If you plan to be in Los Angeles this Fourth of July, celebrate your independence by experiencing a native American Indian Sweat Lodge, hosted by Reiki Master and EFT practitioner, Patti Penn.
An important ritual used by Native American Indians, a sweat lodge is a ceremonial sauna to purify the mind, body & soul. The Lodge symbolizes the womb of Grandmother Earth and the heated stones represent her body supporting life. The fire is used to heat the rocks on the outside of the tar-pit (like an igloo) and represent the perpetual light. Once these stones are brought into the lodge the water is poured upon them to create hissing steam, which permeates the air, creating a hot, humid atmosphere as the creative force of the universe is being activated.
“For me, this beautiful ceremony recognizes the trilogy of how our thoughts manifesting our well-being as well as the physical releasing of chemical manipulation in our water, food and air,” Patti says. “We will be addressing your “Pursuit of Happiness” in this sweat. What is will look like? What you need to release to be happy? What is happiness to you?“
All four elements of earth, fire, water and air combined with ancestors energies creates an atmosphere of intense release as participants sit in the pitch dark. This represents human ignorance, as you are unable to distract yourself from yourself.
“Yes, you get to sit in your own stuff,” Patti says.
There are four main rounds in ceremony, as the flap to the tar-pit is opened on three occasions allowing in more hot stones the heat will build. Round one involved calling in the sacred energies and our ancestors to sweat with. Prayers are then offered one-by-one for healing, transformation, expansion, clarity, courage, wisdom or blessing. The second round is an offering of prayers for others within the world, family, our friends, children or pets.
“The third round is known as our give away round whereby we release all our “stuff” that limits, impedes, holds us back; this is done in unison as we do not need to listen to each others ‘stuff’,” Patti says. “I will lead chants in between rounds to connect through sacred sound and focus our distracted energy as each round begins.”
Patti says the final round thanks all the 22 energies invoked to assist in the healing by recognizing “we are those energies and honoring them within ourselves”.
“This intense sense of community shares our energy to release and heal, as the power within all of us is stronger than the power within one of us. Each round offers new test of endurance of the heat, your feelings and yourself as a celebration of your spirit”
Actress, surfer and passionate earth-lover Tanna Frederick knows there’s more to being a celebrity than the red carpet. The flame-haired star of Irene in Time, who once declared to her parents that she wanted to be a garbage collector to pick up other people’s trash, is using her platform to get her environmental messages out to the masses.
We are continually updating our Link Up directory with international green events and general green sites of interest. If you have an event or site you feel fits The Green Dove mission, and you’d like to have it listed here, email the editor at email@example.com
Annual Green Awareness Events
Clean Up the World Weekend – www.cleanuptheworld.org/en
International Coastal Clean-up – www.oceanconservancy.org
International Composting Awareness Week – www.compostweek.com.au
International Day of Peace – www.internationaldayofpeace.org
International Day of the World’s Indigenous People – www.un.org/events/indigenous
International Mountain Day – www.fao.org/mnts/intl_mountain_day_en.asp
World Car Free Day – www.worldcarfree.net/wcfd
World Vegetarian Month – www.salagram.net/veg19html
International Walk to School Month – www.iwalktoschool.org
World Walk to Work Day – www.walk.com.au/WTW
World Water Monitoring Day - www.worldwatermonitoringday.org
Artivist Film Festival – www.artivists.org
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival - www.bigskyfilmfest.org
Cinemambiente Environmental Film Festival - www.cinemambiente.it
Cinevegas Green Film Series – www.cinevegas.com/green
Earth Dance: The Short Attention Span Environmental Film Fest - www.earthdancefilms.com
Earth Vision Environmental Film & Video Festival – www.earthdancefilms.com
Eco Vision Festival – www.ecovisionfestival.com
Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival – www.ithaca.edu/fleff
Global Green Indigenous Film Festival – www.ntec.org/filmfestival.htm
Global Visions Film Festival - www.globalvisionsfestival.com
Green Film Forum - www.dcenvironmentalfilmfest.org
Green Lifestyle Film Festival – www.greenlifestylefilmfestival.com
Green Reel Film Festival - www.greenreelfilmfestival.com
Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Festival - www.hazelfilm.org
International Wildlife Film Festival – www.wildlifefilms.org
Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival - www.jhfestival.org
Marin Environmental Film Festival - www.marinenvironmentalfilmfestival.org
Planet in Focus – www.planetinfocus.org
Princeton Environmental Film Festival – www.princetonlibrary.org/peff
Reduction Festival - www.reductionfestival.org
Rodos Ecofilms International Festival – www.ecofilms.gr
UnderCurrents: Beyond TV – www.undercurrents.org/beyondtv
Vermont International Film Festival – www.vtiff.org
Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival - www.wildandscenicfilmfestival.org
Wildscreen Film Festival – www.wildscreen.org.uk
Wild Spaces Environmental Film Festival - www.wildspaces.wild.net.au
World Community Film Festival – www.worldcommunity.ca/wc_film.html
World Population and Video Festival – www.wpfvf.com
Be Green: Australia’s most comprehensive source of environmentally-friendly information – www.begreen.com.au
Cynthia Morgan, certified hypnotherapist: A sought-after board certified LA-based hypnotherapist, Cynthia is known as a spiritual teacher by her extensive clientele – www.cynthiamorgan.us
Patti Penn, Reiki Master & EFT practitioner: – www.pause.me.uk
Sites Promoting Action
Just Do One: a site that asks: “what if every one just did one thing to make the world more livable?” – www.justdoone.org
I Take the Vow: “The Alliance for a New Humanity believe that if a critical mass of people commit to a vow for non violence in their thoughts, speech and actions, the world would be transformed,” Deepak Chopra – www.itakethevow.com
By Cynthia Morgan
Ever wonder why you cant seem to make the changes you want to make no matter how hard you try? Its because youre hypnotized. Everyone is. You just dont realize it-thats the power of hypnosis. You dont need to be hypnotized in order to change; you need to be de-hypnotized.
By Shannon Dunn
As I settled in for the evening to watch a preview copy of Sundance Channels soon-to-be-aired The Lazy Environmentalist, I was looking forward to learning how its easy to be green-that we can all do it, once equipped with the know how.
My excitement turned to disappointment part way through the first episode, which is set to air on June 16, as the shows host, environmental entrepreneur Josh Dorfman, forgot to mention an important fact to the family he had gone to help: their excessive meat consumption is one of the major reasons our planet is being destroyed.
By Leo Babauta
A lot of the complexity in our lives come when we try to keep up certain appearances. A simpler, happier life can be achieved when we drop those appearances and just live naturally, without pretense or artfulness.
While many garden furniture brands claim to be “eco-friendly,” “green,” or “sustainably harvested”, unfortunately, few of these products have been rigorously audited to verify such claims. To help consumers make informed choices when purchasing garden furniture, the National Wildlife Federation has released its third annual Garden Furniture Scorecard. The guide catalogs retailers selling Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified garden furniture-the most rigorous system for distinguishing wood products in the market.
Reusing commonly tossed items is not only a great way to save on cash, it’s a great way to be green.
Reuse can help reduce waste disposal and handling costs, because it avoids the costs of recycling, municipal composting, land filling, and combustion. The Environmental Protection Agency also officially gives reuse the thumbs up.
Singer and actress Deborah Cox has been named national ambassador of the Green with Pride Initiative, which is set to launch at L.A. Pride on June 13 and 14.
According to organizers, Green With Pride was created to show the LGBT community that going green is “easy, smart and stylish”
Deborah Cox is a global Pride festival favorite whose number one dance hits include “Nobodys Supposed to be Here,” “House is Not a Home” and her current hit — which marks her 10th time at number one — “Beautiful U R” from her latest CD “The Promise”. She has been a supporter of the LGBT community for years. She says she has been a believer when it comes to green issues and doing your part to help the environment.
“Green With Pride (presented by Clear2Go) is designed as a fun, accessible and €˜edutaining experience that will feature sustainable products, services and easy-to-use green tips over the 2-day festival,” organizers told The Green Dove.
Prior to her performance on the main Stage, L.A. PRIDE attendees will get an exclusive chance to meet the performer during an autograph session in the “Green With Pride presented by Clear2Go” area on Saturday, June 13, from 5-6 p.m.
“Thankfully I have a job that I absolutely love and a family that I am so blessed with but that means everything I do has to be efficient and I have to feel really good about it,” said Cox. “I literally was just having the light bulbs changed and replaced with energy-efficient ones throughout my home when I got the call from the guys at “Green With Pride.”
“I was so excited about the initiative, and the fact that it was launching in L.A. where Ill be performing, made everything a natural fit. I love that the area is designed in a way that informs me and I dont have to turn my world upside down to make an impact on our planet; even one small change collectively makes a huge difference.”
After its LA debut, “Green With Pride presented by Clear2Go” will continue to paint the community green as it heads to San Diego Pride on July 18-19.
Fashion Delivers will host the second annual Pay It Fashion Forward event on June 18 at New York City’s hotspot M2, where five fashion industry vanguards will be honored for their positive influences on their communities and the environment.
The brands selected this year include I/DENTI/TEE, LINDA LOUDERMILK, PHILANTHROPIST and CHLOE JO BERMAN. Additionally, the JONES APPAREL GROUP was selected for distinction as a company for its socially conscious business practices
The band Tamarama from the MTV hit series “THE CITY” will perform, and the evening will be hosted by Grammy award-winning artist and designer LL Cool J.
Tickets will be sold in advance at www.fashiondelivers.org. Additionally, for each ticket sold, Earnest Sewn jeans will donate a pair of jeans to support the relief efforts of Fashion Delivers California Campaign, a national effort to aid those most negatively affected by the global recession.
Fashion Delivers is a non-profit charity dedicated to helping those in need by providing donated products from the men’s, women’s and home goods industry. Created during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Fashion Delivers has donated nearly 34 million dollars worth of products to those in need in the United States and around the world. For more information on Fashion Delivers, please go to www.fashiondelivers.org.