2017, City Parks, Morning Events

April 22, 2017: Earth Day Nature Meditation at Central Park

“We ask for the presence of the spirit of Gaia and pray that the breath of life continues to caress this planet home.

May we grow into true understanding — a deep understanding that inspires us to protect the tree on which we bloom, and the water, soil and atmosphere without which we have no existence.

May we turn inwards and stumble upon our true roots in the intertwining biology of this exquisite planet. May nourishment and power pulse through these roots, and fierce determination to continue the billion-year dance.

May love well up and burst forth from our hearts.”

– John Seed, environmentalist, founder of Rainforest Information Centre in Australia


On this Earth Day, April 22, join us to immerse in nature practices to connect with the Earth and your senses.  From a single leave, we see the whole universe.  Our sense of separateness falls away when we come into contact with the natural world.

In addition to sensory awareness practices, we will explore a Gaia Meditation created by Joanna Macy and Australian environmentalist John Seed, as well as an earth protection practice inspired by Mark Coleman.

This will be the part of a monthly series of nature meditation offerings from March to September, 2017. Sessions are “sign-up as you go.”  No prior meditation experience required.

Sessions will be conducted outdoors so please dress appropriately, with closed-toe shoes, clothing appropriate to the weather, hats, etc. Please bring a water bottle to all sessions, and any meditation props that you find to be helpful (meditation cushion or bench, yoga mat, backjack, etc.). Most sessions will include some gentle movement or walking practice so please offer care for yourself around mobility issues.

For planning purposes, please register online so we know to expect you and we will send an email notification at least 24 hours in advance to in case of location change or cancellation due to weather conditions.

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

9:30-12pm, Saturday, April 22, 2017

(Meet at 9:15am at 100th St. entrance, Central Park West)

Central Park (100th St. and Central Park West)

Register at: New York Insight Meditation Center

Fee by donation: Suggested starting donation at $15 but whatever you offer is greatly appreciated and no one is ever turned away for lack of funds.  50% of the donation will be directed to the New York Insight Meditation Center.


Lin Gordon has practiced insight meditation in the last six years. Her principal dharma teachers have been Jonathan Foust of Insight Meditation Community of Washington, Mark Coleman of Spirit Rock, and Jon Aaron at New York Insight. Inspired by Mark Coleman’s nature practices, she will complete Mark Coleman’s Awake in the Wild Meditation in Nature Facilitators Training in the fall of 2017.