Touch the Earth - work program for volunteers
Calling all hands and hearts!
Whether we inherit the Earth from our ancestors,
or borrow it from our children,
think green, act green, connect green.
and nature will preserve us.
and make nature thrive.
And make our planet green.
The natural world is far more diverse and complex than we can ever know.
Every day is earth day.
Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature.
We are not going to comprehend it. It comprehends us.
A special welcome and invitation is extended to volunteers who have an inclination and are able to join us to touch the earth for a 4-hour work day where we undertake a wide variety of small projects, long term fire mitigation, deferred maintenance, landscaping, weeding and overall cleanup, cleaning, organising and transforming the outdoor area into a contemplative garden. We need a small contingent of willing-to-do whatever people to help us by joining our programs and services to promote a healthy economy and sustainable living practices in order to reduce our collective impact on the environment.
The world is becoming increasingly polluted, over populated and facing global challenges like never before.
People in the world will face death by malnutrition, hunger, poisoning and war. To resolve this we must heal the mind, heal the land, awaken the dreamer and change the dream. Divine, awakened being exists as the basic stream of all life. Reminding ourselves of this invites this reality into our mindstream. We relate once again to our human decency and potential for good.
The eco mind arises from changing the way we think (the idea of lack) to enable us to live in the world we want, and bring forth an environmentally sustainable, socially just and spiritually fulfilling human presence on the planet as a guiding principle of our times. We can make a start to restore nature where we live, work and play and consider organic farming. May human activity in the world turn towards harmony and wisdom with all other residents of the planet. Let us come together to find ways to ameliorate, moderate and restore what we have damaged. Volunteers need to be appropriately attired for the weather, terrain and retreat, non-smoking and mindful of speech and language. The property is alcohol and drug free.
On Contemplative Garden Days (during our silent meditation retreats), we practice while we work together. The practice begins with walking meditation and ends with mindful sitting.
The Permaculture Project has been designed by Jean. The plan provides a blueprint from which together we construct a permaculture garden that replicates the ecological functions of nature. This include the relationship between the utilisation of native plants in green spaces, ponds and natural water filtration, the removal of weeds and toxins, provide habitat for wildlife together with landscaping.
See a world where earth's soils are restored to abundant, vibrant health; where soils that have been depleted and eroded away are soothed and healed; where desert boundaries are shrinking again and true soil is restored to each wounded place; where microbiota, plants and animal life unique to each place returns home to thrive; and where the plant and animal life that have been displaced return home, or to the soil, each to its place, in balance in spirit and space.
Renewed soils and forests call out to the mists, the rains, and the dew, and they respond in kind. Streams and springs are running full, clean and healthy. Our reefs and coastal stretches are cleansed of decades of soil and oil. We harvest and recycle the plastic patches in the sea. Our oceans and all that exists there are cleansed of toxins, and teems with life again. The amazing biotic and energetic networks that once held all ecosystems in graceful and elegant balance are reconnected.
Our hands work together and we all take up this loving work, this healing, in recognition of the blessed relationship we have with the earth and the universe. Our gardens and farms are restored to the wealth of diversity they once knew. We no longer need or use chemicals to grow food because we are tending the soil in the way that it needs us to. We are receiving bountiful, healthy, delicious food in return we care for that which feeds us. Everyone is fulfilled in body and spirit; we all have access to clean water and good food. We share and support each others' wellbeing and in doing so, we need less and our abundance deepens. We place our care of the earth at the centre of all our decision making and in that way we are also supported. We are listening, hearing and understanding the messages of the universe. In so doing, we become family once again.
The Intenders of the Highest Good
Vision Alignment Project by Pua in Hawaii
Each year volunteers joyfully donate many hours to the 'Living Laboratory' at Nirvana Wellness Sanctuay, helping us accomplish our habitat restoration and gardening projects. The Shanti Yoga Community at Nirvana invites you to join us for a little time on Sundays. We are made of interstellar dust, ultimately.
MATERIALS TO BRING:
Gardening tools for weeding and pulling plants out by their roots
Stacks of newspapers and cardboard for preventing re-growth and weeds in some garden beds
Saw for cutting larger plants and small trees
TOUCH THE EARTH DATES 2017
A Nation that destroys it's soils destroys itself.
Forests are the lungs of our land,
purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
If you cannot make these specific dates but would like to join in, let us know and we can consider your availability. It is important to inform us 24 hours before the day, as to how many family/team members are attending, and so that you do not miss out if you want a meal. We cook just enough for the day, so we need to know for how many. Cooking in the kitchen often starts before 4 am and the beans etc. are soaked the night before.
If you need overnight accommodations (fees apply), Reservations (1 week in advance) are required.
2017 Touch the Earth volunteer dates
2018 Touch the Earth volunteer dates
RESIDENTIAL RETREATS 2018
Profound Healing, Sustainable Wellbeing
31 Dec 2017 - 7 Jan 2018 Live, love, laugh and last a lifetime
January 1 Day of noble silence: In silence we grow, in stillness we heal.
Feb 2-4 Calm Abiding. Silent Meditation retreat
Feb 9-11 Mindfulness meditation - SHANTIJI IN THE YARRA VALLEY (Jumbunna Lodge, Launching Place)
Feb 16-18 Believe in Yourself
Mar 9-11 Yoga under the Bodhi Tree - BOOKED OUT
Mar 23-25 Meaning, Purpose and the pursuit of Happiness
March 29-8 April Mindful living, Mindful Being: EASTER RETREAT
Mar 30- 2 Apr Intensive Peace (noble silence). Easter Vipassana Retreat. Silent Meditation retreat
April 3-6 The original conversations with God: Bhagavad Gita discourses
April 6-8 Mind, Body, Spirit and the seven spiritual laws of healing
May 11-13 Emotional Wellbeing: Spiritualising Anger, cultivating Shakti. Lojong
June 1-3 Cultivating Mindfulness. Silent Meditation retreat.
June 15-17 Cook, Taste, Heal - Healthy Mind, Healthy body - Cooking retreat
July 6-15 Exceptional Wellbeing: Where Science meets consciousness. Ayurvedic DETOX retreat
July 27-29 Cook, Taste, Heal - Healthy Mind, Healthy body - Cooking retreat
Aug 3-5 Mind Training: Katha Upanishad in Relational Intelligence. Silent Meditation retreat
Aug 17-19 Believe in Yourself
Sept 7-9 Meaning, Purpose, Happiness
Sept 21-30 Exceptional Wellbeing: Where science meets the healing arts. DETOX
Oct 12-14 The Heart of Understanding. Prajnaparamita Hrdaya, The Heart Sutra Silent Meditation retreat
Oct 26-28 Emotional Welllbeing: Spiritualising Anger, cultivating Shakti. Lojong
Dec 7-9 Peace in every breath. Silent Meditation retreat
2018 NONRESIDENTIAL COURSES at Southport
24-25 Feb Sat & Sun 11am-5pm Education for Peace
03-04 Mar Sat & Sun 11am-5pm Healthy Back Care: Facilitator Training.
Remedial Yoga: Yoga for Neck, Shoulders and Back Care
Remedial Yoga: Yoga for the Pelvic Floor
05 Mar Mon 2-5pm Sanskrit
18 Mar Sun 11am-5pm Abundance and Creativity
19 April Thurs 2-3:30pm Yoga Sutras (3)
28-29 April Sat & Sun 10am-5pm Children's Yoga Instructor Training
12-13 May Sat & Sun 10am-5pm Ayurveda practicum training: Abhyanga
19-20 May Sat & Sun 11am-5pm Asana, the next level. Hatha Yoga. Vinyasa
16-17 June Sat & Sun 10am-5pm Ayurveda practicum training: Kati Basti & Shirodhara
23-24 June Sat & Sun 11am-5pm Transforming Ageing.
21-22 July Sat & Sun 11am-5pm Yoga Sutras
25-26 Aug Sat & Sun 11am-5pm Pranayama, the next level
15-16 Sept Sat & Sun 11am-5pm Yoga Nidra - Facilitator training
20-21 Oct Sat & Sun 11am-5pm Children's Yoga Instructor Training
3-4 Nov Sat & Sun 11am-5pm Yoga Teacher Professional Development
3-4 Nov Sat & Sun 10am-5pm Ayurveda practicum training: Abhyanga
5 Nov Mon 2-5pm Sanskrit
24-25 Nov Sat & Sun 10am-5pm Ayurveda practicum training: Kati Basti & Shirodhara
2017 NONRESIDENTIAL COURSES/EVENTS at Southport
28-29 Oct Sat & Sun 11am-5pm Yoga Teacher Professional Development
6 Nov Mon 2-5pm Sanskrit
1 Dec Fri 6:30-9:30pm Share your Heart
Have you hugged a tree recently?
Or connected with nature lately?
Nature is antonomous. She lives, moves and grows without us being involved.
Almost everything that happens on our planet can happen without us being involved.
The trees will continue growing.
Animals and plants will continue breathing.
The grass in your garden, the shrubs in your neighbourhood, the mountains, the ocean, the food we eat: everything is and comes from nature.
And this is what ultimately connects us with our core.
Run some earth through your fingers.
Mix some leaves and twigs in the soil.
Think about what went into that branch, that leaf, the soil.
The leaf came off a tree, that needed soil, water to grow.
The wind blows through her connecting branches
and her face touched the sun everyday.
The tree needs the sun and the wind,
and everything that connects our entire planetary system
It's as if you are touching a whole system, feeling it, observing it, understanding it, loving your relationship with nature.