We are coming together in our coast redwood and live oak biomes and along our beautiful shores, on lands where Awaswas was spoken, co-creating a world of agaya and ubuntu for all life on Earth.

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Santa Cruz area Resources

March 2021 Shinrin-Yoku (Forest Immersion) ~ Survey Seeking Suggestions for Weekly Gatherings ~ Land Acknowledgement in the Santa Cruz Area ~ Help Novasutras Grow in Santa Cruz

Climate and Habitat Meditation POSTPONED ~ Novasutras booth at Earth Day Festival POSTPONED

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 Santa Cruz is supporting our local indigenous community, the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band. They have been especially impacted by the pandemic.  Learn more & contribute today.


Forest Immersion Practice
Main Grove at Henry Cowell Redwoods S.P.
Friday, March 26th, 10:00am
RSVP for further details and updates.

Silent Vigil on Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Please join us, in solidarity with friends and supporters of the Amah Mutsun and Juristac, for a silent vigil on Indigenous People’s Day, Monday, October 12, to take place at Mission Plaza, 103 Emmet St, off Mission St. and  in front of Holy Cross Catholic Church in downtown Santa Cruz from 6:00 to 6:30 pm.

We are gathering to express our individual and collective sadness, grief, and anger at the genocide of the Indigenous People, mourning and acknowledging the devastating impact of the missions on the California native population and the brutal treatment and death of the people of the Amah Mutsun and other Tribes brought to the Santa Cruz Mission.

Please come a bit early if possible to get situated and socially distance (masks required). We will either sit in silent meditation or do a slow walking meditation. Signs are welcome, as well as offerings of flowers or candles / lights.

Hope you can come, and feel free to pass this onto those in soildarity with this vigil. 

Learn more about the history of oppression of indigenous people at the Santa Cruz Mission.

Climate and Habitat meditation

Sunday March 22nd, 1:30-2:15pm 

Out of an abundance of caution due to COVID-19 concerns, we will postpone this gathering. Hopefully these can resume in a few weeks.

Please ARRIVE EARLY to find parking and get settled in. We will gather in the park directly across West Cliff Drive from the Lighthouse — look for the Novasutras signs.

Please bring something to sit on. You are also welcome to bring your own sign to hold or wear around your neck, with inspiring positive messaging about the climate and environmental crises (such as “meditating for a healthier world”, “we are all in this together”, “envision solutions for the climate crisis”, “a world that works for all beings”, “one planet, one people”, etc.).

This is a public meditation/demonstration, to raise our spirits, raise awareness, and raise the vibration in these troubled times. We will begin by calling the corners, followed by a brief guided visualization and then silent meditation, ending by 2:15. All are welcome!

We are testing locations and times for weekly gatherings in Santa Cruz this month. Contact us or take this survey to share your thoughts and suggestions.

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.

The previously scheduled Earth Day event in Santa Cruz has been postponed. Check back in a few weeks for more info.

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.

NOTE: As of March 13th, the Earth Day Festival will be postponed in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. A decision about the new date for the festival will be made in the coming weeks as the situation unfolds. Novasutras Santa Cruz holds the intention to host a booth whenever the festival does take place.


Forest Immersion


Instead, we’re having an online conversation Thursday March 26th at 2:30 — register ahead to get info for Zoom.

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.

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.

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).

Help Novasutras Grow in the Santa Cruz Area

In addition to following and sharing our posts on Facebook or Twitter, you can help spread the word locally by printing and sharing these brochures (PDF) today.

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.

Survey: What, When & Where for future gatherings

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…

September Equinox Gathering

Our gathering at City Hall on Sunday, Sept. 22nd

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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4 thoughts on “Santa Cruz, California area chapter

  1. I love seeing that Novasutras has a Santa Cruz chapter and that you’re getting together for an in-person celebration of life, ecology, and community! I’ll be out of town then (as I live in NYC) but I can’t wait to make it out for some future Novasutras celebration when I am in town. 🙂

      1. Opening a chapter might be just the thing for me. I’ll reach out about the opportunity. Thank you!

  2. I love your vision around all of us creating a new guiding narrative for creating a world that works for all. I hope this local event will help seed a nucleus of a growing community of beings who lead from interconnected mind (ubuntu) versus the human-centered mind!

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