Awakening Leadership Training Program (ALT)
Towards A New Paradigm of Holistic Sustainability
2nd September 2018 – 15th March 2019
|Registration & Orientation||2 Sept 2018|
|Module 1||The Big Picture & Building a Community of Good Friends||3-7 Sept 2018||$450|
|Module 2||Slow is Beautiful – The Eastern Aesthetic: slow, small, simple||10-14 Sept 2018||$575|
|Module 3||Paradigm Shift and Emerging Cultural Values||17-21 Sept 2018||$435|
|Module 4||Mindfulness and Intuition Cultivation||24-28 Sept 2018||$450|
|Module 5||Path of Inner Healing and Transformation||1-5 Oct 2018||$450|
|Module 6||Art and Self Discovery||9-12 Oct 2018||$400|
|Module 7||Compassionate Communication||15-19 Oct 2018||$450|
|Module 8||Conflict Transformation||22-26 Oct 2018||$450|
|Module 9||Deep Democracy||28 Oct-2 Nov 2018||$600|
|Module 10||Buddhism & Process Work – The Coach and Facilitator as a Spiritual Practitioner||4-5 Nov 2018||$230|
|Module 11||Eco-Political Economy||8-12 Nov 2018||$390|
|Module 12||Gender & Social Justice||14-16 Nov 2018||$340|
|Module 13||Asian Political Thought||19-21 Nov 2018||$230|
|Module 14||Asian Political Thought (part 2)||22-23 Nov 2018||$245|
|Module 15||Local Solutions: Alternatives in Practice||26 Nov-7 Dec 2018||$700|
|Module 16||Deep Ecology||10-14 Dec 2018||$450|
|Module 17||Foundations of Ecology||17-21 Dec 2018||$450|
|Module 18||Eco-Crises – Climate Change||24-28 Dec 2018||$450|
|Module 19||Exploring and Experiencing Practical Hands-on Work||2-4 Jan 2019||$260|
|Module 20||Vision Quest||5-11 Jan 2019||$500|
|Module 21||Ecological Design||14-18 Jan 2019||$470|
|Skilful Means for Social Transformation|
|Module 22||Cultural Repair & Redesigning Harmonious Organisation||23-25 Jan 2019||$260|
|Module 23||Sociocracy||26-28 Jan 2019||$260|
|Module 24||Community Organising for Empowerment with Exposure Visit to Practical Examples||31 Jan-12 Feb 2019||$800|
|Mindful Facilitation for Empowerment :Training of Trainers (ToT)|
|Module 25||Applied Drama for Facilitation||16-20 Feb 2019||$400|
|Module 26||How to Facilitate Deep Ecology Workshop||23-25 Feb 2019||$280|
|Module 27||Gaia Education Training of Trainers||27 Feb-13 Mar 2019||$1,000|
***Costs per module include accommodation and meals
# See Explanation of modules for details
Our program is for people committing themselves to work for social reconstruction at all levels. The program is designed to enhance life quality and capacity of these people spiritually, intellectually and practically.
From our experiences of nearly 50 years, without spiritual cultivation lots of activists are burned out, disillusioned, despairing or even getting sick after decades of working for change. This is why the programs have a strong element of spiritual nourishment and self-cultivation.
Contemporary society has been changing rapidly and is becoming more and more complicated. People who aspire to heal the damage and make a just and sustainable society need to be updated and see clearer the complex structural violence that harms the life of the people and life of our planet earth.
At the same time there are many alternative good practices around the world trying to find solutions for the multiple crises we are facing in the North, East, West and South. It is good for people who are working for social change to be updated of these initiatives.
Our educational approach is as important as the contents of the course. Proper content with inappropriate educational practices will not bring about the result of empowerment and awakening we aim for. Three pillars support the approach:
Meditation, mindfulness practice and time in silence are integrated in to the learning experience. Right mindfulness is the most important key factor for awakening.
Participants and facilitators co-create the body of knowledge together. This includes sharing of authority in the learning community that we create during this course. Power sharing means empowerment; empowerment here means self-empowerment.
Rigorious thinking and reflecting both individually and collectively on issues and experiences is a key part of the learning process. We emphasize learning how to unlearn and relearn as it is a critical component of being successfully socially active.
ECOVILLAGE DESIGN EDUCATION
This program is developed in partnership with Gaia Education, and this year is offering a pioneering Advanced Ecovillage Design Education certification. The six month learning journey integrates and deepens exploration of the Gaia Education four dimensions of sustainability: social, economic, worldview and ecological, as well as incorporating a fifth dimension on Skillful Means for Social Transformation. The Advanced EDE certification is in recognition of the 6 month timeframe for embodying the learning (beyond the usual 4-week Gaia Education EDE face to face model), and deepening and broadening of the learning processes and content.
See our 5 key areas of learning HERE.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE PROGRAM
- Serious meditation and mindfulness learning and practice are combined with rigorous intellectual inquiry into the complexity of the self and the world combined with how to transform both to be more wholesome and sustainable.
- Participants will participate actively in the learning process, contribute meaningfully in learning outcomes, and interact with some of the foremost-experienced teachers/facilitators in each field of study.
- Learning, playing, working and meditating will be merged into one process in this course to develop compassion, wisdom, intellectual understanding and social commitment.
WHO IS THIS COURSE DESIGNED FOR?
People in transition in their lives and/or in various leadership roles who want to train oneself to awaken and serve others. You may:
- Work or lead an NGO and a need a break for reflection on the nature of life and society so that you can return to work rejuvenated.
- Work in non-profit organisations and other social change organisations and feel the need for more self-cultivation and deep reflection on social issues.
- Work for social change and want to gain more unconditional trust in the universe, reduce self-centeredness and freely dance with life.
- Want to become a mindful facilitator, helping people to empower themselves
- Want to positively change society and yourself simultaneously for personal growth and a more sustainable, socially just future.
- Questioning current path in life
- Be searching for meaning in life
If you are seriously committed to core values of wisdom, compassion, contentedness, non-violence, and humility, this program can enhance you with knowledge, skills and cultivation of the heart.