Imagine working for world change in a way that makes you more alive, in tune with your sense of deepest purpose and in the flow of spirit the more you do it. This is the possibility that spiritual activism holds for you.
You might be a seasoned activist who has given many years battling for the environment or wrestling with powerful corporations, feeling the need for ever-deeper sources of strength and inspiration. You might be a young person with an awakening concern for poverty or discrimination, feeling the need to build a firm foundation on which to base not just a career, but a lived-out sense of vocation. Alternatively, you might be a person whose way of giving to the world is largely hidden. Planting out a woodland. Looking after an elderly relative. Giving time to children or to other living things.
Wherever it is that you might be coming from in life, an ‘activist’ engages with social, environmental or spiritual change. Activism at its best is love made manifest.
That doesn’t make it easy. Working with the suffering of the world, we can so easily burn out or sell out. Activist organisations can be dysfunctional and urgently in need of fresh vision. We need to resource our activism from a place of spiritual grounding. To ask: how can we face the burden of awareness, but transform it to a precious burden?
Our week will blend teaching, reflection and shared experience. We’ll work with Alastair’s book, Spiritual Activism: Leadership as Service. Together, we’ll explore such themes as movements, organisations and leadership. Power, consciousness and nonviolence. The psychodynamics of campaigning, liberation theology, tools for support and discernment, and the deep imaginal magic of a spiritually resourced life.
Alastair has developed this course out of 25 years experience of teaching spiritual activism in major universities and at campaign workshops around the world. He is an honorary professor at the University of Glasgow and an honorary fellow in divinity at the University of Edinburgh, best known for his empowerment work with grassroots community groups.
During the week he will share with you not only the principles of spiritual activism but also real life examples from his work – with land reform, with climate change, with an oppressive regime, with corporations (both opposing and helping them), and with nonviolence based on his lectures at military staff colleges across Europe.
He will encourage you to discern where your own gift lies, examining how best it can be developed and applied. We hope this week will leave you with a clearer vision of your calling in life and of the service that you can offer to the world. No matter how modest or even compromised by life’s complexities that might seem now, it is a seed that will grow. In time it will lead you to a free, engaged and fulfilling life of activism. Such activism is about becoming more fully incarnate in this world. It means learning to nourish the callings of the outer life with the hidden resources of an activated inner life. In addition to all of that – we hope that the week will be fun together.
With its clarion call that spirituality is central to activism, this is truly a book for our age, challenging the preconceptions of most activists, let alone those who still see spirituality solely as ‘an inner journey’.Sir Jonathan Porritt, first chair of the UK government’s Sustainable Development Commission and past director of Friends of the Earth
The word brilliant is overused, but it genuinely applies to Spiritual Activism. No other book brings together social change theory with insights from psychology and spirituality like this book does.Starhawk, author of The Spiral Dance and The Empowerment Manual
Although not a prerequisite we recommend reading Spiritual Activism: Leadership as Service by Alastair McIntosh and Matt Carmichael as preparation for participating in this workshop. You can find a copy by using the links below.
Green Books – UK & Rest of the World
Independent Publishers’ Group – North America
Our quoted prices are fully inclusive of participation in the workshop or event, accommodation in our guest rooms (including towels and linen), all meals and refreshments, and full access to our community facilities like our meditation sanctuaries. Some facilities, like our saunas and hot tub, ask for a donation for use.
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