EARTH SANGHA | HOME: WELCOME TO OUR WORK AND PRACTICE
Help us build more ecological-restoration capacity! We need to upgrade our northern Virginia Wild Plant Nursery, and our Tree Bank Hispaniola Nursery, near the Dominican Republic / Haiti border. Help us grow our nurseries, so we can grow more forests and meadows! Learn more ...
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.
Spring Open House & Plant Sale: Visit the Directions section of the Wild Plant Nursery page for driving directions. Please take advantage of a special price for our paid members. If you are one of our paid members (minimum annual membership at $35), you will receive the wholesale price that is reserved only for local park systems. For instance, instead of $8 to $10 (herbaceous) to $15 (woody), it will be $5 to $8 (herbaceous) to $10 (woody). This is our way of thanking you for your support. If you're not a member yet, you still have time to join and enjoy the discount at the open house. See the Spring Open House & Plant Sale Flyer for more details.
Every Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Thursday, we are out at the Wild Plant Nursery preparing pots, sowing seeds, weeding, and all the fun things that help our nursery to function! All Spring volunteer events will be posted to our Field Schedule.
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 would like to meditate with us, see Meditation.
To find out about recent activities, visit News.
See what your donation will do: click "What Your Donation Will Do" tab on the Join page.
Read the most recent issue of our newsletter, the Acorn. Click the Acorn cover to get the pdf.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.