Friday, August 7th 11:30am PDT / 18:30 UTC
A dialogue about existing projects for Earth’s Three Green Hearts (especially Amazon4Amazon & ClimateJustice4Africa), possible projects for Sundaland, and how the Novasutras community can best support these efforts.
Novasutras Discussions in Difficult Times
Online gathering spaces for connection and meaningful conversation in challenging times. Join as many Discussions as you like. These meetings do not have predetermined topics, recordings or other follow-up. We will gather for about 90 minutes, supporting and uplifting one another in agaya and ubuntu through open, compassionate, confidential exchange.
Regular sessions two times per week (note new schedule):
Novasutras Guided Meditations on the Moon Phases
We offer these meditations for well-being on Earth, at or near the times of the four main phases of the moon (about once a week, times vary). We celebrate the ever-changing moon as a reminder of the dynamic change that is essential to life, with an emphasis on global unity and loving-kindness to all beings.
Upcoming Lunar Meditation
Waning Moon: Tuesday, August 11th, 9:30am PDT / 16:30 UTC
Can’t donate right now? Don’t want to register? Join directly here.
Ecological and Climate Grief: a conversation
Wednesday, August 12th, 3:00pm PDT / 22:00 UTC
Society doesn’t usually acknowledge our experiences of grief for the loss of healthy nature, our grief for species going extinct, our grief for all who will suffer as a result of the climate emergency. We will come together to listen, share, and process our grief and pain for the world. Learn more…
Circle of Agaya & Ubuntu
3rd Wednesday of the month — Next: August 19th, 1:30pm PDT/ 20:30 UTC
The Circle of Agaya & Ubuntu monthly gatherings are a chance for Novasutras supporters to come together 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.
Grief: Exploring the Human Condition
Last Wednesday of the month: August 26th, 3:00pm PDT / 22:00 UTC
Society doesn’t usually prepare us for processing grief—but it’s part of the human condition. We will come together to listen, share, and process our grief.
Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma
with Francesca Raphael
Next Session TBD
At this discussion, we will explore the ways that traumas transmitted across generations shape us and influence our relationships. By bringing to consciousness the beliefs we have inherited which do not serve us, we can begin to undo destructive inner and interpersonal patterns.
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 20:00 UTC / noon PST each Sunday. Learn more…
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Santa Cruz, California Events
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Climate and Habitat meditation
Sunday March 22nd 1:30-2:15pm POSTPONED UNTIL SITUATION CHANGES
Out of an abundance of caution, we will postpone this gathering. Hopefully these can resume with renewed gusto in a few weeks.
POSTPONED UNTIL SITUATION CHANGES
Out of an abundance of caution, we will postpone this gathering. Hopefully these can resume with renewed gusto soon.
Planning ahead for April? Take this poll to let us know which times you might be able to participate in Shinrin-Yoku (and if you have any suggestions for alternative locations). We will select one of the times and let people know by April 9th. Please join us at 2:00 on Thursday, March 26th for this gentle walk or sit at Henry Cowell Redwoods. Learn about and experience the benefits of forest immersion practice. RSVP so we know to expect you, and so we can arrange carpools.
See the Santa Cruz area chapter page for details.
Thursday, August 6th, 5:30 PM PDT / Friday, August 7th, 00:30 UTC
Join us for this 1-hour celebration of the Cross-Quarter, with a meditation through the minute of the Cross-Quarter, and conversation. Details
Breathing in the Full Moon: Gentle Yoga and Guided Meditation
Monday, August 3rd, 6:30pm PDT / Tuesday, August 4th, 01:30 UTC
A simple yoga practice enjoyable for all bodies of any age and health, followed by a guided meditation for global well-being, loving-kindness, ubuntu and agaya.
Earth’s Three Green Hearts: a guided meditation on equatorial rainforests
This guided meditation is appropriate for people with any level of meditation experience.
This meditation helps practitioners appreciate their connection with Earth’s Three Green Hearts: the equatorial rainforests of the Amazon, the Congo, and Southeast Asia. By sensing into the beauty and wonder of these vital forests, we awaken our capacity to love and protect them ever-more courageously.
Panarchy: A model of dynamic systems change
A brief presentation based on Panarchy: Understanding Transformations in Human and Natural Systems, L.H. Gunderson & C.S. Holling (eds), 2002 and “Through the Panarchy Lens” presentation by K. McCandless, J. Holley & L. Kimball, 2005, followed by conversation.
Radical Land Reform in the USA
July 21, 2020
An idea to solve all the problems at once
What if we could address: the need for reparations for American Descendants of Slavery; the need for restoration of indigenous lands to the native peoples of North America; the need for housing, employment and food security for millions of people; the need for a better system of growing our food; the need people have to spend more time in connection with the living world; the need for civic engagement and building skills in community decision-making and local politics; and the need for less toxic and more nutritious food? Join us to discuss and develop the idea of reclaiming land from corporations and helping people learn to care for that land in regenerative communities. Learn more…
Work That Reconnects the Past and Future: Being Good Descendants And Better Ancestors
This workshop will help us connect with the people of past generations and future generations, allowing us to honor the hopes and concerns of our ancestors as we consider the wishes and fears of our descendants. Facilitators will guide participants through practices based in The Work That Reconnects (from Coming Back to Life by Joanna Macy and Molly Brown). These simple rituals allow us to draw on inner wisdom and guidance from all beings as we move through gratitude and an honoring of the world’s pain, so we can see from ancient and future perspectives.
Who came before us, and how would they feel about the way the people, the lands, the air, and the waters have been treated since they were here? Who will come after us, and how might they feel about what we are doing to each other as humans and the other beings with whom we share this Earth? Small groups and paired conversations will prepare us to go forth and build a more united, just and sustainable world for our descendants, a world that would represent the best aspirations of our ancestors.
Hannah Tamezoujt, Somatic Psychotherapist A.M.F.T.
Michelle Y. Merrill, Ph.D.
World UNITY Week Events:
Starting the evening of June 19th, there has been a non-stop series of events on the World UNITY Week website. Novasutras offered many presentations, meditations, and Open Space conversations throughout the week. Learn more
Listening for our Power – Mon, June 22nd
Where and how do we feel power for change emerging? How are we being invited to embrace our interdependence? How can we use our shared power to promote compassion, equity and justice globally? – Details
- Breathing in the New Moon: Gentle Yoga and Guided Meditation — Yoga, Healing & Spirituality Room, Sunday June 21st, 2:00-3:00 PDT — Zoom link — Details
- Pachamama Alliance’s Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream Symposium — Environment, Climate, and Food Room, Monday, 2:00-5:00 PDT (Derek is co-facilitating) — Zoom link
- Nature Connection and Loving-kindness: a guided meditation for planetary well-being – Sacred Spaces and Talking Circles Room, Monday, 6:30-7:00pm PDT — Zoom link — Details
- Empowering Earthlings: Awakening the BodyMind with Forest Immersion (Shinrin-Yoku) — Environment, Climate, and Food Room, Tuesday, 1:00-3:00 PDT– Zoom link — Details
Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma with Francesca Raphael, June 8th
In this discussion, we explored the ways that traumas transmitted across generations shape us and influence our relationships. By bringing to consciousness the beliefs we have inherited which do not serve us, we can begin to undo destructive inner and interpersonal patterns.
Politics as Rebirth: The Wisdom of Hannah Arendt with Paul Schaafsma, June 3rd
The politics of the US and much of the world has been dominated by an extractive view of the world, essentially a culture that dismisses life, as if placing gravestones on top of something alive that has been buried. We will review and discuss Hannah Arendt’s vision of politics as rebirth, seeking directions for a path toward a politics that honors life.
Exploration of Hatha Yoga for Novasutras
Thursday, May 28th
The traditional philosophy of primordial yoga from the ancients of India is simple: you are the power of the cosmos manifesting as utter intelligence and beauty. The practice is the embodied expression of agaya, and will center us into a deeper place from which meditation may arise naturally.
More info on the Calendar listing…
Grief: Exploring the Human Condition May 9th
Society doesn’t usually prepare us for processing grief—but it’s part of the human condition. We came together to listen, share, and process our grief. More sessions on grief coming soon.
Full Moon Novasutras Guided Meditation: May 7th, 2020
A 45-minute session with a guided meditation for well-being on Earth, honoring times of change with the ever-changing moon, at each quarter phase of the moon. Video coming soon.
MAY CROSS-QUARTER: May 4th We gathered on Zoom for some conversation and our guided meditation through the moment of the Cross-Quarter 5 May 00:49 UTC (May 4, 5:49pm Pacific).
Waxing Moon Novasutras Guided Meditation – Thurs. April 30
A 45-minute session with a guided meditation for well-being on Earth, honoring times of change with the ever-changing moon, at the first quarter phase of the moon.
video coming soon
Discussion: ‘What are our gifts?’ – Sunday, April 26th
Key parts of any organizing work are to tap into the strengths of each team member and to hear every voice. As we prepare to launch discussions, teachings, and rituals under the Novasutras banner, we have gifts to uncover and synergies to enliven. Please join us in this exploration as we work to envision and craft a more beautiful world our hearts know to be possible. Find a role in our movement, and find warmth in collaborative self-discovery!
Video coming soon.
Reclaiming Hope: Earth Day Comes Back Home
April 24, 2020, 1:30pm PDT / 20:30 UTC
We invite you to join us for focused reflection on the lessons of that first Earth Day. We had a presentation by Paul Schaafsma to get us started, followed by group discussion.
New Moon Novasutras Guided Meditation
April 23rd 5:15pm PDT / April 24th 00:15 UTC
We welcomed the beauty of the new moon rising as an opportunity to focus on what we would like to be emerging now, and the pull of a better future for all. This Novasutras meditation on agaya and ubuntu emphasized global unity and loving-kindness through the disruptions of these challenging times.
Video coming soon.
The Future of Novasutras Discussions: Co-Creation as a Community – Sunday, April 19th
We are looking forward to having more Discussions and other Novasutras Events. Moving forward, these events will be community-led — this means you! Here’s the outline of Novasutras Online Events: Uplifter Roles
Earth Week Beginning Online Gathering – April 18th
We reflected on the meaning of Earth Day, both in guided meditation and thoughtful conversation.
Last-Quarter Moon Novasutras Guided Meditation – Apr 14, 2020
A 45-minute session with a guided meditation for well-being on Earth, honoring times of change with the ever-changing moon.
Video coming soon.
Full Moon Novasutras Guided Meditation – April 7th
A 30-minute session with a guided meditation for well-being on Earth, celebrating the beauty of the full moon. Video coming soon.
- Discussions in Difficult Times every day from March 30 to April 14th, 2020 –By participant consent, some portions of sessions are recorded and shared on this YouTube playlist. — Future Discussions and more info coming soon.
- March 31st Daily Discussion – Participants in the Novasutras Daily Discussion on March 31, 2020 requested that we record this portion, to share ideas about the problems of the current economic system, creating a fair and decentralized Green New Deal that can reduce poverty and GHG emissions, and seeking solutions to change our relationship to consuming so we are “meeting the needs of all, by healing — not harming –planet and people.” — https://youtu.be/Ky2GjduXYSE — Join our upcoming Daily Discussions.
- MARCH 2020 EQUINOX: We gathered on Zoom at 03:00 UTC March 20th / 8:00pm Pacific March 19th for a 90-minute conversation with guided meditation through the moment of the Equinox, which is 20 March 03:50 UTC (March 19th, 8:50pm Pacific).
- CROSS-QUARTER: We gathered online for our Octal Meditation about 12 hours before actual moment of the Cross-Quarter, 4 Feb 08:55 UTC (12:55am Pacific). This meditation for global well-being and loving-kindness, agaya and ubuntu, followed by conversation was recorded was recorded Monday Feb 3rd, 20:30 UTC / 12:30 pm PST.
- Meditation in support of Climate Fast – Friday, Dec. 27
- DECEMBER SOLSTICE 2019: Sunday, 22nd of December, 2019, 04:19 UTC (Saturday, Dec. 21, 8:19pm PST).
- Meditation for the Amazon: Novasutras offered a worldwide, synchronous guided meditation focusing on healing and wellness for the Amazon rainforest and all who live there. We chose to meditate together on #BuyNothingDay, in support of the #Amazon4Amazon campaign. Sign up FREE to be part of the Novasutras Movement, and we’ll send you a link to the video of this guided meditation.
Ideas for planning celebrations:
- Equinox Celebration Suggestions
- Solstice Celebration Suggestions
- 2020 Timings of Equinoxes, Solstices and Cross-Quarters
- Cross-Quarter 4 Feb 08:55 UTC (12:55am Pacific)
- Equinox 20 March 03:50 UTC (March 19, 8:50pm Pacific)
- Cross-Quarter 5 May 00:49 UTC (May 4, 5:49pm Pacific)
- Solstice 20 June 21:44 UTC (2:44pm Pacific)
- Cross-Quarter 7 Aug 01:04 UTC (Aug 6, 6:04pm Pacific)
- Equinox 22 Sep 13:31 UTC (6:31am Pacific)
- Cross-Quarter 7 Nov 22:56 UTC (2:56pm Pacific)
- Solstice 21 Dec 10:02 UTC (2:02am Pacific)
Celestial events are an excellent opportunity for synchronous global meditations, and other celebrations. We particularly encourage participation in the Octal Meditations. Online Octal Meditations 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…