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Arya Gaia Transmission & Teachings Online Retreat Jan 19-22, 2023
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A Vajrayana-style deity practice inspired by Tara with a visualization and mantra of Gaia that dharma teacher, Cynthia Jurs received during intensive practice in retreat and has worked with privately for many years.
This unique new practice of Arya Gaia (formerly known as Tara Gaia) will be taught on Thur-Sun January 19-22 in an online retreat via Zoom. This very special retreat will include a transmission ceremony, teachings, group practice, and Q&A.
There will be 4 sessions, one two-hour session per day beginning at 4:00 pm Pacific/5:00 pm Mountain/7:00 pm Eastern/12:00 am GMT/8:00 am Jan.19-23 in W. Australia. This is a live retreat based on direct transmission. Full attendance is required. Recordings will not be available.
Once one has received the teachings, an ongoing monthly practice group can be joined to deepen one’s understanding and keep the practice alive. For those familiar with the Earth Treasure Vase Global Healing Meditation, the Arya Gaia practice can serve as a profound enhancement to this practice as well.
Introduction to Arya Gaia
This video, “Cultivating a Sacred Relationship with the Earth” is an interview between Cynthia Jurs and Vanessa Fourcaudot, the founder of a 5 day summit held in January 2022, The Call of Gaia ~ Heart-led Female Entrepreneurship in Service to Life.
In this beautiful conversation, conducted in English, Cynthia Jurs shares her story of bringing healing and protection to the Earth through the Earth Treasure Vases and how she formed a relationship to Gaia and is now teaching this new meditation on Arya Gaia to help us form our own connection to the Earth as sacred activists dedicated to restoring balance and harmony in our world. The recording includes an introduction to the visualization of Arya Gaia and a short meditation-recitation of her mantra.
The Dharma has always evolved in response to the times and cultures through which it moves. I believe the practice of Tara Gaia is an example of the evolution of the Dharma in response to these extraordinary times. Cynthia Jurs is a wise, eloquent and compassionate teacher who has dedicated her life to sacred activism. For those who love this world, the practice of Tara Gaia offers a doorway to be in direct connection with the living Earth and to listen to what she is asking of us.
— Carl Rabke, LMT, GCFP, Embodiment Matters Podcast
This is such a beautiful practice from such a heartful and authentic teacher integrating the profundity of dharma and Tara practice with Gaia and the needed healing of the web of life. Highly recommended! Thank you for this practice and for your vast heart, dear Cynthia Jurs.
— Erin Geesaman Rabke, Somatic Naturalist & Embodiment Mentor, www.embodimentmatters.com
Receiving this new practice of Tara Gaia has been profound blessing and an amazing form through which to deepen my connection with the living Earth, in the company of an emerging global sangha of transparent, caring humans.
—Sonja Myllymaki, Alberta, Canada
Cynthia is deeply wise and profoundly knowledgable. I am immensely grateful to have participated in her Tara Gaia teaching-transmission and subsequently to be a part of the ongoing monthly community gatherings. Whether you have an already established practice or are starting anew, the Tara Gaia Practice shared by Cynthia is a true gift of love and compassion for Gaia.
— Katherine Patton, California
The Tara Gaia mantra has seeped into my dreams and soaked into my bones. Now I find myself spontaneously singing the mantra to rivers, trees, mountains and the sea. I sense the mantra being received by wild nature and somehow magnifying the blessings and showering them back down everywhere including on me. Cynthia so effectively conveys these profound and timeless, and now so timely, teachings. I highly recommend this retreat.
— Ellen Davidson, in the California Redwoods
If there was ever a time in our lives to pray for healing and protection of the Earth and her children, it is now. The Tara Gaia practice taught by Cynthia Jurs is that prayer. It is one of the most significant and beautiful practices of dedication and love to our precious planet and all life. The practice continues to reveal itself and its power each time it is recited.
— Jenny Allen, in Ontario, Canada
The practice of Tara Gaia gave me such a bodily sense of ‘this is what I have been looking for.’ It is just the total package: the Dharma, Mother Earth, indigenous wisdom and respect for the web of life all in one in a true and effortless fit. This practice unites them all so perfectly, in such a seamless way.
— Emma Swann, in Victoria, Australia
Cynthia Jurs’ Tara-Gaia Sadhana and the Earth Treasure Vases hold the powerful intention of bringing healing and protection to the Earth. This practice has touched my life deeply as I have made this my daily offering to Mother Earth. I come to serve and receive so much more…
— Liza Jane Alexander, Tennessee
The Tara Gaia practice of Cynthia Jurs and the unfolding Earth Treasure Vase Global Mandala she has been working on for decades are inspired teachings for our times — appearing like a Terma of Tibetan Buddhism when they are critically needed.
— Vaughn Lovejoy
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, from whom she received the practice of the Earth Treasure Vases. In 2018 she was recognized as Lama Sherab Zangmo 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, works with former combatants in Liberia to build peace through mindfulness. Cynthia lives at the base of the Sangre de Christo mountains in northern New Mexico where she is often found walking in the wilderness with her dog or gardening with husband. You can find her offerings and join the global healing community she founded at www.GaiaMandala.net