Transition Mar Vista/Venice

Transition Mar Vista/Venice
Transition Mar Vista/Venice projects include Little Free Libraries community build days and Good Karma Gardens pay-it-forward edible gardens. Join us for these activities, as well as many others!


HELLO! We invite you to explore the resources and links posted here. For information about Transition Mar Vista/Venice's events, please check (and like!) our Facebook page:


Good Karma Garden Project: Pay-it-forward edible gardens
Email for location information

Westside Produce Exchange: One Saturday per month
To join and find out the date of the next exchange,

Our Time Bank: Check OTB's Web site for schedule of events and monthly potluck
Visit for details and date of next potluck

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center: Check Sivananda's Web site for class
schedule and special events


The Guerrila Gardener
Our friends at the Argonaut spotlight Sunshine Partnerships
and other urban farmers

Urgent Gardening: A Citizen Yogi's Call to Action
The Argonaut profiles Swami Omkarananda

A New Parkway Vision for Culver City
Transition Culver City members mobilize to produce a compelling film
about sustainable alternatives to wasteful grass parkways

Oneness Media Wins Best Healthy Cities Short Film Award
The New Urban Film Festival recognizes Stephon Litwinczuk's documentary
about TMV/V



Report on our first Monthly Giving Circle

Eleven of us came together on Saturday (3/24/2012) in an ongoing experiment we're calling a giving circle.

We used a stone with the word "charity" engraved in it as our "talking stick" as we shared stories of giving and receiving, listening attentively to each other as we took our first hesitant steps towards exploring what it is to live in a "gift economy."

We heard of the generosity of a husband's love and an aunt's joy, of the gift of sitting with one who is dying, and of helping to organize someone's crowded life, of having to move to a smaller space and recognizing how much we don't need, of care taking a baby for the evening so its parents can enjoy a night out.

We brought physical gifts to offer. Among them were clothes (some gorgeous, some practical),
a lovely photo frame, an angel pin, a box of envelopes, oranges and lemons, a basket of rosemary. We also asked for things we need, such as help with organizing, cooking and garden tasks. Matches between gifts and needs emerged as if by magic.

Instead of an economy based in market principles and money, we want to live in the recognition that much of what sustains us comes to us freely shared: nature, parenting, caring for each other, for our places and our animals... Remove the idea of monetary value and you get a transaction of the heart. A request becomes an opportunity for someone to give, and someone to receive graciously.

We came away feeling a little uplifted, a little more connected and supported, and knowing we have started something that will evolve as we bring ourselves to this monthly practice.

We invite you to join from 7 pm to 8:30 pm every fourth Saturday of the month.

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