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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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May 2017

Mother’s Day at Green Gulch

May 14 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Join us at our annual Mother’s Day celebration, showing our love for Mother Earth.  Sukey Parmelee, site manager, writes: The earth of this valley is now saturated with water from the heavens. Each rain drop brings a little bit of nourishment along with it – dissolved nitrogen, picked up via the electrical activity in the clouds.  The resulting rich, vibrant greens of the leaves fill us with joy and well being. It’s time to get down to the meander again,…

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Sustainability from Within

May 20 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

How do we find balance and peace in the midst of the environmental crisis?  How do we make ourselves into powerful agents of change?  Mindful movement, conscious breathing, and pure awareness loosen the bonds of the heart and restore our sense of oneness.  Through regular practice, you can replenish your life energies and open the doors to transformation – inner and outer.  Enjoy two hours of Somatic Yoga with Stuart Moody, MA, RYT, while supporting Green Sangha’s programs of awakened…

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$10 - $75

Relax! We Have a World to Save

May 27 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

How do you care for the Earth and keep your inner balance? Rick Hanson, PhD, says we can hard-wire ourselves for happiness, and that simple acts of awareness and self-care every day can sustain us through challenging times. Join Green Sangha for our 8th Awakened Action Tea:  an evening of insight and inspiration as we cultivate sustainability from within and learn how to manage a life of active engagement in these times. 6:30 Reception and light refreshments 7:00 Gentle yoga and…

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July 2017

Retreat with Jared Michaels, MFT

July 9 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

PEACE IN ACTION:  Berkeley retreat Green Sangha began with monthly retreats in members’ homes.  These gatherings were the incubators of peace, clarity, and new ideas — ideas such as the Magazine Project, Rethinking Plastics, and the Garden Wheel — each a high-impact campaign. This month, Jared Michaels, licensed family therapist and ordained Zen priest, will share his vision of Bearing Witness — using the silent power of meditation to raise awareness of environmental issues and mindful living.  Join us for brain-calming and brain-storming,…

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August 2017

Dance Benefit for Green Sangha

August 12 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Have a ball while supporting Green Sangha’s programs of awakened action! Contra dance combines live music, exercise, and social interaction in ways that are fun and creative. If you can walk, if you can turn around, you can do contra dancing and have a great time. Music: John Caulfield, Irish fiddle & mandolin; Kyle Thayer, guitar & fiddle Caller: Stuart Moody Tickets: $5 youth; $10 young at heart; $15 dancing donor; $20 musical angel; $25 bodhisattva Get your tickets here This…

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Inner & Outer Restoration at Green Gulch

August 13 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

“It is neither spring nor summer,” says Gary Snyder, “it is always.”  This is how we feel every time we go to Green Gulch. Activities can include: removal of invasive weeds, trail improvement, planting of native shrubs, wood gathering, and sheet mulching. After a couple of hours’ work, we enjoy tea and muffins. A short meeting follows, varying according to the season – from sharing news and plans, to a letter-writing action, to a walk down to the beach. For…

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Civil Discourse: How Do We Do It?

August 17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

“I hope we can again rely on humility, on our need to cooperate, on our dependence on each other to learn how to trust each other again, and, by so doing, better serve the people who elected us.” – Senator John McCain, July 25, 2017 What does it take to build trust so that we can travel together the path of cooperation? Join us to hear from esteemed community leaders and engage in thoughtful discussion.  We will look at examples of…

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Finding Your Balance

August 19 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

A WORKSHOP FOR EARTH STEWARDS & ACTIVISTS Balance within and balance without are essential for healthy living and success in action. With age, unfortunately, our sense of balance can deteriorate.  Much of that effect is not aging per se, but rather the result of years of stress, dis-use, and fatigue.  As Walter Bortz, MD, says, “We simply don’t energize the system enough.” Mark your calendar and get ready to relax, unwind, and energize your system in a hands-on, hearts-on workshop…

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September 2017

Coastal Cleanup Day 2017

September 16 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

A perfect way to start the weekend — cleaning up a beautiful beach park and enjoying fresh air and service with fellow earth stewards from all walks of life.  In teams of three, we scour the rocks, sand, and trails for litter. McNear’s Beach in Marin County (near China Camp in San Rafael) is very popular, and space is limited. Contact Beach Captain Maeve Murphy to reserve your spot: maeve155@yahoo.com. Special this year:  Pre-cleanup Meditation. Arrive at 8:30 am for a standing circle…

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