Smiling pairGreat Gratitude to all the donors who made possible a day of mindfulness at Green Gulch on Tue June 20, with Tammy Trujillo presiding. Site managers Sukey and Schyler hosted the Ambassadors of Hope & Opportunity (AHO) for a relaxing, rejuvenating taste of meditation, organic farming, and fresh ocean air.

“Thank you so much for arranging an incredible retreat for the youth of AHO,” wrote Zara Babitzke, program founder. “Everyone had a great time with the wonderful staff at Green Gulch who made us all feel so welcomed and at home. We enjoyed our tea ceremony with Tammy and left enlightened, moved and inspired.”

Dance for awakened action! Sat Aug 12, 6:30-9:00 pm.  Contra dance combines music, movement, and socializing in ways that are fun and creative. Join us for an evening of great music, fellowship, and exercise, while raising money for a great cause.  This fund-raiser is especially dedicated to Mindful Leadership training for teens in detention — our third offering takes place in late August at Orin Allen Youth Rehabilitation Facility.

Tickets:  $5 youth; $10 young at heart; $15 dancing donor; $20 musical angel; $25 bodhisattva.  Purchase here.

Canyon contraBand leader: John Caulfield, Irish fiddle and mandolin
Caller: Stuart Moody, program director of Green Sangha

Contra dance, like square dance, was born of French and English country forms, with New World influences making it a distinctly American dance at the birth of our nation. Contras are simple, fun, and community-oriented. No partner or previous experience required. All dances are taught and led by a caller with a live, acoustic band. If you can walk, if you can turn around, you can do contra dancing and have a great time.

Watershed crew 5-14-17Inner & Outer Restoration at Green Gulch. Sun Aug 13, noon to 6 pm.  Since our first work party at Green Gulch in 2005, we have performed hundreds of person-hours of service to this organic farm and Zen Center.  And it is all a joy.  Lunch, work in the riparian zone, tea and muffins, conversation, and meditation in the Zendo make this a retreat and an action in one, the best kind of day. Reservations required for lunch. Details here.

What a time we had with Rick Hanson on Sat, May 27!  Many thanks to:

Hanson, RickWe are all richer for this event!  As Rick emphasized in many ways that evening:

“Repeated patterns of mental activity require repeated patterns of brain activity. Repeated patterns of brain activity change neural structure and function.”  This means:

“You can use your mind . . .
to change your brain . . .
to change your mind . . .

to benefit yourself and other beings”

Activists, let’s keeping use our minds to cultivate the qualities of friendliness, contentment, and compassion, that we may build the bridges and forge the partnerships needed in this time of ecological healing!

Green Sangha is mindfulness-based environmental action, bringing individuals together to meditate, educate, support one another, and advocate for the Earth. We offer monthly retreats, Mindful Leadership Training, inner and outer restoration at Green Gulch, mindfulness experiences for teens, and more.

Meditation is the core practice that grounds us in the awareness of interdependence. From this awareness naturally springs love, understanding, and forgiveness.  Learn more here:  Why meditate?

Chris at micEducation. We educate ourselves and each other in order to live more wisely on the earth.  We promote life-affirming alternatives to destructive practices promoted by the outmoded Industrial Growth Model.  We speak to the good in others to inspire their participation in making the world a better place.

We educate through action sheets on target issues and through direct outreach, speaking at schools, social clubs, churches, and community venues.

Action. Green Sangha actions have addressed a wide range of issues, from rallying on the streets for climate protection, to testifying at public hearings on waste reduction, to participating in community clean-ups.

Our many partners have included the Berkeley Ecology Center, Californians Against Waste, Clean Water Action, Save the Bay, Sustainable San Rafael, and Transition Berkeley. Together we will hasten the Great Turning toward a sustainable and just world.

For a one-minute video on mindful practice for awakened action, click here: Get quiet, get active.

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