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Difficult Times as A Catalyst for
Awakening and Compassionate Action
Difficult Times as A Catalyst for
Awakening and Compassionate Action
Difficult Times as a Catalyst for Awaken
Date: Sunday, April 5th, 2020
Time: 10:00am-12:00pm
Online: via Zoom
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Free, offerings accepted

This interactive online workshop is an opportunity to explore the spiritual and emotional dimensions of our current intersecting crises including the global pandemic, economic system and climate breakdown.


In these times of disruption and injustice, how do we face our own suffering and that of the world with open and wise hearts? Investigating this question, we will offer somatic and heart-based practices, interactive activities in dyads or small groups, and guided meditations rooted in the tradition of the Buddha Dharma to learn ways of opening to the difficult with clarity and resilience. Throughout we consider the these systemic crises and their root origin of separation as an opportunity for inspired action, connection and spiritual awakening.


Facilitated by Kirsten Rudestam and Lisa Ferguson.

Co-sponsored by Insight Santa Cruz and UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center


Kirsten Rudestam has been practicing insight meditation since 2000 and is a graduate of Spirit Rock’s Community Dharma Leader Program. She is co-founder and faculty for the Buddhist Eco-Chaplaincy program. She is an avid earth lover, and teaches experiential environmental education and leads wilderness expeditions. She has trained as a facilitator in Joanna Macy’s Work that Reconnects, and as a rite of passage guide with the School of Lost Borders. She currently lives in Santa Cruz, California, where she completed a Ph.D. in Environmental Sociology.

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Lisa Ferguson is the founder of Climate Compassion, and leads workshops and trainings to weave together psychospiritual capacity-building with skillful action. She holds a Ph.D. in Transpersonal Psychology, with decades of experience in contemplative and psychospiritual approaches. She integrates embodied approaches including qigong, trauma-informed somatic resilience, and embodied leadership in her work supporting climate justice leaders in their leadership, healing and resilience. She is on the California steering committee of the International Transformational Resilience Coalition (dedicated to seeding trauma-informed approaches in response to climate breakdown) and is trained in permaculture.

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