Participating groups

Tibetan Buddhists from Jamyang Buddhist Centre Leeds led by David Midgley – Monday morning

It was founded in 1996 under the spiritual direction of Lama Zopa Rinpoche. As a non-residential centre run by volunteers and two paid staff, our aim is to provide a peaceful place for meditation and a community of support for the study and practice of Buddhism.  We honour the work of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and are affiliated to the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT) which is part of the Gelugpa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.

Christian Celtic Care of Creation by Revd. David Penney – Monday & Thursday pm

“The Christian Celtic tradition is rooted in Nature. A central core of its Faith, our common universal Spirituality, is that we human beings come from, are part of and belong to Creation. It does not belong to us to do what we like with. Our earthly home is sacred and therefore must be preserved and protected. Through Sayings and Prayers, the Christian Celtic Way of Life will hopefully encourage us to resist, and protest against the ravages of Fracking as it abuses of our Sacred Home and Life on Earth upon which all of us depend.”

 

Green Spirit – Monday

GreenSpirit is a network of people who celebrate the human spirit in the context of our place in the natural world and Earth’s own evolutionary journey. Our radical vision brings together the rigour of science, the creativity of artistic expression, the passion of social action and the wisdom of spiritual traditions of all ages. Attracting those of many faith traditions, we are a body of people who believe that human life has both an ecological and a spiritual dimension. Together we:

* celebrate all existence as deeply connected and sacred

* understand humanity as integral to the planetary landscape rather than its distinguishing feature

* find inspiration in the traditions of Earth-based peoples and Celtic spirituality

* are exploring the unfolding story of the Universe and promote common ground between people in the context of this vision

* seek to redress the balance of masculine and feminine and befriend darkness as well as light

* create ceremonies and celebrations which connect us more consciously with the cycle and seasons of the Earth

* seek a more just, sustainable and peaceful way of life in harmony with the Earth

On CARE FOR OUR COMMON HOME – Wednesday 25th April

 is a day built around the Encyclical of Pope Francis,

Laudato Si

In his encyclical, Pope Francis addresses,all men and women of good will”

“I urgently appeal…..for a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet”   “We require a new and universal solidarity”

 

Care for the world: its nature and its people will be the overriding theme of Wednesday ……

…..the injustice of out of control consumption at the expense of the less fortunate people in the world, even to the destruction of their and our homelands.

 

Community of Interbeing – Wednesday

Community of Interbeing is a growing network of people in the UK who practise mindfulness and aspire to develop peace and happiness in ourselves and  in the world by living according to the teachings on global ethics of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh.  His teachings, which can be followed by people of all ages and any religion or none, are notable for their emphasis on joy, engagement in the world, and integrating the practice of mindfulness into daily life. Our Vision : A wiser more compassionate society living in harmony with the Earth.

Druid Shaman Call of the Wild – Gill Kavanagh – Thursday

For the Druid Ceremony for the Earth Blessing

Come gather with us to offer a blessing on the Earth where we will conduct an Earth Blessing Ceremony. Bring something natural from the area you live, it could be a flower, a stone, a feather, a leaf, herb, spring water, a song, as a gift for the earth and in reverence and silence we will build an altar for our ceremony at the gates. Holding your intention of a beautiful world, we will dream it and bring it into being.

Building the altar is part of this ceremony I have been inspired to do by Spirit. Once we have built it, we will begin The Earth Blessing ceremony. This is an opportunity whatever your faith, to connect more deeply with our Sacred Mother the Earth. Invoking the Spirit of Place and the Spirit of the land we will honour and call upon the directions, our guardians, and the Divine.

As a practising druid my temple is the natural world, the forest, the fields, the rivers, the moors, my path is one of deepening that connection of Spirit and nature to meet within me, bringing balance, healing, and insights. For when we begin to heal within and continue to do so, we also align and create the healing in the external world. Like ripples upon a pond our prayers and blessings radiate out across the land and all dimensions. As above so below, so within, so without.

When we come together in ceremony our energy is much greater than working alone. We have been blessed to find each other and build our community. Fracking is one aspect of humans being out of alignment and right relationship with the natural world. Referring to the earth as “environment and resources” distances and separates humans from their connection and relationship with Nature and in her the Divine.

Joining in with this ceremony will strengthen that connection to our Mother Earth and in doing so she will strengthen you. It does not matter what path or belief system you follow in this life. What matters is the coming together and honouring the Earth, on this day, at this time and celebrating this connection, recognising it, and giving thanks.

Working in this magical way allows us to be inspired, to engage with our heart and spirit together, collectively for the good of all.

After the ceremony we will be singing earth chants, and inspirational songs, please bring drum, rattles, or whatever you wish, you do not need to be able to sing. We will be doing this in a call and response way which will build into a joyous celebration of unity. Bring a chair or cushion if you wish to sit.

After lunch From 3.30pm we will gather and in reverence and gratitude take the altar apart from the fracking gate, and as we give thanks we will carefully place all items in the hedgerows so the altar still exists in time and space carrying with it our blessings of love and gratitude.

Anyone who wishes to take a role in the ceremony please contact Gillian (Gill) Kavanagh or Druid Shaman Call of the Wild on FB or email gkav100@gmail.com

Gillian Kavanagh is a member of OBOD (Order of Bards Ovates & Druids) and the British Druid Order, British Dowsing Association, IFA International Federation of Aromatherapists and FPC Federation of Professional Celebrants, Warriors Call and Frack Free Lancashire & Frack Free everywhere!

Christian Climate Action – Thursday evening & Friday

Christian Climate Action is a community of Christians supporting each other in acts of non-violent direct action and public witness, as a way of following Jesus Christ in the face of climate breakdown.

Dharma Action Network – Friday

Dharma Action Network for Climate Engagement (DANCE) is a network and a forum which explores the breadth of possible Buddhist responses to climate change and related issues. At it’s heart is the exploration of how the power of clarity, wisdom and love can contribute to powerful and sustainable action on the climate crisis. DANCE members engage with as well as support other groups including BP or not BP, People and Planet, Friends of the Earth and SanghaSeva. Actions range from holding work retreats, public meditation vigils, and attending and supporting fracking communities.