This group is dedicated to celebrating Nature as a true teacher and the way of harmony in our lives. We welcome people of all faiths/religions/spiritual paths who seek a deeper connection with Mother Earth and who are interested in community.
Please note: our meet ups happen in Central New Jersey ~ Monmouth and Ocean counties primarily. Because its important to foster deep connections with like-minded people, this community is intended for people who are committed to showing up.
Why Nature as Our Greatest Spiritual Teacher?
In modern cultures there is a bias against Nature and our own wildness, which leads many to an emphasis on the realm of Spirit and symbolism. This split against Nature has led to not only social ills (a dying planet) but physical, psychological and emotional ills.
When we observe and engage with Nature, we open the door to our intelligence, notice the lessons to be learned, and see that everything has its own purpose, rhythm and balance. We learn from Nature about how to truly be who we are -- that is, to be in full and open self-expression.
Nature teaches limits as well as possibilities, if we are willing to learn. Nature also gives us an easy and powerful way to work in the realm of soul ~ even a small amount of time in Nature can awaken the Sacred within.
Studies repeatedly show that Nature is also a healer: contact with Nature can lower blood pressure, reduce anxiety, relieve stress, sharpen mental states, cultivate new skills, facilitate recovery from surgery and other health crises, and, among children with attention and conduct disorders, improve behavior and learning. (The list of benefits goes on!)
The Earth is waiting to be in relationship with us all, and stepping into that relationship can bring profound insight and knowledge. Working in Nature is about opening to the possibility that the entire universe is a resource for growth and healing.
As a community, we will use many concrete tools and practices* to move ourselves in closer contact with our own inner divinity and the divinity inherent in all things.
These activities will help you:
- Remove distractions and incite you into a very deep connection and conversation with the Sacred and your soul.
- Call out the deepest stirrings and help you make sense of yourself without intellectual overlays.
- Help you move toward both the core of your individuality as well as to the realm of your oneness with all.
- Improve interpersonal relationships and physical/emotional well-being.
Each meet up event will be structured as a circle within a square, meaning that we will actively engage with the elements and create a sacred space before engaging in our tools, activities and practices. Among the tools and activities we will engage in include:
- Nature walks and hikes
- Meditations in wild places
- Having a conversation with something in nature, or the Earth itself
- Earth-focused movie nights
- Volunteering for Earth-centric causes
- Working with Labyrinths
- Honoring Genius Loci (spirit of place)
- Celebrating the rhythms and cycles of Earth (i.e., full moon, new moon, Equinox and Solstice rituals)
- “Taking Care & Giving Back” rituals (i.e., beach clean ups)
- Personal and communal rituals and ceremonies
- Working with power animals
- Drumming circles, Shamanic Journeying circles & Divination circles (in Nature)
This meet up group is facilitated by Linda Maglionico, certified professional coach, Reiki Master and Elder Priestess with the Temple of Ara, and/or Ara Initiates. These practices and techniques are commonly used in core shamanism and in the Ara tradition; however No “Experience” is required.
This group is open to people all faiths/religions/spiritual paths who seek a deeper connection with Mother Earth. However, this Meet Up group is not to be used as an opportunity to promote or solicit for these religious paths. As founder/organizer of this meet up group and creator of its mission, I reserve the right to ensure that all communications are for the greater good and within the scope of this group's greater mission. Therefore all promotional or commercial posts or solicitations of any kind must be cleared with me first.
This meet up group should not be considered a substitute for medical or psychological diagnosis or treatment. The hosts do not diagnose conditions, prescribe or perform medical treatment, or interfere with the treatment of a licensed medical professional. It is recommended that a community member see a licensed physician or licensed health care professional for any physical or psychological ailment they may have. For more information, please email Linda at Templeofara.firstname.lastname@example.org or at email@example.com .