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« Reply #6: July 31, 2010, 10:53:53 am »

I hope you'll excuse me, maybe I should have posted this in the newbie section, or maybe there are loads of information on this subject other places on this site that I couldn't find...
I hope for some advice from those of you practising your Pagan faith in urban areas.

Growing up on a farm, it was easy enough to follow the cycles of the year, smelling spring, celebrating harvest... But as a grown up, I've made a couple of (faith-based) choices that makes being in tune with nature more difficult. I decided to become a biologist, which means that I have to live in an urban area, that's where the jobs are. I want to minimize my carbon foot print, and don't want to use a car to get to work, which means that I have to live close to the city centre.

I think I've been spoiled from living in the middle of nowhere, so now I have these strange ideas that I HAVE to have a sacred grove for my rituals, HAVE to grow my own herbs in a garden, HAVE to see the full moon reflected in water, and so on, haha.

When you live in the middle of a city, what do you do to stay close to nature? Are there other aspects I could focus on while I'm saving up money to buy a house with a garden?
I feel like I've lost my faith, and the "natural" approach to my faith, while I've been living in the city... Any feedback would be much appreciated.

Nothing is outside of nature including cities. Nature is everywhere, you just have to look and notice.

Volunteer for a local environmental group.
Check out the Pagan groups in your city. Those that organize public gatherings often hold these in parks or reachable outdoor places.
Look into the history of your city, what the land and waters once were, how they were changed, adapted and why.
Investigate your city environmentally. Are there any hot issues? Anything that needs protecting today?
Look to see if you can adopt a park or part of a nature trail. If you don't have $$ to spare, see if volunteering or advocacy is needed.
Look for natural-oriented stores or services in your area and support them with your business.
Walk every day if you can. Notice trees, gardens, plants, animals etc and the changes.
Keep a nature journal of your city through the seasons. Or write a nature blog online if you prefer.
If you have a balcony or even just a window sill, grow herbs in pots.
If you have a balcony garden, get a small composter.
Check if there are any community or co-op gardens that you might get a plot in. Or join a group trying to create such.
Look around for an outdoor healing place. It can be a certain section in a park or on a walk or even someplace reachable outside of the city if you can go camping or hiking.

Amber

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