It’s all a question of story. We are in trouble just now because we do not have a good story. We are in between stories. The old story, the account of how the world came to be and how we fit into it, is no longer effective. Yet we have not learned the new story.
— Thomas Berry, cultural historian and theologian

Our Mission

Ecology of Awakening provides nature-based retreats, resiliency workshops, vision fast journeys, and other programs that support an individual and collective shift in consciousness – out of the predominant story of separation and into a lived experience of being an inherent part of the unfolding web of life. To facilitate this shift, we employ a unique framework that weaves together a blend of earth based wisdom, evolutionary and ecological science, living systems, biologically-based resiliency work, and nondual traditions. All of our programs provide the strong container of an intimate village, set within a variety of spectacular California ecosystems, with facilitators and guides being highly trained in their specific fields (trauma and resiliency, cosmology, ecology, dreamwork, and more). Please visit our Impressions and Expressions page to see and hear more about the sustained and embodied shifts that that occur for participants, and how those in turn benefit their respective communities.

Our Vision

For thousands of years, our ancestors lived wholly immersed in the wonder of a living universe, intuitively guided and held by their nature-based cultures. Now amidst the pressure and pace of the modern industrial agenda, we have become alienated not only from the natural world but from our own deepest nature. As a result, we have lost contact with our instinctive knowing and deeper sense of belonging. After wandering very far from our roots, it is time to re-story ourselves into the vibrant web where we can compose with Nature, inwardly and outwardly, and discover the way our unique expression fits into the deep needs of our time.

We believe the programs and support Ecology of Awakening provides are essential to navigating these unprecedented times. If we are to create the world we know possible – where all beings have the freedom to co-exist peacefully in balance with the Earth – it is central to reframe and remember who we are in essence and in relation to the whole. When we see the world through a sense of disconnection and fear, we are more likely to react from that place. If, on the other hand, we are rooted in our deepest belonging, with an instinctive knowing that we are an inherent part of the deep intelligence of life, we support our ability to respond in a way that is life affirming for the whole. Through active engagement with what it is to embody and live into a New Story, a new way of being, we support our ability to think and act in partnership with life and to create thriving and resilient communities for future generations.

Read more about our approach.