Action from Depth


Action from Depth: an engaged buddhist training for ecological action

with Rob Burbea and Guhyapati

21-28 September 2015 // Eden Rise, nr Totnes


This retreat is a collaboration between Freely Given Retreats, the Ecodharma Centre and Rob Burbea. For full information and booking form please click here.

Personal and social transformation are bound intimately together. If spiritual practice fails to face the enormous ecological, social and economic crises of our times, it runs the risk of falling into narcissistic escapism. At the same time, attempts to engage with these challenges without the resources of deep awareness, self-knowledge, and emotional intelligence run the risk of superficiality and burn-out.

This event – part retreat, part training – will explore how Dharma based perspectives and practices can inform and resource life-affirming action for ecological justice. Seeking to integrate the inner dimensions of personal transformation with practical skills in organising, community building, and designing effective strategies for social transformation, it brings together activist education with Dharma based practice, to empower personal and social change.

We can’t know if our efforts herald a future of living in solidarity with each other and the non-human world, or whether they will simply create resilience and capacity in individuals and communities to weather a complex and uncertain future. Either way, there is enormous creative potential for us to nurture in the years ahead. This training aims to help us build the personal and inter-personal resources to realise that potential. We hope it will help to build connections between practitioners which can find expression in collaborative and compassionate engagement with our times.

This training aims to:

  • enable individuals to learn and deepen their practice of meditation and other Dharma based methods for developing inner resources of clarity, insight, courage, patience, and emotional resilience.
  • develop an integrated understanding of how these inner based practices inform and support outer engagement and activity.
  • offer key skills and tools for organizing and engagement, such as: understanding social change, developing and evaluating strategies and tactics, developing collaborative projects and work effectively with others, effective decision making, campaign planning and, importantly, how to avoid burnout, and stay inspired and engaged for the long haul!

Who is it for?

This event is aimed at people with at least some experience of basic Buddhist meditation, and with either a history of social engagement or a strong and clear commitment to carry the learning from the retreat/training into social/ecological action. There is an application process and we will be allocating places in two rounds. The first round will be completed by the end of April 2015 (deadline April 24th 2015) and the second round by the end of June 2015 (deadline June 19th 2015).

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