Peace Café Projects – an independent think-tank and collective for community and co-operation

For those who want to know more An invitation to contemplate an appropriate response in Times of Change We invite you to join The World Cafe to form your own independent Café Collective; you can draw on resources and contacts of Zen Cafes@ The Hub, King Street, Bristol. We act as an interface between individuals, community and organisations that want to benefit by participating in a resurgence of community values. In this work we work across diverse communities of interest: local churches, universities, schools, ecologists, environmentalists, educators, town planners, local government, Transition Culture and others. We serve those who want to find out more about the challenges we collectively face in responding to climate change and excessive energy demands on the planet’s resources. In this work, we liaise closely with Transition Towns and offer support, resources and a forum for schools, educators and organisations that want to realise community benefits from sustainable lifestyle, for which Transition Towns serve as advisors and catalyst for change. In this work we are guided by: “Small is Beautiful” the classic work - by the economist E.F. Schumacher and “New Renaissance” by Maurice Ash. For those interested in both these writers, we refer to Resurgence Magazine and Resurgence Trust. For those who want to participate in a community of interest around sustainable lifestyle, “eco-response-ability” – you can see how to benefit from participation in Transition Culture. You are invited to visit: www.transitionculture.org. Our response Our response: as citizens and world community members to the issue of climate change. Climate change, societal change, the world is changing around us. How do we as individuals and citizens of the Planet respond to a cluster of issues that at first may seem immensely daunting in their scale and implications, when our own response may seem to scarcely make a difference? It is not always government and business leaders to whom we must turn for answers. As individuals it is to ourselves we can look, as individuals and fellow humans, in order to discern what may be appropriate, however hidden that may at first seem. Ancient Wisdom contained in the traditions and culture of indigenous people makes us pause for thought. Embedded in the culture of the Native Americans was inherent respect for Nature. They lived the principle that any community decision should bring positive benefits for seven generations thereafter.

“To know what is going on, takes sense. To know what to do about it, takes wisdom”.

Peace Café Projects – an independent think-tank and collective for community and co-operation

One factor is clear, the nature of our response as individuals, community members and citizens of the Planet rests on the parts we play both in our community, and as Citizens of the World and all of that depends, crucially, on the quality of our inner life. It is for this reason that we are inviting small groups (three to ten is an optimum number) to find time for guided retreats during the course of the next twelve months as a way to reflect, spend time in fellowship and realise their own journey - to discern their response through cultivation of the contemplative life. We have a list of venues available for contemplative retreat, providing good food and simple accommodation for small groups accompanied by a group leader or co-ordinator. Recommended retreat venues include: The Spirit of Life Centre, Mani, Greece, Plum Village and the Iona Community. The work that we recommend you to read in preparation for retreat is “The Spirit of Silence (Making Space for Creativity)”- by John Lane, published by Green Books. A handbook for guided groups on retreat is: “The Experience of Insight” by Joseph Goldstein, published by Shambhala Press. The works that we can recommend you to read on retreat are available from the booklist available from the EcoCampus web site, and include: “Only Connect (Soil, Soul and Society)” from Resurgence books. These include selected titles by: Satish Kumar, John Lane, David Smith, Thich Nhat Hahn, Matthew Fox, Ken Jones and Chogyam Trungpa. Mediterranean retreats. Eco-Campus @ The Spirit of Life Centre – for SOL Community members Transition Culture courses are available for individuals and small groups and are arranged by SOL Community, The Spirit of Life Centre, Greece. As an independent Sangha and retreat Centre in the Mani Peninsula we do not charge for courses; we simply ask all guests to cover food and accommodation costs and make a donation, as they feel appropriate according to the principle Dana. “Dana” means “generosity”, and is the basis on which we run the Centre. We especially welcome applications from SOL Community Members who want to set up a Schools’ Outreach programme, or engage with schools, educators, students and the next generation who will inherit whatever we leave behind.

“To know what is going on, takes sense. To know what to do about it, takes wisdom”.

Peace Café Projects – an independent think-tank and collective for community and co-operation

Dharma Study and Eco-Campus provide a Schools’ service for all who want to support the work of teachers, educators and parents in meeting the needs of young people. We recommend Resurgence subscription for all those with an interest in ecology, and by wider inclusion, human ecology. We welcome those who want to work with Eco-Campus to develop courses, workshops and seminars for self- managed learning. See: www.resurgence.org. We offer two “rolling seminar” programmes around the core themes of Ecology and Personal Power and our specialist course on practical eco-living and Ancient Wisdom in action is called: “Aligning Heaven and Earth”. Eco-Campus at SOL offers members and Resurgence subscribers, courses in PPE (Philosophy, Politics and Economics) as well as language study and Right Livelihood options. This option is designed for those who want to combine language study with business school experience, orienting themselves around the core values of sustainable Social Enterprise, in order to live and work in the country of their choice. We offer teacher training for prospective TEFL teachers and those who want to set up and run their own ethical enterprise or teaching practice, either independently, or with the support of Eco-Campus services and SOL Community support on a Co-venture basis. For further reference: See: Resurgence Magazine: www.resurgence.org Buddhist Ecology: www.buddhistecology.eu The Spirit of Life Centre: www.thespiritoflife.co.uk To apply to join SOL Community as a member – contact us directly.

“To know what is going on, takes sense. To know what to do about it, takes wisdom”.