CTP's 2019 programmatic offerings (please see calendar for details) will fall into the categories of spiritual practice and transformational change
These are explained in greater detail below. In general, we provide the option of free programming. However, donations are encouraged and welcome.
CTP takes a multi-faith approach to spiritual practice that is practical, collective and fun. In addition to silent contemplative practice, formal spiritual practice at CTP takes the form of walking meditation, labyrinth practice, visualization, yoga, breath work, Qi Gong, and a wide variety of daily mindfulness practices. CTP currently offers spiritual programming on a daily, weekly, monthly and quarterly basis. Examples include:
Facilitated labyrinth work Email Elisabeth (email@example.com) for more information.
Singing Circle Email Hannah (firstname.lastname@example.org) to be added to our email list.
Quarterly weekend meditation retreats CTP offers meditation retreats which draw their inspiration from the seasonal directions and which take place on or near the solstices and equinoxes.
If social change and inner personal transformation were two circles of a venn diagram, transformational change would be the intersection between the two. More simply put, transformational change is inside-out change. It is broader societal change on the basis of personal change.
Part of the rationale behind this approach is the belief that for societal change to be lasting, it must address the root of the problem in the inner dimensions of human consciousness. It follows from this logic that approaches to societal change which omit the inner dimensions will not be effective for long.
The transformational approach to social change is ultimately rooted in a Cosmology of Oneness, that is, an understanding of the diversity of this world as emerging from a single source to which all things remain directly connected. The emergence of this understanding into the many facets of mainstream society can be thought of as a broad societal paradigm shift.
Transformational actions takes many forms. As social action, it strives to lead by example, embody the outcome it seeks to create, and maintain solidarity across lines of separation. Today, sustainable living is an important aspect of transformational change in action. At CTP, the word “sustainability” denotes practices whereby consumption of resources and production of waste are in balance with the carrying capacity of the natural world. The practice of ecological footprinting shows that if everyone on the planet lived as does the average U. S. citizen, we would need five earth-sized planets to provide for us all.