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, December 4, 2018 from 10:00-11:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, December 4, 2018  from 7:00-8:00 p.m.
  • 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.
  • Friday, February 1, 2019 from 10:00-11:00 a.m.

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Solar Tour of Louisville

Solar Tour Earth & Spirit CenterOctober 27, 2018

This tour is being held in conjunction with the National Solar Tour held each year in October.  We will tour residential and commercial installations of solar arrays from various installers.  We will meet with solar experts and homeowners when we visit sites that show how you can go solar at your home or business.


Our neighbor, Christy Brown’s new solar power installation will be a part of the larger 2018 Louisville Solar Tour, on Saturday, October 27th, and you’re invited!

Lunch will be served at noon, next to her solar installation at 4510 River Road, just upstream from Longview Lane. At 12:30pm, there will be a short program of welcoming remarks, a few details about her project’s unusual design and tips on how you, too, might choose to “go solar.” Pre-registration is required, as seating will be limited. 

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Fall Retreat for Men: Thomas Merton

Fall Meditation RetreatTeachings on Zen 

Guided by Richard Sisto 

Sunday, October 28, 2018

9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Thomas Merton is one the greatest spiritual writers and spiritual masters of the 20th century. He was a monk and seeker – restless, deeply contemplative, and socially conscious.

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Centering Prayer

Mindfulness TrainingIntroductory Centering Prayer Workshop

This four-hour introductory workshop, presented in collaboration with Contemplative Outreach Ltd, will help you:

  • Understand the historical roots and theology of Centering Prayer 
  • Learn the basic methods of Centering Prayer
  • Practice Centering Prayer with the support of a community and an experienced facilitator
  • Become aware of the fruits of a regular Centering Prayer practice

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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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Community Dinner

Community night Meditation Louisville

An Evening of Music and Storytelling

Music and Presentation by John Gage

October 26, 2018


You are invited to a delightful and informative evening of music and storytelling led by John Gage, a Louisville based folk singer/song-writer with a focus on Earth-based spirituality, peace and justice, and community. 

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Why Meditation at the Earth & Spirit Center


















 Enneagram - Part 1

Louisville Meditation CenterThis workshop presents the Enneagram as a tool of self-discovery and an aid to spiritual growth. It will introduce participants to the nine personality types described by the Enneagram – offering a detailed explanation of how each type thinks, feels and relates to others. It includes the history of the Enneagram; analysis of how personality is formed; information on the three centers of perception; the difference between personality and the inner-Spirit; and how to use this knowledge as a tool for finding new strengths, destroying illusions, and growing personally as well as spiritually. Participants come to appreciate why they see the world as they do and how other people can validly experience it so differently. The goal of this workshop is insight into oneself and compassion for others.

October 2018 or March 2019

  • Saturday, October 20, 2018
  • Saturday, March 16, 2019
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Instructor: Deborra Oser

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Meditation Opportunities

Meditation Support Group

Monthly Silent Sitting

Date: November 3, 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.