Refuge and Renewal in the Sublime Mother Gaia: Finding Support on the Path of Sacred Activism

September 27 - September 29, 2024

Cynthia Jurs

In these times when the Earth is speaking to us so loudly, we are all being asked to respond to her call. The practice of the Sublime Mother Gaia offers us a source of refuge as we open to the wisdom of the Earth. Coming together in retreat and taking time out from our busy lives, we will experience ourselves as inseparable from Gaia and come home to our true selves.Inspired by a Vajrayana-style deity practice, the meditation on the Sublime Mother Gaia emerged over 30 years as Lama Cynthia carried Earth Treasure Vases around the planet, planting them where healing and protection is needed. The practice invites us to form a direct relationship with Gaia through recitation, visualization and mantra and can serve as a profound spiritual support during these times of planetary unraveling and evolutionary change.The retreat is open to anyone with a sincere interest in sacred activism who wishes to cultivate a connection to Gaia as a powerful spiritual ally in the process of collective awakening and personal-planetary healing. During the retreat we will receive inspiring teachings, find spiritual support by practicing together, enjoy sitting & walking meditation indoors and outside in nature, cultivate a direct connection to Mother Earth and share our heartfelt reflections for the benefit of all beings.“I support Cynthia and her vision 100 percent, and I think her new tradition of Mother Gaia is very important. I will follow it and defend it. And I know that many other women and men will joyfully rise with me in defense of life and be deeply inspired by Cynthia and her inconceivably liberating deeds. I believe that her courageous bringing of the enlightening Dharma literally down to Earth is a true implementation of Guru Rinpoche’s miraculous tradition in this time of planetary crisis. Thank you, Cynthia, from the depths of my heart!” — Robert A.F. Thurman
ScheduleFriday September 27
  • 3 - 6 pm Arrival and Check-in
  • 6 - 7 pm Dinner
  • 7:30 - 9 pm Opening Session
    • Welcome Remarks from Bob Thurman
    • Cynthia Introduction
    • Personal Introductions from Group with Offerings for Collective Altar to Gaia
    • Learn and Sing Mantra to Gaia
Saturday September 28
  • 7 - 8 am Early Morning Sitting & Walking Meditation8 - 9 am Breakfast9:30 am - 12 pm: Session 1
    • Introduction to the Sublime Mother Gaia
  • 12:30 - 1:30 pm Lunch
  • 1:30 - 3 pm Session 2
    • Empowerment Ceremony
    • Outdoor Walking Meditation
  • 3 - 3:30 pm Break
  • 3:30 - 5:30 pm Session 3
    • Line by Line Teaching
  • 6 - 7 pm Dinner
  • 7:30 - 9 pm Session 4:
    • Line by Line Teaching
    • Group Sharing
    • Sing Gaia Mantra
Sunday September 29
  • 7 - 11 am Check-out of Rooms
  • 7 - 8 am early morning Gaia Practice
  • 8 - 9 am Breakfast
  • 9:30 am - 12 pm Final Session:
    • Practice together & Sing Gaia Mantra
    • Q&A, Final Reflections, Closing.
  • 12:30 - 1:30 pm Lunch & Departure
*Please note that the schedule is subject to change. 


Cynthia Jurs

Cynthia Jurs, author of Summoned by the Earth: Becoming a Holy Vessel for Healing Our World, received Dharmacharya transmission from Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh to become a teacher in the Order of Interbeing in 1994. In 2018, she was made an honorary lama in the Vajrayana traditio...



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