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Climate and Habitat Outdoor Meditation

climate witnessing meditation

Sunday, May 16th, 2:00pm [tentative – check back for confirmation]
Lawn near Lighthouse, West Cliff Drive

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 3:00. All are welcome!

Please ARRIVE EARLY to find parking and get settled in. We will gather on the lawn near the Lighthouse — look for the Novasutras signs.

MASKS and safe distancing practices required. We will be outdoors meditating for 30 minutes – please dress in layers and wear comfortable clothes. You may want a blanket or pad to sit on. If you don’t want to sit on the lawn (or do walking or standing meditation for the full length of time), please bring a portable chair or stool.

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.).

We begin our public gathering with Calling the Corners and Land Acknowledgement, then settle into a silent meditation. Our signs and our intentional presence are resonant messages for hope and action in the reality of climate disruption and biodiversity loss. Meditating together is a powerful act. With set-up, opening and closing, expect to be out for about 1 hour.


Forest Immersion Practice

next date TBD

Weekday location:
possibly Fall Creek Trail or Main Grove at Henry Cowell Redwoods S.P.

Likely weekend location:
Schwan Lake Park, Live Oak
meet in the parking lot behind Simpkins Family Swim Center, 17th Ave

Indicate your availability here – https://www.when2meet.com/?11816141-Qptje

Join us as we are ‘bathed’ or immersed in the sensory experiences of time among trees. Shinrin-yoku (a.k.a. forest bathing or forest immersion) involves mostly walking slowly through a wooded area, incorporating plenty of chances for standing still or sitting while you appreciate the details of the beauty around you, taking time to re-connect with the natural world.

We will start with a brief explanation of shinrin-yoku practice, plus calling the corners and a brief meditation to prepare us. Then we’ll spend an hour or more on our own, gently and reverently immersing ourselves in the sensory experience of the woods. At the end, we’ll re-assemble and share insights from our experiences.

MASKS and safe distancing practices required. We will be outdoors for the full two hours – please dress in layers and wear comfortable clothes and shoes for spending time on this easy/moderate trail. If you won’t be able to walk or stand for the full length of time, please bring a portable chair or stool, and we’ll help you settle in somewhere to enjoy the trees.

Novasutras encourages wellness practices like shinrin-yoku to keep us resilient and engaged with earth care, community, and climate justice work. Come join your fellow activists and others who hold the living world in reverence for this restorative practice.

Indicate your availability here – https://www.when2meet.com/?11816141-Qptje

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Climate and Habitat meditations & Shinrin-Yoku

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