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Mindful Gardening Workshops

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Walking meditation at "Sternenwiese" urban garden -- Urania, Berlin

As part of a new urban garden developed by PrinzessinnengartenBau at the Urania in Berlin, I recently offered a workshop in Mindful Gardening. For two hours some 20 participants meditated and mindfully cared for the garden while practicing such mental attitudes as non-judging, beginner’s mind, non-striving and, gratitude and patience. We spent about two hours together, much […]

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Birth of an Urban Farm…

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Earlier this year, I enjoyed the thrill of tilling up the first bed of what will hopefully become a new, thriving micro-farm in the heart of Berlin. Located on an old cemetery in the Neukölln neighborhood, this project is run by the Prinzessinnengarten Kollektiv Berlin. A few days earlier, I spent time measuring the plot and […]

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Happy Farm, the Movie

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A short documentary entitled “Happy Farmers” by Barbora Kinkalová tells the story of “Happy Farm,” a small organic vegetable farm at Thich Nhat Hanh’s Plum Village Monastery in South France. Happy Farm was established in the fall of 2012 in an effort to grow food for the monastic community and to combine mindfulness practice and […]

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Urban Mindfulness Lab Online

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Today I am uploading a new blog site called Urban Mindfulness Lab (UML). Initially it will be a platform for reflections, photographs, experiences, projects, events and meditations on the subject of living mindfully in the city. As an urban planner, I have often wondered how mindfulness can contribute to more peaceful, sustainable and happier communities […]

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Retreat on Deep Sustainability at Lebensgut

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We just completed a small retreat on the subject of Deep Sustainability and Mindfulness at the new Lebensgut Retreat Center in Pommritz, Germany, a couple hours outside of Berlin. The four-day residential retreat was facilited by Daniel Dermitzel and Tobias Grimm, both students of Thich Nhat Hanh and experienced mindfulness practitioners. The retreat included daily meditations, presentations, […]

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Refugee Farmers Featured on NPR

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This morning I listened with joy to a radio story on the New Roots for Refugees program we worked together to create at Cultivate Kansas City and Catholic Charities. The story was actually broadcast a year ago but has been circulating again on social media, perhaps because it is an inspiring reminder of the important […]