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October 2016

East Bay retreat

October 9, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Retreat into action! We’re putting our hearts and our hands to work this weekend: 1. Phone bank for the bag ban, 10 am to noon. Miriam Gordon, California Director of Clean Water Action, will be our team leader. Miriam has been an activist for years, and helped when we were lobbying for bag and foam foodware ordinances in Marin County. Working directly with Miriam is a rare and valuable opportunity. Address:  350 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Suite 200 | Oakland, CA 94612.…

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Inner & Outer Restoration at Green Gulch

October 9, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Join us for one of our most popular actions:  watershed stewardship at Green Gulch Zen Center and Organic Farm. We began with Arbor Day in 2005, and keep coming back for the fresh air, the learning, and the joy of communal effort. Program includes lunch, work in the field, tea & muffins, a Green Sangha conversation, and meditation in the Zendo to close the day in reverence for all. RSVP to reserve your lunch:  info@greensangha.org More details here.

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November 2016

Gratitude for Mother Earth

November 27, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Arbor Day comes early! The Watershed Stewardship team at Green Gulch has chosen the Sunday after Thanksgiving for their annual Arbor Day event, in anticipation of next year’s growing season.  Join us for a day of planting and restoration, and bring your friends and family! Schedule 1:00  pm  Gather on the lawn on south side of Zendo.  Ceremony, followed by work party 4:00  pm  Return to dining room for tea & cookies 4:30  pm  Closing 5:00  pm  Zazen Late fall…

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December 2016

East Bay autumn retreat

December 11, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Our chapter retreats are designed for refreshment, renewal, and connection with the community of awakened activists.  We gently stretch, we meditate, we share stories and successes. Please bring a small potluck item to share.  We aspire for zero waste, so reusable packaging is always a plus!  At a member’s home in Oakland.  RSVP by Friday, Dec 9 at 5 pm for address & directions:  info@greensangha.org. Out of the soil of friendliness grows the beautiful bloom of compassion watered by tears of joy and…

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January 2017

New Year’s retreat

January 8 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Refresh, renew, and connect with the community of awakened activists. We gently stretch, we meditate, we share stories and successes. Please bring a small potluck item to share. Aspiring for zero waste, reusable packaging is always a plus! Love donations invited to support our programs. At a member’s home in Oakland. RSVP by Friday, Jan 6 at 5 pm for address & directions:  info@greensangha.org. The practice of Zen Has no secret, Except standing on the Verge of life and death. – Takeda Shingen (1521-1573)…

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February 2017

East Bay retreat

February 12 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Spring is coming, and we are sowing the seeds of action.  Join us for silence and for conversation at a member’s home in the Marina Bay district of Richmond, CA. “The bells of mindfulness are sounding,” says Thich Nhat Hanh. “The future of all life, including our own, depends on our mindful steps.” What are those steps to be? We have marched, and we will keep marching. We have lobbied, and we will continue to lobby. We have counted our own…

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March 2017

Inner & outer restoration at Green Gulch

March 12 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Join us for an afternoon of Watershed Stewardship at Green Gulch Zen Center & Organic Farm.  It’s a “working retreat,” replete with lunch (reservations required), work in the field, tea & muffins, walk in the Peace Garden, and meditation in the Zendo. You get to choose your work detail, with tasks ranging from light to vigorous, as suits your energy and interest.  Reservations: info@greensangha.org Schedule 12:00  Arrive at Guest Parking Lot (carpools are strongly encouraged) 12:15  Lunch (vegetarian, organic, mostly farm-grown) 1:00 Orientation…

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Mindful Leadership Training

March 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

“Environmental leadership . . . is a whole-life, whole-person commitment, not simply a matter of professional expertise, political savvy, or even passionate martyrdom for some time before burning out. Environmental leadership now, and increasingly so in the future, poses tremendous personal – psychological, interpersonal, & political – demands on us that deserve to be exposed clearly & explored consciously.” —  Susanne C. Moser, in Environmental Leadership: A Reference Handbook (Sage Publications, 2012) Join us for a 2-hour introduction to Mindful Leadership.  Themes:  sustainability from within, mindful communication, and…

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Gratitude Gathering 2017

March 18 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Join us for our 10th annual Gratitude Gathering, a celebration of all that is good on Earth and in the human heart. Following the model of the first Green Sangha retreat at the home of Jonathan Gustin in Fairfax, we will welcome the spring with yoga, meditation, an in-depth conversation, and song. Make your reservation here  Schedule 10 am   Somatics with Jun Xiang 10:20   Meditation with Maeve Murphy 10:40   Mindful Activism:  four Green Sangha leaders reflect on lessons learned 11:00  …

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April 2017

April retreat in the East Bay

April 9 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Relax, refresh, re-connect.  This month we meet at a member’s home near Pt. Richmond, a warm and comfortable place for three hours of meditation, conversation, potluck snacks, and renewal of our commitment to live wisely and inspire wise actions in our communities. RSVP to Corbina for directions and address:  (510) 282-5005. After Meditation How beautiful the morning, gray sky cleaning everything below: red clay soil shining, long pine needles shining, cedars, madrones, oaks, grasses – all bright beneath the clouds. Everywhere the…

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