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evolve Magazine 2017 interview—Terry Patten & Pawan Gupta

I invite you to check out my interview in the latest issue of *Evolve* magazine, along with Pawan Gupta, in a rich exploration of the dynamics and relationship of personal and cultural trauma and healing. 


Looking outside, we all see the woundedness of our world. Looking within, we all see that we have been wounded and hurt others. How do these aspects relate to each other? And how can we reach deeper sources of healing, reconciliation and evolution for ourselves and for the world, when we understand and feel this connection? 




Die kulturelle Dimension von Heilung
Und wir haben gerade auch eine Aktion für Geschenk-Abos, bei der jeder, der ein Abo verschenkt, selbst beschenkt wird:
evolve verschenken ist ein Geschenk!


So Much to Be Grateful For — Even With So Much to Grieve

This year, as I get ready for Thanksgiving, I’m feeling deeply grateful for the miracle of life and its cycles, and the many blessings I enjoy living in Northern California.
This year I am especially grateful that I have just finished a major labor of love. My new book, A New Republic of the Heart: An Ethos for Revolutionaries will be released by North Atlantic Books on March 6th. I sent in the galleys last week. I’m feeling grateful for the way early reviewers have praised it, too. For example, the famous psychologist Stanley Krippner has called it “required reading for every person over the age of 16.”
I’m very proud of it. It’s a major book—one that I believe takes our human conversation into important new territory. It unfolds a deep confrontation with what’s really happening — the terrible truths of our time, but also the wonderful secret that the evolutionary pressures of our time have already been transforming us, birthing us into a new stage and structure of human culture. It will never be too late for us to make a meaningful difference, in countless ways — even by slowing down, waking up, waking down, stepping forward, connecting with each other, taking action and allowing everything to be different.
According to the publisher, “A New Republic of the Heart addresses our global meta-crisis in all its aspects—environmental, economic, political, and cultural—from a breathtakingly, all-encompassing perspective. Even more remarkably, it frames our global and societal crises and opportunities as challenges to us, now, personally—in terms that penetrate our usual abstractions and avoidance.”
My Thanksgiving blog post is intended to be a letter from the heart, not promotional in any way. But my book is big in my heart right now, so I can’t hold back from saying a little something about it. (You’ll be hearing a lot more from me about it—and the ideas it contains, but that’s a different post.)
What is most clear in my heart this year is the intensity of both gratitude and grief in the collective field. Fires, floods, droughts, hurricanes, shootings, scandals, corruption, lies and brinksmanship—2017 has been a wildly challenging year on many levels. Americans, like people all over the world, are mostly good-intentioned, honest, civil and helpful to each other—and yet the stories we tell each other are electronic images of hatred, distrust, violence and division.
It will take difficult, necessary, creative, and ultimately rewarding work for us to meaningfully address our most “wicked” problems. But it begins in every heart. Our inner and outer transformation are entirely interdependent. We tend to be in denial about our collective situation, and it’s necessary to awaken from it, or else we will unconsciously collude to bring about the futures we fear.
But taking our many dark trends seriously, and discussing the unraveling of human civilization as if it is a formidable trend, frightens us. We stay away. We are learning to take multiple perspectives, but we only want to “try on” perspectives that seem like they’re healthy. We’re reluctant to unflinchingly explore what can be learned by donning our worst-case interpretations of current events; it seems like a mistake, because we imagine it will weaken us, pumping our bloodstreams with the chemicals of fear, anger and grief. And yet they keep suggesting themselves by the increasingly outrageous and apocalyptic dramas that are playing out in our shared world.
But there is another alternative. We can practice letting go into radical gratitude for this day, for this Thanksgiving day, and for whatever day it is as you read these words. And we can sometimes, on the same day, alternately open our hearts to everything we fear to feel. We can feel and see what we fear with eyes that are wet with gratitude. We can evolve our way of grieving; it doesn’t have to collapse our hearts; it can expand them.
I want to give you a gift (free to us both) on this Thanksgiving Day. As Brother David Steindl-Rast says in this video, this day is given to you, to me, today, and it is the only day we are given. We can notice the gift of this day, this moment, the infinite depth and brightness that are the very nature of our own consciousness, the beauty and uniqueness of the dawn and dusk of this day, of the weather, the sky, the people we meet. We can remember that today we can be a gift to each person we meet, just by looking at them with eyes of love.
Amazingly, we can do this practice even on days when in some other moments our hearts are doing the practice of allowing themselves to break. In fact, it is easier for a heart cracked open to be deeply grateful and generous—easier than it is for one that’s muted, idling in neutral.
Every year Americans dedicate one holiday to gratitude, and to feasting. And yet for me, it is always bittersweet.
When I was a child, we gathered around a blazing hearth at my grandmother’s house, a collection of over 25 uncles, aunts, and cousins. And yet it has often been a time of grief. When I was 19, my father died of a sudden heart attack on November 22, the day I am writing this, also the anniversary of JFK’s assassination. Last year, I was still grieving the “Trumpocalypse” which got me musing about the defiant message that was sent by the Trump insurgency, and about Thanksgiving tables where conservative and liberal cousins sit across from each other. This year’s blog summarizes the disposition that emerged from what I explored last year.
Let’s respond to the beauty and terror by showing up and waking up. Let’s join in remembering our innocent delight and gratitude. Joy is the substance of life. But not the subjective bliss into which so many of us often try to escape. The joy that can coexist with all the colors and flavors and textures of the human experience never needs to be a spiritual bypass—indeed, it is a practice. We can notice that winter follows summer, but we can also notice that pleasure follows every pain. The wheel turns—in both directions. Life springs forth, reasserting itself, with every heartbeat.
The ordeal of a great impending collective transformation is softening and deepening us at this particular moment of human history. We can engage the practice of learning to inhale “great draughts” of feeling-awareness and aliveness, and exhale ever-expanding gratitude. We can deepen in that practice even as we sometimes breath in incredible pain and grief. This year, many people tell me they feel they are witnessing humans seemingly choosing hate and destruction, and, on the largest scale, willfully damaging our very life support systems—the living Earth, the sacredness of the blue-green marble, the planetary life-process upon which human life depends. That is undeniably at least a part of reality. Yet, it isn’t the whole story; it is a partial perspective. But it sees and faces something very real.
Yet today, we are also taking time to give thanks. Let’s do so wholeheartedly, truly brightening up, relaxing and receiving the blessing gifts of this day, this hour, this moment. It does not serve to turn judgment upon ourselves and feel guilty—in fact it is actively destructive. And besides, as I often say, “Things are far too serious for us to lose our sense of humor!”
Our glad hearts, accepting the miracle of this moment, this breath, this day, this life—that is the foundation of all sanity. Let’s return to it again and again. Let’s learn to face and be willing to see what is before us, even when it seems to take the form of something utterly heartbreakingly unacceptable. Let’s also learn to inhale the stubborn, resurgent, sassy, upstart affirmation of life that surges through our nervous system. Let us learn to be the embodiment of that great “Yes!” Let us practice a gratitude today that is imbued with compassionate gravitas. Let’s come together in the totality of our experience, brothers and sisters, doing a practice at the heart that grows our depth, intelligence and maturity.
I am grateful that my life requires me to regularly take stock, get down and speak from the heart in posts such as this, and that people like you, all over the world, take time to consider what I say and make use of it. You are making use of my gift, which completes the circle of my offering. Thank you.
Wishing you every blessing,

PS: My new book, A New Republic of the Heart: An Ethos for Revolutionaries is available now for preorder from Barnes and NobleAmazon, or your local independent bookseller.

Who’s to blame for our ecological and cultural crises?

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What does it mean to take responsibility for our ecological and cultural crises? The nondual perspective says that everything is connected to everything else. There are no independent relationships and thus nowhere in particular to “point the finger.” But in another sense, as people awakening to whatever degree of choice we have, we realize responsibility is distributed throughout the human system, so we each do have some real responsibility to the future. A third way to view our predicament is as an inevitable crossroads and an evolutionary opportunity.

Terry explores these ideas in this brief (3 1/2 minute) audio clip and suggests that whether we succeed or not at turning the corner to a sustainable future, the sacred invitation of this lifetime is both spiritual and social—we can awaken into a different way of being human individually and together—and a new relationship to the earth, our fellow creatures, and one another.

The Acceleration of Crazy

A recent video conversation between Terry and David Riordan in which they explore the “acceleration of crazy” as our current national "reality show" unfolds. Terry describes how he's navigating these heady times, and suggests that major stage transitions like the one we are currently living in are, by their very nature, revolutionary, calling us to a higher, deeper, and more enriching human commons.

What Now - A Momentous Leap: Integral Life's Year-End Conference

December 29, 2017 - January 1, 2018


Broomfield, CO
United States


Terry joins Helen Palmer, Ken Wilber, Jeff Salzman, Diane Musho Hamilton, Patricia Albere, Roger Walsh and other presenters at What NOW, a four day year-end conference in Broomfield, Colorado that will help you navigate and explore the era of massive worldwide disruption we now find ourselves in.

About "What NOW"

It seems clear we are heading into one of the most disruptive periods of human history the world has ever known. And even now, what we currently see is just a hint of the incredibly disruptive forces that are waiting just behind the curtain — automation, genetics, artificial intelligence, etc. — ready to descend upon our civilization and force us to discover new strategies of coexistence.

But of course, in these times of rampant disruption there is newfound opportunity for fresh ideas to emerge, to replace outmoded ideas that are generating an enormous amount of evolutionary friction, and to begin reshaping our notions of the world, our work, and our shared future.

This is why we are holding our What Now conference this New Year — to help you navigate and explore the era of massive worldwide disruption that we now find ourselves in, and to discover the inner resiliency and adaptability we need — not only to survive this breakneck era of transformation, but to thrive and actively participate in its unfolding. Learm more and register here. 

Here are some of the topics we hope to explore together:

  • Party-before-country politics.
  • The culture war between tribalism and globalism.
  • The 1% accumulating more wealth while the middle class declines economically.
  • The extreme fragmentation of media and the rise of fake news and hate propaganda.
  • The continued acceleration of technological innovations disrupting core industries and contributing to the loss of industrial jobs.
  • The re-emergence of a bipolar geopolitics with the rise of China and the waning of American influence
  • The denial of climate change and worsening environmental degradation.
  • The faltering of premium health care for all.
  • A broken response to immigration.
  • An education system not relevant to the 21st century.
  • The continued confusion about the role of religion and spirituality

We-Space Summit—an online gathering of 150 trailblazers and pioneers of collective practices

October 9, 2017


An online event
United States

Monday, Oct. 9th, Terry's dialogues with a group of his senior students will air for a 24-hour period, free of charge. Learn more and register for the We-Space Summit here: 

During these rich, dynamic conversations, he'll explore the concept of the integral We-Space, tracing it back to the 1970’s encounter work of the Human Potential Movement. The panel will also discuss the full spectrum of We-Space practices — from the yang quality of ragged truth-telling, called parrhesia in ancient Greece, to the receptive yin practice of sacred conversation, called sohbet by Sufi mystics, engaged with the tongue and ear of the heart. Uniting these two ends of the spectrum is the Mystery that reveals itself in silence.

By signing up for the We-Space Summit, you will gain free access to listen online to this 5-day Summit from the period of October 9th to 13th, 2017. You will also join a Community of Practice newsletter that will highlight the emerging work, ongoing research and trainings from the We-Space Summit speakers and catalysts. 

Learn more and register for the We-Space Summit: 


Terry speaks at the Gathering for Change Agents - Activating the Social Mycelium

October 4, 2017


online event
United States

Mycelium is the root structure for mushrooms. The “social mycelium” is the mostly invisible, underground filaments of a new, healthy human culture, nourished by our innate wholeness and able to sense what resources are needed to heal our world. Oct 4th, I’ll be speaking on “Activating the Social Mycelium” at the Gathering for Change Agents, a no-fee virtual open-hearth circle of community. Register here to join the community call. Full presentation description below.


Activating the Social Mycelium with Terry Patten

Mycelium is the root structure for mushrooms. The “social mycelium” is the mostly invisible underground filaments of a new healthy human culture, seeded and nourished by our innate wholeness, whose roots are quietly spreading across the planet. Like its biological counterpart, this social mycelium is able to sense what resources are needed, and to redistribute those resources, restoring balance by healing the common, life-destroying thoughts, habits, and behaviors endemic in our world.  And yet this vast and potent network is often hidden to the casual observer.

Terry Patten will invite you to consider how to “Activate the Social Mycelium,” and to participate in the cultural processes through which human civilization can escape our current karmic patterns and shift to a higher kind of order. Our many cultural crises seem to require impossible, unprecedented levels of creative ingenuity. But we are not meant to face and address these problems alone. We are asked to arrive together in a level of deep contact that activates the great, mysterious wholeness that animates and surrounds us all. 

 Participants will:

  • Gain an understanding of how, like the mycelium, we are creative participants in a larger natural process, richly capable of self-transformation and healing
  • Learn how even in times of suppressive cultural environments, we can reliably tap into our innate goodness 
  • Understand the link between individual ingenuity, our collective human ingenuity, and the evolutionary process itself

Register here to join the community call.





Universal spirit and our unique soul journeys

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A brief clip where Terry explores the spiritually rich tension between the two practices which are fundamental to creating a more beautiful, sustainable future — a universal spiritual practice, and our unique personal soul journey.

Terry Presents "A New Republic of the Heart" at the Consciousness Congress in Puebla, Las Animas, Mexico

October 7, 2017



Terry joins speakers Stanley Krippner, Lois Holzman, Siegmar Gerken, Cathy Salit and Harris Friedman at the 5th Consciousness Congress in Puebla, Mexico. Info and registration here. 

From the organizers of the Consciousness Congress

4 years ago we realized a dream — to convene a gathering of professional people who would transmit their knowledge, experience and vision for a better world. This gathering has evolved and become the “ CONSCIENCIA Congress”, Science and Spirituality. Each congress we summon the brightest minds and the clearest spirits, those willing to share their awakened consciousness. 

We combine science and spirit in a simple way to sow the seeds of change that will lead us to happiness; but not a superficial happiness. Rather a happiness that can only be achieved through the spirit.

This year's theme is "The Consciousness of Love". 

Info and registration here. 








Shadow and Celebration—A Workshop with Terry Patten in Malinalco (near Mexico City)

October 13, 2017 - October 15, 2017


Hosted by Circling En Español and Práctica Integral de Vida

Shadow and Celebration with Terry Patten

Hosted by Circling En Español and Práctica Integral de Vida

Location: Ollinyotl, Calle Cerro de la Ascension, 52440 Malinalco (near Mexico City)

These are both light and dark times. 

They are scary because we are realizing that our lives are threatened by irresponsible leaders. And we fear darkness because we know our collective way of life is unsustainable, and eroding the foundations of our well-being. 

But they are light because all mankind’s greatest wisdom, from all traditions, are in conversation with all the other forms of our best intelligence. And they are bright because, from a systems perspective, conditions are ripe for miraculous emergence. 

But mostly they are bright because we are here and we’re choosing life.   

Under such circumstances, it is important to get together and say “Yes!” together, to celebrate and magnify the light, and bless one another and empower ourselves. When we are also doing that, we naturally also face the shadow, and the energy keeps flowing, instead of getting stuck. And that "conversation with the night” in turn deepens our ability to celebrate and conduct the light into life, and recognize each other as conscious light, and strengthen our bonds.

A simple way to understand the Shadow is that it is our "unlived life." They are the parts of us that we are not aware of, but which nevertheless continue to impact our way of being, our relationships and all aspects of our life. And this includes not only our "darkness" but also our most radiant light, of which we tend not to be very conscious. Knowing, facing, embracing and integrating our Shadow is a powerful way to a life of greater presence, awareness, love, connection and fulfillment.

We invite you to this profound and transformative workshop of integral practice with one of the preeminent teachers in the world-wide theme: Terry Patten

What is a comprehensive (integral?) practice retreat? integral practice is a way of developing ourselves by working with our body (exercise, movement, dance, etc), our mind (learning, talks, theory), our emotions (shadow work, connecting dynamics) and our spiritual dimensions (meditation, contemplation, yoga).

The workshop begins on Friday the 13th in the afternoon and ends on Sunday the 15th in the afternoon. Includes 2 nights of lodging and 2 days of rich and healthy food.

For more about Terry, visit

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The practice of Living in the Gap

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The life of practice is all about "living in the gap” between your current reality and your highest aspirations, always deepening in relation to the Mystery and the lesson of life and death. When we take a stand for a higher possibility and abide together in the questions of how that can be realized, we step into “the fast lane” of growth and insight. It’s a practice to do so without grasping reflexively for an easy or premature resolution.  In this brief clip, Terry explores the implications of these questions and of "Living in the Gap". 

The Heart of Mutual Awakening Becoming the Hidden Wholeness of a World in Crisis—Mexico retreat with Terry Patten

October 10, 2017 - October 11, 2017


San Miguel de Allende

October 10th and 11th, 2017
12 pm to 5 pm
Language: English (por favor pregunte por la traducción al Español)
More Information:

Many of us are inspired to conscious evolution—committed not only to personal growth, but is also purposed toward making a positive difference in our larger world. We have tasted spiritual inspiration. Yet we know there’s more. We sense that it’s possible to live a dynamic spiritual life 24/7, not just in occasional glimpses.

We can see that we live in a critical time in human history and evolution. Our lives and choices count — right now. And we feel called to participate in creating a better future. Yet we feel frustrated. We feel profound evolutionary tension. Even though we want to make a difference, we are merely one of more than seven billion people on the planet, and huge forces in our world appear to be spiraling out of control.

We sense that a truer, bigger, more meaningful life is possible, necessary, and calling us forward. Yet, we know that in order to really respond in a way that will contribute, we’re going to need to be part of something bigger than ourselves. We know we will need a culture of mutual awakening that has never previously been possible.

We intuit that practice is not optional. Sustainable transformation will require ongoing committed communities of practice involving our bodies, minds, spirits, shadows—and our service to others. So it is time to gather and rest as awareness in the big questions of our time, and allow ourselves to intuit and experience the brother-sisterhood of the heart that is already becoming the basis for our lives in the time ahead.

Terry will offer educational lectures, tell stories, and lead meditations and fun interactive exercises. There will also be time for questions and answers and integration.

Register and find more info here.

About LifePath Center

LifePath Center is a network of wellness and personal growth professionals based in San Miguel de Allende. For almost two decades, LifePath Center has provided holistic healing services and self-realization programs to San Miguel residents and visitors from other parts of Mexico and many other countries.

LifePath Center, which houses over twenty bilingual (English/Spanish) wellness practitioners, is a focus of community activity in the area of personal growth. LifePath enjoys a reputation as the premier location for wellness of body, mind, and spirit. It is known as the largest and most comprehensive wellness center in all of Mexico.

About Terry Patten

Terry Patten is the founder of Bay Area Integral and a key voice in integral evolutionary spirituality, culture, leadership, and activism. He co-developed Integral Life Practice with Ken Wilber and a core team at Integral Institute and was the senior writer and co-author of the book Integral Life Practice: A 21st-Century Blueprint for Physical Health, Emotional Balance, Mental Clarity, and Spiritual Awakening. He hosts the acclaimed online teleseminar series Beyond Awakening where he has engaged leading-edge conversations with many of the world’s most renowned thinkers and teachers. He speaks, consults, and coaches on four continents and via the web. His new book, A New Republic of the Heart: Awakening into Evolutionary Activism, A Guide to Inner Work for Holistic Change will be released by North Atlantic Books in January 2018.


Integral Living Room Community Calls — free and open to all

October 3, 2017 - 5:00pm - 6:30pm


United States

Reminder: We are excited to be hosting the next Integral Living Room in Boulder on November 9 - 12, 2017.  

Our monthly community calls are our way to stay connected between gatherings, and keep the conversation going! Everyone is welcome, whether or not you plan to attend the in-person event.

Find past conversations here

If you have already registered for the community calls, you will receive a reminder with your special PIN, as usual. If you haven't registered yet you can sign up here:

For more info on the next Living Room event in Boulder:

This year the theme of the Integral Living Room is be “A Shout from the Heart: Living an Integral Activism” is about how we show up, putting our hearts on the line through our activity. We will be examining Ken’s injunction to wrestle with our moral obligations, to engage, and to“speak out, … shining our headlights into the eyes of the complacent.”  

Integral Living Room 2017 — A Shout from the Heart

November 9, 2017 - November 12, 2017


The Integral Center Boulder, CO
United States

Integral Living Room 2017

“A Shout from the Heart”*

Boulder Colorado, The Integral Center

November 9-12

Find more info and register here.

A Message From Your Hosts  

Thanks for your interest in the next Integral Living Room! Our fifth gathering in November of 2016 was a great success, but it was emotionally intense. We began the event the morning after election day, and our conversations unfolded amidst the shock waves of the election. After many exchanges regarding our hopes and fears about the outcome, the three of us kept talking. We took some time to contemplate direction the of the next Integral Living Room, and after several months, we decided on the theme of:

A Shout From the Heart!

We want to pick up on Ken’s injunction to wrestle with our moral obligations in this time.
We want to explore how we “speak out, to the best of our ability, and shake the spiritual tree, and shine our headlights into the eyes of the complacent.”

We are excited to do it again, to explore what we have learned about taking action built on spiritual practice and enacted through a developmental lens. The Integral Living Room is a gathering where we come to talk, explore, and learn from each other’s work in the field. At the Integral Living Room, we are always catalyzed to a whole new level of intimacy, vulnerability, and mutual trust. There is nobody we would rather learn from than you. 

We hope you can join us in Boulder November 9-12, 2017, to hang out with some very special friends, old and new, in a space that lets us all go as deep and wide as our hearts and minds allow.

In the meantime. scroll down for five years of Integral Living Room community podcasts and blog posts on topics ranging from politics and religion to science and culture.

Diane, Terry and Jeff

Find more info and register here.

Integral Living Room Community Calls — free and open to all

July 20, 2017 - 5:00pm - 6:30pm


United States

Reminder: We are excited to be hosting the next Integral Living Room in Boulder on November 9 - 12, 2017.  

Our monthly community calls are our way to stay connected between gatherings, and keep the conversation going! Everyone is welcome, whether or not you plan to attend the in-person event.

Find past conversations here

If you have already registered for the community calls, you will receive a reminder with your special PIN, as usual. If you haven't registered yet you can sign up here:

For more info on the next Living Room event in Boulder:

This year the theme of the Integral Living Room is be “A Shout from the Heart: Living an Integral Activism” is about how we show up, putting our hearts on the line through our activity. We will be examining Ken’s injunction to wrestle with our moral obligations, to engage, and to“speak out, … shining our headlights into the eyes of the complacent.”  

A prayer to the great “I don’t know"

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A spontaneous prayer from a recent virtual gathering where Terry tuned into that mysterious source—that which is dark and light, whole and fragmented, everything and nothing. The prayer is also a contemplation on contacting what is deepest in us as we face the koan of how we can be the change we want to see in the world. Enjoy.

The moment of soul initiation—with Bill Plotkin

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From a public conversation with depth psychologist,

wilderness guide and author—Bill Plotkin

In this brief clip, Bill describes "the moment of soul initiation," when we realize that the soul isn’t here to service our individual unfolding. It is we who have a sacred responsibility—a “blessing and a burden” to serve the soul and embody its work in the world.

And our soul’s work goes beyond us—it expresses the purposes of the anima mundi, the soul of the world. 

Register to access the full dialogue and other Beyond Awakening dialogues here:


Jeremy Lent joins host Terry Patten for “How Did We Get Here? Where Are We Headed? What kind of worldview can create sustainable flourishing?”

June 25, 2017 - 10:00am - 11:30am

June 25, at 10am PST, Jeremy Lent joins Terry on Beyond Awakening for "How Did We Get Here? Where Are We Headed? What kind of worldview can create sustainable flourishing?" This public conversation will be an exploration of some of the deeper questions emerging from Jeremy’s recent book, The Patterning Instinct, which is a fascinating, timely investigation of the patterns of thought that have led our civilization to its current crisis of sustainability.

Jeremy argues that the same underlying patterns of Western thought that gave us the benefits of science are also driving us to possible catastrophe. I’ll be asking Jeremy to discuss this thesis in more depth, and we’ll explore whether this perspective leads to idealizing other cultures or historical epochs.

Register to join the dialogue here.

Dancing with the Planetary Crisis: A Soul-Initiation at Esalen with Terry Patten and Sarah Marshank

July 30, 2017 - August 4, 2017

Terry will again be co-leading a workshop this year with Sarah Marshank at historic Esalen in Big Sur, CA. Register and find more info here.

Dancing with the Planetary Crisis: A Soul-Initiation

Do you recoil from global warming and our planetary ecological predicament? Do you see extreme weather events as inconvenient anomalies or fierce teachers? Is it possible to be transformed through opening to our denial, fear, anger, and grief? Can we transmute despair into empowered joy, courage, and creativity? Together we will experience the power in naming the poignancy of these times. Prepare to go deep and discover your unique, soulful, intelligent, and meaningful place in the world.

Workshop activities and explorations include the following:

• Silent and guided meditation and prayer

• Deep conversations

• Embodied transformative work anchored in transpersonal and somatic psychology

• Interpersonal processes and creative activities including conscious movement, imaginal theatre, and vocal expression

• Clear context for understanding and anchoring your learning

During our time together, you can release emotions that prevent you from acting powerfully from your soul’s clarity and wisdom. You can gain skills for identifying when you fall into negative emotional and thought patterns and learn to bring your awareness back to your deepest self. Prepare to experience an integral, evolutionary, soul-centered, embodied initiation into a life of self-compassion and radical service of all humanity.

Register and find more info here.


Terry Patten

Terry Patten is the co-author, with Ken Wilber, of Integral Life Practice. He is a pioneering innovator, advancing the evolutionary edge of spirituality, as well as a facilitator of intimate collective awakening. He has a lifelong commitment to social activism.

Sarah Marshank

Sarah Marshank is the founder of Selfistry, a methodology dedicated to mastering the art of being human. Integrating theory from Eastern and Western philosophy and psychology with meditative and somatic practices, Sarah guides practitioners to discover their authentic self and purpose in life.


The 5 Spiritual Myths That Sabotage Your Conscious Evolution: Online Training with Terry, Free of Charge

June 17, 2017 - 9:00am - 10:30am


United States


The 5 Spiritual Myths That Sabotage 
Your Conscious Evolution

Saturday, June 17th, 2017
9:00AM US Pacific, 12:00PM Eastern


Join Terry for ‘The 5 Spiritual Myths That Sabotage Your Conscious Evolution’ at No Charge

During the event, he'll describe several of the most critical confusions that can draw us into a subtly false relationship to the very matter of doing any kind of practice, even when we DO our practices in a regular, deeply committed fashion. It’s especially crucial that we cut through all the "BS" and find our way to a clear, true relationship to our lives in these challenging times, when a new level of human maturity is so sorely needed.
Some time ago Terry found myself going even deeper into an inquiry about how these challenges and obstacles arise, which allowed him to home in on exactly what insights and shifts can dissolve them and allow practitioners to unleash the liberating implications of regular, radical, integral, embodied, awake practice.
In many cases, you could be doing many things “right,” and yet due to these confused spiritual beliefs or myths, your practice could actually be distancing you from what would really transform your life and work.
Have you ever felt like...
  • There’s not enough joy and pleasure in your life and practice?
  • You can't escape a sense of deep, spiritual loneliness?
  • You need a breakthrough to energize your spiritual and practical life?
  • You need to reject opportunities in the real world in order to follow a more enlightened path?
  • You're disappointed in yourself because you tried a daily spiritual practice but were unable to sustain it? 
If so, then you may be unconsciously falling victim to at least one of these myths.
By bringing greater awareness to these deceptive beliefs, we can begin to let them go without resisting them, very naturally freeing up our energy for greater forward momentum.
This is why Terry was inspired to conceive these teachings and offer them in a concentrated form, without charge.
Join Me for The 5 Spiritual Myths Event at No Charge
During the event, he'll describe how, paradoxically, each of these myths actually originates in a profound truth — but then distorts or confuses the truth in ways that create the “same-old same-old” patterns of hopeful seeking and gnawing, low-grade unhappiness, preventing the genuine transformation and empowerment people (and our world) so deeply need.
Whether you feel the call to evolve to a whole new level in your spiritual life, want to make a difference in our hurting world, want to revitalize and deepen an existing but stagnant spiritual practice, or kick-start a healthy, balanced, integral evolutionary practice for the first time… 
Join Terry for this transformative event where you'll be taking the first step toward a truly integrative, holistic spiritual practice that will awaken you from the “consensus trance”.
Here’s how a couple of people who've experienced this teaching have described the effect of this transformation on their own lives:
“I’ve changed nearly every aspect of my life. I found myself slowly shifting patterns I had built up over decades and breaking free of all that was ‘not me’ and have embarked on a new career, a new marriage, and a new sense of self.”
---Lynn, Dallas
“I’ve increased my consciousness as simply awareness of what is. I have been able to feel really deeply and I have gone through a difficult situation and process feeling supported, nourished and surrendered to the Mystery, sustained by my practice.”
---Paola, Mexico
Join Terry for My ‘The 5 Spiritual Myths That Sabotage Your Conscious Evolution’ Event at No Charge  
Toward the end of the call, he'll also share about his upcoming course, Integral Spiritual Practice: An 8-Session Course to Activate Your Conscious Evolution and Awaken the Full Potential of Your Body, Mind, and Spirit.

A Brief Heart Practice to Activate Radical Trust

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One of Terry's key teachings is called “moments” practices. These are practices we can do very quickly, many times a day, to reawaken awareness, energy and feeling. In this brief clip, Terry guides you through one of his favorite “moments” practices, Heart Breathing. It's a way to reconnect with your heart intelligence and well-being. It can be done anywhere, anytime, as often as you need or want. It is a simple, but powerful way to directly experience that “all life is practice”.

Integral Living Room Community Calls — free and open to all

May 25, 2017 - 5:00pm - 6:30pm


United States

Our monthly community calls are our way to stay connected between gatherings, and keep the conversation going! Everyone is welcome, whether or not you plan to attend the in-person event. Find past conversations here If you have already registered for the community calls, you will receive a reminder with your special PIN, as usual. If you haven't registered yet you can sign up here. For more info on the next Living Room event in Boulder:

Can Integral consciousness help us navigate the stormy era of Trump?

Join us to explore this question at the Integral Living Room Community Call on Thursday, May 25th (see your local time above).  

The theme of this year’s Living Room is Integral Activism. While activism can take many forms, in this call we want to focus on developing a more integrally-informed approach to President Trump and his supporters. For instance:  

  • Do we support him as our president? Do we join the resistance? Offer empathy and support? Or tune out in favor of non-political issues?

  • How do we talk - and listen - to our loved ones and friends? Can we move the conversation beyond tired left/right tribalism?

  • How can a developmental view help to keep us from getting stuck in confusion and upset? What other integral insights support our involvement in the political process.

  • And how do we hold it all in the context of a greater unfolding of innate perfection?

Our periodic community calls help us prepare for the Integral Living Room event, a beautiful gathering of kindred spirits which will take place in Boulder this coming November 9 - 12. You can find out more about it (and sign up with early bird savingshere. You will also find a rich archive of calls and blogs from past Living Room conversations on a variety of topics.   

Please join us for the next Integral Living Room community call
Thursday, May 25 at 6 pm MT (5PT/8ET)

The call is free. If you have already registered for previous community calls, you will receive a reminder with your special PIN, as usual. If you haven't registered yet you can sign-up here.

We hope you will join us next Thursday!

Diane, Terry, & Jeff

P.S.  To find out more about the Integral Living Room, visit our web page at

The Wisdom Factory: Spiritual Lessons and Opportunities that Ripen with Age— an interview with Terry Patten

March 31, 2017 - 10:00am



19 teachers and thought leaders share insights and experience
on how to grow and embrace the later years in life with
joy and purpose

Spiritual Lessons and Opportunities that Ripen with Age 

with Terry Patten 

Watch the live broadcast here on March 31 at 10 AM PT/ 7 PM CET

Register here to receive an email reminder. 

The experience of growing older makes naive spiritual idealism less and less tenable. As our bodies change and we see more and more of those we have known and loved passing away, the bittersweet nature of mortal existence becomes undeniable. Some people close off in resistance and become depressed or resentful, whereas others recognize the evergreen nature of the present moment, and deeply savor the holiness of brokenness.

I may come to “ache in places where I used to play” as Leonard Cohen so poignantly put it, and darkness may no longer be a stranger. But youthful illusions of immortality are blinding, and in the presence of darkness we can come to know the light far more intimately. Most importantly, we soften, and in softening, we become capable of the tenderness that is the essence of both human and divine love.

The elders have the sacred function to hold the suffering and the brokenness of the world. If we do this authentically, pain and loss do not necessarily diminish, but they can be seen as sacred, and authentic lightheartedness more and more often breaks through.







Awakening Your Revolutionary Heart: Transform Angst Into Spiritual Strength, Unreasonable Happiness & the Power to Make a Difference

March 30, 2017

7 Week Training Starts Thursday, March 30, 2017


Activate a Wellspring of Personal and Political Empowerment by Accessing the Hidden Capacities of Your Heart, the Perceptive Powers of Your Mind, and the Indomitable Strength of Your Spirit. 

I invite you to join me and other "revolutionay hearts" on this timely and important 7 week journey. Learn more about the course here.

During the Awakening the Revolutionary Heart training, I'll show you how to empower yourself to make a radical shift into living from your integral heart intelligence, marrying your spiritual life with your energized engagement with life — including engaging as a citizen-participant.

During Awakening the Revolutionary Heart, you’ll:

  • Better understand how you can contribute to the larger “revolution of love”
  • Discover a ground of happiness that allows you to be an active creator in the world rather than retreating away (into silence and passivity)
  • See our moment as a spiritual initiation into a new kind of citizenship
  • Unleash the deeper intelligence of your heart
  • Develop a daily Heart Practice that activates and brings together all dimensions of your being
  • Explore how to penetrate the false, all-too-common ways of viewing current events that hemorrhage your energy, and find a grounded, no-nonsense way to take care of business
  • Discover that the deeper your sacrifice, the deeper the ground for your defiantly unreasonable happiness
  • Understand the inner work of the outer work and empower both
  • Open your heart to fundamental equanimity and freedom that can stabilize you even in the midst of discomfort, threat, pain and loss
  • Deepen your understanding of your unique gifts and purpose
  • Open up into the higher octaves of positive feeling, from peace and acceptance... to pleasure and enjoyment... to joy, ecstasy and bliss
  • Go beyond the false negation of desire to self-actualize and benefit the world
  • Receive a scientific and mystical understanding of why the heart is the source of such rich intelligence
  • Understand the pathway to an evolution of both left and right
  • Be given a practice to turn shocking news into a source of energy and empowerment
  • Understand how to calibrate your practice and activism for the long haul, so that you get stronger every day

Learn more about the course and register here

How grief can instruct us and ennoble our character — with Stephen Jenkinson

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From a public conversation with activist, farmer & founder of

The Orphan Wisdom School, Stephen Jenkinson 

In this brief clip, Stephen suggests that the growing epidemic of pain killers is really a coping mechanism for living in a disfigured landscape. As natural born “practitioners of beauty,” we are brutally confronted by the specter of our dying planet. Overwhelmed by that pain, we desensitize and our capacity to create and appreciate beauty withers. 

But many of us awaken from our denial. Initially, we may become paralyzed with sorrow for the damage of our “head-in-the-sand” existence.

But there is a parallel realization — a kind of “burdensome privilege” that from this moment on, we must proceed in full knowledge of our responsibility to each other and our impact on the world. Stephen says the claim that this lays upon our days is actually ennobling—“true grief”.

Such grief can become “an animator of our days” and the root of a deep gratitude for the remarkable, quixotic alchemy of being alive. 

Register to access the full dialogue and other Beyond Awakening dialogues here: