Land Blessing and More at Riverview Park Charlottesville, VA

Serenity Ridge

A free, all-day event, organized by Ligmincha Charlottesville and Tom Tom Foundation

For the second year in a row, on Sunday, April 21st, Ligmincha Charlottesville, in collaboration with the Tom Tom Foundation, has organized a day-long offering of practice, nature, education, and community. The theme of the day is: “Our Loving-Nature: Self, Community, and Our Place in the World,” and it is a part of the “Conscious City” endeavors of the Tom Tom Festival taking place all weekend long.

This all takes place at Riverview Park in Charlottesville, VA. The day starts with a land blessing and guided practice on the elements with Lama Nyima Kalsang of Ligmincha Mexico at 9:15 a.m. There will be guided meditations, time to walk on the trails, music, a panel discussion, canoeing, and more. Everyone is invited to come! You can bring lunch and/or dinner and stay all day, or come just for what you want.

This event is really about being in community, finding beauty in the nature that is all around us, and finding simple ways to positively impact our environment.

The schedule for the day and our presenters include:

April 21, 2024

9:00 a.m. – Welcome Tea & Overview of the Day

9:15 a.m. – Land Blessing & 5 Elements Meditation with Lama Kalsang Nyima

10:45 a.m. – 5 Elements Nature Connection–Contemplative Co-creativity and Being in Community  – Guided by Panel with Linda Capacchione, Gryphon Corpus, Kim Cary

11:30 a.m. – Light lunch/ Nature Art/ Music Hour  – Music with Kim and Jimbo Cary Nature  –Art & Rock Painting Hour  – Guided by Sarah Peaslee & Linda Capacchione

12:30 p.m. – Rideshare Presentation  – Supporting “Car Free-er Sundays: 1-Month Pledge”  – Presented by Rideshare Program Manager, Sara Pennington

12:45 p.m. – Conscious Dance & Reiki Share  –Gerry Stowers and Paul Tucker with Cville Dance Co-Op

1:30 p.m. – Blue Ridge Sufi Community’s Dances of Universal Peace  – Presented Latifa Till

2:30 p.m. – Insight Meditation in Nature  – Guided by Pat Coffey

2:30 p.m. – 2-hour Rivanna River Float* for children and teens with a parent*.  –Guided by Certified River Guides “Big Red” Josh Langford & “Sully” Mora Sullivan. (If river conditions prohibit the trip, there will be a Sit-Spot in Nature Connection for Living Earth School’s Community Day)

3:30 p.m. – Tsa Lung Trul Khor (Tibetan Yoga) in Nature – Guided by Rob Patzig

4:30 p.m. – Hatha Yoga in Nature: Guided by Eileen Crist Patzig

5:30 p.m. – Walking Meditation – Guided by Pam Marraccini and Maggie Morris

5:50 p.m. – Pot-Luck & Open-Mic /TBD: Nature-Connection-Inspired Entertainment and Community Share Celebrating – More Car Free-er Pledges & Support / Acknowledgements / Dedication

7:00 p.m. – Closing


All events are free. Lunch is BYOB (Bring Your Own Bag) and dinner is a potluck (If sharing, vegetarian/vegan options only please, and please list your ingredients for people with food sensitivities and allergies). This event is “weather permitting”. Inclement weather (i.e., anything more than scattered showers, will cancel the event.   


*  The river trip is for children ages 8-17 and is limited to a total of 14 people. Each child or children of the same family must be accompanied by a parent on the canoes. We will have a pre-registration form available soon.