Awakening Leadership Training



3 SEPTEMBER 2019 – 3 FEBRUARY 2020

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        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. 


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.


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. “

Sulak Sivaraksa
Founder, ALT Program

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