There is a deepening sense that our environmental crisis is also a spiritual crisis and that our alienation from ourselves and from the living world is contributing significantly to the destruction we are visiting upon the world.

Simultaneously, into this moment of crisis, an explosion of new terminology and framings are being proffered, as various scientific, social, and governance communities come to appreciate the deeply interconnected nature of the challenges we face.

In response to this, the Garrison Institute has an initiative on Transformational and Contemplative Ecology to reassess from a transdisciplinary perspective the ecological basis of civilization. We aim to offer impactful conceptual and systems mappings, convenings, and retreats, as well to develop communities-of-practice and new networks. We also recognize the critical role that storytelling plays in the cultivation of this field and seek to offer resources that bring contemplative wisdom around our ecological being into the mainstream.

The Garrison Institute convenes leaders in the fields of climate, ecology, community-led and sustainable development, public health, business, and ecumenical spiritual and contemplative leadership to explore (and invent) new frameworks for understanding and new modalities of engagement and action.  Pathways to Planetary Health and the Climate Mind and Behavior are our two signature programs within the Transformational and Contemplative Ecology Initiative.