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Upcoming Santa Cruz Area Events: Shinrin-Yoku (forest immersion) 12/4 ~ Solstice Climate, Land & Water Meditation 12/19
And of course, you can always join Novasutras online events, too.
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.
We will be outdoors for the full two hours – please dress in layers and wear comfortable clothes and shoes for spending time on an 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. Masks and safe distancing practices requested as appropriate.
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.
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Climate, Land & Water Outdoor Meditation
Sunday, December 19, 3:30 pm
lawn near lighthouse 701 W Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz
Please ARRIVE EARLY!
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This is a public meditation/demonstration, to raise our spirits, raise awareness, and raise the vibration in these troubled times. Our December gathering will include our local celebration of the Solstice together. We will begin and end with ceremony including Land Acknowledgement and Calling the Corners (participants may lead other prayer and songs). We will have 20-30 minutes to join in silent meditation. Plan for ending around 4:45. All are welcome!
If you are driving, please ARRIVE EARLY to find parking and get settled in.
We will gather on the lawn near the Lighthouse — look for the Novasutras signs.
Meditating together is a powerful act. Our signs and our intentional presence are resonant messages for hope and action in the reality of climate disruption and biodiversity loss.
We will have some signs available for you to use, if desired. Help us brainstorm sign ideas, or create one of your own! You are welcome to bring your own sign to hold or wear around your neck, with inspiring 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 prefer signs that are solutions focused, and try to avoid messages of outrage or confrontation at these events (there are times and places for those, but that’s not our intention here).
Meditation may be still and seated, but walking meditation is also welcome (Michelle can provide guidance if you are unfamiliar with walking meditation practice).
We will be outdoors the whole time (meditating for up to 30 minutes, plus interactions before and after) – please dress in layers and wear comfortable clothes to be ready for sun or fog and lots of wind. 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. Please be courteous regarding masks and safe distancing practices.
Local Organizing to Stop Line 3 and respond to the the Climate Emergency
Calling All Santa Cruz Climate Justice Activists:
We’re organizing local efforts to #StopLine3 and #StopTheMoneyPipeline that funds climate chaos, and we need your help!
A up-to-date collection of links to news, actions in Minnesota, national petitions and calls
The Line 3 pipeline expansion could despoil the sacred land and water of Minnesota. It is a project of Canadian fossil fuel company Enbridge, to increase their exports of climate-destabilizing tar-sands oil. Line 3 violates treaty rights of the indigenous people to fish, hunt and harvest wild rice. We stand in solidarity with the indigenous water protectors leading the efforts to #StopLine3.
Donate to Frontline Efforts for Climate Justice ~ Take Online Actions to Defund Line 3
To learn more about the national movement, sign more petitions, and find other ways to help, see tinyurl.com/ResistLine3
BLACK FRIDAY at Chase 11/26
Climate justice activists in Santa Cruz demonstrated in front of Chase Bank at the corner of Ocean and Water Street to call for a halt to Chase’s funding of fossil fuel projects.
Demonstrators highlighted the link between “man camps” for pipeline construction and other fossil fuel projects, and increased rates of gender-based violence in indigenous communities. Activists handed fliers to drivers and pedestrians highlighting the bank’s role in funding fossil fuel projects and encouraging them to move their money out of Chase Bank. The bank branch closed early in response to the action.
This protest was in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en land defenders in British Columbia, resisting the construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline through their sacred headwaters. Learn more at https://www.yintahaccess.com
Chase Bank is one of the largest funders of fossil fuel projects, including the Coastal GasLink pipeline.
The construction of pipelines like these is not only a path toward climate chaos, it also violates indigenous rights. Such fossil fuel projects on indigenous lands are also associated with escalated violence against indigenous Women, Girls, Trans, Two Spirits and others.
Chase Bank is the largest funder of TransCanada Pipelines Ltd., who are responsible for the Coastal GasLink project. Climate justice activists are advocating that people move their money out of Chase Bank until it stops funding fossil fuel expansion projects like Coastal GasLink in Canada, Line 3 in Minnesota, and Keystone XL, particularly those that go through indigenous lands without free, prior and informed consent by indigenous communities.
This month’s COP26 highlighted the urgency of global responses to the climate crisis. The International Energy Agency has said our only pathway to limiting global warming to 1.5 °C must include “no investment in new fossil fuel supply projects.”
On Black Friday, we gathered outside Chase Bank at Ocean and Water Streets, wearing black, with black veils to protest and grieve this infringement on indigenous sovereignty and indigenous wisdom. We stood in solidarity with indigenous people defending sacred waters, sacred land, a stable climate and a thriving Earth for us all.
Please SPREAD THE WORD. Share photos and videos on social media. A photo from our action was in the Santa Cruz Sentinel.
Youth4ClimateJustice Climate Strike – October 29th
Novasutras is proud to endorse this action, planned by local Youth4ClimateJustice. Students from UCSC, PCS, Harbor High, MHMS, Monarch Elementary, Branciforte Middle School, Santa Cruz High, and other schools walked out of school between noon and 1:30, converging at the downtown Wells Fargo at 2pm, then marching to the Downtown Commons / Farmer’s Market site by 3:00, where there were tables, speeches, and other activities.
The organization Our Downtown, Our Future also had their launch event at the Downtown Commons / Farmer’s Market location at 12:30, and were joined by the climate strikers later. Novasutras had an information table at the rally site.
Local Groups Protested at Chase Bank Ahead of the COP26 in Glasgow
An affinity group of Extinction Rebellion Santa Cruz, along with the Novasutras, held climate meditations, a “Die In” and performances of the Extinction Rebellion Civil DISCObedience dance to “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees!
And, here is the best instruction video we could find for the Stayin’ Alive dance, as first choreographed by XR Australia.
On Oct 8, 15 & 22, we converged at Chase Bank, the #1 Wall Street funder of tar sands oil. Our signs and handouts encouraged people to move their money. After silent meditation and a die-in, we danced in Civil DISCObedience. On Friday 22nd, we then walked around to the back door to the bank, where we sang and chanted, and talked with approaching customers. In response, they closed the bank!
“I cannot think of an issue that deserves our attention and energy as much as the current climate crisis, and the unjust impacts of the industrialized world on the Global South, as well as here in the US on communities of color,” says Ami Chen Mills-Naim, an organizer of the protest at Chase.
Keeping the pressure on local bank branches is one of many efforts around the world to get these huge multinationals to change their policies about financing fossil fuel projects.
More info at this Google Doc: PROTESTS AT CHASE BANK FRIDAYS
“Chase knows very well what the dangers of global heating are, and we already see catastrophe–fires and floods, droughts and demon winds–all around us. Will we sit here like frogs in hot water, killing ourselves, or can we summon our love, our hearts, our courage and our imaginations to save this Earth and the life upon her?”
The groups’ intents are: To call attention to the coming COP26, to the coming Youth Climate Strike and to call on JP MORGAN CHASE BANK to heed their own report, and cease the funding of fossil fuel projects. Until then, customers of Chase and other major climate chaos funders, including Bank of America and Wells Fargo should move their money into local banks and credit unions.
*Given the ongoing public health risks of COVID – while these events are outdoors, we still encourage attendees to be mindful of social distancing and wearing of masks. If you feel sick – please stay home.
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