Novasutras booth at Earth Day Festival ~ Monthly Shinrin-Yoku (Forest Immersion) Feb. 29 ~ Suggestions Sought for Weekly Gatherings ~ Land Acknowledgement in the Santa Cruz Area ~ Generally Good Times to Gather: Survey ~ Help Novasutras Grow in Santa Cruz
Archives: Start 2020 with Shinrin-Yoku (Forest Immersion) ~ Gathering & Meditation in support of Climate Fast 12/27 ~ Intro to Drawdown Nov 5th ~ Pachamama Symposium 10/12/19 ~ September Equinox Gathering Recap ~ Climate Strike 9/20-9/27 ~ Launch Party 8/12 Recap
Novasutras booth at Earth Day Festival
Calling all Uplifters and engaged Santa Cruzans to help us plan, prepare and host a booth at this year’s Earth Day celebration! This will be a chance to let the community know the way that Novasutras can help us in uplifting each other, and dealing with these times of turmoil and crisis for our species.
We will probably offer a few guided meditations scheduled during the day.
All non-profits are encouraged to have a ocean themed environmental kids activity. What suggestions do you have for this activity? Can you lend a hand with this, or help out at our booth? Contact us to get involved.
On February 29th, we will once again gather to bask in the beauty of the main grove at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, for a 2-hour, non-strenuous stroll (or sit) in the quiet company of Sequoia sempervirens and friends. RSVP to get details on where, when and how to join us (and for carpooling options).
Winter days are an ideal time for us to reconnect with our local redwoods. Cooler and wetter weather makes our forests truly vibrant with lush, green abundance.
We will start with a brief explanation of shinrin-yoku practice, plus calling the corners and a brief meditation to prepare us (see video from Jan 6th intro). Then we spend some time on our own, gently and reverently immersing ourselves in the sensory experience of the redwood grove. At the end, we will re-assemble to share insights from our experiences.
Planning ahead for late March? Take this poll to indicate your availability. We will decide on timing and location by March 11th.
Suggestions Sought for Weekly Gatherings
We are considering having weekly gatherings for meditation and conversation at a park near downtown Santa Cruz beginning in March – probably on Sunday afternoons. Contact us to share your thoughts about timing and location.
Land Acknowledgement in the Santa Cruz Area
In the recent blog post about land acknowledgements, we included examples and links to detailed information about the local indigenous peoples. It can be instructive and healing to include some acknowledgement of the land and the people who lived there as part of our gatherings. We can learn important things about appropriate ways to act with integrity in our local ecosystems from the indigenous peoples of the land.
For Santa Cruz county from Aptos north, that was the Awaswas people. South of that was the Mutsun people. Both cultural groups are now represented by the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band.
…the local Novasutras chapter in Santa Cruz, California attempts to always include an acknowledgement of their gathering on lands of Awaswas-speaking peoples. Sometimes, for small gatherings and in personal practice, “May all beings on the lands where Awaswas was spoken abide in agaya and ubuntu,” is simply included as part of our opening of sacred space in Calling the Corners, between the wishes for those in the local watershed and those in the larger coast redwood and coast live oak bioregions. In longer introductions to events, we make mention of the history of enslavement in the California Mission period, the genocidal efforts of Gold Rush settlers, and the loss of much traditional knowledge and language as a consequence. We express gratitude for the current efforts of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band to restore some of their culture and preserve sacred sites. The Amah Mutsun are the descendants of the Awaswas and Mutsun-speaking peoples who were taken by the Missions at Santa Cruz and San Juan Bautista (part of the Ohlone language and cultural group, of the amazingly diverse indigenous peoples of California).
Ubuntu suggests collaborative co-creation will give us the best possible Novasutras Santa Cruz gatherings. What are you interested in? When are you available? Where would you like to meet? Please give us your input on this short survey, to help us plan for our next get-together…
Help Novasutras Grow in the Santa Cruz Area
Ready to make and distribute lots of copies? Tom at University Copy on Front St. is super helpful and has great deals on small batch printing ($0.35 per side for <100, down to $0.30 per side for 100-499 copies) — just email the file and tell him how many you want printed double-sided in color. Of course, abiding in agaya means we should only print as many as we are confident we can distribute to people who would be interested in Novasutras.
If you aren’t able to print and distribute very many, perhaps you can support Novasutras on Patreon to help get more brochures out there and help the movement grow in other ways.
September Equinox Gathering
We held an in-person gathering with meditation and reflection to welcome in the Equinox from 12:30 to 1:30 on Sunday, September 22nd (about 12 hours ahead of the actual time the sun crossed the equator).
Novasutras hosts meditations on the Equinoxes, Solstices and Cross-Quarters (8 times per year). These Octal Meditations revitalize our connection with and reverence for Nature and promote global unity. See Events page for info about the next Octal Meditation.
Archives: Intro to Drawdown Nov 5th ~ Pachamama Symposium 10/12/19 ~ September Equinox Gathering Recap ~ Climate Strike 9/20-9/27 ~ Launch Party 8/12 Recap
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