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A Pathway to a Flourishing Future: Online Series with Jeremy Lent

“Life has a deep, inner purpose—a purpose that we, as part of life, share. The principles that apply to the natural world reveal deep truths about ourselves—and our society.”

- Jeremy Lent

Jeremy Lent

The global human community is currently experiencing climate breakdown, ecological overshoot, and gaping social and political inequalities among people. Even when the urgent need to change course is understood, enacting this change is daunting.  Redirecting humanity’s trajectory will require transformation at a foundational level: moving our way of life from a wealth-based, extractive civilization to one that is life-affirming, an ecological civilization.

In four two-hour sessions, author Jeremy Lent will guide participants to engage deeply with the necessary work of envisioning, embodying, and enacting an ecological civilization.

This series of four workshops will review the concept of an ecological civilization from multiple perspectives. The first will lay out a deep historical context, describing the impact of culture and values on history and introducing the vision of an ecological civilization in contrast to our current society. The second will explore the ontological and ethical parameters of an ecological civilization. The third will delve into specifics of what an ecological civilization might look like in practice; and the fourth will trace realistic pathways to a life-affirming future and invite participants to explore their own engagement in laying the groundwork.

Each workshop will consist of presentations, full group discussion, and small group exercises. The series is meant to be experienced as a whole.

Registation for this retreat has closed.

October 5  Ecological Civilization in Historical Context
October 12  Ecological Civilization: Worldview and Values
October 19  An Ecological Civilization in Practice
October 26  Pathways to an Ecological Civilization

10:00am Pacific
11:00am Mountain
12:00noon Central
1:00pm Eastern

Cost of $75 for the series includes $20 non-refundable deposit.
Scholarships are available; please contact Claire to arrange a scholarship. You may also call (262) 898-2588.


Payments can be made via PayPal online at time of registration, by mailing a check made out to Siena Retreat Center, or by calling the front desk at 262-898-2590 to pay with a credit card.   We are not able to accept payments any other way.

Virtual retreats must be paid in full before Zoom link will be sent.  Zoom link will be sent a few days before retreat date.

Jeremy Lent is an author and speaker whose work investigates the underlying causes of our civilization’s existential crisis, and explores pathways toward a life-affirming future. His award-winning book, The Patterning Instinct: A Cultural History of Humanity’s Search for Meaning, examines the way humans have made meaning from the cosmos from hunter-gatherer times to the present day. His new book, The Web of Meaning: Integrating Science and Traditional Wisdom to Find Our Place in the Universe, (New Society Publishers USA/Canada) offers a solid foundation for a worldview based on connectedness that could lead humanity to a sustainable, flourishing future. He is founder of the nonprofit Liology Institute and writes topical articles exploring the deeper patterns of political and cultural development.

Scholarships are available for this program. Please contact Claire Anderson via email or at (262) 898-2588.

You may select "Pay Later" at the end of the registration process.