Awakening Leadership Program

Towards A New Paradigm of Holistic Sustainability

2 September 2018 – 15 March 2019


Our training programs are for people committing themselves to work for social reconstruction at all levels.. The programs are designed to enhance life quality and capacity of these people spiritually, intellectually and practically.

From our experiences of nearly 50 years, without spiritual cultivation lots of activists are burned out, disillusioned, despairing or even getting sick after decades of working for change. This is why the programs have a strong element of spiritual nourishment and self-cultivation.

We have designed two main residential programs, Awakening Leadership Training and Buddhist Leadership Training.

The Awakening Leadership Training Program emphasizes more on general spiritual practice for inner growth and self-knowledge, while the Buddhist Leadership Training Program has a specific Buddhist approach in spiritual cultivation and engaged spirituality.

Contemporary society has been changing rapidly and is becoming more and more complicated.  People who aspire to heal the damage and make a just and sustainable society need to be updated and see clearer the complex structural violence that harms the life of the people and life of our planet earth.

At the same time there are many alternative good practices around the world trying to find solutions for the multiple crises we are facing in the North, East, West and South.  It is good for people who are working for social change to be updated of these initiatives.


Five key areas of learning during this six-month course are as follows:

  1. Emerging Worldview, Self Discovery and Healing (EDE worldview dimension)
  2. Interpersonal Dynamics: Power Sharing & Compassion (EDE social dimension)
  3. Eco-political Economy (EDE economic dimension)
  4. Ecology & Design (EDE ecology & design dimension)
  5. Skillful Means for Social Transformation


Our educational approach is as important as the contents of the course. Proper content with inappropriate educational practices will not bring about the result of empowerment and awakening we aim for.  Three pillars support the approach:

Contemplative: Meditation, mindfulness practice and time in silence are intergrated in to the learning experience. Right mindfulness is the most important key factor for awakening.

Participative: Participants and facilitators co-create the body of knowledge together. This includes sharing of authority in the learning community that we create during this course. Power sharing means empowerment; empowerment here means self-empowerment.

Reflective: Rigorious thinking and reflecting both individually and collectively  on issues and  experiences is a key part of the learning process. We emphasize  learning how to unlearn and relearn as it is a critical component of being successfully socially active.


People in transition in their lives and/or in various leadership roles who want to train oneself to awaken and serve others. You may:

  • Work or lead an NGO and a need a break for reflection on the nature of life and society so that you can return to work rejuvenated.
  • Work in non-profit organisations and other social change organisations and feel the need for more self-cultivation and deep reflection on social issues.
  • Work for social change and want to gain more unconditional trust in the universe, reduce self-centeredness and freely dance with life.
  • Want to become a mindful facilitator, helping people to empower themselves
  • Want to positively change society and yourself simultaneously for personal growth and a more sustainable, socially just future.
  • Questioning current path in life
  • Be searching for meaning in life

If you are seriously committed to core values of wisdom, compassion, contentedness, non-violence, and humility, this program can enhance you with knowledge, skills and cultivation of the heart.


  • Serious meditation and mindfulness learning and practice are combined with rigorous intellectual inquiry into the complexity of the self and the world combined with how to transform both to be more wholesome and sustainable.
  • Participants will participate actively in the learning process, contribute meaningfully in learning outcomes, and interact with some of the foremost-experienced teachers/facilitators in each field of study.
  • Learning, playing, working and meditating will be merged into one process in this course to develop compassion, wisdom, intellectual understanding and social commitment.

Course Schedule and Fee

Download ALT Program Brochure HERE


Modules Title Date Price
Registration & Orientation 2 Sept 2018
Module 1 The Big Picture & Building a Community of Good Friends 3-7 Sept 2018 $450
Emerging Worldview, Self Discovery and Healing

(EDE Worldview Dimension)

Module 2 Slow is Beautiful – Ecological Wisdom from Asian Traditions 10-14 Sept 2018 $575
Module 3 Paradigm Shift and Emerging Cultural Values 17-21 Sept 2018 $435
Module 4 Mindfulness, Inner-growth and Leadership 24-28 Sept 2018 $450
Module 5 Path of Inner Healing and Transformation 1-5 Oct 2018 $450
Module 6 Art and Self Discovery 9-12 Oct 2018 $400
Interpersonal Dynamics: Power Sharing and Compassion

(EDE Social Dimension)

Module 7 Compassionate Communication 15-19 Oct 2018 $450
Module 8 Conflict Transformation 22-26 Oct 2018 $450
Module 9 Deep Democracy 29 Oct-3 Nov 2018 $600
Module 10 Buddhism & Process Work (Seminar) 5-6 Nov 2018 $230
Eco-Political Economy

(Economic Dimension EDE)

Module 11 Eco-Political Economy 8-12 Nov 2018 $390
Module 12 Gender & Social Justice 14-16 Nov 2018 $340
Module 13 Asian Political Thought 19-21 Nov 2018 $230
Module 14 Re-evaluating Liberalism (Seminar) 22-23 Nov 2018 $245
Module 15 Local Solutions: Alternatives in Practice 26 Nov-7 Dec 2018 $700
Ecology and Design

(Ecological Dimension EDE)

Module 16 Deep Ecology 10-14 Dec 2018 $450
Module 17 Foundations of Ecology 17-21 Dec 2018 $450
Module 18 Eco-Crises – Climate Change 24-28 Dec 2018 $450
Module 19 Exploring and Experiencing Practical Hands-on Work 2-4 Jan 2019 $260
Module  20 Vision Quest 5-11 Jan 2019 $500
Module 21 Ecological Design 14-18 Jan 2019 $470
Skilful Means  for Social Transformation
Module 22 Cultural Repair & Redesigning Harmonious Organisation 23-25 Jan 2019 $260
Module 23 Sociocracy 27-29 Jan 2019 $260
Module 24 Community Organising for Empowerment with  Exposure Visit to Practical Examples 31 Jan-12 Feb 2019 $800
Mindful Facilitation for Empowerment :Training of Trainers (ToT)
Module 25 Applied Drama for Facilitation 16-20 Feb 2019 $400
Module 26 How to Facilitate Deep Ecology Workshop 23-25 Feb 2019 $280
Module 27 Mindful Participatory Facilitation + SDGs & Edge work 27 Feb-13 Mar 2019 $1,000
***Costs per module include pre/post accommodation and meals# See Explanation of modules for details



The Heart:

Lessen self-centeredness, gain unconditional confidence, ability to do good without needing recognition, more courageous and gentle, more able to dance with the rhythms of the universe, more able to walk your talk, more able to walk in the corridors of power and wealth without being corrupted, more able to focus and be in the present moment, more compassionate and wiser, while caring deeply for the victims of social injustice and environmental destruction coupled with aspiring to work to change the root causes of injustice.


The Head:

Understanding the essentials of the three main Buddhist schools: Theravada, Mahayana, Vajrayana plus Ambedkarite Buddhism; able to understand and analyze existing engaged Buddhist movements worldwide, critically comprehend the present global political economy and articulate alternative social structures from Buddhist core values; able to identify causes and conditions for the present ecological crisis and ways of moving toward a more sustainable and resilient future; able to differentiate the pros and cons of important social movements of the past and present.


The Hand:

Able to use participatory approaches to facilitate meetings and discussions, manage projects and organizations as well as organize community and build networks to create social movements; able to practice meditation and mindfulness on a regular basis and apply them in daily life working with one’s own emotions and relationships; able to prevent unnecessary conflicts with nonviolent communication and empathy as well as gaining the ability to facilitate conflict transformation and resolution when needed.