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.

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Our office will be closed Monday, January 15th in observance of Martin Luther King Day.


Community Dinner

Meditation Dinner Earth & Spirit center

Friday, Feburary 16, 2018 at 6 p.m.

Topic:  B Corporations: Doing Well by Doing Good

B Corporations are a new type of company that uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. Scott Koloms’ commercial cleaning company was certified as a “B Corp” last November, a designation that recognizes doing business means more than simply making money. As a “public benefit corporation,” Scott’s company aims to pay its employees for 3,000 hours of volunteer time, reduce vehicle emissions, and increase the use of green chemicals in the office buildings, schools and other facilities it cleans, as well as guaranteeing all its employees receive a living wage. Join us and learn how corporations are reinventing themselves by embedding a social mission in the way they do business. Innovative and hopeful news!

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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: Thursday, February 8 — 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. OR Saturday,  February 10 –  9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • 10 Wednesday classes: 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.; 1-2:30 p.m.; 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Dates are February 14, 21, 28, March 7, 14, 28, April 4, 11, 18, 25, 2018
  • 10 Tuesday classes: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Dates are February 13, 20, 27, March 6, 13, 27, April 3, 10, 17, 24, 2018
  • Classes begin February 13 or 14 with a retreat February 8 or 10.
  • Instructor: Fr. Joe Mitchell 

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Why Meditation at the Earth & Spirit Center

















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

  • 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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Meditation 2 - Insight Meditation

Meditation Louisville

 Mindfulness is a learned skill that offers profound physical, psychological and spiritual benefits. 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. The simple but powerful techniques of mindfulness can help sharpen attention, deal with tumultuous feelings, overcome mental reactivity, and ultimately put life in a balanced perspective. 

  • Ten Monday classes: February 12, 19, 26, March 5, 12, 26, April 2, 9, 16, 23, 2018
  • Time: 10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m. OR 7:00–8:30 p.m. 
  • Instructor: Fr. Joe Mitchell, CP                

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Meditation 4 - Contemplative Compassion

Meditation Louisville

Awakening the Heart of Compassion

 with Harry Pickens

Compassion is central to every major faith tradition. It is the desire we have to love ourselves more deeply and to experience a sense of connection with others. Compassion guides us in how to open our hearts, to work at alleviating human suffering, and to honor the sanctity of all beings. Meditation is a strategy for uncovering this radiant beauty in ourselves and manifesting it to the world. This course explores the methods of meditation for cultivating compassion, loving-kindness, and empathy that enable us to be agents of healing in a wounded world. Prerequisite: Beginning Meditation course.

  • Ten Tuesday classes: February 13, 20, 27, March 6, 13, 27, April 3, 10, 17, 24, 2018
  • Time: 10:00–11:30 a.m. OR 7:00–8:30 p.m. The same class is offered morning and evening. 
  • Instructor: Harry Pickens     

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Meditation 5 - Stewards of Earth and Spirit

Meditation LouisvilleMaking Change from the Inside Out

Thomas Berry felt that “one of the significant historical roles of the people of the world is … to call the entire civilized world back to a more authentic mode of being.”  This 10-week program will explore the current environmental issues facing our community, review the various ways to respond to those issues, and take steps to carry out a response.  Participants in this program will be mentored through a capstone project of their choice.  


  • Ten Thursday classes: February 15, 22, March 1, 8, 15, 29, April 5, 12, 19, 26, 2018
  • Time: 10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
  • Instructor: Tim Darst                

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Mediation 5 - Cultivating The Good Life

Meditation LouisvilleMindfulness, Money, and Personal Values for the Common Wealth

interact with the world around us. Money can cause stress, anxiety, and guilt, but it can also be a means to satisfaction, generosity, connection, and the creation of a more beautiful world. This course will explore how you can bring more mindfulness and intentionality to your personal relationship with money, so that it becomes a healthy expression of your core values and a vital part of an authentic, engaged, flourishing spiritual life. It will also consider how we can help shift our culture’s attitudes and practices around money, to bring about a more just, more compassionate, and thriving society.

  • Option 1 – 10 Tuesday mornings 10:00–11:30 a.m. beginning February 13
  • Option 2 – 10 Thursday evenings 7:00–8:30 p.m. beginning February 15
  • Instructor: Kyle Kramer. Group Facilitator: Muriel Schmid 

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Meditation 6 - Using Meditation to Work with Trauma


Meditation and Trauma

This course will teach participants a framework to explore their personal suffering from an integrated model of both Western psychological techniques and Buddhist meditative techniques. You will learn how to skillfully work with the techniques in a meditative context to deepen your meditation practice and lesson your suffering. Classes will involve meditation instruction, lecture, meditation periods and group discussion. Due to the nature of the course, the class size will to no more than 15 people. Participants who are currently working with a therapist need permission from their therapist before registering for the class.

  • 10 Thursday classes: February 15, 22, March 1, 8, 15, 29, April 5, 12, 19, 26, 2018
  • Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm 
  • Instructor: Dr. Chris Schrodt, M.D.      

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Meditation Opportunities

Meditation Support Group

Monthly Silent Sitting

Date: February 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.