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First Annual Eco-Dharma Northeast Conference
Panelists and Speakers include:
Colin Beaven, PhD, founder of the No Impact Project. Colin Beavan rose to prominence as a spokesperson on environmental and quality of life issues after his year-long experiment in extreme environmental living, No Impact Man, exploded in the international media. He is the founder and executive director of No Impact Project, an international non-profit that empowers citizens to make choices that support their communities and the planet and help them live a happier, healthier life. He is also a Green Party candidate for the U.S. Congress, representing central Brooklyn.
A long-time activist, he sits on the board of directors of New York City's Transportation Alternatives, and is on the advisory councils of Just Food and 350.org , a global organization dedicated to solving the climate crisis. Prior to becoming a champion of the environment, Colin earned his PhD at the University of Liverpool, spent a decade helping social housing providers, drug treatment agencies and hospitals get funding, and wrote books.
Jennifer White, Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies and Sustainability Coordinator at Colby-Sawyer College in New London, NH, joined the faculty in 2009. Teaching interests include environmental issues, whole systems health and sustainability, and the psychology of change. Research interests include voluntary simplicity, values-supported behavior change, and the relationships between the development of personal integrity, global ethics, and whole systems sustainability. Professor White is also the Sustainability Coordinator for the college and oversees all of their GreenROUTES Initiatives. In that role she provides advice and guidance to the President, Senior Officers and the college community regarding ways to meet carbon reduction goals and promote greater personal wellbeing, social justice, economic stability and environmental balance, both locally and globally.
David Wimberly of Touching the Earth, helped establish a research center in Costa Rica on sustainable agriculture and aquaculture that stimulated a cooperative movement there in the seventies. He worked as Co-Coordinator of The It’s Not Garbage Coalition (and numerous other groups), which was pivotal in Nova Scotia’s use of clean composting as core to its Waste/Resource management system, often hailed as best in the world. He currently is a key figure of the Shambhala community's environmental initiative. His online article Literally Cultivating Peace may be found here.
Ji Hyang Padma is an American Zen teacher, who has done intensive Zen training as a nun in Korea and North America . She currently serves as the Buddhist Advisor at Wellesley College. In this capacity she provides formal meditation practice, pastoral support and leadership to the college community around spiritual and ethical issues. She has an interest in the intersection of Buddhism and environmental issues. Read her complete bio here.
Younge Kachab Rinpoche is the Younge family lineage holder, a treasure revealer and a nonsectarian scholar and Tibetan Buddhist yogi. He is the seventh incarnation of Khachab Tulku who was known for his accomplishment of Yamantaka and his healing siddhis. Rinpoche makes his home in the United States and he holds both the titles of Geshe and Khenpo. He has an interest in the environment and dharma. His bio may be found here.
Patrick Groneman is the former Executive Director of the Interdependence Project (IDP), an educational community based in NYC which brings an accessible and secular approach to studying Buddhist Philosophy and Meditation. Patrick completed IDP's Secular Buddhist Studies program in 2010, a year-long immersion and instructor training in 2011, and has also studied Buddhism and Meditation at the Insight Meditation Society, the Village Zendo, and Shambhala International. At IDP, Patrick has helped drive several sustainability initiatives, including an annual "Responsible Consumption Month", which supports the efforts of community members to transform personal consumption habits. He is currently en route to fields of Ireland for a nine-month organic farming internship, through which he hopes to bridge his love of the natural world with his dharma practice and creative arts practices. More info and artwork available on his blog and more info about the Interdependence Project online.
Bob Morrison is a writer living in the Boston area. He is a meditation teacher with Natural Dharma Fellowship, leading wilderness retreats, mentoring students and hosting the Green Tara sadhana group. He is also a guiding teacher with Foundation for Active Compassion, teaching practices of Innate Wisdom and Compassion as developed by Lama John Makransky. As an avid hiker, his special interests include the awakening power of nature and "the magical display of appearances," and, as a cancer survivor, the challenges of cancer as spiritual opportunities. His bio may be found here.
Lama Willa Miller is a Buddhist minister in the Tibetan tradition, founder of Natural Dharma Fellowship, and the Spiritual Director of Wonderwell Mountain Refuge. She has studied and practiced meditation for over 20 years, training with Venerable Kalu Rinpoche and other teachers. She has an interest in sustainable living and in leading meditation practices that deepen our inner connection with the environment and the natural world. Her bio may be found here.
No animals permitted at this retreat. If you need to board, we recommend Dog Star Canine, right down the road.
Teacher(s) Lama Willa, Bob Morrison, Jennifer White, David Wimberly, Colin Beaven, Patrick Groneman, Kachab Rinpoche, and Ji Hyang Padma.
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