• Kirsten Kratz and others cycle to Germany for Ende Gelände action

Dharma Action Network for Climate Engagement (DANCE) is a space for connecting to explore the breadth of possible Dharma responses to climate change and related issues.

As well as an opportunity to network and form more localized groups of support, activity and political action, a wide range of creative ideas and experiments in passionate and compassionate engagement may be shared, incubated, and hatched together through this space.

It can also serve as a more central forum to discuss perspectives and to voice feelings about the environmental crises we face; and as a hub for information on relevant events and resources, including related retreats, workshops, artistic and other enterprises.

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Monthly vigil outside London’s Shell Centre

Every 4th Sunday of the month at 10am

The aim of these monthly events is to honour the preciousness of our one fragile earth and to bear witness to the activities of Shell Oil which continues to do it serious harm. We will be there throughout the year to mark our deep concern for the future and our undying hope for change.

More info on the event page.

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Green Earth Awakening

14-18 September 2016 // Blackdown Hills, Somerset

A five-day camp to explore engaged Buddhism, community living, land skills, nature connection and creative responses. This year GEA will be hosting DANCE by offering a limited number of free placements to active members.

More info on the event page.

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Sacred Earth, Sacred Trust: Meditation Flashmob

10am // 12th June // Shell Centre, London SE1 7NA

As part of the Sacred Earth, Sacred Trust day organised by Our Voices, and in collaboration with Wake Up London, there will be a meditation flashmob staged at 10am outside the Shell Building on the South Bank. If you’d like to join in please wear black or dark clothing if you can and bring a black umbrella if it looks like rain. The meditation will last for about half an hour outside, so do also make sure you’ll be warm enough. You are invited to write a brief (polite) message to the CEO of Shell UK which will be left outside the building under a small stone or posted through the letter box (to be discussed). The message could be asking him to respect the earth, urgently move to renewables, show wisdom in the face of the climate crisis etc; you might want to sign personalise it by signing with your first name.

Hope to see you there – nearest tube is Embankment or Waterloo 🙂

Update: For photos of the action see the event page.

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All Night Vigil 2016

10th September, Gaia House (and elsewhere?)

For this year’s all night vigil we will be sitting with the refugee crisis in our hearts. In collaboration with Mandala Trust and Lighthouse Relief all funds raised from the event will be used to support those still coming into Greece, now mostly women and children.

More info on the event page.

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Practice Meets Protest at the Wellcome Museum

Feb 28th: DANCE call on the Wellcome trust to divest from fossil fuels

On the closing day of the Wellcome Trust’s exhibition on ‘Tibet’s Secret Temple’ members of DANCE, supported by members from BP or not BP, visited the museum in London for an unannounced protest.

Read all about it here. Yogaratna has also written a personal reflection on the meeting of practice and protest which you can find here.

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Ekuthuleni Retreats 2016

ekuthuleni-retreat.blogspot.co.uk

Ekuthuleni is a small, back to basics retreat place in the foothills of the French Pyrenees. For details on the wonderful retreats they’re running this summer and autumn head to their Events page.

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An Ecology of Love

a talk by Rob Burbea

A recent talk about love, eros, metta, and the Dharma; about our sense of the Earth, and a sense of the sacred.

Cut into four parts, this talk is now available on Dharmaseed: dharmaseed.org/retreats/2757

 

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Working Towards a Sustainable Future

19th – 24th June 2016 // CAT, mid Wales, UK

facilitated by Kirsten Kratz

This work retreat offers the opportunity to combine working outdoors at the ecological flagship Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) with meditation and listening practice, as we nourish and express our care for life on Earth and our wish for a more sustainable world.

See the event page for more info.

This retreat has now passed – take a look at participant Julia Wallond’s write-up for a beautiful sense of what it all meant.

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Meditation Gathering for Climate Action

29 November 2015 // 12pm // Hyde Park, London

Wake Up London and DANCE are coming together to organize a meditation gathering prior to the People’s March on Sunday 29th November, the eve of the beginning of the Paris Climate Summit and where people around the world will be taking to the streets to show our love for the planet, and our solidarity as a globally conscious and connected movement at this pivotal time.

Check the Facebook event here: www.facebook.com/events/1688074278079738/

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Fossil free purification protest and march for the climate

29 November 2015 // 10.30am // British Museum, London

Calling on all dharma lovers, Buddhist practitioners, mindful warriors, spiritual activists… or anyone and everyone who feels passionate about celebrating and defending life.

On the morning of the global people’s climate march, November 29, we’ll be holding a purification protest ritual at the British Museum, performing ceremony with Buddhist monks to free the museum from BP greenwash.

Following on from this there’ll be a mass meditation and then we’ll march together in London, joining a wave of global mobilizations taking place across the world.

Full info on the event page.

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DANCE join Children Against Global Warming to stand up to BP

Supporting the next generation to challenge big oil

Members of DANCE London and DANCE Bristol joined with 15 other groups to take part in a mass day of action against BP sponsorship, culminating in 250 people staging a flash-mob at the British Museum. Read more here….

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Buzz Tour interview with Rob Burbea

Now available after a year of technical problems!

In an interview from 16th April 2014 Eve Carnall asks Rob about the place meditation has in our responses to the climate crisis. Have a watch – it’s the second video on the Buzz Tour event page.

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Action from Depth: an engaged buddhist training for ecological action

with Rob Burbea and Guhyapati

An amazing opportunity to explore how Dharma-based perspectives and practices can inform and resource life-affirming action for ecological justice. This event is part retreat, part training.

See the event page for more info.

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Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret

www.cowspiracy.com

DANCErs nationwide have been recommending this film having watched and been amazed by the story it tells. A truly eye-opening dive into the world of animal agriculture and its impact on the environment.

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Chasing Ice – Public London Screening

Sat 4th July // Friends Meeting House, 8 Hop Gardens, WC2N 4EH

“We shall need a substantially new way of thinking if humanity is to survive” – Albert Einstein 1954

You are warmly invited to a public screening on the 4th July from 6-9pm of the award winning climate change documentary Chasing Ice, by James Balog. In this beautiful film, James Balog -who was once a climate change sceptic- captures images of ancient glaciers as they disappear at an alarming rate.

The documentary will be followed by a meditation, a talk on Divestment and the chance to explore ways we can engage in positive climate action.

Free admission, but please book a place on: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1640531. Donations are welcome.

Download the flyer

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Want to DANCE?

A Climate Change Engagement Retreat

Fri 30th Oct – Sun 1st Nov // Hill End Centre, near Oxford

Gaia House and DANCE are happy to announce a retreat for those involved in, and those who are interested in being involved with the most pressing issue of our times.

See the event page for more info.

Reclaim the Power

“Reclaim the Power” meeting

Oxford Action Resource Centre at East Oxford Community Centre, 44 Princes Street, OX4 1DD

Wednesday 13th May 6.30-8pm

A meeting to discuss the weekend programme of activities and workshops (30-31 May) leading up to two days of nonviolent action (1-2 June) in solidarity with people all over Europe ahead of COP negotiations for Paris in December. It is very much a shapeable event, and we want to make it as rich and as fruitful as possible. There has been some talk of having a period of meditation as part of the weekend, and it would be great to have some of the DANCE network there for that.

If you can’t make the meeting but would like more information or to be involved, please contact rtpoxford@gmail.com.

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Sponsored All Night Vigil 2015

Friday 12th June // Gaia House (and other locations)

This year the all-night sit at Gaia House will be undertaken in solidarity with victims and survivors of the devastating earthquake in Nepal.

See full info on the event page.

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Touched by This World 2015

27-28th June // Oxford

Developing step-by-step courage for the great adventure of global justice and ecological renewal – with Kirsten Kratz and Chris Cullen.

See full info on the event page.

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Eco-Sattva Training // New Dates: 13 Sept – 15 Nov

An online course with Joanna Macy, Catherine McGee, Thanissara and others

Join a powerful collection of teachers, activists and experts for an online, interactive EcoSattva Training. This course will develop our community’s capacity to effectively engage on climate change and other ecological challenges, both thematically and locally, with courage, compassion and wisdom.

More info at One Earth Sangha

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SanghaSeva Retreats in August and September

8-21 Aug: Simplicity and Sustainability // Pyrenean foothills, France
23 Aug: Earth Care Day // London
12-13 Sept: Interconnectedness Weekend // Sheffield, UK

More info here

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Wake Up London and DANCE co-host mass meditation flashmob, London, 7 March

Come join us for a meditation gathering preceeding the Time To Act National Climate March

Date & Time: Saturday 7th March 2015 – 12pm to 12.30pm
Where: The bandstand at Lincoln Inn’s Fields, London WC2A 3PF
Nearest tube: Holborn
Map: http://bit.ly/1Dp8Kmk
Facebook: Join event here

 

 

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Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Oily Museum

A pop-up performance in the British Museum

Watch as our friends BP or not BP? and members of DANCE give a pop-up performance in the British Museum and why it’s time for our cultural institutions to cut their ties to the fossil fuel industry … writeup here.

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Time To Act! National Climate March

7th March 2015 // London

Half a million people came out to the streets on September 21, 2014, marching for a commitment towards a sustainable, just, and fossil-fuel-free future.

Buddhists and Dharma practitioners joined friends from many faiths and spiritual traditions, walking together to show our love for our planet and each other. Thousands more held observances in their own communities to mark the day. Together we made history.

2015 needs to be even bigger. Around the country we’re gathering again for a national climate gathering on 7th March, where we’ll be marching with thousands of others to Parliament to urge our leaders to act courageously.

Now is the time to act.

To find our more please visit www.timetoact2015.org

To get updates on the march please join the group on Facebook and then join us on the multi-faith bloc with your banners, flags, prayers and friends!

On the time to act website you can find out more about the different blocs that will be walking together.

We are looking forward to see you! Please share widely with friends and family.

Walk for Climate 2015

Douglas Nadler explains about a symbolic walk occuring on the eve of the Paris climate talks, and how the idea emerged – read more here.
If you would like to help organise or join in the walk, please visit the official website: www.walkforclimate.org.

The Wisdom to Survive

Upcoming events from Local DANCE groups

Launching or joining a local group

Climate change brings up a range of different responses and feelings which can be difficult and challenging. Local groups offer an opportunity for concerned people to regularly come together and reflect and share feelings, whilst working together on local actions and campaigns to support positive change.

To find out more about launching a local DANCE group or sharing a Wisdom to Survive Council with your community visit our project page.

Upcoming events:

Thursday 26 February: Cambridge DANCE: Wisdom To Survive screening
Friday 6 March: London DANCE: More details here or please email dancefortheclimate@gmail.com

Contact details for local groups can be found here.

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Midsummer work retreat: “Working Towards a Sustainable Future”

14-19 June 2015 // Centre for Alternative Technology, Powys, Wales

This Sanghaseva work retreat offers a unique opportunity to combine working outdoors at the ecological flagship Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) with meditation and listening practice.

We will stay in one of CAT’s Eco Cabins as we work onsite to support the community. The days’ activities will be framed by meditation and contemplation, and some time each day will be spent in silence.

The retreat is open to all, those new to meditation as well as those with experience. For more information see the event page.