GreenFriends is an organisation focused on the preservation and protection of the environment. It was established in India in 2001 and has since spread around the world, with thousands of members in the US, Europe, Australia and Japan today. Inspired by the teachings of a spiritual leader and humanitarian, Sri Mata Amritandamayi Devi (Amma), its ethos revolves around the respect of plants, animals and the environment, and that the care for Mother Nature is reciprocal. In addition to tree planting and maintenance of plants, GreenFriends also practice eco-meditation, a method or re-establishing the vitally important harmony between nature and humanity.
According to GreenFriends, eco-meditation is a way to become aware of the natural world around you. It is a form of self-healing that draws from the common life force in nature, including the plants, animals and people, and in so doing reinforces the connection between humanity and the natural world.
Photo courtesy of Centennial Park and Moore Park Trust
The historic and picturesque Centennial Park is an ideal location in Sydney to re-establish this connection, and Green Friends Australia are hosting FREE sessions between 8am to 9am on the 4th Saturday of every month.
Joining each mediation session is easy. Each session begins with some light stretching. You can then choose to mediate sitting on the ground or in a chair. There is chai and chat among participants after the session and you are invited to join a hour of caring for nature by helping with planting, cleaning or watering around the Park. There are no age or fitness requirements and everyone is welcomed. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a blanket or pillow if you're sitting on the ground.
Meditation will take place in the outdoor area surrounding the Learning Centre or the veranda or indoors of the Centre due to poor weather. The Education Centre is located off Dickens drive in the Centennial Park. Although this is a FREE event, bookings are essential and can be made by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn and practice eco-meditation with Green Friends and experience the benefits.
Date: 4th Saturday of each month Time: 8am to 9am
Venue: The Education Centre, off Dickens drive, Centennial Park