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Gratitude for Mother Earth

Posted on November 27th, 2016  1:00 pm

Arbor Day comes early!matt-planting
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 is the perfect time to plant and encourage the downward growth of roots, to make sure established plants are not covered in weeds, to mulch areas, and to make seed balls to scatter. Come show your gratitude for Mother Earth, and let the Earth renew your spirit!

seedlingsWhat to bring
Hat and other sun protection
Sturdy close-toed shoes
Layers for changeable weather.
Work gloves if you have
Water bottle (reusable of course!)

 

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Arbor Day 2016

Posted on February 14th, 2016  10:00 am

Arbor Day openingEvery season we go to Green Gulch Organic Farm and Zen Center to tend the land, breathe the fresh air, and show our love of life and earth — in action and in silence.  This special Sunday in February is part of a nationwide celebration of the life-giving qualities of trees and their intimate place in our watershed.

Program begins at 10 am with a dharma talk by Wendy Johnson, an elder stateswoman for mindful living, followed by a complimentary lunch at 12:15.  Food is organic, delicious, and largely farm-grown!

At 2 pm, we gather on the lawn for words of inspiration and often plant one tree ceremonially. Then we fan out with plants native to the valley and press them into the moist soil.  We also clear trails, sheet-mulch areas, and create new planting areas while caring for established ones. At 4:30, we have a closing ceremony with tea and cookies.  (We hope to go into the Zendo for meditation at 5 pm, too!)

RSVP required for lunch:  info@greensangha.org

Wear layers for changeable weather, hat and other sun protection, and sturdy, close-toed shoes.  Bring your reusable water bottle, garden gloves if you have, and your favorite garden tool if you wish.

Planting by creek

Readings about the Watershed Stewardship program at Green Gulch:

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Arbor Day success!

Posted on March 8th, 2015  11:36 am

Watershed restor'n 12-14Ten years ago, Sukey Parmelee initiated the Watershed Stewardship program at Green Gulch.  Early projects focused on removing invasive plant species such as poison hemlock and cape ivy, planting native shrubs and grasses, trail improvement, and general upkeep.  Green Sangha joined the project, working the earth, breathing the fresh air, and diving into silence in the Zendo at the end of the afternoon.  Every February, we celebrated Arbor Day with tree planting and the other ongoing tasks of land stewardship.

By 2013, with grants and visions in hand, the Watershed Stewards began to chart out the largest project yet:  restoring the meander to the stream flowing through the property to the sea.  Here’s what Sukey’s wrote shortly before Arbor Day:

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“Our new beautifully sculpted meander — complete with large woody debris, willow mattresses, gravels, rock work and inviting pools — is the centerpiece for this year’s Arbor Day/Restoration Day.

“We are so excited to be able to plant hundreds of perennials, shrubs, and trees along this 720-foot stretch of creek. These plantings will provide habitat for many creatures of water, air and land to come and settle into this jewel in our lower fields.”

Sixty volunteers attended Arbor Day. Twenty of them came through Green Sangha.  We were honored to be acknowledged at the opening ceremony, and exhilarated to be part of this great day of planting.

UHS volunteers - Arbor DayAs Sukey wrote after this radiant work party:  “You made it happen! All of the work you put into the restoration site over the past year and a half helped make the space ready for the machines and heavy work of last summer. You came to work party days. You came to work week. You came and helped dig up alder trees last April, came and planted them in December and came back last Sunday for the big planting. What a blessing!

“A group of third graders came out yesterday and enjoyed racoon tracks, newts, crossing the creek in a variety of ways, and planting and weeding. Everyone is involved!”

Come to our next day of Inner & Outer Restoration at Green GulchSunday, May 10, 12-6 pm.  RSVP for lunch reservations and carpooling:  info@greensangha.org or (510) 532-6574

Linda, Matt, Teri

 

 


 

 

Written by Stuart Moody on March 8th, 2015 in Green Sangha Chapter News

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Arbor Day at Green Gulch

Posted on February 15th, 2015  12:00 pm

Tree - Limantour hostelSigns 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.

Join us at Green Gulch Zen Center and Organic Farm for a gathering of earth stewards to celebrate the growing forest and to plant native woody shrubs and grasses.

SCHEDULE
12:00  Lunch (organic, vegetarian, and delicious)
1:00   Green Sangha meeting
2:00   Ceremony and planting
4:30   Refreshments
5:00   Meditation in the Zendo
6:00   Homeward

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 info@greensangha.org.

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Inner & outer restoration

Posted on October 12th, 2014  12:00 pm

SONY DSCIt’s amazing every time we consider this simple assertion: invasive plants are considered a greater threat to our national parks than wildfires, overcrowding, pollution, vandalism, oil drilling, and off-road vehicles. Habitat restoration, thus, is an important part of the Great Turning to which we have all bent our efforts.

Join us at our seasonal service day at Green Gulch Zen Center in Marin County, where removing invasive plants is just one of the many activities that you can choose to care for mother Earth.  Audrey Fusco, assistant site manager, leads with grace and skill as we work side by side with members of her Watershed Stewardship team.

Pumpkin madonna12:00  Arrive at Visitors’ parking lot
12:10  Lunch in the dining room – organic, vegetarian, delicious
1:00  Orientation by the stop sign
1:15  Work in the fields
3:30  Tea & muffins
4:00  Green Sangha meeting (conversation, letter-writing, walk in the Garden)
5:00  Retire to Zendo
6:00  Homeward

Reservations for lunch required:  linda@greensangha.org or (510) 532-6574.  Contact us, too, if you can carpool!

Bring comfortable layers for changeable weather, sturdy shoes, a hat, and gloves if you have them.  Enjoy the simplicity of meditation, fresh air, and fellowship of the heart.

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Arbor Day – Sun Feb 15, 2015

Posted on December 29th, 2013  3:25 pm

Giver of shadeTrees give shade, give fruit, give beauty, give life.  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 effects of shade and consumption of CO2.

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.

Join us at Green Gulch Zen Center and Organic Farm for a gathering of earth stewards to plant native woody shrubs and grasses on Sunday, February 15, 2015.

SCHEDULE
12:00  Lunch (organic, largely farm-grown, vegetarian, and delicious)
1:00   Green Sangha conversation
2:00   Ceremony and Tree planting
4:30   Refreshments
5:00   Meditation in the Zendo
6:00   Homeward

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 info@greensangha.org

Written by Stuart Moody on December 29th, 2013 in Green Sangha Chapter News

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Special retreat: Green Gulch, Sun 10-13-13

Posted on October 2nd, 2013  9:39 pm

Pumpkin madonna  IIRefresh yourself, inside and out!

Come to Green Gulch Farm on Sun, Oct 13, for an afternoon of fresh air, fellowship, and fun. This day will take the place of our regular East Bay & Marin County monthly retreats.

Schedule
12:15  Lunch in the dining hall – vegetarian, organic, delicious
1:10 Gather at the stop sign for orientation. To the fields!
3:30 Clean up. Muffins & tea.
4:00 Green Sangha meeting, led by Maeve Murphy.
5:00 Meditation in the Zendo.
5:45 Return home.

You can choose work that suits your interest and energy.  Sample tasks:

  • Removing the fence next to the old farm road in the 6th field
  • Taking out cape ivy
  • Splitting wood

What to wear: layers for changeable weather; sturdy, close-toed shoes; hat and other sun protection
What to bring: bottle for your water; gloves if you have them; favorite gardening tool if you like.

Site manager Sukey says: “There is now a new farm road that swings out into the field in a slight meander . . . to allow the creek to swing out next summer in a more elaborate meander. Come see it!”

Reservations required for lunch.  RSVP:  info@greensangha.org or (510) 532-6574.

AWAKENED ACTION TEA!
Saturday, November 16, 4-6 pm
Lake Merritt United Methodist Church
1330 Lakeshore Avenue, Oakland 94606

Joanna close smilingEnjoy the company of mindful activists at our 6th Annual Fund-raiser, with meditation, music, vegan treats and tea, and a keynote address by Joanna Macy (photo credit:  Adam Shemper).

For more information, go to Awakened Action Tea.  Tickets are $20.  Send your check to Green Sangha, PO Box 20261, Oakland, 94620, or buy online here.

 

POSITION OPENINGBoard of Directors
Do you have a deep desire to restore the earth? Are you inspired by the mission of integrating mindful practice and awakened action? Do you enjoy cooperative planning, leading by listening, and the art of governance? Green Sangha is accepting applications for our board of directors, a close-knit team of dedicated, creative, collaborative professionals with a love of mother earth. Details here.

 

 

Written by Stuart Moody on October 2nd, 2013 in Green Sangha Chapter News

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Working meditation

Posted on September 8th, 2012  1:00 pm

What better way to restore oneself and the earth than enhancing the beauty of the land that we love?  Last Sunday, Sept 2, Green Sangha’s East Bay members took an afternoon for inner and outer restoration at Green Gulch Farm, and David Nelson took these photos.

Weed collecting

Wood splitting

Eating some muffins, too, made by our hostess and Site Manager, Sukey Parmelee.

Embraced by some sunshine, dirt, and dharma fog, we left in our natural state.

Next date at Green Gulch:  Sunday, November 11.  Watershed Stewardship in the land of sun and water.

Photos 1,2, & 4 by David Nelson:  http://smilecalm.wordpress.com/

Photo of Sukey Parmelee:  Stuart Moody

Written by Stuart Moody on September 8th, 2012 in Green Sangha Chapter News

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Arbor Day at Green Gulch – Sun, Feb 17, 2013

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.

SCHEDULE
2:00   Ceremony and Tree planting
4:30   Refreshments
5:00   Meditation in the Zendo
6:00   Homeward

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 info@greensangha.org

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Written by Stuart Moody on February 23rd, 2012 in Green Sangha Chapter News

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Come to Green Gulch Farm for Inner and Outer Restoration

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.

Fall-winter schedule
November 11, 2012; February 17, 2013 (Arbor Day)

Program
12:15  Lunch in the dining room – organic, farm-grown, vegetarian
1:00  Orientation
3:30  Refreshments
4:00  Green Sangha meeting or walk in Garden
5:00  Meditation in Zendo
6:00  Homeward
Arbor Day schedule is slightly different; click here to view.

Reservations for lunch required. RSVP to info@greensangha.org or (510) 532-6574. We organize carpools from the East Bay and San Rafael.

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.)

Written by Stuart Moody on February 21st, 2012 in Green Sangha Chapter News

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