From the beginning, the goal has been to cultivate direct relationships between Gaians, cultivating local community building, and inviting others into this community. While started as primarily virtual (and continues to have a significant online presence) the hope is that over time Gaians create their own local groups (or guilds), to support each other, to deepen connection to the Earth, and to play a restorative ecological role in their area (as this reflection details). Three have taken root so far, one in Honolulu, one in New Orleans, and one in Middletown, Connecticut.

Honolulu, Hawai’i

The Gaian Guild of Hawai’i Nei meets on the first Saturday of each month for meditation, discussion, and connection. We meet outdoors at different locations, with a Zoom-in option. To connect with the guild, contact Krista Hiser

New Orleans, Louisiana

The Crescent City Gaian Guild meets every Saturday to celebrate Gaia and support one another in our efforts to blaze a Gaian path. We generally meet in-person (outdoors) but occasionally online so please sign up for weekly email notices, or see listings via Lamplight Circle Meetup, or contact Bart Everson for more information. All welcome, even the idly curious.

Middletown, Connecticut

The Middletown Gaian Guild hosts monthly forest meditations typically on the second Sunday of the month. The calendar is below. If interested, please email for more details and to be added to the email list. Note: only thunderstorms and bad driving conditions will cancel these mediations. Rain and even light snow will not (bring proper clothing and a cushion if you need one). Also: on the fourth Sundays of the month, there is a Forest Bathing 101 session in Middletown also led by Erik Assadourian. All are welcome.

2023 Middletown Gaian Guild Forest Meditations, Middletown Forest Bathing Sessions, and Other Events

  • September 10, 4pm: Forest Meditation: Portland Riverfront
  • September 24, 10am: Forest Bathing 101: Middletown Nature Gardens
  • October 8, 3pm: Forest Meditation: Indian Hill Cemetery
  • October 22, 10am: Forest Bathing 101: Crystal Lake (Hillside, not peninsula path)
  • November 12, 3pm: Forest Meditation: Location TBD
  • November 26, 10am: Forest Bathing 101: Wadsworth Mansion
  • December 10, 2pm: Forest Meditation: Location TBD
  • December 17, 10am: Forest Bathing 101: Wadsworth Falls (Main Area not falls)
Map for location at Wadsworth Falls (when we’re at Wadsworth Falls)