Heart Flow Water Blessing (3rd Sunday of every month)
Sep
22
9:00 AM09:00

Heart Flow Water Blessing (3rd Sunday of every month)

Heartflow: Honoring the Housatonic River celebrates the history and rich biodiversity that is at the heart of Berkshire life, past, present and future. This event offers an opportunity for people to connect with the Housatonic river as a community and individually.

We meet at the Sheffield Covered Bridget at 9am, every 3rd Sunday of the month. Contact Sarah Natan for more details, at illuminahealingarts@gmail.com



Additional background on the Housatonic River and the Heartflow event:

The Housatonic River headwaters begin in Pontoosuc Lake in Lanesborough and Pittsfield, Richmond Pond in Richmond, and Muddy Pond in Hinsdale, Washington. It then flows 149 miles south through Massachusetts and Connecticut, finally emptying into Long Island Sound.  This river has shaped the natural ecology and industrial, agricultural and social history of the Berkshires, connecting its towns and communities. Yet its use as a sewer pipe for excessive industrial wastes has rendered it unswimmable, unfishable, and now, largely neglected. The release of massive amounts of toxic PCBs (a class of persistent, man-made chemicals, known to be carcinogenic to animals and probably humans), used by General Electric in the manufacture of transformers for decades, has been particularly devastating to all those living within the river’s 1,950 square mile watershed. 

Heartflow was conceived by local citizens and the Berkshire Rights of Nature group, which is engaged in a larger effort to establish legal standing for the Housatonic River. The concept of granting rights to nature is gaining momentum in the US and worldwide as a way to shift beyond the human-centered limitations of current legal systems and honor and protect the natural world. In 2006, Tamaqua, PA was the first township to successfully pass a "community bill of rights" giving nature civil rights, and making it unlawful for corporations to "interfere with sthe existence and flourishing of natural communities or ecosystems, or to cause damage" to them within the township. 

Pittsburgh followed suit in 2010, preventing fracking by declaring a right to clean air, water, and soil for all the citizens of Pennsylvania. In March of this year, citizens of Toledo, Ohio enacted the Lake Erie Bill of Rights with a 61% majority. Bolivia and Ecuador have both enshrined the rights of nature in their constitutions and legal battles have been won in New Zealand and India protecting rivers. As well, the Green Party of England and Wales adopted rights of nature as an official party policy in 2016.

How this principle will work in practice has yet to be resolved, but it serves as a new paradigm to re-envision the relationship between humanity and the environment that supports us. 

“The fact is… until the rightless thing receives its rights, we cannot see it as anything but a thing for the use of 'us' – those who are holding rights at the time,” said law professor Christopher Stone in a 1972 article entitled, "Should Trees Have Standing?”

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Jul
25
7:00 PM19:00

International Water Appreciation Day & The "Day Out of Time"

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In alliance with a global movement to synchronize with the rhythms of natural time and to honor our precious water, as the source of life on earth, we are holding a meditation and ceremony to honor this momentous day.

We will be connecting with a large ceremonial gathering happening at the sacred site of Teotihacan, as well as a latticework of local gatherings happening all around the globe to honor the significance of this particular day, in the annual cycle.

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Here’s what to expect:

  • Arrive at 7pm (please be on time :)

  • Bring a cushion and blanket, so we can sit in a circle. Also, bring a sacred object for our altar and a small jar of water from a body of water that you love (it could also be your home’s water).

  • I will introduce the intention for the event and share a brief introduction to the 13 Moon Calendar, which is based on the ancient wisdom of Mayan time scientists.

  • We will have time for silent meditation to connect with the ceremonies happening around the globe, to unify our intentions for peace, creative responses to our challenges, and the viability of our life systems.

  • We will each have an opportunity to share words about the significance about this time, and the importance of unified efforts for ‘subtle activism.”

Please RSVP HERE if you would like to come, and I will send you the address of our home office, where the event will take place. The event is free, however tax-exempt donations for AVF will be happily accepted

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