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.

Community Dinner

Meditation Dinner Earth & Spirit centerOur first community dinner will be on 

Friday, November 10, 2017 at 6 p.m.

Topic: Welcoming New Americans: Immigrants and Refugees in our Community


People coming together
Sharing a meal
Stimulating presentations
Enriching conversations
Encouraging hope for our world
Meeting new friends 

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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. 

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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.

  • Four upcoming opportunities 
  • Wednesday, December 6, 2017 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. 
  • Thursday, December 6, 2017 from 7:00-8:00 p.m.
  • Monday February 5, 2018 from 10:00-11:00 a.m.
  • Monday February 5, 2018 from 7:00-8:00 p.m.

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Wandering in Nature Workshop

Meditation LouisvilleThis program is a threshold crossing into a greater ecological awareness, an opening into a wilder consciousness informed by cloud, tree, hawk, moon and butterfly. Through several delicious wandering invitations on the land we will experience and deepen our innate membership in the larger Earth community of which we are embedded. We’ll address the world as if it were alive, ensouled and saturated with its own intelligence (which it is). We’ll enter a universe alive with mystery and possibility.

  • Saturday, October 21
  • 9am-4:30pm
  • Instructor: Doug Van Houten

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Wild Mind: Field Guide to the Human Psyche Retreat

Wild Mind MeditationThis 3-day experiential program will help guide us on an exploration into the landscape of the universal forces of nature that helped shape the human psyche over eons.A 3-day experiential retreat

October 27-29, 2017

Facilitated by Doug Van Houten


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Living Simply

living Simply with MindfulnessNovember 18, 2017
9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Do you yearn for a more simple life? Do you feel a need to slow down? Are you looking for a way to gain control of the things in your life? Do you want to change your patterns that unintentionally harm yourself, our environment and vulnerable people?  This workshop covers contemplation and simplicity, environmental choices that help and hinder, and practical steps to live more simply.
  • Instructor: Tim Darst 
  • Date: Saturday, November 18, 2017
  • Times: 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Fee: $50/$25 for students currently enrolled in Meditation 3. However, no one is refused for lack of funds.  

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Sustainability and Mindful Business Practices

Sustainability LouisvilleFriday, November 17, 2017
10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Sustainable business practices are topics of urgent conversation. Companies are discovering that without sustainable innovation, they stagnate and fall out of market relevance.
This workshop brings together sustainability and mindfulness. It offers ways to live and work more sustainably by incorporating the basics of managing the triple bottom line - economic, social and environmental - as it explores options such as socially responsible investing, B Corporations, and social entrepreneurism. It presents practical mindfulness skills that can lead to innovative thinking, improve communication skills, increase productivity, and reduce stress.
Participants will find ways to make their business more environmentally sustainable and socially just while reducing operating costs and increasing a sense of personal wellbeing. 
  • Date: Friday, November 17, 2017 
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. - noon
  • Instructor: Tim Darst, CPA, Associate Program Director of Earth & Spirit Center
  • Workshop Fee: $75, However, no one is refused for lack of funds.
  • This workshop qualifies for 2.5 hours of continuing education for certified public accountants

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Meditation Opportunities

Meditation Support Group

Monthly Silent Sitting

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.