Monday, January 28, 2013

Shrine Up!

the "Water" Shrine

Slowing down enough to truly honor my relations, refuel my dreams, or simply reconnect with the earth I walk upon daily....these are all great challenges I face as life spins ever so quickly with lists of things to do/accomplish and places to be.  As we continue growing and constellating out intentions at Gaia Gardens, the importance of pausing and reflecting, before stepping forward is becoming more apparent.

the "Visioning" Shrine

Clarity, attention, reverence, and celebration are all words that came to mind as I set out to create a shrine devoted to “visioning” yesterday.  The simple act of organizing sticks and stones into an intentional, pleasing formation, helped me to access an authentic place of power/strength/ within.
We created our first shrine with a group of young adults from Youth Shelters last year and dedicated it to family, friends, and foes.  Each time I spiral around the center piece I not only slow down and sink into huge gratitude for living, I also warmly remember the collective love and presence it took to sculpt it.  Although creating in solitude to reignite my passion around “visioning” was the medicine I needed yesterday, our intention is to open and offer this land to all who feel moved to sculpt appropriate shrines.

the "All my Relations" shrine

This is an invitation for all interested to step forth and help us co-create!!!  This morning I had an inspiration for the next shrine.  I would like to design and dedicate an altar of treasured objects which we are willing to let go of.  This shrine will rest along the arroyo bike trail and honor the difficulties of “letting go”, while simultaneously holding the spirit of freedom and unexpected gifts that await us, when we do in fact release our grip on whatever we are overly attached to.

Growing healthy food and reclaiming our food sovereignty are indeed critical tasks.  At Gaia Gardens, we believe that adding prayers and non-denominational, playful, communal altar-shrines to that mission can activate subtle forces in the land as well as engage a deeper spirit element in those involved in the garden activities.


If interested in the shrine building project, please contact Dominique.


Movie Night 
Wed. Jan 30  6:30PM
Showing "Queen of the Sun"  (see here for details)
Please RSVP here as space is limited 

Volunteer Days
Mondays and Wednesdays 9:00am-12:00pm
We are busy building a new greenhouse, creating a large water catchment system and getting ready to start our season.

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