2017 EcoSattva Training
An Online Course for Aspiring EcoSattvas
How might we most thoroughly express our love for this life and all life? What does it mean to express a mindful, compassionate response to climate change? What new ways of relating to ourselves, one another and the world does this wisdom tradition call us into?
Courage, Connection and Devotion
An all new series, the 2017 EcoSattva Training begins on Sunday, October 1 and continues through Sunday, November 19.*
Our Growing, Collective Crisis
Our collective crisis is deepening. Informed by a view of reality which presumes separation and competition, many powerful institutions and institutional actors are actively investing in separation: our religious affiliations, national, racial and ethnic identities, rich and poor, human and nature.
At the same time, we see a renewed sense of citizenship and empowerment forming in resistance. But is resistance to these forces the extent of our vision? Can we respond to this moment not merely as a crisis in our politics or even culture but instead as an opportunity to confront and transform the world views, the ways of seeing reality, that brought us here? What are the wisdom and practices that will not only help us respond to current conditions, but sow the seeds of the courage, connection and devotion needed as our world enters a period of dramatic change?
Dharma in Response
Among many gifts, the Dharma invites us to cultivate qualities of the heart and clarity of the mind. In particular, we are encouraged to contemplate View, the way we are seeing, the stories we tell and what we consider to be reality. With practice, we can see the way our stories are conditioned into existence and taken as truth. Moreover, we can see where our stories lead and ask if this is where we want to go.
As the narratives of dominant culture break, the mistaken views exact their cost, as the consequences of conflict exceed our grasp, the way of the contemporary Bodhisattva may be forged with a devoted heart and dexterity with View.
Following our longing and our love for this world, each of us can cultivate the heart-mind that meets this moment. With courage, connection and devotion, we can together forge a path that responds to a troubled world.
Gather Your People
It really is Better Together.
We encourage and actively support the formation of local or virtual small groups that will participate in the course together. Engaging with climate change is a chance to collaborate – and we will need to! To engage together is to know that we are not only part of the web of life, but also a part of the web of support and action. These groups provide an opportunity for people to engage in the training and receive support along the way all while deepening relationships with others.
You may choose to form your own group with people from your local sangha or get into an online groups with assistance from us. If you want to register your in-person or online group as open to others, we’ll help you find members who can join you. Registered groups, whether open or closed, with three or more participants receive a discount on registration fees. Stay tuned to learn about group registration but for now, share this event (see “Spread the Word” section below for printable flyers, graphics and social media sharables) and start gathering your people.
Join Us this Fall
Whether you’re an EcoSattva trainee from years previous, new or steeped in meditation/Dharma, new or steeped in engagement on socio-ecological issues or new to all of this, One Earth Sangha invites you to gather your people and join us this fall for an all-new series, the 2017 EcoSattva Training. Together, we’ll explore this time of intensifying change and cultivate the wisdom and practices that can carry us forward.
- Dates: Sunday, October 1 through November 19. *There will be one, potentially two Sundays without a session.
- Times: Join us live, online from 12:30 to 2:30 pm US Eastern (New York)
- Recordings: If you or your group can’t make Sundays, no problem. Session recordings will be posted online the Tuesday following each Sunday session by 4:00 pm US Eastern.
- Registration opens September 1st. Since all sessions will be recorded, you can continue to register and receive materials through at least the spring of next year.
Return here and follow us online over the next several weeks. We’ll be updating this page with all the details including session leaders, the full schedule, registration fees & scholarships, volunteer opportunities, how to form groups both on and offline, FAQ’s and more.
I really appreciated feeling like a part of a Sangha on the topic of climate change. I didn’t realize how alone and isolated I felt on this issue until I really felt the support of all of you and the broader community. The feeling that we’re not in this alone and that we’re all doing this together touched me much more deeply than I would have imagined.
— 2015 EcoSattva Training Participant
We hope you’ll join us live on October 1.
For now, save the date, gather your people and spread the word.
Spread the Word
- Share this page in an email
- Post this 2017 EcoSattva Training Flyer on notice boards in your community
- Share this post and/or this event on facebook
- Retweet this
- Share this graphic, this or this one.
If you’d like to help us make the training happen, check out our volunteer openings. We’re especially in need of folks who can assist fellow participants in registration and participating in the course. In recognition for your generosity, the course is free to volunteers.
This training series benefits from the sage advice and loving support from so many in our community. In particular, we are grateful to our advisory panel, Mark Colemen, Catherine McGee, Chas DiCapua, James Baraz, Susie Harrington, Tara Brach and Thanissara.