The Earth & Spirit Center is established in the conviction that the Earth and all its inhabitants form a single sacred community. Guided by the vision of Thomas Berry, our mission is to cultivate a mutually enhancing human-Earth relationship through transformative learning experiences and service opportunities in spiritual development, social compassion and Earth literacy.

Introduction to Meditation Workshops

Meditation LouisvilleA 60-Minute Workshop 

Mindfulness meditation has been clinically demonstrated to increase relaxation, relieve stress, reduce anxiety and bolster self-esteem. CEOs, attorneys, healthcare professionals, educators, and the military are paying attention. The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and Time Magazine are putting mindfulness on the front page. Modern science is learning that the ancient spiritual practice of meditation is relevant to addressing complex modern problems. 

This 60-minute workshop offers a basic introduction to theory and practice of mindfulness meditation, as well as its physical, psychological and spiritual benefits.

Upcoming opportunities:

  • Wednesday, January 31, 2019 from 7:00-8:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 31, 2019 from 10:00-11:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, January 31, 2019 from 7:00-8:00 p.m.

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Mindfulness Meditation Training Program

A One-Year Program for Learning to Facilitate and Guide Basic Mindfulness and Compassion Practices


Mindfulness Meditation Training at Earth & Spirit CenterThe Mindfulness Meditation Training Program is a one-year, 100 hour learning experience for personal enrichment and professional development. It provides training and experience that equips participants to guide and facilitate basic mindfulness and compassion practices. Through a holistic curriculum of non-credit monthly weekend seminars and small-group formation processes, participants grow in the wisdom and knowledge needed to live an integrated life and are empowered to share the benefits of mindfulness with others.

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Beginning Meditation

Meditation in Louisville

Cultivating an Awakened Life

Meditation is an ancient spiritual practice that has remarkable practical benefits for both body and mind. This class offers practical, step-by-step guidance for developing a personal meditation practice using mindfulness. This class includes: basic instruction in the techniques of mindfulness meditation; the psychological principles and spiritual underpinnings of the practice; and clear guidance for bringing the fruits of the meditation practice into professional and everyday life. 

  • Orientation Retreat: February 7 — 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. OR Saturday, February 9 –  9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • 3 time options: Wednesdays 10:00 –11:30 a.m. OR 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. OR 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.  beginning Feb 13
  • Instructor: Fr. Joe Mitchell 

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Great Work

The Great Work

Finding a Viable and Hopeful Future

Great Work at Passionist Earth & Spirit Center 

The Great Work
Creating a Viable and Hopeful Future

Caring for the Earth is of vital importance for the survival and well-being of our children and the children of all species. 

This course explores how we can make a transition from a period of human devastation of the Earth to one in which we will recognize and celebrate the sacredness of all creation and find our place within the web of life. It is a transformative educational experience that empowers participants to respond to our current situation with imagination, vision, and informed action. 

Drawing primarily upon the work of the cultural historian and theologian Thomas Berry, the course examines the current ecological and cultural crises and considers the values and vision we need for the healing of our world. The goal is to engage in what Berry calls “the Great Work” of our time: to bring forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling and socially just human presence on the planet. 



  • Tuesday mornings (10:30 a.m. — noon) 
  • Tuesday evenings (7:00 - 8:30 p.m.)
  • Jan 8, 15, 22, 29, Feb 5, 2019
  • Fee: $100 Early registration, $120 after December 31

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Why Meditation at the Earth & Spirit Center



















Wise & Loving Responses in Social Relationships


Loving Responses at the Earth & Spirit CenterThis meditation course will explore the four brahma-viharas, known as the divine abodes – loving-kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity. These beautiful and hopeful Buddhist heart practices offer a way to brighten the mind with increasing levels of clarity, open the heart to the depth of its true nature, and awaken potent energies for us to become participants in the healing of our world. 

It is a participatory course. The sessions will include meditation practice, didactic input, participant and small group sharing, and experiential exercises.

  • Four Wednesday classes – January 9, 16, 23, 30, Feb 6, 2019
  • Time: 10:00–11:30 am  OR 7:00–8:30 pm 
  • Instructor: Glenda Hodges-Cook 
  • Cost: $80 for registrations received by December 31, 2018. $100 after January 1, 2019. Some scholarships are available upon request.

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Meditation Opportunities

Meditation Support Group

Monthly Silent Sitting

Date: January 5, 2018

On the first Saturday of each month, this interfaith gathering offers contemplative support for meditators of all traditions. Each session includes brief meditation instruction and longer periods of silent sitting. Join us.

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The Academy for Living in Harmony

The Academy for Living in Harmony

The Academy is a two year transformative learning program offering training in each of the three schools, an integrative study process, and a supportive learning community.