I know of no other program that is a more effective midwife for profound transformation
than Ecology of Awakening.
— Brian Swimme

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 14 billion year 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. By engaging in the story of who we are and to what we belong, we ground in our deepest values and reclaim right action, rooted in reverence.

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. 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 the importance 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.

A note from the EOA Guiding Team

In this time of rapid change, when oppressive forces threaten the wellbeing of humans and the Earth, we are dedicated to supporting the sustained and embodied shift necessary to create resilient and thriving communities for future generations. We believe that the kind of impact we have depends on what we are rooted in. If we are primarily connected to a sense of urgency and fear, we are more likely to react from that place. If, on the other hand, we are rooted in our deepest belonging, we support our ability to respond from love, community and connection, with sincere regard for each other and our world.

Over the past year, as our various groups have sat in grief and despair over the state of the world, we have felt the anchor and depth of our programs, buoying us to step forward in our lives with clear voices and strong hearts. Ecology of Awakening has never felt more relevant to prepare us to meet the current moment with a fierce love that stems from a direct experience of our inherent interconnectedness.

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