Living Earth’s first event, held in October 1998, was a highly successful public lecture and discussion, “Educating for Ecological Sustainability,” with internationally renowned cultural critic, educator and author Chet Bowers, PhD.
In November 2001, we incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our programs encourage reflection on the depth of awareness and the quality of heart that we each bring to our personal, political, and cultural affairs. In doing so, we spark fresh and creative responses to the challenges we face in our lives and our world. Our activities over the years have included:
- Retreats, workshops, and presentations with Ram Dass, Joanna Macy, David Korten, Richard Heinberg, Starhawk, and others;
- Community workshops and retreats for contemplative practice and dharma reflection;
- Musical and dance events with Krishna Das, Ty Burhoe, Shubendra Rao, Tribal Caravan, and others;
- Workshops and presentations on political hegemony and economic globalization; deep democracy; sustainable economies; civil liberties; climate change; post-carbon community action; and peacemaking;
- Book discussion groups and workshops examining cultural ethics and personal values;
- Community gatherings, seasonal celebrations, potlucks, and picnics;
- Opportunities for conscious social action, ranging from broad peace projects to climate change initiatives, from caring for the homeless to supporting local food economies and social justice.
Living Earth offers opportunities for contemplative practice and community-building as we engage our energies and efforts on behalf of a just, ecologically vibrant, culturally rich future for our planet.
Taken together, our programs and activities enrich the fertile soil where peace, justice, beauty, and balance can grow in our lives, our communities, and our world.