The March EARTH SALON, “Green Burial” — RECORDING

A monthly meeting offering, with occasional guest ‘experts’, hosted by the Touching the Earth Collective and Shambhala Online, curated and co-facilitated by David Wimberly and Deborah Luscomb.

Green Burial

The March Earth Salon featured Dawn Carson and Hanna Longard, of Green Burial Nova Scotia, cheerfully walking us through the benefits of choosing a natural burial.

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Green burial is the act of returning a body as naturally as possible to the earth. Green burials use less energy and resources, making them lower impact than conventional burials or cremation. They are also less toxic, reduce carbon emissions, and protect worker health. Certain types of green burial can even restore or preserve habitat.

Dawn Carson is a successful business owner, Death Doula, Community Deathcaring Educator, Funeral Coordinator, Advance Planning Consultant, Chair – Green Burial Nova Scotia, Meditation Instructor, Non-Violent Communication Facilitator, Certified Yoga Instructor & a consultant on menopause transition. Combining a mix of pragmatic planning and compassionate communication, she provides education and tools to help make your end of life choices. Serving as host of Death Café & Final Curtain Films and as consultant for Death Matters, Dawn is dedicated to creating a culture of openness around living and dying well. 

Hanna Longard grew up with vegetable gardening and composting practices – experiences that teach natural decomposition and nutrient recycling. When learning how conventional funeral practices often inhibit reintegration with the earth, she was curious to discover alternatives and talk with her communities about them. She has a B.Sc. Biology and Philosophy Double Major from Mount Allison University, have conducted a community research project on environmentally friendly funeral practices, completed the Beyond Yonder Virtual School for Community Deathcaring Certificate, attended a weekend Home Funeral Practicum, and led many community events about green deathcare.

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Next Earth salon will be Sunday, April …, 2021 at Noon (Atlantic time)
Passcode: Sacred
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Previous Earth Salons

Green Burial with Dawn Carson and Hanna Longard
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Wild Bees are Backyard Bees with Michelle McPherson
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Living with Eco-Anxiety with Melissa Moore
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Climate Victory Gardens with Bob Cervelli
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Gratitude with Deborah Luscomb and David Wimberley
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Backyard Chickens with Charlotte Mendel
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“The consideration of where we are and what we are, on the spot, turns out to be very important. We are talking about a farming situation in some sense: how we are going to experience the land properly, the real land, the land that grows crops and the land on which animals are raised.

When we first wake up in our bedrooms, first thing in the morning, it would be so great if the first incense we smelled were either cow or horse manure or the smell of plants. We have to go back and experience how the earth works, rather than purely smelling our neighbor’s bacon cooking as soon as we wake up, and hearing taxicabs roaring and garbage trucks rumbling. We should all experience working on the land, literally and properly. That is the best way to wake ourselves up: smelling earth, actually experiencing good earth.

Ladies and gentlemen, there are a lot of problems that have come up because, since medieval times, the process of conquering the world has been based on conquering the earth
instead of touching ground, touching soil properly.”

From “Nowness,” a talk at the 1979 Kalapa Assembly.

The Earth Salon is intended to bring us together to explore the greater implications of our bodhisattva vow.  We hope to include guided practices, as well as guest speakers to focus on how our daily activities bind us or alienate us from the earth we share with all creatures.

How do we rouse our intention?  How do we move from intention to action?  How do we build resilience and appreciation?  How do we create a pathway for caring activity on this earth?

Together we will investigate these questions and more while looking at food & gardening, housing & construction, travel, clothing, energy, consumption, and many other areas that will undoubtedly arise during our conversations.

The Zoom meetings are free and open to all, but we do appreciate donations.
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Topic: Earth Salon
Time: Every month, on the Second Sunday, 7 occurrence(s)
Passcode: Sacred

March 14, 2021 12:00 PM (Atlantic)

Meeting ID: 81262050347

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