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 community of transformative learning and service, committed to spiritual development, social compassion, and care for the Earth.  

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:

  • Thursday, May 23, 2019 from 10:00-11:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, May 23, 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: September 12 — 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. OR Saturday, September 14 –  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 Sept 18
  • Instructor: Fr. Joe Mitchell 

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Community Night


Meditation Classes in Louisville

Dispatch from Black Louisville

Presentation by Dr. Kevin Cosby

March 29, 2019


Dr. Kevin Cosby is Pastor of St. Stephen Baptist Church, with congregations in West Louisville, Hardin County, and Jeffersonville, IN. He is also President of Simmons College of Kentucky, one of the nation's 114 HBCUs - historically black colleges and universities.


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Camp Odyssey

Camp Odyssey Louisville KY

Camp Nature Odyssey: Adventures in Earth & Spirit Summer Day Camps for Kids

Week One: June 10 - 14, 2019 
Week Two: June 17 - 21, 2019

Summer kids camps are designed to cultivate a sense of awe and wonder in children entering grades 1-6. In our historic barn, in our outdoor classroom, and on our 27 acres of fields, woods, and gardens, children have opportunities to experience and learn more about the natural world in which they live.  They learn about natural resources, growing food, and reducing their environmental impact, and they discover a sense of belonging in our world. The week is filled with meaningful yet fun activities and enriching experiences.

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Engaging Wonder: A Retreat for Lent

If we are not astonished, we are not yet awake!

Sunday, April 7th: 1:00 - 5:00 PM

Joe GrantAn afternoon retreat with Joe Grant.

In these turbulent times, we hunger for wholeness, connection, community, and compassionate engagement. This retreat explores how wonder widens our hearts, opens our minds, and compels us to compassionate encounters. Come prepared to reflect, dialogue, and encounter wisdom, that inspires and challenges.     

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Earth Walk

Earth Walk

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Meditation Opportunities

Meditation Support Group

Monthly Silent Sitting

Date: April 6, 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.