Lifelines: Planting a Network of Hedgerows to Connect People and Nature

Lifelines weekend team of participants along with the Drala Long resident Buddhists    What is a lifeline?  Clearly it’s something that provides an opportunity for life. The Lifelines Project of the St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace is true to its name.  This project connects community and faith groups with farmers, helping to plant…

Woodlands for the Future

Image by Pexels The makeup of England’s woodlands is the result of human activity over centuries. During this time woodlands have been managed under the assumption that the environment they are growing in will be relatively stable, however, this key assumption is no longer valid. The projected rate of climate change we are currently facing…

Forest Bathing

Image by Josealbafotos In summer 2023, we started Forest Bathing sessions in the beautiful Heritage gardens of the Global Retreat Centre. Between 30 and 60 come to soak in the healing vibrations of nature.  Forest Bathing or ‘Shinrin-yoku’ is Japanese for absorbing nature. This is a relaxation practice that involves taking a walk or sitting…

Caring For The Trees at Global Retreat Centre, UK

The Amazon forest is termed the ‘lungs of the world’ for its exchange of CO₂ and O₂. And yet, in 2022, deforestation was taking place at an estimated 4 hectares per minute, that’s 21 trees per second! Despairingly one asks, what contribution can a small estate like that of the Global Retreat Centre, which is…

Biodiversity Day 2024

Bio diversity day – 2024

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Waste Nothing; Value Everything

Zeo Waste Day – 30 March 2024

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Grasslands in Bharapar, India

Regeneration of Grasslands in Bharapar, India

Grasslands cover approximately twenty five percent of the Earth’s land surface and contain roughly twelve percent of the terrestrial carbon stocks. These ecosystems are mainly found in regions where there is a scarcity of water and not enough regular rainfall to support the growth of forests. There are different types of grasslands – ranging from…

Helping the Bush

by Jessica Yuille, Coordinator of the Blue Mountains Retreat Centre, Australia   In Australia the Brahma Kumaris are fortunate to have four Retreat Centres all with varying amounts of beautiful natural bush and native animals. As custodians of these areas we do our best to care for them. This can mean leaving them alone but…

The way to happiness through de-cluttering

Balancing the urge to acquire possessions against the desire to live simply is part of an eternal, never-ending debate. These days, has materialism become the dominant ‘religion’? Covid-19 has offered us the time and opportunity to de-clutter. The question is: Have we used it well? During the pandemic last year, I found I could not…

Rising to the Climate Emergency – Brahma Kumaris at COP27

Egypt will host the 27th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP27) in Sharm El-Sheikh on 6–18 November 2022.

Water management with Rajyoga

Water management with Rajyoga. Water is precious, Life could not exist without it.

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Climate change – The Hidden Solution

In a paper entitled Underestimating the Challenges of Avoiding a Ghastly Future, CJA Bradshaw and his co-writers observed that there was a general consensus on what needs to be done to prevent a 6th extinction but no consensus on how to do it. Bradshaw points out that many ambitious targets have been set over the…

The Healing Force of Ahimsa

Ahimsa is an ancient philosophy.  Sometimes described as ‘non-violence towards all life’, it is in fact a deeply felt way of being, in which we are able to experience the living energy of other life forms. It comes to us from a different time, a time when we had a deep connection with nature. Of…

Trees are showing the way

Trees Are Showing the Way, How to change the hardest thing to change – the human heart.

The aim of environmental work is to figure out collectively how we can return to a mentality of taking care of the natural systems that sustain us. In order to do this we need to rapidly move into a phase of giving back to the world around us more than we take from it.

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Wake-Up Call For A World In Transition

This article by Shivani, published in Times of India, Speaking Tree section, discusses some of the woes of this world and simple changes we can each make to create a much better world.

How each of us can help to save this planet – Brijmohan

In this article, BK Brijmohan makes the case for each of us to take our own action to help sustainability of this world we live in.  He gives helpful advice.  It was published in the Times of India 28th December 2016.

Let’s plant more trees – Times of India article

Brijmohan of Brahma Kumaris makes a powerful case for planting more trees.

Global emotional warming – Mike George

In an extract from his latest book, “Being Your Self”, Mike George makes a clear connection our ‘emotional patterns’ and ‘weather patterns’.

Strong women strong world: Looking at inner resources

This article by Dr Tamasin Ramsay, published in the Outreach magazine, describes how the well-being of a Small Island Developing State (SIDS) can be directly related to the well-being of the women and girls of that nation.  The article shows how inner resources can be used more effectively.

BK Environmental Commitment

A wider view

The Brahma Kumaris Environmental Policy aims to encourage all of us throughout the organisation to feel that we are guardians of the Earth’s resources.
We can help each other to grow in terms of our awareness of the natural world as a living system that needs our care; and deepen our concern for cultures living in environmentally susceptible lands.

Spirituality & Sustainability

by Valériane Bernard

Many people in the world still refrain from disposing of cooking oil in the sink with the excuse that the governments are not doing anything concrete! They also rant about the value of saving water to protect the environment, if councils and leaders do not care? This defeatist thinking overlooks the power of the individual and surrenders all power to external agencies. Is this what we want?

Homage to the Tree Heroes

Anthony Strano, April 2012

This post will neither be about environmental policies, nor political/social issues regarding ecology. This not a watchdog post to monitor but it is just a post to say a great thank you, to express gratefulness to the green heroes of our planet, who silently and gallantly do their duty in the world’s forests but more so in millions of cities, towns and their parks. The heroes who are the lungs of Humanity, whose existence facilitates our own.

The Green Saint, the patron of animals and the environment

Anthony Strano, April 2012

It is early April, early morning and the curling mist fills the valley below Assisi. The only things I hear are the birds and the bells which chirrup and chime in turn. Otherwise a silence embraces the dawn lit city. A silence that has existed, I am sure, in Assisi during the time of Francis and Clare.


With inflation knocking on the door, and unemployment statistics rising, people are finding it increasingly difficult to ‘keep up with the Jones’s’! And yet the urge to buy impulsively and compete with the latest consumer trends, despite not having the bank balance to match it, is ever increasing.

Man versus nature?

Nature is perceived romantically as a sort of utopia that contrasts with the distopia of the urban spreads and their frenzied materialism. The image of the ‘noble savage’ depicted by Jean-Jacques Rousseau, living harmoniously with nature, free of the ‘evils’ of selfishness, inspires environmental fundamentalists until today.

Healing the planet

There is a sense of helplessness and soul-searching after one of the most powerful earthquakes in recorded memory hit the north-east of Japan. At the same time it is amazing to observe the offers of help from around the world flowing in for the victims of this humungous disaster. During these catastrophes does anyone stop to consider caste, creed, religion, gender, status?

Message to mother earth

Japanese Earthquake Disaster

Empathy and the Environmental Crises

We know that if we are to make an impact on the Environmental Crises, patterns of consumption have to shift substantially. We need a tidal wave of change towards ecological choices, so that we all feel like citizens of the world when we make decisions about buying products and services. And this would require a major shift in the conscience of the majority.