What We Stand For


Mindfulness Practice

The root of everything we do is mindfulness. Our individual and collective practice awakens our inter-dependence with and love for Mother Earth. With mindfulness and deep looking into the challenges of our time, we cultivate peace, joy, fearlessness and the insight to know how to be and what to do.


Earth & Racial Justice

Our lay & monastic members at the 2019 Climate Strike, NY

Earth & Racial Justice is a comprehensive term which includes:

  • Climate Justice
  • Social Equity
  • Regenerative Economics
  • Democratic Process
  • Rights of Nature

For more about how the Earth Holder Community is embodying Earth & Racial Justice, CLICK HERE>>



Founder of One Earth Sangha, Kristin Barker, and past Care-Taking Council Member of the Earth Holder Community, Heather Mann

Earth Holders embody the teachings and methods of the Plum Village Community of Engaged Buddhism and bring our insight and healing energy to the momentum of good work happening locally, regionally, nationally, and globally. We contribute mindfulness and compassion to further the efforts of skillful and effective organizations. You’ll find links to some of the groups we partner with in the footer on the bottom of this page.

The world needs the peace, insight, and joy of our Plum Village practice. When we act as Earth Holders, we embody the teachings transmitted to us by our teacher Thich Nhat Hanh in order to help ourselves and others manifest true transformation and healing.


Direct Action

As members of the Plum Village Community of Engaged Buddhism, Earth Holders commit themselves to “Right” or Compassionate Direct Action in a variety of ways. Click here for some great ideas on how you can get involved.


Developing a Mindful Approach to Earth Justice. Are you an Earth Holder?


Building Blocks of Earth Holder Action

This article written by Plum Village Dharma Teacher and fellow Earth Holder John Bell appeared in Kosmos Journal in Summer 2019. In it, John explores six interconnected elements of holistic Earth Holder action, specifically:

  • Cultivating wise view
  • Transforming racism
  • Healing grief, despair, and fear
  • Building strong communities
  • Ethical living
  • Mindfulness-based environmental justice work

CLICK HERE to read more.