Green Sangha actions provided rich opportunities for personal enrichment, community-building, and service to the planet. The work of stewardship and mindful advocacy is never done, and we encourage you to connect with local organizations that are making a difference in large and small ways. If you are in the Bay Area, check out Daily Acts (listed on our “Resources” page) for a wealth of on-the-ground, hands-in-the-earth projects to restore Sonoma County after the fires and to build a greener infrastructure.
More inspired organizations are listed below.
Green Gulch. Watershed Stewardship work parties take place on the second Sunday of most months at Green Gulch Farm. Activities can include: removal of invasive weeds, trail improvement, planting of native shrubs, wood gathering, and sheet mulching. After a couple of hours’ work, volunteers gather for tea and muffins. At 5 pm, all are welcome to join community members for 45-minutes’ sitting in the Zendo.
You can make a full day’s retreat by attending the morning program, staying for lunch, then joining the work party. Here’s the full schedule:
8:15 am Meditation instruction (doors close promptly at 8:15)
9:15 am Meditation (Zazen)
10:00 am Dharma talk
11:15 am Tea
11:45 am Discussion with speaker
12:15 pm Lunch (donation of $10-15; free for Watershed Stewardship volunteers)
1:00 pm Work party orientation
1:15 pm To the fields
3:30 pm Tea and snack
5:10 Meditation in Zendo
Resilient Neighborhoods. In Marin County, groups of neighbors and co-workers help each other reduce their carbon footprints. Participants lower their energy bills, strengthen their connections, and prepare for emergencies. In the last seven years, these small groups of 5-10 individuals have collectively reduced their carbon emissions by 6,188,818 pounds. This is the equivalent of 848 homes completely off the grid. Click here to learn more or to register for a team.