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Beyond Burnout and Bypass:
A Retreat for Activists in Western PA
with Adam Lobel
Hosted by Awaken Pittsburgh
In-person in Pittsburgh
It feels as if we have crossed a threshold, doesn't it? So much is on fire. And our own nervous systems, hearts, and bodies can become enflamed, too.
We hear a call to gather, reflect, nourish, heal, and deepen for the long road ahead.
For those protecting lands, for those working for justice, for those in service to a more beautiful world...it is time to gather and support each other in the Western PA region.
With trauma-informed mindfulness, collective conversations, and inquiry, we are offering this support in a day of practice.
This will be a free event, offered out of thanks for your service.
Please join us and spread the word.Register Here
Waking Up in a World on Fire:
Beyond Burnout and Bypass
Nov 4, 2023
In Person in Boston
With Adam Lobel
Amidst the smoke, fires, floods, and heat waves, we will gather to explore our inner response to global warming and ecological mutation. We will explore the "middle way" between a guilt-driven and panicked approach that leads to burnout, and an ignorant, escapist approach that leads to bypassing.
This one-day retreat will provide unique opportunity for personal and communal inquiry into how we are holding our ecological reality. Through the power of self-reflection, open dialogue, and gentle embodiment exercises, we will support each other through the transformation from unsustainable paralysis, guilt, and overwhelm towards resilience and regenerative action.Learn more and Register
Earth Based Practice: Teachings of Elemental Magic
In person in Boston
This one-day retreat offers an opportunity to open the senses and re-establish our connection with the more-than-human-world.
Amidst ecological and spiritual challenges, nurturing a reciprocal relationship between humans and the living world is vital. Beneath the surface of our conscious awareness, there's an ongoing exchange with the living world. This retreat will equip you with tools to nurture this vital connection. We will work with slowing down, sensing, and sadness as part of our rich inner landscape as we attune to the elements.
In the teachings of Dzogchen, the Great Perfection, and other contemplative methods, the living world offers ongoing communication. We will explore how such teachings of elemental magic can offer support and guidance amidst ecological crises.Learn more and Register
How to Love your How
an easeful space offered to irrevocable hospitality
with Michael Busby and Adam Lobel
a self-paced course coming soon
Timeless: A Yearlong Journey
Online or In-Person: Begins October 2022 and gathers on solar holidays. Join us at any time throughout the cycle.
Join us for a course to support you in creating a grounded relationship with time.
Starting in October, we'll begin a year-long gathering to ritually celebrate the eight stations of the sun: solstices, equinoxes, and cross-quarter days. Along the way, we'll practice into the possibilities of a sacred relationship to time within climate chaos and time-compression.More Information
Monthly River Meditation
In-Person: First Thursday of each month, 6PM ET
Point State Park, Pittsburgh
We are developing an ongoing relationship with the Ohio River—one of the most polluted rivers in the country. Through meditation and simple ritual we are listening to what the river is asking for from us, especially as a toxic petrochemical plant opens on its shores.
Gather at the fountain at the Point where the three rivers converge. Bring a cushion or camping chair.
Recent Past Events
Deepen Your Practice
Saturday September 2
A one day in-person meditation retreat with Adam Lobel at the Confluence Creative Arts Center in Confluence PA
$20-$50 suggested donation
no advanced registration, just come on downConfluence Creative Arts Center
Eco-Dharma Weekend with Adam
Online and In-person in Chicago
Friday April 28th
The Emotional Landscape of Ecological Loss
Saturday April 29
Earth Meditation, Earth Body: Elemental Mysticism in the Great Perfection
Sunday April 30
Open Awareness, Open ActionLearn More and Register
Working through Self-Aggression
Two Tuesdays: May 9 and May 16, 5:00-8:00pm EST
A 2 part micro-intensive facilitated by Adam Lobel.
Live 3 hour workshops only. Sessions will not be recorded:
It's going be deep, vulnerable work.Learn more and Register
Meditation and Earth Spirituality
A Half-Day of Deep Practice and Teachings Online
In our half-day retreat we will explore how meditation opens to include the ecosystems in which we are embedded. Often thought of as purely about mind or psyche, meditation is also an embodied practice that plays in resonance with the calls of Earth. Such practice might become a mere distraction or escape from ecological loss and global warming. In our retreat, we will discover an earthy practice that calls us deep into being part of our planet, instead of leaving it behind.Register and Learn More
Sunday, March 19
EcoDharma Exploration: Love This World
Loving the full catastrophe and the many wonders of this world is a phenomenal source of joy and connection. It is also a deep well of grief and despair. We cannot avoid it.
What is an ecological spirituality that attends not only to the fantasy of a lost Garden of Eden, but is able to open to the actual planet of which we are a part?
Join Adam with One Earth SanghaRegister and Learn More
Spacious, Vibrant, and Responsive: A Dzogchen Ecology for the Anthropocene
At the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies in Massachusetts
This in-person retreat will dive into the Dzogchen, or Great Perfection, exploring this tradition’s ecological practices and teachings. Integrating body, psychology, and awareness, we will practice meditation and inquire into an ecological contemplative life in the Anthropocene, our current epoch of environmental mutation, climate chaos, and loss.
Learn More and Register
Unregulation: A Monthlong Exploration
Online: Tuesdays, 7:00pm-8:30pm ET
October 25th-November 15th.
In this 4-week experiential course, we explore the relationship between open awareness practice and regulated nervous systems.
We will use meditation, somatic practices, dialogue, and information sharing as our primary means of engagement.More Information
In-Person: Sunday, October 9th, 10AM
Center for Postnatural History, Pittsburgh
Mindfulness teachings often rely upon imagery of “Nature” as the basis of meditation practices. So, what happens in a post-natural world? What happens to meditation if we can no longer access a “pure Nature,” unaffected by humans? Where do we retreat that remains untouched by wildfire, climate chaos, deforestation, extinction of animal species, or the spread of plastics? Do we need new metaphors for meditation in the anthropocene?More Information
let us know what sparks.
Beginning Autumn 2023. Welcome to our seasonal, yearlong virtual journey through the Four Fields. Check back here for emerging details.Learn More
Training for Climate Chaos
Coming soon! A 6 week crash course on personal and practical ways to train for ecological and social mutations due to climate chaos.
Support, mindfulness, inquiry and collective conversations about the challenges, absurdity, embarrassment, masculinity, failures, and love of being a father in the twilight of capitalism.
Coming not too soon! Biopolitics is political power that takes biological life and human populations as its object. Come explore how this political theory is relevant for the governance of our life today in the wake of the COVID pandemic.
Yes to these emergent ideas!
Let us know your interest and we will keep you in the loop as things materialize.