Green Sangha Chapter News
Posted on February 28th, 2012 7:41 am
We did it! Our team of volunteers groomed the Garden beautifully on Saturday morning, March 3. In two short hours, we cleaned up the beds and paths:
Cut out, dug up, and removed old fava beans:
Carted multiple loads to the compost bin . . .
. . . we had so much compost material in the bins, we moved finished soil to the Garden beds and even made an extra pile of almost-ready, worm-rich compost near the raspberry brake.
Meanwhile, we also tied up a rich plot of peas, all a-blooming and a-podding as we worked:
That wasn’t all! Bean seeds planted by 6th grade science were given a little help, flowers were trimmed, and a good time was had by all. Many thanks to all who attended!
Don’t forget our next Garden Work Party at Davidson Middle School: Saturday, April 21 (Earth Day!), 9:30-11:30 am.
Posted on February 25th, 2012 5:45 pm
Green Gulch. Join us for our seasonal afternoon of Inner & Restoration at Green Gulch Farm this Sunday, Feb 26, noon to 6 pm. It’s Arbor Day, and we’re assured a friendly crowd of sustainable activists planting trees and breathing in nature’s fullness. Click here for all the details.
Rethinking Plastics II. March is our fullest month ever, with an evening presentation to the League of Women Voters in Piedmont on Thursday the 22nd, and four events in Marin County:
Retreat. Following the Plastics 360 conference, featured speaker Beth Terry will stay over in Marin to lead the discussion at our Sunday, March 18, retreat in Tiburon, looking at “Lessons from The Lorax.” Green Sangha member Beth Terry is an activist blogger at www.MyPlasticFreeLife.com and author of the upcoming book Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too.
Call or write if you have any questions or ideas to share!
Posted on February 25th, 2012 5:04 pm
Learn the art of Sustainability from Within, Saturday April 14, 2:00-5:30 pm, United Church of Christ, 825 Middlefield Drive Petaluma.
In the face of this great need, how do we maintain our balance, sustaining our own lives as we work on behalf of the life we hold in common? You may be writing letters to Congress and the EPA, organizing an action group, setting up a green committee at your work place, or leading a large organization. Whatever your field of action, you need deep inner reserves to continue the work with energy, confidence, and effectiveness.
Sustainability from Within is designed to give you the skills you need to start the day with grace, renew and recharge yourself throughout the day, and let go of stress at will. Stuart Moody, certified yoga teacher and President of Green Sangha, will share a treasury of simple, rejuvenating exercises for tension release and settling into silence for deep meditation. To complement these practices, we will also explore the technique of Passage Meditation as taught by Eknath Easwaran, and the use of a mantram for calming the mind and deepening awareness.
“Sustainability from Within” means taking care of yourself, practicing the same personal stewardship that we all need to practice in regard to our common body, the earth.
At the deepest level, practicing sustainability from within not only sets a standard for material well-being, it also opens the door for spiritual progress — the restoration of our sense of oneness and expansion of the qualities of the heart. Friendliness, compassion, happiness, and impartiality are the fruits of inner development, and are the fundamental interpersonal qualities at the basis of a culture of cooperation and peace. In this way, mindful practice lays the groundwork for a new earth community.
Price: $30 (Green Sangha members: $20)
Instructor: Stuart Moody, MA
“This is a gift to yourself. Leaders feel such heavy burdens with so much to accomplish and with such little time and money to do vital work. Mindfulness for leaders helps us go to our strong and calm center and let go of the burden. It nourishes the soul and frees the spirit.” Maureen Parton, County Supervisor’s aide
Posted on February 23rd, 2012 9:58 pm
Of all the actions we can take to calm the climate, one of the most satisfying is to plant a tree. Arbor Day is a perfect time, and Green Gulch a perfect place to do it.
National Arbor Day is a traditional way to celebrate the many gifts of trees – shelter, beauty, clean air, soil conservation, habitat for wild animals, and the great cooling effect of shade and CO2 consumption. Signs of climate change – melting ice caps, rising sea levels, the increasing number of severe weather events – only make our love of trees more intense.
Across the country, tree-lovers celebrate Arbor Day according to the local climate. Nebraska, home of the National Arbor Day Foundation, celebrates on the last Friday of April. On the Pacific Coast, though, we are preparing beds for summer vegetables as early as February.
So, join us at Green Gulch Zen Center and Organic Farm for a gathering of earth stewards to plant native trees on Sunday, February 17, 2013.
Bring layers for changeable weather, hat and other sun protection, long pants and boots or other strong shoes, gardening gloves if you have (extras on hand), water bottle if you wish (no throw-away plastic bottles).
To reserve your spot, call (510) 532-6574 or write firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted on February 21st, 2012 12:13 pm
Join us once a season at Green Gulch Farm near Muir Beach for an afternoon of Watershed Stewardship and Inner Refreshment. After a delicious organic lunch, we gather for an overview and selectioni of jobs according to our heart’s desires. Tasks can include: removal of invasive weeds, trail improvement, planting of natives shrubs, wood gathering, and sheet mulching. After a couple of hours’ work, we reconvene for tea and scrumptious muffins.
We then hold a short Green Sangha meeting, whose content varies according to the season and our collective inclination – from sharing news and plans, to a letter-writing action, to a walk down to the beach.
We end with deep silence, meditating with the larger community in the Zendo. Bring comfortable layers for changeable weather, sturdy shoes, a hat, and gloves if you have them.
Special Training Day in 2013. Join the Teen Environmental Leadership Academy for farm work, lunch, and mindfulness instruction on Tuesday, July 16, 2013, 10 am to 2:30 pm (tent.)
Posted on February 12th, 2012 9:29 pm
GARDEN WORK PARTY SUCCESS!
Some of the roots were amazingly long:
We trimmed back the dreaded pampas grass:
. . . and carted it away to our junk pile:
Inside the Garden, we harvested and staked the fava beans, trimmed flowers, and transplanted the artichokes:
The compost was full of worms! We removed barrels of finished compost to fill the Garden beds, then organized the two bins into: a) nearly-done, and b) add-more-trimmings-here.
The tool shed needed organizing, too! So, Luat and Ashley spent the whole two hours clearing things out . . .
And putting them back in . . . with right-sized containers, and LABELS!
That wasn’t all. We had a great time doing it!
Thanks, everyone! See you next time: Saturday, March 3, 9:30-11:30 am at the Davidson Middle School Garden. (School address is 280 Woodland Avenue in San Rafael. We’re way in the back of the school, by the wooden bridge over the Riparian Zone.)
Posted on February 7th, 2012 4:51 pm
MINDFUL ACTIVISM TRAINING
Session 3: Sustainability from Within
Location: United Church of Christ, 825 Middlefield Drive Petaluma, CA 94952
When the mind rests steady and pure,