Sacred Activism with Cynthia Jurs

by | May 20, 2024 | Permaculture Podcast | 0 comments

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The most pressing question in these uncertain times may be how can we bring healing and protection to the Earth?

Join me this episode the explore this question that Cynthia Jurs carried with her in 1990 as she climbed a path high in the Himalayas, to meet an “old wise man in a cave”—a venerated lama from Nepal. This question is the centre for both her work, her book, ‘Summoned by the Earth‘, and our conversation – sharing her journeys around the world, from Australian Indigenous communities to the USA. And Cynthia’s way of reaching the answer is through practice and acknowledging the importance of listening to the Earth and developing a relationship with nature  – to go outside, connect with the natural world, and ask how you can be of service.

Cynthia became a dharma teacher (Dharmacharya) in the Order of Interbeing of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh in 1994 and in 2018, was made an honorary lama in the Vajrayana tradition of Tibetan Buddhism in recognition of her dedication in carrying out the Earth Treasure Vase practice. Inspired by thirty years of pilgrimage into diverse communities and ecosystems, today Cynthia is forging a new path of dharma in service to Gaia—a path deeply rooted in the feminine, honouring indigenous cultures, and devoted to collective awakening. Cynthia leads meditations, retreats, courses, and pilgrimages to support the emergence of a global community of engaged and embodied sacred activists. You can find her offerings at and her book at

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I acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which I live and work – the Gubbi Gubbi people. And I pay my respects to their elders past present and emerging.


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