Cynthia Jurs, a Dharmacharya in the Order of Interbeing of Thich Nhat Hanh, directs the Open Way Sangha in Santa Fe, New Mexico and is the founder of Alliance for the Earth, a nonprofit dedicated planetary healing and collective awakening. Her life was transformed when she met an old wise man living in a cave and asked him, “What can we do to bring healing and protection to the Earth?”
Thirty Earth Treasure Vases (ETVs) and 25 years later, in collaboration with indigenous elders, young activists and regular folks in communities around the world, a mandala of global healing for the Earth has been established. Cynthia’s practice of sacred activism has taken her on pilgrimages to every continent where she has witnessed both horrible suffering and miraculous solutions arise in response to heartfelt prayers. She teaches and travels to share the ETV practice wherever she can and is working on a book and documentary film.