Awakening Leadership Training
Overall Schedule 2019
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:
Contemplative, Participative and Reflective.
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 the 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.
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.
Education needs to be re-envisioned to include the cultivation of wisdom, as well as learning to live in society and overcoming oppression and exploitation. For education to be more effective,
it has to be dialogical, inclusive, and compassionate, and needs to heal the rift between body and mind… Buddhist education begins with humanity’s ultimate questions: What is the meaning of life?
What is our own deepest nature? What is our responsibility to others? Buddhism does not separate life from education. “
Awakening Leadership Journey : a Video Documentary
What students say
A simple life but full of meaning. I had the opportunity to meet very inspiring people, who led me to reflect a lot about what I knew about the world, and especially about myself. There were several theories, thinkers, techniques, tools, practices and more … and lots of fun. I learned to listen, to express myself, to be present, to have compassion, not to judge myself so much and even learned to change sides. I connected with nature….I found peace in silence, fasting and meditation. Ah! I learned to meditate: standing, sitting, walking, praying and even washing dishes. I met people and fell in love with their way of thinking, willpower, humbleness, courage, sincerity, honesty, wisdom, and all goodness in heart – people who live their lives helping other people. I created a circle of friends and after so much laughter and crying together, they became my family.
Reflection from participants Module Asian Political Thought
Understanding the political systems and situations (East and West) is essential to shift into an alternative paradigm. During this week with Ramu Manivannan, Pi Pracha and my friends and I learnt about different political concepts, philosophies and their influences. We reflected on the world’s history with different leadership methods, the impact from the West to the East and different traditions/ideas from the East. Even there were some great Eastern political concepts, they failed through modernisation and changes of beliefs. I’m sure we can change our system through the power of people who work on alternative ways of living. A lot of alternative projects and movements already exists. We are on the way!
Understanding the natural world is key to live in harmony with our surrounding and taking mindful action in the protection of life on earth. In the Foundations of Ecology module we have learned not only some of the basics of the laws and functioning of the living but also how to share and practice with different audiences. What is the carbon cycle? How to find indicators of air quality ? Which are the components of an ecosystem ? Those are some of the questions we have tried to answer. After one week of sharing, playing, and reflecting about nature we feel full of energy and inspiration to share and spread the understanding of life on earth. One very personal feeling is that the more I know about the nature, the more I love it, feel part of it and want to protect it.
I got to learn the importance of being mindful and self awareness – knowing who you really are, learning how to heal yourself before reaching out to help others
It was incredible how much space the facilitators gave to us, and how much knowledge came from the group – the stories that were shared, the experiences that were shared, based on everyone’s own individual work, and how through facilitation, those stories and experiences came together, and all participants became teachers through that. That was really empowering for me as a participant – realising that participants are also teachers
I liked the program because I could bear witness to lots of beautiful moments in many people, and oftentimes that was when I observed people really expressing themselves with authenticity
When you look at each of us, we ourselves are the products of our culture, our nation, our education, our life struggles, and we brought that to the classroom, so the learning from each other was very rich. I found this is where knowledge really comes from
One of the most important aspects for me has been how everything we learnt here is all interrelated. Learning worldview is where my own journey began, growing up in a consumer world but not knowing what was really underneath it. During our learning journey we got to spend time in nature by ourselves, explore our own inner healing, mindfulness and meditation. These all helped connect to this sense of interconnectedness and acknowledging that there is not just one path, there are many paths.
When I decided to join ALT, it was from this overwhelming sense of separation – I couldn’t connect to people although I am an extrovert. So my sense of love has grown in suprising ways. All of us are here with a common hunger to transform ourselves, and we can only do this in community, walking hand in hand together
This experience was the most deeply I have felt that I was myself. It was a real gift to have the space to be myself, and I got a stronger conviction to work towards what I love and what I fear. In the West we talk a lot about doing what you love, but it’s also important to get closer and embrace what I am afraid of – Doreen, Taiwan
The more powerful learning modules were the ones where I became more aware of myself. I found no competition or judgement, so it allowed me to express my opinion, and that empowered me