courses + events

Engaged Buddhist Training - empowering transformation

1st to 15th Sept

This is a training for people who are awake to the needs and opportunities of our times. Effective and authentic transformation of self and the world necessarily go hand in hand. So, this event brings together a team of talented facilitators to offer tools that integrate the inner dimension of change with practical skills in organising, community building, and designing effective strategies for social transformation. It brings together the best in activist education with Dharma based practice in personal and interpersonal transformation.

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Roots of Resilience: The Power of Nature Connection

21st Sept to 2nd Oct

Resilience is all about connection: Deeper connection with our self, deeper connections with each other, and deeper connection with nature.

Today we face immense challenges – social, ecological and political. We can be daunted by the scale and extent of the problems. We can feel overwhelmed and undermined. Where can we find the resilience and strength needed to meet them?

Deeper nature connection can be a source of nourishment, empowerment, and wisdom. It can help us to live fully present in our times. As the Shambala Mind Training Verses say: “Remember that you are the inheritor of the strengths of thousands of generations of life.” This course will help us to remember – to regain the power and nourishment that comes from recollecting who we are and what we are part of.

This training will be run by facilitators from the Ulex Project network.

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Social Permaculture

7th to 14th Dec

This course will explore permaculture as a tool for designing communities and organisations. Social permaculture is about connection – between people, economies, and governing structures – and creating the conditions for humans to flourish on a societal level and to develop beneficial relationships with the ecosystems which sustain us.

This training will take place at our Ulex Project training centre, in the same area as the Ecodharma Centre. You can find full details of the course on the Ulex website.

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The Freedom to Love: A Meditation Retreat

21st December to 4th January

If together we are to flourish and live meaningful lives, we need to become sensitive to the subtleties of our experience, and to that of those around us. To recognise and transform oppression and opportunities, inner and outer, requires a journey into freedom and love. Beyond our fear, anger and hopelessness we can find a deep natural connection and solidarity with ourselves and with all life.

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Theatre of the Oppressed Training

21st to 29th March 2020

Theatre of the Oppressed is a range of techniques, games and exercises, using embodied narrative to support the empowerment and liberation of individuals and their communities. The approach was developed by Augusto Boal in South America, and has since been used all over the world in the building of community, to dynamize social engagement, and to support individuals to realise their creative potential for personal and social transformation. This training is aimed to equip people to apply these tools in their groups, communities and campaigns.

This training will be run by facilitators from the Ulex Project network.

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Ecology of Social Movements (week-long version)

4th to 11th April 2020

This is a one-week version of our Ecology of Social Movement training for experienced activists and organisers involved in movement level thinking and practice from across Europe. It is an opportunity to inquire deeply into how our organisations and networks relate to the wider ecology of activism within our movements – and how these movements relate to wider struggles in the ever changing cultural, socio-political and ecological context. Participants will engage in deep analysis of their own movement practice and ecology. They will gain skills and understanding to make their activism and organising more powerful and transformative.

This training will be run by facilitators from the Ulex Project network.

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Sustaining the Climate Movement

18th to 26th April 2020

Having learnt lessons from the crash our movement experienced in the post-COP15 fallout, we now hear more about sustainable activism, regenerative organising and resilience within the climate justice world. But what does this mean in practice? How can our groups and organisations integrate these practices and perspectives effectively? As our movement grows, how will we avoid the failures and errors of the past? How will we build a massive movement that is truly regenerative and resilient enough to see this through?

This training will be run by facilitators from the Ulex Project network.

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Mindfulness for Social Change

2nd to 9th May 2020

Mindfulness is about being fully present in the here and now, being in touch with what is going on inside us and around us. It enables us to arrive in a place of centred awareness – able to be responsive and connected, to engage courageously and effectively in the world. On this training we seek to harness the empowering skills of mindfulness to values and action for social and ecological justice.

This training will be run by facilitators from the Ulex Project network.

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Creative Tools for Social Change

16th to 23rd May 2020

How can we draw on the power of the heart, the fire of the imagination, and the dynamism of the body to empower social change through our creativity?

This week long event will bring together a group of richly talented facilitators and practitioners to share and explore creative tools that can be used in a variety of social change settings. It will take a cross/multi-disciplinary approach, drawing on theatre, story, image, dance, and music – and apply these to community empowerment, campaign development, and direct action.

This training will be run by facilitators from the Ulex Project network.

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