I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found I was really going in.
John Muir
Photo by Ellen Tynan

Preserving Indra’s Net (Treetop Zen Center, Oakland, ME, August 30-31, 2014)

I’m very excited to be teaching at this eco-spiritual gathering which aims to fan the flickering flames of activism, build capacity for mutual support, and celebrate our interconnectedness. An interactive opening session will invite participants to tell their stories, identify their common concerns and passions, and celebrate the environmental work they’ve been called to do. The Principles of Spiritual Leadership and the work of Joanna Macy will provide the spacious container for experiential recognition and anchoring our interconnectedness through a series of exercises that will set the tone for the weekend.

The primary mission of this event is to bring together people who are actively engaged in the work of ecospirituality to create ongoing, intentional community and communication inspired by Joanna Macy’s contention that community is an important medicine in warding off the despair and hopelessness that can arise as we view the forces that are arrayed on the side of planetary destruction and the relative indifference of many of our fellows.

Compassion, gratitude, and the courage to stay awake will help us navigate the challenges of climate change, resource depletion, and economic contraction. These qualities are deepened and reinforced in community. All too often activists in the trenches aren’t aware or seldom pause to acknowledge that they are points of light in a vast web of millions of twinkling lights, all steadily raising the collective consciousness of society.

Register for this event at: www.treetopzencenter.org

August 30, 2014 - August 31, 2014