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Beyond Burnout & Bypass: Mindfulness for Environmental Activists



Oct 14, 2023


10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh


Awaken Pittsburgh

Awaken Pittsburgh’s Mindful Connections for Healing and Justice presents Beyond Burnout and Bypass for Activists.

About this gathering:

It feels as if we have crossed a threshold, doesn’t it? So much is on fire. And our own nervous systems, hearts, and bodies can become enflamed, too.

We hear a call to gather, reflect, nourish, heal, and deepen for the long road ahead.

For those protecting lands, for those working for justice, for those in service to a more beautiful world…it is time to gather and support each other in the Western PA region.

We will cultivate an open space between burning out—exhausted and disheartened—or bypassing—ignoring and denying. What is this space for you and your communities?

We welcome you to join us on Oct. 14 as we engage with one another in this query.


Date/Time: Saturday, October 14 from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. A generous break for lunch will allow for continued fellowship and rest. Plan to bring your our lunch or purchase food at a nearby establishment.

Location: Room 202 at the Squirrel Hill JCC. Entrance to the building is via the parking lot underneath.

This day of supportive practice will include trauma-informed mindfulness, collective conversations, and inquiry. We encourage in-person attendance if possible, and offer an on-line option in order to support those who could not otherwise attend.

About our presenter: Adam Lobel

Adam Lobel, Ph.D. (Harvard University), is practitioner-scholar of philosophy and religion, practicing at the intersection of ecologies, Buddhist meditation, contemporary theory, and political transformation. He is a professor of Ecopsychology and Buddhist psychology, engaged in cultural-therapeutics for a transforming civilization. Adam is a Guiding Teacher for OneEarth Sangha, a GreenFaith fellow, is active in environmental justice movements and leads EcoDharma workshops, bearing witness to ecological loss. He served as a teacher (acharya) in the Shambhala tradition from 2005 until resigning in 2018. Adam’s teachings focus on Dzogchen Tibetan Buddhism, modern phenomenology, and inoperative studies. He is currently teaching Ecopsychology at the Falk School of Sustainability at Chatham University and developing what he calls “four fields” of a contemplative ecosystem. He lives in Pittsburgh, PA with his partner and two children where he protects land from the petrochemical industry as much as possible. www.releasement.org


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