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Red Lily Pond’s Global Earth Exchange for 2017 will be held on Saturday the 24th of June at 4 PM. The sight is the gazebo on Red Lily Pond behind the Craigville Inn.

Sacred Shoreham Summer Solstice & Earth Exchange

This group of activists has been working together for many years. First, they managed to get a nuclear power plant on Long Island decommissioned. Now they have turned their attention to converting the land where the nuclear plant was located into a beautiful, natural protected site.

Honor the Earth: Ceremony for the El Guique Gravel Mine

For decades, gravel mines have decimated traditional Hispanic villages and sites sacred to native peoples in northern New Mexico, causing habitat destruction, air and water pollution, and unsightly scarring in the foothills of the Jemez Mountains, along the Rio Grande. Moreover, ancient petroglyphs have been ground up and lost forever. In our Earth Exchange we visited one of those sites, the El Guique gravel mine, and created an act of beauty.

We planned to do the Earth Exchange near but not on mine property. However, some local people wanted to meet us just outside the gates to the mine. We were waiting there at 9 am when the enormos, noisy gravel trucks started rolling in, every couple of minutes, and then rolling back out full of dirt. We were parked out of their way, but we felt were experiencing the full woundedness of this place where the Earth is being scooped out by the truckful every few minutes.

As we were turning around our car to leave, one truck intentionally cut in extremely close, so we had to back up fast to avoid being hit. It was frightening. Perhaps the driver felt we were threatening his job, though we were just sitting in the car. We thought of the people at Standing Rock who faced aggression by truck drivers, and we thought of other people fighting for the Earth who have faced far worse. We tried to pray for the driver.

We drove down to a spot opposite the mine in the shade of two enormous cottonwood trees. Below us on one side stretched houses, farms, and green fields as far as we could see, in the ancient floodplain of the Rio Grande. They were fed by a lovely, wide, centuries-old acequia (irrigation canal) dug by hand by Hispanic villagers. It was difficult to square this beauty with the ugliness of the 300-acre mine we could not see, but knew was just below the small hills on the other side of the road.

As we sat, we noticed birds in the trees above us and wildflowers and medicinal plants all around us. We talked about the beautiful place and our feelings about what had happened to it. Then we crossed the road and made a RadJoy bird out of stones and twisted wood we found there, and flowers we’d brought. We scattered cornmeal, sacred dirt from the Santuario de Chimayó, and water from a sacred spring in Chimayó. We told the place we still loved it, no matter what other humans were doing to it. We thanked it for giving us jobs, roads, cement for building, and probably the gravel in our own driveway.

We also took water and poured it into the acequia, which had been damaged by the mine in the past, and prayed for healing for all the people and animals of El Guique. We then drove a little further and saw magnificent petroglyphs. We thanked the ancient ones with cornmeal.

We left with sadness but also joy in our hearts and gratitude for this way of connecting with each other and with this place.

Ceremony Offering Acts of Beauty to the Wounded Waters of our World

Join us for the 6th annual Ceremony Offering Acts of Beauty to the Wounded Waters of our World. Each year, in different ways, we have gathered at the Laguna to share our love for life on Earth and the waters that nourish life – along with our sorrows for all the ways our waters and Earth has become damaged and wounded.

This has been a momentous year – from the continued ravages of human created climate change and the pledges of the new administration to roll back what scant protections our Earth and waters have had… to the inspiration of the Water Protectors who so bravely defended the Missouri River and showed us new/ancient ways of resistance… and more. There is truly much to celebrate and much to mourn.

Join us in creating a ceremonial space to share our joys and sorrows, our love for life on Earth and the waters that nourish it. This year we will be holding ceremonial space with the help of handmade kelp rattles. Each person will have the space to express themselves in the moment or remain silent, as feels right for them. While we invite people to stay the entire length of the ceremony, you are welcome to come and leave at any time that feels right for you.

As in previous years, we hold our ceremony in collaboration with the Laguna, a wetland that was once damaged, degraded and is now partially restored through the work of the Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation and others.

Walking Directions to the Ceremony site:
Park in the Sebastopol Community Center parking lot. At the South end of this lot is the entrance to the wetlands preserve. Walk a short distance down the trail to the entrance to the summer bridge. There will be signs posted along the route pointing the way.

You may want to bring:

A cushion to sit on; a water bottle; an umbrella for shade

For questions, more information or to let us know you are coming:

Dianne Monroe at:
dianne@diannemonroe.com / www.diannemonroe.com / 707-480-8905
or Michael Zieve at zievestudios@gmail.com