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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Med 4 - Opening the Heart & Nurturing Compassion

Learn to Unlock Your Basic Goodness

Meditation Classes in LouisvilleNurturing Compassionate Connections

with Meditation and Conversation

Practice experiencing your basic goodness. 

This course is for anyone curious about developing self-compassion and the capacity to be open-hearted. Drawing on both the wisdom of spiritual traditions and contemporary research, you will learn through mindfulness and meditation practice that compassion is both self-serving and other-serving.

  • Ten Tuesday classes: February 12, 19, 26, March 5, 12, 26, April 2, 9, 16, 23, 2019
  • Time: 10:00–11:30 a.m. OR 7:00–8:30 p.m. The same class is offered mornings and evenings. Participants can attend either session.
  • Instructor: Karen S. Newton, MPH, RDN

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Continuing Meditation - Soul Care

Guidance on the Spiritual Journey

Group Spiritual Direction 

Continuing Meditation

This course creates a space where participants can dream, explore, and discern a path toward personal wholeness and deeper intimacy with God. It offers an opportunity to reflect on just about anything that occurs in life – work, health, play, relationships, personal struggles -- asking the central question: how is God moving and calling us into deeper intimacy? Participants learn how to listen contemplatively, discern the movement of the Spirit, and find courage to respond appropriately. The community experience, facilitated by a trained spiritual director, allows for processing knowledge and experience in a safe and non-threatening manner. Each session includes meditation, instruction in aspects of the spiritual journey, and group dialogue in an interactive forum.

  • 10 Monday classes: February 11, 18, 25, March 4, 11, 25, April 1, 8, 15, 22, 2019
  • Time: 10:00-11:30 a.m. 
  • Facilitator: Kevin Karl, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and certified Spiritual Director  

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Meditation 2 - Path to Inner Freedom

Meditation in LouisvilleAwakening Wisdom and Insight

This course presents the theory and application of mindfulness to the four dimensions of life: body, feelings, mental phenomena, and spiritual dynamics. It focuses on the wisdom, insights and happiness that can be achieved through meditative experiences. 

  • 10 Monday classes: February 11, 18, 25, March 4, 11, 25, April 1, 8, 15, 22, 2019
  • Time: 10:00–11:30 a.m. OR 7:00–8:30 p.m. The same class is offered mornings and evenings. Participants can attend either session.

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Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

An Invitation to Learn, Grow and Heal

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a program designed to help find peace of mind, learn to cope, and wake up to life. This challenging and rewarding experience combines comprehensive training in mindfulness meditation with mindful movement and lifestyle practices.

Participants learn to stay present to the fullness of each moment as it unfolds, without the usual overlay of judgment or commentary. By cultivating non-judgmental awareness, skillful response can replace conditioned reactivity, allowing a natural movement toward healthy lifestyle choices and to more moments of restorative stillness and peace.

  • Thursday evenings, February 21, 28, March 7, 21, 28 and April 4, 2019
  • Facilitators: John Shealy, PhD, and Jordan Dye, MSW, CSW, are a married couple who together have over 45 years of mindfulness meditation practice and teaching. John is a licensed psychologist, Jordan, a certified social worker. Both are trained yoga instructors and live a healthy, balanced lifestyle. The safe, peaceful space they hold for each other and for the group provides a container for establishing a daily meditation practice while promoting personal transformation. Learn more at: www.BeMindful.org or call 502 727 2996.

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Meditation Opportunities

Meditation Support Group

Monthly Silent Sitting

Date: February 2, 2019

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.