Previous events and stories of Novasutras Santa Cruz

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Novasutras Santa Cruz Launch Party a soggy success!

We had a drizzly yet festive meeting on Sunday August 18th at Harvey West Park, gathering people from the Santa Cruz area with an interest in Novasutras. The event included a potluck, a guided meditation under a redwood tree, a little singing and chanting, an exchange of blessings, and some deep discussion of ways that we experience and promote agaya.

Santa Cruz Global Climate Strike week of action — Sept. 20-27

Global Climate Strike Kick-Off
Louden Nelson Community Center, Friday Sept. 20

Novasutras was among the organizations on the panel from 5:30-6:30 in room 3. Michelle explained that the Novasutras movement serves the growing need for spiritual community as activists respond to the vast challenges of environmental disruption and social injustice threatening global and personal well-being. Our perspective is that the deepest root cause of the climate crisis is the loss of reverence for the living world. Michelle also lead a Novasutras guided meditation and discussion in room 5 at 7pm.

Faith in Our Future
Peace United Church, Tuesday Sept. 24th

Novasutras was among the participants in the Faith in Our Future interfaith conversation. Michelle provided an overview of the climate emergency as a moral and existential crisis. She also described some of her rainforest experiences and how these shaped her spiritual calling on behalf of living systems.

September Equinox Gathering
Sunday September 22nd

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.


Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream Symposium
Saturday October 12th

Attend a free workshop created by the Pachamama Alliance—the community that’s committed to bringing forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just human presence on this planet. See what’s possible for the planet and for life itself.

  • Learn where we are as a human family and how we got here.
  • Discover your role in creating a sustainable future.
  • Connect with like-minded, openhearted people and move into action.

Date: Saturday, October 12, 2019
Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: Resource Center for Non-Violence
612 Ocean St., Santa Cruz CA 95060
RSVP: https://bit.ly/2KOPryC

The Awakening the Dreamer Symposium is a half-day, interactive workshop that is the first offering in the Pachamama Alliance Up to Us engagement pathway—a pathway that provides training and inspiration for participants via live in-person and online courses, local community groups, and game changing movements. Learn more at pachamama.org.

Michelle Merrill will be one of the presenters at this Awakening the Dreamer Symposium. The work of the Pachamama Alliance has been a major inspiration for Novasutras.


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