The Gaia Mandala Global Healing Community is a family of friends from around the world who are hearing the call of the Earth to wake up and engage with the great work of our time, to participate in restoring balance and harmony to the web of life.

Each of us in our own way is dedicated to being a holy vessel for global healing and collective awakening. We are cultivating transformational practices personally and practicing sacred activism collectively for the benefit of all. We are listening deeply. Opening fully. Making relations with each other and making offerings to Mother Earth. We are aligned with the cycles of the moon and sun and we are claiming our true nature to live in harmony within the web of life and in relationship to each other.

We are a growing circle, an extended community, an inter-denominational sangha. We are each a node on a global mandala of healing, protection and renewal for the Earth. In love with life, we recognize our relationship of interbeing and give thanks for the opportunity of this precious human life to wake up and offer ourselves as vessels for healing in all the ways that are called for in these times.


Thirty years ago, our founder, Cynthia Jurs, met a 106-year-old Buddhist Lama living in a remote cave in Nepal. Her question to him was, “What can we do to bring healing and protection to the Earth?” In answer to this question, she was given a practice of filling, sealing and burying Earth Treasure Vases around the world in places of need, bringing this ancient practice alive for these times.

Since then, first Cynthia, and now many others who have also become stewards of the Earth Treasure Vases, have traveled the world to make relations with elders and activists and invite the prayers and offerings of thousands of people in diverse cultures, communities and ecosystems around the whole Earth.

Holding the little clay pots to our hearts and passing them warm hand to warm hand, in ceremonial circles around the world has catalyzed each of us to engage with our most heartfelt concerns for the Earth.

From Africa, Australia, Asia and the Americas, we all want to ensure the health and longevity of this beautiful blue-green planet we call home.

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As the Earth Treasure Vases are planted around the world, stewarded by members of our global family, the locations and communities where the vases have been buried have formed a mandala of healing and protection for the Earth. Like acupuncture points on Gaia’s body, the Earth Treasure Vase nodes that form this mandala and the meridians that connect them like energetic highways or songlines (as the Aborignal Australians refer to them) carry our prayers and intentions around the planet.

This Global Healing Mandala is now coming to life. It is a healing force to participate in, contribute to, keep alive and connect with.


The Founder, Guiding Visionary and Teacher of the Gaia Mandala Global Healing Community is Cynthia Jurs. In the spirit of co-leadership, Cynthia works together at the center of the Mandala with a core-team of collaborative weavers; Nikole Rosaria Manieri in Ohio, Rasul Luisa Bravo in Colombia and Rick Jansen from the Netherlands, living nearby Plum Village, close to Bordeaux in France. In a way, one could see The Gaia Mandala as a living bodhisattva, an awake being with a deep aspiration to relieve the suffering of the world. Just like Avolakiteshvara (the Bodhisattva of compassion), the Mandala feels to have multiple arms reaching out in all the ten directions. It is our practice to deeply listen and attune to the energetic currents of The Mandala so that we can act, respond, tend to and initiate new offerings and projects in the most aligned way. It is a dynamic, creative, spontaneous, life-enhancing and inspiring process in service to the healing and protection of the Earth.

Cynthia Jurs met her root teacher, Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh in the early 1980s, and in 1994 received his transmission of Dharmacharya, becoming a teacher in his tradition, the Order of Interbeing. In 1990 she traveled to a remote cave in Nepal to meet the 106-year-old Lama Kushok Mangden Rinpoche (aka Charok Rinpoche) from whom she received the practice of the Earth Treasure Vases. In 2018 she was made an honorary Lama at Tolu Tharling Gompa in Nepal by Ngawang Tsultrim Zangpo Rinpoche. Today, Cynthia is forging a new path of dharma in service to Gaia, deeply rooted in the feminine, honoring indigenous traditions, and teaching an embodied, engaged, sacred activism dedicated to global healing and collective awakening. Cynthia teaches meditations and leads pilgrimages and through her nonprofit, Alliance for the Earth she works with former combatants in Liberia to build peace through mindfulness. She lives at the base of the Sangre de Cristo mountains in northern New Mexico where she is often found walking in the wilderness with her dog or gardening with husband. You can find more about Cynthia here

Nikole Rosaria lives with her family on a small, educational non-profit farm in Ohio, Heartbeat Learning Gardens. Inside of a global vision of re-birth in sacred relationship, she dedicates herself locally to community and habitat healing, and cultural adaptation and regeneration from the ground up. She is trained as a Cultural Anthropologist; Serves her community as an Artist and Educator; and Creates from a Healer’s lens. She leads classes on ecology and community herbalism in the gardens, and teaches and performs Southern Italian drum and dance, and loves bringing them together for seasonal community celebrations. Nikole is passionate about musical storytelling that emerges from the dreamtime, and from the messy, honest path of relational transformation in these times. For the last 15 years, Nikole has been sitting inside of diverse, peer-group led circles focused on healing and empowerment – including the use of somatic, trauma-informed, nature-based, ritual and expressive arts practices. She actively explores themes of lineage; belonging; having tea with her shadows; empowering creative relationship patterns outside the distress of systemic oppression; ancient and emergent mythic narratives; how we hold and uplift the next generations. She serves as part-time administrative assistant to Cynthia Jurs and program coordinator in the Gaia Mandala Global Healing Community.

Rick Jansen is passionate about the transformation and healing needed to wake up to the deeper interconnected reality of our lives and to find one’s true and authentic calling in service to the ‘’Great Turning’’. His spiritual path started in 2013 trekking in Nepal where he met Tibetan Buddhism and his first spiritual teacher, Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche. Currently Rick practices mainly within the Plum Village Tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. Rick also works as a nature and soul-oriented Purpose Guide™ privately and as a mentor with Purpose Guides Institute. He is stewarding an Earth Treasure Vase (ETV) dedicated to the roots of Tibetan Buddhism and the lineage of this practice, going all the way back to 8th century Tibet. Within the Gaia Mandala Rick co-facilitates an ETV Stewardship Support Group and the monthly Mother Gaia Sadhana. Born in the Netherlands, Rick lives currently a 10-minutes walk away from Plum Village in the South of France. There he spends time with his hands in the dirt on the Happy Farm, a project of organic regenerative agriculture in mindfulness. He enjoys breathing in sitting meditation and taking his slow steps on the walking meditation paths with the Plum Village community. In his free-time Rick loves to hike, cook, write, dance and create or visit theatre. You can find his offerings as a Purpose Guide™ at

Rasul Luisa Bravo’s life is rooted in the tender yet wild remembrance of our oneness with creation. In the journey backwards and forwards to this recognition, she has been shaped by studying intuitive plant medicine, regenerative agriculture, non-violent communication, and rituals for communal grief tending. She is dedicated to cultivating the power of communication through writing and narration, song, ritual, prayer and through creative collaboration. Weaving all these threads, Rasul serves as host of the virtual home for the Earth Treasure Vase Global Healing Community on The Mandala. She also co-facilitates practices offered within the Gaia Mandala Sangha including the Monday Mindfulness Meditation and the Mother Gaia Sadhana to which she has developed a deep connection. Inspired to learn more about the Vajrayana Buddhist Tradition, Rasul has also participated in the Ösel Nyintig program offered through Tara Mandala. Rasul is dedicated to stewarding an Earth Treasure Vase for the restoration of the waters of the world, which has led her back to live in her native land of Colombia, where “paramo” ecosystems that offer a vital source of water, reside.


In concert with Cynthia and the Core-Team are Circles and Councils with rotating leadership that hold, tend, guide, and organize the various practice groups, retreats, pilgrimages and special projects.

  • Our Earth Treasure Vase Stewardship Council meets every New Moon for guided meditation and visioning for the Gaia Mandala as a whole. These members are listed here.
  • Monday Mindfulness Meditation Circle is currently led by Elizabeth Christine and Rasul Bravo. Cynthia offers special teachings from time to time.
  • The Sublime Mother Gaia Monthly Meditation Circlesare currently hosted by Rick Jansen & Rasul Luisa Bravo.
  • Earth Treasure Vase Stewardship Support Circlesare hosted by: Rick Jansen, Therese Hogan, Elizabeth Christine & Rasul Luisa Bravo.
  • Gaia Mandala Online Community (on Mighty Networks) is currently hosted by Rasul Luisa Bravo.
  • Full Moon Global Healing Meditation is hosted by Cynthia Jurs, Nikole Rosaria and rotating Stewardship Council Members.
  • Sublime Mother Gaia Retreatsare led by Cynthia Jurs with assistance from Rasul Luisa Bravo and Rick Jansen.
  • Gaia Mandala Organizational Coordinator is Nikole Manieri.


Monday Mindfulness Meditation