Monthly Archives: March 2012

Top Spring Events for Green Sangha

MINDFUL ACTIVISM TRAININGSustainability from Within
Saturday, April 14, 2:00-5:30 pm
A deep exploration of somatic principles and spiritual practices to restore calm, inner balance, and clarity.  Instructor:  Stuart Moody, M.A., Board President.  $30 for the workshop; $20 for Green Sangha members.  Location:  United Church of Christ, 825 Middlefield Drive Petaluma, CA 94952.  For more info and to register, click here.

WHO’S RESPONSIBLE?  Going Upstream for Real Solutions to Our Waste and Toxicity Crisis.  Thursday, April 19, 7-9 pm.
An introduction to waste history, the limitations of recycling, and the promise of Extended Producer Responsibility.  With Heidi Sanborn, executive director of the California Product Stewardship Council.   Kreps Conference Center, Redwood High School, Larkspur.  $10 suggested donation (Green Sangha members $5).

Heidi Sanborn, California Product Stewardship Council

April 27-29, 11 am Friday to 3 pm Sunday
Take refuge in the mountains of Santa Cruz for yoga, meditation, walking in the redwoods, and evening song.  Our host site, Venture Valley, is a serene and secluded conference center in the woods above Aptos.  In the spirit of activism, we will offer two hours of quiet service in the garden. We will also visit the award-winning Monterey Regional Waste Management facility, ending the retreat with lunch, meditation, and a dharma talk at the Land of Medicine Buddha.   For information and to register, click here.

Carol Misseldine speaks at City Hall


With Carol Misseldine, Director of Green Cities California

If there were one thing that you could do to reduce your carbon footprint, improve your health, and reduce suffering, at little or no cost, would you like to try it?  You can!  Come hear Carol Misseldine describe the benefits of the plant-based diet, for planet, for heart, and our fellow creatures.

Date:  Monday, May 14, 2012
Time:  7:30-9:00 pm
Place:  San Rafael City Hall, Council Chambers, 1400 Fifth Avenue

In the U.S., 95% of the meat, eggs and dairy we eat comes from animals confined on factory farms, centers of pollution and suffering that represent the worst of the industrial economic model.  Carol will highlight not only the extraordinary leverage we each have to reduce our carbon footprint dramatically but also the spiritual implications of eating lower on the food chain.

Our speaker
Carol Misseldine has been professionally engaged in promoting environmental and animal protection initiatives for over thirty years.  She currently directs Green Cities California and serves on the Advisory Board of Green Sangha and Kinship Circle.

Previous positions include Sustainability Director for then-Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown, Director of The Natural Step’s Great Lakes Office, and Executive Director for the Michigan Environmental Council.

Misseldine was awarded her B.S. and M.S. in Natural Resources from Michigan State University, and received her US Green Building LEED accreditation in 2005.  In October 2010, she completed a Graduate Certification in Animal Advocacy and Policy from the Humane Society University.

Sponsored by city councilwoman Barbara Heller, Green Sangha, the City of San Rafael, and Resilient Neighborhoods.

Beth Terry speaks at Plastics 360


Plastic-free blogger Beth Terry will speak at the Plastics 360 conference taking place this Friday March 16 and Saturday March 17.  Beth’s book, Plastic-Free:  How I Learned to Live without Plastic, and How You Can, Too, comes out this spring.  Beth’s talk on Saturday is titled “Nine Reasons That Personal Changes Matter.”

Joining her will be:  Susan Freinkel, author of Plastic:  A Toxic Love Story; Chris Pincetich, PhD, marine biologist with Sea Turtle Restoration Project; Kim Scheibly, Outreach Director of Marin Sanitary Service; Tom Wright of Sustainable Business Practices.  And, just back from a three-nation tour of Central America, speaking on toxicity in plastics:  Nancy Buermeyer, senior policy analyst with the Breast Cancer Fund.

To lighten the day and keep us inspired and proactive, Maeve Murphy will open Saturday morning’s workshop with deep meditation.  Debra McKnight Higgins, yoga teacher and nonprofit consultant, will lead us in a mid-day yoga stretch break.  Pam Kramer of Integrated Transformative Practice will close the day with a guided study session, reflection, and brainstorming for action.

Friday evening is free; Saturday is $40 (Green Sangha members and students $20).  Come to learn, expand, and stretch your horizons!  For more information and to register,  click here.