Environment

Summer Solstice takes place on the sacred land of Guru Ram Das Puri, which 3HO® Foundation rents from LYF (Legacy of Yogiji Foundation). LYF manages the property and makes improvements throughout the year in collaboration with 3HO Foundation. In cooperation with LYF, 3HO Foundation supports sustainable use of Guru Ram Das Puri.

Re-Use

New this year!  We are no longer changing our lanyard colors from event to event so the lanyard you receive this year will be the one you will see at future Solstice events. We encourage participants to keep them and reuse them for the next Solstice event. For those who would rather not have another item to add to their Solstice bag,  there will be bins in registration and the security area checkpoint for people to drop off their lanyards.  The lanyards will be cleaned and then re-used at the following event.

Water Conservation

Recently, LYF installed meters to monitor the water usage at Guru Ram Das Puri. In New Mexico, property is given a set amount of underground water to use on a quarterly basis. Currently, Summer Solstice is just under the allocated amount for the second quarter. As Summer Solstice attendance grows, LYF and 3HO Foundation have implemented water conservation efforts including automatic shut-off faucets and shower head water volume restrictors. The shower head volume restrictors effectively reduce the gallons per minute used from the standard low-flow 2.5 gpm (gallons per minute) to 1.6 gpm. We also use Kohler “energy smart toilets,” which are 1.2 gpf (gallons per flush). A conventional toilet uses 4 – 7 gallons per flush.

We encourage all participants to be mindful of water use, such as making sure that faucets and shower heads are not left dripping. Guru Ram Das Puri is located in the high desert where water conservation is of utmost importance. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding in helping to care for this fragile environment.

Energy Use

LYF is always looking to transition to green power. The work has begun to install solar thermal hot water heaters for the kitchen and solar LED lighting for various shower facilities. Our long-term vision includes transitioning from diesel-generated electricity to solar and wind electric solutions. Of course, this all depends upon funding for Guru Ram Das Puri development. If you would like to support the Guru Ram Puri Development Fund, click here to donate or add a donation to your Solstice online registration.

Currently, we use liquid propane for cooking because we have a commercial-grade kitchen, which is designed to run efficiently using petroleum-based fuels. As we add commercial appliances to the kitchen, energy efficiency is always considered prior to making purchases.

Leave No Trace

Our firm policy is to leave all campsites cleaner than when we arrived. Out of respect for each other and the land, please allow plenty of time to properly break down and pack up your campsite. Leave no trace means to remove anything that doesn’t belong in the natural environment, such as tissues, watermelon rinds, tents, sleeping bags, tarps, or clothing.

Solstice Sadhana Celebrations are pack-it-in and pack-it-out events. Remember that your tent, your shoes, or a flashlight become trash when left behind at Guru Ram Das Puri. Items left are not considered donations; they’re considered trash.  If you are planning on purchasing a tent and leaving it behind, please consider registering for a space in one of our rental tents or cabins.

Lost and Found If you see any of these items left behind, please pick them up and place them in the nearest landfill, recycling, or compost bin, or take them to the lost and found at Hospitality, as appropriate.

We also observe the following “Leave No Trace” principles: Leave rocks, plants, and other natural objects as you found them; use existing trails; and observe wildlife from a distance.

Recycling/Waste Management

We provide plastic and glass receptacles for recycling, please use them; they are well marked and in convenient areas throughout the sight. Northern New Mexico only recycles number 1 and 2 plastics, and those plastics must be shaped like a bottle. Any other plastic or glass items are considered trash; please dispose of them accordingly.

Please respect the process of sustainability that we are trying to cultivate in this Aquarian Age

We also provide compost bins for scraps from snacks and meals. Some of this goes to farms in the area to feed animals so make sure if you compost your tea bags or anything that has staples or other kinds of indigestible materials you remove them prior to composting.

Because Northern New Mexico recycling refused to bring a dumpster for recycling glass, the Green Team at the 2009 Summer Solstice Sadhana Celebration volunteered to take the glass recycling to them. The Green Team plans to continue this practice. Bless you Green Team!

The landfill bin is where the Green Team requests your consideration. In the mindset that “throw away” means landfill, please be aware of what you consider “trash” and what might actually be better suited in the compost or recycling bins.

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