We sense that ‘normal’ isn’t coming back, that we are being born into a new normal: a new kind of society, a new relationship to the earth, a new experience of being human.
— Charles Eisenstein

Our Intention

Ecology of Awakening programs are designed to support a shift in consciousness: out of a sense of being a separate self, living on the Earth which is solely here as our resource, into a lived experience of being an inherent part of the larger unfolding that brought us forth. Our programs are for those moving out of the story of separation into the realization that we are intricately woven into the ever-evolving, vibrant web of life. They are for leaders and emerging leaders, including all those who sense a deeper freedom in awakening to their essential nature and are called to creating a more resilient future for themselves and their communities.

The Underlying Premise

Our underlying premise is that Life is self-organizing and knows what it’s doing. As Cosmologist Brian Swimme says, “Take hydrogen and leave it alone for 13.7 billion years and it turns into rosebushes, giraffes and humans.” By attuning to our place within the unfolding fabric, we learn to listen and respond to this emergent creative force – our own deepest nature – and the way Life speaks to each of us. The journey is about becoming more permeable to the whole, practicing, as permaculture teaches us, what it is to “compose with Nature” (inwardly and outwardly) rather than “imposing upon it”. In this mysterious and fertile ground where our own creativity and the larger unfolding meet, we unlock our waiting potential and discover the way our unique expression fits into the deep needs of our time.

The Framework

Ecology of Awakening moves beyond an intellectual understanding of re-storying to the realization and embodiment of what it is to be an active and conscious participant in the larger unfolding and extraordinary transformation of our time. While many of us are conscious of the need to move beyond the habits and patterns of our collective trance and sense of separation, it is one thing to know this intellectually and another to realize it in the very fabric of our being. The journey is not always comfortable. Often we become disoriented as we find ourselves in unknown territory. The framework, guidance and processes held in our programs support this vital 'space between stories' so we might individually and collectively discover what it is to live in a more conscious and mutually enhancing way with all Life.

How can we be stewards of the Earth if we don’t know how to listen to her? How can we heal the planet if we don’t heal ourselves and our brothers and sisters as a part of that process? This is where the vital work of Ecology of Awakening comes in.
— M.S., Pueblo, CO, past EOA participant and permaculture student