Scenes from the Santa Cruz Stop Line 3 Demonstration
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Scenes from the Santa Cruz Stop Line 3 Demonstration

Novasutras has been actively involved in efforts to stop Line 3: a pipeline being built through norther Minnesota to carry toxic and climate-catastrophic tarsands oil, in violation of the treaty rights of indigenous peoples.

Dr. Michelle Merrill, Novasutras founder, led the organization for a rally and march on August 13. This event, in response …

Offering Gifts: Novasutras and the Gift Economy
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Offering Gifts: Novasutras and the Gift Economy

In keeping with our commitment to ubuntu, Novasutras events and other content are provided on a gift economy basis. Right now, we rely on small money donations from individuals to keep our website operational, to host online and in-person events, and to pay basic expenses.

When all the world is a gift in motion,

Liberation + Interdependence = Ubuntu
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Liberation + Interdependence = Ubuntu

In the United States, the 4th of July is a day set aside to celebrate independence from tyranny. While independence (in the sense of liberation and autonomy) is valuable, it leaves us with an incomplete story.  As participants in life on Earth, we are not, and cannot ever be, fully independent. So July 4th is

Celebrate Well-Being on Earth for the May Cross-Quarter
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Celebrate Well-Being on Earth for the May Cross-Quarter

Please join us to celebrate the May Cross-Quarter, the midpoint between the March Equinox and the June Solstice. Like all of our Octal Celebrations, we will feature messages of global wellness, joy and loving-kindness for all beings. These practices remind us of our ecospiritual connection to the Earth-Sun dance.

Tuesday, May 4th, 3:15pm PDT 

A Celebration to Promote Planetary Well-Being this Cross-Quarter
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A Celebration to Promote Planetary Well-Being this Cross-Quarter

Please join us to celebrate this Cross-Quarter, the midpoint between the December Solstice and the March Equinox. Our Octal Celebrations will feature messages of global wellness, joy and loving-kindness for all beings. These practices remind us of our ecospiritual connection to the Earth-Sun dance.

The precise moment of this Cross-Quarter is February 3rd at …

Solstice and World Unity Week June 20th-27th
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Solstice and World Unity Week June 20th-27th

World Unity Week Solstice Celebration

As an expansion of our traditional Solstice celebration, Novasutras is partnering with the organizers of World Unity Week. In addition to our 2:00pm Pacific (21:00 UTC) online gathering, you can celebrate the Solstice with global blessings on the World Unity Week site.

The 2020 Solstice will be like

Reflections on the December Solstice 2019
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Reflections on the December Solstice 2019

December 2019 Solstice (showing the sub-solar point), from timeanddate.com

We welcomed the Solstice with our online Octal Meditation with a special focus on wishes for well-being to Australia – the location of the Solstice sub-solar point, where record-breaking heatwaves and fires have been ravaging the continent.

Our meditation was followed by engaged conversation about gratitude, …

Reflections on the Autumn Cross-Quarter 2019
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Reflections on the Autumn Cross-Quarter 2019

We had a unifying Octal Meditation and a rich, thoughtful discussion online last week. Topics we discussed included our need for community and shared meditation practices in the face of the climate crisis and other stresses and struggles, the sense of being part of something larger as a way to manage grief, the astronomical configuration …