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2016 PNW Retreat SlideShow
Winter Retreat 2016 at Loon Lake came with Amma's grace, an inspiring satsang with Swami Dayamrita and great weather! People came from as far south as Oregon and as far north as Nelson; doing seva and attending satsang together. It strengthened the sense of community that is gaining momentum and urgency in the Pacific Northwest.
During satsang, Swami answered questions with wisdom and kindness and later people mingled and renewed their friendships. The OM meeting this year had people opening their hearts and minds in the circle and we heard about the exciting plans for the Maltby property.
Everybody went home well fed; motivated in their practice and some lucky folks have the additional memories of canoeing on a magically glassy lake. Everyone is looking forward to Winter Retreat 2017 in Oregon!
Photo courtesy: Yoganand, Joanne
The PNW Litter Project originally started because satsang members from various locations were inspired by Amma’s campaign to clean up the trash in India.
It began in 2011 with ten members. There is no way to know how many active members we have now, although over the years around 400 people have joined.
They are primarily from the Pacific Northwest, but individuals and families from other parts of North America and the world have also signed up.
Litter Project members primarily work individually, but we also have bigger work parties. Our first work party was held on September 24, 2011 in Seattle. Eighteen devotees and their friends participated. Since then there have been work parties in the Seattle/King County area, Eugene, Port Townsend and Vancouver, BC.
In 2011 and 2013, Seattle area devotees received four grants from the King County Tobacco Prevention Program to pick up cigarette butts in seven county parks. King County offered these grants in order to assess the extent of cigarette litter in the county parks. We became aware of how toxic these butts were as we did that work, so the Seattle area group has made picking up butts a major focus.
Once a month Karuna sends out an email asking how many minutes or hours the members spent picking up litter that month. Thirty to forty people generally report their times. Counting those times, plus the minutes/hours accumulated from work parties, our group has picked up litter for more than 7000 hours! Since most people don’t report their times, there is no way to know what the Litter Project’s grand total would actually be.
Many members have commented on how much joy they feel in serving the earth and the community in this way. In July 2011, Achala wrote: “30 hours of litter; 30 hours of bliss.” In addition, many passers-by express their appreciation. Sometimes they even start picking up litter too!
Everyone from everywhere is welcome to join this project.
Email Karuna at email@example.com or call 206-234-4088 if you would like to become a member or have questions.
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