This annual workshop – organized by EarthLoveGo – brings together activists, professors, and scientists to share ways of living on the front lines of environmental concern.
At the heart of the workshop is the use of contemplative practices. Too often professors and activists put aside their personal lives as they address their professional commitments. The workshop aims to bridge this divide through daily meditation, art, nature walks, yoga, journal writing, and other reflective exercise that explore the connections between our deepest inner experiences and our environmental efforts.
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“There is a pervasive form of contemporary violence to which the idealist most easily succumbs: activism and overwork. The rush and pressure of modern life are a form, perhaps the most common form, of its innate violence. To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything, is to succumb to violence. The frenzy of our activism neutralizes our work for peace. It destroys our own inner capacity for peace. It destroys the fruitfulness of our own work, because it kills the root of inner wisdom which makes work fruitful.”
– Thomas Merton, Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander