Living With the Earth spring 2016 events
(Our first event, the chanting workshop with Myo-O Habermas-Scher, was a lovely time with 9 guests. We’re planning a longer one for this fall. People have been doing things in the woods, which are starting to bloom.)
May Day Weekend – Playing in the Woods
We’ll take care of a small wooded area (in the picture), replacing problem plants with Sugar Maple, Plum, Serviceberry and Hazelnut.
Mother’s Day Weekend – Tending the Gardens
In the orchard, berry patch, and vegetable gardens – pruning, planting, transplanting, mulching, even weeding. Friday and Saturday
The deep work of intimately engaging with a flower spirit, through the meditative practice of making a flower essence remedy. Guided by Martin Bulgerin.
May 22-25: Zen Meditation Retreat
The retreat will include silent meditation periods, walking meditation indoors and out, teaching, council time, and a little community work.
These retreats combine teaching and meditative time with conscious work, and also play and celebration. Donations are welcome but your labor is the primary donation. Registration is essential.
May Day Weekend – April 29-May 1 – Friday 6:30 pm – Sunday 6 pm
Focus is on helping to return balance to the land – carefully attending to what it requests. We will be digging, cutting, and pulling up buckthorn and honeysuckle; no poisons. If conditions are favorable, we might do a controlled burn. We add plants that will fit in well. We move about the land in a way that creates a harmonious space.
Mother’s Day Weekend – May 6-7 – Friday 6:30 pm – Saturday 6 pm
Focus: Last year we planted an orchard and a berry patch; this year it’s time to take care of them. We’ll be checking on their health, pruning and transplanting some of the berries, adding companion plants to the orchard trees (apple, pear, plum, elderberry, hazelnut), and mulching/weeding/mowing as time allows.
You can come for the weekend, or come and go. (Sleeping space on floor or outside) You can enter at any of the walking/listening orientation times, which will be followed by a work period. It would help to know your plans!
- Friday 6:30 pm walking/listening*
- Saturday 6-7 am: meditation and chanting
- Saturday 7-9: breakfast, cleanup, prep
- Saturday 9-12 am: walking/listening*; work.
- Saturday 12-1:30 pm: lunch and cleanup
- Saturday 2-5 pm: walking/listening*; work.
- Saturday 5-6 pm: tool cleanup and dinner prep
- Saturday 6-8: dinner, followed by celebration/ceremony of spring
- Sunday (Same as Saturday, through 6 pm.)
Meditation and Spiritual Practice
This will be a day-long teaching workshop. The practice of making a flower remedy is an intense and intimate meditative process, an opportunity to learn a new language and find a way of being with the plant world.
Schedules and fees are not yet set. (Regular volunteers please request a scholarship.) Limited space, please inquire early.
About the teacher: Martin Bulgerin has been making, teaching, and prescribing flower essences for many years. He considers this class as an introduction to working with subtle energies.
Zen Meditation Retreat – May 22-25 – Sunday 6 am – Wed 6 pm
(orientation Saturday evening. Partial participation is an option.)
Zazen, Zen sitting meditation, is a way of realizing our life together with all beings. This can be a time to allow our meetings with the trees and land to settle into our bodies. Or it can simply be a gentle time to sit together with all beings. Mostly silent, with a few talks and a closing circle.
About the teacher: Shodo Spring is a local Zen teacher, founder of Mountains and Waters Alliance, and a Dharma heir of Rev. Shohaku Okumura. She led the 2013 Compassionate Earth Walk.
These offerings are part of our 40-day intensive period of living with the earth as spiritual practice, seeking to learn and listen to the voices of nonhuman beings, joining them in finding appropriate response to the present crisis.
For all events:
Let us know:
- When you’re coming! (we need to plan tools and food)
- Will you stay overnight?
- Would you like to come for morning meditation?
- Would you like to bring a potluck contribution?
- Do you have a special offer? (make lunch or supper, plan the Saturday evening events, etc)
- Can you bring an extra pick-ax, garden rake, or Weed Wrench?
- If you need a bed to sleep in, or cannot walk on rugged terrain, or need to rest often – tell us in advance, we’ll work out details together.
- If you have chemical sensitivities, hearing impairment, or any other unusual need, let us know and we’ll do our best.
- Food will be mostly organic; make no other assumptions but ask in advance for what you need.
- Sturdy shoes and appropriate clothing including long sleeves.
- A hat.
- Water bottle.
- Work gloves if you want your own.
- Possibly musical instruments, poems, or whatever you’d like to offer to our celebration on Saturday night.
- Tools and work gloves.
- Meals and snacks, and good drinking water.
- Bug stuff (which shouldn’t be needed)
- We do not have trash or recycling pickup.
- Scent-free space is requested – please be mindful.
Internships, personal retreats, and additional volunteer times are available; please feel free to ask.