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Turning Towards the Climate Emergency Together

Online Program
Dates: Oct 05, 2022 - Nov 16, 2022

Instructor(s): Nicola Redfern, Rosalie Dores

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Course Description:
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The immensity of the climate challenges we are currently facing has been described by a UN report as a “code red for humanity.” This can feel so overwhelming, that we may find ourselves turning away or feeling powerless or numb. Buddhist scholar and longtime environmental activist, Joanna Macy says,

‘‘Of all the dangers we face from climate chaos, none is so great as the deadening of our response.”

In this seven week course, we will integrate Joanna Macy’s Active Hope work and the relational meditation practice of Insight Dialogue to explore and awaken our capacity to respond to the climate emergency together. We will draw on the power of interpersonal meditation practice in pairs and small groups as well as video/audio materials, short dharma teachings and guided meditations to create a vibrant learning environment. This forging of a community of deep connection offers the conditions for strengthening our resourcefulness, joy and resilience in meeting the challenges before us. 

There will also be optional home practice, readings, podcasts, and the opportunity to buddy up with another course participant for further practice if desired.

This course is recommended for participants who are at the beginning of their journey in responding to the climate emergency and/or practicing Insight Dialogue, as well as those with significant experience in both.


Online Schedule:
This program is hosted on Zoom and closed captions are available. Our intention is to build sangha and provide meaningful virtual interactions with each other and with teachers in our online programs. We encourage you to participate as fully as you are able. You can check the time of the group sessions in your timezone here: https://www.worldtimebuddy.com. The schedule of Zoom meetings for this program (shown in US Eastern Time) is as follows:

Meeting Time: Wednesdays, 12:00- 2:30 PM ET between October 5- November 16

Meeting Dates: October 5, 12, 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16


Please note that sessions will not be recorded.

Cancellation Policy:
Registration fees for online programs are nonrefundable after the program start date. Cancellations prior to the program start date will incur a $25 cancellation fee. For intensive, application-based programs, the cancellation fee is $50.

DEI:
As we work to become a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive community, we invite feedback/suggestions you may have regarding ways that we can make participation in the program more accessible and welcoming. Please email us at contact@buddhistinquiry.org.
    About the Instructor(s):
  • Nicola Redfern is an Insight Dialogue Retreat Teacher with an extensive background in both Zen and Vipassana meditation.  With a strong belief that awakening is not simply a solo endeavor, Nic is particularly interested in getting meditation off the cushion and fully integrated into life, work, and relationships. She is currently co-teaching the ‘Heart of Freedom’ program offered jointly by IMS and BCBS for experienced dharma practitioners. She has taught multiple courses on climate emergency, unlearning racism, and Nonviolent Communication, as well as programs for LGBTQIA+. Nicola is originally from the UK and now lives near Santa Fe, NM.

  • Rosalie Dores MA is an Insight Dialogue Retreat Teacher. She has been practicing meditation and yoga since 1992. Her dharma roots are within the Vipassana tradition of S.N. Goenka, Theravada, Insight Meditation and Insight Dialogue. She has trained to teach under the guidance of Gregory Kramer. Rosalie is dedicated to offering teachings that engage at the interface between ancient wisdom and the challenges of our modern world.