We believe that helping to empower individuals and communities to tread a path where committed social engagement goes hand in hand with radical personal transformation is an important task. We see the combining of inner work with outer engagement as the basis for a radical response to our times. That’s why Ecodharma work with individuals and organisations to offer courses and trainings that explore that terrain.
“We stand at a critical moment in Earth’s history, a time when humanity must choose its future. As the world becomes increasingly interdependent and fragile, the future at once holds great peril and great promise.” The Earth Charter
This quote gives an indication of where we feel we stand right now. Without succumbing to horrified apocalyptic anxiety, or an intoxicating utopianism, it is clear that significant dangers face our society and ecosystems, and yet there remains real scope for finding creative responses.
It is clear that a meaningful human response to our times must address both the transformation of society and of individuals. Our personal and social liberation are bound closely together. One without the other cannot do justice to either our times or ourselves. By working simultaneously with both we can develop a truly radical response.
Climate change, peak oil, economic precarity and social injustice are shaping the endgame of the industrial growth era. Attempts to engage with these social and ecological dimensions need to be resourced by deep awareness, self-knowledge, and emotional intelligence. Those who have tried know that trying to work for social change without looking at our own inner conflicts and unhelpful tendencies, often compounds the problems we seek to address. Meanwhile, spiritual practice that doesn’t turn to face the social and ecological conditions of our times, runs the risk of falling into narcissistic escapism. Working solely on our own personal development can dig us deeper into the individualistic and alienating traps that our atomising and fragmented social realities thrust upon us. As they say “Action without wisdom is blind; yet, wisdom without action is lame.”
Working simultaneously with both the personal and inter-personal aspects of our experience can empower us and our communities. It sets up both a necessary creative tension and a supportive framework, which can bring forth the best in us for the benefit of ourselves, other people, and the other species we share this world with.
We run courses and trainings designed to address two broad groups of people:
All of these courses and retreats work on three levels:
Our approach draws on:
The Eco-Dharma Centre is situated in a beautiful and wild part of the Catalan Pyrenees. We offer courses, events and retreats which support the realisation of our human potential and the development of an ecological consciousness honouring our mutual belonging within the web of life – drawing on the Buddhist Dharma and the emerging ecological paradigms of our time.
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