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Waimea Meditation Group Sunday, July 3, 2016

I entered the room of sacred space nestled in the hills of Waimea. Approximately 15 people were in serene meditation with their bodies still and silent. It took me just a minute to fall into sync with the room, it’s power and clarity enveloping me. Gavin spoke, words of truth that lulled me into an awareness of the changeless & eternal. His voice filled with love and equanimity; he shares his connection, his devotion, his strength. We turn to nature and the physical as we complete our mediation walking among the flowers and plants. I feel grateful for the moments as I hold them dear to me, this gift of slowing down, being completely present. Back inside, Gavin shares his understanding of the wordless, the power of spirit beyond the thought-judgments of the mind. Gavin lulls me back into tranquility with his melodic voice. Then, sangha seamlessly shifts into devotional poetry. Oh, the ever renewed beauty of devotion. Gavin takes us to a new space of love, reverence, and emotion with his words and music. Some moments of personal spiritual guidance were offered for those with thoughts to share. As the afternoon concludes, the community sits together and soaks in these gifts we have received. Thank you, Gavin.

 H         Waimea

Waimea Meditation Group Sunday, April 3, 2016

I have attended Gavin’s Kona and Waimea Sangha, as well as his Daylong Retreats since I first moved to the Big Island in 2007. His teachings and his “way” with you is nothing like I have ever exeprienced before. He is gentle, kind and loving and EVERY time I learn something new about myself. I am drawn to his presence as it is a magical place.  

Last night I had another huge aha moment in listening to his interaction with one of the other participants.  His dharma talk was around innocence lost and the possibility of daring to be vulnerable enough in the present moment and put down the armor I had learned to surround myself with.

Another layer of the wall came tumbling down last night and I GOT the connection between that armored moment at the present moment and creative, vulnerable, holy present moment.  To be able to live and trust that holy moment, present moment without having to bring up the armor is unbelievably refreshingly innocent. I felt relieved to have experienced that and to hold it going forward.

Thank you Gavin for helping me see, feel, experience that which I came away from last nights togetherness in Waimea.

I truly feel I am one giant step closer to my Divine.  

I only have eyes for You my Divine.

With love and appreciation.

J         Puna

Waimea Meditation Group Sunday, March 6, 2016

I found the Waimea meditation with Gavin Harrison to be cozy and enlightening. Gavin is an expert facilitator in guided meditation and spiritual dialogue. The sitting and walking meditation is powerful and enjoyable. I feel better and wiser after attending these gatherings.

Thank you so much Gavin and the Waimea Events Salon.

K      Waimea

“Occupy Your Heart”in Waimea, Saturday, February 27, 2016

Artistically the “Occupy Your Heart” evening in Waimea was breathtaking. Gavin’s poetry is really beautiful. His passion, his images, and his mysticism all shine through his words. He challenges us to be better than we are. And then reassures us that’s doing so is already inside the beautiful us that we are already. And the only reasonable response is to respond to the challenge. Or, at least that’s how I felt. I was sitting next to  a woman and she just kept murmuring “wow” under her breath. The music was lovely and matched beautifully with the poetry. Each poem had a separate piece that drew out the themes of the poem and transduced them into another medium- that of music. So the music was tickling your amagdyla, generating emotions and total-body neurohormonal neuropeptidal psychoneuroimmunologic extracellular bliss, the poetry was coming in through your eighth cranial nerve, being decoded in the anterior temporal horn and generating understanding, reinforcing the emotions that the music generated. It was a very moving experience. Gavin was in his element. If he was never an actor, then the world missed something. He had about 20 poems memorized, his movements choreographed, and the rhythm synced up with the music. And he did it all with a smile on his face radiating bliss. It was quite a performance. I, and I think the audience, found it mesmerizing.

Thanks for the lovely experience.

    Kamuela

Waimea Meditation Group Sunday, February 7, 2016

After much urging from friends, I finally made it to Gavin’s Waimea Meditation Gathering last Sunday, despite it being quite a trip from my home in Puna – at least for this “island-mentality” resident. But, oh, it was worth it!

The Waimea Events Salon is a spacious, vintage plantation home. It’s the perfect setting for our meditation (sometimes sitting, sometimes walking, guided and silent). Gavin’s teaching, followed by an opportunity for all to share, offered much wisdom to take home, a stash of tools for our daily spiritual path, and reminders of loving kindness. And Gavin brought us Hafez, the Persian poet born in 1310, whose work easily bridges the centuries with “Ah ha” insights. As a topic,Gavin wished us “exhaustion” from carrying the weight of our “presentation of self,” the burden of pleasing others and the struggle with our own expectations. If we can relax our identification with this burden, we can be who we truly are – with the capacity to shine with love without the illusion of separateness, Finally, what especially resonated with me was Gavin’s compassion, gently overlaid with a playfulness and joy.

 

We were also treated to a preview of An Evening of Ecstatic Poetry (Gavin) and Music (Kiyoshi Najita), a benefit event which will held on Feb.27. “Ecstatic” is the perfect word. Divine, their collaboration. Gavin’s poem on how he finds a poem (or actually how the poem finds him) is a delight. Our Island may be remote, but we have a treasure here!

M  Pahoa

Kona Meditation Gathering Sunday, October 17, 2015

The Kona Meditation Gathering format is a 25 minute sitting meditation, a 20 minute walking meditation, another 25 minutes of sitting, followed by another 20 minutes of walking. During the sitting meditation Gavin may offer a few words of guidance. The walking takes place on the grass of a beautiful serene garden with plants and trees of all kinds growing in the rainforest of Kaloko Mauka, accompanied by birdsongs. The remainder of the gathering is devoted to dharma teachings, poetry, inquiry and dialogue between sangha members and Gavin, in the context of the supportive embrace and love of all those who are present.

M      Kona

Waimea Meditation Group Sunday, August 2, 2015

I’m so grateful that I actually made the time and effort to go to Gavin’s meditation and dharma talk yesterday. The gift to myself to drop deeper into myself and dip into my own nectar was palatable. Gavin sets a womb to drop into ourselves and then offers these precious nuggets of gold that ILLUMINATE. My precious jewels from yesterday: Ruthless Fidelity w Truth. Embracing, really honoring and EMBRACING emotion and/or bodily sensations–full range of both. Diving deeply into anger and pulling that apart and airing it out and taking it for a walk, changed the quality of it in me. Shifted me viscerally. I also loved our piece on forgiveness–all w humor and Radical humility. It was a priceless afternoon. Invaluable.

Namaste Gavin for your beautiful words. So poetic. So poignant. It’s like you frolic ahead on the path, then create this beautiful warm light for us to beacon and follow. The result is a deeper connection and warmth at the base of my belly, a more open heart and a quieter, more peaceful mind. I’m left w grounded openness and peaceful clarity.

Mahalo, Mahalo, Mahalo Ke Akua for Gavin.

K   California

Waimea Meditation Group Sunday, December 7, 2014

An afternoon with the Beloved….

It is a rare meeting with friends to open up the intimate space where we can be and breathe in the climate of shared recognition of truth and loving kindness.  No matter how many times we sit with one another in satsang…..it is rare, it is timeless, it is profound, it moves the obstacles that seemingly stand between inside and outside, of you and me.  In this Sunday’s gathering with Gavin, all of us marinated with one another in this timeless sanctuary of togetherness and truth.  We need to be read poetry of the heart, of awakened tenderness, of eye contact that is undefended as the chattering mind settles into the breathing quality of connectedness. We need this as a medicine that helps the fastened memory to release the fragrance of love itself. Ahhhh!  What a gift, a jewel, that this can be shared with the guidance of an awakened friend, of one so intimate with their own path so as to hold the threshold of willingness open to all of us. Mahalo nui loa for this offering of truth and the loyalty to the One that keeps us on our knees in awe.

B   Hilo

Walking in the Wild, Saturday, December 6, 2014

Yes after the first hike I made sure to mark my calendar for the next month.

j     Waimea

How do you guarantee a most relaxing weekend? Join Gavin on the first Saturday of the month at I’ole for a walk in the wild.  The silent walk in one of the prettiest legal places to hike on the island provides a really wonderful start to your weekend. The stress of the work week ebbs away as you listen to the bird calls or gentle sound of wind in the trees.

I make sure I put this event on my calendar every month.  Rain or shine, it is always a wonderful experience and leaves me feeling renewed.

V     Waimea

Awakening to Joy — A One Day Meditation Retreat on October 25, 2014 in Puna

Thank you for Saturday. It was so special to be in your space again after a few years and what I really got out of it was the talk about fear that you gave to one of the participants. I have had an enormous amount of fear in the past few years. Phobias really, of silly things like grocery stores and brightly lit places. School as well. It’s so embarrassing!! The fact that you said that you don’t have to confront it with testosterone…which has been the advise so far, and not to avoid it but to acknowledge it and begin to give it compassion was priceless!

Also, when you did the guided meditation I got to a place where it felt as if the roof of my brain were opened and all the space in the world existed there. Of course I felt as if you were speaking to me alone yet I’m sure everyone in the room felt exactly the same. There weren’t really thoughts but I was relieved of having to think, or worry or anything. This may sound silly but it was almost like a brain orgasm and relaxation came after that. It was so amazing!!

You are so fun and humble and interesting and none of those words really put into voice who you are. Thank you for Saturday. Your poetry is beauty beyond words.

L    Puna  

I want to sincerely thank you for your workshop yesterday, It was a true awakening to joy and myself. My greatest challenge in my path has been the ability or “willingness to come back home”, as you so wonderfully expressed it. To be mindful and in the moment, to let go of thinking of the past and present and just BE. Due to your guidance and observing your genuine passion, I am now able to know what that feels and looks like, and have therefore come further along my path I truly believe, mahalo

R     Puna

 

I arrived with absolutely no expectations/preconception’s. Happily it was a challenge and a privilege to be exposed to such eloquent, piercing revelations that have been earned through such an extraordinary and ongoing life journey, to have a spark set to smoldering within, and so much to process. Thanks for the meltdown! It was like great jazz riffing, you hit the unexpected notes.

A     Puna

Walking in the Wild July 5, 2014

In the beginning, we sat together in a circle. Planting a Sufi parable in our heart-minds, Gavin said, “Listen to the wind in the trees…and know that the trees are listening to you”…

As our walking-ohana migrated across the lands of ‘Iole, I enjoyed the human senses that I have been gifted with. Treading step by step, the squishy and muddy road under my bare feet felt delicious. The green taro, brightly illumined by morning sun, filled my eyes. At one point, I rested under an ironwood tree, supported by a soft bed of its long needles.

Although we didn’t exchange words, my walking comrades and I shared each other’s presence and the joy of the journey. The simple company of each other was enough. In the end, we sat together in a circle, sealing the magic of our sacred, silent pilgrimage with nature.

Alison

Hawaii

Walking in the Wild May 3, 2014

Walking in the Wild gives me the opportunity to stop, to pause, to appreciate the natural world and to be renewed by it. There I take lessons from the trees as the wind gently breathes the earth. I listen, listen deeply to the language that is spoken only by cooing birds or taro or shimmering treetops. From my seemingly separate state, nature ushers me Back into wholeness.

Cherry

Hawaii

Poetry Events

  “Occupy Your Heart”in Waimea, Saturday, February 27, 2016

Artistically the “Occupy Your Heart” evening in Waimea was breathtaking. Gavin’s poetry is really beautiful. His passion, his images, and his mysticism all shine through his words. He challenges us to be better than we are. And then reassures us that’s doing so is already inside the beautiful us that we are already. And the only reasonable response is to respond to the challenge. Or, at least that’s how I felt. I was sitting next to  a woman and she just kept murmuring “wow” under her breath. The music was lovely and matched beautifully with the poetry. Each poem had a separate piece that drew out the themes of the poem and transduced them into another medium- that of music. So the music was tickling your amagdyla, generating emotions and total-body neurohormonal neuropeptidal psychoneuroimmunologic extracellular bliss, the poetry was coming in through your eighth cranial nerve, being decoded in the anterior temporal horn and generating understanding, reinforcing the emotions that the music generated. It was a very moving experience. Gavin was in his element. If he was never an actor, then the world missed something. He had about 20 poems memorized, his movements choreographed, and the rhythm synced up with the music. And he did it all with a smile on his face radiating bliss. It was quite a performance. I, and I think the audience, found it mesmerizing.

Thanks for the lovely experience.

    Kamuela

Poetry event at the Algood Barn in North Kohala on Saturday, March 10, 2012

On a most recent blustery Saturday night, I had the great good fortune to be blown into a warm room full of people at the Algood Barn where Gavin was presenting his original poetry along with gorgeous musical accompaniment by Joey Bradley. Presenting is not exactly the right word. It was more like the floodgates of his heart shot open and out poured this wild stream of pure love, passion, courage and humor.

Through his impassioned voice and words, he took us on a journey through the landscapes of our own hearts and his homeland of South Africa.  At various points throughout the evening, my eyes teared up and my heart swelled as Gavin’s poetry reminded me of the utter fragility and strength of the human spirit.  For example, he told us of his time at a maximum security prison in South Africa and the 7 holy men he met there who had simply “missed their mark – big time.” I imagined them as bodhisattvas among us who, through their unfortunate wrongdoings and lifelong apologies, allow us to open to the truths of our own hearts.

For me, Gavin’s poetry is powerful medicine that uplifts my soul and clears away the debris that has crept up around my heart in the course of my human fumbling and faltering. I was moved by all of his poems but there were a few that stood out for me, one being “Smoke and Mirrors.” He likened us to holograms that are constantly shifting and changing and if we can allow ourselves the room to grow, wow, what a revolutionary life we’d be living. “Arise from the sacred ground of failure,” is another gem he spoke that dropped like a seed into my consciousness. What an amazing revelation – failure can be sacred and we can rise from this place wholly new and wiser for it. Recovering from an injury that has completely altered the landscape of my life, Gavin’s poetry spoke to the place in me that is undergoing a kind of radical metamorphosis. In this place of not knowing, Gavin’s words float towards me like phosphorescence in a dark bay and remind me that mysterious magic abounds all around us and, just as it arises, it passes away in a graceful dance of impermanence.

Melissa Cardwell

Hawaii

Gavin is a gifted poet and a master at reciting them.  I have not ever experienced such a wonderful poetry reading.  Thank you Gavin, for honoring us with your gift.  I look forward to another magical night.  The added ukulele music was brilliant.

Elaine Christianson

Hawaii 

The poetry event at the Algood Barn in North Kohala on Saturday, March 10 left me feeling warm and deeply touched. The poetry is incredible, beautiful and well written. It tugs at my heartstrings, big time.  It carries so many lessons, which I always take home with me. My favorite poem is: “Resist Not.” The way Gavin moves and touches so many of us personally was a sweet and moving experience.  He manages to speak to each one of us in a way that is personal. The evening was uplifting and joyous. Gavin is a gem, pure love. We are lucky to have him on the Big Island.

Jatta Tapio

Hawaii

Poetry event at the Waimea Events Salon June 23, 2012

This event last Saturday in Waimea was once again beautiful with Joe playing the ukulele

accompanying the touching, eloquent and meaningful words in Gavin’s poetry. Gavin is such a gem.  We continue to bask in his awesome presence.  I come away with such a connected and uplifting feeling each time I attend one of Gavin’s events; whether it be poetry of meditation or, of course, both. Mahalo

Jatta Tapio

Hawaii

A beautiful Saturday night, more than a poetry reading, it was a dharma talk that transported me to a place called here and a time called now. The peace of the evening followed us the whole way home.

Tom Catton

Hawaii

The poetry event was a magical night, straight from the heart of one who knows the highs and lows of the spiritual path.  Gavin’s poetry touched all of us in a very special way.

Patty Louys

Hawaii

It was magical night at Gavin’s poetry reading 3/10.  The time flew and before I knew it, it had ended.  Each of Gavin’s poems was  heart felt, deep and moving.  I was amazed at his delivery with great animation, skill and passion.

Karen Alvarado

Hawaii 

Gavin knows! His words bring us home to the essence of Being, to the Truth of our Essential Nature. Being with Gavin, experiencing the Truth of his Understanding – of his Knowing – is a profound gift – and a delight!”

Ferris Buck

New Hampshire

Gavin’s performance is Slam Poetry for the Heart and Spirit. You don’t read his poetry as much as experience it. He encourages– demands, a fearless look inward to the unlimited potential of the soul. It’s a journey he is willing to take with you, and you couldn’t ask for a better guide.

John McCluggage

New Hampshire

Gavin uses words like musicians use notes. He manages to be ‘the friend who hears the song in our hearts and sings it to us when our memory fails.

Linda McCourt Scott

Cape Town

Meditation Groups and Retreats

Waimea Meditation Group Sunday, April 3, 2016

I have attended Gavin’s Kona and Waimea Sangha, as well as his Daylong Retreats since I first moved to the Big Island in 2007. His teachings and his “way” with you is nothing like I have ever exeprienced before. He is gentle, kind and loving and EVERY time I learn something new about myself. I am drawn to his presence as it is a magical place.  

Last night I had another huge aha moment in listening to his interaction with one of the other participants.  His dharma talk was around innocence lost and the possibility of daring to be vulnerable enough in the present moment and put down the armor I had learned to surround myself with.

Another layer of the wall came tumbling down last night and I GOT the connection between that armored moment at the present moment and creative, vulnerable, holy present moment.  To be able to live and trust that holy moment, present moment without having to bring up the armor is unbelievably refreshingly innocent. I felt relieved to have experienced that and to hold it going forward.

Thank you Gavin for helping me see, feel, experience that which I came away from last nights togetherness in Waimea.

I truly feel I am one giant step closer to my Divine.  

I only have eyes for You my Divine.

With love and appreciation.

J         Puna

Waimea Meditation Group Sunday, March 6, 2016

I found the Waimea meditation with Gavin Harrison to be cozy and enlightening. Gavin is an expert facilitator in guided meditation and spiritual dialogue. The sitting and walking meditation is powerful and enjoyable. I feel better and wiser after attending these gatherings.

Thank you so much Gavin and the Waimea Events Salon.

K      Waimea

Waimea Meditation Group Sunday, February 7, 2016

After much urging from friends, I finally made it to Gavin’s Waimea Meditation Gathering last Sunday, despite it being quite a trip from my home in Puna – at least for this “island-mentality” resident. But, oh, it was worth it!

The Waimea Events Salon is a spacious, vintage plantation home. It’s the perfect setting for our meditation (sometimes sitting, sometimes walking, guided and silent). Gavin’s teaching, followed by an opportunity for all to share, offered much wisdom to take home, a stash of tools for our daily spiritual path, and reminders of loving kindness. And Gavin brought us Hafez, the Persian poet born in 1310, whose work easily bridges the centuries with “Ah ha” insights. As a topic,Gavin wished us “exhaustion” from carrying the weight of our “presentation of self,” the burden of pleasing others and the struggle with our own expectations. If we can relax our identification with this burden, we can be who we truly are – with the capacity to shine with love without the illusion of separateness, Finally, what especially resonated with me was Gavin’s compassion, gently overlaid with a playfulness and joy.

We were also treated to a preview of An Evening of Ecstatic Poetry (Gavin) and Music (Kiyoshi Najita), a benefit event which will held on Feb.27. “Ecstatic” is the perfect word. Divine, their collaboration. Gavin’s poem on how he finds a poem (or actually how the poem finds him) is a delight. Our Island may be remote, but we have a treasure here!

M  Pahoa

Kona Meditation Gathering Sunday, October 17, 2015

The Kona Meditation Gathering format is a 25 minute sitting meditation, a 20 minute walking meditation, another 25 minutes of sitting, followed by another 20 minutes of walking. During the sitting meditation Gavin may offer a few words of guidance. The walking takes place on the grass of a beautiful serene garden with plants and trees of all kinds growing in the rainforest of Kaloko Mauka, accompanied by birdsongs. The remainder of the gathering is devoted to dharma teachings, poetry, inquiry and dialogue between sangha members and Gavin, in the context of the supportive embrace and love of all those who are present.

M      Kona

Waimea Meditation Group Sunday, August 2, 2015

I’m so grateful that I actually made the time and effort to go to Gavin’s meditation and dharma talk yesterday. The gift to myself to drop deeper into myself and dip into my own nectar was palatable. Gavin sets a womb to drop into ourselves and then offers these precious nuggets of gold that ILLUMINATE. My precious jewels from yesterday: Ruthless Fidelity w Truth. Embracing, really honoring and EMBRACING emotion and/or bodily sensations–full range of both. Diving deeply into anger and pulling that apart and airing it out and taking it for a walk, changed the quality of it in me. Shifted me viscerally. I also loved our piece on forgiveness–all w humor and Radical humility. It was a priceless afternoon. Invaluable.

Namaste Gavin for your beautiful words. So poetic. So poignant. It’s like you frolic ahead on the path, then create this beautiful warm light for us to beacon and follow. The result is a deeper connection and warmth at the base of my belly, a more open heart and a quieter, more peaceful mind. I’m left w grounded openness and peaceful clarity.

Mahalo, Mahalo, Mahalo Ke Akua for Gavin.

K   California

Waimea Meditation Group Sunday, December 7, 2014

An afternoon with the Beloved….

It is a rare meeting with friends to open up the intimate space where we can be and breathe in the climate of shared recognition of truth and loving kindness.  No matter how many times we sit with one another in satsang…..it is rare, it is timeless, it is profound, it moves the obstacles that seemingly stand between inside and outside, of you and me.  In this Sunday’s gathering with Gavin, all of us marinated with one another in this timeless sanctuary of togetherness and truth.  We need to be read poetry of the heart, of awakened tenderness, of eye contact that is undefended as the chattering mind settles into the breathing quality of connectedness. We need this as a medicine that helps the fastened memory to release the fragrance of love itself. Ahhhh!  What a gift, a jewel, that this can be shared with the guidance of an awakened friend, of one so intimate with their own path so as to hold the threshold of willingness open to all of us. Mahalo nui loa for this offering of truth and the loyalty to the One that keeps us on our knees in awe.

B   Hilo

Awakening to Joy — A One Day Meditation Retreat on October 25, 2014 in Puna

Thank you for Saturday. It was so special to be in your space again after a few years and what I really got out of it was the talk about fear that you gave to one of the participants. I have had an enormous amount of fear in the past few years. Phobias really, of silly things like grocery stores and brightly lit places. School as well. It’s so embarrassing!! The fact that you said that you don’t have to confront it with testosterone…which has been the advise so far, and not to avoid it but to acknowledge it and begin to give it compassion was priceless!

Also, when you did the guided meditation I got to a place where it felt as if the roof of my brain were opened and all the space in the world existed there. Of course I felt as if you were speaking to me alone yet I’m sure everyone in the room felt exactly the same. There weren’t really thoughts but I was relieved of having to think, or worry or anything. This may sound silly but it was almost like a brain orgasm and relaxation came after that. It was so amazing!!

You are so fun and humble and interesting and none of those words really put into voice who you are. Thank you for Saturday. Your poetry is beauty beyond words.

L    Puna  

I want to sincerely thank you for your workshop yesterday, It was a true awakening to joy and myself. My greatest challenge in my path has been the ability or “willingness to come back home”, as you so wonderfully expressed it. To be mindful and in the moment, to let go of thinking of the past and present and just BE. Due to your guidance and observing your genuine passion, I am now able to know what that feels and looks like, and have therefore come further along my path I truly believe, mahalo

R     Puna

I arrived with absolutely no expectations/preconception’s. Happily it was a challenge and a privilege to be exposed to such eloquent, piercing revelations that have been earned through such an extraordinary and ongoing life journey, to have a spark set to smoldering within, and so much to process. Thanks for the meltdown! It was like great jazz riffing, you hit the unexpected notes.

A     Puna

Waimea Meditation Group, February 2, 2014

Mirroring my cheeks, flushed with gratitude.

I come away feeling incredibly uplifted every time I attend one of Gavin’s events, whether a retreat or a group.  My heart just opens and I seem to get closer to the truth in spite of myself and a mind which always wants to take over!  This Sunday he was guiding us to be with the body from the top of head to the littlest toes.  Amazing, empowering and inspiring in what I experienced and came to understand at core level about the connectedness of mind, body and spirit!    You rock Gavin!

Jatta Tapio

Hawaii

Waimea Meditation Group December 1, 2013

The Waimea Meditation Group met again at the always welcoming and cozy Waimea Events Salon on a beautiful late summer day.  It’s nice to see and meet new faces coming to the group for the first time and acknowledge those seen before knowing there is some bond there, beyond words.  The topic for discussion was compassion and how that may manifest in one’s own life.  With Gavin’s gentle and practical hand, discernment was made between pity, being a doormat, giving with an agenda and true compassion, which is often a natural outflow of a devoted spiritual practice.  As a special treat, the group viewed Gavin’s slideshow of his beloved South Africa and the Woza Moya center there – residents, children and those dedicated to serving the community –an uplifting and inspiring  example of compassion in action.  Thank you, Gavin, for your guidance, grace, fearlessness and humor!

Lucy

Hawaii

Waimea Meditation Group January 5, 2014

Coming to Gavin’s meditation in Wiamea is always a beautiful experience! Becoming a part of this loving sanga has been a huge blessing in my life. Gavin is the guy who holds up the lantern that illuminates the path Home. His teachings and the way he teaches them are clear and profound. An arrow of love right to the heart! All are welcome in this environment of truth and open hearted joy. Thank you Gavin. We are blessed beyond measure to have you in our lives!

Linda Rayner

Hawaii

Waimea Meditation Group on January 5, 2013

I am a psychotherapist in Hilo Hawaii who has attended Gavin Harrison’s meditation groups and retreats for about six or seven years. Over this course of time, I have become aware of how my perspective and attitude has altered in how I approach my friends, family and life events. I seem to have a calmer and more compassionate way of handling things and the meditation process has helped me to be more in touch with what is truly relevant in my life.† Gavin not only teaches the meditation process, but is able to help one delve into the truth of things. I have found that his approach and clarity have also helped me as I work with my own clients. We are gifted on Hawaii Island to have Gavin available to offer his wise teachings.

Carrie Blankfield

Hawaii

The Waimea Meditation Group, February 2012

The Waimea meditation group met for the first time in its new home, The Wai’aka Events Salon, on Sunday, February 12. Housed in one of the oldest and most picturesque homes in Waimea, the Salon hosts numerous gatherings of both spiritual and educational interest. Gavin and the group are joyous and grateful for the new venue and especially thank Barrie Rose and Johanna Tilbury for their warm hospitality and generosity.

Ensconced in the cozy and homey living room, bedecked with stunning orchids, the group practiced both sitting and walking meditation, the latter being enjoyed in the lovely gardens adjoining the house. For those of us who regularly look for recordings of Gavin’s talks on his website, the portable recorder was unavailable at this gathering. Gavin shared about the distinctions between “horizontal” and “vertical” living, the yearning to root ourselves deeply in the ground of truth and offered several of his poems for the group’s consideration, followed by the usual lively discussion. The Waimea group looks forward to many more gatherings in our new, lovely home.

Kiyoshi Najita

Hawaii

Retreat at Waianuhea in Ahualoa on December 17, 2011.

“Homesickness of the Heart” was the theme of the 7th Annual Silent Holiday Meditation Retreat at Waianuhea in Ahualoa. Approximately 30 people attended the day long retreat on December 17. The beautiful grounds of Waianuhea Bed & Breakfast made for a sweet, sacred environment in which to explore the richness of a full day of silence.

Gavin opened with a brief dharma talk. We then entered seated silence for about 25 minutes in the upper portion of the public space in the B&B. This room, with its glass walls and peaked ceilings and circular shape all helped the sangha feel close together. Seamlessly (with Gavin’s instruction) we entered a walking meditation. Because the weather was raining off and on, our walking meditation took place in the lower level of the Waianuhea public area. Meditative feet felt the uneven naturalness of the stone floor, the rising and falling of the steps, the circles around the glass table, and the expertly woven lauhala mat.

As the day progressed, we followed the same pattern of sitting meditation, walking meditation, and brief dharma talks. Lunch was silent and allowed time for strolling the grounds (the rain did break for a bit), and napping. Afternoon started with more sitting and walking, and then a long session of inquiry and discussion. Beautiful stories of growth and fearlessness came from several participants. Gavin provided his views, as well as Rumi’s, Hafiz’s, Shams’, Christ’s, Buddha’s and many more. Gavin shared his poetry, which was a beautiful invitation to move inward to the still point at the center.

Gavin ended with a closing circle, and especially wanted to thank the owners of Waianuhea Carol and Michael Salisbury Culbertson and Tom and Bea who came early to help. At the end of the day, participants left with a renewed sense of their own interior, ready to take the practice back out into the world.

Cymber Lily Quinn

Hawaii

Walking in the Wild North

Walking in the Wild, Saturday, December 6, 2014

Yes after the first hike I made sure to mark my calendar for the next month.

j     Waimea

How do you guarantee a most relaxing weekend? Join Gavin on the first Saturday of the month at I’ole for a walk in the wild.  The silent walk in one of the prettiest legal places to hike on the island provides a really wonderful start to your weekend. The stress of the work week ebbs away as you listen to the bird calls or gentle sound of wind in the trees.

I make sure I put this event on my calendar every month.  Rain or shine, it is always a wonderful experience and leaves me feeling renewed.

V     Waimea

Walking in the Wild July 5, 2014

In the beginning, we sat together in a circle. Planting a Sufi parable in our heart-minds, Gavin said, “Listen to the wind in the trees…and know that the trees are listening to you”…

As our walking-ohana migrated across the lands of ‘Iole, I enjoyed the human senses that I have been gifted with. Treading step by step, the squishy and muddy road under my bare feet felt delicious. The green taro, brightly illumined by morning sun, filled my eyes. At one point, I rested under an ironwood tree, supported by a soft bed of its long needles.

Although we didn’t exchange words, my walking comrades and I shared each other’s presence and the joy of the journey. The simple company of each other was enough. In the end, we sat together in a circle, sealing the magic of our sacred, silent pilgrimage with nature.

Alison

Hawaii

Walking in the Wild May 3, 2014

Walking in the Wild gives me the opportunity to stop, to pause, to appreciate the natural world and to be renewed by it. There I take lessons from the trees as the wind gently breathes the earth. I listen, listen deeply to the language that is spoken only by cooing birds or taro or shimmering treetops. From my seemingly separate state, nature ushers me Back into wholeness.

Cherry

Hawaii

 

Walking in the Wild April 5, 2014

It’s the first Saturday of the month and look forward to my practice of spending an amazing hour and a half with Gavin and the birds, bees and trees of I’ole.  What a wonderful way to mark the passage of time, reflect on the events in the past month and reawaken myself to the possibilities ahead.  Please join me.

Vivianne Aronowitz

Hawaii

Walking in the Wild March 1, 2014

Walking in the Wild today was like walking through history. This land is no stranger to ritual. I could almost sense the rituals of times past with all the appreciation of nature.

Jan Roberts

Hawaii

Walking in the Wild, May 3, 2014

At dawn, it crumpled to my closet floor, this shirt

Neglected, startling, a little daring, but handy.

I don candy-apple red and join Gavin’s morning Walk in the Wild.

We begin in silence—two friends plus three strangers in blues and browns

And me, flashing like a cardinal among sparrows under mac nut trees.

Thoughts simmer, fueled by heart heat, arising, arresting, alarming

Until we pause above a deep gulch where ti clings,

Nosing maroon heads skyward, almost lost among so many greens.

I creep cliffward and peek over tree tops far below.

Leafy patterns quilt a giant’s cushion,

Secured by polka dots of orange African tulips, like an accent button.

We turn back, leaving guava scent, to walk iron-rich dams between taro patches,

Red-veined hearts lift Gavin’s chant before a cindery altar, blessing the <em>aina.</em>

Moss blurs the water’s edge below our feet,

Tiny strings of leaves turn russet as they leave shadow for light.Up rust-colored path, we avoid a broken reflector duct-taped atop a stick just above a ditch,

Pass a rusty gate where heliconia hide, then point to where the homestead sits vacant.

We descend worn steps announced by ginger’s torch

And arrive full circle, still silent, to reflect with quiet mind.

My eyes lift above thatch to one spreading banyan,

Trace roots, climb branches and claim two blushing blossomsRising and falling above leaves, natural rouge spots

Virginia Fortner

Hawaii

Walking in the Wild on March 2, 2013                      

What a great start to the weekend!  For the last 2 first Saturdays I have joined Gavin on his monthly silent meditative hike at the Bond estate.  The rain seems to magically disappear at the right moment and the glistening forests open their embrace to the rhythmic footsteps of the silent walkers. Each birdcall and gentle breeze is part of the orchestra that with the present moment focus is just sublime. I am with myself but in the company of likeminded souls that feels immensely supportive. All the week’s stresses and woes just dissipate and I feel refreshed, renewed and in awe of the magic of the beauty of the place and the quiet togetherness.  Gavin’s sweet guidance provided the perfect container for this beautiful moment.

I’ve walked alone many times in silence but never before with a group as a silent walking meditation. It was lovely. I look forward to the next time. I would have liked to be out longer, say, a couple of hours; perhaps when this program is more established, the period can be extended.

Carol Perry

Hawaii

Walking in the Wild Saturday, July 7, 2012

On Saturday morning, July 7, 2012 I followed the winding road through Hawi to Kapaëau and the beautiful Bond Estate to meet with Gavin Harrison and a small group of like minded silent meditation hikers to share in an experience that lifted my soul and combined my love for the island and with my deeper awareness of my inner self.† Gavin brought us all together in the most peaceful and respectful manner to begin a one and a half hour meditation walk structured to support us to discover the incredible beauty of the land in a stress free and spiritual walk through forest, jungle and macadamia nut orchards. We enjoyed the sound of a waterfall, nibbled on Strawberry Guava fruit and took in all the smells of pure unadulterated nature. Only the sound of the chime by Gavin interrupted our silence. The chime brought us back from our thoughts to stop for a minute and take in the beauty around us. As we proceeded on our quiet journey we easily found our way back to where we started. Saturdays with Gavin are a unique explorationÖ not to be missed.

Michael K. Tonjum

California

The Woza Moya Project and Group of Hope

The receipt of Petals and Blood at The Woza Moya Project, September 11, 2014

Dearest Gavin

We have your beautiful books here in our community centre and everyone has all been oooing and aaahing over them throughout the day today. Absolutely stunning!! And the Poetry is powerful and deep! We feel so honoured to be a part of this beautiful project, PETALS AND BLOOD, and to be personally connected with you. I know that I am speaking on behalf of everyone here when say that you are greatly loved by WOZA MOYA.

Please also send our love and best wishes to everyone in your Hawaiian Sangha

Sue Hedden

South Africa

A reflection by Linda Scott of The Group of Hope — How Gavin met the Group October 13, 2013

Gavin and I were, by chance, seated next to each other for lunch at the conclusion of one of his wonderful retreats at Bodhi Khaya in South Africa. I was with my daughter Lulu and friend Marlene and we soon started discussing the origin of the rolled paper bead necklaces and earrings we had all put on for the occasion. This colourful recycled jewelry had been made by maximum security male prisoners to raise money for 30 destitute orphans they were supporting in the community. Gavin’s eyes began to dance even more merrily than usual as we told him about our involvement with this inspiring project called the Group of Hope. Before the meal was finished it was clear that a visit to the prison had to be arranged, come what may.

The following week Gavin and his friend David met us at the gates of Worcester Male Centre and we were soon crowded into a small anteroom within the prison with seven Group of Hope inmates, the head of the prison and a warder. The prison head welcomed the guests and said he would stay for a few minutes. Gavin then bared his heart, as only he can, describing his life’s journey and why he wanted to meet these men who had done such great wrong but had used this experience to change. The room was hot and airless and it felt as if time was suspended as each of the inmates stood up to tell their own story and how the Group of Hope project had given meaning to and transformed their lives. The prison head stayed on spellbound. On the surface only words were being exchanged; underneath a torrent of joyful emotion washed away all feelings of separateness. It was like being right in the middle of one of Gavin’s poems. Stand wild. Stand naked, within this moment. Fall from the contraction of your mind into the cathedral of your heart. Give your self to the otherness of our time together.

We ended with a meditation followed by a qigong session in the courtyard – becoming waves or opening sunflowers and watched over by some of the other uncharacteristically silent inmates hanging onto their window bars. Another visit soon followed in which Gavin read out the poem he had written about the Group of Hope entitled ‘Missing the Mark’. Now, many of the Group regularly write poetry and one of them has established a poetry group (for any inmate who loves words, he said) and a book of inmate poems is being published this December. Gavin has never left the Group of Hope.

Linda Scott

South Africa

The receipt of Hawaii Community-made dresses quilts by The Woza Moya Project, July 6, 2012

We have just returned from Durban harbour with the box! The contents are absolutely gorgeous. This is probably the most precious donation we have ever received, considering all the struggles along the way! And because it has all been hand-made and packed with such love and care. Thank you SO much to all of you. Please go and have a look at our Facebook page! Much love and our deepest appreciation to you all. From all of us at Woza Moya.

Sue Hedden

South Africa

A letter from M Phadiel Orrie of The Group of Hope to Gavin, March 12, 2012

My dear brother Gavin Harrison,

I greet you in the name of the Almighty, most merciful, most gracious. All praise and gratitude ultimately belongs to him, the Lord and cherisher of the universe.

My beloved brother, in the fulfillment and overwhelming darkness I find the sound of complete silence in each morning hour. It consumes me with a coercion of peace and serenity, my thoughts shadowed with that of loved ones until the breaking dawn. It is, however, so often where I shall find you my dear friend, as you are one, one of my beloved brothers. A brother whom I have treasured within the cages of my chest.

A warrior and clearly defined archer as yourself, with the gift of knowledge, divine wisdom and unforgettable bravery would therefore never miss his ‘mark’. You share the humbleness greater than those who are with us and as some of those before us. Being blessed with the privilege and honour to have been in your presence has changed my perception for the better of how I view, or should view, my fellow brothers and sisters in humanity. This exceptional experience with you has humbled my soul, softened my heart, yet strengthened my courage and increased my way of life, and for this my dearest brother I lower my wings in my approach towards you and shed the tears of love for you.

My brother, as for the duties that set in my present life I could have done with a brother as yourself to guide and advise me to successfully fulfil them, as my tender thoughts as well as my limited knowledge seem to become overshadowed by the enormity of it all. I do, however, seek other avenues in this regard but often I hold my tongue for so many reasons. Having said that I do believe that our Creator will allow us to shift into one another’s paths, and we shall share so many. As for now I’ll allow our hearts to beat as one across the oceans, through the valleys, and beyond our physical beings.

My brother I pray for your daily strength and health. May the Almighty keep showering you with his infinite mercy and grace. You are truly a man amongst men and the universe will bear witness on a day to your greatness.

Once more I thank you for all you have brought into my life.

With love and respect from a dear brother,

M Phadiel Orrie

South Africa

The delivery of Hawaii Community-made dresses quilts to The Woza Moya Project, February 2012

The 45 hand-made quilts went on their journey this past Thursday. I was very teary as they were placed on the forklift, in a big box, beginning their long voyage to South Africa, halfway around the world. They were joined by 50 hand-sewn dresses and some beautiful donated baby clothing. I told them they had quite a trip ahead, and their responsibilities were just beginning – comforting, cushioning, protecting and keeping children warm, and maybe ‘strutting their stuff’ by hanging proudly on a wall for all to see. I felt much gratitude for the quilts and dresses, and for their stories, and for those who created them with love and caring. It has been a year since the project started. The folks in South Africa are patiently waiting for the package to arrive, and I can only imagine their delight and joy upon opening the box and seeing its contents, all the colors and patterns and shapes and sizes. Oh my!

Sue Henning

Hawaii

A letter from Thando Gwampi of The Group of Hope to Gavin, March 12, 2012

Meeting Gavin is one of the greatest things that ever happened to me. If there’s one thing I don’t have a problem with, whatsoever, is committing myself in personal development. Most of my life my focus was very much on material things and being in prison has awakened in me a thirst for spiritual development – reconnecting with higher self. [love in Xhosa is uThando, my proper name] which is why learning different techniques of re-establishing relationship with True Self is what MOVES ME.

This piece which was inspired by little me’s fear that such ecstasy he gave me by simply being a Lover for Life would never be again but reflecting back to that special Tuesday. This following piece was realised deep within and I thought I might share it with you .

Divers

In depths of this life

we swim together to eternity

Independently, though not without each other’s company

Playfully we chase each’s love

Passionately nursing own’s longing

Till we embrace truths of our heart

That sparks fly, with drums rumbling,

flowers singing, universe smiling

to the opening of Love’s meaning

Given by You and Me

In reuniting with Love within

And enjoying what we share,

which is the origins

of the vastness we swim in

Never can we be apart

Our Bond is the sea we swim in

Our Hearts, Your Heart, My Heart

Listen, life, the beat goes on

Waves break, home they go

where they belong

Parting with the shore

They hug, kiss….again

We are

Now the little me is at peace,

re-integrated with the whole

Now all of me knows that Divers

We are

Deep Gratitude

Please excuse my untidy handwriting – my hand is too slow for my excitement

Thando Gwampi (aka Skoje)

South Africa

A report from The Woza Moya Project concerning the opening of the new place center funded in part by the Hawaii in Sangha October 30, 2009

 On Friday 30 October 2009 the new Play Centre at Woza Moya Project was officially opened. It was built from February to September 2009 with funds raised by Gavin Harrison and the Hawaiian Sangha; and Patricia Schafer of Mothering Across Continents based in Charlotte USA. Their commitment and generosity in funding this building is greatly appreciated by Woza Moya and the community it serves.

It was a bitterly cold day and the roads were muddy, but nothing could dampen the celebration! The guest of honor was Mrs. Nondabulo, the Ixopo Office Manager from the Department of Social Development. She praised Woza Moya for its continued efforts as an HIV and AIDS community care and support programme and urged the community to make good use of this new facility.

This was echoed by other speakers who included Nkosi Ddlovu, and Ms Mbona from Headstart Pre-Primary School. The Play Centre Manager, Helen Hancock, highlighted the benefits of Early Childhood Development (ECD) and pledged to make the Centre a place of joy and learning. She will be assisted by Linda Stone in training local staff to manage and run the centre. There was also a short presentation by Ramila Fakir of the Children’s Rights Centre on ‘the child’s right to play’. All the Woza Moya care workers came from far and wide as well as many supporters and volunteers involved in the project.

Clowns Without Borders, who have been partnering with Woza Moya for some time offering psycho-social support through clowning, provided entertainment. Local children who have formed the Chibini Circus showed off their newfound confidence in juggling and acrobatics, and the Indlamu dance group from the local Sinevuso school also thrilled the crowd with their rhythmic moves! The proceedings ended with a song and prayer followed by lunch.

The Play Centre will cater for pre-school children, with the possibility of introducing an after school facility in the future. It is also envisaged to introduce an outreach programme in the future where care-workers are equipped and trained to take play to more remote parts of the community. For now it was enough to see the joy in the face of a little boy struggling to jump over tyres planted in a row in the playground, a tiny girl with sad tired eyes forgetting herself for the moment clapping and dancing with the clowns..

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