Contemplative Environmental Practice


Retreat for Professors and Activists

Sunday, July 24 – Saturday, July 30

Lama Foundation
San Cristobal, New Mexico

Cost: $980
(includes accommodations, all meals, and workshop fee)

($810 for graduate students)

How can we best work and teach in the service of environmental well-being? How can we can deepen, grow, and flourish in our environmental commitments?

This workshop brings together activists and professors to share ways of living on the front lines of environmental concern.  Using daily meditation, nature walks, art, and other reflective exercises, we will probe the depths of the environmental crisis and develop inner resources to work and teach on behalf of global sustainability.

Environmental issues are not simply political, technological, or economic dilemmas but also existential and spiritual challenges that require us to reflect upon the meaning of our individual and collective lives.  The workshop will introduce contemplative practices tailored specifically for inducing such reflection and for supporting professors and activists in their pedagogical and advocacy efforts.

Part seminar and part retreat, the workshop offers the chance to step back from our frenetic lives and, in the midst of stunning beauty and a supportive community, integrate our deepest spiritual yearnings with our commitment to protect the earth.


Paul Wapner, Professor, American University

Kritee (Kanko), Scientist, Activist, Zen Teacher, Environmental Defense Fund

Nicole Salimbene, Visual Artist

Jeff Warren, Author and Meditation Instructor

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Sponsored by: Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education, & Global Environmental Politics Program, American University