• Thich Nhat Hanh 11/10/1926 – 22/01/2022
    It is with great sadness that we learned yesterday of the passing of Zen Master, poet, peace activist and gardener Thich Nhat Hanh. We also experienced a great joy in witnessing the outpouring of condolences and memories of Thay shared by so many from around the world who have been touched as we have by his teachings, his life and his example. This time is one for coming together as a sangha, […]
  • Seeking a home among the clouds
    The combination of economics, climate change and a global pandemic has created an interesting nexus of challenges for us in our search for a home for the Gaia Forest project. We have fallen in love however with the Dorrigo Plateau. The combination of land-forms, soils, climate, vegetation and community has what we feel to be all the right ingredients. In particular the long history of rainforest stability, and recent history of logging […]
  • Meet our founders: Tasch Arndt
    We are so happy to welcome Social Scientist, Organic Farmer and mindfulness practitioner Tasch Arndt to our team: “I am passionate about taking care of the Earth and the diverse human and more-than-human kin that we share this precious planet with. My interdisciplinary background spans ecology and the social sciences and I hold a Master’s degree in Human Geography from the University of Amsterdam. For my Master’s thesis I conducted research on […]
  • Meet our founders: Leo Lazarus
    We are thrilled to welcome a new founding member to the team: Engineer, author and traveler Leo Lazarus. Below is an excerpt from his bio: “I am a small number of circles Earth has made around the sun. I am a poet, writer, traveller, engineer and lover of all forms of life. Born and raised in Melbourne, I made my way to the fringes of the city in 2015 and began to […]
  • Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings transmission
    This month Br Tenzin was deeply moved to be one of the many recipients of transmission of the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings of the Order of Interbeing. “The First Mindfulness Training: Openness Aware of the suffering created by fanaticism and intolerance, we are determined not to be idolatrous about or bound to any doctrine, theory, or ideology, even Buddhist ones. We are committed to seeing the Buddhist teachings as a guiding means that […]
  • Meet our supporters: Lisa Brown
    We are so lucky to count on the support of Psychologist and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction teacher Lisa Brown from Below is an excerpt from her bio: “The beauty, courage and creativity of human beings is continually revealed to me in my work as a psychologist through which I hear stories of immense human suffering and social injustice. After reaching a point of burnout in my personal and professional life, I was […]
  • An epidemic looms, and an opportunity manifests…
    On the advice of Thay Phap Luu I was on the cusp of departure for Thailand to stay as a visiting monk at the Plum Village centre, when news of the spread of COVID-19 started to circulate. Needless to say they have closed the centre to overseas visitors. Almost the same week, I received news that a farm had been purchased in the Blue Mountains near Bilpin, and offered to the Plum […]
  • Meet our supporters: Skye Indira and Miraz Mandozay
    Such a joy to welcome to our support team these two: deep ecologists, plant medicine practitioners and community builders both. below is an excerpt from their bio: “As lovers of nature and long-term dharma practitioners, we have been lit up by the movement of Deep Ecology / The Work That Reconnects. We currently facilitate retreats and study groups to raise awareness, build resilience and keep ourselves sane. We also facilitate breathwork, plant medicine and […]