Sacred Earth Sangha: Central Park Meet Up

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Sacred Earth Sangha: Central Park Meet Up
with Sebene Selassie, Lin Gordon and Jon Aaron
Sunday, October 11th, 2020 | 10:00am-1:00pm
For the October Sacred Earth Sangha meeting, join us in Central Park to immerse in nature practices to connect with the outdoor environment and your senses. From focusing on a single leaf to the expansive sky, our sense of separateness falls away when we turn our attention toward our experiences intimately.

We will practice from 10am-12pm, then share lunch together as a community.

For planning and health purposes, please register in advance as we need you to fill out your travel history and a health declaration form in advance, and manage a potential waitlist.

Note on travel: If you have travelled outside the countries or states where you are required to quarantine for 14 days after your return, and you have not completed this quarantine period by the day of the event, please abstain from attending the event. This will help lower the risk of exposure of COVID-19 to the community.

We look forward to exploring our inner and outer world together with you in nature.


Meet at 9:45am at Central Park (100th St. and Central Park West)

We will remain 6 feet apart in gathering and will wear masks. To prevent in-person transmission, bandanas and loose face covering are not accepted as masks.

Please cancel and request a refund if you have any symptoms listed by the CDC as COVID symptoms. At the event you will be requested to sign a health declaration form and a waiver.

Maximum participants: 20 people

Please bring:
-A brown bag lunch
-Sitting prop if needed (bench, yoga mat, etc.)

Fee by donation: Suggested starting donation is $15.

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Please note that this meeting will be limited to 20 participants. Please register below to reserve your spot.

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Sebene Selassie

Sebene Selassie

Sebene Selassie is a teacher, author and speaker who explores the themes of belonging and identity through meditation, creativity and spirituality. Born in Ethiopia and raised in Washington DC, Sebene began studying Buddhism 30 years ago as an undergraduate at McGill University where she majored in Comparative Religious Studies. She has an MA from the New School where she focused on race and cultural studies. For over 20 years Sebene worked with children, youth, and families nationally and internationally for small and large not-for-profits. She has been teaching classes, workshops and retreats for the past decade. Sebene is a three-time cancer survivor of Stage III and IV breast cancer. Her first book is You Belong: A Call for Connection (HarperOne).

Lin Wang Gordon

Lin has studied insight meditation under the guidance of Jonathan Foust and Mark Coleman in the past decade. In stillness and silence, she discovers the transformative power of mindfulness practices to help live a life of flow, joy, grace and gratitude.

In the last few years, Lin was particularly moved by the power of nature meditation to connect with a deep sense of well-being, love, wonder, resilience, and interconnection with all beings. Our human-centric worldview dissolves, and we realize we are but a small part of a greater intelligence. Lin was inspired to share nature meditation as a doorway for personal transformation as well as a form of environmental activism.

She graduated from Mark Coleman’s Awake in the Wild Nature Meditation Teacher Training in 2017 and has taught at New York Insight Meditation Center and around the country. She is enrolled in the Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leaders Program (CDL6).

Jon Aaron


Jon Aaron has been a teacher at New York insight since 2006. His principal dharma teacher has been Matthew Flickstein of The Forest Way. He trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, and is a certified teacher through the CFM. He has taught over 50 cycles of the seminal curriculum as well as numerous courses for alumni of the program. He completed the Integrated Study and Practice Program at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies and the Foundations in Buddhist Contemplative Care at the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care. He is the co-guiding teacher of the Makom Meditation Havurah program at the Jewish Community Center. He is a certified Somatic Experience Practitioner and has most recently completed the teacher training in Mindfulness for Pain offered by Breathworks in England.

Stephen Roylance

Stephen Roylance has been birding since he was 10 and has since birded in Ecuador, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Panama, Alaska, and Newfoundland. He has witnessed birding migration patterns changing due to global warming. He first confronted the tragic relationship between birds and the destruction of the environment with the extinction of the Dusky Seaside Sparrow in 1987. Since then, he’s seen a decline of too many bird species. His personal experience in seeing this decline has led him to get in touch with the very real grief we all experience when we understand what global warming means for our planet. This grief, he believes, is the touchstone to action, but only if we allow ourselves to access it.

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