Awakening Leadership Training Program (ALT)

Towards A New Paradigm of Holistic Sustainability

2nd September 2018 – 15th March 2019


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.




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.



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: Meditation, mindfulness practice and time in silence are intergrated in to the learning experience. Right mindfulness is the most important key factor for awakening.


Participative: 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.


Reflective: 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.


  • 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.




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.


Download ALT Program Brochure HERE

 Registration & Orientation2 Sept 2018 
Module 1The Big Picture & Building a Community of Good Friends3-7 Sept 2018$450

Emerging Worldview, Self Discovery and Healing 

(EDE Worldview Dimension)

Module 2Slow is Beautiful – The Eastern Aesthetic: slow, small, simple
10-14 Sept 2018$575
Module 3Paradigm Shift and Emerging Cultural Values17-21 Sept 2018$435
Module 4Mindfulness and Intuition Cultivation24-28 Sept 2018$450
Module 5Path of Inner Healing and Transformation1-5 Oct 2018$450
Module 6Art and Self Discovery9-12 Oct 2018$400

Interpersonal Dynamics: Power Sharing and Compassion 

(EDE Social Dimension)

Module 7Compassionate Communication15-19 Oct 2018$450
Module 8Conflict Transformation22-26 Oct 2018$450
Module 9Deep Democracy28 Oct-2 Nov 2018$600
Module 10Buddhism & Process Work – The Coach and Facilitator as a Spiritual Practitioner
4-5 Nov 2018$230

Eco-Political Economy 

(Economic Dimension EDE)

Module 11Eco-Political Economy8-12 Nov 2018$390
Module 12Gender & Social Justice14-16 Nov 2018$340
Module 13Asian Political Thought19-21 Nov 2018$230
Module 14Asian Political Thought (part 2)22-23 Nov 2018$245
Module 15Local Solutions: Alternatives in Practice26 Nov-7 Dec 2018$700

Ecology and Design 

(Ecological Dimension EDE)

Module 16Deep Ecology10-14 Dec 2018$450
Module 17Foundations of Ecology17-21 Dec 2018$450
Module 18Eco-Crises – Climate Change24-28 Dec 2018$450
Module 19Exploring and Experiencing Practical Hands-on Work2-4 Jan 2019$260
Module  20Vision Quest5-11 Jan 2019$500
Module 21Ecological Design14-18 Jan 2019$470
Skilful Means  for Social Transformation
Module 22Cultural Repair & Redesigning Harmonious Organisation23-25 Jan 2019$260
Module 23Sociocracy27-29 Jan 2019$260
Module 24Community Organising for Empowerment with  Exposure Visit to Practical Examples31 Jan-12 Feb 2019$800
Mindful Facilitation for Empowerment :Training of Trainers (ToT)
Module 25Applied Drama for Facilitation16-20 Feb 2019$400
Module 26How to Facilitate Deep Ecology Workshop23-25 Feb 2019$280
Module 27Gaia Education Training of Trainers
27 Feb-13 Mar 2019$1,000

***Costs per module include accommodation and meals

# See Explanation of modules for details


"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 'The Wisdom of Sustainability'
Founder, ALT Program