Consciousness in an Age of Climate Crisis

August 7th – 9th 2020
Seminar with Karma Lekshe Tsomo, Omid Safi, Hu Dost, Deepa Gulrukh Patel & Nora Müller

As climate crisis headlines threaten to overwhelm our psyches, we must take stock of how spiritual traditions, practice, and inner guidance can inform our personal and collective response to the challenges before us.

This summer’s programme aims to use orientations and practices from Sufism, Buddhism, the world’s prophetic traditions, and social justice perspectives to address how we, collectively and individually, can best engage with the realities and fears of climate change.

Through a choreography of spiritual practice, dialogue, and music, a cadre of teachers, guides, and artists will support attendees in a novel process of awakening to and navigating the inner and outer landscape of the climate crisis.

This programme is not a condemnation of human behavior or cry for collective austerity. Nor is it a denial of climate realities and an invitation to ignore growing concerns.  Instead, we intend to gather with open eyes to explore how we can respond to a changing world with integrity and full awareness.

Perhaps now more than ever we must heed the great African American mystic and mentor to Martin Luther King Jr., Howard Thurman, who said, “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”


Schedule (Central European Time):

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August 7th

3.00pm – 4.15pm CET: Session 1

4.45pm – 6.00pm CET: Session 2

8.00pm – 9.30pm CET: Evening programme

August 8th

3.00pm – 4.15pm CET: Session 1

4.45pm – 6.00pm CET: Session 2

8.00pm – 9.30pm CET: Evening programme

August 9th

3.00pm – 4.15pm CET: Session 1

4.45pm – 6.00pm CET: Session 2

8.00pm – 9.30pm Universal Worship

To make the workshops as accessible as possible, we offer three different price ranges. Once you select the ticket, you’ll then have to fill out your personal information and proceed to payment, where you can choose between Credit Card, Paypal and bank transfer. We will send the Zoom links in a separate mail before the seminar starts.

Karma Lekshe Tsomo

The Venerable Karma Lekshe Tsomo is a professor of Buddhist studies at the University of San Diego where she teaches Buddhist thought and culture. She integrates scholarship and social activism through the Sakyadhita International Association of Buddhist Women and Jamyang Foundation, an innovative education project for Himalayan women.

Omid Safi

Teacher in the Sufi tradition of Radical Love & Founder of Illuminated Courses & Tours.

Omid is a professor at Duke University specializing in Sufism and contemporary thought. A leading Muslim public intellectual, Omid is committed to spirituality and social justice. 
His most recent book is Radical Love:  Teachings from the Islamic Mystical Tradition.


Hu Dost

The music of HuDost weaves a seamless tapestry of Folk World and Rock that renders tears and laughter in listeners cultivating the nameless longing that abides somewhere in all our hearts and invoking total celebration. HuDost recently released a new album ‘of Water + Mercy’ that has received rave reviews and as an independent release reached #24 in the Billboard Sales Charts for Folk/Americana. They have performed internationally at hundreds of renowned festivals and performing art centers and their highlight collaborations/opening slots include Ani DiFranco, Philip Glass, Jon Anderson (YES), Joan Osborne, Steve Kilbey (The Church), Neko Case, Jim Lauderdale and many more. It is through music that the losses and gains pains and triumphs and excruciating beauty of life can be given a voice of empathy to the synonymous lives of all people. HuDost are highly engaged activists, doing advocacy work as Congressional District Representatives for ONE (a non-profit organization working to end extreme poverty and, specifically, the sexism of poverty).


Deepa Gulrukh Patel

Deepa Gulrukh Patel is a campaigner and facilitator with a special interest in the arts, interdisciplinary collaboration, contemplation, diversity, and equality: working with organisations like the BBC, ActionAid and the Arts Council of England. Deepa has been a student of the inner life since her teens and is the director of Zenith Camp. She is also currently working with the Helen Storey Foundation on a variety of projects with Syrian refugees in Jordan at the Zaatari Refugee camp. Volunteering is important part of her life; in the UK she is Chair of Tamasha Theatre Company and The Loss Foundation, a charity that supports people bereaved by cancer. In the USA she is an advisor to the New Monastic Foundation.