Programs

CTP's programmatic offerings (please see calendar for details) generally fall into one of CTP's three focus areas. 

  • spiritual practice
  • sustainability and resilience,
  • transformational change

These are explained in greater detail below. Unless otherwise noted, programs take place at CTP. In general, we provide the option of free programming. However, donations are encouraged and welcome. 

 
 
 CTP has three walking labyrinths on our land. The most elaborate of these, depicted above, is modeled after the labyrinth found in Chartes cathedral in France.

CTP has three walking labyrinths on our land. The most elaborate of these, depicted above, is modeled after the labyrinth found in Chartes cathedral in France.

Spiritual Practice

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 most Tuesdays from 8:30 to 10:30 am. Please email Elisabeth (elisabeth@transformationalpractice.org) for more information.

  • Singing Circle 2nd and 3rd Fridays per month from 7:00 - 8:30 pm. Email Hannah (hannah@transformationalpractice.org) to be added to our email list. 

  • Quarterly weekend meditation retreats

 
 As part of our efforts to practice sustainability and resilience, CTP maintains both annual and perennial vegetable gardens. 

As part of our efforts to practice sustainability and resilience, CTP maintains both annual and perennial vegetable gardens. 

Sustainability and Resilience

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.

At CTP, “resilience” means the ability to bounce back from shocks. The word “resilience” surfaced in response to the threats of climate change and peak oil through the work of the Transition Town Movement. Since then, the threats of Climate Change, in the form of severe weather events; and the threats of peak oil, in the form of the practice of economically and environmentally disastrous forms of fuel extraction, have become increasingly apparent. In addition to these, the continued reliance on debt and derivatives and the international migration away from the dollar as the global reserve currency suggest potential for further economic disruptions like the Savings and Loan Crisis of 2007-08.

 
 Kyle Barrett at BALE Commons, S. Royalton, Vermont. 

Kyle Barrett at BALE Commons, S. Royalton, Vermont. 

Transformational Change

If the transition to just and sustainable culture 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. The transformational approach can also be described as a non-dual approach insofar as it is both inner and outer.