courses + events

Mindfulness for Social Change 2017

8th to 15th April

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.

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Transformative Collaboration

15th to 23rd April

This training will help you to collaborate, communicate and make decisions effectively. It will help you to draw out the best in yourself and others, stay in healthy relationship, build teams based on shared values – and get things done!

Working with others is not always easy. It can feel frustrating, draining and unproductive. Meetings drag, personalities clash, power conflicts arise, chaos reigns and all this gets in the way of achieving what the group or organization set out to do at the beginning. But effective collaboration not only benefits the world, it can provide the vital context for our growth as individuals, offer a crucial means to share and live out our deepest values, and it can bring forth emergent and creative qualities that alone we could barely imagine.

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Wildcamp 2017

29th April to 6th May

This week long immersion experience focuses on training in nature connection practices. It will also apply ecopsychology and Buddhist meditation to support an enriching and transformative relationship with the natural world and our own deeper nature. We will live in a wildcamp together, amidst the woods and mountains of the remote ecodharma valley, in intimate connection with the land.

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Sustaining Resistance: Empowering Renewal

13th to 27th May 2017

Tools for Effective-Sustainable Activism

This workshop offers a range of tools, collective and personal, which can make our activism more effective. These methods can help us stay in it for the long haul, adding continuity to our movement building.. They can be used to ensure the collective and organisational dimensions of our activism exemplifies the values we’re struggling for. And they can help us stay inspired, nourished, & more creative in our tactical approach.

The workshop will use methods of holistic and participatory learning: cognitive, critical, emotional, and visceral. It brings together activists from across Europe, to share practice and strengthen networks.

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Meeting The Wild

27th May to 10th June

This is a two week retreat with an emphasis on meditatively inhabiting the wild landscape which surrounds the Ecodharma Centre. It is part of our Nature Based Practice and Learning series. It brings meditation and mindfulness into relationship with wilderness immersion. It culminates with a 3 day solo period in the wild.

Our deepest nature is untameable. Yet, spending so much time living in a world constructed in service of a humanity, this can be hard to remember. So step out of the narrow dusty world for a while and meet the wild. Immersing ourselves in direct contact with wild nature, and deepening that connection through meditation, mindfulness, and reflection, can heal the wounds of alienation that are so present in our times. This helps us to re-connect with deeper aspects of ourselves and the world we inhabit – in a way that is enriching, empowering and transformative.

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Bespoke Sustainable Activism Training for Transgender Europe (TGEU)

10th to 19th June

Tools for Effective-Sustainable Activism

This workshop is a bespoke version of our Sustaining Resistance programme commissioned by Transgender Europe (TGEU) and specifically designed and developed for activists, trainers and organisers working with transgender communities across Europe. The training will offer a range of tools, collective and personal, which can make our activism more effective. These methods can help us avoid burnout and stay in it for the long haul, adding continuity to our movement building. They can be used to ensure the collective and organisational dimensions of our activism exemplify the values we’re struggling for. And they can help us stay inspired, nourished, & more creative in our tactical approach.

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Colaboración Para La Transformación Social

30 Junio al 9 de Julio

Herramientas grupales y personales para el trabajo colaborativo. Un curso de 7 dias en Castellano. ¿Cuáles son los recursos y habilidades personales que podrían hacer nuestra acción social más constructiva y sostenible? ¿Qué herramientas y estructuras necesitamos para poder continuar en estas actividades y mantener nuestro bienestar y eficacia en el grupo?

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Ecodharma Sustainable Activism Training in the UK

7th to 15th July

We are teaming up with Freely Given Retreats to run a shortened version of our Sustaining Resistance course in the UK this summer. You can find the details on their site here.

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Permaculture Design Course

15th to 29th July

The Permaculture Design Course (PDC) is a 72-hour certified and holistic course encompassing a wide range of topics that demonstrate how to work with our ecological and social environment. The PDC will be composed of lectures, discussions, practical activities, and design exercises. Participants will gain knowledge and skills to enable them to design and implement the principles of permaculture in the creation of truly sustainable systems that can enable us to live well and with respect for each other and the earth.

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Engaged Buddhist Training - empowering transformation

5th to 19th August

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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Earth Initiation

27th Aug to 7th Sept

Today it can be difficult to ‘know’ our belonging in our bones. The cultures associated with the industrial growth society often lead us away from intimacy with the more-than-human world, yet it waits for us. This initiatory journey is an invitation to remember what we deeply belong to, what we have always belonged to.

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Permaculture, Nature Connection & Deep Ecology

9th to 16th Sept

This course explores both the practical wisdom and the theoretical underpinnings of a shift to a life-sustaining future – set within a framework of nature and dharma based learning. It draws together the practical wisdom of permaculture design, experiential nature-based learning, and the theoretical foundations of deep & radical ecology. It weaves together study, meditation, and hands on learning.

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Catalysing Active/Critical Citizenship: Participatory Tools for Organisers and Activists

23rd Sept to 1st Oct

This is a training for trainers, organisers and activists, who want to build and deepen their skills for empowering active and critical citizenship. The course explores a range of theories, models, and practices that can be used to help individuals, communities and organisations find the inspiration, courage and understanding they need to take back control of their lives.

These tools can be used to help catalyse engagement within diverse communities. The participatory approaches it shares can help people, communities and organisations engage in empowering dialogue, critical reflection and find motivation for decisive action.

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Roots of Resilience: The Power of Nature Connection

11th to 21st October

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.

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Sustaining resistance and empowering renewal

21st to 30th October 2017

This workshop is one of our signature trainings. We are now moving it to our new Ulex Project centre and redesigning it under the course title Regenerative Activism: Sustainable Organising. The course offers a range of tools, collective and personal, which can make our activism more effective and sustainable. These methods can help us avoid burnout and stay in it for the long haul, adding continuity to our movement building. They can be used to ensure the collective and organisational dimensions of our activism exemplify the values we’re struggling for. A ‘regenerative’ approach goes beyond sustainability to explore how we can organise in ways that actually renew or revitalize our own resources and those of our groups – this can help us stay inspired, nourished, & more creative in our tactical approach.

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Transformative Collaboration (autumn)

4th to 12th November 2017

This training will help you to collaborate, communicate and make decisions effectively. It will help you to draw out the best in yourself and others, stay in healthy relationship, build teams based on shared values – and get things done!

Working with others is not always easy. It can feel frustrating, draining and unproductive. Meetings drag, personalities clash, power conflicts arise, chaos reigns and all this gets in the way of achieving what the group or organization set out to do at the beginning. But effective collaboration not only benefits the world, it can provide the vital context for our growth as individuals, offer a crucial means to share and live out our deepest values, and it can bring forth emergent and creative qualities that alone we could barely imagine. This course will take place at our new Ulex Project centre.

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Deeper Resources for Action

19th November to 3rd December

A two week training in meditation skills to empower social engagement.The mind and heart offer a wellspring of powerful resource, if we know how to draw on them. Through well-developed meditation practice we can learn to access those resources to empower our action and collaborations.

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Creative Tools for Social Change

19 to 26 November 2017

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. it will take place at our new Ulex Project centre.

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Regenerative Planting Work Retreat

4th to 16th December

These are provisional dates for a two week working retreat. Come and help us create sustainable living systems in the wild landscape of the Serra de Carreau. We are likley to be planting trees to extend the forest garden and supporting other areas of regeneration of the land. There are a few places for people who want to come and help: living and working in community, learning permaculture approaches to a sustainable future, meditate, study, and find refreshment and inspiration living simply in a place of great natural beauty.

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Sustaining Activism: A Training for Trainers

28 April to 9 May 2018

This Training for Trainers aims to support activist-trainers who want to develop and deliver trainings on sustainable activism. The Sustaining Resistance project was established in 2009 and since then, through a series of courses, we’ve covered a lot of ground exploring the theme. Now, through this new training, we hope to share the experience we have gained, provide useful tools and methods, and bring people together to discuss, share and develop ways of promoting sustainable and effective approaches to grassroots activism. It will take place at our new Ulex Project training centre.

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