Eco-meditation

The latest issue of Matruvani, the monthly newsletter from Amritapuri, has an article by Swami Jnanamritananda Puri on ‘Practising Eco-Meditation.’

Eco-meditation is recommended for GreenFriends.  And Matruvani is the best way to keep in touch with Amma’s teaching and work.  For £10 a year, can anyone do better?

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Volunteer Tree Planting @ Dartington Agroforestry

Huxhams Cross Biodynamic farm is participating in the new Dartington agroforestry venture mixing 600 apple trees, 1600 elderflower trees and 150 sichuan pepper plants with space in between the trees for grassland crops. This is a new exciting combination for Devon and is happening on our doorstep. This mixed planting will help to nourish the soil, attract pollinators, reduce greenhouse gases, enhance biodiversity as well as producing local produce – tasty apples, exciting spices and delicious drinks processed by local enterprises. Interested to help and find out more? Be part of this change! Come along and join us to help plant the apple trees and get this project off to a fine start!

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Stingless bees in Kerala

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The Photo Ark

The Photo Ark is a collection of photographs of endangered species.  The pictures are taken in a studio, and the animals look much larger.

[Joel Sartore] has now photographed more than 6,000 species in 40 countries. The project has developed into The National Geographic Photo Ark, and its portraits have made it on to National Geographic Magazine covers and have been projected on to buildings – the UN Building and Empire State Building in New York and the Vatican in Rome.

Listen to Joel Sartore on Outlook on the BBC World Service

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How to have a more productive vegetable garden in 2017

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Happy Christmas!

May peace fall on the world

Like snowflakes

Like driving rain

Peace, Peace, Peace

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Small cow conservation project

The Amritapuri Small Cow Conservation Project includes special Ayurvedic soaps:-

These Ayurvedic soaps contain 3 mls of cured and purified panchagavya – the five gifts of the cow – milk, yoghurt, ghee, urine and dung.  The extraordinary qualities of these gifts are valued for their medicinal, antiseptic and anti-microbial properties.  Since ancient times panchagavya blend has been part of Ayurvedic Medicine.

The small native cows of India are now an endangered species.

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Global Ecovillage Network (GEN)

The Global Ecovillage Network describes itself as follows:-

GEN’s primary purpose is information exchange among the thousands of projects across the world that are building and living in small intentional and traditional communities in harmony with nature, as well as information dissemination to the larger world. GEN does this with seminars, newsletters, educational programs at many ecovillages, and an active website with easily accessible contact addresses of members, resource lists, and links to related activities. GEN has consulting status with the United Nations agency ECOSOC.

For a fuller description, visit the GEN website, which has an enormous database of information on the many participating projects and related issues. On this site you can also find an article on the Global Ecovillage Network History 1990-2004.

The Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) is a federation of thousands of diverse communities worldwide that are committed to sustainable plus living.

The GEN network has a rich and diverse variety of Living and Learning centres in 3 world regions. This means that good models already exist where people live together and are manifesting practical examples of sustainable living. Below you can read about some of them.

One of the centres is Findhorn in Scotland:-

Findhorn in Scotland offers holistic education programmes. These include an annual ecovillage training programme, permaculture workshops, courses in personal development, spirituality, arts and crafts. Findhorn is part of a large organic community-supported agricultural scheme, and has its own currency and bank, uses renewable energy systems (solar, wind and biomass), recycles waste, including sewage treated in a reed-bed living machine system. It has many community-based enterprises and is creating a village of eco-sensitive houses. Findhorn is home to an award-winning reafforestation project, Trees for Life, and promotes an ethic of voluntary simplicity.

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Starscapes from the BBC

Sparkling starscapes caught on camera

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Grow your own mycorrhizal fungi!!

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