The following information is about a very special interfaith Earth Day event that was sponsored by the Buddhist Peace Fellowship and EcoSangha last year.
Olympic Sculpture Park & Myrtle Edwards Park, 2901 Western Ave Seattle USA 98121
- Sunday, April 22nd (the day before Earth Day 2013)
- 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm (Opening to Closing circles)
- Noon-1:00: Arrive, brown bag lunch, read, sing, talk
- Starting point: Olympic Sculpture Park's terraced amphitheater (see "AND SO WE MEET"...below)
... The vision of the walk is to:
Gather: in a beautiful, historically meaningful place on earth, for a circle of words and reflection together;
Walk: silently and mindfully, directing our attention and compassion to the beauty, power and changes of the earth, it’s biosphere and its beings;
Return to circle; and depart: renewed, grounded and emboldened as humble yet crucial earth beings.
With the Earth's spring season-change and our attention called again by Earth Day: we recognize our physical smallness yet our huge impact on the wondrous and imperiled planet, and all its life-forms, including our own.
We honor: ancestral native wisdom and ancient spiritual teachings: that everything IS connected, that “we” inter-are throughout time, and that love calls us to aware action in these next crucial years for Mother Earth and her families.
We gather: with glaciers and polar ice caps increasingly melting, oceans acidifying, ecosystems failing; with species the world over on the brink of extinction, and the biosphere of life itself amidst known and unknown tipping points.
We gather: to bring our collective attention to all aspects of the planet; to use the compassionate presence of each other: to open our awareness and embolden our action for the planet and ourselves.
We see the walk: as an opportunity to increase our awareness and offer our intentions, our compassion, our prayers for healing, to the earth during this critical time.
We envision the walk: to be nourishing, an opportunity for personal reflection and community connection, as we walk mindfully together!
AND SO WE MEET: on the day before Earth Day, Sunday April 21st: starting near the Olympic Sculpture Park visitor pavilion; in the small. terraced Gates AMPHITHEATER, north of the pavilion, facing the huge rusted iron "Wave" sculptures. [pictured in MAP, below]
Noon: brown bag lunch, conversation and song. For everyone who can come early, relax, read, sing, or socialize; and also a reunion for the 40-50 who did the inaugural Walk last year on Earth Day.
1:00pm OPENING CIRCLE AND WALK: Our walk will wind through the sculpture park; then and on along Elliott Bay using the waterside pathways of Myrtle Edwards Park, stopping briefly at a small beach for standing and sitting meditation/reflection.
RETURNING: we will have a short closing circle, ending by 3:30pm. Those who want to stay can share healthy snacks, songs, or conversation. Contact Rick if you have want help sharing a song:[masked]-8871.
This event is meant to help deepen the relationship of any and all participants to their place in life on earth. No prior experience is required. Any spiritual views invoked will simply be those shared by all deep traditions: greater awareness, interconnection, and love/compassion/action/responsibility for self and other.
Horizontally organized via “widening circles”, THIS IS YOUR EVENT, people-to-people. The walk is not limited to or specially sponsored by any organizations, though we hope many groups will to tell their members about it. Who comes--will be people like you who are drawn by this special opportunity together in quietude, for active reflection re our ongoing individual and collective and active relationship to our home planet.
So if you can come:
• Use this Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/146853975491123/ We are specially asking everyone able to use Facebook, to enter a "Join" or "Maybe" on this Earth Day Mindfulness Walk page. That helps us estimate how many people to expect on the walk, and develops community beforehand. Also click "Share" and post your Comment on your own Page.
• Help spread the word: Please do tell share this event in all ways with anyone you think might love to be there! By telephone, email, or word of mouth, as well as Facebook and other internet postings.
• In event of rain: we will proceed as scheduled! Circling may best happen under the roof overhang of the Visitor Center.
• Wheelchair access: call Rick at[masked]
• Time, day-of: Please allow time for Sunday transit schedules, walking, biking, or finding Sunday parking and walking--to arrive and enjoy the Olympic Sculpture Garden before 2pm start. After start time, find our single file zig-zagging northward; or by twos as we return. Allow time before and after the Walk for sharing talk, food, or singing, if you'd like that.
MAP and More about the Land and Water and the History:
--Our gathering place as described above, is at the top center of this online MAP:
(Here is also an interactive timeline history of the land we'll be walking on, and more.)
--History on the Duwamish people, the landfill, the pollution, and the struggle to make and keep a Park: http://www.seattle.gov/parks/history/EdwardsPk.pdf
--Photos of Myrtle Edwards Park: :http://www.seattle.gov/parks/park_detail.asp?id=311 (Look for beauty, for fossil fuels, for ocean level...)
--DIRECTIONS to Olympic Sculpture Park 2901 Western Avenue, 98121 Driving, bike, and bus: