EARTH SANGHA | HOME: WELCOME TO OUR WORK AND PRACTICE

The Earth Sangha is a nonprofit charity based in the Washington, DC area that is devoted to ecological restoration. We work in the spirit of Buddhist practice, but our members and volunteers come from a wide variety of religious and secular backgrounds.

In the Washington area, we operate an ecological restoration program to restore native forests and meadows, stabilize streams, and control invasive alien plants. The Wild Plant Nursery is the heart of our DC-area field work.

On the island of Hispaniola, along the Dominican Republic – Haiti border, we operate the Tree Bank Hispaniola, which helps impoverished farmers improve their incomes and restore native forest.

In addition to environmental work, we host weekly meditation sessions in Alexandria, Virginia, along with discussions of the Dharma (the traditional Buddhist teachings). These sessions are free and open to all.

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Read the latest issue of our quarterly newsletter, The Acorn. If you're not on our mailing and you would like to be, just email Katherine at info@earthsangha.org.

If you're interested in volunteering with the Sangha this fall then head on over to our Fall Field Schedule. We are hosting regular nursery work days, native species plantings, and invasives removals. Hope to see you in the field!

New updates have been added to our 2014 News Log. Between our DC area work and the Tree Bank Hispaniola we keep ourselves pretty busy. Check out our 2014 News Log to see what we've been up to lately.

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To learn more about the Earth Sangha's mission and how we are organized, visit About Us.

To see some results of our field work, run the Site Visit slide show.

If you are interested Earth Sangha's socially responsible work to address tropical deforestation, take a look at Tree Bank Hispaniola.

To learn about Earth Sangha's restoration activities in the Washington, DC, region, read any of our DC-area field site pages, such as that for the Native Arboretum. Wild Plant Nursery is the heart of our DC-area field work.

If you live in the Washington area and would like to participate in our field work, check out Volunteer and Field Schedule.

If you would like to meditate with us, see Meditation.

To find out about recent activities, visit News.

Site visit! See some results.

Join us! Become a member of the Sangha.

See what your donation will do: click "What Your Donation Will Do" tab on the Join page.

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Earth Sangha
10123 Commonwealth Blvd.
Fairfax, VA 22032-2707

Please note: this is our business address. It is not the address of the Wild Plant Nursery. Here are driving directions to the nursery.

ph: (703) 764-4830
fax: (703) 562-8388

info@earthsangha.org

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Wilma, a young Tree Bank colleague. (Dominican Republic)
  • Wilma, a young Tree Bank colleague (Dominican Republic).
    Wilma, a young Tree Bank colleague (Dominican Republic).
  • Restoring forest groundlayer (Virginia).
    Restoring forest groundlayer (Virginia).
  • Building a stormwater checkdam at Meadowood (Virginia).
    Building a stormwater checkdam at Meadowood (Virginia).
  • Tommy and Gaspar at our Tree Bank Nursery (Dominican Republic).
    Tommy and Gaspar at our Tree Bank Nursery (Dominican Republic).
  • Matt installing an invasives-control test plot (Virginia).
    Matt installing an invasives-control test plot (Virginia).
  • Tending spicebush at our Wild Plant Nursery (Virginia).
    Tending spicebush at our Wild Plant Nursery (Virginia).
  • A two-year-old Hispaniolan pine planting (Dominican Republic).
    A two-year-old Hispaniolan pine planting (Dominican Republic).
  • Restored habitat at our Native Arboretum project (Virginia).
    Restored habitat at our Native Arboretum project (Virginia).
  • Replanting riparian forest (Virginia).
    Replanting riparian forest (Virginia).
  • Cosme in his riparian restoration zone (Dominican Republic).
    Cosme in his riparian restoration zone (Dominican Republic).
  • A wet-meadow restoration project (Virginia).
    A wet-meadow restoration project (Virginia).
  • Clearing alien paperbark mulberry (Virginia).
    Clearing alien paperbark mulberry (Virginia).
  • Seeds of an endangered mahogany (Dominican Republic).
    Seeds of an endangered mahogany (Dominican Republic).
  • Nikki pots “fernlets” at our greenhouse (Virginia).
    Nikki pots “fernlets” at our greenhouse (Virginia).
  • Lisa collecting native grass seed (Virginia).
    Lisa collecting native grass seed (Virginia).
  • Polyculture on a Tree Bank farm (Dominican Republic).
    Polyculture on a Tree Bank farm (Dominican Republic).
  • Creating the River of Native Grass at Meadowood (Virginia).
    Creating the River of Native Grass at Meadowood (Virginia).
  • A red maple emerges from its tree tube (Virginia).
    A red maple emerges from its tree tube (Virginia).

Wilma, a young Tree Bank colleague. (Dominican Republic)
 
 
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Read our latest newsletter



Read the most recent issue of our newsletter, the Acorn. Click the Acorn cover to get the pdf.

Join our newsletter mailing list
Join our mailing list and we'll send you our quarterly newsletter. We don't do high volume mailing and we never share or sell your information. Click the photo to send us your address. Photo: volunteers distributing stock on a restoration site.

Join Lisa's list
Join Lisa's e-mail list. Lisa sends out weekly notes on the Sangha's work and practice. Lisa is the Sangha's Dharma Teacher and a Force of Nature in the field. (The latter term is not exactly a title but maybe it should be.) Click the photo for more information. Photo: Lisa and students organizing a planting at our Native Arboretum.

View the Results Slide Show


See results! Click the photo to open a slide show of "before" and "after" shots documenting progress on a few of Earth Sangha's field sites. Photo: a four-year-old sweetgum planting.

Learn about volunteering

Volunteer with us in the field! Volunteering is a great way to meet people and to learn more about natural areas of the greater DC region. Click the photo to learn more. Photo: a stream-buffer planting event.

Learn about meditation

Learn to meditate. Our weekly meditation sessions in Alexandria, Virginia, are free and open to all. Click the photo to get the details. Photo: meditation mats for one of our sittings.

Rising Forests Coffee


Try Rising Forests Coffee, grown exclusively by our Tree Bank farmers! Click the logo to learn more or to order. Revive yourself. Restore the forests.